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Twins 6 Tigers 3

That had to be the most pathetic 6 run outburst I’ve ever seen. We should have score at least 10 runs.  5 double plays? 21 runners we left on base. 5 by Redmond, 5 by Harris. 4 by Young. That is just downright terrible. Turrrrrible.  I just don’t get how we had 11 hits off Nate Robertson, and managed to only score 6 runs.  Granted this team is average about 1.5-2 runs below that on the season, but I’m sure they also average well under 11 hits a game. Especially against a lefty.

On to the bright spots. The “Rabbits” as Dick Bremer was calling them last night looked good. Gomez, Casilla, and Span combined for 6 hits, a sac bunt, and a stolen base.  I guess its better than the Pirhannas, but thats only because I hate Nick Punto and Jason Tyner. Not anything against them personally, they just weren’t (or aren’t) good at baseball.

Baker looked good, his pitch count was a little high, 100 pitches in 6 innings. I believe he only had about 80 going into the 6th. Giving up two runs while throwing 20 pitches late in a close games doesn’t help the cause to stay in another inning. It was a good idea to take him out.  I really like the way Baker and Slowey are throwing the ball now.  The rotation seems to be shaping up nicely.  I’m over counting on Liriano anymore. As far as I’m concerned, this is the rotation we have to ride to a playoff berth. If Bill Smith and the Twins Brain Trust (not to be confused with Kevin McHale and the Timberwolves Band of Idiots) decide to add an effective starter, whether that is Liriano or some other dude, great. If not, I can live with 4 out of 5 guys in the rotation.  I think Livan still has SOME trade value, not much, but if it comes down to it, and we need a spot for Liriano I think we have to dump Livan. I think we have had this discussion before, but of all the pitchers on the 25 man roster, Livan is the only one I can safely say is a non-factor for the Twins future. You can say Brian Bass, but he has been an effective middle relief guy who is cheap, so might as well keep him around. Boof is still young and has some value.  Livan is just a filler, and I don’t think the team ever had any intention of bringing him back next year. Unless of course he put up Johan numbers or something.

Blackburn is up against Bonine (who is a righty) at 12:10 today.  Lets go for the series win.

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  1. IowaWigman July 2nd, 2008 12:08 pm

    Your boy Punto had a nice head first slide into 1st base last night. Idiot.

    Was Ulger responsible for sending Punto home last night? I couldn’t believe I saw him running for home when Guillen had the ball behind 3rd base.

  2. FunBobby July 2nd, 2008 12:28 pm

    It seems that our players rarely run through stop signs. Either Ullger sends them when he shouldn’t, or he hesitates and doesn’t give a sign until its too late.

  3. sirsean July 2nd, 2008 3:20 pm

    At least the players know to listen to directions … from the worst coach of all time.

    (I guess I shouldn’t use hyperbole like that. Ullger’s got nothing on Dusty Baker.)

  4. [...] Twins 6 Tigers 3 5 by Redmond, 5 by Harris. 4 by Young. That is just downright terrible. … 20 pitches late in a close games doesn’t help the cause to stay in [...]

  5. Scott July 7th, 2008 7:56 pm

    This doesn’t pertain to the current post, but I just need to rant right now.

    Current game: at Boston, Monday, July 7

    The Twins just loaded the bases in the top of the 8th after a bunt single by Casilla, a single by Mauer, and a walk by Morneau. Due up is Jason Kubel, with a .949 OPS over his last 42 games. So what does the genius Gardenhire do? Pull him in favor of Craig Monroe because Okajima, a lefty, is on the mound. Never mind the fact that Monroe is hitting .141/.236/.250 against lefties this season. Monroe proceeds to pop out followed by a one pitch ground out by Delmon Young, who has suddenly regressed back to the start of the season after a promising June. I think he’s seen about six pitches in three at bats tonight.

    But the inept managing doesn’t end there. It’s still a scoreless tie going into the bottom of the 8th. So you bring in one of our better relievers, right? Guerrier, Crain? Nope. Brian Bass. Granted he’s been pitching better of late, but you have the 2-3-4 hitters for Boston coming up in a tie game in the 8th inning. What justifies bringing in Bass over Crain, or Guerrier, or Nathan? Oh right, you have to save Nathan for some save situation that MIGHT happen. So Bass gives up a lead off double to Pedroia, who advances to third on Drew’s groundout, and then scores on Ramirez’s single. Bass then walks Lowell before giving way to Jesse Crain, who manages to saves Bass’ sorry ass and limit the Red Sox to a single run.

    But in the blink of an eye, Papelbon mows down our 7-8-9 hitters to end the game.

    I’d like to thank the wonderful Ron Gardenhire for the loss tonight. He made it all possible!

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