2011 Game Logs: Game 29 Minnesota @ Chicago

What a difference a day makes.

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Matt Tolbert, SS
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, DH
6. Rene Tosoni, LF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Pitcher: Blackburn

1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Adam Dunn, DH
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Carlos Quentin, RF
6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
7. Alex Rios, CF
8. Mark Teahen, 3B
9. Omar Vizquel, 2B

Pitcher: Danks

Go Twins!

152 thoughts on “2011 Game Logs: Game 29 Minnesota @ Chicago”

  1. Now if Blackie were to pitch a no-hitter today, that would be surprising (as opposed to last night's since I feel pretty safe we all expected that one).

    1. I did predict a miracle game last night at the beginning of the evening, so it was expected...

      1. This somehow reminds me of Glen Somnor's quote after the Great One made some fantastic play: "It's the most unheard of thing I ever heard of!"

    1. With a sac bunt that actually helped. Huh.

      Also, it's been said pretty much all season, but it needs to be said again. The Dude is raking.

    1. That means either Butters or Laddie would have had to do something besides pop out...

  2. Gameday was stuck on 'injury delay' for several minutes. Anybody listening that can fill me in?

    1. That's a log of walks the Twins have gotten away with without any damage the past two games.

        1. I don't think he much cares for the life of an MLB'er, or something. Sure seems intent on making it so he no longer is one.

        1. I'm not sure if that would have been enough. However, fortunately for us all, he took it one step further and reached on a fielder's choice, thus eliminating the increase in batting average.

  3. Casilla's sheer inability to play at a major league level this season would be funny if he didn't play on our team.

    1. Not nearly as funny as the fact that I have now heard 4 different times this year Dick begging for a stolen base only to have the runner picked off.

      1. <Dicknbert>How many times do you see that, where a guy gets picked off, and then he doesn't end up scoring at all that inning.</Dicknbert>

  4. Most people would say Danks has "some of the nastiest stuff in baseball?" Dick, you can say he's good without exaggerating.

    1. I don't think he has any pitches that stand out in the league. He's certainly good, but I don't know about "nastiest stuff in baseball".

        1. that's even worse. With two outs and Morneau at the plate? Doesn't he have to, you know, get a hit anyway to score the runner?

          1. I'm watching (intermittently) on Gameday, so I'm missing some context. Not much, though, seeing as how my alternative is Dazzle.

    1. I can't figure out what the thinking was. The only minor benefit is to make it possible to get a sac fly, which of course, wasn't a possibility.

      1. Hit to the outfield by Mountie scores 2 instead of 1 & now he leads off the next inning followed by the Dude?

  5. So nice to be home with baseball. I passed a military funeral on the way home from work, and I'm pretty sure the Westboro Baptists were there. I feel personally offended that they're in my hometown.

    1. They threatened to come to Winnipeg for a funeral a couple of years ago, and J & I went down there to help create a human wall. They never showed up, but I still felt good about doing our part to keep them away.

    2. Those morons give Baptists (and all Christians, for that matter) a bad name. Borderline forbidden, but I don't think calling them morons is debatable.

      1. I don't think it's debatable either. We're not talking about a religion here, we're talking about an act. No matter what type of group these people were, I'd find their actions disgusting and reprehensible.

        1. Well I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies them as a hate group, so there's that.

    1. If that hadn't hooked foul, it would've been the worst move. I don't think I could take a 73-year-old Vizquel hitting a three-run homer...

  6. Twins day game & ManU-Schalke Champions League at the same time. Guess who planned all his "at desk" work for this afternoon?

    m- *this guy* -m

    1. Not much of a game at Old Trafford though. It's a wonder that Schalke got this far.

    1. For some reason Gardy seems more willing to let Capps pitch more than 3 outs than he ever was with Nathan. Not sure why.

  7. Valencia with a team leading 12 walks. Not someone I expected to be this patient at the plate.

    1. apparently you are not paying attention to who "hits" behind him in the order.

    1. I was hearing them yesterday as well- they are quite excited to be at the park, evidently.

    2. The obnoxiousness of the drunks at New Comiskey is inversely proportional to the cost of the seat in which they are sitting. I've sat been there plenty - from bleachers to nosebleeds to 3rd base boxes. The closer you are too the field and/or plate, the more tolerable Sox fans get. I actually have met some very nice folks there, and some drunken boors.

      1. I've found that to be true almost everywhere. The one exception: I've been to exactly one NFL game and I had incredible seats, but I can't imagine anyone, anywhere being more intoxicated than the guy to my left. Nice guy, though. He was one of those maudlin drunks...he started telling me I was a great friend and he bought me three beers.

        1. Funny, but I've been to NFL games in three four different cities (Redskins game vs. Cowboys for a monday nighter in DC in 1987, Chargers once or twice in Jack Murphy, Bears in Soldier Field, 49ers in Candlestick) and actually never run across any obnoxious drunks (that I can recall).

          1. I think he was so tolerable in part because he had no rooting interest. It was a Vikings-Lions game, but he was a Bengals fan in town to visit a friend.

          2. I was at a Vikes/Raiders game in the Colosseum back in the middle 80's, and the fights in the stands were more entertaining than the game was.

  8. Seriously, what's the point of Steve Holm being on the bench if you can't pinch hit for Butters?

  9. According to Gameday, when Crain misses the zone he really misses the zone.

  10. Nice job getting hit while starting your swinging motion Lillibridge.

  11. C(r)apps isn't hitting his spots but his fastball has some crazy movement to it today.

  12. Dazzle just interviewed Kubel - loquacious* is not a word I thought I'd ever use to describe the Dude, but there it is.

    *too much?

        1. Anyone else catch that one day after Liriano got the "what's wrong with..." treatment at fangraphs, he threw a no-hitter with the lone run coming from a Kubel dinger?

          1. so, message received?

            can Fangraphs bitch about Tolbot, Butters and Casilla now?

            1. They bitched about Dunn yesterday, too, so it does not seem to have 100% effectiveness.

          2. And in bS's defense, I believe I saw a certain local writer's picture over at Fangraphs making the Hinske joke. Unless I am mistaken, of course.

            1. Not a single Hinske/Kubel mention in Cameron's piece on the no-hitter OR the comments. Boo.

  13. Just another sweep in Chicago.
    Looking at the White Sox side: they just got swept at home by the Twins who were playing without Mauer, Thome, Young, Nishioka and Slowey and the two starters had ERAs over 5.00 and were especially bad in their last several starts.

      1. I feel bad for the White Sox because they are so obviously better than the Twins and yet they keep losing to them.

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