# 2012 Game 72: Stacker of Wheat at L’Etoile du Nord

First Pitch – 7:10 p.m. CDT
Television – FSN
Game Notes

When you search the internet for images, you get a lot different results with “white socks” than you do with “white sox”. But you might want to set your search engine filters accordingly if you search on “white stockings”.

If there’s a better way to wrap up this round of interleague play than by taking on our most universally despised divisional rival, the Chicago White Sox, I don’t know what it is. Oh, wait. Yes I do. Sweeping a series against said Sox would be better. Much better.

The Pale Hose are coming off a weekend that saw them move into first place in the division and acquire Kevin Youkilis from Boston for Brent Lillibridge, Zach Stewart and some cash. Youkilis is expected to be starting at third base tonight, where he will be frequently mistaken for Yukon Cornelius.

ON THE HILL
Francisco Liriano: 1-7, 5.74 ERA, 69 ERA+, 4.36 FIP, 4.18 xFIP, 0.5 WAR
Jake Peavy: 6-3, 2.74 ERA, 155 ERA+, 3.25 FIP, 4.07 xFIP, 2.5 WAR

Play ball!

### 183 LTEs written in response to 2012 Game 72: Stacker of Wheat at L’Etoile du Nord

• I don’t want the Twins to trade Liriano.

• sean

The Twins have the chance to make their pitching really bad for the last third of the season if they trade Liriano, Perkins, and Burton.

• GreekHouse

As long as we can get a proven closer for them, I’m for it.

• davidwatts

woot

• New Britain Bo

Aggressive on the base paths!

• I find I get excited for Twins-Hosers no matter what the standings say.

Youkilis being a Hoser now helps, too.

• New Britain Bo

Yukon Cornelius: This fog’s as thick as peanut butter!
Hermey: You mean pea soup.
Yukon Cornelius: You eat what you like, and I’ll eat what I like!

• davidwatts

I want the Twins to win every game, but the wins against the Pale Hose are extra awesome.

• GreekHouse

The Greek god of walks? He’s no Greek god of house; that’s for sure.

• I actually liked Youkilis as a Red Sox. It’s a bit interesting how much I dislike him now that he’s in a Chicago uniform.

• SEND HIM!!!

• sean

Figures. Wuss can’t hit it out.

• davidwatts

booooo.

I thought that ball was going to be gone the way Mauer swung at it.

• Booooooooooooooooooooooo

• Nice AB, Joe! Okay, now SEND HIM!!

• GreekHouse

Booooooooooooooooooooo

• davidwatts

are they booing Pierzynski or Mauer?

• Robby tells us about Capps’s injury and says Gardenhire’s closer situation is thus: “It’ll be a combination of Burton and Perkins, and the game situation will dictate which of them we use in which situation.”

Brilliant, Gardenhire. You lose your “closer” and immediately you start managing like a f(*&ing manager should. Can we learn something from this?

• socaltwinsfan

Hopefully. At least he realizes that he has two good relievers with different strengths. He also may be trying to keep some of the pressure off the uninitiated relievers by not designating them closers. Plus, it allows him to start one reliever in the ninth and bring in another without being questioned about designating a new closer.

• socaltwinsfan

Plus, once Capps comes back he can still use situational managing before he is sure that Capps is fully healthy and ready to go. He also probably wants to avoid one of the two being a closer and being credited with a bunch of saves and then having to decide if Capps is going to lose his “position” because of an injury. I prefer Capps coming into a clean inning anyways and let Burton and Perkins bail out starters or other relievers with men on base or pitching in tie games or down a run. That’s another issue, if either was designated the closer, Gardy would stop using them in tie games on the road or when trailing by a run anywhere.

• sean

One week. That’s how long it will be until Gardy names his closer.

• GreekHouse

I just got tickets to see Louis CK on NYE in Baltimore!

• I’ve been considering season 2 of Louie on Netflix in recent nights. I figure once I start it’ll take over until it’s done, so I’ve held off. What I really need to do is get going on Mad Men again. Am I going on a bit of a tangent here?

