GameChat – Twins @ Red Sox #2, 6:10pm

So I didn’t see last night’s game and I hear mixed reports about how it went.. box score tells the only story that really matters though.. *sigh*

Tonight my requests are few and I may get to hear some of it on the radio:

  1. Hughes to pitch a solid road outing that keeps us in the game regardless
  2. Actual offensive production enough to allow our pitchers room to maneuver
  3. Ortiz & Gomes to decide they don’t really want to play against the Twins tonight..

Ok, so that last one probably isn’t going to happen and if we do #1 & #2 right, #3 isn’t necessary.

Minnesota @ Boston
Santana, D, SS Holt, CF
Dozier, 2B Bogaerts, 3B
Mauer, 1B Pedroia, 2B
Willingham, LF Ortiz, D, DH
Morales, K, DH Napoli, 1B
Arcia, O, RF Nava, RF
Suzuki, K, C Gomes, J, LF
Escobar, E, 3B Drew, SS
Fuld, CF Ross, D, C
  Hughes, P, P   Lester, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Boston 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 x 2 8 0

Again, I didn’t see this game, but the box score looks disturbingly similar to Monday night’s.

Phil Hughes throws a complete game and gives up just a couple of runs and you can’t get a win. At least he gave the bullpen a rest, I guess.

The Twins have now been outscored 3-1 in the last two games combined. – JC

GameChat – Twins @ Tigers #3, 12:08pm

ok.. sorry this wasn’t up earlier if you were here looking. Rubber match games are always interesting so while I’m moving a piano, let’s see if the boys can pull off a series win in Detroit!

Minnesota Detroit
Santana, D, SS Kinsler, 2B
Mauer, 1B Hunter, To, RF
Dozier, 2B Cabrera, M, 1B
Willingham, LF Martinez, V, DH
Morales, K, DH Martinez, J, LF
Arcia, O, RF Jackson, A, CF
Suzuki, K, C Castellanos, N, 3B
Fuld, CF Avila, C
Escobar, E, 3B Suarez, SS
  Nolasco, P   Porcello, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 7 1
Detroit 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 10 0

Tough way to lose a game to a Divisional rival as the Tigers take the game and the series in walk-off fashion. – JC

GameChat – Twins @ Tigers #2, 3:08pm

This is one of those rainy (in MN) Saturday’s where I’m doing my best to get some outdoor work done despite the rain. Actually my whole weekend is like that so I’m REALLY glad I got to see that fantastic game last night. I’ll be checking in and catching as much as possible on the radio. Let’s do this!

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 2 9 12 0
Detroit 0 0 7 1 2 1 1 0 x 12 19 1

Looks like the Twins’ bats woke up in the 7th, but it was too little, too late. – JC

GameChat – Twins @ Tigers, 6:08pm

I have to admit that I’m really interested to see how this series goes – it could be a bell-weather of the whole season. Both teams are kind of at a cross-roads with one on the upswing (I hope) and one sagging (so it appears).

Any predictions?

Roster update: Hicks is on the DL, Fuld is back and the Twins recalled Eric Fryer.

I’m also really interested to see how this new lineup order works AND how it gets adjusted when Dozier is back swinging a bat.

Minnesota @ Detroit
Santana, D, CF Kinsler, 2B
Suzuki, K, C Jackson, A, CF
Mauer, 1B Cabrera, M, 1B
Willingham, LF Martinez, V, DH
Morales, K, DH Martinez, J, RF
Arcia, O, RF Kelly, D, LF
Plouffe, 3B Castellanos, N, 3B
Nunez, SS Avila, C
Escobar, E, 2B Romine, A, SS
  Gibson, P   Smyly, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 1
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1

wow, that was actually a fun game to watch!

Of course it doesn’t hurt that we won but there were a lot of positives tonight – not the least of which is beating a division opponent and making progress back towards that .500 mark. We didn’t have a LOT of offense but getting that home run in the third from Escobar set up the win well. Only his 2nd HR of the year because he’s not a power hitter but I’ll take it regardless. And getting a walk off Joe Nathan in the 9th inning isn’t as hard as it used to be but it’s still nothing to sneeze at, especially when that walk sent in an additional cushion run! All your RBI’s are belong to Eduardo! I hope he enjoys the All-You-Can-Eat pastry buffet on us.

It turned out to be all that was necessary because Kyle really did a fantastic job tonight. And it wasn’t one of those “no one can touch him” kind of good jobs either. It was a night where he wasn’t perfect and figured out how to get the job done anyway – in some very big situations. He made life hard for himself in both the 5th and 7th innings and Gardy left him out there to figure it out. Had it all gone sour, we’d have been screaming that he once again left him in one pitch too long but I think it does a lot for a young pitcher to make it or break it on his own and we’ll be the better for it in the long run. This was an important game for Kyle because he statistically hasn’t done well on the road and he broke that “curse” tonight. With the 7 scoreless innings tonight, that is 15 consecutive for him without giving up a run. The bullpen was SOLID against this Tigers lineup with both Casey and Glenn putting out excellent innings but tonight was really all about Kyle and for that, he’s today’s BOD!

