Though he did not figure in the decision, Slowey was a winner on this night, giving the Twins the starting pitching they needed to extend their winning streak to five games. All told, the young righty went six full, striking out three while walking two. However, it was the one earned run that really stood out in his stat line.
For those who are regulars to the TwinCitiesDugout.com community, seeing Slowey succeed is nothing new. For the past year and a half we have said that he was one of the top starting pitching prospects in all of Minor League Baseball, and he showed why last night. He doesn't blow batters away, instead he is like a surgeon, dissecting the opposition with pinpoint control.
The thing about Slowey is that I believe he can win at the Major League level right now. He is not the kind of pitcher who is going to rely on one pitch to get him out of trouble. He has good stuff, and has command of all of his pitches, so when he gets down in a count, he is never really down. He could conceivably win a bunch of games for the Twins right now.
Never judge a pitcher by one start is the old adage, but in Slowey's case, I think last night was just the tip of the iceberg. This kid has the poise to be a winning Major League pitcher this season, and hopefully the Twins will keep him in the rotation from here on out.
By the way, the Twins have won eight of their last nine games, and are now only six-games out of first, and are 1.5 games back in the Wildcard chase.