Yesterday, I checked in on the game and it was 3-0 and I though "Oh, Twins got this" HAHAHAHAH boy, am I a sucker or what!
Interleague battle tonight as the Red come to town. They have already fired their manager and really haven't picked up too many wins since (3-15 under Bryan Price, 2-5 under Jim Riggleman)
I was really hoping Billy Hamilton would turn out to be a good player, but I would say he is a bust. Fast guy, cant get on base. Thats a shame.
Losing streaks stink, so lets get a win tonight!
140 thoughts on “Game 21: Reds at Twins.”
Mountie in the booth tonight!
Justin Morneau in the booth this weekend.
You’d think Dick grew up in Palm Springs the way he carps about the temperature.
I am never playing the "Phil Hughes give up a HR" drinking game.
Might as well have put it on a tee.
Home plate umpire didn’t move Sanó’s bat and Dozier slid right over it. Ouch.
Yeah, that was strange.
Morneau blamed the on-deck batter.
Nice hitting, Eddie.
Looks like a home run?
Logan Morrison has 21 career triples, including 7 in his rookie season. That 21 number surprises me, would have guessed 5 tops.
Keep it going, boys. We can't have too many.
So, how long can Hughes hold the lead?
Got through the second, at least.
Until the worst pitching staff takes its turn.
Mountie shutting down Dick’s bunt fetish early: much appreciated.
Justin Morneau just said that Joe Mauer has always been a good hitter in RISP situations. Will the rubes finally start believing that fact?
They tuned out after the Yankees series.
Morneau’s saying it was Eddie who spaced on clearing the bat; it’s the on-deck batter’s responsibility, not the ump’s.
That seems...very plausible.
Nothing like the Reds to cure the ass bats
BILLY HAMILTON WALK *sounds siren*
Walking Billy Hamilton...uffda.
Billy Hamilton walks. How many bases does he steal?
Welcome back, Luke Bard.
Can he pitch tonight?
Remember when the Twins had more than one good starting pitcher?
They do. Give it a chance. Just not the one starting tonight.
There’s a big difference between “serviceable” and “good.”
I'd say that Berrios is excellent. Gibson might be (?) good. Odorizzi seems pretty good. Lynn is better than he's been, I think.
Hughes is toast. I'd say he gets maybe one more start.
Ervin Santana has been good as well. He'll be a big upgrade on Hughes.
Yeah, definitely. I was just counting the pitchers on staff at this time.
Yeah, I think that was implied.
I agree that Berríos is already very good. Lynn has been good in the past, but that was pre-Tommy John. Odorizzi is a fifth starter in a truly strong rotation. Gibson’s basically Nick Blackburn.
Gibson averages out to Blackburn. He's the prototypical inconsistent starter that mixes great starts with terrible starts.
I don't blame the Twins for feeling like they had to give Hughes a chance, but it's pretty obvious that he can't get it done any more. If he wants to go somewhere and try to get it back, fine. But at this point, running him out there is just throwing games away.
I feel bad for the guy — I imagine he’s as frustrated as he can be with his body’s limitations. But I agree that there really isn’t a place on this roster for what he needs.
He's going to be the long reliever anyways as soon as Santana gets back, if not sooner.
That may be, but I really don't see any reason to think he can fill that role effectively, either. He might not be any worse than David Hale, but I don't know that he's any better.
I agree. His salary is a sunk cost, and pitching every eight days isn’t going to do him any favors.
They might be able to convince him to go down to AAA and work on the "new" Phil Hughes and figure what's working for him now after both operations.
I'd be fine with that.
Going to need more than 5 runs tonight!
I had the same thought.
Mountie #27 sighting.
I saw an _elm_n jersey on the way in tonight
Escobar should be on third.
Agreed. Luckily it didn't end up mattering.
I think Morrison left a dent in the RF wall
I'm actually liking Mountie as an analyst. This sort of surprises me.
Also, Morisson can keep hitting that way. Man, that ball was hammered.
Keep 'em coming, boys!
Nice to see 2 really great hits by LoMo. He'd have 2 HRs in some ballparks.
The Reds' pitchers appear to be a cure of sorts.
Morrison was probably lucky Gennett bobbled that exchange.
Was thinking the same thing.
Junior's HS team scored 20 runs today, including a 13-run inning. Can the Twins top that?
I get a kick out of how Gladden says everybody, including Morrison, "can run a little bit". It's technically true, I guess, but I just find it funny.
I think I've mentioned this before, but Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart is the nephew of my brother's wife, so I guess that makes him my nephew-in-law.
