May 20, 2007

Game 43: Milwaukee Brewers

The Twins weren't able to pick up their first sweep of May after another poor start by Ramon Ortiz and another poor performance by Dennys Reyes. The offense scored four runs early in the game, but Ortiz gave up the lead within two innings of the team scoring those runs. The final score was 6-5, and with the loss, the Twins fell another game back in the division.

Ramon Ortiz got off to a great start this season, but since April, he has looked like crap. In his last outing, he lasted just one inning and gave up six runs. Today, it was a little better, but still a bad start. His final line was 4.1 innings, 10 hits, 5 runs and 2 strikeouts. He didn't pick up the loss, but his ERA continued to rise and now stands at 5.36 on the season.

The bullpen was good with the exception of Reyes. Guerrier came in to finish the fifth inning, and went on to pitch the sixth as well. His final line was 1.2 innings of no hit and no run baseball. Reyes came in for the seventh to face two left-handed batters. However, both hitters got hits and he went just 0.1 innings allowing two hits and a run. Neshek then came in and finished the seventh and also pitched a scoreless eighth. His final line was 1.2 innings, no hits and 2 strikeouts.

The offense didn't play the best, but they managed to score five runs. They scored fours runs in the third inning off of a Cuddyer two-run homerun and a Heintz two-run single. Luis Rodriguez came in and got a leadoff double in the sixth, but he was wasted as the Twins went down in order after that.

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

Twins Notes:
- Gardenhire said that Hunter and Morneau will each DH in the upcoming series with the Rangers. Ford will play in center for Hunter while Cirillo will play at first for Morneau.

- Had the Twins swept the Brewers, it would have been the team's first sweep of them since 1978.

- Finally, I'll have a little story on Ortiz and Reyes hopefully sometime later tonight.