April 21, 2007

Game 17: Kansas City Royals

The Twins got off to a bad start today against the Royals, but their offense really showed up, and they were able to pick up a 7-5 victory. The Twins fell behind in the first inning, but that wasn't Bonser's fault. With two outs and the bases loaded, Bonser got a pop-up. However, Rodriguez dropped it and two runs scored. The offense picked up 16 hits on the day, and many different players came through for clutch hits.

Boof Bonser went only five innings again today, and was a bit shaky at times. However, his numbers weren't all that bad. As I mentioned above, two of the five runs that he gave up came off of an error by Rodriguez. Bonser's final numbers were 5 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs (3 earned) and 7 strikeouts. The big thing for Bonser was solo homeruns. Every time the Twins trailed, they would battle back. However, Bonser would then give up the lead. Two of the times, it was because of bad pitches hit over the wall for solo homeruns.

The bullpen was spectacular today after having a rough day yesterday. Neshek pitched an awesome sixth inning, as he struckout all three batters and needed just fourteen pitches to do so. Reyes and Crain combined for the seventh inning. Reyes picked up the first two outs and Crain picked up the final out. Crain also pitched a scoreless eighth. Nathan came on for the ninth, and just like Neshek, he looked awesome. Nathan faced just three batters and struck them all out. With the save, Nathan now has six on the season.

Since the beginning of the Seattle series, the offense seems to have woken up. That was definitely the case today as they knocked the Royals staff around for a total of sixteen hits. As I mentioned above, many players came up clutch today. The main player was Mike Redmond, who had three singles, and each time drove in a run. Also, if I remember right, each time he either tied the game or gave the Twins the lead. Finally, for the third night in a row, each player that batted in the game got at least one hit.

Alexi Casilla: 2-5; 2 Runs
Nick Punto: 2-4; Run, RBI and Triple (1)
Joe Mauer: 2-4; 2 RBI and 2 Doubles (8)
Michael Cuddyer: 1-5; Run
Justin Morneau: 2-4; Run and 2 Doubles (5)
Torii Hunter: 2-4; 2 Runs, RBI and Double (11)*
Jason Kubel: 1-4
Mike Redmond: 3-4; 3 RBI
Luis Rodriguez: 1-4

*League Leader

Another thing that I should mention is that Alexi Casilla picked up his third stolen base of the season in the game making the team 19 for 19 on the season. However, later in the game, Hunter ended that streak by getting caught for the first time at second.

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

A Few Notes:
- Rondell White didn't do any drills today, and said that he wants to take his time to avoid a bigger injury. He could be back in the lineup on Monday.

- Luis Castillo got another day off, but it is possible that he may need to go on the DL. Gardenhire said if he doesn't get better that they will have to do something. However, he is set to ride on the bike today.

- Bartlett got the day off because Gardy felt that his groin was bothering him. Bartlett pinch ran so he must be fine.

- Finally, Baker looked impressive yesterday in eight scoreless innings. Actually, the whole AAA rotation has been good, and you can read more about that here.

Next Game:
The Twins will go for a series win tomorrow when they send out Ramon Ortiz (3-0; 2.05) to face off against Jorge De La Rosa (1-1; 4.34) and the Kansas City Royals. The first pitched is set for 1:10, and the game will be on WFTC29 (FSN Outstate).