Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Game #2 - "Classic Twins"

It was classic Twins........two quick outs, followed by walk, walk, walk, "Dome ball single," and clean single. The next thing Twins' fans realized, Brian Buscher was being pummeled after crossing home plate with the winning run, as the Twins completely pulled one out of the hat 6-5 against Seattle Tuesday night. It was the kind of win which only Twins' fans appreciate, and one which drives just about everyone else absolutely nuts. I've long-since ceased getting embarrassed about wins like Tuesday's - hell, I'll take about 93 more.

Nick Blackburn labored through five innings, allowing Seattle to rack up 4 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks. The Twins trailed 4-0 as they came to bat in the 5th inning. The Twins had looked clueless against Mariners' starter Erik Bedard, but touched him up for 3 runs in the inning. Bedard exited after 5 with 3 earned runs and 8 strikeouts. Luis Ayala surrendered a run in the top of the 9th to push the Mariners' lead to 5-3, before the Twins began their two-out rally off Brandon Morrow and Miguel Bautista.

After two were out in the 9th, Morrow walked Carlos Gomez, Jason Kubel, and Buscher consecutively. Morrow was replaced by Bautista, who allowed Denard Span's chopper to make it 5-4. Alexi Casilla followed with a clean single up the middle, scoring two, and the rally was complete.

Span was 3-5 with 2 RBI. Michael Cuddyer batted in 2 runs as well, giving him 3 in 2 games. The Twins struck out 12 times against Seattle pitching.
Also, Jose Morales started at catcher Tuesday, allowing starter Mike Redmond to rest his sore groin. There was some talk about the Twins maybe having to DL Redmond and recall Drew Butera, but Redmond was available to play tonight if needed.

Kevin Slowey will toil for the Twins Wednesday against our good buddy Carlos Silva. Look for this one to go 1:30, as both pitchers like to work quickly.

Elsewhere in the AL Central:

  • Chicago White Sox 4, Kansas City 2 - Jim Thome went 3-4, and his 3-run blast off Kyle Farnsworth with two out in the bottom of the 8th gave the Whities a win in their home opener. Alex Gordon - whom I believe will have a breakout year - homered for KC, who left an absolutely staggering 25 runners on base. Gil Meche gave up one run over 7 innings, striking out 6 for the Royals.
  • Toronto 5, Detroit 4 - The Tigers' bullpen blew a 3-run lead, allowing the Blue Jays to score 4 in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead off Bobby Seay and Brandon Lyon, who surrendered a 3-run HR to Aaron Hill. After Brandon Inge touched-up Jays' closer B.J. Ryan to tie the game in the 9th, the Blue Jays won it in the bottom half of the frame.
  • Cleveland was idle Tuesday and will play Texas Wednesday.

The Twins' AA affiliate in New Britain will open play on Wednesday, and we'll have recaps. The other affiliates all open on Thursday.

Starting today, I'll link a completely random video clip of a song I either love, hate, think is stupid, or happened to hear on a given day. Today's entry is from an underrated mid-90's band which I happen to like.

1 comment:

  1. Brian, the link to the video clip failed for me. Is it the infamous Aon Benfield firewall? What song is it?