GameChat – Twins @ Angels #3, 9:05pm

I have to say that I’m probably not the only person who will be glad to be done playing the Angels.. I wish that meant we were done with late night games but no, we hit Seattle next. I just won’t be sorry to not have Torii kicking our butt each night.

I am really hoping for good outing from Liam tonight AND for a little bit better run support than we gave Liriano. I don’t care how good your pitching is or isn’t, you aren’t going to win very many games with 3 hits.. And I swear to God if Clete Thomas can’t get at least ONE hit tonight, I don’t want to see him out there anymore.. ditch his ass and go see if we can find Luke Hughes. I might be starting to get a little worked up about poor roster management…




LA Angels
Span, CF Aybar, SS
Casilla, A, 2B Wells, V, LF
Mauer, DH Pujols, 1B
Willingham, LF Morales, K, DH
Doumit, C Hunter, To, RF
Parmelee, 1B Kendrick, H, 2B
Plouffe, 3B Trumbo, 3B
Thomas, C, RF Iannetta, C
Carroll, SS Bourjos, CF
  Hendriks, P   Weaver, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LA Angels 1 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 x 9 15 0

It appears that it has finally happened… the Twins offense has become as impotent as their pitching.

The Twins managed to make history tonight by being no-hit by the Angels’ Jared Weaver. They managed only two baserunners… a Josh Willingham walk and a strike out with a passed ball allowing Chris Parmelee to reach first base. Nine Twins were strike out victims.

On the other side of the ledger, Liam Hendriks lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up 6 runs, all earned, and 9 hits. But hey, he didn’t walk anyone! Most of the Twins’ bullpen got some work tonight, but they all have tomorrow’s off day to prepare for the series with the Mariners.

GM Terry Ryan is reportedly in Rochester. Friday’s off day could be interesting if he’s as fed up with the performance of the Twins as the rest of us are. – JC


I finally figured out a benefit to west coast games! Besides the fact that our coastal friends get a prime time game, of course. 

The benefit is that there was a nice little contingent of Knuckleballers sitting in the game chat when we got that special visitor!!! It is still just amazing to me that we are still here doing what we so haphazardly do for a third baseball season and that so many people have joined us in the process.  We can’t thank you all enough for continuing to show up, to comment, to chat, to share your knowledge and insights, and in general join us in the love of baseball and, of course, the Minnesota Twins.

But speaking of amazing… we have a winner for that cool Kirby Memorial!! The winner’s guess was literally within 15 minutes of the actual visit time AND had the right state as well… To be frank, I’m a little weirded out by that. But that’s a win no matter how you slice it.

Congratulations to Lindsay Guentzel!! This is your year!

Lindsay, send me info to where you would like the picture shipped – whether home or NY or wherever and I’ll get it out to you!

Sadly, we don’t know who that actual special visitor was – I wish I was one of those hacker type people who could figure those things out but I’m satisfied with knowing  that someone special from San Francisco was the one to put us over the top.  Here’s their particulars, whoever they are!

By Location > Visit Detail
Visit 100,000

Continent  : North America
Country  : United States  (Facts)
State  : California
City  : South San Francisco
Lat/Long  : 37.6534, -122.4231 (Map)
Time of Visit   May 1 2012 10:50:17 pm
Last Page View May 1 2012 10:50:55 pm
Visit Length 38 seconds
Page Views   2
Referring URL unknown
Visit Entry Page
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I wish we knew who you are but thank you for sharing a brief period of time with us.

I wonder what our next milestone will be…