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Kevin Slowey lifted Sunday after seven no-hit innings

Aug 15, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey had a no-hitter going through seven innings against the A's on Sunday, but was lifted due to a pitch count of 106 and a recent bout with elbow tendinitis...

Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey had a no-hitter going through seven innings against the A’s on Sunday, but was lifted due to a pitch count of 106 and a recent bout with elbow tendinitis.

Slowey walked three batters through his seven innings of work and needed several deep counts to keep the A’s hitless.  That cost him a shot at history, but he was excellent nonetheless in the heat of a tight race atop the American League Central.

Jon Rauch entered in relief in the eighth and promptly allowed a Cliff Pennington double, snapping the chance of a combined no-hitter.

Slowey, 26, has been very up-and-down this season, dominating in some starts and awful in others.  But he’s in line for his 11th win today and currently boasts a 4.22 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 24 outings.  In other words, the kid has been great.

If the Twins’ bullpen wraps it up, Minnesota will grab a 2.5-game lead over the White Sox in the AL Central.

  1. Minnesota Matt - Aug 15, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    …and now the lead is three games!!!

  2. mike wants wins - Aug 15, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    I was there. The fans were not kind to Gardy, but it was the right decision. The guy missed his last start with arm problems.

  3. Eric Cioe - Aug 16, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    He could have finished it at 125 or so. This wasn’t an Edwin Jackson situation. Gardenhire is a coward and the Twins organization treats their pitchers like a bunch of kids.
    This also seems like a perfect way to get one of your players pissed off at you.

  4. tjwilliams - Aug 16, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    I don’t suppose you noticed how Slowey walked a guy on four pitchers, hit another guy, and gave up two hard ground balls in the 7th? He wasn’t exactly pitching well and it was still a 1-0 game when they decided to pull him. Good call.

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