GameChat – Royals @ Twins, 7:10pm

First of all, I want to acknowledge the day and just take a minute to remember what happened 11 years ago today, the people who died and what we’ve been through since. And while the whole country must move on, I hope we never forget those who were lost to us on September 11th.

In completely separate news, Hardball Talk shared some truly fantastic news today. A’s pitcher, Brandon McCarthy was released from the hospital today after that terrifying hit to the head. Whatever else he may be going through for rehab, it appears he hasn’t lost his sense of humor as the first thing he did was send out a tweet:

Brandon McCarthy @BMcCarthy32


And his wife also seems to have the necessary fortitude to face this scary time with him – as well as his sense of humor because she immediately replied:

Amanda McCarthy @Mrs_McCarthy32

@bmccarthy32 I WILL strike someone with a brain injury

She is MY kind of chick!! I pretty much giggled my pants off with that one! But I’m very happy to see such a scary event resolving into a much more manageable situation. Good for both of them!

And now, about tonight’s game!

ah.. the battle for last place in the division – I’m ok with losing THAT battle. It’s kind of hard to contemplate the position KC is in though – about 6 weeks ago, they actually LED the division and this is where they are today. Honestly, Twins fans have known all season that this was not going to be a great year and have had time to adjust to it. I think the Royals are struggling with what the Twins went through last year.

We’re also in the middle of what has been a very successful homestand for the Twins so far. Tonight is going to be HOT and WINDY. You have to wonder what that will mean for Scott Diamond and the offense. I have a feeling there will be a lot of balls flying long paths – I just hope they’re all coming off Twins bats.

Kansas City


Cain, CF Revere, CF
Escobar, A, SS Carroll, 2B
Gordon, LF Willingham, LF
Butler, DH Morneau, 1B
Perez, S, C Doumit, C
Moustakas, 3B Plouffe, DH
Francoeur, RF Mastroianni, RF
Hosmer, 1B Escobar, 3B
Giavotella, 2B Florimon, SS
  Smith, W, P   Diamond, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 9 16 1
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 11 1

I was having some connection issues much of the evening so I didn’t hear every inning of the game on the laptop, but I heard enough to know there were very few good things happening for the Twins. Glancing at the boxscore, it appears the Twins did rack up 11 hits… all singles… and that Ben Revere accounted for three of the 11. So I guess there’s that. But 1 of 9 with RISP is how you end up scoring one run on 11 hits.

Then again, with the poor pitching performances tonight, it really might not have mattered if the bats had come through a bit more frequently.

We’ll try it again Wednesday night. – JC