August 9, 2007

Game 114: Kansas City

Well, just one day after waking up, and looking awesome, the Twins offense shut down and lost to the Royals 1-0. The shutout became the eleventh of the season for the Twins offense which is pretty bad to say the least. Matt Garza put out another gem, but has nothing to show for it but a loss. With the Tigers losing, and the Twins playing the Angels now, it would have been huge to pick up a win today. However, with the loss, they missed that chance and fell to 58-56 on the season.

Matt Garza has been spectacular in all of his starts but one. He looked great again today, but the lack of offense gave him a loss. Garza's final line was 6.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 run and 6 strikeouts. If that isn't a winning performance, I'm not quite sure what is. With the loss, Garza falls to 1-3 on the season with a 1.70 ERA. Also, Garza could easily be undefeated, and two losses have come when the Twins have been shutout.

The bullpen pitched good after he left as they normally do. Reyes picked up the final out of that inning, and was relived by Neshek for the eighth. In the eighth inning, Neshek dropped his ERA below 2.00 with a scoreless inning.

As I've mentioned the shutout became the eleventh of the season for the offense. The one bright spot was Alexi Casilla, who got moved up to lead off and went 2-3. Hopefully Gardenhire will leave him there. Anyways, the really bad things included Casilla being stranded at second twice, Cuddyer striking out four times and Rondell White not even coming close to hitting the ball with runners at first and second.

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

New Groundbreaking Date:
With the recent bridge collapse in Minnesota, the Twins decided to cancel their new ballpark groundbreaking. The date will be a little while off, but is now scheduled for August 30th.

For more on this celebration, go here.

Punto Makes FoxSports List:
Finally, Nick Punto has made a list on FoxSports.com. The list however is not a good one. Instead, it's a list of baseball's worst hitters this season. Some of the guys that join him include Craig Monroe, Richie Sexson and Josh Barfield.

For this whole story, go here.