It's Stewart, take two! Last time didn't go SO bad, so let's try it again.
Its late, but its here!
Liriano faces Santana. A chance to see F-Bomb pitching for Gardy at the Bullseye again is compelling enough to watch/listen to a game started by a gasless Ervin Santana.
Pirates come to town for a rare visit against our battlin' Minnesota Twins. Season previews had the Pirates tanking this year so their record of 3 games over .500 and 5 games out of the second Wild Card slot had the Pittsburgh front office scrambling to add players. Which meant hello Chris Archer. Besides Archer, I didn't recognize a single player on the Pirates. I am sure the WGOM Allegheny version of this game log is probably saying the same thing about the Twins (Joe Mauer Exempted of course).
Jameson Taillon on the mound for the Pirates, who I think pitched decently against the Twins way back in April. He had a nice 2-run complete game last time out and has decent stats for the year. Jake Odorizzi for the Twins. He's been kinda o.k. but not good enough for me to look up his stats.
First pitch at 7:10p Entering the dog days of the season Citizens.
Is it September yet? No, it's not, but it kind of feels that way with all of the new faces in the dugout already. Last night Tyler Austin made his Twins debut with a true outcomes triple play - a walk, two strikeouts and a two-run dinger. Today Kohl Stewart, the Twins 2013 fourth round draft pick, will make his first major league appearance. He'll face off against Matt Boyd, who sports a 6-10 record and a 4.33 ERA. There are still a lot of games left on the schedule, but at this point watching the Twins play is sort of like watching the sausage get made. Play ball!
Is this thing on?
Losing 3 to the Clevelanders pretty much buried what slim chance the Twins had at winning the division. Now the race is on for second place and this series will be a big one for that. Twins are 6.5 games up on the Fightin Gardenhires and a sweep would help the Twins chances of being second best.
We're already down 3-0 to Corey Kluber. That doesn't bode well. But, hey, it's baseball. Go Twins!
10. Number of games the Twins find themselves behind Cleveland? The number of runs they were outscored by last night? Tom Kelly's number? All three of course.
So the Twins in the second of a 4 game tilt against Cleveland in a lost season. Adalberto Mejia (I call him Bert) pitched well last week against the Spiders, so let's see if he can do it again. Carlos Carrasco, who pitched 7.1 scoreless innings against the Twins last week, is the opponent.
6:10p start, although it sounds like some rain may delay the game. Go Twins.