• GreekHouse

I just watched a couple episodes of Louie while I was waiting for the game to start. I’m super pumped now.

• davidwatts

I havent gotten around to watching Season 1 of Louie, but S2 was fantastic.

• GreekHouse

• That’s my problem with no knowing where I’ll be living. I have been passing up on concert and sporting tickets lest I be stuck with them half a country away.

• GreekHouse

That’s one problem, for sure. I’m making my second big move in two years, but I expect to be in the Baltimore/DC area for quite some time.

• Hopefully our next location will be for a length of time exceeding 6 months.

• davidwatts

Plouffe’s hit had some weird english

• New Britain Bo

• Nothing like Provus & Dazzle talking about the Sox working their fielding and then THAT play.

• Oh man, this is fun. I needed this.

• davidwatts

THAT WAS AWESOME

• New Britain Bo

South Side antics. Brilliant!

• GreekHouse

I just missed whatever happened while I was dealing with the stupidness of MLB.tv that has plagued me recently.

• Rowsdower

What happened, Plouffe hit the ball and it didn’t leave the park?

• Rowsdower

Evidently you can run on these guys.

• GreekHouse

SWEET CARROLLINE!

• EVERYBODY GETS A HIT TONIGHT, BOYS

• GreekHouse

Awww, man!

• bhiggum

Double Spantasm!

• GreekHouse

*Missed by inches*

• bhiggum

Hey, if a lefty can’t hit it out at the Cell, I’m not sure he can hit it out anywhere.

--I’m looking at you, Ben.--

• bhiggum

Yeah, I’m slow tonight- I read the gamelog intro about “wrapping up the round of interleague play”, and managed to make that into “finishing up a road trip”. Whoops.

• New Britain Bo

Spantastic! Right towards the flower bed.

• Oh man, bunt for another single, Ben!

• GreekHouse

They should just walk Revere to get to Pussy.

• Rowsdower

Looks like my mlbtv feed is about 3-4 minutes behind, so just ignore me if I seem a little slow.

• GreekHouse

You watching on PS3? I’ve found that tends to lag a lot more than watching on a computer.

• Rowsdower

My crappy little netbook.

• socaltwinsfan

Wow, you really left yourself wide open, but I’m just not that mean.

• I’ll take that for you, socal.

Dude, you ALWAYS seem a little slow.

• Rowsdower

Hey, I’m living in Nebraska, time moves a little slower here.

• Rowsdower

I realized that as soon as it posted, I figure I deserve whatever I get for posting that.

• GreekHouse

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

• way to hit it where they ain’t, Joe

• socaltwinsfan

From LEN3:

Josh Willingham, Brain Dozier and Drew Butera modeled the uniforms the Twins will wear on Saturday when they honor the Minneapolis Millers.

I’d like to see these guys model the uniforms. I’m assuming Butera would have to be Pinky.

• socaltwinsfan

• GreekHouse

Wait for it…8 RUN INNING!!!

• New Britain Bo

Mountie: Car ton bras sait porter l’épée!

• Rowsdower

According to Bremer, “Everybody loves Joe Mauer”.

• GreekHouse

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

• GreekHouse

Somebody lit an H-bomb under F-bomb’s A.

• GreekHouse

That’s what I get for saying kind things about BB-bomb.

• GreekHouse

And the greatest catcher in Twins history strikes out.

• New Britain Bo

Battey’d that.

• I’m going running before it gets too dark. Don’t let things get out of hand.

• HomerDome

Liriano sure does suck at pitching tonight, doesn’t he?

• GreekHouse

Wow. Looked safe.

• New Guy

Howdy, fellers!

• I was just remarking to myself about the annoying absence of New Guy. What up?

• New Guy

Paying partial attention to the game while I pack for my big Eurotrip. I leave on Wednesday and I am about 10% prepared.

• sean

Wednesday? That means you don’t need to start packing until Tuesday night.

• Wednesday morning.

