July 23, 2007

Game 99: Toronto Blue Jays

The Twins lost the opening game of their road trip tonight 6-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays. Johan Santana obviously didn't know it was the second half giving up four homeruns and six runs total. The offense wasn't horrible, but made some key base running mistakes that might have cost them the game.

Johan Santana has always been spectacular in the second half, but tonight lost for the second time. Johan Santana had his worst start of the season, and maybe the worst in a few years. He allowed two homeruns in the first, and then two more later in the game. Santana's final line was 5 innings, 7 hits, 6 runs and 4 strikeouts. With the loss, he fell to 11-8 on the season, and his ERA took a little hit and stands at 2.94 for the season.

Ramon Ortiz got work for the second straight game and pitched two innings out of the bullpen. In his two inning, Ortiz allowed no hits and struck out two batters. The one other inning went to Rincon, and he too pitched a quick inning allowing no hits.

The offense picked up a total of four runs off ten total hits, but running mistakes by Tyner and Punto cost them another big inning. With runners at first and third, and no outs, Castillo grounded one towards the middle. Tyner went home, and was thrown out. Punto then tried to get to third and was also thrown out. So, what would have been one out, and runners are second and third wound up to be two outs and a runner at first. The good was the two Justin Morneau homeruns (28) along with the Torii Hunter homerun (21). Rondell looked okay I guess, but struck out with a runner are third in the ninth (at least make contact).

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