April 19, 2007

Game 15: Seattle Mariners

The Twins were able to pick up a sweep of the Mariners with a nice outing from Santana and a little bit more offense. The Twins won 6-5, and much like last night, the ninth inning was way to close. The offense was good again, and their five run seventh inning propelled them to the win and also allowed the win to be credited to Santana. With the win, Santana is now 3-1 and the Twins are now at 10-5.

Santana pitched well last outing against the Devil Rays, but got the loss when the offense couldn't score. It looked much the same tonight until the Twins scored five in the seventh to get Santana the win. Santana gave up a homerun to Betancourt in the third inning, and after that he really responded, as he didn't give up a hit after that. Santana's final line was 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) and 7 strikeouts. With the win, his ERA is now at 3.00, and he is now 3-1 on the season. Santana also leads the league in strikeouts with 32.

The bullpen was a pretty good, but as I mentioned above, the ninth inning was way to close. Crain got his first inning of work in more than a week, and pitched a scoreless and hitless eighth. Neshek came on for the ninth inning, and had a rough outing. In just 0.2 innings, he gave up 2 hits and 3 runs allowing the Mariners to come within one. Nathan then came on for the final out and gave up one hit to pick up his fifth save of the season.

The offense was a little slow to score, but in the end, they got it done. Everybody that played got a base hit, and they scored six runs off of their thirteen hits. Below I have the stats for everybody that played, but here are some of the other key stats. The Twins picked up two more stolen bases, and are now 16 for 16 on the season. Bartlett picked up his fifth error and Santana got another pickoff.

Luis Castillo: 1-3
Alexi Casilla: 2-2; Run
Nick Punto: 1-4
Joe Mauer: 1-2; Run and 2 BB
Michael Cuddyer: 1-5; Run and 2 RBI
Justin Morneau: 2-4; 2 Runs
Mike Redmond: 2-5; 2 RBI
Josh Rabe: 1-5; RBI
Jason Tyner: 1-4; RBI
Jason Bartlett: 1-4; Run

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

Injury Notes:
- Punto returned to the lineup after missing some time with a leg injury.

- Hunter missed his second game with a sore shoulder, but is expected to start tomorrow.

- Rondell White is also expected to be activated for the game tomorrow, and could start. This would most likely mean the Twins will send down Josh Rabe or Glen Perkins.

- Luis Castillo left the game tonight with a quadriceps injury. He is currently listed at day to day, but probably wont play tomorrow.

- Jeff Cirillo said that he expects to be back within a couple of weeks.

- And finally, Liriano is expected to get a checkup on his surgery sometime soon in Minnesota.

Next Game:
The Twins will continue their road trip tomorrow as they start a three-game series with the Royals. The Twins will send out Sidney Ponson (1-1; 8.18) to face off against Odalis Perez (0-2; 9.26) and the Kansas City Royals. The game starts at 7:10 CT and will be on FSN North.