Sunday Morning Comic Relief

The weather in Minnesota this weekend is EXACTLY why we say that summer begins on Memorial Day weekend. I means that anyone who CAN is spending this day outside somewhere.. I just hope that everyone remembers what tomorrow is about..  and maybe watch some baseball too.

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GammeChat – Twins @ Giants #2, 9:05pm

I’m out for an early bday dinner with the in-laws so I may not make it back in time for first pitch and if some one else puts out the lineups, you’re really golden! ******** I’m not sure if I’ll be here during the game, but I at least got the lineups posted. Sounds like the Twins will be getting Willingham and Arcia back when they return to Minnesota, so things should get interesting with roster moves soon. – JC

Minnesota @ San Francisco
Dozier, 2B Pagan, CF
Mauer, 1B Pence, RF
Plouffe, 3B Posey, C
Parmelee, RF Sandoval, 3B
Pinto, C Morse, LF
Kubel, LF Colvin, LF
Escobar, E, SS Hicks, 2B
Hicks, CF Crawford, B, SS
Deduno, P Vogelsong, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
San Francisco 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 2 5 2

I didn’t see or hear the game, but this appears to be another one of those nights when the pitching was good, the hitting not so much. Nice to see Pinto go yard, though. – JC

GameChat – Twins @ Giants, 9:10pm

More west coast interleague play.. I shouldn’t complain because the boys seem to be doing ok with that but yeah, any bets on whether I can stay awake the whole game? At least it’s Friday.

Minnesota @ San Francisco
Dozier, 2B Pagan, CF
Mauer, 1B Pence, RF
Plouffe, 3B Posey, 1B
Parmelee, RF Sandoval, 3B
Suzuki, K, C Morse, LF
Kubel, LF Sanchez, H, C
Escobar, E, SS Crawford, B, SS
Hicks, CF Hicks, 2B
Gibson, P Lincecum, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
San Francisco 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 x 6 6 0

I hate to admit that this result was pretty predictable after the first inning actually… Sadly… but it was a good night to be stuck in the kitchen making party hor d’ouvres and mini cheesecake bites. Gotta love baby showers!

But let’s hope tomorrow fares a little better for baseball.

GameChat – Minnesota @ San Diego, 9:10pm

ah… the ever so draining west coast road trip… Hope no one has to be anywhere in the morning this week… oh you do? Pretty sure those of us actually make it to the end of these games will be solely responsible for keeping Caribou in business.

Of course, this is also interleague play!! Wonder if we’ll actually get to see any of our pitchers bat…

Minnesota San Diego
Dozier, 2B Denorfia, RF
Mauer, 1B Cabrera, E, SS
Plouffe, 3B Smith, S, LF
Parmelee, RF Headley, 3B
Suzuki, K, C Venable, CF
Kubel, LF Gyorko, 2B
Escobar, E, SS Alonso, 1B
Hicks, CF Grandal, C
Correia, P Kennedy, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 5 7 0
San Diego 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 0

Lots of interesting performances for the Twins, including Kurt Suzuki’s inside the park home run that left the park.

But Jared Burton entered the game with 2 on and no outs and kept both runners exactly where they were when he took the mound. That was impressive. And he is our BOD.

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GameChat – Mariners @ Twins #3, 1:10pm

Honestly, it doesn’t get much more perfect in Minnesota for baseball than today. It’s just stunning out there… (so much so that I’ll be out working in the yard listening to the game rather than watching on TV indoors.. We’ve had way too few days like this and the plants are WAY behind schedule)

Today, we match up against King Felix. While his crown may have a touch of tarnish on it this season, he is certainly nothing to sneeze at and can really bring it to the mound. Nolasco is going to have to focus his skills to match – no half-assing it today – because the offense has their own job to do today and shouldn’t have to be there to cover his backside if he gives up anything extra in the run department.

But that being said, we have shown that our offense can match theirs so far this series which given our record doesn’t say much for them but is still fact. We can do this and win or lose, for every fan in Target Field, this will be a fantastic day of baseball.

