GameChat – Twins @ Rangers, 7:05pm

The Twins start a pretty important road trip tonight in Arlington, where the temperatures are reportedly above 100 degrees (and I’ve been there often enough to know it is most likely NOT a “dry heat”).

I think there’s a lot of angst among the Twins faithful right now and rightfully so.

It’s time for this team to quit screwing around and get serious about playing good baseball again.

Ben Revere gets his first night off in quite a while (and, frankly, it’s about time).



Repko, CF Kinsler, DH
Casilla, A, 2B Andrus, SS
Mauer, C Hamilton, LF
Cuddyer, 1B Young, M, 2B
Kubel, DH Cruz, N, RF
Valencia, 3B Davis, C, 3B
Young, D, LF Napoli, C
Plouffe, RF Moreland, 1B
Nishioka, SS Chavez, En, CF
  _Blackburn, P   _Holland, D, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 1 6 11 3
Texas 3 3 3 5 4 0 2 0 x 20 27 4

The thing we have to keep in mind after something like this is that it still only counts as one game in the standings. The Tigers lost to the White Sox tonight, so despite this abomination, the Twins actually lost no ground to the Division leaders.

And we did have the entertainment value of seeing Michael Cuddyer take to the mound! He loaded the bases but worked out of the jam, so despite a 3.00 WHIP, he escapes with a perfect 0.00 ERA! He hit 88 mph with his fastball, that had some late movement. That’s more than some of the guys in the Twins bullpen can say lately!

Tomorrow’s another day… let’s get a win!