July 14, 2007

Game 91: Oakland A's

Last night, the Twins assured themselves of at least a series split. Tonight, they assured themselves of a series win to lead off the second half beating the Oakland A's 4-3. Carlos Silva pitched very well, and allowed just three runs on two hits. The bullpen pitched good as well, and the offense hit the ball pretty well again tonight.

Carlos Silva had allowed at least five runs in his last three outings, and was looking to improve on that tonight. He did indeed do that, allowing just two total hits and three runs. Silva's final line was 6.2 innings, 2 hits, 3 runs and 4 strikeouts. With the win, Silva is now 7-10 on the season and now has a 4.55 ERA.

The bullpen pitched well as I mentioned above. Reyes came in for the last out of the seventh, but allowed a hit and then exited for Guerrier. Guerrier stayed in for only that out, and the Twins handed the lead to Neshek for the eighth inning. He pitched a solid inning, and Nathan pitched a quick ninth inning for his eighteenth save of the season.

The offense has played pretty well so far this series, and tonight scored four runs off eleven hits. Michael Cuddyer was again a huge key driving in two runs on his lone hit. Jason Tyner started tonight, and played well getting two hits and also picking up an RBI. The other two keys for the Twins tonight were Mauer and Castillo who both picked up two hits on the night.

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