Seattle @ Minnesota
Jones, J, CF Dozier, 2B
Saunders, M, RF Mauer, 1B
Cano, 2B Plouffe, DH
Hart, DH Parmelee, RF
Smoak, 1B Suzuki, K, C
Seager, 3B Kubel, LF
Ackley, LF Escobar, E, 3B
Zunino, C Hicks, CF
Miller, B, SS Santana, D, SS
  Hernandez, F, P   Nolasco, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 1 6 11 0
Minnesota 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0

Ok, so we didn’t win today precisely because we let too many Mariners get on base and couldn’t touch the King for more than we gave up… That is how that works with him quite often. We still won the series AND the home-stand so that’s better than I really have any reason to hope for this series – the truth hurts.

Twins announced after the game that they are sending Tonkin back down to AAA and bringing Chris Herrmann back up in preparation for the road trip and NL play. Yeah, we’re going to need the extra bat.

GameChat – Mariners @ Twins #2, 6:10pm

Ok, Seattle is getting some seriously lucky and beautiful baseball weather. I wish I could be at Target Field right now – or tomorrow. But I’m not even going to be able to see the game (choir concert) so I need you guys to cheer them for me.

Much like opposing batters, I never really know what to expect from a Deduno start.. let’s hope it’s moving all over every where – just always within Pinto’s grasp.

Seattle @ Minnesota
Jones, J, RF Dozier, 2B
Saunders, M, CF Mauer, 1B
Cano, 2B Plouffe, 3B
Hart, DH Suzuki, K, DH
Seager, 3B Pinto, C
Smoak, 1B Colabello, RF
Ackley, LF Nunez, LF
Zunino, C Hicks, CF
Miller, B, SS Escobar, E, SS
  Elias, P   Deduno, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 6 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 x 4 6 1

“I love winning man….I love winning it’s like…..better than losing.”

Nuke LaLoosh got that right, didn’t he?

It’s not like the Twins did a whole lot of stuff right in this game. Just 6 hits. Some iffy set-up relief pitching. But they WON and that puts them above .500 at the latest point in the season since 2010 (that’s the last time the Twins were actually, you know… good).

Sam Deduno did well. Threw a lot of pitches early, but that wasn’t 100% his fault and he made up for it with a very quick 5th inning.

But Brian Dozier won this thing with a 3-run HR in to the flower pots in right field in the 5th inning and for that, he gets his second straight BOD. In fact, I think I’ll use the same picture of Dozier that I used yesterday and I’ll keep using it as long as he keeps winning games with home runs (not that I’m superstitious or anything, but you don’t mess with a winning streak, right?) – JC

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

GameChat – Red Sox @ Twins #3, 12:10pm

Ok, my apologies for the late post – somehow I’ve managed to get sick.. ain’t that fun?

But the Twins are doing pretty well in rubber matches this season so lets see if that translates to beating the BoSox today!

Boston @ Minnesota
Pedroia, 2B Dozier, 2B
Bogaerts, SS Mauer, DH
Ortiz, D, DH Plouffe, 3B
Napoli, 1B Colabello, 1B
Gomes, J, RF Kubel, LF
Carp, LF Suzuki, K, C
Ross, D, C Parmelee, RF
Middlebrooks, 3B Hicks, CF
Bradley Jr., CF Escobar, E, SS
  Buchholz, P   Hughes, P, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 9
Minnesota 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 12

Well now that was fun! Despite Perk going through a bit of a closer slump right now, we managed to get that rubber match win again! Frankly, this is the first time we have won a home series against the BoSox since Target Field’s first season … ouch. They’ve clearly had our number here for most of it. Glad that we were able to make it happen today. Phil Hughes’ experience against them might have had a LOT to do with that. I am pretty happy with his performance against them today – wish he could have gone longer but not if it meant he’d have given them crooked numbers in the box score.  Of course, they managed to get that tie anyway to give us an extra inning.

Looking at the box score, it’s clear to see that Kurt Suzuki continues to really shine in this lineup and I love how he seems to not only hit well, but to hit CLUTCH! He always shows up when absolutely necessary. And Hicks hardly needs additional recognition because the confidence booster he received from getting that walk-off winner and the support from his team mates does a lot for this young man. Let’s hope that he can pull it together and build on it to return to the big hitter we want to see him be. They are both our BOD’s today!

