All good things must come to an end, and so the Minnesota Twins' four-game winning streak to start of the 2009 preseason is over. While the pitching was solid much of the way, the offense—for the first time this spring—failed to show up, collecting just two hits from the starting lineup, and falling to the Red Sox 2-1.
The Twins are now 4-1 on the spring, and the Mayor's Cup Series is now tied at 1-1 between the Twins and Red Sox. The Twins will have the day off tomorrow before returning to action on Tuesday.
On with the game...
** Kevin Slowey made his first start of the spring and it couldn't have gone any better. Slowey allowed no hits or runs in two perfect innings. Slowey moved quick and was effective.
** The offense from the starting lineup consisted of two hits—an infield single by centerfielder Carlos Gomez, and a single later in the game by Justin Morneau. The Twins ended the game with five overall hits, thanks to a small rally in the seventh inning by a few youngsters.
** Glen Perkins, with the day off tomorrow, headed to the mound for three innings after Slowey, and was just as solid. In three innings of work Perkins struck out two hitters, allowed three hits, and no runs. Perkins has yet to allow a run in his first five innings.
** Matt Guerrier entered for the sixth and struggled. Guerrier had problems with his control as he walked two and allowed a hit and run in just one inning. Craig Breslow was on for the seventh, and he too struggled. In his lone inning, Breslow allowed two hits, including a solo home run.
** After the poor outings for Guerrier and Breslow, the Twins ended the game with Jose Mijares and Philip Humber. Mijares was solid in his one inning as he struck out one, and Humber allowed only a single.