Game 92: Oakland A's
The Twins completed the sweep of the Oakland A's today with more good pitching and some late inning magic. Boof Bonser took the hill for the Twins, and allowed just three runs in just over six innings of work. The bullpen pitched well after Bonser exited, and a few late inning hits helped get the Twins the win. With the 4-3 victory, the Twins have won their first four out of the break, and are now 49-43 on the season.
Boof Bonser didn't pick up a win today, but he again kept the Twins in the game. Bonser's final line was 6.1 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs and 6 strikeouts. Two of his runs were allowed after he left with men on base, and he unfortunately couldn't pick up the win. Anyways, he does now have a 4.68 ERA on the season.
The bullpen relieved Bonser, and did a very nice job. Matt Guerrier came in with two runners on base, and allowed a hit after he struck out the first batter. Dennys Reyes then came in to pitch the eighth inning, and struck out two batters. Gardenhire left Reyes in to start the ninth, and he walked the first batter. Neshek then came in with no outs, and struck out two while allowing no runs. Neshek would be the winning pitcher, and is now 4-1 on the season.
The offense had been pretty good throughout the series, and that was again the case today. The Twins scored a total of four runs off eleven hits, and although they did leave men on base early, they played well enough for the win. The key hits came in the eighth and ninth innings for the Twins. Trailing by one run in the eighth, and already 0-3 on the day, Morneau hit a full count pitch into the upper deck for his 25th homerun of the season. Then in the ninth, Castillo lead off with a triple, and Mauer eventually got a base hit up the middle for the game winning hit.
For more stats, make sure to check out the Box Score.
Either later tonight, or possibly early tomorrow morning, I will have Twins Territory's first interview ever! I'm not going to tell you who it is, but check back tonight and tomorrow to find out.