Game 73: Florida Marlins
The Twins finished up Interleague Play today with a 7-3 victory and a series win over the Florida Marlins. Johan Santana pitched well, and the offense did a very nice job. Larry Young, the homeplate umpire, was very inconsistent with his calls, and threw out Cuddyer and Gardenhire after they argued a strikeout call. With the win, the Twins are now 38-35 on the season.
Johan Santana pitched a shutout in his last outing, and pitched well again today. He didn't get a shutout because he allowed a solo homerun early in the game, but he did get another win. Santana's final line was 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) and 8 strikeouts. With the win, Santana is now 8-6 on the season, and has lowered his ERA to 2.83 on the season.
The bullpen picked up the last three innings, and the Twins went with Guerrier, Neshek and Nathan. Guerrier pitched the seventh inning, and gave up one hit but allowed no runs. Neshek pitched the eighth inning and allowed one run on a solo homerun. Nathan then came in and pitched the ninth inning in a non-save opportunity. In his one inning of work, Nathan allowed three hits, one run and struckout two batters.
The offense was good today, and Joe Mauer showed off some of his "Mauer Power". Mauer went 2-4 on the day, and picked up 2 homeruns and 3 RBI. Johan Santana also had a good day at the plate, as he picked up an RBI with his second inning triple. Finally, Jason Bartlett continued his hot series with two RBI on the day.
For more stats, make sure to check out the Box Score.
I have a lot of thoughts about the team and some choices we have to make. Instead of posting them here however, I think I'll have a separate post tomorrow or possibly later tonight. Also, I'll see if I can get an update up on Morneau's most recent status and checkup. Finally, if you haven't seen yet, the Twins made their first trade of the season.