GameChat – Indians @ Twins #3, 1:10pm, FSN & am1500

Happy Easter everyone. I’ll be spending the day with family and won’t be around for the game and I assume a number of others will be, as well, but we’ll put up the GameChat for anyone who has the opportunity to come and enjoy the game as the Twins go for what I suppose would constitute a “sweep”, right?

Sizemore, CF Span, CF
Cabrera, A, SS Repko, LF
Choo, RF Kubel, RF
Santana, C, 1B Morneau, 1B
Hafner, DH Cuddyer, 2B
Cabrera, O, 2B Thome, DH
Brantley, LF Valencia, 3B
Marson, C Butera, C
Hannahan, 3B Casilla, A, SS
Carrasco, C, P Pavano, P

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Minnesota 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 x 4 10 0
two brooms for a two game sweep!

Not having actually seen the game myself, all I can do is say, “HEY, we’ve got us a winning streak… AND a sweeeeeeep!” That’s three games in a row AND our guys are now not only just four games behind the AL Central leading Tribe, they’re also a nice looking 1.5 games ahead of the BitchSox in the standings! That’s right, Ozzie’s crew is down there in last place (where they rightfully belong).

I’d love to write an insightful summary of today’s game, but since I didn’t see a single pitch of it, about all I can do is go by the box score and media reports. It looks like ‘Stache had one iffy inning as Carl and the Twins benefited from an overturned HR in the 3rd. Other than that, Pavano must have done a good job of keeping the Indians at bay. Jim Hoey and Jose Mijares combined to work the Twins out of a mini-jam in the 8th and Matt Capps did his best Joe Nathan imitation, allowing some drama in the 9th before recording his 4th save.

Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel had similar hitting lines, both going two for three with a walk, and both recording a two-run double, to account for all four team RBI. That, one would think, would make for a pretty tight race for Boyfriend of the Day, but clearly Kubel had the better timing (his double accounting for the go-ahead runs in the 7th inning) as a glance at the log of the GameChat shows a clear preference for Kuuuuube as today’s BOD!

– JC

Jason Kubel