Kyle Gibson (photo: MiLB.com)

Kyle Gibson (photo: MiLB.com)

GameChat – Twins @ Blue Jays #2, 6:07pm

Another night where I don’t get to watch baseball.. I’ll be trying to catch scores and updates and plays during breaks and car rides.. wish I could enjoy the game since they didn’t do so well for the day I got to watch yesterday.. but I’ll take a win regardless tonight!

Let’s see how quickly Kendrys can settle in!

Minnesota @ Toronto
Santana, D, CF Reyes, SS
Dozier, 2B Cabrera, Me, LF
Mauer, 1B Bautista, RF
Willingham, LF Encarnacion, 1B
Morales, K, DH Lind, DH
Arcia, O, RF Lawrie, 2B
Nunez, 3B Navarro, D, C
Suzuki, K, C Francisco, J, 3B
Escobar, E, SS Gose, CF
  Correia, P   Happ, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1

Not having seen or heard the game, I’m going to simply give the BOD award to Brian Dozier for his first inning two-run home run, but four pitchers combining for a shutout of the Jays certainly warrants honorable mention! – JC

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

GameChat – Astros @ Twins, 7:10pm

This will be interesting to see if it stays dry throughout gameplay – let’s hope that the storms hold off long enough.

I think Arcia is still day to day and I hope that is fewer days than more.

Houston @ Minnesota
Fowler, CF Santana, D, DH
Altuve, 2B Dozier, 2B
Springer, RF Mauer, 1B
Castro, Ja, C Willingham, LF
Dominguez, 3B Plouffe, 3B
Singleton, 1B Kubel, RF
Carter, DH Suzuki, K, C
Grossman, LF Escobar, E, SS
Gonzalez, M, SS Hicks, CF
  Keuchel, P   Hughes, P, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 5 8 2
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 10 0

It’s unfortunate that these late comeback attempts keep falling just a little short. Need to start winning some of these. – JC

GameChat – Brewers @ Twins, 7:10pm

and the Interleague border battle continues – now with DH!

I don’t remember ever having a match up like this that does a 4 game series in shared stadiums…  at any rate, it’s a perfect day for baseball in Minnesota!

Milwaukee @ Minnesota
Segura, SS Santana, D, CF
Braun, RF Dozier, 2B
Lucroy, C Mauer, 1B
Gomez, C, CF Willingham, LF
Ramirez, Ar, DH Arcia, O, RF
Weeks, R, 2B Plouffe, 3B
Reynolds, Ma, 3B Suzuki, K, C
Overbay, 1B Pinto, DH
Schafer, L, LF Escobar, E, SS
  Estrada, P   Nolasco, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 6 1
Minnesota 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 x 6 10 0

That’s two in a row, boys and girls!

Ricky was cruising there through 6 innings, but it was really nice to see the bats answer Milwaukee’s big inning with a crooked number of their own.

We decided BOD honors go to Oswaldo Arcia, but the Hammer gets some pastries, which seems appropriate for that “roll” that he made in to home plate in the 7th. – JC

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GameChat – Twins @ Brewers #2, 7:10pm

it’s getting kind of sad that I never get to watch baseball lately – I get teased by the nightly lineups and never getting to see what they can do until I get to check the boxscores later..

And that will be me again tonight.. Let’s hope it’s good news when I get home!

Minnesota @ Milwaukee
Santana, D, CF Segura, SS
Dozier, 2B Gennett, 2B
Mauer, 1B Braun, RF
Willingham, LF Gomez, C, CF
Arcia, O, RF Davis, Kh, LF
Plouffe, 3B Reynolds, Ma, 3B
Pinto, C Overbay, 1B
Escobar, E, SS Maldonado, C
Deduno, P Gallardo, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 8 0
Milwaukee 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 8 1

Perk made it a little bit dramatic there in the ninth, but got the door closed with a 3-pitch whiff of Go-Go.

It’s really nice to see Hammer be The Hammer again, isn’t it? But Brian Dozier went yard, too, and he also was 3 for 3 on the night. That makes him our BOD. – JC

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

GameChat – Twins @ Brewers, 6:20pm

and we’re back in inter-league play!

I’ve always enjoyed our matchups against the Brewers – although much more when JJ Hardy was on or the other teams. Give the high the boys must be on having won the series in NY, I’ll be curious to see if that translates into momentum for a nice winning streak or if it means they struggle to sustain that energy level.

I’d like to see Gibson repeat his stellar performances though.

Minnesota @ Milwaukee
Dozier, 2B Segura, SS
Mauer, 1B Braun, RF
Plouffe, 3B Lucroy, C
Arcia, O, RF Gomez, C, CF
Willingham, LF Davis, Kh, LF
Suzuki, K, C Gennett, 2B
Escobar, E, SS Reynolds, Ma, 3B
Santana, D, CF Overbay, 1B
Gibson, P Garza, M, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 12 2
Milwaukee 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 x 6 9 0

I didn’t see or hear any of this game, but I’m curious how you rack up 12 hits and don’t manage to push more than 2 runs across the plate.

Ah well, back at it Tuesday. – JC