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

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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 – 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

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

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

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 @ Astros #2, 7:10pm

Vote for Pedro!  Pedro Hernandez takes the hill for the Twins tonight opposite Jarred Parker.  If three people show up and join us in the GameChat tonight there might be more people in the GameChat than people at Minute Maid Park.

Not a ton of Twins news to report today, but there was a brief journalist spat on Twitter regarding the story of Mark Hamburger signing with the Twins earlier this weekend.  So there’s that.

Go Twins!

Minnesota

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Houston
Presley, CF Grossman, DH
Mastroianni, LF Altuve, 2B
Dozier, 2B Crowe, LF
Willingham, DH Carter, 1B
Plouffe, 3B Wallace, 3B
Colabello, 1B Hoes, RF
Arcia, RF Barnes, B, CF
Pinto, C Villar, SS
Florimon, SS Clark, C, C
  Hernandez, P, P   Cosart, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Minnesota 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 9 16 1
Houston 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 6 10 1

 

That win took longer than it should have. It’s not often that Perk blows a 3 run lead in the 9th inning.

In the end, a win is a win, no matter how long it takes.

Trevor Plouffe had a home run and four hits. Josmil Pinto had four hits, too, including a key double in the 12th inning.

But I’m going to award the BOD to Darin Mastroianni, who’s double, also in the 12th inning, drove in two runs. – JC

Darin Mastroianni (Photo: CapitalBabs)

Darin Mastroianni (Photo: CapitalBabs)

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

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Minnesota

0

1

1

2

1

0

0

1

4

10

13

0

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

GameChat – Twins @ Rangers #3, 2:05pm

The Twins called up Josmil Pinto (catcher of the future?!) to take Justin Morneau’s roster spot yesterday, and today one of the players Morneau was traded for, Alex Presley, will make his Twins debut.  That move will give the Twins 26 players on the active roster.

With rosters expanding today, the Twins could add some additional players, but with AAA Rochester fighting for a Wild Card berth, don’t expect the Twins to make too many moves until later this week.

Last night was another frustrating game from the Twins, as for the 2nd time in the span of a week Minnesota failed to capitalize on a strong performance from their starting pitcher.  Correia, who is 0-2 in his last three starts despite a 2.57 ERA, takes the hill against Travis Blackley, a 30 year-old journeyman who’s bounced around between the bullpen and starting rotation.  Blackley is making just his third appearance (all starts) of the season, he’s pitched a total of 10.0 innings with a 4.50 ERA.

If you don’t laugh when you look at today’s Twins lineup, you’re not human.  Ugly, ugly, ugly Sunday lineup.

Go Twins!

 Minnesota

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Texas
 Presley, CF  Martin, L, CF
 Mastroianni, RF  Profar, SS
 Dozier, 2B  Kinsler, 2B
 Willingham, DH  Beltre, A, DH
 Plouffe, 3B  Rios, RF
 Colabello, 1B  Adduci, LF
 Thomas, C, LF  Baker, Je, 3B
 Pinto, C  Moreland, 1B
 Bernier, SS  Soto, G, C
 _Correia, P  _Blackley, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 4 12 0
Texas 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 1

So, the Twins with a lineup that consisted primarily of guys who weren’t on the roster at the beginning of the season beat the Texas Rangers today.

Baseball is a funny game.

It sounds to me like BOD honors come down to one of the new guys, either catcher Josmil Pinto or outfielder Alex Presley. Perusing at the GameChat log, there seemed to be support for Presley, so let’s go that way. Welcome to the Twins, Alex, and keep up the good work. – JC

Alex Presley

Alex Presley