note: My apologies – the game actually begins at 12:30!
Holy Crap.. We are facing game #4 against the Red Sox and actually are able to use the word “sweep” as a hypothetical! (Won’t use it in any other way because well, I don’t want to be a jinx)
However, as far as I can tell, the Twins have already made me one of the happier fans on the planet just with the last three games. They’ve already won this series and in far more stellar a fashion than I could ever have asked for. The whole freaking team could stay home in the hotel for all I care and I would still be happy with this competition. That being said, I really hope they come to the park today so that we get to see baseball. And if we’re lucky, it will be GREAT baseball. Good luck Blackburn!
|Revere, CF||Ellsbury, CF|
|Mastroianni, RF||Crawford, LF|
|Mauer, C||Pedroia, 2B|
|Willingham, LF||Gonzalez, Ad, 1B|
|Morneau, 1B||Ross, C, DH|
|Doumit, DH||Saltalamacchia, C|
|Dozier, SS||Middlebrooks, 3B|
|Casilla, A, 2B||Kalish, RF|
|Carroll, 3B||Aviles, SS|
|Blackburn, P||Morales, F, P|
Well that game was definitely less dramatic especially since the final rally didn’t quite make the mark. Blackburn only went 5 innings and it would have been better if he had been able to go deep but he also only had 4 of the runs tagged to him so.. today, as has been a familiar problem, there was just too big a deficit between our pitching and our offense. We all know how that goes.
HOWEVER, that does not mean that nothing happened to talk about!!
It was announced during the game that the Twins traded Danny Valencia to the Red Sox for a minor league outfielder. Boston actually claimed Danny of waivers two days ago and it just took awhile for them to work out the deal. The player the Twins got back is a 21 yo GCL player named Jeremias Pineda. Thrylos from Tenth Inning Stretch conveniently provided a mini-scouting report for us in the GameChat. By the way, if you aren’t joining us for gamechats, you really should. Turns out that we were discussing the outline of this trade before it actually happened – just as much a surprise to us that we were right! LOL
In related news, to fill the infield vacancy left by Danny’s departure, the Twins have finally recalled, much to everyone’s shock except Thrylos, Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Yes, that Nishi, the one with the one. Go figure. He’ll join the team in Cleveland. This promises to be an interesting series.