April 15, 2007

Game 12: Tampa Bay Devil Rays

The Twins weren't able to pull off a series win over the Devil Rays after Nathan blew the tie, and the Twins fell 6-4. I had expected them to get all over Jae Seo of the Rays, but that wasn't the case. Instead, they managed to get just four runs off of him and with the score tied at four in the ninth, Nathan had his first bad outing allowing the Rays to win the game after scoring two runs.

Boof went just 5.1 innings on the day, which in my opinion isn't enough innings for a number two guy. In his 5.1 innings of work, he gave up just 6 hits, but also gave up two homeruns. His final line to go along with the six hits was 4 runs, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. Bonser didn't get a decision, but his ERA is now 6.89.

The bullpen did good with the exception of Joe Nathan. Reyes was the first one to pitch, and he finished the sixth inning allowing no hits while walking one and strikingout one. Guerrier came on for the seventh and eighth innings, and continued his streak of great performances. In his two innings, Guerrier didn't give up a single hit. Nathan pitched the ninth, and picked up his first loss of the season. In the ninth, he gave up four hits and two runs to allow the Rays to take a 6-4 lead. With the loss, his ERA is now 3.00 and he is now 1-1 on the season.

The offense managed to get four runs on nine hits, but that wasn't enough for a win. Morneau had another good game as he picked up a double. But the key offense players for the game were Jason Kubel, who went 2-4 with two runs and an RBI and Bartlett, who went 3-3 with two RBI. Bartlett also made two great plays on steal attempts by blocking the base and getting the outs.

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

Punto May Be Headed to DL:
Nick Punto had the day off yesterday, but he sprained his ankle while taking batting practice. Ron Gardenhire said today that he will be getting an MRI and could be headed to the DL. Gardenhire also said the Twins don't have any players in the minors that are ready so it will be a tough situation. If Punto heads to the DL, he will be the fourth Twin this season (White, Ford and Cirillo).

Number 42:
Hunter wore the number 42 today, and also wore high socks in memory of Jackie Robinson. For more on this story go here. Below is a picture of Torii with his number 42 jersey on.

Next Game:
The Twins will have an off day tomorrow and will then head to Seattle on Monday night to begin a three-game series with the Mariners. The first game will be on Tuesday at 9:05 CT and will be on FSN North. The Twins will send out Ramon Ortiz (2-0; 1.80) to face off against new Mariner Jeff Weaver (0-1; 31.50). Judging by his ERA, Weaver didn't have a very good first impression.