38 thoughts on “September 27, 2019: Welcome!”

    1. Is two hundred strikeouts really that big a deal? And does it really mean anything when you get it that way? I don't care enough to be outraged about it, but the whole thing seems pretty silly.

      1. Its baseball, everyone likes neat looking numbers. Plus, at least trying to get to 200 k's requires him to actually pitch. What's silly is the Red Sox in this tale and I am here for it. I look at it this way: Pence and Gallo were obviously having a good time with it in the dugout in that video and being able to enjoy your job when it otherwise would suck is a pretty powerful thing.

      2. When the Red Sox made it so apparent that they were trying to avoid striking out to the point of not trying to win the game, I'm sure that had a lot to do with the Rangers going all out for it. I have no idea why the Red Sox cared that much about not letting the guy get his 200th strikeout. It's not like all 200 were against the Red Sox. To me, this would be the equivalent of walking a guy every time he comes to the plate when he's trying to get his 200th hit of the season even when putting him on base brings the tying run to the plate or something like that. When the Red Sox decide to be that ridiculous about trying to avoid another strikeout, especially when it pretty much was hurting their chances to win, then I say good for the Rangers for doing that. Now if the Red Sox had just continued to try to take quality at-bats and played the game "the right way" as Alex Cora said they did, which they didn't, then I would not have liked the Rangers dropping the foul ball.

    2. I love that Woodward pulled him with one out left in the game. By “love,” I mean I rolled my eyes. Yeah, I get letting Minor get his own ovation, but at that point, you might as well let him finish the game. They’d already let a guy who lost two years to shoulder injuries throw a career high 126 pitches in his last game of the year. It’s impressive that he’s worked his way back from that, but you either care about his arm enough to prevent him from unnecessary injury, or you’re old school enough to say, “Hey, how about you get the CG while you’re at it, buddy.”

    3. Quote in the story:

      “I haven’t seen a three-pitch inning, I don’t think in my career, to be honest,” Woodward said.

      Carlos Silva had one, and one of those pitches was hit for a single. The other two were a groundout and a GIDP.

    4. Also: Decent framing by Trevino on that last pitch, pulling it back towards the zone even though he set up low.

  1. Glendale scored five runs in the first two innings (all of Dakota Chalmers) and that was enough, as they defeated our Salt River Rafters 5-4. The Rafters are now 3-4 and in third place, one game back.

    Royce Lewis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run. He is batting .368/.429/.789 in 19 at-bats.
    Dakota Chalmers pitched 1.1 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on three hits and two walks and striking out four.
    Moises Gomez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out two.

    No other Twins played. Salt River takes on Mesa today.

    1. I hate when great players just sort of disappear from the game*, when they deserve a fine tribute like this. Nice job

      *not a fan of the season long Farewell Tour though, either

    2. I still remember randomly being in town from DC for this game (T-Paw signed the Target Field Bill into law before the game). I was sitting with Gleeman for Mauer's homer in the third inning.

    1. The only win of Bobby Keppel's major league career. The losing pitcher was future Twins closer Fernando Rodney. Two years later, Carlos Gomez scored the winning run in the 10th inning for the Brewers in Game 5 of the ALDS vs. the Diamondbacks, so Gomez twice scored the walkoff run in a winner-take-all game. Crazy.

  2. Something to root for this weekend: Twins hold Soler homeless to give Trout his first homer black ink of his career

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