Whenever Joe Nathan enters the game against the Sox, history has shown us that it’s time to light the cigar, the way Celtics coach Red Auerbach did after his team had the game in the bag. Prior to last night, Nathan was 3-1 against the Pale Hose in his career with a 1.54 ERA and 17 saves, though my memory tells me we haven’t done THAT well. And, frankly, it doesn’t make me feel any better that the 2009 All-Star also dominates most other teams.
The “Nathan factor” played out again last night despite the Sox attempt to recover from John Danks’ disastrous first inning and the result was a 6-4 loss in the series opener. It was Nathan’s 18th lifetime save against the Pale Hose and his 23rd of the season.
I was hoping we could turn around our recent fortunes in the House that Corey Koskie built, but that first inning, typical Twins baseball, Joe Mauer’s two-out single to score the go-ahead run and Nathan were the keys to the Sox losing their 10th contest in the last 11 games in zip code 55415.
And, for the record, I hate Mauer too.