Twins 2, White Sox 9

Published: Apr 22, 2006 11:30 PM

Making the lineup card for Saturday night's game wasn't an easy task for Ron Gardenhire. Shannon Stewart is still away with his wife who just gave birth to their first child. Luis Castillo is still hobbled with the knee injury from Thursday's game, and Ruben Sierra is a bit sore from fouling a ball off the ankle. All this meant Rondell White, the usual DH was playing in Left field, Luis Rodgriguez was playing at second, Joe Mauer was the DH, and Mike Redmond was behind the plate.

Many Twins fans have been calling for Mauer to DH on days off for quite some time. This wasn't exactly a routine day of rest for Mauer; he batted DH out of necessity. He reached base four times in game, picking up 3 hits and a walk. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to make up for another poor start from Brad Radke, and an all-around week offensive day against White Sox starter Freddy Garcia.

Radke spotted the Sox 4 runs in the first two innings and another 2 in the fifth. The White Sox scored 9 runs in the game and the Twins were only able to put two run on the board -- 1 from a Lew Ford stolen base fest in the 5th and the other from a Torii Hunter solo homerun in the 6th.

After having been swept by Cleveland 2 weekends ago, the Twins are now in danger of being swept by their other Central Division rival. Sunday's game is one they almost need to win. The Twins schedule will lighten up a little bit this week.

Game Notes

  • Radke has a 7.50 ERA through 4 starts this season. The two wins that he does have are owed almost entirely to the Twins' offense.
  • Jesse Crain had another poor relief outing, giving up a 2-run homer to Jim Thome. Crain has allowed at least 1 run in 5 of his 9 appearences this season.

Looking Ahead

Carlos Silva will face off against Jose Contreras Sunday for the series finale. Silva has struggled so far this season with his inabiity to get the groundball outs that he's accustomed to. Contreras has been exceptional so far this season for the Sox.

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