GameChat – Twins @ White Sox #2, 7:10pm

I’m still waiting for them to put up the rosters for the second game of today’s double header so hopefully by the time I’m done writing my pregame comments – however limited they may be – they will be available to post. If not, I will add them shortly.

So this afternoon’s game was entertaining and more importantly, we won! Or perhaps that is why it was entertaining – I can be somewhat superficial like that sometimes.

Since I was at work and my attention was extremely limited however, I would love if they kept this evenings outing equally as entertaining. We have brought up Liam Hendriks to start tonight – he’s been doing pretty well in AAA so I hope he’s able to keep that up.

Minnesota

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Chi White Sox
Dozier, 2B De Aza, LF
Carroll, 3B Beckham, G, 2B
Morneau, 1B Ramirez, Al, SS
Willingham, DH Dunn, A, 1B
Arcia, LF Viciedo, DH
Colabello, RF Gillaspie, 3B
Herrmann, C, C Danks, Jd, RF
Thomas, C, CF Phegley, C
Bernier, SS Tekotte, CF
  Hendriks, P   Leesman, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 9 0
Chi White Sox 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 0

It always feels good to sweep the Bitch Sox, no matter how bad the season is going and no matter how bad the South Siders are.

It’s hard to pick a Boyfriend of the Day though. The only Twins hitter with more than one hit was Jamey Carroll, who went an impressive 3 for 5. But Carroll didn’t figure at all in any of the Twins’ scoring.

Chris Herrmann had a solo home run, as did Josh Willingham. Then Oswaldo Arcia added a solo dinger of his own in the 10th inning. Certainly all of those guys deserve baked goods of some sort.

Brian Duensing earned his second win in one day. How often does THAT happen?

But Liam Hendriks, who was called up from Rochester specifically just to pitch this game, gave the Twins 6 1/3 innings of pretty good pitching. He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and that ain’t bad for an emergency start.

For that effort, Hendriks is our BOD. And it just seems appropriate somehow to use a “throwback” picture of Liam, since he’s likely to be thrown back to the minors after the game. Thus, here’s Hendriks from a few years back as a member of the Beloit Snappers. – JC

Liam Hendriks

Liam Hendriks

 

GameChat – Twins @ White Sox, 1:10pm

So we have a makeup game this afternoon before the regularly scheduled evening game – Surprise! Honestly, I wish that the Twins could figure out how to update (or just do it) their iCal schedule for those of us who watch it – changes are never updated so let’s hope I’m paying attention… never a good bet.

At any rate, a little injury rotation notation – it’s Friday and I’m in a goofy mood:

Doumit is on the 7-day concussion DL. Not terribly good news but at least we have Chris and things are good there. Honestly, I always had the impression that Doumit’s noggin was especially armored the way he shrugs off most knocks to the helmet. I’m sure this is yet another occasion where he told himself, “wow, that rung my bell” and just kept going – until he got dizzy. He doesn’t strike me as a “get dizzy” kind of guy at all.

BACK from the DL is Josh Willingham. Convenient. Let’s see what he can do with that surgically repaired knee. It’s hard to believe he’s out there after only 5 weeks but they can do remarkable things with surgery and rehab these days. Let’s hope that his bat comes back as well…

I’ve lost track on Gibson’s schedule whether this is supposed to be a good start or a hittable start.. LOL Just joking but I sure hope that it’s a good day. We aren’t in any danger (at this point) of trading places with the White Sox who are just not playing good baseball as a rule this season BUT that never seems to stop this particular rivalry from throwing odd wrenches into the gears. I’ll maintain my general mode of “beat the Sox, whenever & wherever you can” and go from there.

Minnesota

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Chi White Sox
Dozier, 2B De Aza, LF
Mauer, C Beckham, G, 2B
Willingham, DH Ramirez, Al, SS
Morneau, 1B Dunn, A, DH
Colabello, RF Konerko, 1B
Arcia, LF Gillaspie, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Danks, Jd, RF
Thomas, C, CF Flowers, C
Florimon, SS Tekotte, CF
  Gibson, P   Danks, Jh, P

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3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Minnesota

0

1

0

0

0

0

4

1

1

7

7

0

Chi White Sox

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

5

7

0

Well that was certainly an enjoyable afternoon! It would be really easy to say today was all about the homerun.. Which is probably true but to be honest, those homeruns were so costly because of all the WALKS. We actually got runs with RISP!

But yeah, in a return to the Justin we remember, a very timely Grand Slam makes him the BOD for this afternoon…

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