GameChat – Twins @ White Sox #2, 7:10 pm

The good news is that Justin Morneau has returned to the team after becoming a daddy again (Chris Parmelee has been returned to Rochester), but the bad news is that Justin apparently woke up with a stiff neck today and he’s just DHing tonight. Can a stint on the DL be far behind?

Speaking of the DL, Trevor Plouffe is neither on the DL nor playing baseball. Let’s just leave it there without comment.

Cole DeVries pitched well his last time out (or at least I think he did… I haven’t really been paying that much attention lately), so let’s hope he can do so again. I really hate losing to the Bitch Sox!

Oh… and it’s National Tequila Day, so I may not be in the chat. :)

TWINS

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WHITE SOX
Span, CF De Aza, CF
Mastroianni, RF Youkilis, 3B
Mauer, 1B Dunn, A, DH
Willingham, LF Konerko, 1B
Morneau, DH Rios, RF
Doumit, C Ramirez, Al, SS
Dozier, SS Viciedo, LF
Casilla, A, 2B Flowers, C
Carroll, 3B Beckham, 2B
  _De Vries, P   _Quintana, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 8 3
Chi White Sox 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 5 x 11 14 0

You may not have seen it, but a couple of days ago 1500ESPN’s Phil Mackey wrote a story about how the Twins field management may be rethinking their religious devotion to pitch count limits for their starting pitchers. I’ve got news for you, Phil… Gardy was pullin’ your leg.

Cole DeVries was excellent through six innings tonight, giving up just two runs (only one earned) on 7 hits, with four strikeouts and no walks. He was backed by a two-home run night by Josh Willingham and held a 4-2 lead through 6 innings. But… he had thrown 95 pitches and no matter what Gardy says to the media, you KNOW he just can’t change. So… the bullpen comes on in the 7th inning and four relievers cough up… no, make that vomit up… NINE friggin’ runs in two innings to cost DeVries and the Twins the ballgame, 11-4.

I can’t imagine how Gardy and those pitchers can even look DeVries and Willingham in the eyes after that. – JC

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