April 13, 2007

Game 10: Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Johan Santana ended his 24-game winning streak at the dome yesterday as the Twins fell to the Devil Rays 4-2. Santana actually pitched very good and picked up 10 strikeouts in the loss. However, the offense was again slow and couldn't get anything done. Morneau was one of the only bright spots as he hit another homerun.

As I mentioned above, Santana's Metrodome winning streak came to an end, but it wasn't his fault. He gave up 4 runs, 6 hits, 1 walk in 7 innings while also picking up 10 strikeouts. Santana was cruising until the fifth inning when he gave up three runs and allowed Tampa Bay to take a 3-1 lead. The other run that he allowed came off of an inside the park homerun that should have been only a double. Rabe tried to catch the ball that was hit down the leftfield line, and when it got by him, Crawford went all the way. With the loss, Santana is now 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA.

The bullpen pitched two scoreless innings, and allowed just one hit. Guerrier came in and pitched the eighth inning and one out of the ninth. He allowed just one hit and also picked up one strikeout. Glen Perkins, who was just called up, pitched the final two outs of the ninth inning and allowed no hits while walking one batter.

The offense has been pretty terrible since the sweep of the Orioles to start the season, and that was the case again yesterday. They managed to pick up only seven hits and score just two runs. One run came off of Justin Morneau's fourth homerun of the year in the sixth inning. The other run came off of an RBI single by Luis Rodriguez in the second inning which gave the Twins an early 1-0 lead. In addition to his homerun, Morneau also had a double as he went 2-4 on the night. Some other notable hitters include Luis Castillo, who went 2-4 and Torii Hunter, who went 1-4.

For more stats for the Twins, or the stats for the Devil Rays, check out the Box Score.

Next Game:
The Twins will look to rebound from a tough loss yesterday when they take the field today and send out Sidney Ponson (0-1; 12.71) to face off Edwin Jackson (0-1; 6.35) and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The game will start at 6:10 CT and will again be on FSN North.

Ponson will look to rebound from a tough first outing against the Yankess in which he gave up eight runs. On the other hand, Jackson had a decent first outing giving up four runs in 5.2 innings. In his career however, Jackson is 0-0 against the Twins with a 23.14 ERA.