so… how’s your fantasy baseball team doing?? Hope it’s better than mine!
Again, out running around – stole my brother’s computer actually to put this up because I brought the dog over to their house for a visit with the kiddos – so I’m likely to miss the first inning while sitting in god-awful traffic.
BUT IT’S FREAKING 70+ DEGREES OUTSIDE SO I DON’T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING!
I don’t know any more about what happened in this game than what I can read in the boxscore, but what I can read there is that Oswaldo Arcia took Twitchy Joe Nathan yard in the 9th inning to pull the Twins within one run of the Rangers.
Of course, that would have been a lot cooler if someone had figured out how to score another couple of runs. – JC
Running around like a crazy woman today so getting this put up and then hopefully I’ll be back for the first pitch – in a state that was over 50 degrees today!! woohooo!
|Kinsler, 2B||Dozier, 2B|
|Andrus, SS||Mauer, C|
|Berkman, DH||Willingham, LF|
|Beltre, A, 3B||Morneau, 1B|
|Pierzynski, C||Parmelee, RF|
|Cruz, N, RF||Plouffe, 3B|
|Murphy, Dv, LF||Arcia, DH|
|Moreland, 1B||Hicks, CF|
|Martin, L, CF||Florimon, SS|
|Tepesch, P||Worley, P|
Well that wasn’t as much fun as I would have liked although the weather was certainly MUCH better than we have had up to this point. Of COURSE the baseball gods made sure I had to watch Joe Nathan come out and do his Nathanest to nail the one run lead to the scoreboard. Things I noticed tonight overall? Duensing was right on target, Escobar was doing his best to say “no really, I could be a starter here”, Dozier keeps proving how much better he is at EVERYTHING when he’s a 2B and Willy brought his hammer again – so glad when he doesn’t have the flu.
Since this is not a regularly scheduled game, it’s fighting for local broadcast time with Wild hockey tonight. So the Twins game is on that FSN+ channel that gave us all fits during Spring Training. Hope y’all remember where to find your game!
This afternoon’s game was cool and sunny and it looks as though this evening will be the same way. It’s actually warmer now than when the earlier game started so that isn’t bad. Frankly, most locals are just happy to see the sunshine. This is actually pretty similar to Pelfrey’s start last week. I would REALLY like to see him step it up tonight – and by that I mean PACE. Something about last week had him slowing to an absolute crawl like watching the Red Sox play the Yankees… I would rather not do that again if my opinion counts for anything (which it doesn’t).
|Coghlan, LF||Dozier, 2B|
|Polanco, 3B||Mauer, DH|
|Stanton, RF||Arcia, LF|
|Dobbs, DH||Morneau, 1B|
|Ruggiano, CF||Doumit, C|
|Brantly, C||Parmelee, RF|
|Valaika, SS||Escobar, E, SS|
|Mahoney, 1B||Hicks, CF|
|Solano, D, 2B||Carroll, 3B|
|Nolasco, P||Pelfrey, P|
We had some REALLY fantastic offense from Eduardo Escobar and some pretty phenomenal defense from Brian Dozier but it wasn’t enough to overcome the general malaise that seemed to exist from the poor tone set by Pelfrey. I KNOW I’m biased but once again his pace was painfully slow. If he was being successful at that speed, I might steel my patience to wait out the 4 hour games but he’s not and they suck.
I will say it was a lot of fun to see Redmond, even if it is in that atrocious Marlins tangerine uni.. ouch.
Next game for the Twins will be much warmer…
No, really, ignore all that snow! Go ahead, I’d love to see the naked batting practice! (metaphorically only). Of course, I’m at work so no TV anyway – gameday won’t show it.
I’ve really been excited for this series and the ONLY reason is because I’m so excited for Redmond having this opportunity. I just wish his team was doing a little more for him. wow.
