GameChat: BlueJays @ Twins #2, 3:10pm, FSN & am1500

Things are just getting pretty desperate at this point in Twinsville. The inability of this team to score runs is reaching historic levels of ineptitude. I’m not even concerned any more with the team’s chances of winning the AL Central Division, I just want to start seeing some good baseball from them again. Let’s see if we can get something going today!

This is another one of those days when KL, Babs and I all have stuff going on that make it a challenge to be here when the line ups are released and get a chat post up, so I’m going to throw this post up a couple hours early and without line ups, but at least the Chatroll will be here for those of you who wish to congregate for the game.

– JC

Escobar, Y, SS Span, CF
Patterson, C, LF Plouffe, SS
Bautista, J, RF Kubel, DH
Rivera, J, DH Morneau, 1B
Hill, A, 2B Young, D, LF
Arencibia, C Cuddyer, RF
Cooper, D, 1B Valencia, 3B
McDonald, Jo, 3B Hughes, L, 2B
Davis, R, CF Rivera, Re, C
Reyes, Jo, P Blackburn, P

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Toronto 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 9 9 2
Minnesota 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 13 1

Another excellent starting pitching performance that gets wasted due to (a) lack of offensive support and (b) one really bad inning of relief pitching. It was encouraging to see Nick Blackburn pitch so well and 13 hits is almost a week’s worth of hitting for the Twins lately (even if 11 of those were singles… it was still nice to see the Cuddyer HR and the Morneau double that was almost a HR).  I guess we saw a slight flicker of what this team was supposed to be capable of today.

Jason Repko is rehabbing and Jim Thome is about to do the same, with Tsuyoshi Nishioka soon to follow. (I still don’t get the deal on Joe Mauer, but I suppose some day the facts about his mysterious malady will come out.)