GameChat – Indians @ Twins #2, 7:10pm

I wouldn’t mind more than one win – sequentially is cool too. Just saying.

Cleveland @ Minnesota
Kipnis, 2B Santana, D, CF
Dickerson, LF Dozier, 2B
Brantley, CF Plouffe, 3B
Santana, C, 1B Morales, K, 1B
Chisenhall, 3B Willingham, DH
Swisher, DH Suzuki, K, C
Gomes, Y, C Arcia, O, RF
Murphy, Dv, RF Escobar, E, SS
Aviles, SS Fuld, LF
  Salazar, P   Pino, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 8 11 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 9 0

that was just ugly..

GameChat – Indians @ Twins, 7:10pm

Time to see what the new kid has again.. against a team that nearly took out Detroit in a very solid way.

Cleveland @ Minnesota
Kipnis, 2B Santana, D, CF
Cabrera, A, SS Dozier, 2B
Gomes, Y, DH Plouffe, 3B
Santana, C, 1B Morales, K, 1B
Raburn, LF Willingham, LF
Swisher, RF Suzuki, K, C
Perez, R, C Colabello, DH
Chisenhall, 3B Parmelee, RF
Aviles, CF Escobar, E, SS
  House, P   Johnson, K, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 8 0
Minnesota 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 x 4 9 2

Finally got a post-All Star Game win!

Couldn’t manage to have the lead stand up to get Johnson the W before he gets sent back to Rochester to make room for Pino tomorrow, but at least it’s a win.

And that win comes thanks to our BOD, Josh Willingham and his 8th inning dinger. – JC

Josh Willingham

Josh Willingham

GameChat – Rays @ Twins #2, 6:10pm

SERIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR BASEBALL!!!  Let’s see if the Twins can’t try to win this one and it will be even better. Of course, I have finally arrived at the family cabin and intend to spend the beautiful weather grilling out and fishing. Die hard Minnesotans have to spread their time around. But hopefully I’ll be able to catch the game on the radio while I enjoy a frosty adult beverage on the beach… Life is rough road.

Tampa Bay Minnesota
Jennings, D, CF Santana, D, CF
Zobrist, RF Dozier, 2B
Guyer, LF Plouffe, 3B
Longoria, 3B Morales, K, DH
Loney, 1B Suzuki, K, C
Forsythe, 2B Colabello, 1B
Escobar, Y, SS Parmelee, RF
Molina, J, C Escobar, E, SS
Rodriguez, S, DH Nunez, LF
  Price, P   Hughes, P, P

GameChat – Rays @ Twins, 7:10pm

Now that the whole country knows how gorgeous Target Field is, it’s time to go back to playing regular baseball… and sadly, baseball between a couple of teams who aren’t playing the best baseball in their histories.

Tampa Bay @ Minnesota
Jennings, D, CF Santana, D, CF
Zobrist, LF Dozier, 2B
Joyce, DH Morales, K, 1B
Longoria, 3B Plouffe, 3B
Loney, 1B Arcia, O, RF
Escobar, Y, SS Willingham, DH
Figueroa, C, 2B Suzuki, K, C
Casali, C Escobar, E, SS
Kiermaier, RF Fuld, LF
  Cobb, P   Gibson, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 6 11 0
Minnesota 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0

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GameChat – 2014 All Star Game

Just in case you’re not AT the game or not on Twitter…

NL All-Stars @ AL All-Stars
McCutchen, CF Jeter, SS
Puig, RF Trout, LF
Tulowitzki, SS Cano, 2B
Goldschmidt, 1B Cabrera, M, 1B
Stanton, DH Bautista, RF
Ramirez, Ar, 3B Cruz, N, DH
Utley, 2B Jones, Ad, CF
Lucroy, C Donaldson, 3B
Gomez, C, LF Perez, S, C
  Wainwright, P   Hernandez, F, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NL All-Stars 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
AL All-Stars 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 x 5 7 0

It was actually a BEAUTIFUL night for baseball… for Minnesotans, there was a lot of love about this game. It really showed off Target Field to the rest of the nation in a fantastic way and our boys, both former and current, looked great and had a lot of fun.

And Jeter is officially done with Minnesota!

And Mike Trout is our All Star Game MVP – earned well enough. We would likely have given him the BOD but I think he is likely more impress with the Corvette… just saying.

Mike Trout just over four years ago

Mike Trout just over four years ago

GameChat – Are You Watching the Home Run Derby?

Since there is enough going on with the Derby tonight to include Twins and former Twins, figured I might as well put up a chat to see whoever ISN’T in Minneapolis a chance to socialize. Given that tonight’s weather is not exactly Minnesota Summer even though a lot of the out-of-state visitors probably think this is what the frozen north is always like in the summer. That being said, the ball is NOT going to carry tonight like it could otherwise.. low humidity and lower than normal summer temps mean that this is going to be a REAL challenge to get that ball out of the park – not to mention that the wind is blowing in (most of the time) so it’s going to have THAT added difficulty as well.

