Boof Bonser pitched like he wants to start in the playoffs, and if he can pitch like he did, I would have no problems sending him out there. Only 5.1 innings pitched (I’ll get to that later), 7 hits, 3 runs, and 8 strikeouts, including 5 of the first 6 batters he faced. He was pulled in the 6th after a string of bad luck. A ground-rule double put runners on second and third with no outs, but Bonser struck out Mark Teahen for the first out. Two pitches later, Mike Sweeney hit a ball to Jason Bartlett. Bartlett had to dive for it, and the ball went off the heel of his glove towards right field. It didn’t go very far though, and Luis Castillo picked it up and tried to get the second runner out at home but his throw was not in time. The next batter got a single, but it was because Luis tried to field it and appeared to catch his cleat in the turf, twisting his ankle. Jesse Crain came in and gave up a single, making the score 3-2 in favor of the Royals. To pull Boof after those events, and after throwing only 70 pitches, was flat out ridiculous. By the way, Boof had thrown 55 strikes; a 78.5%/21.5% strike/ball ratio.
Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run shot in the 3rd to put the Twins ahead 2-0, and hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th to get the Twins within one. I was this –> <– close to calling his homerun in the 9th, but obviously close doesn’t count.
In the top of the 9th, Juan Rincon gave up a costly run on a Texas-leaguer. There was a runner on third because of a weird passed ball play (the batter put his bat in the bunting position, and was 2 inches away from hitting the ball when it bounced off of Joe Mauer‘s glove; Mauer thought he tapped it and didn’t pursue the ball as quickly as he could have). The bloop landed between Bartlett, playing a shallow short, and Torii Hunter, playing wherever he felt like.
Nick Punto had a great play when he was playing second. He had to charge for the ball because it was a bunt, and he half-dove and threw the ball behind his back to Justin Morneau. The runner was quite possibly the fastest man in the league, so he was safe, but it was a great play nonetheless.
The game today is a day game, not televised, and Johan Santana is pitching. I’ll be listening to it, so hopefully he can pitch good. Predicted stat line: 7 IP, 4 hits, 1 run (earned), 0 walks, 4 strikeouts.
On a side note, someone came to my blog via searching for “who pooped on the coats”…kind of interesting. What may be more important is that I personally wonder what kind of event occurred that made somebody want to know who pooped on the coats. I feel for whoever’s coat got pooped on.