March 26, 2007

Spring Training: Game 27

The Twins lost again today, but it wasn't because of veteran pitcher Sidney Ponson. Ponson pitched a great game and definitely locked up a spot in the starting rotation. The Twins fell behind right after he exited the game thanks to J.D. Durbin. With Durbin's outing, he basically took himself out of any chance he might have had to make the team. He also made lefty Mike Venafro the only pitcher competing for a bullpen spot.

On with the observations...

Game 27:
- Ponson went a total of six innings, and gave up five hits and no runs. In addition to this, he also struckout three batters. With his scoreless game, he now has an ERA of 3.94 on the spring.

- As I said above, Durbin had a horrible outing. He went just one inning and gave up five hits and four runs, and will most likely be placed on waivers.

- Guerrier also pitched today, he too went one inning and gave up one run. He was followed by Mike Venafro, and Venafro threw another scoreless inning and has pitched a total of ten scoreless innings on the spring.

- Twins prospect David Winfree got to play in today's game at third base. He picked up an RBI after coming into the game for Jeff Cirillo.

- Michael Cuddyer and Justn Morneau both hit well again today. Cuddyer picked up his seventh double of the spring while Morneau went 2-3 with an RBI.

- Some other notable stats include:
Luis Castillo: 1-3
Luis Rodriguez: 1-1
Doug Deeds: 1-1; RBI
Jason Tyner: 1-4; Run
Tommy Watkins: PR; Run

- The Twins are now 11-15-1 on the spring with the loss.

For more stats from both teams, make sure to check out the Box Score.

Sold Out:
According to the Twins official site, the Twins have sold out their home opener. It is the fourth time in the last five years that they have sold out the home opener. For more on this story, make sure to check it out here.

Next Game:
The Twins will play on ESPN tomorrow as they face off against the New York Yankees at 12:05 CT. The Twins will send out right-hander Boof Bonser to pitch against right-hander Carl Pavano.