GameChat – Dodgers @ Twins #1, 7:10

It sounds like it may be a pretty damp evening at Target Field and it will be interesting to see how many fans show up, given the weather. I guess there’s some kind of hockey game on TV that a few Minnesotans are interested in later tonight, too.

Kris Johnson, who was acquired from the Pirates in a round-about way for Justin Morneau (more accurately for a guy the Twins got for Morneau but decided they didn’t want so much, after all), has been promoted to be their allowed “26th player” for tomorrow’s scheduled doubleheader with the Dodgers. Johnson’s scheduled Rochester start earlier this week was rained out so he’s rested and got the call to pitch game 2 Thursday.

I’m sure MLB will do whatever it can to get tonight’s game in, since rescheduling later in the year would be a major league pain in the butt. But if the Twins want to win tonight, I strongly suggest they get an early lead and hang on because I could see this game ending as soon as the requisite innings have been played to make the game official. It won’t be easy, though, since they’re facing former Royal Zack Greinke, who hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in a start in something just short of forever.

So, tonight we welcome back former Twin Drew Butera, who will be catching Greinke for the Dodgers.

Los Angeles
@ Minnesota
Gordon, D, 2B Dozier, 2B
Puig, RF Mauer, 1B
Ramirez, H, SS Plouffe, 3B
Gonzalez, Ad, 1B Colabello, RF
JKemp, CF Kubel, LF
Ethier, DH Pinto, DH
Uribe, 3B Suzuki, K, C
Butera, C Fuld, CF
Crawford, C, LF Escobar, E, SS
  Greinke, P   Gibson, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
LA Dodgers 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 6 12 0
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 12 1

The good news is the Twins scored the first run of the game and the last three runs of the game. The bad news is the Dodgers racked up six runs in between.

The Twins managed just one run off Greinke and while Gibson’s night was arguably not as bad as his final stat line looks, it still wasn’t good enough.