April 7, 2007

Game 4: Chicago White Sox

The Twins lost their first game of the season today, but you can't blame Carlos Silva for the loss. Silva really impressed me today, and I have to admit that after the first inning, I thought it would be a long day. It turned out to be fun to watch him pitch, but it was still a long day as the bats never woke up and were the main reason for the loss.

As I said above, Silva pitched very impressive today pitching five very strong innings. In his five innings of work, he gave up only one run and five hits. Silva allowed that one run in the first, but after that run he really settled down and pitched well. He also picked up a walk and a strikeout.

The bullpen got some work in after Silva pitched the fifth inning. Guerrier pitched two scoreless innings, and they were very quick innings as well. In his two innings, he didn't give up a single hit or walk. Reyes pitched the eighth inning and struggled a little bit. He got just one out, and gave up two runs including a homerun to Uribe. Neshek got the final two outs of the eighth inning, and gave up a walk and a strikeout.

There isn't much to say about the hitting other than it was horrible. The Twins picked up just three hits and those were scattered throughout the game. The biggest threat came when the Twins had the bases loaded in the second inning, and when Tyner hit a ball to left, Cuddyer went home and was doubled up at third. Cuddyer however, had two of the hits, while Castillo picked up an infield hit as well.

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

Key Decisions:
Something else that I would like to mention on this game is the mental mistakes. As I said above, Cuddyer was doubled-up at third to end the threat in the second. This was a huge momentum buster in my opinion because when you have the bases loaded with just one out, you expect to score one run (which would have tied the game). However, you forget how many outs there are and give the pitcher a huge break. Vazquez obviously pitched very well after that.

And I'm not just saying this because we lost. Punto the other night, also forgot how many out there were and gave up a run. Since the Twins were winning, it wasn't a big deal. However, when you get paid millions of dollars, you have to have a little bit better awareness.

One other thing I'd like to mention is Torii Hunter's habits. Hunter is a great player, don't get me wrong. But when I see Vazquez struggling with his control early on, and Hunter swinging at first pitches, it really bothers me. In his first two at-bats, he did this and both times got weak pop-ups. The other time he took a few pitches but then hit a weak ball for a double play and another threat-buster. Again, I'm not just mentioning this because of the loss. It seemed to me that he was doing this in the opening series as well, and each time popped it up.

Next Game:
The Twins will play the White Sox in an Easter game tomorrow at 1:05 CT. The Twins will send out ace Johan Santana to face off against rookie John Danks and the Chicago White Sox. You can catch the game on FSN North.

Look for the White Sox to fill the lineup with left-handed batters as Ozzie said he will try a new approach at one of the White Sox toughest opponents Johan Santana. In my opinion, we should have a good chance with Johan on the mound and a rookie on the hill for the Sox. Lets hope the bats will provide more than just three hits.

Tomorrow morning, I'll have some Twins notes and then check back tomorrow night for a game recap.

Have a nice Easter!