August 21, 2007

Twins fall 9-4 to Mariners

The offense came on late for the Twins, but the damage was already done for the Twins. Matt Garza struggled in his 2nd go around with the Mariners in a week. He gave up 7 runs which all came off of 4 home runs. He allowed 2 home runs to Raul Ibanez and one apiece to Richie Sexson and Kenji Johjima.

Garza exited in the 3rd inning and Carmen Cali came on in relief. The southpaw pitched 3.2 great innings of relief for the Twins. He gave up 2 hits and a walk butstruck out 2 batters as well. Matt Guerrier gave up 2 runs in the 7th, but the runs didn't make a difference in the game.

The Twins got some great hitting from the "M&M Boys" as they combined to go 5-8 with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, and an RBI. Mauer's opposite-field double in the 6th inning was his first hit since last Wednesday (against the Mariners), breaking an 0-13 skid. Michael Cuddyer also pitched in with 2 RBI's as well.

A few batters went hittless including the usuall Rondell White and Nick Punto with Alexi Casilla joining them as well.

Torii Hunter went 1-4 with a single. As did Tommy Watkins. Mike Redmond hit an RBI double to give the Twins their first run of the game in the second inning.

Game Ball
Profile: Justin Morneau
Game: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI
Scott Baker will try to continue his success against the Mariners as he faces left-hander Jarrod Washburn for his second consecutive start in a row. Hopefully Baker's rematch won't result in the same way as Matt Garza's on Monday. In Baker's last start, he gave up just one run (a home run) in 6 2/3 innings against the Mariners. Washburn gave up 2 runs over 7 innings but still lost his 10th game of the year.

Check this out!
Seth Stohs at SethSpeaks has a few things to check out. He has another "Get to Know 'Em" pieces, this time on Brock Peterson. His previous "Get to Know 'Em" was on Elizabethton Outfielder Ozzie Lewis. Also, on Wednesday make sure to check ESPN's "Face of the Franchise" series in which Seth will have his decision showcased on Wednesday.

Congrats Seth!

Injury Updates
  • Jason Bartlett - Ron Gardenhire said that he expects Jason Bartlett to be back in the lineup on Thursday. He did some agility drills before the game yesterday and reportedly "felt good".

  • Brian Buscher - He looks ready to be activated from the DL when he is eligable on Wednesday. He has played in 3 games on his rehab assignment and has gone 4-9 with 1 home run and 2 RBI's.

  • Glen Perkins - He was moved to New Britain over the weekend and after making a rehab start there, he could rejoin the Twins bullpen (if everything goes fine) after another rehab start or two.

Rochester Red Wings vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Game postponed to Tuesday due to rain.

New Britain Rock Cats lost to the New Britain Fisher Cats, 4-2.
Yohan Pino lost his 4th game since being promoted by allowing 4 runs over 5 2/3 innings. Frank Mata and Jesse Flloyd pitched 2.1 shutout innings of relief. Brandon Roberts and Garrett Guzman both had 3 hits for the Rock Cats, Guzman also drove in his 72nd run of the season. Matt Moses and David Winfree both had 2 hits. Luke Hughes drove in the other run for the Rock Cats.

Ft. Myers Miracle lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays, 8-2.
Jeff Manship gave up 3 runs in his 3.2 innings of work. It was his 3rd loss since being a member of the Miracle. Kyle Aselton also gave up 3 runs in his 2.1 innings. Danny Powers later pitched 2 shutout innings of relief. Erik Lis drove in a run, as did Ed Ovalle. Juan Portes went 2-3 with his 5th triple.

Beloit Snappers lost to the Kane County Cougars, 6-0.
Brian Kirwan gave up all 6 runs (only 5 were earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Jesus Carnevelas and Matt Fox combined for 4.2 shutout innings of relief with 6 strikeouts. Only two players got hits for the Snappers. They were Steven Singelton and Daniel Berg.

GCL Twins beat the GCL Reds, 7-6.
Daniel Berlind picked up his 6th win while pitching 6 solid innings while only allowing 1 run. Nelvin Fuentes later gave up 3 unearned runs while Danny Rondon gave up 2 runs (1 earned) while picking up his 12th save. Nick Biagini and Juan Richardson drove in 2 runs each. Alex Soto and Jeanfred Brito both drove in 1 run each. Ben Revere added 2 hits to raise his average to .318.

Elizabethton Twins.
No game scheduled.