April 20, 2007

Game 16: Kansas City Royals

The Twins didn't kick off their three-game series against the Royals quite the way they expected thanks in big part to another poor outing by Sidney Ponson. The offense wasn't all that bad in the 11-7 loss, but Ponson went just over four innings of work and showed us all why he shouldn't be our fifth starter.

So far this season, Ponson has never impressed. In his first start against the Yankees, he gave up eight runs. In his second start against the Devil Rays, he looked better, but still didn't impress all that much. And in his third start yesterday, he showed us why he hasn't lasted with any teams. Most people would think that if you can score seven runs against the Royals, that that would be enough to win. However, that was not the case. Ponson went just 4.1 innings, giving up 10 hits and 6 runs. Most of his trouble came in the fifth inning when he gave up five runs. Ponson now has an ERA of 9.39 and is now 1-2 on the season.

The bullpen had a rough night as well. Glen Perkins came in to finish the fifth inning, and then he pitched the sixth inning as well. In his 1.2 innings of work, he gave up three hits and one run. Guerrier, who had not given up a run all season, gave up his first runs in his inning of work. He actually pitched more than an inning, but left with no outs and runners on base charged to him. His finals line was one inning, two hits and three runs. Reyes then game in and gave up a run and exited after that for Rincon. Rincon pitched one inning and struckout one and didn't give up a hit or run.

The offense didn't play that bad as I mentioned above. They scored a total of seven runs off of their thirteen hits. In fact, for the second night in a row, everybody in the lineup picked up at least one base hit. Below are the keys stats from the game, but like I did last night, here are some other quick notes. The Twins stole two more bases, and are now 18 for 18 on the season. Casilla picked up his second and Punto picked up his first.

Alexi Casilla: 1-5
Nick Punto: 2-4; 2 RBI and 2 Runs
Joe Mauer: 3-5; 2 RBI
Michael Cudyer: 1-4; Run and RBI
Justin Morneau: 2-5; Run
Torii Hunter: 1-5
Mike Redmond: 1-4; Run and RBI
Jason Tyner: 1-3; Run
Jason Bartlett: 1-3; Run

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

Twins Notes:
- Rondell White, who was expected to be activated before the game, said he will miss a little more time because he is still a little sore.

- Luis Castillo didn't play, but a stint on the DL is not expected. However, he will miss a few games.

- Anthony Swarzak of the Twins minor league system was suspended for 50 games for failing the minor league drug testing policy.

- Finally, Kevin Slowey pitched 5.2 scoreless innings allowing just three hits and strikingout nine.

Next Game:
The Twins will look to avoid a losing streak today when they send out Boof Bonser (0-1; 6.89) to face off against Zack Greinke (1-2; 3.95) and the Kansas City Royals. The game starts at 1:10, but it is not on TV.