Weather: 82 degrees, partly cloudy
Wind: 5 mph, R to L
Umpires: HP - Tim Tschida. 1B - Jeff Nelson. 2B - Marty Foster. 3B - Bill Welke
Three times this season the Twins have won three games in a row and failed to extend the streak to four. Three times. They failed again tonight in Arizona, their inaugural inter-league game of the 2011 campaign, but you have to give the boys credit for making it interesting. If you told me after the seventh, down by four runs in the wreckage of a five run Diamondback inning, that the boys would come back and break my heart in the ninth I would have offered up an earnest guffaw.
If you missed this game, you missed a chance to shed a little cynicism in the late innings and hope, really hope, that our boys would overcome the odds to surge from behind and grasp victory from the jaws of defeat. On the other hand, you missed the chance to have your heart broken when our two best sluggers failed to feast on a hitter's favorite meals - a fat mid-eighties 'fastball', and a hanging curve.
This was not a game that I enjoyed losing. But on a day like today, you have to keep things in perspective. I had fun watching tonight's game. I laughed, I cried, I cheered. It just wasn't in that order. And really, what more can you ask from a ballgame?
Three times this season the Twins have won three games in a row and failed to extend the streak to four. Three times.