Game 2: Twins 6, Mariners 5

8 Apr

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Wow!! What a game! Bottom of the 9th. Down by two runs. No one on. Two Outs. No problem for the Twins. That’s why there are 27 outs in a game, not 26!


Brandon Morrow looked good for the first two batters of the ninth. What were the odds that Carlos Gomez would work a two out walk? Next up, the day’s non-playing outfielder, Jason Kubel, pinch hit for Jose Morales and he walked too. Gardy went back to the bench. He had Brendan Harris pinch run for Kubel, and Brian Buscher batted for Nick Punto. When Buscher walked, the bases were loaded and Morrow’s night was complete. Miguel Batista came in…


Last night, I hosted the Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast. It started at 9:00, and we were joined first by Twins pitching prospect, and one of the heroes of The Netherlands’ WBC team, Tom Stuifbergen. The Holland native called in and we talked about the WBC, pitching for and learning from Bert Blyleven, their team and that experience. We also talked about his shoulder surgery that cost him the 2008 season and what he hopes to do during the 2009 season. After him, Parker Hageman of Over the Baggy called in, and we talked about Twins topics for about 25 minutes. We covered it all. If you missed the show last night, be sure to click here to listen at work, or download it to your iPod.


… with Miguel Batista entering the game, and Denard Span coming up, I told Parker that we were ending the show at this time because I could just tell that we should be focusing on the game. It was getting exciting! Denard Span hit another ball into the turf and the runners beat it out. Gomez scored, and the Twins were down just 5-4…


It was 9:58 p.m. The podcast was about to begin. The Twins Geek was at the game. Would he be calling in? On time? Would he call in in time to start the show? I called in for a just-in-case, a backup plan pending what would happen with the game.


At 9:59, The Twins Geek called in. He was clearly still at the Dome. On the TV, Alexi Casilla had stepped to the plate. On the phone, the Twins Geek uttered, “They’re going to win this game!” as the crowd in the background was going absolutely crazy. I looked at the TV, the pitch from Batista came in, and…


… One pitch later, Alexi Casilla lined a single to center field. Brendan Harris scored, and Brian Buscher also scored easily with the winning run… He jumped into Michael Cuddyer’s awaiting arms, and the scene was quite joyous. Twins 6, Mariners 5.


It was now 10:00, The Twins Geek was introducing MN Game Night’s nightly podcast, “Live from inside the Metrodome!” Nick Nelson was his guest, and the two put together a tremendous show, so be sure to check it out today!


Here are a few other thoughts from the game:

·         Against lefty Erik Bedard, it was Jason Kubel who sat to start the game. Denard Span moved from left to right field. Delmon Young entered the game as the left fielder. Michael Cuddyer maintained the #3 spot in the order. Joe Crede moved up to the #5 spot in the lineup. It will be interesting to see after 10 and 20 games how the starts have been divvied up.

·         Justin Morneau is now 0-8 on the season after another 0-4.

·         Michael Cuddyer went 2-4 with two more strikeouts. However, he again came up with  a big hit, a two run single in the 6th that cut the M’s lead to 4-3.

·         Defense – we really have to highlight the defense of this team, particularly the infield. Joe Crede has been impressive to this point. He started a big double play on a play that I wonder if either Harris or Buscher would have got to. Nick Punto also made a nice play later and in both cases Alexi Casilla turned the pivot at 2B perfectly.

·         Nick Blackburn gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings. That 2.2 WHIP certainly isn’t very good. I think we expect him to be relatively hittable, but for him to be successful, he can not be walking many hitters. But again, we have to remember the Blackburn is a couple of weeks behind the other starters. Recall early in spring training, he was held back from starts and bullpens because of soreness in his surgically repaired knee.

·         Philip Humber pitched a nice 6th inning of relief.

·         Credit where credit is due… Matt Guerrier deserves a ton of credit for this victory. He threw two perfect innings to keep the M’s lead at one.

