Posted by: taylorjs | March 7, 2010

Spring Thoughts – Games #4/5

On a day that was overshadowed by Joe Nathan returning to Minnesota with arm troubles and Nick Blackburn’s new 4 year deal, the Twins played a couple of split squad games today.  Here’s the short breakdown:

Game vs. New York Yankees

Today’s Big Winner

He has no chance of winning a roster spot, but I can’t NOT give the nod in this game to Juan Portes, who hit a couple of homeruns and drove in 6.  The pitching was superb tonight, including a nice bounceback performance from Mike Maroth, but Portes gets the edge just because a 6 RBI game is pretty remarkable.

Today’s Big Loser

Matt Tolbert, who went 0-4 and left 3 guys on base.  With Alexi Casilla still around, Tolbert probably has to have a pretty solid spring to win a job.  So far, he’s 0-7 at the plate.

Game vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Today’s Big Winner

How about anyone who didn’t pitch today?  The Pirates bats were alive, as the Buccos scored 15 runs and pounded the hapless Twins hurlers.  Because of that, I’m giving the nod to Kyle Waldrop — the one Twins pitcher today who didn’t get hammered. Waldrop went 1.1 scoreless innings with a hit allowed and a strikeout.  Honorable mention to Justin Morneau, who went deep and had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.

Today’s Big Loser

Four different pitchers — Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak, Alex Burnett, and Rob Delaney — had horrid outings today.  The worst outing was Anthony Swarzak’s, who gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, including allowing 2 homers, but each of these performances was enough to make a fan a bit queasy.  Duensing and Swarzak are still in the running for roster spots, but performances like this are dangerous when there are so many competitors for spots.

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