In exactly one month, the Minnesota Twins will kick off the 2009 campaign in the Metrodome. For now, the tuning up continues and that means game seven down in Florida.
The offense was slow, but, once again, the pitching was able to take over. The Twins knocked off the Cincinnati Reds, 3-0.
Here is what happened.
** If Glen Perkins is half as solid as he has been thus far, the Twins will have one of the best fourth starters in the league. Perkins made the start and went four innings against the Reds. The scoreless streak continued for Perkins as he allowed just one hit and two walks in the outing. Perkins has yet to allow a single run this spring.
** Jason Kubel continues to hit well as he went 1-3 with another RBI. Kubel has been strong early and is currently sporting a .429 batting average. Carlos Gomez collected another hit as did Delmon Young. Both have showed good signs early in the spring season; Gomez is hitting .308 while Young has a solid .583 average.
** Some others that collected hits were Alexi Casilla (.273), Brian Buscher (.500), and Brendan Harris (.500). Denard Span has struggled and is hitting just .083, while Crede still has no hits in only a few games.
** The bullpen was just as solid after Perkins left the game. Justin Jones, who could make the team, continued to impress as he went two innings and allowed just a hit.
** Brian Duensing and Kevin Mulvey will likely be starters at AAA Rochester, but both went one inning and allowed a hit each. Craig Breslow finished the game with a perfect inning of work.