GameChat – Rangers @ Twins #2, 7:10pm

So I’m actually a little disappointed but we have had a roster change in the opposition today – Yu Darvish who I would have liked to see pitch – pulled himself due to some sort of injury that I haven’t heard specified. Instead, Scott Baker – yes, THAT Scott Baker – gets to match himself up to a Twins starting rotation that once again, has the worst ERA in Major League Baseball with the numbers added by Mr. Nolasco last night.. So I wonder what Scotty is thinking tonight..

Let’s hope that Hughes can bring something better.

Texas @ Minnesota
Choo, LF Dozier, 2B
Andrus, SS Mauer, 1B
Moreland, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Beltre, A, 3B Arcia, O, RF
Rios, A, RF Willingham, DH
Gimenez, C Parmelee, LF
Martin, L, CF Suzuki, K, C
Murphy, DH Escobar, E, SS
Odor, 2B Hicks, CF
  Baker, S, P   Hughes, P, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 1
Minnesota 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 0

Well that was interesting, wasn’t it?

It wasn’t Phil Hughes’ best start of the year, but I’ll take 7 innings like that any time I can get it.

Oswaldo Arcia with a solo shot, that was nice. Joe Mauer with an RBI double that he PULLED to right field. Nice.

Glen Perkins gave up a lead off triple in the top of the 9th, but then slammed the door without allowing that runner to score.

Yet, here we were, watching the Twins, trailing by a run in the ninth inning and, despite having Arcia and Josh Willingham back with the team, we were still watching three shortstops playing the field for the Twins, including two of them in the outfield.

Thank goodness, huh?

Danny Santana’s bases-loaded squibber wasn’t pretty but it got Eduardo Nunez home. And that was only possible because Nunez performed a bit of acrobatics in avoiding a tag attempt by Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. And that took place only after Nunez drove in Arcia with a game-tying RBI single.

That’s good enough for a Nunez BOD award.

Ron Gardenhire and Eduardo Nunez (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Ron Gardenhire and Eduardo Nunez (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)