Nightly Notes: Game #20
1.) Johan went 7 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits with 1 walk and 7 K's. That sounds like a winning line to me, and it's again unfortunate that the Twins couldn't buckle down and put some runs on the board. This was not vintage Santana, but it's not like he got rocked either.
2.) Matt Guerrier continues to throw the ball well, even though he allowed a run tonight. I have far more confidence in him this year than I ever have before, and that's nice to see. If tonight's game did nothing else, it at least gave the other 6 relievers in the bullpen a breather, and that could play a role over the next 5 days against the Royals and Tigers.
3.) You knew it had to happen eventually -- Torii Hunter has been having so much success at stretching singles into doubles, it was almost inevitable that he would take a ridiculous risk one of these games. Tonight, after hitting a solid single, he decided to push it for two and got absolutely nailed. I like the aggressiveness, Torii, but you've got to be a little smarter about it.
4.) It was very nice to see Jason Kubel have a solid game tonight. Hopefully that can carry over -- the Twins need someone other than the big 3 to start driving in runs, and Kubel could be that guy.
5.) Sounds like Rondell is just a couple of days away from returning. The Twins will either send Josh Rabe or Glen Perkins down when White is activated (unless Luis Castillo has to go on the DL, which seems unlikely). My guess is it will be Rabe, despite what Ron Gardenhire said recently about not being to certain about White's abilityt o move around.
6.) Very important series for the Twins starting tomorrow against the Royals. They badly need to get back on track. Of course, that means that Sidney Ponson is going to have to have a good start, and frankly I'm not so optimistic about that.
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