GameChat – Twins @ D-Backs #2, 9:10pm, FSN & am1500

I missed last night’s game in Arizona in favor of going to the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie with various members of my family. From what I’ve read, it’s probably for the best. I don’t particularly enjoy watching Twins pitchers cough up five-run innings. So let’s see if we can avoid doing that tonight.

I remember back in the old days when the Twins ate NL teams for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What was that… 1 or 2 years ago? I want to see THAT start happening again! – JC

Span, CF Roberts, R, 3B
Plouffe, SS Johnson, K, 2B
Kubel, RF Upton, J, RF
Morneau, 1B Drew, S, SS
Cuddyer, 2B Young, C, CF
Valencia, 3B Montero, M, C
Young, D, LF Miranda, 1B
Butera, C Parra, G, LF
Baker, S, P Owings, M, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 6 9 0
Arizona 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 6 x 9 11 5

As I mentioned in the pregame post, I didn’t see the game Friday night, but from what I read and heard, it sounds like it was kind of the same story as the Saturday night game. Build a lead and then watch helplessly as the bullpen implodes and coughs up the game. It’s great to see the bats warming up. It’s great to see starting pitchers being effective (though we really do need to get more than five innings out of a starting pitcher). But at some point, you need a few guys in the bullpen who can hold a lead. Hope that last piece to the puzzle falls in to place… and soon.

– JC