• New Guy

Screw it. I’m not gonna pack at all. I’ll just buy what I need when I get there.

• I’ve done this before.

• The inverse is a great idea -- take old socks and boxers that you don’t mind throwing out. Ditch them over there and it makes room for any souvenirs.

• New Guy

That is indeed a great idea.

• I got all kinds of international travel tips. How may I be of service?

• New Guy

How do I convince New Gal that spending all of her savings in Italian boutiques is not a good idea?

• New Guy

Actually, a real question: would you recommend eating a lot of thrifty food and budgeting for one big fancy night on the town, or eating moderately good meals every day?

• I’d suggest hitting up a grocery store and getting stuff for sandwiches. Make those for lunch. They’re quick, easy to pack, mobile, and cheap. Then do a nice dinner.

• New Guy

Yeah that’s probably the best way to do it. I’m a little concerned about our ability to stay within our budget, but I tend to be a worrier when it comes to money.

• Avoiding “touristy” areas will help keep your meals cheaper. In Prague, for instance, eating in Old Town was nearly 3x what it cost not 15 minutes away.

• New Guy

Yeah that’s a good call too. It should be easy to do in Bologna and Verona, but once we get to Venice I think it’s gonna be touristy (and very $) no matter where we go. • I’ve not been to Italy myself, but a few friends have and from what they’ve told me you’re pretty spot on about Venice. You’ll probably just have to grin and bear it. • this is getting tiring… SEND HIM!!! • Yessssssssssssssssssssss • davidwatts Bert: ‘Joe Mauer needs to stay healthy. he needs to be in the lineup everyday’ WELL, DUH! Mauer cant help it that players are going out of their way to collide with him at home plate. • davidwatts Willingham switched his walkup music from The Outfield’s ‘Your Love’ to Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ • New Guy I really hope that Revere attempts to steal home at some point in his career. I don’t even really care if he gets thrown out, I just want to see him try. • davidwatts a double steal would be awesome • GreekHouse Don’t worry guys, Plouffe will save the day! • GreekHouse So close. • sean Dick’n'Bert obsessed with Liriano chewing gum. I’m pretty sure he’s done that for a while. • davidwatts they were obsessed with it last game too. • Rowsdower I’m pretty sure it’s the key to his recent turnaround. • I also was amused that they’re talking about chewing gum as something that engages the mind as if they’re hearing it for the first time. A year or two ago those journals were all over (and even made it to Yahoo news, if I recall correctly). • Only a year or two ago? Runner daughter’s HS has allowed chewing gum for that reason for at least eight years now. It’s time for the booth to begin chewing gum. • GreekHouse Facing Dunn is really increasing Liriano’s K/9. • To expand on my first LTE, I want Liriano in a Twins uniform in 2013. • I want Liriano good enough that we’ll really want to see him in a Twins uni next year • Nice to see a 3-0 scoreline still • FirstTime "hitman" LongTime Frankie is dealing! • FirstTime "hitman" LongTime Does Liriano have some sort of faux hawk? • davidwatts I think so. He had his cap off for a moment early in the game and it looked like he had one. • GreekHouse BUTTERS! • Rowsdower “Wheels” Butera! • GreekHouse Twins baseball! • Rowsdower Nice throw Peavs! • davidwatts with these kind of fielding blunders, is Ozzie Guillen coaching this team? • GreekHouse I guess Span only does things with the word “double” in them tonight. • davidwatts so, is he going to hit a home run and cause a double rainbow? • GreekHouse I hope so. He’s also going to score 10 points and grab 10 rebounds. • New Guy Everybody in the Twins lineup has at least one LOB. • That’s not all that surprising, since everyone’s reaching base. • GreekHouse It’s certainly better than everyone have zero LOB! • FirstTime "hitman" LongTime Liriano is pitching his way right into a late July trade. • sean Yep, still convinced Liriano’s pitch count should be 