Date: 8/10/10 and 8/11/10
Opponent: Chicago White Sox
Starting Pitcher: Baker and Perkins
Final Score: W 12-6 and L 6-1
Recap: It's kind of interesting to me that we had two such different games. The White Sox scored 6 runs in both games, but the offense teed off one day and sputtered the next. *sigh* In Tuesday's game, it seemed that every other ball put in play was a homer. 5 different players went deep in the game for the Twins: Thome, Hardy, Mauer, Cuddyer, and Kubel. 8 of the 12 runs came from those home runs. Baker pitched poorly, but 5 home runs can cover a multitude of sins.
The second game was absolutely fuckterrible. The Perkins spot start thing didn't really work out so well. Of course, you have to consider that he didn't pitch much worse than Baker, and he was even more screwed by his defense. 2 of the runs were unearned, and you never really can judge the detrimental effects of errors and misplays. We had a number of opportunities that we never capitalized on early, the infield defense was awful, the baserunning sucked (I mean you, Denard Span! I'm convinced he's the worst baserunner in baseball) and, oh yeah, we had more injuries. J.J. Hardy is having more trouble with his wrist, while Jose Mijares did something to his knee on an attempt to cover 1st base. Michael Cuddyer almost got killed on the same play. Oh, and Mauer took a foul bunt to the crotch. Ugh. So again we're tied for first place. Thursday's game decides (at least temporarily) the top team in the Central. I'm hoping for a cleaner game with no injuries and a decent start by Liriano. Probably too much to ask.
Best Moment: 5 home runs!
Most Questionable Moment: Glen Perkins was really the best option for a start?
Worst Moment: Wednesday's whole game.
Quotations of the Day:
- "The ball was flying around in the ballpark today which always makes you nervous with the way they swing the bats over there. So it was a good night to go out and get some runs early." - Ron Gardenhire
- "Didn't get him in the collar bone, did it." - Dick Bremer, watching the replay on the foul bunt that hit Mauer in his manly bits.
- "One ringy dingy." - Bert Blyleven, watching the same replay.
- "We made a lot of mistakes out there, and it cost us a lot of runs...We shot ourselves in the foot today, and didn't perform very well." - Ron Gardenhire
Suck-Ass Performance of the Game: Scott Baker (6.0 innings pitched, 8 hits, 1 walk, 1 home run, 5 runs, 4 earned runs), Glen Perkins (4.2 innings pitched, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 home run, 2 hit by pitch, 6 runs, 4 earned runs, 1 loss), and Jason Kubel (0 for 4, 1 strikeout, 6 left on base).