GameChat – Twins @ Red Sox #2, 6:10 pm

I’m not sure how the Twins can improve on last night’s 5-0 shutout of the Red Sox, but let’s find out, shall we?

Hoping Brian Duensing has another good start as he continues to demonstrate his versatility.

I probably won’t be around for the Chat tonight, but I’ll be watching the game at my local purveyor of adult beverages and unhealthy food choices.

Enjoy the game, all!

TWINS

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RED SOX
Span, CF Ellsbury, CF
Revere, RF Pedroia, 2B
Mauer, C Ross, C, RF
Willingham, DH Gonzalez, Ad, 1B
Morneau, 1B Lavarnway, DH
Valencia, 3B Middlebrooks, 3B
Mastroianni, LF Crawford, LF
Dozier, SS Shoppach, C
Carroll, 2B Aviles, SS
  _Duensing, P   _Doubront, P

 

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Minnesota

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Boston

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Holy CRAP, what a game. Hard to believe that we won AGAIN in Boston. Two in a row.

Just to play the first 9 innings took 4 hours. And the fact that there was a 10th is one of those gifts from the baseball gods that we may not have earned but for the pitching staying steady despite working harder than they should have had to. Too many errors from my guys to call it a GREAT game but wow was it intense.

Justin is finally back to hitting Lefties!! But there’s many people who deserve a little recognition. Besides Justin leading the way with consistent AB’s getting hits in every AB & 2 RBI, Mastroianni had some incredible defensive plays, baserunning, AND hitting a crucial double in the 10th. Despite the rare error to Justin, they both really earned a little treat so they are promptly gifted rootbeer floats for their efforts!

And you can look a little sideways at AJ Burnett if you want but our usual weak spot is pitching and tonight, they really held on to their big boy pants and threw some REALLY tough innings and situations. Duensing had a really great start especially given the errors in the field behind him. Robertson had a ridiculously well-timed strikeout of Ellsbury despite only a dozen or so SO by Jacoby all SEASON. There were so many things I could say so we will just let the whole pitching staff keep their keys to the Knuckleballs Ice Cream Buffet they earned last night. Hope none of those boys are lactose intolerant!

But the real hero for me of tonight’s game was Jamey Carroll. 4 hits in 4 AB’s, a steady presence every time he comes out, some practically miraculous fielding and he’s the one who finally knocked in the winning run in the 10th to break the tie. His response during a postgame interview regarding his success this game kind of said it all for me:

just ask my son, he’ll tell you I don’t hit any homeruns so I don’t have to worry about the green wall”

For all around amazingness and actually bringing the win before I turned back into a pumpkin, Mr. Carroll is the Knuckleballs BOD! - CB

Jamey Carroll

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