90. • Philosofer So’s Butera. • GreekHouse Butters has just earned the “Ow, my balls!” achievement. • New Guy Oooh, right in the fork. • SEND HIM!!! I guess I should be happy I get all these opportunities. • Philosofer I’m starting to like this Revere fella. • Philosofer This Mauer guy is ok, too, I suppose. • Philosofer I’d like him more if he’d've dropped the shoulder. • GreekHouse BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO • Rowsdower BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO • Rowsdower Not enough OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO’s on my part. • GreekHouse Somebody has BOO envy! • davidwatts real franchise players hit home runs. boooooo. • davidwatts whoopsie • New Guy Okay, I take back what I said earlier about not caring if Revere gets thrown out trying to steal home. That was stupid. • brianS I’m not taking the blame for that. He was already out when I tuned in. • Philosofer So… Joe Mauer plugs for Kemps, right? After this season, I think he should do an ad for MBooJrs. I don’t know why this is nested here. • FirstTime "hitman" LongTime Ben, you goof. • brianS Ok, Morno against a lefty, double play in effect. This should be exciting. • GreekHouse Walks are exciting, too! • GreekHouse Another “Ow, my balls!” achievement has been earned. • brianS mmm, loaded for Plouffe! • Philosofer Oh… Ploufffe! I’m just hoping for a K, not a double-play. • GreekHouse It’s cool, Plouffe is the new Barry Bonds. • Philosofer He obstructed justice but didn’t commit perjury? • brianS More like a Toy Kingman. • Philosofer I like Morneau too. He’s donating money to the Duluth effort. Oh wait, is that too political? • FirstTime "hitman" LongTime Plouffe is the guy you want up here, right? • brianS Better than Killdozier or Butters. F’ing Rios. • davidwatts whoa, that was a catch? • GreekHouse That’s about the ugliest run you’ll see all season. • New Guy That was a pretty good catch. • New Guy This seems like it would’ve been a good spot for Doumit to pinch-hit, no? • bhiggum Gameday Scout just told me that Perkins may want to go after Youk instead of De Aza, because De Aza’s OPS is .07 higher. Too bad Perkins just got De Aza out the batter before. Scout, are you even trying? • FirstTime "hitman" LongTime Plouffe! flashing some leather. It is magic! “No, hitman, it is an illusion.” • GreekHouse O M G ! Yesssssss • Philosofer Point. Philosofette makes this reference every single time Ploufffe comes up. • Philosofer Hitman has been just racking ‘em up lately. • GreekHouse Span with another double (play). • SEND HIM!!!! • sean Revere aiming for Ohman’s head with that hit. • HomerDome BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo • bhiggum Take a breath, Homer. Don’t want you to hyperventilate. • And the sad part is, Ben with another four-hit night, but no runs or RBIs. • brianS But it appears that he’s learning how to win!!!! • bhiggum A stolen base counts for something, right? • sean 5/4. • bhiggum I’m going to have to ask, because your reference eludes me (not an unusual situation, unfortunately). • sean 5 (bases)-for-4 (hits). • brianS I’m starting to think that Burton is almost a proven closer by now. • bhiggum Can’t be- we didn’t trade away a prospect for him. • brianS I’m still hoping that the BitchSox’s record against the Twins will be the thing that keeps them out of the playoffs this year. Because that would be awesome. • FirstTime "hitman" LongTime 7.5 back. 05/20 10:42 AM 1422729410- 1 Future/Prop$10.00 \$8,000.00 Baseball Futures -- Divisions Minnesota Twins +80000 for AL Central

• sean

PROVEN CLOSER!

• brianS

This game was almost as good as the pinto bean, potato and chicken burritos I made for dinner. Ruthless Rye IPA to wash it down. And watermelon.

• punmanbowler

Doesn’t matter what our season looks like, how far down we are, a victory against the White Sox is still ever so sweet.

• Jeff A

Awesome game! Francisco Liriano and Scott Diamond are the best one-two punch since Koufax and Drysdale! Jered Burton will win the Rolaids award!

And we’re still on track for 120-42!