Sunday, June 18, 2006

Six Straight

The Twins picked up their sixth consecutive victory last night with a 5-3 victory in Pittsburgh, clinching a rare road series win and bringing them within a game of .500. Once again it was the young bats powering the Twins' offense, as Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel each homered to continue their torrid hot streaks (between them, they have homered nine times in the last eight games) and Terry Tiffee hit his first home run of the season. Jason Bartlett drove in a crucial insurance run in the ninth inning to give some breathing room to Joe Nathan, who picked up his third save in as many days.

Boof Bonser struggled a bit and was pulled after just 3 and 1/3 innings, but the Twins got surprising contributions from struggling relievers Kyle Lohse and Jesse Crain. On the post-game show, Ron Coomer talked about how he wouldn't be surprised to see Lohse back in the rotation soon. Yep, two solid innings in relief against one of the worst teams in baseball is plenty to make me forget about that 8.46 ERA and .330 opponents' batting average. Let's get him back in the rotation where he belongs! Maybe we should stick him in at short and get Bartlett back to Triple-A so he can work on bringing up that pathetic .429 batting average.

The Twins have a favorable pitching matchup today with Johan Santana going against Oliver Perez, who has struggled mightily this season. That gives them a good chance to be back at .500 when they head into Houston for what should be a very interesting series against the Astros.

4 comments:

TheBentKangaroo said...

I don't think Lohse deserves a starting role (and I like him out of the bullpen, for now), but I do think he'll get another shot soon.

They showed little patience with Baker, and they'll do the same to Bonser. Plus they'll want to showcase Lohse any chance they get. Coomer even mentioned to Shecky in the pregame show that Lohse should be traded (and Shecky agreed).

Nick M. said...

If Lohse isn't traded in the next month, I doubt they'll ever get to trade him. Remember, he's a free agent at the end of the year. They need to try to trade him for anything. I think the problem is that Ryan keeps waiting it out like he is going to get something great for this guy. I just don't think anyone is going to see that much potential in a guy who clearly has never lived up to it.

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