May 6, 2007

Game 31: Boston Red Sox

It was another horrible day for the Twins today as they lost not only the game, but they also lost their starting catcher Joe Mauer to the disable list. The Twins lost to the Red Sox by a final score of 4-3 and had it not been for Justin Morneau hitting so bad, they might have won. Ponson made some bad pitches, but didn't pitch all that bad, and Torii Hunter continued to be one of the only good things for the Twins offense.

Sidney Ponson was coming off of his best start of the season, and had some trouble but a decent outing. He fell behind early by giving up a first inning run to the Red Sox. The next inning he looked sharp and struckout the side in order. Ponson's final line was 5.1 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) and 5 strikeouts. Ponson picks up the loss and is now 2-4 on the season with a 6.42 ERA.

The bullpen was very good for a second day in a row as they pitched 3.2 scoreless innings. Perkins pitched two innings, and in those innings allowed just one hit while also strikingout one batter. Rincon then came in for 0.2 innings of scoreless baseball and was followed by Reyes who did the same. The final Red Sox out went to Crain who pitched the last out of the ninth.

The offense was a little bit better, but Justin Morneau really needs to figure some things out. The bright things included Torii Hunter extending his hitting streak to 21 games with a 2-4 performance. Redmond stepped up in Mauer's place and went 2-3, and Tyner came through in the three run seventh with a two run single.

The bad things included Justin Morneau looking at strikes down the middle of the plate and strikingout twice. What bothered me more was that after he struckout, he argued with the ump even though he should have been swinging the bat. The other bad thing was Morneau continuing his streak of not coming through in the clutch. With the Twins already having scored three runs in the inning, they had two runners on base and were a hit away from a tie ballgame. However, Morneau grounded out to second on what was either the first or second pitch.

For more stats, check out the Box Score.

(Also, Mauer has not been put on the DL, but that is the rumor.)

Other Stories:
- Mauer looks like he is headed to the DL while Cuddyer is coming back.

- Roger Clemens in making another comeback. Great, now we get to hear about another comeback for the rest of the season. I don't care that he's coming back, but do they (ESPN) have to make it into such a huge deal everytime?

- Here's a note from the Rochester Red Wings website:

Catcher Chris Heintz was pulled from the starting lineup right before game
time, fueling speculation that he could be headed to Minnesota with Joe Mauer
(strained quad muscle) awaiting results of a Sunday MRI test...

This basically means that Mauer is indeed headed to the DL.

- Finally, for your daily Twins prospects watch, check this site out.