GameChat Twins at Mariners #3, 3:10 pm

The Twins stole a win from Felix Hernandez last night, and they should have a little easier sledding this evening against Harang, so maybe the boys will score a couple more runs.

And Chris Colabello was rewarded for his extra inning work with a start at DH tonight.

Go Twins!

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Dozier, 2B Miller, B, SS
Herrmann, C, RF Franklin, 2B
Morneau, 1B Ibanez, LF
Doumit, C Morales, K, DH
Colabello, DH Seager, 3B
Thomas, C, LF Smoak, 1B
Plouffe, 3B Chavez, En, RF
Hicks, CF Quintero, C
Bernier, SS Ackley, CF
   Deduno, P   Harang, P

A very strong performance from Samuel Deduno and a couple of solo home runs powered the Twins to victory.  A victory only seen by the lucky few to have a ticket to see the game at Safeco Field because the game was not broadcast.

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For his seven innings of shut out ball Deduno is today’s BOD!

Sam Deduno (Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Sam Deduno (Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

GameChat – Twins @ Mariners #2, 9:10pm

I gotta admit that I don’t have a whole lot of faith in Scott Diamond these days, especially not when matched up against King Felix…

But it has to be better than Correia last night, right? *knock on wood* *spin three times* *spit*

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Dozier, 2B Bay, RF
Carroll, 3B Franklin, 2B
Morneau, 1B Ibanez, LF
Doumit, DH Morales, K, DH
Herrmann, C, RF Seager, 3B
Thomas, C, LF Smoak, 1B
Hicks, CF Ackley, CF
Butera, C Ryan, SS
Florimon, SS Blanco, H, C
  Diamond, P   Hernandez, F, P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Diamond pitched into the 7th inning and gave up just a single run, but was left with a no decision thanks to a Twins offense that could only manage one run of support.  After the 13 inning game was over the Twins had walked 15 times (compared with just 2 walks), but they managed to score a couple in the top of the 13th to take their first game in three days.

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Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 8 1
Seattle 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 12 0

I didn’t see the end of the game, because of sleep and things like that, but it seemed like Scott Diamond and Chris Colabello (game winning RBI) were the BOD candidates.  Colabello needs something to get him started at the MLB level, and maybe winning the BOD will give him a bump.

Chris Colabello

GameChat – Twins @ Angels #2, 9:05pm

The Twins just know how to win. Simple as that folks.  The Twins are just at the beginning of a string of 20 games against teams with records under .500, so they should play pretty competitive baseball for the next few weeks.  It will be fun while it lasts, as they run into the Tigers and Indians for what seems like two straight weeks after this is over.

Should be fun tonight with Kyle Gibson on the mound.

EDIT: Joe Mauer was a late scratch from the lineup and is headed back to Minnesota because his wife’s water broke. The babies were not due for another month, so let’s hope everything is okay for the Mauers.

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 Dozier, 2B  Shuck, LF
 Carroll, 3B  Trout, CF
 Morneau, 1B  Pujols, DH
 Doumit, RF
 Kendrick, H, 2B
 Colabello, DH  Callaspo, 3B
 Thomas, C, LF  Trumbo, 1B
 Herrmann, C, C  Conger, C
 Hicks, CF  Cowgill, RF
 Florimon, SS  Aybar, SS
   Gibson, P    Hanson, P

Time to start a winning streak.

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Minnesota 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 7 10 15 0
LA Angels 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 0

What a finish!  For the 2nd night in a row the Twins almost give one away in late innings.  Tonight the Twins did give up the lead in the 9th, but stormed back in the 10th, capping things off with a Chris Herrmann grand slam to put the Angels away.

I was long asleep, but  Herrmann certainly gets BOD for his 3-5 night with RBI after not expecting to start tonight.

Chris Herrmann

 

GameChat – Twins @ Angels, 9:05pm

arrgghh.. the bane of my blogging existence – west coast baseball.

I’m sure that any number of west side knuckleballers are ecstatic with each visit to the left coast because at least then they get prime time baseball instead breakfast games or some such idiocy. So, TallDrinkOfWater and Twink – these games are for you. I gotta figure out how to get teach one of you how to put up the box score when the games are over and I’m passed out in the other room…

ANYWAY.. back to baseball!

So the lineup looks a little different than you’re used to seeing.. that Bernier kid (no clue how to SAY that properly) that no one knows except the minor league geeks is batting second. I don’t know if it’s the start times or the younger and younger kids in the lineup that is making me feel old but.. yeah.

