GameChat – Rangers @ Twins #4, 1:10pm

[apologies for the lack of gamechat yesterday - apparently all Knuckleballers were off busy elsewhere - not that hard to believe actually]

The final game of the series – I would love it if we could SPLIT it. Yesterday’s win was a nice come back after going down in the first two games. I would like to continue to enjoy this phenomenal spring weather with another Twins win!

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Kinsler, 2B Dozier, 2B
Andrus, SS Mauer, C
Berkman, DH Willingham, DH
Beltre, A, 3B Morneau, 1B
Pierzynski, C Parmelee, RF
Cruz, N, RF Arcia, LF
Murphy, Dv, LF Hicks, CF
Moreland, 1B Escobar, E, SS
Martin, L, CF Carroll, 3B
  Ogando, P   Correia, P

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I’m beginning to wonder if I’m a jinx. The two games that I am not able to watch are the ones in which the Twins manage to have towering victories over the Rangers. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE it. I just wish I had been able to actually SEE it. But it’s a great way to finish the homestand and send the boys off on a long road trip.

Minnesota Twins Podcast – Talk to Contact – Episode 35

Episode 35 of the Twins baseball podcast,  Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

Episode 35 is a Minor League/Prospect heavy podcast, something we haven’t done for a while.  We talk specifically about Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, Adam Walker, Kyle Gibson, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, and then finally go Down on the Pond with Kennys Vargas.  Lots of good stuff in there.  We also discuss the Twins recent performance against the Marlins and Rangers, pick out the Twins hitter and pitcher of the week, and then do a little bit of baseball chatter when we look Around the League.

Enjoy!

 

You can follow Cody on Twitter (@NoDakTwinsFan) or read his writing at NoDakTwinsFan.  You can follow Paul on Twitter (@BaseballPirate) or read his writing at  Puckett’s Pond.  And of course, you can find me on Twitter (@ERolfPleiss) and read my writing here at Knuckleballs!

- ERolfPleiss

Crazy Ending Results in Kernels Grand Slam “Single”

The Cedar Rapids Kernels beat the Great Lakes Loons Saturday night in dramatic, extra-inning fashion.

Adam Brett Walker hit a game-tying three-run home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game in to extra innings.

In the bottom of the 11th inning, the Kernels loaded the bases and Manager Jake Mauer sent Travis Harrison to the plate to pinch hit. If you’ll pardon the quality of the video from my phone, I’ll share what happened next:

Niko Goodrum, the runner on third base, trotted in to score the winning run, but did you notice the two runners immediate ahead of Harrison? Dalton Hicks and Adam Brett Walker appear to peel off their paths after rounding third base and run toward the infield to join the celebration. Eventually, it appears they may have returned to the baseline and found their ways to home plate ahead of Harrison.

In the end, however, the umpires ruled that while Goodrum scored the winning run, Harrison and the other two runners abandoned their efforts to advance. The result is that Harrison was credited with a walk-off RBI single and the Kernels won 8-7.

- JC