Friday, April 4, 2008

Royals No Longer Unbeaten

The lone remaining unbeaten team fell today, at the hands of the Twins, which means that yet again no team will go unbeaten. I'm still waiting.

But seriously, the Twins played well today against the Royals, and Justin Morneau even collected his first hit of the year. Joe Mauer and Carlos Gomez continued to produce, combining to go 5 for 8 with 2 runs and an RBI. Gomez had two more infield hits, one being a bunt single, but also mashed a solid double, and was electrifying again in stealing two bases. I wouldn't want to be behind the plate with him on first!

Scott Baker had a solid performance, settling down after some early troubles. Despite allowing three runs in the first two innings, he had thrown 41 pitches, with 33 of them being strikes. He was unable to miss bats early, exemplified by Billy Butler's at bat in the first inning in which he fouled off eight pitches, which caused him a lot of trouble. Despite this, he still managed to finish with a very respectable line. Pat Neshek and Joe Nathan followed him with another great set-up and close combination.

The second casualty in two days, Michael Cuddyer left the game in the third inning after sliding awkwardly into third base. Jason Kubel pinch ran for him and ended up scoring. Hopefully, Cuddyer will only be day-to-day, but it would most likely ensure regular at bats for Kubel as either the designated hitter or right fielder if he was out longer. Although, it'd be much better if Gardy just wised up and put Kubel in the line-up over Craig Monroe and Cuddyer isn't injured (incidentally, Monroe went 0-4 with three strikeouts against a left-handed starter).

This was also my first game listening on the radio. It did provide a lot of information, but I found it odd that Gameday actually updated faster than the radio announced things. There must be a significant delay on the radio broadcast.

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