GameChat – Royals @ Twins #3, 1:10 pm

Remember a week ago when everyone was looking forward to six games against the Red Sox and Royals… two teams that we thought were struggling just as much as the Twins?

Well, here we are at the end of that stretch still waiting for the first Twins win. How friggin depressing is that?

On the bright side, it’s 55 degrees and, more importantly, NOT raining in Minneapolis right now, so there will be baseball played today. I wish I were more certain that that’s a good thing.

ROYALS

@

TWINS
Getz, 2B Span, CF
Gordon, LF Carroll, SS
Butler, DH Mauer, C
Hosmer, 1B Willingham, LF
Francoeur, RF Morneau, 1B
Moustakas, 3B Valencia, 3B
Pena, B, C Doumit, DH
Escobar, A, SS Plouffe, RF
Dyson, CF Casilla, A, 2B
  _Chen, P   _Marquis, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 9 2
Minnesota 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 x 7 11 0

It’s been a while, so it’s hard to recognize it when we see it, but I’m pretty sure that’s what they call a WIN!

Once again, the bats did their job. Danny Valencia had a good day, with three hits, a couple of ribbies and started a critical double play in the field. One thing we saw today that we haven’t seen in a while was a “Quality Start” from a member of the Twins rotation. Three or fewer runs in six or more innings doesn’t seem like a terribly high standard until your guys can’t seem to meet it. But Jason Marquis did exactly that today and Jared Burton, Glen Perkins and Matt Capps managed to hold the lead.

But today’s Boyfriend of the Day has to be Josh Willingham, who managed 3/4 of the “cycle” with a single, double and triple, to go with two RBI and a couple of runs scored. Great way to end the homestand, guys! – JC

Josh Willingham (photo Jim Crikket)

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