Minor Details: Games of July 20

Taylor Rogers pitched well for six innings, but unfortunately he also started the seventh.  Adam Brett Walker II hit his twenty-fifth home run.  An excellent outing for Aaron Slegers.  The Kernels get blown out.  Dereck Rodriguez has an awesome game for the E-Twins.  Three GCL Twins pitchers hold the opposition hitless for seven innings.  The DSL Twins lose it in the ninth.

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Happy Birthday–July 23

Ginger Beaumont (1876)
Hod Ford (1897)
Jimmie Wilson (1900)
Ival Goodman (1908)
Ray Scarborough (1917)
Pee Wee Reese (1918)
Johnny Groth (1926)
Anthony Gubicza (1928)
Bert Convy (1933)
Don Drysdale (1936)
Dean Look (1937)
Hank Allen (1940)
Chuck Crim (1961)
Nomar Garciaparra (1973)

Anthony Gubicza, a pitcher in Class D and C leagues from 1950-1951, is the father of Mark Gubicza.

Actor/singer/game show host Bert Convy was an outfielder in Class D and C leagues from 1951-1952.

White Sox’ catcher Dean Look is the brother of ex-Twin Bruce Look.

Outfielder Hank Allen, who played for Washington, Milwaukee, and the White Sox, is the brother of Dick Allen and Ron Allen.

There do not appear to be any major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins who were born on this day.

Happy Birthday–July 22

Jack Glasscock (1857)
George Gibson (1880)
Jesse Haines (1893)
Doc Cramer (1905)
Jungle Jim Rivera (1922)
Sparky Lyle (1944)
Bill Zepp (1946)
Cliff Johnson (1947)
Tim Johnson (1949)
Scott Sanderson (1956)
Dave Stieb (1957)
Mike Sweeney (1973)
Scot Shields (1975)
Ryan Vogelson (1977)

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to brianS’ brother.

The pastor who took over for me in the North Sioux City church is a nephew to Jesse Haines.

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Game 93: Twins @ AMR’s Favorite Team

Gibson (8-6, 2.85 ERA, 3.75 xFIP) vs. Shoemaker (4-7, 4.85 ERA, 4.03 xFIP)

The Twins continue their Minnesotans-can't-watch-because-the-games-are-on-too-late road trip to face the Angels. Gibson takes the mound to try to get the team back on track after a heart breaking loss followed by a game that I think we can all just ignore and pretend didn't happen.

I expect Lucroy and Tulowitzki to suit up tonight with David Price getting the start tomorrow. I also expect a lively game log with a 9pm game time.

Happy Birthday–July 21

Johnny Evers (1881)
Howie Shanks (1890)
Moe Drabowsky (1935)
John Bateman (1940)
Denis Menke (1940)
Mike Hegan (1942)
Jim Manning (1943)
John Hart (1948)
Al Hrabosky (1949)
Mike Cubbage (1950)
Dave Henderson (1958)
Mike Bordick (1965)
Lance Painter (1967)
Kimera Bartee (1972)
Brian Buchanan (1973)
Geoff Jenkins (1974)
Willie Eyre (1978)
C. C. Sabathia (1980)

John Hart was the general manager of the Cleveland Indians from 1999-2001 and of the Texas Rangers from 2001-2005.

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Bohren & der Club of Gore – On Demon Wings

German TV, 2012

Self-described "doom ridden jazz music" from the German band. The darkest of noir. Their album Sunset Mission (another fave to paint rainy day scenes to.)

Thanks to the DJ's for giving me a couple extra days to burn off my picks. I balls you two.

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Minor Details: Games of July 17

We'll get caught up as soon as we can, but it may take a few days.

Pat Dean's fine pitching goes for naught.  The Lookouts hang on.  Miracle bats and Mat Batts lead to an easy win.  Cedar Rapids gets only a Kernel of offense.  Andro Cutura's fine pitching also goes for naught.  A seven-run inning carries the GCL Twins.  Two four-run innings carry the DSL Twins.

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Happy Birthday–July 20

Heinie Manush (1901)
Bob Short (1917)
Mike Ilitch (1929)
Dick Stello (1934)
Tony Oliva (1938)
Mickey Stanley (1942)
Mike Witt (1960)
Charles Johnson (1971)
Bengie Molina (1974)
Jason Miller (1982)
Alexi Casilla (1984)
Stephen Strasburg (1988)

Bob Short owned the second Washington Senators franchise and moved them to Texas.  He also owned the Minneapolis Lakers and moved them to Los Angeles.

Mike Ilitch purchased the Detroit Tigers in 1992.

Dick Stello was a National League umpire from 1968-1987, when he died in a car accident.

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Game 92: A’s a bunch, Twins not nearly enough

This is one of those games that you just don't need to dwell on. The only positive is there was nothing positive wasted. Nobody pitched well and nobody hit well for the most part.

The Twins lost a series to the team with the worst record in the AL, but they were 1 strike away with no one on base from winning the series yesterday and the A's got an infield hit, a wild pitch and a blooper just over the shortstop to tie the game. So the Twins' inability (bad luck?) in attempting to put away the A's cost them a chance to go for the sweep in this game.

That theme carried over in this game. Watching the first few innings, I really though Tommy Milone had it going. It looked like he was spotting his pitches wherever he wanted to. He had 4 strikeouts in his 2 2/3 innings with no walks, which should be a great formula in Oakland, except it wasn't to be.

With two outs and no one in the second, Milone surprised Danny Santana with a ground ball and his throw on the routine grounder went about 6 feet up the line and Joe Mauer was only able to knock it down and keep the runner at first. The next guy, a backup catcher no one's ever heard of, got out in front on a low offspeed pitch and managed to hook it over the wall for a two-run lead.

The next inning, Milone again got the first two batters out and with two strikes on the batter, hit in the foot with a curveball. Then all h*** broke loose as the next four batters went double, home run, home run single and that was it for Milone and pretty much all she wrote for the Twins, who had little offense in this series, scoring a grand total of 8 runs, four scoring on Trevor Plouffe's grand slam on Friday.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.