July 21, 2007

Game 97: LA Angels

The Twins won their second straight game tonight, and also assured themselves of a series victory over the Angels with a final score of 5-2. Boof Bonser pitched very well, and allowed both runs in the eight inning. The Twins offense scored all of their runs off of homeruns and had three total in the game. With the win, the Twins are now 51-46 on the season and are still eight games back after Detroit won in extra innings.

Boof Bonser has pitched well pretty much all season, and has normally at least kept the team in the game. Tonight, he pitched very well, and surprisingly, very late. Boof's final line was 7.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs and 1 strikeout. Unfortunately for Boof, both runs were given up in the eighth inning, and he didn't get the win. The Twins did score three in the bottom half, but he wasn't the pitcher of record. Anyways, he now has a 4.53 ERA on the season after the performance.

The bullpen was saved tonight, and needed to pitch only 1.1 innings. Pat Neshek came in and got the final out of the eighth after giving up a hit. He was relieved by Joe Nathan for the ninth. Nathan completed his twentieth save of the season with a good ninth in which he allowed just a single.

The offense played very well yesterday, and today all of their runs came from homeruns. The three players to hit them were Jason Bartlett, Torii Hunter and Joe Mauer. Mauer's was the biggest coming in the bottom of the eight with the came tied at two. With the homeruns, the players season totals are now: Bartlett (3), Hunter (20) and Mauer (5).

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

Quick Notes:
- Mike Redmond still has knuckle pain, and if it still hurts a lot tomorrow, Gardenhire said the team may call up another catcher for a while.

- Is Ramon Ortiz still on this team? According to the Twins official site, he hasn't pitched since July 6th.

- Matt Garza will pitch tomorrow, he has pitched well in his first two starts, and will try to get the Twins a sweep of Los Angeles.

- Rondell White went 1-2 today, and the game was shortened by rain. He will play again tomorrow, and if all goes well, there is thought that he may get the call. On the other hand, they may give him more time to see if he's ready.

- Terry Ryan said that he wants to make a trade, but doesn't want to give up a lot of pitching prospects. I agree, but we do have a lot of them, so figure out which ones are more valuable and help out the offensive side. Here is an interesting story on the situation.

- Make sure to check out Josh's Thoughts. It's a new Twins blog, and you should give it a look.

- I have another interview on the way, and will probably wait until the next off day to post it. After that, I should have at least one more coming, and that could be it for a little while. Both players are currently playing for AAA if you're wondering.