June 23, 2007

Game 72: Florida Marlins

The Twins evened the series with the Marlins tonight with an 11-1 win. Everything from Carlos Silva to the Twins offense was awesome, and everybody in the lineup really showed up to play. Silva gave up just a run, and the offense got started early in the game, and never looked back. With the win tonight, the Twins are now 37-35 on the season, but still stand 6.5 games back as both the Indians and Tigers won today.

Carlos Silva has pitched very well lately, and has given the Twins a chance to win as well. Tonight, he got the run support early, and used that lead to build some confidence. Silva's final line was 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run and 5 strikeouts. With the win, he is now 5-8 on the season and now has an ERA below 4.00 as it now stands at 3.98.

Ramon Ortiz was the only Twins pitcher to pitch out of the bullpen, and he picked up two innings, and a rare at-bat. In his two innings, he gave up three hits but allowed no runs. Gardenhire wanted him to pitch the bottom of the ninth, so he let him bat in the top of the inning. Unfortunately, he struckout.

The offense was great, and there were a few players who really stood out. Torii Hunter doubled, tripled and singled in his first three at-bats, but he got out in his next three and couldn't get the cycle. Jeff Cirillo went 4-5 on the night, and has now brought his batting average from the low .200's all the way up to .284, that's why he starts at third now. Jason Kubel also played well going 3-4 with three runs and two RBI. Since they did hit so well, I've decided to post the stats below.

Luis Castillo: 2-4; Run
Nick Punto: 0-4; 2 Runs
Joe Mauer: 2-4; 3 RBI and 2 Runs
Michael Cuddyer: 1-5
Torii Hunter: 3-6; 2 Runs
Jason Kubel: 3-4; 2 RBI and 3 Runs
Jeff Cirillo: 4-5; Run and 2 RBI
Jason Bartlett: 1-3; 3 RBI
Chris Heintz: 1-1; RBI

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

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