I’m at a loss for words on how to describe the thrashing that took place last night (for the record, thrashing isn’t sufficient.)
It’s not even the 10 runs scored against us, 3 of those coming against our bullpen.
No, no it isn’t that. It’s the fact that Sidney Ponson, the same pitcher who sported a 2-5 record and a 6.93 ERA in 7 starts for the Twins last year, gave up just 1 run through all 9 innings last night, this time against us. In 110 majestical (sarcasm) pitches Ponson managed to strike out 5 Twins (including Justin Morneau twice), allow one walk and just 6 hits.
It’s also humorous to see Nick Blackburn pitch a quality start. You may be asking yourself why that’s humorous. Because his final line is this:
Alexi Casilla‘s missed catch in the 6th, as you can see, really killed us. A 3-run homer, among other scoring plays, happened after what would’ve been the third out had he caught the ball.
Milton Bradley was the only Ranger to not get a hit, but to be fair he only had 1 at-bat; he was ejected after arguing a called third strike.
Adam Everett got a triple, his first of the year. That brings his extra base hits total up to 7; 5 doubles, the triple, and a homer. Guess how many total hits he has? 14. I think it’s experimentally sound to keep him in the lineup, for the sheer fact that when he actually does get a hit, chances are he’ll end up at least on second.
Although Casilla had the team’s only RBI, he joins a slew of other Twins who went hitless. Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, and Mike Lamb combined with Casilla to go 0-for-14 with 2 strikeouts and 0 walks. For the team that scored 11 runs two games ago, it’s pretty interesting how they can completely lay down like this. Especially against Ponson who, by the way, I’m convinced is on steroids. He was throwing 94, 95 mph with his fastball and I don’t think he got above 90 or 91 while with the Twins. The Rangers are pretty much his last chance to make a career for himself and what better way to make sure you perform than by helping yourself like that.
Today’s game starts at 12:10 at the Dome, but watch FSN at 7 and that program called Twins Squeeze Play will be on. I figured out that they only do it for non-televised games but I really enjoyed it last time, as you only see 1 pitch per at-bat. Livan Hernandez goes for his 7th win.