Boof Bonser was pitching a pretty good game, only allowing 1 run through 5 innings, when he finally got pummeled by the Bronx Bombers. He gave up a homer, a double, and a single in the 6th. Boof lasted 5 and 1/3 innings, continuing his streak of not going deep into games. In 17 starts, only twice has he gone 7 inning. For comparison, Scott Baker has done that twice in his past 2 starts. Anyway, Bonser walked 3 and struck out 6. He gave up 9 hits, 7 of them singles. His only 1-2-3 inning came in the 5th, when he struck out the side. Juan Rincon relieved him, but walked the only two batters he faced, including walking in a run. It was charged to Bonser, however, as was one of the runs that scored on a Derek Jeter single (the other one going to Rincon). Matt Guerrier came in and pitched the rest of the 6th inning, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk. Matt Garza finished the game for us, throwing 30 pitches (21 for strikes) in 2 innings. He allowed two singles and struck out 1. This is his first action in the bigs since last year, and he’s due to start a doubleheader game this Friday, so I doubt they want to use him too much in the bullpen.

The offense could only muster 2 hits against Roger Clemens, who had an ERA above 5.00 coming into the game. The only run we scored came on a Jason Kubel groundout. Jason Bartlett and Joe Mauer would each add singles in the 9th, but to no avail.

The defense was suspsect as well. Early on, a ball that looked like a double play-ball turned out not to be when Luis Castillo bobbled his throw, allowing a runner to score. He did the same thing again a couple innings later, with his throw even going into the dirt, but Justin Morneau was able to scoop it up. Jeff Cirillo wasn’t charged with an error, but it sure looked like one when the ball went right past his glove into left field. He didn’t have his arm stretched out all the way and it didn’t appear to take a funny hop. I’m sure Nick Punto would’ve had it.

Tonight’s game is at 6:05 again, but this time we have Carlos Silva on the mound against Chien-Ming Wang.

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