clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Highlights In Photos

New, comments

It's as easy as 1-2-3.

Kubel042908_medium
Jason Kubel hit a 2-run shot in the fourth off Chicago starter Gavin Floyd, giving the Twins a 2-0 lead. Michael Cuddyer, who had doubled directly in front of our new full-time designated hitter, was the other run. Said Kubel about the upper-deck shot:

"I was just trying to get the runner over from second base, and he left it down the middle," Kubel said. "I was trying to pull it and ended up putting a lot of backspin on it. And I got it up and out."

Floyd agreed, admitting leaving a fastball down the middle was a mistake to a hitter like Kubel. The towering blast was Jason's fourth home run of the season, and while it's early puts him on pace for more than 20 bombs in 2008. His .247/.268/.398 line to this point isn't anything to write home about (in fact it's disappointing), but there aren't many position players off to good starts for the Twins. As the season rolls along, Kubel should find his stride.

Boof042908_medium

Bonser was like a man possessed, taking out the Chi-Sox early on the fastball before mixing in his breaking balls. Seven strong innings, eight strikeouts, a walk and only six hits. Joe Crede's solo shot in the seventh was his only damage. Gardenhire was impressed:

"He set a nice tone. I think you saw some really good breaking balls. His curveball was going down hard. He had a nice slider. And he mixed them all in there. But it all starts with locating the fastball early in the ballgame and setting it up."

Joeandjoe042908_medium

While Pat Neshek and Dennys Reyes combined for a scoreless eighth, it was Joe Nathan came on and pitched a perfect ninth inning. There's nothing like finishing a vicotry with a double-shot of Joe! Twins win, 3-1.

With Tuesday's win the Twins improve to 12-14, which puts them in a tie for second place with the Royals. While many of Minnesota's upcoming opponents will are early favorites for October runs, hopefully the Twins can take advantage of having 15 of their next 21 games at home.

Other Highlights

* The 1 and 2 hitters for the Twins were 0-for-8. His hitless night left Brendan Harris' OBP at .344, still second best on the team.

* Joe Mauer was 1-for-3, with a triple and a walk. He's now hitting .306/.362/.400.

* Delmon Young was 2-for-2 with a walk and a pair of stolen bases, giving him six in seven attempts. While there's still no power, Delmon is 10-for-27 in his last seven games. Hopefully this means he's heating up.

* In his last two starts, Bonser has pitched 13 innings and allowed three runs and just nine hits. BOOOOFFF!!!

* Pat Neshek has held opponents scoreless in his last six appearances (5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 K). His ERA is under 4 for the first time since being lit up by the Royals on April 4th.

* Dennys Reyes: LOOGY extraordinaire. 11 appearances, 8.2 innings pitched, 4 hits, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks, 0 runs allowed.

* Joe Nathan's eighth save ties him for third in baseball, behind something named George Sherrill and Francisco Rodriguez.

See you tonight!!