Losses like this are the worst kind of losses. I'd rather be no hit than what happened in this game. In case you missed it, Jason Marquis gave up three runs in the first two innings, and gave up 11 hits in his 6.1 innings of work tonight. By the end of his night, he surrendered a total of 5 hits, including home runs to Jarrod Saltalmacchia and Cody Ross.
It wasn't all bad for the Twins though. They scored 5 runs, one came off of an absolute bomb from our enigmatic third baseman, Danny Valencia. Joe Mauer had two singles, and one walk. Kevin Youkillis robbed Josh Willingham of a hit by snagging his liner over the third base bag, which would've brought in Jamey Carroll who tripled to lead off the inning. He stayed at third for the duration of the inning.
The offense looked good in this game, and it just looks like everyone is going on different nights. Once the offense starts clicking, the Twins, while they won't be an offensive powerhouse, will have something respectable.
The bullpen though, looked fantastic. Jared Burton and Brian Duensing blew right through the top of Boston's order before Carroll's triple, but then Matt Capps came in and gave up the only hit the bullpen would surrender. A home run to Cody Ross. His second of the game. That would be it. 6-5. A very humbling loss. Studs and duds after the jump.
Studs: You know what? I'm pretty happy with the offense and bullpen today. Most of them.
Duds: Justin Morneau 0-3 with a walk. The walk was intentional. Trevor Plouffe, 0-3 with a walk. Jason Marquis. He walked nobody, but gave up 11 hits, and struck out 3 in 6.1 innings of work. All the while giving up 5 runs. Matt Capps. Blew the game by giving up a home run to Cody Ross.
Let's put this game behind us, and let's win it tomorrow!