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Dozier, 2B Shuck, LF
Bernier, SS Trout, CF
Mauer, C Pujols, DH
Morneau, 1B Kendrick, H, 2B
Doumit, RF Callaspo, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Trumbo, RF
Colabello, DH Hawpe, 1B
Thomas, C, LF Conger, C
Hicks, CF Aybar, SS
  Deduno, P   Blanton, P

 

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Woohoo!! I’m so glad that TDOW got to see a great game of baseball in which HER team won!! The Twins aren’t always so good at doing that for their fans – especially fans in far flung areas of the country…

That being said, while I really really really TRIED to stay awake for the whole game, I just couldn’t do it. My husband managed to see the end though and TDOW kindly came back to the chat and gave her revelations of game end as well. But from what I’m hearing, (I made it through the 6th inning) things continued to the end much like they were in the first half.

Deduno had a ROUGH first inning that had us all terrified of what the progress of this game was going to be like but we managed to get out of that only giving them 1 run – he owes SOMEONE a steak. But after that, he “settled down” into his ridiculously wild self and had them chasing balls all over. He had 5 BB and 5 Ks in his 7 innings and while I never really appreciate those numbers being the same that way, for him it might be just the way the numbers end up looking but can’t really describe how effective his pitching actually was the way the boxscore does. He’s definitely improved/matured into a SOLID starting pitcher and is likely the one I trust the most these days to give us a good game of baseball – for that he gets a beverage of his choice on us.

Joe Mauer also continued to do his Mauerly thing getting three hits and all the while catching Deduno which is getting to be an art-form. Mind you, they are doing a pretty good job behind the plate of making that art look easy and instinctive. He also gets the beverage of his choice – a tall glass of Land O’Lakes milk perhaps?

I was especially proud of the lineup full of young kids – wow do we have a lot of young guys getting their first taste of big league ball in this batting order. Especially Bernier who made his MLB debut among family and friends because he grew up just a couple hours away. I’m sure he made them very proud with his first hit and a couple really nice plays at short stop! I’m always impressed with solid fielding when a guy comes up. Colabello and Hicks also did well getting solid hits and even a run but the real ‘new kid’ story of tonight was Clete Thomas. This kid is really starting to grow on me! SOLID hitting including the game’s only Homerun, a double, 2 Runs 2 RBI and a couple LOVELY catches that brought a tear to the eye. For that, he was voted the BOD! I believe it’s his first! Congrats Clete Thomas!

Clete Thomas

GameChat – Indians @ Twins, 7:10pm

So the boys are back in Minnesota and the weather is perfectly timed for some GLORIOUS baseball. The heat streak has resided for the last week with ridiculous heat indices but now that has changed – at least the humidity has gone to tolerable levels. It’s still in the 80′s but suddenly that doesn’t matter – it is just a lovely summer evening for baseball.

The way the rumor mill is going, everyone quick enjoy the M&M boys – including their bobblehead to 10k fans tonight – before Morneau is traded somewhere else for a paltry nothing on a soft market..

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So other than another losing season and the possible loss of a popular player for no particularly good reason, let’s just try to enjoy a great weekend of great baseball weather and see if we can’t take down a beatable division rival!

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Bourn, CF Dozier, 2B
Cabrera, A, SS Plouffe, 3B
Kipnis, 2B Mauer, C
Swisher, 1B Morneau, 1B
Brantley, LF Doumit, RF
Santana, C, DH Colabello, DH
Chisenhall, 3B Hicks, CF
Gomes, Y, C Thomas, C, LF
Stubbs, RF Florimon, SS
  Kazmir, P   Pelfrey, P

 

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Now THAT is how you come back from the the All-Star break! (and come back in the game for that matter..)  It really was a beautiful night for baseball. And wow the Indians had some HORRIBLE defense out there – Defense was the theme for tonight.

There were also some great stories from tonight: Mauer got the game-winning base hit in the 8th which is normally enough to earn you a BOD, Dozier with some gorgeous fielding and baserunning, Perkins finally getting to use all that ASG energy to get his Save..

But BOD tonight goes to Pedro Florimon! He’s the one who got us to the tie in the first place, had two different miraculous solo fielding plays, a stunning double play with Dozier but in general understanding and playing GREAT baseball on both sides tonight. LOVED it. Defense lost this game, and Defense won it. Great job boys.

Florimon at bat

GameChat – Twins @ Yankees #2, 12:10

You know, you look at the line up the Yankees are putting out there right now and you just can’t believe that’s a New York Yankees team. It’s just as hard to understand how the Twins simply can’t beat them.

