Let the rubber match begin!
Despite last night’s eventual loss, I really do think we came out on top of the pitching duel. Good for Nick Blackburn and good luck to Chicago with Liriano. It’s just too bad that we ended the win streak that way.
Today? yeah, I would REALLY like to start another win streak. I would love to beat the WS – of course that is always true. As always, I have far more faith in Scott Diamond than I do most of the rotation. Here’s hoping that he’s able to do what he’s so incredibly capable of doing against the WS today. And our offense has been able to get to Peavy in the past so let’s hope they are able to do it again today.
Of course, if you’re listening to the FSN broadcast, you will no doubt hear Dick Bremer complain about the heat again because it is a bit on the warm side today – not to mention a bit sticky. It’s supposed to be in the mid to high 80’s by the time the game starts and climb into the 90’s from there. Given the opponent today, I don’t really think that there is much benefit or challenge from the weather. We’re both pretty used to the same thing and it is August 1st afterall.
|Chi White Sox||
|De Aza, CF||Span, CF|
|Youkilis, 3B||Revere, RF|
|Dunn, A, 1B||Mauer, C|
|Konerko, DH||Willingham, LF|
|Rios, RF||Morneau, 1B|
|Ramirez, Al, SS||Doumit, DH|
|Viciedo, LF||Valencia, 3B|
|Flowers, C||Dozier, SS|
|Hudson, O, 2B||Carroll, 2B|
|Peavy, P||Diamond, P|
|Chi White Sox||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||3||9||2|
That wasn’t exactly the way we wanted to see “getaway day” go, as the Twins dropped another close game to the White Sox, 3-2. Once again, the Twins got a solid performance out of their starting pitcher. Scott Diamond gave up just three runs in 7 and 1/3 innings before leaving the game after getting hit by a come-backer up the middle.
Ryan Doumit gave us a little 9th inning excitement with a two-out double. After a Danny Valencia walk, pinch runners Darin Mastroiani and Alexi Casilla completed a successful double steal, but were left stranded when Brian Dozier flew out to center field to end the game.
Valencia provided one of the few other offensive highlights on the day with a 2nd inning home run. Ben Revere had a double among his two hits on the day.
It’s on to Fenway Park for a four-game series with the Red Sox. – JC