April 9, 2007

Game 6: New York Yankees

The Twins lost their first game of their seven game homestand yesterday to the New York Yankees. The thing that has looked good all season, their starting pitching, wasn't exactly what they would like to see. Hitting however wasn't all that great either as they collected only six hits.

As I mentioned above, the starting pitching was the worst of the season on Monday as new Twins pitcher, Sidney Ponson, made his debut. The Yankees got started early, but two of the runs scored off of a miss-played ball by Kubel. Ponson's final line was 5.2 innings, 10 hits, 8 run and 3 walks. I'm not ready to give up on Ponson just yet, but he'll need to improve in his next outing or we might see Garza my the end of April.

The bullpen was good again on Monday. Guerrier pitched first out of the pen and went 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Reyes and Neshek also got an inning of work. Reyes was first and gave up no runs and just one hit. Neshek looked good in his inning as he gave up no hits or runs.

The hitting has been slow since the beginning of the Chicago series and that continued on Monday. The Twins scored just two runs on six hits. Hunter had a nice game going 2-3 with an RBI, the other RBI went to Jason Kubel who went 1-3. Castillo, Mauer and Cuddyer picked up the rest of the Twins hits on the night. One good thing about the offense was that half of the hits were doubles which means the bats might be starting to heat up.

For more stats from the Twins, or New York's stats, check out the Box Score.

Game Recaps:
April is a busy month for me, so some of the game posts may not be up until the afternoon of the following day. However, make sure to check back because I intend to get a post up for every game. Like I said above, SOME. That means that most will be up by the morning, but some may get pushed back a little bit.

Next Game:
The Twins will look to even up the series tonight at 7:10 CT when they send out Boof Bonser (0-0) to take on Andy Pettitte (0-0) and the New York Yankees. The Twins lineup may look a little different with the recent callups (check post above).