March 30, 2007

Spring Training: Game 30

The Twins were able to pick up a big win over the Reds on Thursday night, winning 10-2. Most people were watching this game because of the Twins decision to send down Matt Garza and go with Carlos Silva. Well, to say the least, Silva responded and pitched five very solid innings. The Twins also got some good hitting from the regulars in the win.

Here are my observations...

Game 30:
- Silva pitched five innings, and didn't allow any runs. In the five scoreless innings, Silva gave up just two hits and picked up two strikeouts.

- Crain had a rough outing, giving up two runs in just one inning. Neshek and Nathan each pitched scoreless innings, and each got one strikeout.

- The Twins got their bats going, getting a total of 15 hits. They had four people who collected two hits on the night, while seven others collected one hit.

- Carlos Silva got a base hit in his only plate appearance. He went 1-1 with a run scored on the night. The other batters that hit for the pitchers were Rabe and Lis. They each went 1-1 while Rabe scored a run and Lis got two RBI.

- Some notable stats include the following:
Luis Castillo: 2-3; RBI
Jeff Cirillo: 2-3; 2 RBI
Mike Redmond: 1-4; RBI
Michael Cuddyer: 2-5; Run
Luis Rodriguez: 1-1; 2 RBI and Run
Jason Tyner: 1-1; Run and RBI
Rondell White: 2-3; Run
Jason Bartlett: 1-3; Run

- With the win, the Twins are now 13-16-1 on the spring and have two games left to play before breaking camp for Minnesota.

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

Other Notes:
- Joe Mauer will return to the Twins lineup today after playing two minor league games and going 2-5.

- Nick Punto should return on Saturday for the Twins last Spring Training game.

- The Star Tribune reports that Liriano has been playing catch without any pain, ""No pain, no nothing," Liriano said. "It feels weird, like it's my first time playing baseball."

- Meanwhile, Mike Venafro was at minor league camp yesterday. He has still not accepted the assignment to AAA, and will have until Saturday to make his decision.

- Ramon Ortiz will pitch today, his first outing since giving up six runs. The game will be at 12:35 against Tom Gorzelanny and the Pirates.

- Finally, the Hennepin County Board postponed the scheduled Ballpark meeting until April 10th to resolve details about the land. For more on this, check out the complete story here.