So JC & I had an entertaining lunch today before going our separate ways – me off to more family stops & more shopping (sheesh) and he, off to the game. Let’s hope that since the weather is not nearly as nice as yesterday, hopefully the baseball will actually be better. It’s still sunny but significantly cooler and a LOT windier. I’m curious as to whether that will effect the game. Let’s hope Worley has great stuff tonight since I think our bullpen could use the break – but I’m not holding my breath.
I’ll be in and out (honestly still trying to take advantage of what outside weather we have to try to catch up to the months of backlog on yard work) but don’t leave if I don’t answer right away – I’ll be back!
|McLouth, LF||Dozier, 2B|
|Machado, M, 3B||Mauer, C|
|Markakis, RF||Doumit, DH|
|Jones, Ad, CF||Morneau, 1B|
|Davis, C, 1B||Plouffe, 3B|
|Wieters, C||Parmelee, RF|
|Hardy, SS||Arcia, LF|
|Flaherty, 2B||Ramirez, W, CF|
|Reimold, DH||Escobar, E, SS|
|Johnson, S, P||Worley, P|
YAY! They certainly did a better job at giving JC a reason to want to come back to MN later on this season. And the game was entertaining enough that I didn’t fall asleep in the 7th inning! This is also a good measure of a baseball game for me lately.
At any rate, it’s amazing the kind of win you can get when the top – heart of the order is getting on base or clearing a base with every AB. Mauer, Morneau, Doumit and Dozier all seemed to come through at the right moment tonight. And then Burton came in for a ground-breaking appearance in his recover/rehab/return but had told Gardy he felt good and could give him an inning – given our bullpen right now, that was VERY GOOD and he nailed down the save at the end. It was a good game with some great effort all around.
And just because in our discussions, we couldn’t really decide which was better: Mauer’s 3 Runs (+some) or Morneau’s 3 RBI but eventually we decided to give the BOD to Mauer just because he was really making it work tonight and that IBB just went to prove that the Orioles pitching really didn’t want to give him yet another opportunity. So Mauer is BOD!