# 2012 Game 71: Twins at Reds

Today, Scott Diamond goes up against Mike Leake, an okayish righty. On the upside, I should be able to see this entire game unless it’s another crushingly long rain delay like last week. Sadly, though, this will be the end of me being able to listen to the Reds feed unless I switch allegiances. I like the Reds pretty well and all, but that ain’t happening. After this series, the Twins tangle with the White Sox, so it’s a precipitous drop in announcer quality.

If it seems I’m too infatuated with announce teams this year, well, it’s because the home team has been at the bottom of the standings all season long. Still, 28-42 seems like a best case scenario considering where they were a month and a half ago, and after all, they’re the only Minnesota Twins we have. Here’s hoping a few more slightly-above-.500 months can get this team to 81 wins somehow. Hell, that could win the division…

### 177 LTEs written in response to 2012 Game 71: Twins at Reds

• davidwatts

to steal a bit, SEND HIM

• Sharing joaks is the lifeblood of the WGOM, right?

• Joey Votto is very impressed with Morneau getting out there and grinding it out when he had to be feeling concussion symptoms. Ugh, Joey, that isn’t a good thing.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

I get the feeling that Bert really likes Scott Diamond.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Consequently

• meat

I’m not sure who is in charge of the ‘points’, but I think you win them all.

• Philosofer

I’ll give ‘em a double punkte for this, since there’s two pictures.

• davidwatts

Dick Bremer has a man crush on Diamond

• Butch Jones, a college football coach, is in the booth. To listen to him talk, team chemistry and “a championship culture” are more important than any other thing. Ugh.

• GreekHouse

Did you see the video the other day where Mark Cuban destroyed Skip Bayless? It was pretty awesome.

• GreekHouse

• sean

ESPN seems to have disabled embedding, so here’s the direct link.

• That couldn’t have happened to a better guy.

Damn, I love Cuban.

• GreekHouse

I go back and forth on Cuban. Sometimes, I think he’s a bit of a blowhard. In this case, though, he is absolutely right. Bayless seems to be arguing that he’s right because he’s right. Cuban is arguing based on facts. Obviously, all of those threes that Mike Miller hit during game 5 had nothing to do with LeBron’s state of mind.

• I don’t mind that Cuban’s a blowhard. Since he’s right, his manner doesn’t matter much to me. Plus, in this case he knows he’s arguing with someone who’s far too dumb to understand how to use anything but soft, squishy bullshit, so laying it on thickly is his only chance to make something of the conversation.

Bayless is just awful. This was thoroughly enjoyable.

• GreekHouse

I feel like you could give a 3 credit course in sports journalism, the idea of which is to train somebody how to use cliches and have them generate narratives from a random number generator. After that course, you’d have any number of people who could adequately replace Bayless.

• I was going to attempt to break down Bayless’s analytical style, and I expect it would have come out sounding something like this.

• Bayless is right though that Ibaka should have come harder. It was crunch time, but Miami wanted it more and in the face of excruciating pressure he disappeared.

• brianS

If Bayless had wanted it more, he could have overcome the pressure Cuban put on him.

That was the most shocking, incredible video I have ever seen. I had no idea Stephen A. Smith could sit for 6 minutes without shouting.

• LOL.

I’m thinking even Stephen A. knew that he was out of his league in an attempt to argue with Cuban.

• cheaptoy

This is the funniest godamn thing I’ve read today, though I haven’t read the whole game log yet.

• davidwatts

ESPN took a half way decent sports morning show (I love the laid back sports and non sports ways of Cold Pizza) and made into a jerkier version of PTI.

• cheaptoy

Who’s the poor sumbitch that has to sit between Skip Blayless and Stephen A Smith? That dude’s career hasn’t gone the way he planned.

• davidwatts

Jay Crawford is the guy. He is moving over to the SportsCenter chair July 9 with John Buccigross.

• cheaptoy

I imagine he’s. Counting down the days.

