Happy Memorial Day, Twins fans.
For me, Memorial Day weekend was always a time when our family went on a camping trip. In the last three years I have been camping about 15 times. Mostly overnight trips, but a few week long adventures in the boundary waters. I just love camping. Something about spending time in the woods, sleeping in a tent and cooking food with a fire that really excites me. But here’s the thing, those last 15 times I have been camping, it has rained EVERY TIME. Not just passing showers or an occasional drizzle. I’m talking about wind and thunder and lightening and everything. I tell people that if they need rain all they have to do is invite me on a camping trip. And that has me thinking about the Twins.
Despite the Twins’ tough early schedule it seemed like the Twins were catching a lot of teams while they were down. Twins played the Red Sox and Yankees and Angels and the Tigers this season and each team was struggling to string together stretches of good solid baseball. Enter the Twins. It seems like every time one of the Twins’ opponents really needs to turn things around the Twins are more than happy to do it. So MLB owners, if your team is struggling, all you have to do is invite the Twins to town.
Oakland was 22-21 before their current 5 game losing streak, perfect time for them to visit Minnesota…
Here are the line ups for the Twins and Athletics:
|Weeks, 2B||Span, CF|
|Crisp, CF||Mastroianni, RF|
|Reddick, RF||Mauer, C|
|Gomes, J, DH||Willingham, LF|
|Inge, 3B||Morneau, 1B|
|Suzuki, K, C||Doumit, DH|
|Ka’aihue, 1B||Dozier, SS|
|Cowgill, LF||Plouffe, 3B|
|Rosales, SS||Casilla, A, 2B|
|_Blackley, T, P||_Diamond, P|
How about that, a Twins win! What a great birthday present for our very own CapitalBabs! Happy birthday, Babs, hope you enjoyed that one as much as the rest of us.
Scott Diamnd pitched pretty well through the first 6 innings before running into trouble in the 7th and being lifted after just one out. The bullpen gave up a run in the 8th but the Twins battled back with two runs in the bottom of the 8th thanks to a Justin Morneau double that scored Joe Mauer and a sac fly from Ryan Doumit to score Josh Willingham.
For his RBI double Morneau is today’s BOD. What a swell guy.