May 19, 2007

Game 42: Milwaukee Brewers

The Twins were able to pick up their second consecutive win and win their first series of May tonight with a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. As was last night's win, tonight's win was an all around very good game for the Twins. The offense scored five runs and did the little things while the Twins got another brilliant outing from a young pitcher, this time it was Scott Baker.

When Baker was called up, I'm sure many people were somewhat questioning the move with Slowey pitching so well. However, Baker definitely showed why he was picked falling just two outs shy of the team's first complete game since 2005. Baker didn't use very many pitches along the way, and had it not been for the solo homerun in the ninth to give Nathan a save opportunity, he would have went nine innings. He still pitched very well, and his final line was 8.1 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs and 5 strikeouts. The win was his first of the season and he is now 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA.

The bullpen obviously didn't pitch very much, but Joe Nathan did come in to get the final two outs for his ninth save of the season.

The offense was good again tonight, and as I mentioned above, they did all of the little things to pick up the win. They gave Baker some room in the eighth inning when they scored two runs. These two runs were an example of what the Twins did to pick up the win. Luis Castillo got a bunt single, and Cirillo followed it up with a sac bunt to advance him. Cuddyer then singled and Castillo scored. Torii Hunter got an infield single to score Cuddyer after he stole second, and all sudden, the Twins led 5-1. In addition to these two runs, the Twins also picked up two others on a two-run homerun by Hunter in the second.

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

Twins Notes:
- We knew Mauer wouldn't be ready to come back tomorrow, but Gardenhire made it official by announcing it today. Gardenhire said that he will need at least a week and possibly ten days.

- La Velle said that all of the Twins players got haircuts today. On the telecast tonight, they mentioned that Guerrier had gotten a Mohawk. Now, on the Twins website, they mention that the players want to get Hunter involved by having him either grow his hair back or wear a wig for a game.

- Garrett Jones didn't last long, but indications from Gardenhire suggest that he will be back up sometime soon. The only question is, for who?

- Finally, Ramon Ortiz will look to rebound from his one-inning start at Cleveland tomorrow. Ortiz will face off against Brewers right-hander Claudio Vargas.