Carlos Silva rebounded after a bad first inning, highlighted by Frank Thomas‘ 500th career home run, to go a total of 7 innings with 5 earned runs and 5 strikeouts. He walked 2 and allowed 6 hits, 3 of them in that 4-run first inning. Silva is now 6-8 on the season and was 3-3 in the month of June. You could really see Silva’s excitement show through when he got an inning-ending double play in the 6th inning and a strikeout of Thomas to end the 7th.
Torii Hunter had two homers in the game, amassing 3 RBI between the two of them. He helped a lineup that had just 1 hit, other than Hunter’s, from the 3 through 9 spots. Michael Cuddyer had that 1. Jason Tyner, playing right field and batting leadoff, was 3-for-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Jason Bartlett, back in the 2-hole, was 2-for-3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Justin Morneau was back today but not surprisingly didn’t look like the slugger MVP he is, going 0-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, but with 2 strikeouts. In general his swings didn’t look crisp, or normal for that matter. I expect it’ll take him the better part of this next road trip to get back into the swing (no pun intended) of things.
The Twins really got going on the basepaths yesterday with Bartlett getting 2 stolen bases (he’s now 15-for-15 on the season), while Luis Rodriguez added his second of the year.
After the game it was announced that pitcher Matt Garza has been called up from Rochester. He’ll spend one week in the bullpen and then start one of the games in a doubleheader the team has at the end of next week. Third-string catcher Chris Heintz was sent down to make room. The move definitely doesn’t surprise me, but there’s still some things they can do. They have Garrett Jones and Matt Tolbert at AAA. Jones, who has already been up with the team once this season, has 11 home runs in 72 games for the Red Wings. Tolbert has a .348 batting average with a .404 OBP in 61 games. If the Twins for some reason need a pitcher, look for Nick Blackburn to be the next one in line for a promotion to the team. He’s currently 5-1 with a 1.57 ERA in 8 starts for Rochester.
The game tonight is against the Tigers at Comerica Park. It starts at 6:05 and Johan Santana will try to get us the first win in the series. It’s kind of a big one as the Twins are 6 games behind Detroit for 2nd place in the division.