Game 116: LA Angels
Well, the slide continued for the Twins again tonight despite an awesome performance from the starter Carlos Silva. Silva pitched a gem, but he was taken out for some reason after throwing just 88 pitches, and a rare poor outing from Neshek cost them the game. With the 4-3 loss, they are at .500 on the season at 58-58, and a game will again send them below that mark.
Carlos Silva hasn't gotten run support all season, and that is a huge reason for his 12 losses. Tonight, he pitched outstanding, and had a lead, only to see Neshek uncommonly lose it. Silva's final line was 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs and 2 strikeouts. He had thrown just 88 pitches, and for some reason Gardenhire took him out.
The bullpen was okay with the exception of Pat Neshek. First off all, Silva should have still been in with just 88 pitches. However, it was Neshek, and he walked one, gave up two hits and four runs (two earned). Gardenhire then brought in Reyes, and he walked the only batter he faced. Guerrier finally came in and got the final two outs, but the damage was done.
The offense at least scored some runs tonight. They collected eleven total hits, and scored three runs off them. The key hitters were Bartlett, Mauer and Redmond, who each collected at least two hits. The RBI hits went to Mauer, Redmond and Rondell White.
For more stats, make sure to check out the Box Score.