April 23, 2008

Craig Monroe comes up big

The Twins and A's played a good game last night, and to the A's dismay, the Twins took advantage of Joe Blanton's bad start.

Hernandez was neither great nor horrible. He gave up 4 runs in 6 innings of work, but didn't have any troubles until the 5th inning when the A's played small ball to bring themselves to within one of the Twins. The next inning, Hernandez gave up a home run to Emil Brown.

Again, the bullpen helped preserve (well in this case, get the win). Juan Rincon and Pat Neshek pitched two hitless innings in relief before handing the ball to closer Joe Nathan for his 7th save of the season. Rincon was credited with the win, his second of the season.

The Twins offense looked solid last night, often hitting the ball hard against A's starter Joe Blanton. Craig Monroe lead the way with a 3-4 performance in which he drove in 3 runs; one of which came off of his 1st home run of the season. Monroe raised his season average from .231-.300. Mike Lamb also had a good day at the plate, also going 3-4 with an RBI of his own. Lamb raised his average .41 points and is now hitting .186 on the season. Delmon Young also had a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with his third double of the season. Jason Kubel drove in the other Twins run.

Carlos Gomez continued to struggle, going 0-5 at the plate, with 4 strikeouts. He now has a 12/1 K/BB ratio with 24 strikeouts and just two walks. He also committed his first error of the season on a bobble in center field.

Tonight, the second game of the three game series will be held with Boof Bonser getting the start for the Twins against Chad Gaudin of the A's.

Game Ball
Craig Monroe - Designated Hitter

3-4, 2 runs scored, 1 home run, 1 double, 3 RBI

Down on the Farm
Hitter of the Day
Juan Portes - Miracle - Left Field
Juan Portes came up huge for the Miracle last night. Down 9-8 in the bottom of the 9th, and with a runner on first base, Portes hit a 2-run walk off home run. Portes went 2-4 with 3 RBI in the game. He was outhit by Danny Santiesteban, however I'm giving Portes the "award" for his heroics in the 9th inning. Santiesteban went 3-4 with with 4 RBI including a 2-run home run of his own.

Pitcher of the Day
Jason Miller - Rock Cats - Relief Pitcher
Miller came on in relief for starter Jay Rainville after Rainville gave up 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Reading Phillies. Miller pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up 1 run on 2 hits. He also walked 2 and struck out 4 in his outing as well. Miller now has a 4.97 ERA for the Rock Cats.
Touch em All!
  • Rochester Red Wings: None (off-day)
  • New Britain Rock Cats: Luke Hughes (3)
  • Ft. Myers Miracle: Danny Santiesteban (2), Juan Portes (1)
  • Beloit Snappers: None
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