Carlos Gomez collected 4 hits in 5 at-bats, scored twice, drove in three, and made a spectacular grab in center field. Including in that is his 4th homer of the year which, in case you didn’t know, is four times the amount of Joe Mauer, Delmon Young, Mike Lamb, and Adam Everett combined. Coming from a guy who is supposed to be faster than Jose Reyes and has reportedly needs to work on his ability to get on base, I’d say he’s doing pretty good. His average is now up to .286 and in the month of May his hitting line is .318/.375/.545 compared to .253/.260/.354 in April.
Speaking of Everett, he went on the DL again yesterday. Matt Macri was called up to “replace” Everett, but expect Brendan Harris to play short with Alexi Casilla at second. Macri can play third or second and I doubt he’ll start but rather come in if the game is a blowout, either in favor of or against the Twins.
Casilla batted 9th last night but went 2-for-4 with his first double of the year, he drew a walk, and scored 3 runs. He also helped turn 4 double plays playing second base.
Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer both played out of position (DH and first base, respectively) but each drew 2 walks and combined to drive in 3 runs. Cuddy made a throwing error that led to an unearned run but also made a snazzy leaping grab. Craig Monroe played in right but really didn’t do anything; he struck out twice in 4 trips to the plate. Jason Kubel made a pinch-hitting appearance and drew a walk.
In April Kubel drew just 3 walks compared to 20 strikeouts in 96 at-bats. Through 40 at-bats this month, he’s got 5 walks and just 6 strikeouts. 5 of his 11 hits this month have been for extra bases while in April those numbers were 5 out of 22. It seems like he’s been performing well enough to play everyday, doesn’t it? But Gardy continues to trot out overpaid vets instead of younger hitters with an actual future. I’ll admit, Monroe has surprised me so far. He has basically the same amount of at-bats as Kubel this month but is hitting just .214 in that time span. He has 9 hits in 42 at-bats; 3 doubles and 2 homers. He has drawn 4 walks but has also struck out 15 times.
Livan Hernandez didn’t win or lose, and didn’t pitch incredibly well. He gave up 5 earned runs in 5 and 1/3 innings, throwing 93 pitches total. He allowed 10 hits, 6 were singles and 4 were doubles. He walked 2 and struck out 1.
All the good relievers were then used with Matt Guerrier pitching 1 and 2/3 innings (due to his throwing error, an unearned run scored on him), Jesse Crain pitching an inning, and Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth. So Brian Bass was called upon to pitch in the 10th and gave up 2 hits and a walk, and the game-winning homer to Josh Hamilton. He also struck out 2 and his record on the season is now 1-1.
The team now travels to Detroit and Kevin Slowey is still looking for win #1 on the year. The team faces a pitcher that faced them on May 2nd and allowed 4 runs (only 2 earned) in 6 innings and it was a game that the Twins won.