·         Jose Morales went 0-3 before being pinch hit for. The M’s ran on him. Mike Redmond could still be headed to the Disabled List. Drew Butera could soon be promoted.  


Tonight (Wednesday), it will be Kevin Slowey against Carlos Silva in Game three of this four game series. According to reports, Silva has lost 35 pounds since last year. And again, I will be hosting the MN Game Night podcast along with a mystery guest. It will air live from 10:00 to 10:30 central time.


That is it for today. Any input would be great!.   Send me an e-mail, or leave your questions or comments here.


9 Responses to “Game 2: Twins 6, Mariners 5”

  1. Andrew Kneeland April 8, 2009 at 12:58 am #

    For those outside of the Twins’ broadcast area, it is almost a necessity to buy I watched the game tonight, and I can safely say that it was worth every penny. Almost the best purchase of my life. You can hardly consider yourself a fan by following the pitches on MLB Gameday.

    If the team can start connecting with some pitches, there’s no telling how far we can go. I realize it’s only the second game of the season, and 160 remain, but everybody (save for Morales and Morneau) have impressed me so far.

    Who needs the reigning batting champ? 🙂

  2. Dwade April 8, 2009 at 1:01 am #

    Weight loss or no, Silva is Silva. He looked pretty good in the first couple games of the WBC, came up against the Koreans and basically dropped a deuce on the mound.

    The Twins need to be patient tomorrow, wait for him to hang a sinker or two and make him pay. I predict the Twins will hit their first home run of the season tomorrow night.

  3. Bill April 8, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    If we’re going to highlight the infield defense, can we talk about that play Casilla didn’t make two nights ago, where he misjudged an easy one-hopper right at him and kind of dove for it as it slid right on by?

    There were a few other bounding hits through the right side that I thought most second basemen could come up with, too. He does do an awfully nice pivot, but I’m just not convinced he has the range or instincts to be a good second baseman on balls he actually has to field in the first instance.

  4. mike wants wins April 8, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Why does W-L even exist as a stat for pitchers anymore? Last night was a perfect example of how that stat does not reflect anything about how much a pitcher contributed (or not) to the team’s win/loss.

    Nice comeback.

    Since I only caught part of it on the radio, how was Delmon on D?

  5. TT April 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    “Why does W-L even exist as a stat for pitchers anymore?”

    Because success is still judged by whether you win or lose, not by how you play the game?

    More seriously, I don’t think wins have ever been a big measure of success for relievers unless they are real outliers.

    I think the same is actually true even for starters. When a pitcher wins 20 games ,or loses 10 more than they win, that has some meaning. But, I don’t think you will find many people who will say a pitcher who wins 14 games had a better year than a pitcher who only won 13.

  6. mike wants wins April 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    But why is it on the pitchers only for W-L? The hitters have to hit. I think goalies and pitchers have W-L stats, but do any other players in major team sports?

    I’d rather have a guy that gives up 1 run a game start my next game, than some guy that is 10-0 but gives up 6 runs a game.

  7. twikipedium April 8, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    Delmon on defense really only had a couple opportunities out there. The one play that may stick out poorly for Gardy was Delmon trying to gun down Balentien at third base on a single by Betancourt. It was a tough throw across his body, and would have required a perfect throw to get him out. In the end Betacourt got to second, and the Mariners plated both runs on a two-out single to extend the lead to four.

    Delmon’s ego may have piped up when he saw Balentien breaking for third. For a guy who will be riding the pine occasionally for a while here, let’s hope he doesn’t let that interfere with the playing time he get out there.

  8. Seth April 8, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

    W-L – I agree, it means very little, especially for relievers, but even for starters. It’s not going anywhere, and shouldn’t, so it’s not a big deal. We know that.

    Delmon was fine. He had a play at 3B, it was right in front of him, he made a good throw. He’s in LF, he should make that attmept at 3B. Didn’t work, but that’s not a bad play.


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