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Suck-Ass Performer of the Game
Jason Kubel
Jason Kubel
(0-5, 2 K, 3 LOB)
Suck-Ass Performance Stats
Player Number
Jason Kubel 14
Michael Cuddyer 11
Nick Blackburn 10
Matt Guerrier 10
Denard Span 9
Alex Burnett 8
Orlando Hudson 8
Kevin Slowey 8
Jim Thome 8
Scott Baker 6
J.J. Hardy 6
Jon Rauch 6
Francisco Liriano 5
Justin Morneau 5
Delmon Young 5
Jesse Crain 4
Brendan Harris 3
Ron Mahay 3
Joe Mauer 3
Carl Pavano 3
Matt Tolbert 3
Danny Valencia 3
Drew Butera 2
Matt Capps 2
Alexi Casilla 2
Jose Mijares 2
Nick Punto 2
Jason Repko 2
Drew Butera 1
Brian Duensing 1
Randy Flores 1
Ron Gardenhire 1
Jeff Manship 1
Pat Neshek 1
Glen Perkins 1
Trevor Plouffe 1
Wilson Ramos 1
Anthony Slama 1

Date: 8/12/10

Opponent: Chicago White Sox

Home/Away: Away

Starting Pitcher: Liriano

Final Score: W 6-1

Record: 65-50

Recap: We may have shot ourselves in the foot in Wednesday's game, but boy did the White Sox screw themselves over in the final game of the series. I don't know how the White Sox scored only 1 run after loading the bases in 3 separate innings, once with 2 outs, once with 1 out, and once with no outs. Hell, the only run scored on a little swinging bunt by Penguin Boy. I'm quite impressed with Liriano's ability to wriggle out of those jams. 

In the 1st inning, he loaded the bases after hitting Carlos Quentin with a pitch (he seemed to make a good target in this series). But he got the next batter to fly out to end the inning. Then he got into even more trouble in the 5th inning when he loaded the bases with no outs. I'm still not sure how the Sox failed so epically, but Liriano got Rios to hit a grounder back to the mound which he threw home for an out. It seemed like Mauer could have actually turned a double play by throwing to 1st, but he held on to the ball, possibly because Rios was running in the baseline. Bert really wanted Mauer to nail Rios in the back with the ball since he was in the way and would have been out, but I guess Mauer didn't want to risk it.

Liriano loaded the bases once again in the next inning with 1 out, but Chicago couldn't take advantage. In addition to the offensive failures, the defense provide some ineptitude as well. No one covered 2nd on Cuddyer's stolen base attempt, and he advanced to 3rd on the throw. Pierzynski was given an error on the play which really wasn't his fault. One of the runs was actually balked in to add insult to injury. I guess it was just a bad day to be a White Sox fan (or a White Sox player I guess).

After Liriano was taken out in the 6th inning, the bullpen took over and closed the door. Guerrier, Crain and Capps combined for 3.1 innings and only 2 hits. The Twins offense did more than enough, with Kubel delivering the big hit, a 3-run homer in the 7th to give the Twins a comfortable lead. Young, Span and Hudson all had 2 hits apiece. Now we're up by a game in the division, with the A's up next. 

Best Moment: Casilla putting a catcher's mask on Big Fella after he was almost hit by a foul ball. I'll admit I haven't been the biggest Casilla fan in the past (well, he was unbelievably shitty last year), but he's definitely growing on me.

Most Questionable Moment: The White Sox leaving Gavin Floyd in for 125 pitches. That worked out well when Kubel homered off him, now didn't it?

Worst Moment: All the times the bases were loaded.

Quotations of the Day:

  • "That was a great throw by A.J., maybe the best he's thrown all year." - Bert Blyleven, giving a nice backhanded compliment to Pierzynski after he was given an error trying to throw out Cuddyer.
  • "An exhausting night; a lot of big innings out there." - Ron Gardenhire
  • "It's definitely a stressful game but I think all of our games are when it comes down to it." - Ron Gardenhire

Suck-Ass Performance of the Game: Danny Valencia (0 for 4, 2 strikeouts, 1 GIDP, 3 left on base)

 

Date: 8/10/10 and 8/11/10

Opponent: Chicago White Sox

Home/Away: Away

Starting Pitcher: Baker and Perkins

Final Score: W 12-6 and L 6-1

Record: 64-50

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).

 

Date: 8/8/10

Opponent: Cleveland Indians

Home/Away: Away

Starting Pitcher: Duensing

Final Score: W 5-4

Record: 63-49

Recap: That game really didn't start out the best, but I've got to admit I'm pretty impressed that Duensing settled down and pitched into the 8th inning. The first few innings the Indians were just hitting everything he threw right on the button, and I expected it to turn into one of those trademark Nick Blackburn type starts where the bleeding never stopped. But Duensing never fell apart, and he improved as the game went on, eventually making it through 7.1 innings.

The offense was looking pretty feeble at first, especially since we were down 4 runs immediately. But we finally got things going in the 5th. Cuddyer walked, and then Thome hit another homer for our first 2 runs. Then after Hardy and Repko reached, Hudson delivered a 2-run double to tie the game. The go-ahead run scored after Skinny Delmon hit into a fielder's choice with men on 1st and 3rd. The 3rd baseman bobbled the ball, and only got 1 out which allowed Hudson to score. It was the only inning we scored any runs, but it was enough. I believe 4 of our 6 hits came in that inning.

So we got the series win in Cleveland, and now with the White Sox losing on Monday we are tied for first place and have a chance to be at the top of the division all by ourselves soon.

Best Moment: Thome's home run, which started the Twins rally in the 5th.

Most Questionable Moment: I can't think of anything.

Worst Moment: The beginning of the game.

Quotations of the Day:

  • "Really? That's kind of weak." - Brian Duensing, being told that he pitched a career-high 7.1 innings.
  • "It was a great performance by him to hang in there." - Ron Gardenhire
  • "That was a gutty performance." - Ron Gardenhire, on Duensing. "Gutty"? Does he mean "Gutsy"?

Suck-Ass Performance of the Game: Jason Kubel (0 for 4, 1 strikeout, 1 left on base)