April 29, 2007

Game 25: Detroit Tigers

The Twins played a decent game today, but were unable to sweep the Tigers after Jesse Crain blew his second game in one week. The offense didn't score a lot, and Santana didn't pitch his best. However, they stuck in the game until the ninth inning with no outs when Inge hit a solo shot off of Crain.

Johan Santana pitched a mediocre game today, and looked a little out of sync. He gave up a total of three runs, and they all came off of homeruns. His final line was 6 innings, 8 hits, 3 run, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. His control was a little off, and he used a total of 114 pitches to get through his six innings. Although it wasn't his best outing, he did get a quality start and kept the Twins in the game. His ERA is now 3.60 and with the no-decision, his record is still at 3-2.

The bullpen was decent other than the solo homerun given up in the ninth. Neshek came in and pitched a great seventh inning. In the one inning of work, he didn't give up a hit or run. Crain came in for the eighth inning and gave up a hit and got a strikeout. However, they left him in for the ninth inning, and on a 3-1 count to Inge, the pitch got blasted to leftfield for a game-winning hit.

The offense hasn't hit left-handers well all season, and that was the case again today. I should also mention that this was probably their best game against a left-hander though. The Twins scored all of their runs with two outs and scored in the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Redmond doubled and Kubel got a two RBI double. Then in the sixth, Hunter hit a bomb to leftfield for his fifth homerun of the season. There were four notable hitters, and they were Nick Punto, Jason Bartlett, Torii Hunter and Mike Redmond. All four of these batters collected two hits.

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

I have another post for today with a number of different notes on the team.