April 28, 2007

Game 23: Detroit Tigers

The Twins won their second game in a row yesterday as they scored four runs in the eighth inning to beat the Tigers 5-3. Ramon Ortiz was unable to pick up the win, but he did get another quality start and has had one in every start this season. The bullpen was good, and the offense came through in the late innings. With the win, the Twins are now 13-10 and are just out of first place, behind only the Indians and White Sox who have both played at least two fewer games than the Twins.

Ramon Ortiz had been spectacular so far this season, and he was again yesterday. Although he used a lot of pitches yesterday and walked a total of four batters, Oritz gave up only two runs and also limited the hits. His finals line was 6 innings, 5 hits, 4 walks and 2 strikeouts. Although he didn't get the win, he did keep his ERA low and it now stands at 2.57.

The bullpen pitched well after Ortiz exited. Crain came in for the seventh inning, and gave up two hits and a run. Rincon pitched the eighth inning, and also gave up two hits, but was able to avoid any damage. Nathan came in for the ninth with the Twins leading 5-3 and picked up his seventh save of the season with a shutout inning.

The offense was slow again up until the seventh inning. Justin Morneau put the Twins on the board with his fifth homerun of the season. Then, in the eighth inning, the Twins put a game deciding four spot on the board. The first two runs came with Redmond's two RBI hit to rightfield. Then, Mauer pinch hit for Rabe and got a two RBI hit to leftfield to put the Twins ahead 5-3.

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

Injury Updates:
Rondell White:
White is now out indefinitely after his MRI revealed a tear in his calf. He will rehab in Minnesota for a week and then head to Florida for more rehab. There is no timetable for his return.

Luis Catillo and Jeff Cirillo:
Both players are expected to return to action next Tuesday. For Castillo, the Twins wont have to make any roster moves, but for Cirillo they will. It should be interesting to see who they send down because they would like to keep Casilla in the majors.

Redmond and Hunter:
Neither are injured as they both played yesterday. Redmond got hit on the shoulder on Thursday, but has had three RBI since then and Hutner got hit in the mouth on Thursday, but got another hit yesterday to give him a 13-game hitting streak.