Maybe Sam Deduno hasn’t had time to figure out he’s not supposed to beat any team wearing pinstripes in Yankee Stadium.

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Dozier, 2B Gardner, B, CF
Mauer, DH Suzuki, I, RF
Morneau, 1B Cano, 2B
Doumit, C Wells, V, DH
Plouffe, 3B Overbay, 1B
Parmelee, RF Almonte, LF
Hicks, CF Cruz, L, SS
Thomas, C, LF Gonzalez, Al, 3B
Florimon, SS Romine, A, C
  _Deduno, P   _Hughes, P, P

 

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YES!!!

The losing streak is OVER! Both of them, even! 6 game losing streak AND 6 consecutive losses to the Yankees. It feels good to have the boys on the winning side of things this time.

That being said, we still haven’t solved the RISP problem – the boys just decided if they weren’t going to have the guy behind them bring them home, they were just going to have to get home on their own – 3 homeruns in today’s game from Plouffe, Doumit and Florimon! It was great to get the long ball though because it was such a morale booster!

And what is it about the officiating at Yankee Stadium?!?!?! Gardy got tossed after a HORRIBLE (not even close or rational) call at 1B. Clete Thomas was called out for interference/leaving the base path. You know what is funny about that call? Video is really great to show if a runner ever does that.. and sure enough, never happened. No clue where that call came from – even Overbay looked a little surprised. Gardy was more than surprised of course – and as Ron Coomer predicted the moment the call was made, Gardy was tossed for explaining to the ump exactly the relative positions of his head and his ass.

Maybe that was what was necessary because the 1-1 tie didn’t last long after that..

The real story for today is Samuel Deduno. He really kept the Yankees off balance – like he did when he faced them last time in Minnesota on July 4th. At least this time, his colleagues gave him the win! 7 solid innings with only 1 earned run is just about the best we have seen from any of our pitchers lately! So today, he earns our BOD!

Sam Deduno (Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Sam Deduno (Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

GameChat – Twins @ Blue Jays #2, 12:07pm

RA Dickey

so.. a little afternoon baseball…

and this time we are facing one of my favorites.. RA Dickey!

I don’t begrudge this man one bit of the success he has achieved since he left our team and still wish we’d kept him around. I think he doesn’t really miss us all that much though. I’m just hoping we can figure out how to do more hitting today than we did yesterday – and THEN actually get RUNS once we have those base-runners!!

That’s not too much to ask is it? I mean, hitting is fun but RUNS are so much more exciting if you ask me. And I REALLY wouldn’t argue with breaking the losing streak.. Sorry RA, as much as I like you, I still would rather win the game. ;)

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Dozier, 2B Reyes, SS
Carroll, 3B Bautista, RF
Mauer, C Encarnacion, 1B
Morneau, 1B Lind, DH
Arcia, LF Rasmus, C, CF
Plouffe, DH Davis, R, LF
Parmelee, RF Izturis, M, 3B
Hicks, CF Thole, C
Escobar, E, SS Kawasaki, 2B
  Pelfrey, P   Dickey, P

 

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Woohooo!!! The losing streak is OVER! And with a shutout no less!

I am pretty sure that Gardy should have some smiles on his team now! Let’s hope the boys remember how much fun this is and keep it up for a bit. Clearly they weren’t having much issue with the knuckleball (sorry Dickey) – especially Dozier & Parmelee. But additionally, Pelfrey did quite well for himself in his return from the DL. Let’s hope that he can keep it up as well!

Arcia left the game after getting a knuckleball to the hand – they do tend to move about in unexpected ways. Reportedly it’s just a bruise.

molsoncanadianbeerBut to recognize some really nice performances today, we are awarding both Parmelee and Pelfrey our heartiest congratulations and some lovely Canadian beer to toast each others’ efforts to get the Twins back on track today! The boys in uniform aren’t the only ones that need to remember this is a game and we should be smiling more just because it’s baseball. But thanks for the reminder of why we like this sport!

The big prize goes to Brian Dozier with some SERIOUS offensive totals today including a BEAUTIFUL homerun! I really like how he’s settling into 2B and the top of the order.

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GameChat – Royals @ Twins, 3:10

At long last (too long for many of us), Kyle Gibson gets to make his Twins debut on the mound this afternoon against the Kansas City Royals.

For more on Gibson (and other stuff), you should scroll down and give a listen to the Talk to Contact podcast fellow Knuckleballer Eric posted this morning.

I don’t think anyone believes he’s going to be a 20-game winner for the Twins anytime soon (or ever, perhaps), but he has been mowing down AAA hitters consistently for most of the season and, meanwhile, the Twins rotation has had some issues, to say the least.

