June 9, 2007

Game 59: Washington Nationals

The Twins didn't kick off their nine game homestand quite the way they would have liked, losing to the Nationals 8-5. Carlos Silva pitched horrible, and if only Ramon Ortiz would have started, we might have won. The offense turned it on late, and I was pretty happy with them given the fact that it looked like it was over after just three innings.

The story for Carlos Silva all season has been him getting no run support. But that wasn't the case on Friday. Silva lasted just three innings, and allowed the Nationals to score seven runs. His final line was 3 innings, 9 hits, 7 runs and 2 walks. He picked up another loss and is now 3-7 with a 4.58 ERA.

Ramon Ortiz was the only guy to pitch out of the bullpen, and he did an awesome job. He pitched a total of six innings for the Twins, and allowed just one run. Also, he did two things for the Twins, he showed them that he has the ability to start, and he also saved the rest of the bullpen for other games. His final line was 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 run and 3 strikeouts. If only he would have started...

The offense looked horrible until the seventh inning, and they only had two hits up until that point. But in the seventh inning, they picked up three runs off of Jason Kubel's fourth homerun of the season. The Twins scored one run in the last two innings, but couldn't put enough of a comeback together to get the win. The team had a total of eight hits in the last three inning, and ended the game with ten total.

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

Up Next:
The Twins will take on another horrible pitcher, and a former Twin tonight when they face off against Levale Speigner (1-2; 9.10) and the Washington Nationals. The Twins will send out Johan Santana (6-5; 3.30) to pitch against him, and the game will start at 6:10 CT on FSN North.