April 14, 2007

Game 11: Tampa Bay Devil Rays

The Twins picked up a much needed win tonight by beating the Devil Rays 12-5. I call it a must needed win, not because they haven't had many, but because the offense finally broke out and scored double-digits. Sidney Ponson was on the hill for the Twins and pitched just over five solid innings. The offense on the other hand, scored early and often picking up twelve runs on fourteen hits.

Sidney Ponson picked up his first win as a Minnesota Twins after pitching 5.1 innings allowing just 2 runs. The Twins scored first, and Ponson allowed the Devil Rays to tie the game in the next inning at two. However, after the second inning, he didn't allow another run and pitched very well. His final line was 5.1 innings, 8 hits, 2 runs and 6 strikeouts. With the win, he is now 1-1 with a 8.18 ERA on the season.

The bullpen pitched well tonight, and Rincon came back and pitched well following a poor outing on Thursday. He came in with runners at first and third, and allowed the runner at first to advance on a wild pitch. However, after that, he got a fly ball followed by a strikeout to get out of the jam. Rincon also pitched the seventh inning and picked up two more strikeouts in a scoreless inning. Perkins came in for the eighth inning and also pitched the ninth. He did very well in the eighth inning, and in the ninth had runners at first and second with two outs and two strikes to the hitter Pena. Unfortunately, he put one right down the middle of the plate, and Pena hit a three run homerun.

The offense, as I mentioned above, really played well tonight scoring 12 runs on 14 hits. They had multiple players collected more than one hit, and also had multiple players collected more than one RBI. Since they had such a great night at the plate, I'll give you the key stats to tell the story.

Luis Castillo: 0-3; Run and BB
Jason Tyner: 3-5; RBI and 3 Runs
Joe Mauer: 1-3; RBI, 3 Runs and 2 BB
Michael Cuddyer: 4-4; 2 RBI and 3 Runs
Justin Morneau: 2-5; 2 RBI
Torii Hunter: 2-5; 3 RBI
Jason Kubel: 0-4; RBI
Luis Rodriguez: 1-5; HR, Run and RBI
Bartlett: 1-2; RBI and 2BB

There are also some things that you may not be able to tell by these stats. One of Tyner's doubles was off the top of the rightfield wall. Had it went over, it would have been his first major league homerun. Castillo and Kubel each advanced runners as did many others. Of the 14 hits, five of them were doubles, including two for the league leader in doubles, Torii Hunter. Finally, something I didn't mention yet is that Hunter picked up his fourth stolen base of the season while Bartlett picked up his second.

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

Next Game:
The Twins will look for a series win tomorrow when they again face the Devil Rays. The Twins will send out Boof Bonser (0-1; 6.97) to face off against Jae Seo (0-1; 9.64). The game will start at 1:10 and will be on WFTC (FSN Outstate).

There are a couple of things to watch for tomorrow as well. The Twins will celebrate Joe Mauer's batting champion in an award presentation. Justin Morneau and Mauer will also both receive their Silver Slugger awards. One other thing to watch for is the number 42. Tomorrow, in celebration of Jackie Robinson, Torii Hunter, Jerry White and Rondell White (?) will each wear number 42.