Here’s tonight’s bracket of competitors:

2014_mlb_hrd_bracket

It was lovely to have Dozier in the derby and to get such a great crowd response since he would never have gotten that loud a cheer in any other park so it made for a great time for him. And it was equally heart-warming to have Morneau back in Target Field. I’m sure the ovation he received was a great reminder of his time here and provided some alternative joy since both he and Dozier didn’t advance past the first round. He did get a “swing off” with Todd Frazier who ended up putting on a temporary show and got further than even he expected.

The benefit of being a Minnesota fan meant that I had other things that made last night interesting but especially after the rain delay, it was a bit of a snoozer of an event. For me, literally, since I fell asleep before it was finished. That being said, I will qualify that with the fact that I’m not a huge Derby fan to begin with so it doesn’t take much for me to lose interest if there isn’t a great baseball story being written. The wunderkind, Puig, came up with a big fat 0 which was a pretty big disappointment to a lot of people expecting a big show from him but even so, I think all should be glad that he shows pur season games.  The “last minute” assignment of Cano, the Elder, as his pitcher probably didn’t help all that much given that their batting practice time was cut so short by the rain.

Giancarlo Stanton put on a seriously impressive show hitting a couple that challenged even the distance Jim Thome put out while in Target Field. He hit one so far up into the the third deck that it really made me wonder what would have happened if the weather had been the much more regular hot and humid MN summer day.

But when it came down to the final, it was only YoYo who basically stood alone and captured the Derby title for the second year in a row.

 

GameChat – Twins @ Rockies #3, 3:10pm

Am I the only one wondering, “who the heck has time for baseball??”

For the record, I think that is officially the mark of “too busy” and I’ve well and truly passed it.

*sigh*

Minnesota @ Colorado
Dozier, 2B   Blackmon, CF
Suzuki, K, C   Gonzalez, C, RF
Morales, K, 1B   Tulowitzki, SS
Plouffe, 3B   Morneau, 1B
Parmelee, RF   Arenado, 3B
Willingham, LF   Dickerson, LF
Escobar, E, SS   Rosario, W, C
Fuld, CF   LeMahieu, 2B
Hughes, P, P   Anderson, B, P

GameChat – Twins @ Rockies,

Goodness there are a lot of familiar faces wearing the wrong colors tonight.. it’s going to be fun to see how this series goes!

Minnesota @ Colorado
Dozier, 2B Blackmon, LF
Suzuki, K, C Stubbs, CF
Morales, K, 1B Gonzalez, C, RF
Plouffe, 3B Tulowitzki, SS
Arcia, O, RF Morneau, 1B
Nunez, LF Arenado, 3B
Escobar, E, SS Rosario, W, C
Fuld, CF LeMahieu, 2B
Johnson, K, P De La Rosa, J, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 10 0
Colorado 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 x 6 11 0

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GameChat – Twins @ Mariners #4, 9:10pm

Tonight could be interesting for the Mariners – their pitching is going to have to pull a pretty heavy load tonight. Let’s see if our boys can do their job and get the hits we need to give the new kid some support. He did a great job the last time – let’s see if he can’t pull it off again!

Minnesota @ Seattle
Dozier, 2B Chavez, En, LF
Suzuki, K, C Jones, J, CF
Parmelee, 1B Cano, 2B
Morales, K, DH Seager, 3B
Willingham, LF Hart, DH
Arcia, O, RF Morrison, 1B
Plouffe, 3B Saunders, M, RF
Escobar, E, SS Zunino, C
Fuld, CF Bloomquist, SS
  Pino, P   Wilhelmsen, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
Seattle 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 12 1

No, I didn’t make it the end of the game. I’m getting old; I am a wuss; I get up too early; whatever excuse works for you, the fact is that I decided sleep was more important than this game.

However, we WON and I think I saw all the important stuff because not much changed after the 7th inning. Pino continues to do a good job if not eye-broadeningly spectacular (pretty sure I just made up that term). Could the team use that spark if he was? yes. Do I need it to have confidence in his ability? no. I like that he is continuing to build on previous experience and do well when he’s out there. He’ll go deeper into games as he becomes more efficient with his pitches in each at bat. But he’s doing well in my book.

Last night’s win seems to fall on the shoulders of Kendrys Morales who is stepping up his game the way we had hoped he would be able to! It’s still in the early stages of the performance ability he likely expects of himself in this return to baseball but that boy can sure hit the ball and I hope to see a LOT more like it. For that, he is the BOD!

Photo Courtesy of: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Courtesy of: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports