Game 98: LA Angels
The Twins were unable to complete the three game sweep of the Angels today losing by a final score of 7-2. Matt Garza didn't pitch bad, but got the loss anyways. The bullpen wasn't horrible, but Juan Rincon showed again why he shouldn't be trusted in tight situations. Finally, the offense took a huge step back scoring only two runs off of a guy named Joe Saunders. With the loss, the Twins luckily didn't loss any more ground as the Royals beat Detroit.
Matt Garza did allowed his first earned run of the season today, but still managed to pitch pretty well. He finished the game allowing three total earned runs, but it wasn't all his fault. There was the bases loaded walk, when a close pitch was called a ball, then Rincon walked a run in with the bases loaded as well. Garza's final line was 5.1 innings, 7 hits, 3 earned runs and 3 strikeouts. Garza was given the loss and is now 1-2 on the season with a very good 1.33 ERA.
The bullpen wasn't great, but they didn't exactly pitch their studs. Juan Rincon came in with the bases loaded, and didn't pitch well. He allowed a bases loaded walk, and got a lucky play by Punto to get him out of the inning. Gardenhire left him in and he allowed two more hits and another run. After that, Reyes came in and got an out before exiting for Guerrier. Guerrier finished the inning, and the next inning allowed one run on two hits. To finish the game, the Twins used Ramon Ortiz, and in his first outing since July 6th, he looked shaky (he did before that I guess). In his one inning, he allowed two doubles and one run.
The offense as I mentioned took a step back scoring just two runs off of a guy named Joe Saunders. It has been very hard to watch the Twins play against no name pitchers this season, as they've already got worked by two guys named LeVale Speigner and Jorge De La Rosa. Well, I'm not even going to say anything else about the offense other than, "We still need another bat, Terry!"
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I'll keep you updated on the Rondell White situation. Word is that if all went well today, we may see him in Toronto. Stay tuned.