Things have really gotten bad. I have more faith in the Coon Rapids Little League team winning the LL World Series than the Twins outscoring their opponents when their opponents score more than 2 runs. Honestly, the last time the Twins scored more than 3 runs in a game, other than their 11-run outburst in Kansas City, was July 31st when they won 5-3. In the month of August they are 3-8. The Twins have scored 27 runs while allowing 46. They’ve also been shutout twice in August, with more than half of the month remaining. Still, they’re only 7 games back; a fairly big gap but considering their poor play, it’s pretty remarkable.

Anyway, yesterday Boof Bonser pitched 5 and 2/3 innings, but allowed 9 hits and 5 runs, including a 2-run homer. He walked 4 and struck out 3.

A couple bright spots were Jason Bartlett‘s second triple in 2 days and Alexi Casilla going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice, 2 stolen bases, and 2 runs scored while batting 9th.

There was also a new addition at third last night, with Tommy Watkins making his Major League debut. He was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Joe Mauer took some different fielding practice on Sunday before the game. He fielded groundballs at first base and coaches worked with him on footwork and positioning. It’s only being done so there are options for him when he isn’t catching, besides DH. Jeff Cirillo was the backup but with him gone, there really isn’t a clear number 2. It’s also possible for Joe to take some fielding practice in left field or at third base.

Tonight’s pitching matchup is a great one, Johan Santana against Felix Hernandez. Not quite as good as Francisco Liriano vs. Hernandez, but still a good one. And everyone knows we’ll need a great game from our starter in order to win the game. The game is scheduled to start at 9:05 central time.