June 10, 2007

Game 61: Washington Nationals

The Twins avoided being swept by the Nationals today with a 6-3 win. The offense was much better, collecting fifteen hits on the day. Bonser went only five innings, but did a pretty good job allowing just three runs. With the win, the Twins are still a game below five hundred, but it's good that they didn't get swept.

Boof Bonser has gotten tired pretty early in games this season, but has pitched very well overall. He went just five innings today, but when all was said and done, he pitched well enough for the win. His final line was 5 innings, 9 hits, 3 runs and 5 strikeouts. With the win, he is now 5-2 on the season with a 4.21 ERA.

One thing I'd like to mention is that I'd like to see Bonser start getting at least six innings per game, and getting over the hundred pitch mark each game as well. However, he has pitched well and consistently this season, and I've been very happy with him.

The bullpen picked up the final four innings of the game, and again pitched well. Guerrier came in first and went 1.2 innings allowing 2 hits while striking out 2 batters as well. Neshek was next, and pitched 1.1 innings allowing no hits and also picking up 2 strikeouts. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth inning, and picked up his fourteenth save of the season with a scoreless inning of work.

The offense has been very inconsistent this season, and the first two games of this series really showed that. Today, they managed six runs, but the big part was the team collecting fifteen hits. The Twins didn't get any homeruns and had just two extra base hits, but had nice situational hitting to put them ahead. With all of the hits, instead of telling you about the offense, here are the stats.

Luis Castillo: 2-5; Run
Jason Bartlett: 3-5; Run and 2 RBI
Michael Cuddyer: 1-5
Justin Morneau: 0-5
Torii Hunter: 3-4; RBI and 3 Runs
Mike Redmond: 2-3
Jeff Cirillo: 1-4; RBI
Lew Ford: 1-4
Nick Punto: 2-4; Run

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

Groundbreaking:
Today Dave St. Peter had a post on his blog with the news of the new ballpark groundbreaking. He wrote that it is penciled in for August 2nd, and then gives the schedule of events.

Preliminary plans call for a day long series of groundbreaking events
starting with the 12:10 pm Twins-Royals matchup at the Metrodome. Following the
game, focus shifts to the ballpark site which will be converted from a
construction zone to fan festival as the team as the team joins the Minnesota
Ballpark Authority and Hennepin County in inviting fans to be part of this
historic occasion. The ballpark site will open to fans beginning at
approximately 5 pm with a free concert set for 5:15 pm and the actual ceremonies
getting underway at around 7 pm. In addition to the concert, the event will
feature plenty of food and drink, interactive for kids, player autographs and
the chance for fans to “run the bases” just like the Twins will in 2010. Several
current and former Twins players will join local and regional leaders as well as
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig as we turn the first dirt for the
new ballpark.