GameChat – Twins @ Indians, 6:05 pm

ANOTHER early start time? Is there some new rule this year that the Twins can’t play more than four road games in a row in the Central Time Zone?

If you thought you had seen all the weird looking line ups that Gardy could possibly come up with, you were wrong. Tonight, we get Denard Span batting 3rd for the first time since he was a senior in high school! Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with giving it a shot… Ben Revere and Alexi Casilla have certainly been doing the job as the 1-2 combination, so why not let Denard take that 3rd spot? It’s not like anyone else is exactly hitting well in that position this year.

Oh… and congratulations, Justin Morneau! Playing his 1000th game tonight!

Revere, RF   Brantley, LF
Casilla, A, SS   Cabrera, A, SS
Span, CF   Sizemore, G, CF
Cuddyer, 1B   Santana, C, C
Morneau, DH   Choo, RF
Young, D, LF   LaPorta, 1B
Hughes, L, 3B   Buck, T, DH
Tolbert, 2B   Cabrera, O, 2B
Butera, C   Hannahan, 3B
Baker, S, P   Tomlin, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 6 10 1
Cleveland 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 9 0


WOOHOOOO!!  We win again! That’s 5 games in a row and I’m almost POSITIVE that it’s the first time all season that the boys have been able to do that. Of course, tonight was really the story of the bottom of the order. After the abysmal play vs the Indians last time, it was really great to see some solid baseball. I’m not on speaking terms with any umpires right now but that’s clearly for the best and I usually get over such things very quickly.  All the way around we had some great defense tonigh – even when we had to get 5 outs in an inning. 

The chat discussed the various merits of hitting and defense tonight and have decided to start by acknowledging the very solid start from Baker – here’s a cookie. Also good job Delmon, Cuddyer & Casilla – you also get cookies – they had some questionable moments but all three kept the winning attitude in place. However unlikely it may seem, Tolbert wins the BOD! But he earned it. Good job!

Matt Tolbert had a big night