April 12, 2007

Game 9: Tampa Bay Devil Rays

The Twins picked up their sixth win of the season tonight, but it was much closer than it should have been. Carlos Silva turned in another great outing as he allowed no runs in just over six innings of work. The Twins hit a couple of homeruns, and one of them was the Twins first walk-off of the season by Justin Morneau.

Carlos Silva pitched very well against Chicago on Saturday and finished with a loss. He pitched great against the Devil Rays tonight, and got a no-decision after a blown lead in the eight inning. Silva gave up a hit in each inning, but controlled the base runners and didn't allow any runs. Silva's final line was 6.2 innings, 7 hits, no runs and 4 strikeouts.

The bullpen was actually pretty active as a total of four pitchers entered the game. Reyes came into the game in the seventh inning and got the final out to end the inning. Rincon came in for the eighth inning, and blew the lead for the Twins. On the first pitch, he gave up a homerun and then later let the Rays tie the game at two. With just one out, a tie game and runners at second and third, the Twins brought in Pat Neshek. Neshek pitched awesome and was a key factor in the win. Neshek picked up the final two outs of the inning, both strikeouts. Nathan pitched the ninth with the score still tied at two. He gave up a single followed by a double. However, Crawford went to third and forced Zobrist to go home. Castillo threw it to Mauer, who tagged Zobrist and threw it to Casilla who tagged Crawford for a huge double play.

The offense got eight hits on the night, but still had some trouble getting the runners in. All of the runs came off of homeruns for the Twins. Cuddyer hit his first homerun of the season in the fourth inning to put the Twins up 2-0. In the ninth inning, with the score tied, Morneau led off the inning with his third homerun of the season and the Twins first walk-off of the season. Some other notable hitters on the night included Mauer, who went 2-4 and Kubel who went 2-3.

For more stats from the Twins, or the Devil Ray's stats, check out the Box Score.

Ballpark Design:
I had intended to have a post with pictures and thoughts about the new design. However, they didn't reveal as much information or as many pictures as I thought they would. So, if you want to see the galleries or get more information, check out the official ballpark page or the section by the Star Tribune.

Hunter Honored:
Tonight began the four-game series with the Devil Rays, but it also began the award celebrations. Tonight Hunter was honored with the Gold Glove award. Some other awards that will be presented this weekend include the Cy-Young, MVP, Batting Champion award and more. When the weekend is over, I hope to have pictures from each event.

Next Game:
The Twins will look to extend their winning streak to three games tomorrow when they again take the field against the Devil Rays. The Twins will send out Cy-Young winner Johan Santana (2-0; 2.77) to face off against another left-hander Scott Kazmir (0-1; 6.75). The game will begin at 7:10 and will again be on FSN.