Opponent: Oakland Athletics
Starting Pitcher: Pavano
Final Score: W 4-3
Recap: I really enjoyed watching that game. I'm not sure why. I mean, Pavano didn't pitch particularly well (nor could he stop the A's from running on him), we had a couple of errors and mistakes, and we only had 5 hits; I guess winning is always fun. And they played the Super Mario Brothers theme as intro music for Pavano. I played New Super Mario Brothers this weekend, and I kept laughing whenever I saw Luigi. According to Pavano, Matt Guerrier thought it was hilarious. I think it's hilarious. Drew Butera shaved his mustache though. Sad panda.
Anyway, the Twins got a couple of unearned runs in the 1st after a bases-loaded walk by Kubel and then a single by Valencia. But the A's quickly tied it up in the 3rd inning after a double, a triple and a "double" that bounced out of Skinny Delmon's glove (it's a good thing he performs offensively, because his defense leaves much to be desired). Then in the 4th inning the Twins took the lead again. Skinny Delmon singled to lead off the inning, and then he advanced to 2nd on an error. Valencia doubled to score Young and went to 3rd on Casilla's sac bunt. At this point, Butera stepped up to the plate as Dick and Bert commented on the likelihood of a squeeze play being put on. I guess the A's didn't have the same foresight as our esteemed broadcasting team, because they never saw it coming. Valencia took off, and Butera laid down a perfect bunt. That run ended up deciding the ball game.
The A's had plenty of hits in the game, 14 to the Twins' 5, but they couldn't take advantage of their opportunities. In the 7th, with a runner on 1st and 1 out, Skinny Delmon trapped a ball and then threw to 3rd instead of 2nd which led to runners on 2nd and 3rd. At this point, Pavano was taken out of the game for Mahay. Mahay filled the count before getting Cust to look at strike three. Guerrier came in to get the final out, and Casilla made a great diving catch on a line drive to get the Twins out of the inning. Then in the next inning, 2 singles and a walk loaded the bases with 1 out. Jesse Crain was brought in, and he did a great job, getting a double play ball. The Twins carried the 2-run lead into the 9th inning, and Oakland added a run after a Casilla error, but Capps got Davis to fly out for his third save as a Twin.
Best Moment: The suicide squeeze. I love a good suicide squeeze. It's probably knowing how easily it can go wrong. It really gets the adrenaline going.
Most Questionable Moment: Kubel trying to go 1st to 3rd on Valencia's single in the 1st inning. It ended up costing the Twins a run early. It's a damn good thing we won or I might have had a major freak out.
Worst Moment: Skinny Delmon having another ball bounce out of his glove. Does he have a trampoline in there or something? What is going on?
Quotations of the Day:
- "I didn't play much Nintendo but I recognized the song." - Carl Pavano, on hearing the Super Mario Bros. Theme.
Suck-Ass Performance of the Game: Joe Mauer (0 for 4, 4 left on base)