Monday, August 08, 2005

Sleepy in Seattle

The Twins' offense came out of the gates strong tonight in their first game against the Mariners in Seattle, posting 4 runs in the third inning, but then just seemed to fall asleep. For the rest of the game, while the M's rallied to score 5 runs, the Twins' hitters could do nothing but fail and as a result suffered yet another loss. Carlos Silva pitched okay, allowing too many hits (9) and runs (5), but lasting into the 8th inning and struck out 5. He certainly would've won this game if the offense could have produced on one of several run-scoring opportunities after the third.

Everything came crashing down in the bottom of the 8th, when Silva let the first two runners get on base. Jesse Crain came in to relieve him, and managed to a get a couple outs but then with the bases loaded he walked Jeremy Reed to bring in the go-ahead and eventual winning run. Crain has been a mess ever since his hot start; in the first half of the season it seemed like he had a knack for coming in in stick situations and somehow digging his way out, but now he's turned into JC Romero, only worsening matters.

Just another ugly game for a team that can't seem to put together any pretty ones anymore.