Ok, let’s pretend that yesterday didn’t happen and try this again.
Player updates: Punto and Mijares are now activated – Punto’s hammy is still a bit off so running is not likely but if we need him, I’m sure he’ll be jumping up & down waving his arm saying “Put me in Coach!” Fuentes said he’s feeling good, bullpen went great and he should be available by tomorrow. Thome is back in the lineup and that is sure a boost to team morale I’m sure. Baker is still working through soreness, has had one bullpen session and will likely have another in Chicago. And Jason Repko is finally a DADDY! He and his wife now have a little girl. Congrats Ripcord!
For tonight, I just want Blackburn to pitch well and the offense to hit well.
|Span, CF||Brantley, CF|
|Hudson, O, 2B||Cabrera, A, SS|
|Mauer, C||Choo, RF|
|Kubel, RF||Hafner, DH|
|Cuddyer, 1B||LaPorta, 1B|
|Thome, DH||Crowe, LF|
|Young, D, LF||Donald, 2B|
|Valencia, 3B||Valbuena, 3B|
|Hardy, SS||Marson, C|
|Blackburn, P||Carrasco, C, P|
Where do we begin to tell the story of this game?
I suppose we should begin with the fact that the game didn’t get started until almost two hours late, due to rain in Cleveland.
But once we got things going, the Twins got 8 innings of darn fine shutout pitching by Nick Blackburn. He took a no hitter through 5 innings and ended up giving up only 5 hits and a couple of walks. Jesse Crain followed with a couple of innings just as fine. Matty Guerrier came in with runners on 1st and 2nd and nobody out, made one heck of a play on a bunt to get the lead runner at 3B, then closed out the inning without giving up the winning run. Matt Capps gave us a 1-2-3 for the save. How about a nice big New York cheesecake with the toppings of their choice for those pitchers?
Now about the offense. Each team had 8 hits in 12 innings. The Tribe had 8 singles. Until the top of the 12th inning, the Twins had 7 hits, all singles. Ahhh… but that last hit… I know we all got excited, but should it really have surprised us that Jim Thome would eventually launch a ball several hundred feet and over the CF wall in his old stomping grounds? It was almost like it was scripted (though I’d be fine with the script being shortened 3 innings next time).
And you know what’s REALLY cool about that home run? With one swing of the bat, Mr. Incredible got to shove a knife in to the gut of TWO former teams… enabling the Twins to beat the Indians 1-0 AND the Bitch Sox (who lost to the Royals and thus lost a full game in the standings and two games on the “Magic Number” chart).
And for that game winner, Jim Thome (is our Homey), you are our Boyfriend of the Day! – JC