GameChat – Rays @ Twins, 1:10pm

well.. the good/bad news is that it’s not raining??

but I’m not going to be able to watch regardless.. home all the folk on the Grand Drunk Railroad tour are hanging in there today after hanging in there through the rain last night.. (that would sober up anyone I think)

Tampa Bay

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Minnesota
Jennings, D, CF Presley, CF
Zobrist, 2B Mastroianni, LF
Longoria, 3B Dozier, 2B
Myers, RF Doumit, RF
Young, D, DH Plouffe, 3B
Loney, 1B Willingham, DH
Escobar, Y, SS Pinto, C
Rodriguez, S, LF Parmelee, 1B
Molina, J, C Escobar, E, SS
  Price, P   Hernandez, P, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 6 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 x 6 10 1

I confess, I gave up following this game about the time I walked away from the bar at Famous Dave’s after watching the Vikings end of the game failure. The last I saw, the Twins were down 3-0 and, according to the Twins beat reporters I follow on Twitter, the Twins hadn’t scored a run in something like two years, so I didn’t see much reason to pay attention any longer.

So, imagine my surprise when I hear they scored six late runs and beat the Rays 6-4!

Trevor Plouffe went 3 for 3 and scored a run in the 8th inning, but it would seem to me that Josmil Pinto’s 3-run home run in the 8th is pretty BOD-worthy. – JC

Pinto

 

GameChat – Rays @ Twins #2, 6:10pm

So it’s raining at my house – we’ll see if they get the game in. I have no idea if the rain is going to continue, for how long or for how heavy.

Good luck to everyone on the Twins Centric Grand Drunk Railroad bar crawl before the game tonight!! Given how the boys have been playing the last few days, they might be the fans in the best condition to watch tonight’s affair.

I’m off to a family reunion so I hope you all have a great night!

Tampa Bay

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Minnesota
Jennings, D, CF Presley, CF
Johnson, K, 2B Dozier, 2B
Longoria, 3B Doumit, DH
Myers, RF Arcia, RF
Loney, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Young, D, DH Willingham, LF
Rodriguez, S, LF Colabello, 1B
Lobaton, C Herrmann, C, C
Escobar, Y, SS Florimon, SS
  Moore, M, P   Albers, A, P

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Tampa Bay

0

1

1

2

0

2

0

1

0

7

10

0

Minnesota

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

yeah…  this has not been good baseball..

GameChat – Rays @ Twins, 7:10pm

Ok, I can’t be here tonight.. again.. and I don’t know if that means the Twins won’t do well because the games I see seem to go better or if they just aren’t doing well right now whether I get a chance to watch or not..

Anyway, It’s a beautiful night for baseball so I hope that they do something to add to fan enjoyment!

Tampa Bay

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Minnesota
DeJesus, LF Presley, CF
Zobrist, 2B Pinto, C
Loney, 1B Dozier, 2B
Longoria, 3B Arcia, DH
Johnson, K, DH Plouffe, 3B
Myers, RF Parmelee, 1B
Jennings, D, CF Mastroianni, LF
Molina, J, C Thomas, C, RF
Escobar, Y, SS Escobar, E, SS
  Archer, P   Correia, P

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Tampa Bay

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

9

1

Minnesota

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

1

 

I have no idea what happened in this game but the loss isn’t exactly surprising. However, I admit that the shutout is and I’m wondering how long it’s actually been since I saw this very much struggling team shutout… I can’t remember the last time so that in itself is a point for optimism? maybe?

GameChat – A’s @ Twins #3, 12:10pm

I can’t tell you how glad I am that I missed last night’s game.. I saw the score this morning and I didn’t even want to go find out why it looked like that.. I’m just going to call it a loss and see if we can still take the series in today’s rubbermatch.

The weather is PHENOMENAL here in Minnesota – absolutely perfect day for baseball so for any of you that got out of work and were able to be at the ballpark today? I’m seriously jealous because I’m working and won’t even get to follow along.

Let’s hope Scotty can find some of his old magic, huh?

