The Twins scored plenty of runs to earn a win last night but the Twins’ pitching let them down for the second straight game and the Twins ended up on the wrong side of a 10-6 final. Anthony Swarzak managed just3.2 innings, giving up 6 runs before he was chased from the mound. Francisco Liriano pitched in relief again last night, looking fairly competent until his second time through the Detroit order when they lit him up for 3 runs in the 7th inning. Not encouraging for Liriano’s efforts to return to the starting rotation.
Carl Pavano had an extra day of rest thanks to Swarzak and the off-day this past Monday. Hopefully that extra day helped out his shoulder inflamation and he’s able to pitch 6+ innings so that the bullpen gets some much needed rest of their own.
Still no Ryan Doumit, so he’s likely still nursing the calf injury that had him initially scheduled for the DL, then not on the DL, then resting, then playing a couple games, then resting again. The saga continues.
I’m a little under the weather this afternoon so I’ll just be popping in and out. A Twins win ought to make me feel a little better…
|Berry, CF||Span, CF|
|Dirks, LF||Revere, RF|
|Cabrera, Mi, 3B||Mauer, DH|
|Fielder, 1B||Willingham, LF|
|Young, D, DH||Morneau, 1B|
|Boesch, RF||Dozier, SS|
|Peralta, Jh, SS||Casilla, A, 2B|
|Avila, C||Butera, C|
|Santiago, 2B||Carroll, 3B|
|_Scherzer, P||_Pavano, P|
Another game where the Twins starter, this time Carl Pavano, fails to get out of the 5th inning. Pavano’s afternoon was done after 4.1 innings, giving up 6 runs, all earned, off of 10 hits. The bullpen held the Tigers scoreless on just 2 hits the rest of the way but the Twins were not able to climb back into the game with their bats. It seemed like the Twins had a rally going in the bottom of the 6th inning but a 30 minute rain delay drowned their momentum and the Twins threat was over.Denard Span and Justin Morneau each added solo home runs in the losing effort, but overall the Twins managed just 8 hits.
The Twins will attempt to finish the series and salvage a win tomorrow afternoon.