April 26, 2007

Game 22: Kansas City Royals

The Twins were able to end their four-game losing streak today with a 1-0 win over the Royals in extra innings. The Twins were able to win with just a little bit of offense and a lot of great pitching. With the win, the offense continued their slump, and the Twins had yet another player leave the game with an injury (more on that in the injury post above).

Boof Bonser went only five innings again today, and had a lot of good and a little bit of bad things happen. First, lets get the bad out of the way. Bonser, in his five innings, walked a season high seven batters. Now, the good. In his five innings, Bonser gave up just three hits and also struckout a total of eight batters. His final line was 5 innings, 7 walks, 3 hits, no runs and 8 strikeouts. Although the Twins won, Bonser got a no decision and now has an ERA of 5.26.

The bullpen pitched a lot today as they pitched a total of six innings. Perkins came in first, and pitched two outs of the sixth inning. In his inning, he allowed a hit and a walk, but gave up no runs. Guerrier then came in and got the final out before also pitching the seventh and eighth innings. Much like the whole year, he pitched very well. In his 2.1 innings, he gave up no hits and struckout two. Nathan came in for the ninth inning, and also pitched the tenth. In his two innings of work, he gave up just one hit and also struckout two batters. Rincon pitched the eleventh inning, and eventually got the win. In his one inning, he gave up no hits and didn't pick up any strikeouts.

Much like it has been for the last six games, the offense was quiet. Today, it was the bottom of the lineup that provided all of the spark. In fact, the last four batters picked up six of the total eight hits. The key hitters in the game were Jason Kubel and Mike Redmond, who both picked up two hits. Mike Redmond got the winning RBI single in the eleventh inning.

For more stats from the Twins or the Royals, check out the Box Score.

Next Game:
The Twins head to Detroit for their first three-game series with their division rivals, the Tigers, which begins Friday with a 6:05 p.m. CT contest. Right-hander Ramon Ortiz will get the start in the opener as he faces reigning AL Rookie of the Year, right-hander Justin Verlander.