• AMR

Cuban keeps saying “We” as if he were a player, or at least a coach.

• or even an owner, maybe?

• AMR

It’s more than that, claiming credit for the actions on court.
I don’t want to re-listen to the whole thing, but there was something in it that put me off a bit.

• Well, of course — it was Mark Cuban!

• sean

Considering how hands on he is, using “we” makes a lot of sense.

• davidwatts

well, this isnt good.

• GreekHouse

PLUNKASAURUS!!!

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

• davidwatts

awesome

• GreekHouse

I’m loving this new meme.

• Nice work, kid.

• meat

Yeah, that thing I said about you having all the points should now apply to all the points ever.

• Philosofer

And another point for this.

• davidwatts

Joe Morgan! oh boy!

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

ACK! Bert & Joe Morgan!

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

And thank you to Mike Leake for keeping that inning short so Morgan left the Twins booth.

• GreekHouse

POOF!

• davidwatts

PLOOOOOOOOOOOUFFFFFEEEE

• Wooooooooo, another

• Reds trivia: Who is the only pitcher to give up 50 homers in a season?

• davidwatts

Nick Blackburn?

• GreekHouse

Sounds right.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Milton?

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

I read that all kinds of incorrectly. Nevermind.

• *hint*

It rhymes with Fert.

• Yeah, definitely the easiest one I’ve ever gotten from the opposing feed…although, thinking about it, I think another feed I’ve watched has asked the same question verbatim.

• davidwatts

I saw a stat on (the revamped Sunday morning edition thats worth watching) Baseball Tonight that Ben Revere is the only position player who has played at least 100 games that has not hit a HR. Some dude from Houston got his first HR this past week.

• sean

Brian Bixler? Jose Morales is at 96 games with no homers, so he might eventually join Revere on the list.

• GreekHouse

ULLGERED!

• davidwatts

wow, Bruce got Liddle’d there.

• There’s no way Liddle has EVER had someone thrown out by that much. The runner wasn’t even in the frame when the catcher received the ball.

• For the love of Ullger, what was Mark Berry thinking?!

• Okay, the announcers say that the 3B coach had decided that running on Willingham specifically in a close game with two outs was the one chance they’d take for an offline or weak throw. You win this round, Mark Berry.

• socaltwinsfan

There’s a difference between taking a chance and throwing away an out.

• GreekHouse

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

• GreekHouse

I like our chances of scoring here.

• davidwatts

pulled Pork

• GreekHouse

What the … just happened?

• davidwatts

contact play

• Brilliant decision and execution by Brandon Phillips.

• davidwatts

even though Morneau ‘did his job’ by hitting it to the RF side and advancing the runners, he is still not hitting the ball with any authority.

• If the Twins announcers aver that the weak grounder to the right side was “his job,” then wow, I am not ready to listen to the Twins feed again tomorrow.

• sean

In Slouching Toward Fargo, Wayne Terwilliger was quoted that it’s a recent thing. Back in his playing days, your job was to not make an out,

• So we’re not even “honoring the past” or whatever with the love for productive outs? THEN WHY, BASEBALL?!

• GreekHouse

I think it was a natural extension of bunting updated for the 21st century.

• socaltwinsfan

I think it’s fairly obvious they mean “doing his job” as in “doing the minimum required here” which is to “at least” move the runners up a base. Of course his job is to try to get a hit there but are you saying the guy didn’t do his job because he made an out? That kind of thinking gets hall of famers booed routinely.

• davidwatts

• Statues. Just weird.

• davidwatts

good thing that mistake didnt lead to a run.

• Not listening, but I’ve become a pretty big Provous (sp?) fan already. He’s even made Dazzle far less annoying--except when Danny’s doing PbP. That’s still pretty dreadful.

• Big kudos for reining in Daz, for sure. You can’t stop him, though, only hope to contain him

• GreekHouse

Scott Diamond is hitting???

