March 12, 2007

Spring Training: Game 14

The Twins played a very impressive game today and picked up their third consecutive win along the way. They won by a score of 9-1 over Willis and the Marlins, but two things that made the win impressive were a)they scored six runs off of Willis and b) the team had a total of 18 hits. There are a lot of observations today, and you can check those out below. However, before my observations, here are the cuts that the Twins made today.

The Cuts:
Pitchers:
Ricky Barrett
Alexander Smit
Brad Voyles
Oswaldo Sosa

Catchers:
Jose Morales
Jeff Christy
Korey Feiner

Infielder:
Gil Velazquez

As La Velle said, these cuts aren't surprising as none of these players were going to make the team and since we are now 14 games into Spring Training, the pitchers with a chance to make the team will get more work meaning we need less pitchers and catchers. The only player that I'm surprised wasn't cut from the squad is Choate.

Game 14:
- Boof had an impressive start today as he went four innings. In his four innings of work, he gave up no hits and faced the minimum numbers of batters while striking out three.

- Jesse Crain pitched well after giving up a homerun on his first hit. He went one inning giving up one run while striking out one batter. Nathan and Rincon also got innings of work and each pitched scoreless innings.

- Matt Garza pitched well today going two innings in his first appearance since his neck pain. He didn't give up any runs and gave up one hit while walking two batters.

- The Twins scored six runs off of nine hits against lefty Dontrelle Willis. They scored in each of the first five innings.

- Since the Twins hit so well today, here are some notable stats:
Luis Castillo: 2-4; Run and RBI
Nick Punto: 3-4; 2 Runs and RBI
Michael Cuddyer: 2-3; Run and RBI
Justin Morneau: 1-4; 2 RBI
Jason Kubel: 1-1
Torii Hunter: 3-3; 2 RBI and Run
Rondell White: 1-3; Run
Jason Bartlett: 1-3; Run
Ken Harvey: 1-2; 2 RBI
Alexi Casilla: 1-1
Matt LeCroy: 2-2; Run

There were some other Twins that got hits today, so if you want to check the rest of the stats out, check out the Box Score.

Post Delay:
Since so many people competing for a job played today and affected their chances of making the team, I'm going to have to make some changes to the "Making the Team" chart that I had planned on getting up today. I'll try to get it up either tomorrow or Wednesday.

Next Game:
The Twins host the Cardinals on tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. CT. Johan Santana will get the start against another lefty, Randy Keisler.