I had a full day planned so I recorded todays tilt on the old DVR. Maybe my technology has a heart because when I went to review the game this evening, it hadn’t been recorded after all. At first I was annoyed, but then I checked out the box score… yuck. After committing 3 errors in last night’s ballgame, the Twins cleaned it up today and didn’t commit a single one. That’s about the only positive thing I saw.
Francisco Liriano struggled for the 3rd straight start and took the loss. He went only 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 3 hits (4 sacrifice flies), gave up 4 walks and hit 1 batter. He threw only 47 of his 86 pitches for strikes and was only able to get 1st pitch strikes on 13 of the 22 batters he faced. Sloughstall and Glen combined to give up 1 run on 2 hits over the final 3 innings. With Blackburn due back
from the DL, Sizzlesump will be the odd man out of the rotation.
The M - Inverted M & M boys went a combined 0 for the day. Another guy I’d hoped might turn it around this weekend, Danny Valencia, also went 0-4 with 2 K’s (1-13, 6 K for the series). In all, the Twins managed 2 runs on 5 hits today, with both runs scoring on a Doumit pinch hit single in the 6th. The club was 1-8 with runners in scoring position and 4-27 during the 3-game series in Tampa. Not good. Also, Willingham’s hit streak to start the season came to an end at 15; tied with Kirby Puckett for longest in Twins history. He went 0 for 2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. Despite an “off” day, Willingham still sports a .328/.435/.655 slash line in 16 games this season. So, I actually had a couple of positive things to report!
Finally, there will be a small contingent of Citizens at tomorrow night’s game against the Sawks. We’re meeting beforehand at The Depot between 5:15 and 6 for beers and burgers. Stop by and have a beverage or two with us if you’re in the vicinity and so inclined. If you can’t make it for a drink, I guess you can watch for us on the telecast - Section 121, Row 4 (infield view, 3rd base line).