Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Game #21 - Rare Blown Save; Victory Follows

Joe Nathan blew his first save of the season, allowing a 9th inning pinch hit homer to Ben Zobrist to tie the game at 3, only to see the Twins rally in the bottom half to take a 4-3 victory. Justin Morneau's force-out in the bottom of the 9th scored Jose Morales to give the Twins the win. The team is now 10-11.

Francisco Liriano had a solid effort, going 6.2 innings and allowing 7 hits and 2 runs. He took the no-decision, but it was encouraging to see him bounce back after his debacle in Boston last Wednesday. Another bright spot was Jose Mijares striking out the side in the 8th inning.

At the plate, Morneau was 1-5, but batted-in 3 runs, thanks to his 2-run homer in the top of the 1st (his 5th). Jose Morales continued his hot hitting, going 2-4.

The team's struggles with men on base continued on Tuesday night, going 1-8 in the game. They also hit into 3 double plays.

After you read this post, check out my Examiner.com piece on the struggles of Scott Baker and Liriano during the first month of the season.

Around the AL Central:
  • Cleveland 9, Boston 8 - The Indians won a wild affair with a walk-off win to end Boston's 11-game winning streak. Ben Francisco and Mark DeRosa each went deep for the Tribe, and DeRosa went 4-5 in the game. Anthony Reyes continued Cleveland's starting pitching woes this season with a 2-inning, 9-hit, and 7-run line. Kerry Wood picked up the win one night after blowing a save against Boston. Cleveland is now 8-13 on the season.
  • NY Yankees 11, Detroit 0 - The Yanks broke their losing streak with a 10-run 7th inning to break open a scoreless game. Phil Hughes combined with three relievers on the shutout in his first MLB appearance of the season, going 6 innings and allowing just 2 hits. Edwin Jackson matched Hughes's 6 innings with 6 scoreless innings of his own before the Detroit bullpen imploded in the 7th. The Tigers are now 11-9.
  • Chicago White Sox 2, Seattle 1 (game 1) - The Whities took game one of the twi-night doubleheader behind a strong performance by Bartolo Colon. The big right-hander went 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 run in picking up the win. The White Sox had just 2 hits on the game off Chris Jakubauskas, but Paul Konerko's 2-run double in the 4th inning provided all the offense Chicago would need.
  • Seattle 9, Chicago White Sox 1 (game 2) - In the nightcap, the Mariners rode "King" Felix Hernandez to the victory. Hernandez went 8 innings and allowed no runs and 3 hits, while striking out 9. John Danks took the loss for Chicago, lasting just 4 innings and giving up 8 hits and 5 runs. The Whities are 10-10 with the doubleheader split.

Around the Minors:

  • AAA - Rochester and Buffalo were postponed
  • AA - New Britain 6, New Hampshire 4 (10 innings) - The Cats manufactured 2 runs in the top of the 10th to win the game. Anthony Slama picked up the win in relief, and starter Jay Rainville was pretty good in his 6 innings of work, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs. Brian Dinkelman went deep for New Britain and had 3 RBI. The Rock Cats are now 7-10 with the win.
  • High A - Palm Beach 4, Ft. Myers 3 (11 innings) - Despite an 11-hit attack, the Miracle could not hold a one-run lead in the 9th inning and lost in the 11th. Ben Revere went 3-4 for Ft. Myers and also walked twice and picked up his 13th RBI. Joe Mauer was 1-2 with a double and an RBI in the game. Starter Tyler Robertson struggled through 4 innings, surrendering 2 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks. The Miracle is now 11-7 with the loss.
  • Low A - Beloit 4, Kane County 0 - The Snappers shut out the Cougars behind the strong pitching of Bobby Lanigan and Joe Testa. The pair scattered 8 hits in the game for the win. Dominic de la Osa had 3 hits, while Evan Bigley, Ozzie Lewis, and Michael Harrington had 2 apiece. Beloit is now 6-11 with the win.


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