I can understand the Twins struggling to beat the Yankees… or the Rangers… or even the Tigers and White Sox this season. Those are good teams this year. But losing six straight games (and 6 of 7 games on the season) to the friggin Mariners? Hard to excuse that.
Let’s hope Scott Diamond can do something about that trend in his final start before he begins serving his MLB-imposed six-game suspension for buzzing Josh Hamilton’s tower last week. He’ll apparently have to do it without the help of Denard Span, who is a late scratch from the line up with… you guessed it… shoulder discomfort. It would be nice if someone would invent a clear plexiglass MRI machine for those, like Denard, who have a little issue with enclosed places.
Reports are that, regardless of results on the field, there will be some good news in Twinsville this week. The Twins and Major League Baseball are apparently set to announce Wednesday that Target Field will host the 2014 All-Star Game. Maybe that will make people think twice about not renewing their season tickets. Then again, maybe it won’t.
I’ll be at the final game of the Snappers/Kernels series tonight, but I hope those of you who come around for the GameChat enjoy tonight’s Twins game!
|Ackley, 2B||Revere, CF|
|Gutierrez, F, CF||Mastroianni, RF|
|Seager, 3B||Mauer, C|
|Montero, DH||Willingham, LF|
|Smoak, 1B||Morneau, 1B|
|Olivo, C||Doumit, DH|
|Thames, E, RF||Plouffe, 3B|
|Robinson, T, LF||Carroll, 2B|
|Ryan, SS||Florimon, SS|
|_Iwakuma, P||_Diamond, P|
I didn’t see the game, but looking at the boxscore, I can see that the Twins managed a total of four hits off of five Mariners pitchers. Thus, they lost. To the Mariners. Again.