Here are three thoughts following the Twins' 4-2 loss to the Brewers
NOT BAD FOR GRAHAM: J.R. Graham threw few changeups and just went after Brewers hitters with his fastball and slider. A first-inning fastball to Adam Lind registered 98 miles an hour on the radar gun, but he stayed around 93-96 most of the day. He threw first pitch sliders for strikes. He had to battle through a lot of at-bats, which is why he threw 63 pitches in four innings (and that's not that bad). It was a good outing for an emergency start. ``He only threw one bad pitch,'' catcher Chris Herrmann said. Yup, that was the home run Ryan Braun hit out to center in the first inning. Graham has gotten better two-plus months into his rookie season.
WHO'S AVAILABLE TOMORROW: Now the Twins have to see who can follow Mike Pelfrey tomorrow. Blaine Boyer might be due for a rest. Ryan Pressly might need to rest after going two innings. Casey Fien will be available. The time is right for Pelfrey to toss eight strong innings on Sunday because it would allow the bullpen to settle down from a workload standpoint.
PITCHING TO GOMEZ: A decision by Twins manager Paul Molitor in the seventh loomed large. The Brewers had runners on second and third with one out and Carlos Gomez at the plate. Aaron Thompson was on the mound, and Gomez was batting .200 against lefties. But Molitor decided to go to Blaine Boyer in the big situation. Gomez was batting .282 against righthanders. Righthanders were batting .325 off Boyer. And first base was open. ``You got Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun coming up and you have an open base. You're hoping (Gomez's) free swinging will get you a strikeout or a ground ball to the infield. The design was to try to get him to expand (his zone) a little bit. We got him to expand down but not far enough away. He's smart enough now, he's had enough success to realize that he's going to get something that is spinning. He's not going to get a first pitch fastball that he can handle.'' The trends were confirmed on the first pitch when Gomez served a two-run single to left, giving Milwaukee a 3-1 lead. ``I'm not afraid of using (intentional walks),'' Molitor said. ``I don't like to do it unless I feel there is going to be a benefit.''