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GameChat – Red Sox @ Twins #2, 7:10pm

well it’s a heck of a lot nicer out there today than it was yesterday.. not a WHOLE lot warmer but the combo of 10 degrees and some actual sunshine sure does seem to be a monumental change.

Let’s see if Correia can’t go a little deeper into the game tonight and let the bullpen have a break. I wouldn’t mind if he figured out how to keep Ortiz off the bases too. Yeah, I’d like that.

Boston @ Minnesota
Pedroia, 2B Dozier, 2B
Victorino, RF Mauer, 1B
Ortiz, D, DH Plouffe, 3B
Napoli, 1B Parmelee, RF
Sizemore, G, LF Suzuki, K, DH
Pierzynski, C Pinto, C
Bogaerts, SS Nunez, LF
Middlebrooks, 3B Escobar, E, SS
Bradley Jr., CF Hicks, CF
  Doubront, P   Correia, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 9 12 1
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 10 2

Apparently David Ortiz likes hitting at Target Field. Or maybe he likes hitting against Twins pitching. Either way, I’ll be glad to see him leave. – JC

GameChat – Red Sox @ Twins, 7:10pm

so Boston comes to town and all the warmth leaves the state… coincidence? correlation? causation?  You will have to be the judge.

especially since once again, I don’t get to watch any baseball and it will be all I can do to catch the score here and there while at choir rehearsal. :(

Boston @ Minnesota
Pedroia, 2B Dozier, 2B
Victorino, RF Mauer, 1B
Ortiz, D, DH Plouffe, 3B
Napoli, 1B Kubel, LF
Sizemore, G, LF Suzuki, K, C
Pierzynski, C Parmelee, RF
Bogaerts, SS Nunez, DH
Middlebrooks, 3B Escobar, E, SS
Bradley Jr., CF Santana, D, CF
  Peavy, P   Nolasco, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 6 11 0
Minnesota 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 13 0

Well I missed most of the game but got into the car to come home in time to hear Boston tie it up..  which sounded pretty frustrating if you ask me.

However, I got home and settled in just in time to see Parmelee end it in spectacular fashion so .. it seems like I basically got to see the best part of the game! (although knocking Jake Peavy out in the 6th inning isn’t too shabby). Anyway, it seems somewhat a given that Chris – newly returned to the 40 man roster not to mention to Target Field – is tonight’s BOD!

Chris Parmelee (photo: J Megenhardt/MLB.com)

Chris Parmelee (photo: J Megenhardt/MLB.com)

GameChat – Twins @ Tigers #2, 12:08pm

I would definitely like to see some great baseball this afternoon but .. I’m moving a piano into my house so I will likely only get to listen to the game, if that. I wouldn’t mind seeing a return to the pitching duel with Gibby out there – matching up great pitching with great pitching is a rare thing for us with Detroit so I think we should take full advantage of it.

Go Twins!

Minnesota @ Detroit
Dozier, 2B Kinsler, 2B
Suzuki, K, C Hunter, To, RF
Mauer, DH Cabrera, M, 1B
Colabello, 1B Martinez, V, DH
Parmelee, RF Jackson, A, CF
Nunez, LF Kelly, D, LF
Escobar, E, 3B Castellanos, N, 3B
Hicks, CF Avila, C
Santana, D, SS Romine, A, SS
  Gibson, P   Scherzer, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 2
Detroit 0 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 9 11 1

Kyle Gibson had another one of those “welcome to the Big Leagues” kind of days against the Tigers. On the other hand, his defense in the second inning did him no favors at all.

It was good to see Joe Mauer’s name at least in the line up again and someone who looks like him step in to the batters box. Now we just need to get the real Joe Mauer back.

Anthony Swarzak’s contributions should not go overlooked. He relieved Gibson to start the 3rd inning and proceeded to throw four shutout innings against what appears to be the best line up in the AL. Too bad the effort was wasted.

Hey, has anyone noticed that Eduardo Escobar is hitting .322 (small sample size) and Danny Santana is at .412 (smaller sample size)? – JC