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Hammer, Nail, Meet Coffin

Well.  Here's a frickin' recap I guess.  Stop me if you've heard this before.

Sox and Twins kept it interesting until the 5th inning.

Led by die Mauer, Twins offense beat up Sox starter, scoring at least 19 runs on a million infield hits, while the Sox struggled to produce a run with the bases loaded and less than two outs _ times.  Twins starter, going for his 25th win of the season or something, made Sox bats look silly despite allowing 9 hits to the Sox and putting on plenty of baserunners.  Sox went 2-13 with RISP, to the Twins' 6-10. 

Gavin lasted just over 5 and got hit hard. On a positive note, Pena kicked ass in 3 innings of work that began in the 7th when he relieved a struggling Santos, and Q actually hit a home run - first time in over a month.

Again Traitor Thome put on the damage, and Mauer took no less than 731 trips to the mound, turning what could have been a swift ass-kicking into a near 9-hour event.  I should've just watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy again.

Anyway, I don't know about you guys, but this 9-3 loss was deja vu that I probably didn't need to experience again.  

And not that it matters, but why wasn't Mauer walked in the 5th?