• sean

Of course. You can’t pull a pitcher when he has only 70 pitches. Unless you’re the Rockies.

• GreekHouse

Scott Diamond has only 70 pitches???

• This game is definitely clipping along.

• davidwatts

Leake has roughly the same amount.

• Capps wasn’t available.

• davidwatts

I think that was Votto’s first hit this series.

• GreekHouse

That home run sucked, but the Reds’ PBP guy’s call was hilarious.

• Yeah, it sounded like puberty all over again for him there.

• Ugh. I spookied that crap.

• First batter I saw. My bad, guys

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Nuts.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

I am calling a Mauer dinger.

• GreekHouse

Opposite field?

• GreekHouse

So close.

• I’ll give you that one.

• GreekHouse

Reds fans booing that that curve ball 3 feet off the plate wasn’t called a strike.

• meat

They were just trying to make Joe feel at home.

• Can of Corn

I laughed.

• Joe with a great AB against a tough lefty

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Mauer with a good Punto AB here, so far.

• davidwatts

that was an incredible at bat.

• meat

I can’t be bothered to boo that double by mauer.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Meanwhile, tough guy Matt Capps sits on the bench.

• GreekHouse

WILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!!!

• davidwatts

WILLINGHAMMMER!!!!!!!!!! YES YES YES

Consentual!

• GreekHouse

I’m not gonna lie. That moon shot turned me on a little bit.

• Pride Day.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

COOL!

• New Britain Bo

Spiral cut!!!

• I just got back from Sunday lunch with the fam and totally spookied the HR.

• PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK

Heh, did anybody hear Gardy congratulating Span when he entered the dugout?

“Nice running there, Spanny.”

• GreekHouse

LOL

• davidwatts

thats pretty funny

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Man, he really loves throwing it in Mauer’s face, huh?

• sean

Good thing Span pinch-ran for Mauer, as I’m sure he wouldn’t have been quick enough to make it home.

• GreekHouse

Willingham probably would have caught and passed him, making an out instead of scoring a run.

C’mon sean, that’s absolutely the correct move by Gardy. Mauer’s been hobbled by a sore leg and it would be ridiculous to lose because you didn’t bring in a fast runner if Willingham or Morneau had singled. Gotta fire the bullets you have.

• It’s exactly opposite what DIDN’T happen the first game, when Dusty was skewered for leaving Rolen in and he didn’t score from second on the single. Just blame Willingham for not keeping it in the ballpark today.

• sean

Then why is he playing? At catcher no less. He legged out a double yesterday as well, so it can’t be feeling that badly.

Finally, a fast runner rarely makes a difference in these situations.

• socaltwinsfan

When you’re trailing in the ninth or later, you pull out the stops. You can’t leave a guy in there because you are thinking ahead to an inning that won’t exist if you don’t tie it up in the first place. Even when Mauer is completely healthy Span is a faster runner. Plus, Mauer has been told to take it easy on the basepaths while he heals. The Twins needing Mauer to hit later in the game in that situation is less likely than a faster runner making a difference in that situation.

• I’m not picturing this Morny AB going well, though.

• sean

Dick says Capps is “apparently” headed to the DL. It was apparent a week ago.

• GreekHouse

We’ve already wasted half of his DL trip trying to decide if he needed to be there.

• socaltwinsfan

He pitched yesterday, so he’s still got another 15 days.

• sean

Yes, that’s the point. The Twins can’t make it retroactive to when he really should have last pitched, which was June 15, or half a DL trip.

• Then Dick’s ahead of his usual curve!

• New Britain Bo

Hey MC: Can’t thank you enough for the time…

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Every Chapman pitch looks like a balk to me.

• meat

yeah, that doesn’t go there.

• meat

Wait, closer by committee? Well, at least Burton’s first name isn’t Matt.

• Nothing wrong with the name Matt, boyo. It’s the Capps that ruins it.

