So much for Eddie Bonine. The Tigers pitcher only lasted 2 and 2/3 innings before getting shellacked by this potent Twin’s offense. (Someone pinch me, I can’t believe I wrote that last sentence.) On to some notes!
-We’ll start things with the lead-off hitter, Gomez. He went 3-5 today with a double and a run scored. His average is now up to .274. He only struck out once! Yippee!
-Denard Span had another good game today. He went 1-4, but had a double and two runs scored. His average, in a small sample size, is .293.
-After sitting yesterday Buscher had a decent game this afternoon. He went 1-4 with a RBI. After getting dangerously close to a .400 average, Buscher is now hitting .339. What a stud.
-Mauer almost got completely overlooked today despite his great game. He went 2-4 with two RBI and one run scored. He showed off his excellent patience today and drew one of the two walks Detroit pitchers issued.
-Nick Punto had the other walk. Punto went 2-3 today with a RBI. Let me repeat, 2-3 with a RBI. Maybe all that pouting on the bench is paying off. To all the kids out there, be sure to idolize Punto when put in his situation. It is always best to pout and whine when you are not getting the playing time you deser…er, want.
-Young went 3-4 today with a RBI and a run scored. His average is up to .284. Gomez and Young were the two most undisciplined hitters on this roster a few days ago. Could they really be turning things around already?
-Morneau was the only hittless Twin today, but he still managed to score a run.
-That brings up to Blackburn. I think of him as the fourth or fifth starter in a few years, but with games like these he may just bump some people down. Incredible! He went seven innings giving up only three hits. He walked only one and struck out four.
-Crain came in and gave up two hits, but managed to get out of the eighth unscathed. Boof also pitched today, closing out the game in the ninth without surrendering a hit. While Crain struggled yet again against Detroit, Boof thrived. It was thought that only Nathan could be trusted against this Tiger lineup, but Boof is battling to join him.
-The White Sox play tonight at 8:11 EST against Cleveland. The game last night went to extra innings with Chicago coming from behind to win. Go Tribe!
Minnesota is off tomorrow, so come back here for the second edition of “Off Day Linkage.” After the rest day, Minnesota begins a series with the Tribe at the Dome. After that, it’s going to be tough going…