Thursday, April 3, 2008
Twins 1, Angels 3
Actually the score of the Thursday afternoon game was Angels 5, Twins 4, but just to be different, I figured I would title this for the series which the Angels won three games to one. The game was again not very pretty. Here are a couple of quick notes, but I encourage this to be a place to talk Twins. The minor league games start very soon, including Rochester this afternoon. So, check in on that as well.
· Kevin Slowey left the game in the fourth inning with what has been reported a couple of different ways. The primary report is calling it a strained biceps muscle, but I have also heard that it may have been some flu-like symptoms. I am certain we will hear more in the near term. He pitched great in the first two innings. Then a Howie Kendrick double, a Maicer Izturis single and later a two run home run by Gary Matthews in the 3rd inning and Slowey had given up three runs in 3.1 innings. Not a great start overall, but the injury/illness is more of a concern than the results of the start.
· Brian Bass came in and got out of the fourth and pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings. So it was a good appearance for him… until the 7th inning when he gave up solo home runs to Torii Hunter and Mike Napoli. Juan Rincon, Dennys Reyes and Matt Guerrier kept the team close for the remaining innings.
· The offense wasn’t impressive again, with the exception of Joe Mauer who had two doubles, a walk and a sacrifice fly. A very good day for the Twins catcher. Carlos Gomez also had two hits in the game.
· Jason Kubel unloaded off of Justin Speier to hit his, and the Twins, first home run of the season. Hopefully that will keep him in the lineup now!
· Justin Morneau went 0-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly. I’m sure he’d love to get that first hit out of the way.
· Adam Everett had a walk and a single. He was then pinch hit for by Matt Tolbert in the 9th inning. Tolbert worked out a walk against Francisco Rodriguez for the season straight game.
· Despite the lack of offense, the Twins scored four runs (which isn’t horrible) and had two runners on base when Michael Cuddyer struck out to end the game.
· SIDE NOTE – Johnny Cueto is making me look like a genius for ranking him the #3 rookie pitcher in 2008 back in February, and for having him on all four of my fantasy baseball teams! Not a bad major league debut.
· CONGRATS – Chris Coste took the first pitch that he saw this season and hit a home run. He went 2-4 with a walk in the improbable comeback game this afternoon.
· By the way, the Royals beat the Tigers to sweep their three game series today. So again, let’s not overreact to the Twins first four games.
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