MINNEAPOLIS When Twins starter Nick Blackburn left Sunday's game against Milwaukee after six innings, it appeared as if Minnesota's bullpen had just three innings of work ahead.
But baseball's an unpredictable game. Sunday's series finale between the Twins and Brewers lasted 15 innings, meaning Minnesota's bullpen pitched nine innings to help the Twins earn the 5-4 win. Six different relievers combined for nine scoreless innings, allowing six total hits in that stretch.
"That was unbelievable," Blackburn said of the bullpen. "Unfortunately, it took 15 innings, but the bullpen stepped it up and did a great job. It was a fun game to watch. A little longer than I think we all wanted, but a lot of guys stepped up."
Of the six relievers the Twins called upon Sunday, right-hander Jeff Gray arguably had the best day. Gray entered the game in the 12th inning after a 42-minute rain delay. With Minnesota's bullpen options dwindling, Gray was asked to go three innings. He gave up just one...