March 18, 2007

Spring Training: Game 20

The Twins were able to keep the winning streak going with great pitching from Johan Santana and a little offense from their regulars. The Twins won by a final score of 4-3 and with the win are now above the .500 mark on the spring with a record of 10-9-1. Johan went five innings today, and the Twins started all of their regulars with Cirillo starting at DH instead of Kubel.

Lets get to the observations...

Game 20:
- As I mentioned above, Santana pitched five innings. His five innings were scoreless as he allowed just one hit and struckout two batters.

- The lefty relievers pitched well today. Reyes, Venafro and Choate all pitched scoreless innings.

- Slowey also pitched today and had a rough outing. He managed to get two quick outs in his inning, but after that it went bad. He allowed four hits and three runs.

- Justin Morneau hit a homerun for the second day in a row. He went 2-3 on the day before exiting for Matt LeCroy.

- Some other notable stats include:
Luis Castillo: 3-3; RBI
Torii Hunter: 1-2; Run
Rondell White: 2-3
Jason Bartlett: 1-3

- With the win, as I mentioned above, the Twins are now 10-9-1.

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

The Rotation:
La Velle is saying that indications are that the Twins are leaning towards Ponson based on Gardenhires recent comments. Here is what Gardenhire had to say about the upcoming schedule for the rotation:

Tuesday: Glen Perkins against Boston and Ramon Ortiz against minor leaguers. Wednesday: Sidney Ponson. Thursday: Boof Bonser. Friday Johan Santana. Saturday: Carlos Silva.

This means that the rotation would be:

This also means that Perkins would be the first option and it is possible that Garza would be the second option if Ponson fails.

Next Game:
The Twins have a rare off-day tomorrow, and will then get back on the filed on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. That game will start at 6:05 CT and will be aired on FSN North.