July 12, 2007

Game 89: Oakland A's

The Twins kicked off their second half with a 6-2 win over the Oakland A's tonight. Scott Baker had a much better outing than his last one, and the bullpen pitched good as well. The offense scored early in the first inning, and never looked back.

I mentioned in the "At the Break" series that the Twins needed consistent pitching, and tonight they got a great performance from Scott Baker. Baker's final line was 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs and 3 strikeouts. With the win, Baker is now 4-3 on the season, and now has a 5.43 ERA.

The bullpen picked up the final three innings, and pitched very good. Matt Guerrier pitched in the game first and went 1.1 innings allowing no hits or runs. Dennys Reyes then came into the game and got the last two outs for his twelfth straight scoreless outing. Nathan pitched the ninth inning in a non-save opportunity, and he pitched a quick one-two-three inning.

The offense scored early tonight, and although they missed some scoring chances, they played well overall. Michael Cuddyer was the key player for the Twins as he collected a total of four hits and got the Twins on the board early. Garrett Jones had a nice (second) debut with the Twins going 2-4, including one hit that went off the top of the wall in right field.

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

Alexander Smit Claimed:
Alexander Smit has not been productive at Fort Myers this season, and the Twins removed him from the forty man roster because of it. While they were moving him off the forty man roster and sending him through waivers back to Fort Myers, he was claimed by the Cincinnati Reds.

The Twins now have an open roster spot, but it isn't clear if they will add someone or just leave it empty.

Twins Sign Second Round Pick:
According to La Velle, the Twins have now signed second round pick Danny `Bam-Bam’ Rams. Here are the notes on Rams from draft day.

Rams began his senior season rated the nation's No. 1 catcher by Rise Magazine. Possessing raw power, good arm strength and big-time bat speed, Rams is the type of hitter that the Twins often seek in the early rounds. After hitting .372 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in 2006, Rams was selected to the AFLAC All-American Baseball Classic. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound catcher has some skills behind the plate, as well. The worst-case scenario is that he could end up at first base.