Oakland

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Minnesota
Crisp, CF Presley, CF
Donaldson, 3B Pinto, C
Lowrie, SS Dozier, 2B
Cespedes, DH Arcia, RF
Callaspo, 2B Doumit, DH
Young, Ch, LF Willingham, LF
Reddick, RF Plouffe, 3B
Norris, D, C Colabello, 1B
Barton, 1B Florimon, SS
  Griffin, P   Diamond, P

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Oakland

0

0

4

0

1

1

0

2

0

8

11

0

Minnesota

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

7

1

uh yeah… another one I’m glad I missed? *sigh*

GameChat – A’s @ Twins #2, 7:10 pm

After losing a couple million games in a row at home, the Twins are now on the verge of one of those… what are they called?… oh, yeah… winning streaks!

That’s what winning three games in a row would constitute.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, there’s a little matter of actually playing the game.

Josh Willingham is back in the number 6 spot in the batting order, so he should be good for two more home runs tonight, right?

Eduardo Escobar makes his first appearance in the line up in, well, longer than I can remember anyway. He’s playing third base instead of shortstop, however, and Trevor Plouffe is the DH.

Mike Pelfrey is on the hill for the Twins. His 4.97 ERA is roughly twice that of A’s starter Sonny Gray (2.51), so naturally with how backwards things have gone for the Twins lately, they should win this game handily.

ATHLETICS

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TWINS
Crisp, CF Presley, CF
Donaldson, 3B Escobar, E, 3B
Lowrie, SS Dozier, 2B
Moss, RF Arcia, RF
Cespedes, LF Plouffe, DH
Barton, 1B Willingham, LF
Smith, S, DH Parmelee, 1B
Vogt, C Herrmann, C, C
Sogard, 2B Florimon, SS
  _Gray, S, P   _Pelfrey, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 1 2 10 3 0 0 0 2 18 22 0
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 5 1

Well, that happened.

Hey Shairon Martis worked a 1-2-3 inning and struck out two batters!

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

@

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

@

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 – Blue Jays @ Twins, 1:10 pm

The Twins will try to avoid a sweep today.

Doesn’t it seem like we’re saying that a lot lately?

I’ll be watching the Vikings, so I probably won’t be paying much attention to what’s going on at Target Field today. Then again, thanks to the Twins and MLB’s blackout policy, it’s not like I have the option of watching the Twins anyway.

As baseball matters go, I’m actually a lot more interested in how the Rochester Red Wings do today. They’re in the 5th game of a best-of-five playoff series with Pawtucket and playing for the chance to advance in the International League postseason.

Anyway, let’s see how Andrew Albers does today. Given how much use the Twins bullpen has gotten lately, I’m sure they could use a 7-8 inning day out of Albers.

 

BLUE JAYS

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TWINS
Reyes, SS Presley, CF
Davis, R, CF Herrmann, C, C
Lawrie, 3B Dozier, 2B
Lind, DH Arcia, LF
DeRosa, 1B Doumit, DH
Sierra, RF Plouffe, 3B
Arencibia, C Colabello, 1B
Goins, 2B Thomas, C, RF
Pillar, LF Florimon, SS
  _Rogers, E, P   _Albers, A, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 7 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1

Andrew Albers did very well today. Almost everyone else in a Twins uniform did not.

The Twins have now lost 10 straight games at home. Not too hard to understand why there were some audible boos from the Target Field crowd.

GameChat – Blue Jays @ Twins, 6:10 pm

I’ve been so wrapped up in college football today, I almost forgot there was a Twins game tonight.

It’s “Deckstravaganza” at Target Field tonight and there are a number of famous, infamous and notorious Twins social media types enjoying the game from the Budweiser roof deck at the ballpark.

I’m not sure what that has to do with the game itself, but I hope they are all having a good time.

P.S. Per the Strib’s LaVelle E. Neal III’s pre-game blog post, Kernels’ hitting coach Tommy Watkins has joined the Twins’ coaching staff for September. Tommy’s a great guy and it’s terrific that he’s getting this opportunity! – JC

BLUE JAYS

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TWINS
Reyes, SS Presley, CF
Kawasaki, 2B Mastroianni, RF
Encarnacion, DH Dozier, 2B
Lind, 1B Willingham, DH
Lawrie, 3B Plouffe, 3B
Sierra, RF Arcia, LF
Arencibia, C Colabello, 1B
Gose, CF Pinto, C
Pillar, LF Florimon, SS
  _Happ, P   _Correia, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 11 15 1
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 11 0

That was a game that started badly and never got better.

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