June 27, 2007

Game 75: Toronto Blue Jays

The Twins evened the series with the Toronto Blue Jays at a game a piece last night with a 2-1 extra innings victory. Scott Baker was surprisingly very good, and kept the Twins in the game. The offense was a little off, but Jeff Cirillo game up with a hit in extra innings to give the Twins a victory. With the win, the Twins are now 39-36 on the season, and with a Tigers loss, they are now 5.5 games back.

Scott Baker had a fabulous first outing, but since has been a little shaky. Yesterday, he reverted back to his first outing, and pitched very well. Baker's final line was 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run and 9 strikeouts. The nine strikeouts was a new career high, and although he didn't pick up a win, he did lower his ERA and it now stands at 5.77 for the season.

The bullpen did another great job yesterday, and helped collect the win. Dennys Reyes came in after Baker allowed a base runner in the eighth inning, and he got one out before exiting. Pat Neshek finished off the inning, and then pitched a scoreless ninth as well. Nathan was next, and pitched two innings allowing no hits or runs while picking up three strikeouts. The win went to Juan Rincon who came in for the twelfth inning and also allowed no hits or runs. With the win, Juan is now 3-1 on the season.

The offense was somewhat quiet, picking up two runs off of nine total hits. The big hits went to Jason Kubel, who picked up an RBI, and Jeff Cirillo, who ended the game with a two out bloop hit. With the RBI, Kubel now has 26 on the season, and Cirillo has 16.

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