Game 81: New York Yankees
The Twins lost the opening game of the four game series with the Yankees last night 5-1, and also fell further back in the division. Boof Bonser looked solid through five innings, but had a rough sixth and again didn't make it through six innings. For the second straight night, the Twins offense was scarce, and they managed just one run. With the loss, the Twins are now 42-39 on the season, but are now 7.5 games back in the division.
All season, the problem for Boof has been hitting a wall after the fifth inning, and also being unable to get through at least six innings. That was the problem again yesterday as he pitched solid through five innings, but allowed three runs in the sixth after that. Bonser's final line was 5.1 innings, 9 hits, 4 runs and 6 strikeouts. With the loss, he is now 5-5 on the season with a 4.76 ERA.
The bullpen had its up an downs. Juan Rincon came in to try and get the Twins out of the sixth inning. Instead, he made matters worse by walking two straight batters including one with the bases loaded. Matt Guerrier then game in and pitched 0.2 innings of work allowing no runs and one hit. Already trailing, the Twins handed the last two innings to Matt Garza, and he looked very good. Garza went 2 innings, allowing 2 hits, no runs and picking up one strikeout.
As I mentioned above, the offense was silent for a second consecutive night. They managed just one run off a total of four hits. Two of those hits came off of Clemens and the other two off of Rivera in the ninth.
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