July 13, 2007

Game 90: Oakland A's

The Twins assured themselves of at least a series split with the A's tonight winning 5-3. Johan Santana pitched very good, and for some odd reason only went seven innings. Juan Rincon was again horrible, and made it a game in the ninth inning. And finally, the offense again scored first and held on for the win. With the win, the Twins are 47-43 on the season.

Ron Gardenhire said that he felt Johan was really fired up for the second half of the season. Johan showed that tonight as he pitched seven shutout innings, of dominate baseball. For some reason, Johan only went seven innings leaving with only ninety-one pitches. Anyways, his final line was 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs and 8 strikeouts. With the win, he is now 11-6 on the season, and now has a 2.60 ERA as well.

The bullpen shouldn't have gotten two innings of work tonight, but they did. Pat Neshek pitched a great eighth inning allowing just a hit. The ninth inning was going to go to Rincon, but he pitched horrible again and gave up two hits and three runs. The Twins then brought in Nathan, and he picked up his seventeenth save of the season after giving up a hit.

The offense scored first, and Luis Castillo and Michael Cuddyer both continued to hit well. Castillo went 3-4 on the night and also picked up two RBI. Cuddyer on the other hand had a great night for the second straight game going 2-3. The Twins offense overall scored a total of five runs off of their ten hits.

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

Danny Lehmann Signs:
The Minnesota Twins eighth round pick Danny Lehmann has signed according to a family member. In an e-mail, he told me that he took his physical on Monday, and is meeting with members of the Twins organization tonight in Houston for dinner and to sign the deal. Danny is being asked to report to the Elizabethton team this weekend, and should start playing with the team by at least Monday. Also according this family member, "He’s ready to go and antsy to play ball."

Lehmann was the catcher at Rice last season, and according to his report, he is a tough competitor, and lead the team with both his glove and bat. Another interesting fact is that his uncle is the star of the reality television show, "Dog The Bounty Hunter."

UPDATE: Lehmann won't fly out until Tuesday, so he is now expected to start playing with the team during their six game homestand.