It should be interesting to see how Gibson fares today. In fact, for only like the third time all season, I am interested enough in a Twins game to actually go find a sports bar to watch at least part of one of their games before I head to the Kernels ballpark. – JC

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Gordon, A, LF Thomas, C, CF
Escobar, A, SS Dozier, 2B
Hosmer, 1B Mauer, C
Butler, B, DH Morneau, 1B
Perez, S, C Plouffe, DH
Moustakas, 3B Arcia, LF
Cain, L, RF Parmelee, RF
Tejada, M, 2B Carroll, 3B
Dyson, J, CF Florimon, SS
  _Davis, W, P   _Gibson, P
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Kansas City 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
Minnesota 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 6 9 0

Justin Morneau and Trevor Plouffe provided some early offensive support, but when a guy gives you a Quality Start in his first start as a Big Leaguer, he’s your Boyfriend of the Day!

Kyle Gibson (photo: MiLB.com)

Kyle Gibson (photo: MiLB.com)

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

Ok, in my defense, this week my schedule has been RIDICULOUS (I hear Dairy Queen commercials in my head when I type this) so I have missed a LOT of baseball and baseball news. And sadly, today isn’t done with that schedule yet so I still don’t get any baseball.

BUT WHEN AND WHY DID PEDRO HERNANDEZ GET BACK UP HERE???

I’m so lost…  I would still hate to see us on the OTHER side of a sweep in the division so can we please hope that he pitches great today?? oh, and boys, hit the ball a lot.

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Thomas, C, CF Bourn, CF
Mauer, DH Aviles, SS
Doumit, C Kipnis, 2B
Willingham, LF Swisher, 1B
Arcia, RF Reynolds, Ma, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Santana, C, DH
Parmelee, 1B Raburn, LF
Dozier, 2B Gomes, Y, C
Florimon, SS Stubbs, RF
  Hernandez, P, P   Carrasco, P

 

 

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Ok, what the heck is up with these super slow games in Cleveland??

And just a heads up on the info I didn’t have during pregame: Pedro was up because Pelfrey hurt his back yesterday in warm-ups and is on the DL retro-active to his last start. Thank you to Pedro and his wife for the extraordinary effort in driving 357 miles overnight to be here as the emergency starter today.

I am glad that we got a win though. I was only able to briefly check in on the game at various points and never thought it was very encouraging but it looks like everyone kept firing away and worked hard. I like that they leave on a win and have the day off tomorrow. While there was a lot of contribution from everyone but from the numbers, today belongs to Mr. Joe Mauer.

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

These day games are really hard for regularly-employed people – I’m always concerned whether I can get a break for a post much less be able to follow the game itself and my current work-load? But since I’m sitting on hold at the moment, up goes a post. (and of course this is the day that they were really slow posting lineups so post delayed)

You might be entertained by this video from Justin Morneau’s HR in last night’s game:

But enough of yesterday, we would LOVE to sweep the White Sox wouldn’t we? I think, yes. It’s great to have the wins we already have and the series win but this is a divisional opponent and every single win matters so let’s not let the heat & humidity or the day game lethargy diminish the effort.

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De Aza, CF Dozier, 2B
Ramirez, Al, SS Mauer, DH
Rios, RF Doumit, C
Konerko, DH Willingham, LF
Dunn, A, 1B Morneau, 1B
Viciedo, LF Plouffe, 3B
Keppinger, 3B Arcia, RF
Beckham, G, 2B Thomas, C, CF
Gimenez, H, C Escobar, E, SS
  Danks, Jh, P   Diamond, P

 

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broom4WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!! Storm clouds may be literally on the horizon but that didn’t mean the boys didn’t want to finish off the White Sox with a bang today. I’m not going to argue with the fact that overall, the hitters made it really tough to pick a BOD today! There were homeruns from Dozier, Arcia, Thomas and Escobar which really makes the lacking look funny at the heart of the order… but again, with a win, who cares?

A lot could be said about the White Sox losing this game because with all the fielding errors, they really just gave us the game but no, we were still hitting and doing the job right for the most part – I’m looking at you Plouffe.

Interesting to me was a bit I got off Twitter: First time Sox swept at Target Field, first time swept at Minn since 9/23-25/08. 12 games under .500 since end of 2007.

Wow…  but this is a huge shot in the arm for the boys to take the Sox at home so I hope they take that feeling with them for the next game.

And congrats to Oswaldo Arcia as today’s BOD!

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