Thursday, March 29, 2007

Twins Recap; Twins 4, Red Sox 5

Twins-Red Sox Boxscore 3/28/2007

The Twins hosted the Red Sox last night in what was to be Johan Santana's final start of the year. regretfully to say things didn't go entirely smoothly as the Twins ace gave up four runs, all earned over five innings surrendering eight hits and two walks while striking out six against what is most likely to be the Sox starting lineup in the regular season.

''You know what?'' Santana said. ''I feel good. I was working on my changeup. I threw a lot of changeups, and that's what they were looking for." They must have been. The Red Sox tallied their four runs off Santana in the second and third innings. In the second, Manny Ramirez doubled in a pair and in the third Kevin Youkilis and newcomer Julio Lugo each drove in a run on RBI singles.

While the Twins were completely stymied by Curt Schilling through the first four and two-thirds managing just two singles,
they did make a comeback effort against the Sox pen as they tallied a pair of runs in the seventh on a single by back-up first baseman Brock Peterson who Will Young has penciled in as the Twins likely starting first baseman for AA New Britain this year. The Twins then gave up a run in the top of the eight when former Twin Alex Ochoa drove one in. The Twins tallied their final two in the bottom half of the eighth on a double from Luis Rodriguez which brought home two.

In relief of Santana, Dennys Reyes pitched a lights out inning, striking out the side in the seventh, and Joe Nathan settled into his closers role getting the Sox to go down in order in the ninth.

Game Notes

Brock Peterson who singled in two in the seventh also had a triple; Chris heintz who's in the running for the final roster spot was 1 for 1 with a single in relief of Mike Redmond; Twins SS prospect Trevor Plouffe had his second throwing error of this spring when he made a bad throw... as an aside it seems like the Twins have made more errors this spring than I ever remember seeing. Worrisome.; Even with Santana giving up 4 in 5 it only raised his ERA to 2.62. ; Rondell White had another single today. He's looked good this spring hitting the ball well, though his D in left is still well below par where I predict Tyner will see a lot of time late in games as a defensive replacement. Rondell's range is just terrible.; Coco Crisp who will once again be starting in center for the Red Sox this season had a pair of doubles to raise his average to .220.

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