• Yeah. And there’s nothing wrong with the name Kelly Wells. It’s the (I) that makes it so disgusting…

• meat

Plus Dicus.

• hungry joe

afternoon, all. did capps go on a diet?

• GreekHouse

Rumor is that he needs a hot beef injection and needs to go on the DL.

• davidwatts

that was almost a double play.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

BOLOGNA! HE WAS OUT AT SECOND.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

Nevermind.

• brianS

• brianS

Walks will kill.

• GreekHouse

I could go for a little 6-4-3 here.

• davidwatts

need a double play

• GreekHouse

UNO!

• brianS

Uno for the good guys!

• Thanks for the uno, Heisey.

• brianS

Bunting for a hit with 2 outs in the 9th??

• New Britain Bo

Lassie leathah for the puppies!

• Carroll was playing ridiculously deep. It was a crazy decision, but I at least see why he went for it.

• socaltwinsfan

Only because Votto was on deck.

• Reds PBP guy correctly predicted that bunt attempt.

WTF?

• brianS

Just like they drew it up.

• Oh my god, seriously?

• GreekHouse

Twins baseball!

• davidwatts

and thats a series winner!

• meat

That was the most ungraceful end to a game I’ve ever seen.

• FirstTime "hitman" LongTime

• GreekHouse

Puppy me!

• Interesting positioning, Casilla.

• meat

I also think Laddie’s peanuts may have taken the brunt of that fall.

• I would loved to hear the conversation between Carroll and Casilla at the end there.

“Dude, what the hell was that?”
“Man, don’t even…I’m in a lot of pain right now”

• SBG

Mauer’s OPS now at .850. Number of seasons in a Twins uniform that Torii Hunter had an OPS north of .850: one. His OPS+ coming into today: 136. Hunter’s career high: 128. As of right now, Mauer leads the AL in OBP. He’s on pace to provide $21.52 million worth of value. • davidwatts trade him for a relief pitcher. what a bum • With Willingham adding more to his value today, I wondered the best and worst FA signings lately. FA signings are from ESPN FA Tracker, Values from Fangraphs. First Year Player Contract ($M) Worth ($M) Difference ($M)
2012 Willingham 7 10.1 3.1
2012 Carroll 2.75 6.6 3.85
2012 Doumit 3 2.6 -0.4
2012 Marquis 3 -3.1 -6.1
2012 Zumaya 0.85 0 -0.85
2012 Burroughs 0.525 -0.7 -1.225
2012 Burton 0.75 1.4 0.65
2011 Nishioka 9 -6.2 -15.2
2010 Thome 1.5 13 11.5
2010 Pavano 7 12.4 5.4
2010 Hudson 5 13.8 8.8
2010 Condrey 0.9 NA -0.9
2009 Crede 2.5 8.2 5.7
2009 Ayala 1.3 0.5 -0.8

These values are only for the first year of each FA contract, not cumulative. Also not included are the Twins re-signing their own FA’s. This is only new players.

• cheaptoy

Oh, Nishioka. Can we all pretend that never happened?

• brianS

just an excuse to pimp Orlando Ballgame, methinks

• DK

Remember that one time some people had a big argument over whether Orlando Cabrera was any good, and then the people who were arguing that he was realized they were thinking about Orlando Hudson?

(Or was it the other way around? People argued about Hudson, then the people who said he sucked realized they were thinking about Cabrera?)

• sean

Yes.

(I think it was the latter.)

• Yes

(or, maybe not)

• New Britain Bo

When Willingham does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.

• brianS

very Newtonian of you.

• New Britain Bo

So, leftover/vegan nacht tonite -- fried tofu w/ chili sauce, broccoli, bok-choy, mushrooms, and snap-peas, along with egg fried quinoa. Mas fina!!

• Jeff A

Scott Diamond will win the Cy Young Award! Josh Willingham is going to the Hall of Fame!

And the Twins are still on track for 120-42!