The Twins got swept yesterday afternoon, falling in 11 innings to the under-.500 Canadian team. It wasn’t televised but I happened to catch a new program, and unfortunately the name currently escapes me, but it’s the 30-minute, condensed version of the game. I don’t know why they would’ve taken footage if the game wasn’t televised (maybe specifically for this show?) but it was pretty cool to see just one pitch per at-bat. If I didn’t watch it, I would not have known that Jason Kubel was thrown out at home because he ran right through Scotty Ullger’s stop sign at third base. Brendan Harris also got thrown out at home, but I missed that part of the quick recap so I’m not sure if it was his own doing or not.
Glen Perkins pitched pretty good actually, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings. All the hits he gave up were singles. He did walk 2 but struck out a career-high of 6. Matt Guerrier, Dennys Reyes, and Joe Nathan combined for 4 innings of scoreless relief, striking out a combined 5 and walking none. As much as I want to like Jesse Crain, he hasn’t done enough for me this season. Although in his defense, he probably has an excuse. He gave up a double on the very first pitch he threw but then recorded two outs in a row. He intentionally walked their 1B who was 0-for-3 on the day. Ok, I guess the loss can be pinned to Crain because he walked (not intentionally) the next batter to load the bases. A pinch-hit, soft liner passed a diving Matt Tolbert is all it took.
Speaking of Tolbert, he was hitless in the leadoff spot, although he walked and ended up scoring. He also had a throwing error but it didn’t contribute to any runs being scored. The reason he led off is because shortly before the game started, Carlos Gomez became ill and threw up and apparently just didn’t feel good. Craig Monroe played CF instead and got his 7th double of the year in 4 trips to the plate. He also made a pretty snazzy diving catch and Gomez would get an AB as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning.
Justin Morneau got his 6th double of the year and also had a single with an RBI and a walk. He’s now batting .302 on the year.
Kubel finished with two singles and a walk, batting in the third spot.
Interleague play starts today with the Twins traveling to Colorado and the bandbox that is Coors Field. I’m most excited to see Livan Hernandez hit. Seriously, it isn’t out of the question for him to hit a homer before Joe Mauer or Delmon Young do, which is really sad to say. Tonight’s game starts at 8:05 and Nick Blackburn pitches. Saturday’s game starts at 7:05 with Livan on the mound and Sunday is an afternoon game (2:05 start) when Kevin Slowey looks for his first win of the season.
I’m sure that Delmon and/or Michael Cuddyer will get a game off so that Kubel or Monroe can play. But with all the hitters pinch-hitting for pitchers, Cuddy and DYoung will get their shot at some point.