Sorry for the late nature of this summary and the lack of posts recently. Thursday night I broke a bone in my hand playing softball and I am still adapting to hunt-and-peck typing.
The Twins won only 1 out of 4 against the Toronto Blue Jays in the series. At the end of games Thursday they were 4-7 and in 4th place in the division.
Kevin Slowey faced Jesse Litsch in the 6-8 loss. In 5.1 IP Slowey gave up 13 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 HR and recorded only 2 SO. Litsch had to leave the game in the 4th inning due to injury with the Twins in the lead. Slowey and the bullpen couldn’t hold on. In only 3.2 innings pitched the pen allowed 7 baserunners and 3 runs. Offensively, it was their best game of the series with 6 of their 11 XBH coming in the game to go along with a .361 BA.
Glen Perkins faced Rickey Romero in the 3-2 win. Perkins was excellent going 8.0 IP allowing 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB and recorded 4 SO. The bullpen was also up to the task pitching 3.0 innings without allowing a hit. In the bottom of the 11th, Crede doubled in Justin Morneau from first to win the game. The offense was mediocre hitting .256 with 3 doubles and only 1 walk in the 11 innings.
Scott Baker made his season debut after coming off the DL. Unfortunately it was the Blue Jays starter Scott Richmond that got the best of the matchup. Richmond and the Jays bullpen held the Twins to 1 XBH and a .129 BA for the game. Toronto’s offense had no problems with the Twins pitching however. Baker lasted only 4.0 IP allowing 5 H, 6 R, 2 BB and 4 HR while striking out 3. The bullpen was even worse and didn’t have the excuse of shaking off the rust like Baker. In 5.0 IP the pen allowed 11 H, 6 R, 3 BB and struck out 4. It was an old-fashioned beat down.
Matchup of the aces featured Francisco Liriano and Roy Halladay. Both pitched well but the Jays pen was better than the Twins. Liriano pitched 6.0 innings and gave up 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 1 walk and struck out 5. The bullpen gave up 7 hits, 7 runs and 4 walks in their 3.0 innings of work. The offense hit .257 with no walks, 10 strike outs and only 1 extra base hit. The end result was a 9-2 score and another Twins loss.
The starting rotation threw 23.1 innings with a 5.40 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 14 SO.
In 14.2 innings of work the bullpen posted a 9.82 ERA, 2.18 WHIP and 12 SO.
For the series the Twins hit .255 (36/141) while drawing 6 walks and striking out 27 times. They left 25 men on base while scoring 13 runs. In the series they hit 8 2B, 1 3B, and 2 HR.
In Mauer’s absence, Morales and Redmond combined to hit .286 (4/14) with no extra base hits, 1 run, 1 RBI and 1 walk.
The Blue Jays have dominated the Twins lately and there are very few positives to take out of the series. Toronto came in as one of the hottest teams and they leave the Metrodome as the highest scoring team in baseball.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim come to town for a three-game series with a record of 4-5 on the season. For the Twins, the bullpen needs to step up, the rotation needs to step up, and the offense needs to be more patient at the plate and come up with more extra base hits.
4/17 Dustin Moseley (1-0, 3.86) vs. Nick Blackburn (0-1, 5.73)
4/18 Darren Oliver (0-0, 2.45) vs. Kevin Slowey (1-0, 7.94)
4/19 Shane Loux (0-0, 3.38) vs. Glen Perkins (0-1, 1.69)