April 14, 2009

Twins can't keep up with Blue Jays

The Minnesota Twins took on the red hot Toronto Blue Jays at the Metrodome on Monday, giving up 19 hits en route to an 8-6 loss.

Twins on the Hill

Kevin Slowey started the game for the Twins, giving up 5 runs on 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings. It was his second poor outing of the season after he cruised through Spring Training with a 2.13 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings. Slowey showed exceptional command of the strike zone, throwing 76% of his pitches for strikes. Unfortunately Travis Snider and Lyle Overbay took him deep to account for four of five runs the Blue Jays scoed off of Slowey.

Four relievers combined to give up three runs on six hits. Two runs came off of the losing pitcher Luis Ayala, while another came off of Matt Guerrier. Craig Breslow and R.A. Dickey also pitched but were successful in their appearances.

Twins at the Dish

Like the Blue Jays, the Twins came out hitting. Alexi Casilla was the only starter who did not collect a hit in the game.

Jason Kubel was one of four Twins hitters to collect two hits, one of which was a solo home run, his first of the season. Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer and Denard Span also had two hits in the game.

Nick Punto, Brian Buscher, Cuddyer and Kubel drove in all of the Twins six runs.

Game Ball

Denard Span - Center Field
Line: 2-4, run, double, walk, stolen base