March 11, 2007

Spring Training: Game 13

The Minnesota Twins now have their first winning streak of the season after beating the Bluejays 8-5. They got a great start from lefty Glen Perkins and also got some offense from some of their younger guys. In fact, the Twins only had three of their regulars starting today including Mauer, Cuddyer, and Kubel. With the win, they are now 4-8-1 on the spring with 19 games left to play.

On with the observations...

Game 13:
- Glen Perkins pitched well in his three innings of work. In his three innings, he gave up just two hits and one unearned runs while strikingout two batters.

- Perkins was followed by Guerrier who went two innings giving up just one run, Reyes who pitched an inning of scoreless baseball, and Venafro who had yet another great performance allowing no runs in and picking up a strikeout in his inning of work.

- Choate also pitched today and possibly cut himself. He went just two outs of his inning giving up three runs. It was his second straight bad outing and he has looked pretty bad all spring. The save went to DePaula who finished Choate's inning and then pitched a scoreless ninth.

- The Twins couldn't put up a single hit against Halladay, but when he left, they quickly put up three runs. They had a total of 12 hits today and as you already know they scored 8 runs off of those hits.

- Luis Rodriguez picked up two more RBI today and now has seven so far this spring. All of which have come in his last three games. Here are some other notable hitters.
Denard Span: 1-4; Triple and RBI
Jeff Cirillo: 1-3
Michael Cuddyer: 1-4
Jason Kubel: 2-3; Double
Jason Tyner: 1-1; Double
Glen Williams: 2-3; 2 RBI
Alexi Casilla: 1-4; RBI and SB

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

Next Game:
The Twins will play again tomorrow as they send out Boof Bonser to face the Florida Marlins at 12:05. Matt Garza is expected to pitched after Bonser and it isn't known who the Marlins will send out.

Also, Sidney Ponson is not expected to pitch until Friday which should help other pitchers competing for the job.

Roster Shake-Up:
If you haven't done so yet, make sure to check out my look at the Twins roster. I'm going to get another edition of "Making the Team" up either tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned.