I’ll break the post up into two sections since I wasn’t able to do a recap of the second game of the series.
Boof Bonser pitched…well, I’m not sure if I want to say not-so-great or if I want to say o.k. He threw 5 innings, gave up 5 runs (only 3 were earned), walked 1, struck out 7, and gave up 2 homers. I guess I’ll say he pitched o.k. because he kept us in the game. Pat Neshek pitched a perfect 6th (14 pitches, 11 for strikes, 3 strikeouts) and picked up his second win of the season. I’m not sure why he wasn’t left in, as Denny Reyes came in and threw as many balls as he did strikes, although he luckily didn’t give up anything major, just a walk. Joe Nathan had a real impressive 9th, throwing 16 pitches (10 for strikes) while striking out the side for his 6th save of the season..
The Twins’ offense was pretty good, with 5 doubles and 7 RBI in the game. It was Nick Punto‘s RBI triple in the 7th to give the Twins the lead for good. Mike Redmond, doing the catching, was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI. Alexi Casilla stole his 3rd base of the season, but Torii Hunter was thrown out at second for the Twins’ first caught stealing of the season. That puts them at 19-for-20 on the season (with no attempts in game 3 of the series)..
This game was a lot less enjoyable. Ramon Ortiz got his first loss as a Twin, going 7 decent innings. He gave up only 3 runs, but he did strike out 4. It was a 2-run homer in the 3rd that gave the Royals the lead, and although they would add one in the 5th, the Twins could only muster 1 run. They had the bases loaded in the very first inning but failed to capitalize. Justin Morneau struck out and Hunter swung at the first pitch and although he drove it to the warning track, it was caught for the 3rd out. The Twins faced a pitcher that had walked 106 batters in 144 innings coming into this season, or around 6.6 per game. However, the team let him skate by by throwing just 94 pitches in 8 innings, a career high in innings pitched in a game for the kid..
Luis Castillo is still out with sore left quadriceps and it is unknown when he will return. Also, apparently, Luis Rodriguez is 3rd on the depth chart for catchers. It should be noted though that it would happen only in an emergency. (It would make more sense to have Morneau do it, since he’s done it before [maybe L-Rod has, too, but he can come in and play anywhere in an emergency, while Justin is pretty much limited to first])..
A note: of the team’s 8 errors this season, Jason Bartlett has made 6 of them. I hope they’re just new season jitters, because his play is vital to the team in the long run..
Carlos Silva pitches in the Dome tonight against the Indians. The game starts at 7:10.