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Twins-Angels: Kubel’s Slam Saves Twins’ Bullpen

Published by on April 18, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

In yesterday's column, I pointed out that the Twins have had trouble finding the right reliever to get critical third outs late in games. Tonight was no different.

With the game tied 3-3 in the sixth inning, Jesse Crain came on in relief of Nick Blackburn, who had a quality start, save the runner on third base. Crain hadn't given up a run in his last five appearances and had given up just one run total this season.

Friday night, the lid came off. Crain not only allowed the runner from third to score, but four runs of his own on two hits and a walk in just one-third of an inning of work.

Matt Guerrier couldn't stop the runs, and by the time the seventh inning had ended, the Twins found themselves...

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