Game 2 of the series saw Scott Baker in his third start of the year, and he pitched like the Scott Baker of old, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits over 5 and 2/3 innings. He walked 3, struck out 4, and gave up a homer. Matt Guerrier, Carmen Cali, and Juan Rincon all came in in relief and pitched 2 and 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. Our only offense in that game was a Torii Hunter solo homer, his second in as many days. The final score was 5-1.
Game 3 had Kevin Slowey making his second career start in the big leagues. He didn’t pitch that great, in fact he pitched worse than Baker did. Kevin allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits through 5 innings. Guerrier and Cali came in again, but this time hooked up with Pat Neshek to provide 3 innings of “bridging” between Slowey and closer Joe Nathan, who recorded his 13th save of the season.
This time the offense woke up a little bit, with Jason Bartlett and Nick Punto each recording their first homer of the season. It would prove to be crucial, as it was a 3-run homer, and the Twins won 8-5. Michael Cuddyer was the game saver though, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, two of those coming from a homer that got us back into the game.
Also, Joe Mauer is expected to play in tomorrow’s home game against the Nationals.
It’s an off day today, so hopefully I’ll get the New Britain Rock Cats update up on the site for you all tomorrow.
The amateur draft is today at 1PM central time and will be televised on ESPN2. The Twins have just 1 pick in the top 91, and say they will take the best player available. They won’t take a player they need (i.e. a third baseman or power hitter) if he’s the 50th-best player in the draft when they can take the 10th-best player. I’ll update this post with the guy we pick and his stats, and we pick 28th, but it goes pretty quick because there are no trading picks like in the NFL draft.
edit: Alright we picked a center fielder from high school, his name is Ben Revere, and as I typed that they were talking about him being “a little speedy guy”, so basically another piranha. The guys on TV are saying he’s a leader, the guys rallied around him in high school. He’s a good baserunner and speedy, so look for some stolen bases. I can’t get any stats for him since he’s from HS, but he also played football as a defensive back and kick/punt returner, again showing that he’s speedy. Truthfully, it’s tough to say whether or not he was a good pick. There was a better player still on the board, pitcher Matt Harvey, but he’s represented by Scott Boras so the Twins probably didn’t pick him because of signability issues.