March 27, 2007

Spring Training: Game 28

The Twins were able to snap their five game skid today as they beat the Yankees on ESPN. The Twins got some great pitching from Boof Bonser, but won the game by scoring two runs in the ninth inning after trailing 3-2. The hero was none other then manager Ron Gardenhire's son, Toby Gardenhire. I was able to catch the whole game today, so before my observations, I have some inning by inning notes.

Inning By Inning:
First Inning:
Boof gave up a huge first inning homerun to Booby Abreu, other than that he pitched a nice first inning. Castillo and Redmond both reached in the bottom of the inning, but Cuddyer hit into a double play.

Second Inning:
Bonser gave up a homerun to the first batter of the second inning, Josh Phelps. This put the Twins down 2-0. After the homerun, he had a 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the second inning, the Twins got four straight single from Cirillo, Rabe, Bartlett and Luis Castillo. They tied the game up on Castillo's single which got him 2 RBI.

Third Inning:
Bonser pitched a quick 1-2-3 inning, and Cuddyer singled in the bottom of the inning. However, Monreau ground into a double play, and the score remained tied at two.

Fourth Inning:
Bonser led off the inning by walking Bobby Abreu. He then got a popout followed by a ground ball to end the inning with a double play. Cirillo got his second hit in the bottom of the inning, but again, the Twins (Rabe) hit into another double play.

Fifth Inning:
Bonser had a quick fifth inning, he was also able to pick up his fifth strikeout of the game. In the bottom of the inning, the Twins were sat down 1-2-3 by Pavano.

Sixth Inning:
Bonser struggled to lead off the sixth inning, allowing two singles after getting the first out. However, he struckout the next two batters to pick up his sixth and seventh strikeouts of the game. In the bottom of the inning, the Twins didn't do much, but they did hit into their forth double play of the game.

Seventh Inning:
Dennys Reyes came into the game in the seventh inning to replace Boof Bonser after six innings. He got a quick strikeout, and then allowed a hit and got another quick out. He ended the inning by picking up his second strikeout. The seventh inning started with walks to both Hunter and Cirillo. Rabe advanced the runner after a hard hit ball towards third base. However, Tolbert grounded out and Toby Gardenhire struckout, ending the inning with no runs.

Eight Inning:
Pat Neshek came into the game to replace lefty Denny Reyes. He got two strikeouts quickly and had a runner at second base. He gave up a hit to Josh Phelps to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead before ending the inning. The Twins weren't able to do anything in the bottom of the eight inning.

Ninth Inning:
Juan Rincon came in to replace Pat Neshek, he was able to get two quick outs before allowing two singles. He got out of the inning with no damage done. In the bottom of the ninth, Luis Rodriguez walked and Tolbert batted with two outs and Tyner in as a pinch runner. Tyner stole second, and Tolbert singled to centerfield to tie the game at three. The next batter, Toby Gardenhire hit a ball up the middle off of the second baseman's glove to score Tolbert from second base. The Twins won 4-3.

Now some observations...

Game 28:
- Bonser pitched very well, allowing just the two solo homeruns. He ended the game going six innings allowing four hits, two runs and strikingout seven batters.

- The relievers also pitched well today. Reyes picked up two strikeouts in his scoreless inning, Neshek gave up one run and also picked up two strikeouts and Rincon pitched a scoreless inning with no strikeouts.

- Castillo picked up two RBI on his single, he now has eight on the spring.

- The Twins are now 11-16-1 on the spring.

This post is already long, and I have more to pass along, so for more stats, please check out the Box Score.

Roster Decisions:
As you can see in the post below, it looks as if the Twins have decided to go with Carlos Silva as the fifth starter. If this is true, I'll have more on it later. Below that, you can also see the cuts that the Twins made this morning. If the Twins make any more moves or decisions today, I'll post them here at Twins Territory.

Next Game:
The Twins will host the Red Sox at 6:05 CT tomorrow. The game will feature yet another pitching duel this spring between Twins ace Johan Santana and Boston's top hurler, Curt Schilling.