April 5, 2007

Game 3: Baltimore Orioles

The Twins picked up their first sweep of the season after beating the Orioles 7-2 last night. The Twins took a lot of walks and then got some clutch hits to take an early lead. In this game, the Twins sent out their new starter Ramon Ortiz to take the mound. Ortiz was very nervous early on, but kept his composure and pitched seven solid innings for the Twins.

The rotation has looked very good so far, and Ortiz kept it that way on Wednesday. Ortiz pitched seven solid innings and allowed just two runs which both came in the sixth inning. In his seven innings, he allowed just the two runs and seven hits while walking one and striking out four others. Ortiz got some help from Nick Punto and Jason Tyner in the sixth and seventh innings when they made diving plays to end the innings.

The bullpen didn't pitch much tonight thanks to Ortiz's performance. Matt Guerrier got his first appearance of the season and pitched two scoreless innings. In his two innings, Guerrier allowed just one hit and struckout two batters. So, it turned out that closer Joe Nathan didn't have to pitch after all. However, he was there to congratulate his teammates on the field after the win.

Hitting was good again tonight. They took a total of six walks, and a lot of time those runners came in to score. Castillo continued his awesome hitting going 2-5 on the night and taking his average to .500. Michael Cuddyer also broke out of his early slump going 3-3 with two RBI before exiting the game after fouling a ball off of his chin. Mauer went 2-4 and scored a run, while White went 1-4 with two RBI. Tyner, Hunter and Kubel each picked up hits on the night, and the hits for Hunter and Kubel were both doubles.

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

Next Game:
The Twins have an off-day today, and will get back on the field on Friday to kick off another series against the White Sox. The first game is set for Friday at 7:11 and will be on FSN North. The Twins will send out Carlos Silva to pitch against Javier Vazquez and the White Sox.

I'll have another post tonight or tomorrow with the off-day.