Scott Baker pitched decent until he the start of the 4th, where, when it was all said and done, he gave up a grand slam and a solo homerun, among other things, to give the Rangers an 8-0 lead. My gut feeling is that he’ll be sent down to AAA, again. It’s not right to send players around so often, like the Twins have done with both Baker and Boof Bonser. They did it earlier this year with Jason Kubel and Jason Bartlett, and now look at ’em.
Some bad news: Francisco Liriano has some elbow pain, and WILL NOT pitch Wednesday’s game. Boof is getting called up to start. Liriano wanted to pitch, but they don’t want to risk anything. A good move by the Twins.
I don’t know where they got the idea that trying to steal second two pitches after your teammate got thrown out trying to steal second is a good move. Luis Castillo tried to steal second, was unsuccessful, then Nick Punto got on base and tried to steal right after Luis, and was thrown out for the final out of the inning.
The Twins only got 5 hits tonight, coming from Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Torii Hunter, Jason Kubel, and Jason Bartlett, with Mauer’s being a triple.
Pat Neshek came in and pitched 2.2 solid innings. 0 hits, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts. Jesse Crain and Dennys Reyes both pitched good as well, going a combined 2 innings with 0 hits and walks, and 3 strikeouts (all by Reyes). Juan Rincon gave up a homerun in 1 inning of work.