This won't be too in-depth, partly because I don't have a lot to say and partly because I need to get on the road and so don't have a lot of time to say it. We've documented before the Twins' poor record in games in which they score zero runs. You'd think the law of averages would kick in at some point and they'd win some of those games, but it hasn't happened yet.
Mike Pelfrey pitched another good game, even in defeat. It really is remarkable how well he's pitched. His ERA has dropped to 2.59 and his WHIP is 1.24. And of course, if you throw out his bad first game his numbers look even better. He's gone from a guy who even the Twins weren't going to put into their starting rotation to one of the better pitchers in the league. How long he can keep this up is another question, but you can't find fault with how he's pitched so far.
After the game, Paul Molitor said "We didn't get any opportunities to score". I know what he means, but you know how each of us has certain phrases that just grate on us? This is one of them for me. It makes it sound like the situation was out of your control, like there was nothing you could do about it, because you just didn't get opportunities to score. In fact, the Twins had nine opportunities to score, the same as they do every game. They just didn't do anything with them.
The good news is that the Royals and Tigers both lost, so the Twins did not lose anything in the standings relative to the other top teams in the division. I know it's ridiculously early to be scoreboard watching, but it's fun, so I'm doing it anyway. We're still in first place, and today we start out season-ending one hundred ten-game winning streak! We'll just have to settle for 142-20!