Thursday, June 5, 2008

O's-Twins, Now Four Innings Of Twins Hitting

I went to bed when it was 5-2 Orioles. Everything looked good, and I expected to wake-up to a final of, say, 7-4. The final was actually 7-5, but not in the O's favor. The Birds were kept off the board, managing only a hit and a walk against Boof Bonser in 2.2 IP, before the rest of the Twins pen completely shut them down. The fifth saw Joe Mauer drive in two runs with a sac fly, which is certainly not something one sees every day. The exceptionally fast Carlos Gomez was on second, and he was able to come all the way around to score after Adam Jones caught Mauer's drive near the wall and slipped. A Jason Kubel triples and Delmon Young sac fly gave the Twins a 6-5 lead in the sixth, and Mauer added his second home run of the year - a solo shot - in the seventh. All but the homer came off of Daniel Cabrera, who didn't walk a batter but hit a couple and didn't pitch very well (6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 3 K). Jamie Walker, continuing his trouble with lefties, is the one who gave up the Mauer blast. The loss drops the team back to two games below .500 at 28-30. I knew I shouldn't have called for the win half-way through the game.

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