GameChat – Dodgers @ Twins #3, 6:10pm

Before I get into a discussion of tonight’s game, I want to give you guys a heads up about TOMORROW’s game that I think a good portion of you will find highly appropriate. They have a last minute surprise promo giveaway that may encourage those of you in the area to pop out for evening:

colabello cowbell promo

Now, back to our regularly scheduled gamechat posting.

I think tonight is actually better weather than this afternoon!! Let’s hope the pitching is also improved. If you have peeked ahead, you’ll see a name that chances are, you won’t recognize. The Twins got Kris Johnson as a result of some complicated maneuvering in the Justin Morneau trade. I know next to nothing about his actual pitching ability but I do know his visit here is temporary.. for now. He’s the 26th guy that the Twins have available due to the double-header. It’s doubtful that he can do MUCH worse than the starts we have been getting from Pelfrey – not that that is what we’re going for here. *knock on wood*

LA Dodgers @ Minnesota
Gordon, D, 2B Dozier, 2B
Puig, RF Mauer, DH
Ramirez, H, DH Plouffe, 3B
Gonzalez, Ad, 1B Colabello, 1B
Kemp, CF Pinto, C
Van Slyke, LF Herrmann, C, LF
Uribe, 3B Fuld, RF
Turner, J, SS Hicks, CF
Butera, C Florimon, SS
  Patterson, P   Johnson, K, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
LA Dodgers 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 11 2
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 6 1

Well, you can’t blame this one on the starting pitching. Kris Johnson threw a lot of pitches, walked a few guys, but also struck out his share of Dodgers in throwing 4.1 innings of shutout baseball in his spot start.

I got home from the Kernels doubleheader (where they won both ends) in time for the final half inning of this extra-inning affair. The guys made a run at pulling out a win in the 12th but fell just short. The result is being on the wrong end of a sweep. And that sucks. – JC