That being said, let’s all give major props to the Target Field Grounds Crew! Nothing like 6+ inches of snow overnight to have to remove from the field and the stands in time for a double header. Let’s see what the boys can do with the cool but sunny conditions!
|Pierre, LF||Dozier, 2B|
|Polanco, 3B||Mauer, C|
|Stanton, RF||Willingham, LF|
|Dobbs, DH||Morneau, 1B|
|Ruggiano, CF||Parmelee, RF|
|Mahoney, 1B||Plouffe, 3B|
|Olivo, C||Arcia, DH|
|Green, N, SS||Hicks, CF|
|Solano, D, 2B||Florimon, SS|
|Fernandez, J, P||Correia, P|
It was a cold but beautiful afternoon for baseball!! Correia had his 4th consecutive start go at least 7 innings for us so that is definitely a great deal. I wish they’d let him try for 8 today because Burton didn’t have his best stuff and almost let the Marlins of all teams, back into the game but Perkins shut the door hard and fast.
My heartiest congratulations and BOD as well go to Oswaldo Arcia for his first MLB Home Run!! The only player for the Twins who has hit a home run at a younger age was Joe Mauer in 2005. Now I feel old. But still… it was a great shot – 401 ft – and we needed every single one of his 3 RBI to keep a hold of that lead and get the win. So congrats Oswaldo – you are this afternoon’s BOD!
Once again, the weather in Minnesota is getting in the way of baseball. We are expecting 3-6 more inches of snow tonight.. *sigh*
At least this time, they are just postponing the game until tomorrow. There will be a split double-header with games at 1:10 and 7:10 on Tuesday and maintain the off-day on Wednesday. At least that is the plan.
Best wishes to the Grounds Crew getting Target Field ready for play tomorrow.
From Inside MLB on Facebook:
This is a BRILLIANT way to handle a heckling fan – BIG props to Tony Gwynn!
It took me a minute to find the game on the schedule – oh yeah, Fox Saturday..
So let’s see what the weather is like in Chicago today – it’s cool but SUNNY in Minnesota. I would totally take an afternoon game in MN right now.. wonder if they are as lucky at US Cellular.
|Chi White Sox|
|Dozier, 2B||De Aza, LF|
|Mauer, C||Keppinger, 2B|
|Willingham, LF||Rios, RF|
|Morneau, 1B||Dunn, A, DH|
|Parmelee, RF||Konerko, 1B|
|Plouffe, 3B||Gillaspie, 3B|
|Arcia, DH||Ramirez, Al, SS|
|Hicks, CF||Danks, Jd, CF|
|Florimon, SS||Flowers, C|
|Worley, P||Peavy, P|
|Chi White Sox||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||6||1|
Well that was a cold day and I’ll give it to all the pitchers who did well with cold hands but I’ll still say this, it was better than it was in Minnesota so it does make me wonder what the weather was like last night for the game they postponed… but anyway, it was still a cold day to play all the pitchers get Hand-warmers as congratulatory gifts for the Win.
But today’s BOD goes to Ryan Doumit for the heads up play in the 10th that finally broke the tie and gave us the win!
So far it appears that the game will actually happen but it has started to drizzle at my house.. makes me nervous. It’s going to be cold again tonight AND tomorrow isn’t looking any better. It could be a dicey situation..
Heads up on the roster situation:
- Mastrioanni is officially on the DL with what’s being called a “stress reaction” which was aggravated by an outfield mistep, twisted ankle. He could be out for 3 weeks. That means Arcia is back up.
- Ramirez is feeling ok after a scary moment at 1B last night – he took an errant throw to first right on the spine. In fact, he’s the backup CF if anything happens. Let’s cross our fingers that nothing does. We’d like to make sure he’s doing fine when that brand new baby girl, Venus (born Sunday) arrives to see Daddy playing baseball.
The Twins started the first two games of this series with an offensive streak that none of us probably expected. It would be really great if they could figure out a way to keep that up. But like everything right now, it all depends on pitching which suffers a lot in this cold. I really would like to see Vance keep things under control.
|Shuck, LF||Dozier, 2B|
|Trout, CF||Mauer, DH|
|Pujols, DH||Willingham, LF|
|Hamilton, RF||Morneau, 1B|
|Trumbo, 1B||Doumit, C|
|Kendrick, H, 2B||Plouffe, 3B|
|Iannetta, C||Arcia, RF|
|Harris, B, SS||Hicks, CF|
|Jimenez, L, 3B||Florimon, SS|
|Hanson, P||Worley, P|
well that was somewhat predictable… Game is officially postponed – date TBD.