May 8, 2007

Game 32: Chicago White sox

With a couple late inning rallies, the Twins were able to pick up an extra innings win over the White Sox 7-4. The Twins couldn't score or hit all night until the eighth inning when they tied the game with a three run inning. The bullpen pitched awesome tonight, and took the Twins into the tenth inning where Justin Morneau became the hero for a second time this season.

Boof Bonser pitched very well actually, but his three run error in the sixth inning nearly cost the Twins the game. Other than that one three run inning, Boof pitched a very good game and lowered his ERA majorly. His final line was 7 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs (1 earned) and 7 strikeouts. He didn't pick up a win, but he now has a 3.96 ERA.

The bullpen pitched three solid innings again tonight after Bonser exited. Guerrier was first and pitched one scoreless inning while allowing just one hit. Nathan pitched a scoreless and hitless ninth, and the win went to Rincon who also pitched a scoreless and hitless inning in the tenth.

The offense wasn't good at all until the three run rally in the eighth. Up to that point, they had just four hits and just one run off of a Justin Morneau solo homerun. However, in the eighth inning, they rallied for three run off of RBI hits by Bartlett, Castillo and Hunter. Hunter's hit also extended his hitting streak to 22 games. In the ninth inning, they had a threat but didn't score. In the tenth, they had the heart of the order up and got a nice rally for the win. Castillo doubled and then Kubel couldn't get the bunt down and struckout. Cuddyer also struckout and the Twins had two on with two out and Morneau at the plate. Morneau bombed on hanging changeup to rightfield for his second homerun of the game and his second walk-off of the season.

A few other notes include Redmond filling in nicely for Mauer and going 2-4 and Nick Punto getting moved to the eight spot for the night and going 1-3. For more Twins notes, read the ones below.

For more stats from this game, check out the Box Score.

Other Notes:
- Matt Garza was crushed in his recent outing. Here was his final line: 4IP, 7ER, 9H, 2BB, 8K, LOSS (4.66ERA).

- Lew Ford could be back late this week or sometime next week. Josh Rabe would be the likely man sent to the minors with his return.

- La Velle is saying that Ken Harvey is back from his knee injury and has started playing with the Rochester Red Wings.

- The New Britain team had a little mix up on Sunday night. La Velle said that it was just a misunderstanding and here is why:

As for the New Britain fight, it all began as a misunderstanding. Luke
Hughes yelled at the Trenton pitcher after striking out. The next
inning, J.P. Martinez lost control of a pitch and grazed the helmet of
the Trenton catcher, who misread the situation and charged the mound.

Trevor Plouffe, by all accounts, was trying to be a peacemaker
but got tossed and now is in line for whatever punishment the Eastern
League decides on.

Next Game:
The Twins will see if they can continue their offense from tonight and start a little winning streak tomorrow night when they send out Ramon Ortiz (3-2; 3.23) to face off against John Danks (0-4 5.02) and the White Sox at 7:10 CT. The game will again be on FSN North.