GameChat – A’s @ Twins, 7:10

At least it’s a lot cooler today..

Now we have another California team in Minnesota to see what happens. I wouldn’t mind seeing another victory.

That being said, I don’t trust Liam all that far so I would love to seem earn a few points in public opinion tonight.

Oakland

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Minnesota
Crisp, CF Presley, CF
Donaldson, 3B Pinto, C
Lowrie, DH Dozier, 2B
Moss, RF Arcia, RF
Cespedes, LF Doumit, DH
Callaspo, 2B Willingham, LF
Barton, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Vogt, C Parmelee, 1B
Sogard, SS Florimon, SS
  Parker, P   Hendriks, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 8 0
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 x 4 9 0

Maybe the Twins should petition MLB to move them to the AL West.

And maybe Josh Willingham should always bat sixth. Two home runs is definitely a BOD kind of night. – JC

Josh Willingham

Josh Willingham

GameChat – Angels @ Twins, 6:10pm

so… maybe you don’t remember this but when the Angels were here last, I was joking about how that one Twins commercial about the Angels fan getting his tongue stuck to the flag pole was kind of ironically true… in fact, weather conditions were so inclement that one game was postponed – to today.  Yeah, poor Angels aren’t going to know what hit them when they take the field at a miserably humid 90+ degrees…  they may not honestly believe they are in the same place..

Do I think that is going to help with our guys facing Weaver???  Practically speaking, no, but the Twins fan in me will always HOPE…

LA Angels

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Minnesota
Cowgill, LF Presley, CF
Aybar, SS Pinto, C
Trout, CF Dozier, 2B
Trumbo, 1B Arcia, LF
Hamilton, DH Doumit, DH
Iannetta, C Plouffe, 3B
Calhoun, RF Colabello, 1B
Green, G, 2B Parmelee, RF
Field, 3B Florimon, SS
  Weaver, P   Hernandez, P, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
LA Angels 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 12 1
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 x 6 11 0

For all the issues with Twins pitching, it’s worth noting that Mike Trout was struck out looking three times tonight, including for the last out of the game.

Trevor Plouffe drove in three runs. Not too shabby.

But Josmil Pinto had three doubles, scored twice and drove one run in. I think that’s BOD worthy. – JC

Pinto

GameChat – Jays @ Twins, 7:10pm

Now, according to the latest Twins radio commercials, begins the “rhyming home series” which includes the Jays, A’s and Rays… of course the Angels have a makeup game in there too but we won’t worry about that if the media guys don’t.

In case you missed it, Joe Mauer has had a return of concussion symptoms which prompted a great post from JC this morning which a) you should read and b) I totally agree with. Joe Mauer should just sit the rest of the season, go home to his girls and get ready to bang it in Feb. There just isn’t enough of this season left to make any justification for the attempt to come back now.

For tonight’s game, I am really intrigued to see RA Dickey back in Minnesota – I was definitely sad to see him go, was ecstatic to see him do well and now I am really curious to see what he does here in Target Field. Let’s go boys!

Toronto

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Minnesota
Reyes, SS Presley, CF
Davis, R, LF Thomas, C, RF
Encarnacion, DH Dozier, 2B
Lind, 1B Willingham, DH
Lawrie, 3B Plouffe, 3B
Sierra, RF Arcia, LF
Goins, 2B Colabello, 1B
Gose, CF Pinto, C
Thole, C Florimon, SS
  Dickey, P   Pelfrey, P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 2
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 5 10 2

I’m not really sure what happened, but Mike Pelfrey struggled early and despite a valiant effort in the late innigns, the Twins could not overcome an early 5 run deficit.  Back at it on Saturday evening.

-ERP

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GameChat – Twins @ Astros #3, 1:10pm

Our final game against Houston for the year and we have the opportunity to make it a clean sweep… I think that would be fun, don’t you?

Speaking of fun – this video clip of Mastro’s catch made MLB highlights today and it is pretty darn funny. Thanks to Josh Roenicke for the belt…

 

Minnesota

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Houston
Presley, CF Villar, SS
Mastroianni, LF Altuve, 2B
Dozier, 2B Crowe, LF
Doumit, DH Wallace, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Carter, 1B
Arcia, RF Krauss, DH
Colabello, 1B Barnes, B, CF
Herrmann, C, C Hoes, RF
Florimon, SS Pagnozzi, C
  Hendriks, P   Lyles, P

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9

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Minnesota

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

5

7

1

Houston

3

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

6

12

0

well that was a lot more frustrating than I care to admit. I must still care about whether we win or lose…

GameChat – Twins @ Houston, 1:05pm

Sorry – game actually starts at 1:10..

So I’m back to the cooler climes of Minnesota…. and really glad about it. I still can’t believe I was actually in Arlington during part of the series and still wasn’t able to get over to a game but this was a whirlwind trip and just wasn’t able to get over there..

That being said, I did have friends (all these Minnesotans in Texas in August and September is goofy) at the Rangers series and one is doing the reverse trip that we did and is headed to the Houston game today.. I’ll gladly watch on TV from my 64 degree home. LOL However, it doesn’t appear that the Twins let the southern heat get to them in Arlington so I think they can take Houston on.

But while we are talking about Texas series, how on earth did we manage to take the series from the Rangers??  Looking at this lineup, I feel a little bit like I’m at Spring Training and having to go back to check the lineup card repeatedly because I don’t know the names..

Happy Labor Day every one!

Minnesota

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Houston
Presley, CF Grossman, LF
Mastroianni, RF Altuve, 2B
Dozier, 2B Castro, Ja, C
Willingham, DH Dominguez, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Carter, 1B
Herrmann, C, C Crowe, RF
Colabello, 1B Barnes, B, CF
Thomas, C, LF Hoes, DH
Florimon, SS Villar, SS
  Albers, A, P   Clemens, P

 

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9

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Minnesota

0

1

1

2

1

0

0

1

4

10

13

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Houston

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

13

2

Well that was certainly a come-from-behind win I didn’t expect…

Albers had a horrible start and they ended up bringing in Swarzak right away. The boys managed to start putting some runs on the board (three home runs even) and kept the game closer than you would have guessed at the start – and actually tied it up in the 8th. (we won’t talk about the defense really suffering today..)

I wasn’t sure what to expect at that point and figured a tie was going to end up being a long battle.. Turns out Colabello was having none of that. I’ll take a grand slam in the top of the 9th to break a tie any day! AND it earns him today’s BOD!

Chris Colabello

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GameChat – Twins @ Indians #3, 12:05pm

ok, let’s see what we can do with this rubber match – we did ok with the last one! I think it is pretty much all going to ride on how Pelfrey does.

Minnesota

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Cleveland
Dozier, 2B Bourn, CF
Bernier, 3B Swisher, 1B
Willingham, LF Kipnis, 2B
Doumit, C Santana, C, DH
Plouffe, DH Brantley, LF
Ramirez, W, RF Cabrera, A, SS
Colabello, 1B Gomes, Y, C
Thomas, C, CF Chisenhall, 3B
Florimon, SS Stubbs, RF
  Pelfrey, P   Kazmir, P

 

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Minnesota

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

9

1

Cleveland

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

x

3

7

4

That was just an ugly game of baseball… NO ONE deserved to win it – especially Cleveland.. yuck.