July 20, 2007

Game 96: LA Angels

The Twins ended their three game skid last night with a 7-5 victory over the Angels. The game wasn't pretty, but they got the job done. Carlos Silva struggled early on, but settled down and pitch into the seventh inning for the Twins. The bullpen finished up nicely, and as you can tell from the score, the Twins scored some runs.

Carlos Silva has been inconsistent this season, showing a lot of good and some bad. His main problem lately has been giving up one big inning, and that was the case yesterday. Silva's final line was 6.2 innings, 10 hits, 5 runs and 1 strikeout. With the win, he is now 8-10 on the season with a 4.60 ERA.

The bullpen pitched the final 2.1 innings, and did a good job. Dennys Reyes came in for the final out of the seventh and first out of the eight, and allowed no hits. Juan Rincon came in for the final two outs of the eighth inning, and did a nice job as well. Joe Nathan then came in to pitch the ninth inning and picked up his nineteenth save with a quick one-two-three inning.

The Twins had lost three games by one run, and were in need of some offense. They got that as Jason Kubel and Justin Morneau among others put up great games. Jason Kubel went 3-3 and has now reached base in his last seven at-bats. Justin Morneau pick up three RBI on the game, two coming off his 26th homerun of the season. Some other bright spots were Bartlett and Hunter who each picked up multiple hits on the game.

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

Cuddyer to DL:
Michael Cuddyer injured his thumb sliding into second base a couple of days ago, and the news is worse than expected. According to the report, Cuddyer has a strained thumb, and because of it was place on the fifteen day disabled list. Cuddyer did say that he shouldn't miss more time than that, and expects to be playing again within the first days of August.

To take his spot on the roster, the Twins have called up Darnell McDonald. McDonald got the start last night, but only time will tell how long he will be up with Rondell White resuming play again today.