Let's get Hughes out of there while we still have a decent chance to win.
Good call. One thing about Molitor, he seems less inclined to worry about leaving a starter in to get him the W than Gardy used to.
I agree. For a man his age, Molitor does seem to be willing to adapt, rather than being stubbornly "old school". I like that.
Rosario took a wrong turn in Albuquerque on that route.
We really need to get Peraza out right here.
15 pitches, 0 swings for Mauer tonight
Sano took a hanging slider in the middle of the plate and then swung through a fastball in the middle of the plate. Apparently not seeing Shackleford very well.
Man, Gennet is clown shoes out at second these last couple innings.
The more runs we get, the better!
I've never seen a player try to jump kick a relay throw, and now I know why.
That was ridiculous. Maybe Votto’s been making him watch too much hockey.
Fits the screen Mauer did on Votto.
What the hell was Scooter Gennett doing on that play?
I've seen that replay several times and could never figure it out.
8 runs won't be enough tonight!
Okay. Stop grooving pitch one.
Duffey is just trying to boost Hughes' confidence.
This is ridiculous.
Can they just say he's too injured to pitch to bring in someone else?
How long are we planning to leave Duffey out there to throw batting practice?
Over/under on Ryan Pressly pitching in one million games this season.
Wow. This game went downhill fast.
Bring back Hughes!
Hughes cant get the win tonight!
Man, this is the Reds.
That's why the Twins have eight runs.
In the pregame, they were talking about how these teams have been struggling offensively. So of course the game is tied 8-8 in the fifth inning.
We have Jeff's answer: the fifth. Little did we know it would be a combined effort.
I don’t know what the deal is, but somebody better Koskie a chair in the clubhouse tonight.
This Twins staff is reminding me of the late'90s Twins staffs that had Brad Radke and not much else.This staff should be a lot better than that, but they sure haven't been showing it
Before Snowmaggeddon, the Twins had a 3.18 ERA. Since then (and before tonight), it's 6.97.
this is way better than the standard dumpster fire pic!
Reds have 10 runs on 13 base runners. Both their HRs have been solo shots.
This is what happens when the Twins wear the red jerseys while playing the Reds.
I’m impressed by our restraint. Nobody’s pushed the TB button yet.
It seems odd that Castro is the tying run at the plate.
The Twins are in one of those stretches where it feels like they'll never win another game again. They will, obviously, but that's how it feels right now.
Of course, the pitcher that couldn't keep his spot on the Yankees will be the Twins' best pitcher.
Strikeouts! What a novel outcome instead of more hits.
I am a great baseball mind.
Well, it holds true against major league pitching.
Billy Hamilton has walked twice tonight. Unbelievable. The entire rest of the team has 1 (Votto).
I'm really enjoying the progression Kepler has shown this season.
Kepler's at-bats have been really fun to watch this year. Great plate discipline but still aggressive when he gets a pitch to hit. He could really have a big year.
Oh, come on.
The umps feel sorry for the Twins (although runner dude was not in the runners lane, which is a dumb rule to begin with but whatever)
We was way inside the line. Definitely interfering. If it was football, they could have ruled that the ball wasn't catchable, but that doesn't matter in baseball as far as I know.
Replay shows the guy was running on the infield grass.
Thank you, Reds, for taking the hard-throwing lefty out. Probably won't matter, but I still approve.
So far, Reds are 14-for-27 on balls in play, if my math is correct.
Hard to believe that Twins pitchers have had two 3-up, 3-down innings in this game.
Joey Votto is very good at baseball
Im not dead yet!
What's happened to Hildenberger?
Hey, look, it's an entertaining OKC/UTAH game.
No Ricky though.
But the Geoff commentary on teh Bookface was worth the price of admission.
We need a revolving door for the bullpen. Hale DFA-ed.
So have we just started making moves at random now?
26th roster spot.
Just in case the game didn't leave a bad enough taste in my mouth, MnDOT decided to leave only one lane open on 35W South. At that point, just close the Hughes and don't let anyone on. Instead, we were a trapped as fine lakes of traffic merge into one and it took 45 minutes to get to the first exit.
Seems like a river would be a better analogy for traffic...
trapped as fine lakes of traffic merge into one
Pro tip - take LaSalle/Blaisdell from downtown after Twins Game. It’s one way and lights are synced. You’ll get to 40th in no time.
We're just far enough south that 35w is usually about five minutes faster after a night game (when hurrying home for the babysitter and every second counts). Nonetheless, we have now learned our lesson for this season.
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