The game wasn’t televised and I was sidelined most of the day yesterday with the flu, so I only have the basics for you. Kevin Slowey suffered a strained right biceps in the 4th inning and had to leave early. He had given up 3 runs in 3 and 1/3 innings. He was replaced by Brian Bass who is either bad or is still incredibly nervous. He surrendered 2 runs in 3 and 1/3 innings, both coming from homers (including Torii Hunter‘s first jack of the year).
The offense showed a little life, finally, with Carlos Gomez going 2-5 and Joe Mauer going 2-3 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and a run scored batting behind Carlos. Michael Cuddyer was 0-5 in the #3 spot and I really don’t think that’s his correct spot in the batting order. We really don’t have a #3 hitter right now with Justin Morneau still hitless (although he did pick up an RBI yesterday).
Matt Tolbert drew a walk in his pinch-hit at-bat. Look for him to get more playing time because Gardy loves the guys that “play baseball the Twins way” and “battle their tails off” and Tolbert seems like that kind of kid.
My favorite, Jason Kubel, hit a solo homer in the 8th inning to cut the lead to just 1 run. It’s the first HR of the year for the team.
Mike Lamb was also hitless, lowering his batting average to .091. I’m not sure how many at-bats he has but I know he’s got just one hit.
Tonight’s game is the start of the series against the Royals, who shouldn’t be taken lightly after sweeping the division-favorite Detroit Tigers. Scott Baker gets his first start and I just hope he’s 100% healthy. Not just to give us the best chance of winning but more so that he doesn’t get hurt tonight and can give us a full year. Game starts at 7:10.