The Ace Was Wild
From the very first inning last night, it was clear that Scott Kazmir wasn’t going to have a good evening. The Twins scored four runs in the opening frame without the benefit of a hard-hit ball, although Kazmir did uncork a wild pitch to allow the fourth run to cross the plate.
The rest of the evening wasn’t much better for Kazmir, as he allowed eight runs (six earned) in just four innings of work.
On the flip side, Nick Blackburn breezed through seven innings allowing just two earned runs while taming the Tampa Bay bats with his nasty sinker that produced grounder after grounder.
Offensively, the top-three-in-the-batting-order trio of Denard Span, Brendan Harris, and Justin Morneau all had three hits apiece.
Though the Rays are struggling, taking two of three from the defending AL champs is no small feat, as they still are a fundamentally sound ballclub. Let’s hope that the momentum (and past history of beat-downs) continues with the Twins against Kansas City this weekend.
Preview (11-11, 4th, 0.5 GB CHI, DET, & KC): Sidney Ponson (0-3, 5.79) vs. Kevin Slowey (3-0, 4.44). Well, it’s nice to see that Ponson is enjoying a typical season. Losing to him was, is, and always will be a complete organizational embarassment.