August 23, 2007

Twins finally score

The Minnesota Twins scored 7 of their 8 runs in the first inning on Wednesday against the Mariners. Mariner's Starter, Miguel Batista was lit up for 8 runs before exiting after the 2nd inning. The Twins wouldn't score again, but it wasn't needed after that. The Twins finished the game scoring 8 runs opposed to the Mariners' 4 runs.

In Carlos Silva's last 4 starts. He went 1-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 29 innings pitched. He continued his great success on Wednesday by giving up just 2 runs over 7 innings to pick up his 10th win of the season. Both of the runs came in the 7th inning, but before that, he was cruising.

In the home stand, the Twins scored 9 total runs in the first 5 games before they scored 8 yesterday afternoon. But even with the low scoring the Twins still finished 3-3 in the homestand, thanks to 2 fantastic pitching performances from Carlos Silva and another from Johan Santana. The team had a collective ERA of 4.33 in the 6 games. While Santana and Silva had a 1.23 ERA in the 3 wins.

The offense started with Michael Cuddyer hitting a grand slam in the first inning, after 2 singles and a walk. It was his 13th home run of the season and his 4 RBI's brought him to 8 in the series. Cuddyer's grand slam was later followed by Garrett Jones' first Major League RBI, which was a single which drove in Jason Kubel. Nick Punto's sac fly was also followed by Alexi Casilla's 1st triple of his ML career which drove in another run. Count it, 7 runs in the first inning alone.

Kubel had a great day with 3 hits and his RBI single in the 2nd inning was his 45th of the season. Mike Redmond got the start behind the plate with Joe Mauer resting his ankle which he injured in Tuesday's loss, "Reddog" went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored. Tommy Watkins and Torii Hunter both went 2-4 before leaving with injuries of their own. Watkins injured his lower abdominal muscle while running the bases late in the 8th inning. He is listed as day-to-day and was replaced by Jason Bartlett who made his first appearance since he strained his hamstring last Wednesday. Hunter has a "sore shoulder" and will likely be in the lineup tonight against Baltimore. He was pulled in place of Jason Tyner who almost had to leave with an injury as well as he turned his ankle on a ball that was stuck under the right field baggy. He went jumping for a fly ball, and came down on the other ball that was stuck. He's alright and finished by hitting his 11th double of the season.

Nick Punto was "surprisingly" the only batter to not have a hit, but he did walk and drive in his 21st RBI of the season with his sacrifice fly in the first inning and he did help pull off 2 double plays on defense.

Game Ball
Profile: Michael Cuddyer, #5, Right Field
Game: 1-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI

The Twins are traveling to Baltimore to start a 4-game series against the (hopefully) hitter-friendly Orioles. Why do I say that they are "hitter-friendly? Well on Wednesday, they gave up 30 runs in just one game to the Texas Rangers. The game was the first of two, and was the most runs score in a game in 110 years.

The Twins will hope to build off that and will send the struggling Boof Bonser to the hill to hopefully pick up his 1st win in his last 13 starts. Bonser is 0-8 with a 5.69 ERA in the 12 starts and will need to finish strong to secure his spot in the rotation for next season, he will also need to lose some weight. The Orioles will counter by sending the 6-7 Steve Traschel to the mound. Traschel has a 3.10 ERA in his last 4 starts with just 1 win.

Rochester Red Wings lost to the Syracuse Chiefs, 3-1.
Brian Duensing gave up 3 innings over 6.2 innings and struck out 8 batters but lost his 5th game of the season. Jason Miller and Jerome Williams finished the game by allowing just 1 more hit. The one run came off of Matt Tolbert's 6th home run of the season. It was his only hit of the game. Jose Morales pitched in with 2 hits of his own.

New Britain Rock Cats lost to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 12-0.
Ouch. Oswaldo Sosa gave up the first 4 runs in his 5 innings of work as he lost his 4th game of the season. Angel Garcia later gave up 6 runs (3 earned) in his 1 2/3 innings of relief. The Rock Cats could only muster two hits which came from David Winfree and a double by Felix Molina.

Ft. Myers Miracle lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays, 11-6.
Zach Ward gave up 7 runs (6 earned) through 3.2 innings of work in his 16th loss of the season. After J.P. Martinez's 2 1/3 shutout innings of relief, Adam Hawes comes in and gave up 4 runs throughout the final 3 innings. Danny Valencia went 3-4 with 4 RBI's including a two-run homer, his 6th of the season. Erik Lis went 2-4 including his 31st double with his 91st run driven in. Dustin Martin drove in the other run.

Beloit Snappers vs Kane County Cougars.
Game Postponed due to rain.

GCL Twins lost to the GCL Orioles, 8-3.
Santos Arias gave up 3 runs over 6 innings while he lost his 4th game of the season. Charles Nolte, Jarrad Eacott, and Rodney Gessmann would then give up 5 more over the final 3 innings. Jeanfred Brito went 4-5 with 2 runs scored and his 21st RBI. Ben Revere went 2-4 with a double and an RBI and Alexander Soto drove in his 7th run. Angel Morales went 2-4 and

Elizabethton Twins beat the Burlington Royals, 3-0.
Henry Reyes has emerged as one of E-Towns best pitchers as he pitched 5 shutout innings and struck out 5 in his 7th win of the season. Another great pitcher, Bradley Tippett pitched the next 3 innings and struck out 4 batters before Blair Erickson pitched a perfect 9th for his 10th save. Estarlin De Los Santos went 3-5 with a single, double, triple and his 39th RBI of the season. Rene Leveret went 2-4 with his 62nd RBI. D.J. Romero and Mark Dolenc also had 2 hits. Ozzie Lewis' sac fly drove in his 49th RBI of the season.