Boof Bonser and the Twins had a pretty good start to the game, with Joe Mauer throwing out a runner in the first inning and Justin Morneau getting a single in the second. At that point, the downfall was just about to start. Torii Hunter would ground into the first of three double plays the Twins would hit into. That was just a problem with the hitting. Boof got shelled in the 3rd and was taken out after he had given up 5 singles, 2 walks, a 3-run homer, and two throwing errors by his defense. In total his line was 2 and 2/3 innings pitched, 9 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. The relievers didn’t do a much better job with Ramon Ortiz and Juan Rincon coming in after that. Combined they threw 4 and 1/3 innings, gave up 7 hits and 4 earned runs, walked 2 and struck out 5. Rincon’s runs came off of a 2-run homer by the same guy who hit the 3-run home run earlier in the game. Matt Guerrier finally came in for an inning and walked one and struck out one but did not allow a hit.
Like I said, the double plays killed us. Mauer, Morneau, and Hunter all grounded into one at some point in the game. Morneau was the only one of the three to somewhat redeem himself, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Hunter and Mauer were both hitless. It would have been a blowout but Jason Kubel hit a 2-run dinger in the 7th and we scored 2 more in the 8th off of a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.
Brian Buscher was a highlight at the plate, collecting singles in his first two at-bats, but definitely seemed to be lacking playing third base. After one of his throws was high to Justin, allowing the runner to reach, he bobbled another ground ball and just seemed tense out there. The AAA manager said that Buscher knows how to stay alive in an at-bat to work the count to his favor. He saw a total of 15 pitches in 4 at-bats.
In Kenny Lofton‘s first game back with the Indians he went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a strike out. One of his hits was a bunt attempt that bounced right off the plate. At 40 years old, he can still use his speed to his advantage.
Still no moves have been made by GM Terry Ryan. The deadline is Tuesday, I don’t know the time but last year I think it was either 4 or 5 eastern, so there definitely is time left to possibly trade Luis Castillo (who, ironically enough, was taken out of the game after hobbling back to first after what I think was a fake steal attempt) or Carlos Silva.