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

GameChat – Rangers @ Twins #4, 12:10pm

Yes, it was a huge bummer that the Twins couldn’t pull off a win (even a walk-off) in honor of my birthday attendance last evening but at least it was a phenomenal night for baseball and we really had a good time. I will say this since it was my first time physically in attendance this season – all joking aside, give extra time to get through security than you are used to. The stuff they had added for the All-Star game (metal detectors and the whole shebang) really slows things down and makes lines much longer.

Today is every bit as nice so for those who can get away from work (not me) and get to be outside (not me) to enjoy a little baseball (again, not me), you will have a marvelous time.

Let’s hope Deduno can keep things on line enough (or just NOT enough) to get the Twins a win today!

Texas @ Minnesota
Choo, DH Dozier, 2B
Sardinas, SS Mauer, 1B
Moreland, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Beltre, A, 3B Arcia, O, RF
Rios, A, RF Willingham, DH
Choice, LF Kubel, LF
Martin, L, CF Pinto, C
Chirinos, C Escobar, E, SS
Odor, 2B Santana, D, CF
  Martinez, N, P   Deduno, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 5 12 0
Minnesota 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 11 0

This game was tied when I went in to my last meeting of the day at the office. It didn’t end that way. – JC

GameChat – Rangers @ Twins #3, 7:10pm

So my hubby is taking me out to the game with Baby Girl for her first Twins game and to celebrate my bday! I can’t believe it took me as long as it did to decide on the game for my special little bit of free time!

I don’t think he was surprised by the request at all.. after all, this is what he got me:

Jim Thome signed baseball

yes, that is Jim Thome’s autograph..

at any rate, I may try to pop in and visit with y’all from the game but we might be otherwise occupied! Win Twins!

Texas @ Minnesota
Choo, LF Dozier, 2B
Andrus, SS Mauer, 1B
Moreland, 1B Plouffe, DH
Beltre, A, 3B Arcia, O, RF
Rios, A, DH Willingham, LF
Choice, RF Suzuki, K, C
Martin, L, CF Nunez, 3B
Chirinos, C Escobar, E, SS
Sardinas, 2B Hicks, CF
  Saunders, J, P   Gibson, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1

At least Babs and her family got to see some good pitching tonight.

However, I’ve done considerable research on the subject and have determined that winning a baseball game without scoring a run is highly unlikely.-

Happy birthday, anyway, Babs! – JC

GameChat – Rangers @ Twins #2, 7:10pm

So I’m actually a little disappointed but we have had a roster change in the opposition today – Yu Darvish who I would have liked to see pitch – pulled himself due to some sort of injury that I haven’t heard specified. Instead, Scott Baker – yes, THAT Scott Baker – gets to match himself up to a Twins starting rotation that once again, has the worst ERA in Major League Baseball with the numbers added by Mr. Nolasco last night.. So I wonder what Scotty is thinking tonight..

Let’s hope that Hughes can bring something better.

Texas @ Minnesota
Choo, LF Dozier, 2B
Andrus, SS Mauer, 1B
Moreland, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Beltre, A, 3B Arcia, O, RF
Rios, A, RF Willingham, DH
Gimenez, C Parmelee, LF
Martin, L, CF Suzuki, K, C
Murphy, DH Escobar, E, SS
Odor, 2B Hicks, CF
  Baker, S, P   Hughes, P, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 1
Minnesota 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 0

Well that was interesting, wasn’t it?

It wasn’t Phil Hughes’ best start of the year, but I’ll take 7 innings like that any time I can get it.

Oswaldo Arcia with a solo shot, that was nice. Joe Mauer with an RBI double that he PULLED to right field. Nice.

Glen Perkins gave up a lead off triple in the top of the 9th, but then slammed the door without allowing that runner to score.

Yet, here we were, watching the Twins, trailing by a run in the ninth inning and, despite having Arcia and Josh Willingham back with the team, we were still watching three shortstops playing the field for the Twins, including two of them in the outfield.

Thank goodness, huh?

Danny Santana’s bases-loaded squibber wasn’t pretty but it got Eduardo Nunez home. And that was only possible because Nunez performed a bit of acrobatics in avoiding a tag attempt by Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. And that took place only after Nunez drove in Arcia with a game-tying RBI single.

That’s good enough for a Nunez BOD award.

Ron Gardenhire and Eduardo Nunez (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Ron Gardenhire and Eduardo Nunez (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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