Happy Birthday–July 24

Tommy McCarthy (1863)
Jack Clements (1864)
Joe Schultz (1893)
Cotton Nash (1942)
Mike Port (1945)
Shigeru Takada (1945)
Mike Adams (1948)
Jerry Augustine (1952)
Barry Bonds (1964)
Joe Oliver (1965)
Jim Wolf (1969)
Stephen Larkin (1973)
Brent Stentz (1975)

Pitcher Brent Stentz did not play in the majors, but was in the Twins' minor league system from 1997-2001.  In 1998, he set an Eastern League record with 43 saves.
Stephen Larkin is the brother of Barry Larkin.

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Belly – Full Moon, Empty Heart

in a similar vein, this is one of my favorite one hit wonders from the 90s. truthfully, OHW status might be a little generous. yeah, "feed the tree" got some plays in the MTV rotation, but i don't think that mark mcgrath will be pimping it in 10 years for a new time life collection infomercial like is bound to happen to "lovefool". anyway, i know there are some fans around the nation, so enjoy.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C4diINVaaQ
1993

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Game 100: Twins 4, Tigers 1

Finally!

The Twins finally get a win over the Tigers after losing 11 straight to them, seven this season. Hopefully, this is will start a turnaround in the season series between these two teams. It's not like the Tigers were playing well coming in. They had just lost a three-game series to the White Sox and split a two-game series with the A's, both at home. In fact, the Tigers are 15-16 in their last 31 games dating back to June 17.

The key to the game was the pitching. Baker was terrific in his start, which was abbreviated due to being on a shorter pitch count since he was coming back from a sore arm. He obviously was feeling fine after pitching five shutout innings against the Tigers, who had averaged over seven runs per game against the Twins.

The bullpen was fine as well. It only allowed one run in four innings and never allowed the Tigers to bring the tying run to the plate, which makes it difficult to blow a lead.

The Twins had their best lineup out there since April the last two days and still only managed six runs. Saturday, they had runners all over the bases the first four innings, but had to settle for four runs as Brad Penny had two hard-hit ground balls turned into double plays behind him in key situations. Maybe the most encouraging part of the offense was getting five walks and just five strikeouts. The Twins had been struggling with walks on this homestand for the most part. They got seven in the first game and four in the second, but since then they had just 12 walks in their last eight games and 46 strikeouts before today's game. It should be no surprise that the Twins averaged just 3.2 runs in those eight games.

The Twins now have guaranteed a .500 homestand, which is by no means good, but they at least avoided the disaster of a losing homestand. They can still salvage a 7-5 homestand, which would still be disappointing after splitting eight games with the top-two teams in the division.

Minor Details: Games of 7/22

Indianapolis 5, Rochester 4 in Indianapolis (10 innings).  The Red Wings overcame a 4-2 Indians lead only to lose in the tenth.  Brandon Roberts singled and doubled.  Kyle Gibson allowed four runs on seven hits and five walks in just five innings.  Kyle Waldrop struck out three in three shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk.  Jim Hoey came in at the start of the ninth and took the loss.

New Britain 6, Altoona 1.  The Rock Cats scored two in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie, then got a single run in each of the remaining innings.  Brian Dozier had two doubles and a single, raising his average to .305.  Chris Parmelee had three hits.  Joe Benson hit his seventh homer and Deibinson Romero hit his ninth.  Bobby Lanigan got the win with five innings of work, giving up a run on five hits and three walks while striking out four.  Deolis Guerra pitched two shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out two.

Clearwater 9, Ft. Myers 0 in Clearwater.  The Threshers scored six in the first.  The Miracle had only two hits, both singles.  Edgar Ibarra lasted only a third of an inning, surrendering all six first-inning runs on eight hits.  Clinton Dempster struck out four in 3.2 innings of relief, giving up a run on five hits and a walk.

Great Lakes 5, Beloit 2 in Great Lakes.  The Loons scored two in the second and never trailed.  The Snappers had only four hits.  Manuel Soliman allowed five runs on four hits and two walks in six innings.

Princeton 5, Elizabethton 4 in Princeton.  The Rays scored two in the third and two in the fifth.  Rory Rhodes had two hits.  Todd Van Steensel yielded four runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings.

GCL Red Sox 5, Twins 0 at Twins.  The Twins had only three hits and made four errors.  Three of the Red Sox’ runs were unearned.  Jorge Polanco singled and doubled.  Starter Bobby O’Neill allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits in just three innings.  Mark Trau threw two shutout innings, giving up one hit.

DSL Padres 7, Twins 6 at Padres.  The Twins had leads of 3-0 and 5-2, but could not hold them.  The Twins had only five hits.  Junior Subero worked four shutout innings, giving up three hits and no walks while striking out three.  Yeison Florentino took the loss, surrendering two runs on three walks and a hit in just one inning.

Happy Birthday–July 23

Ginger Beaumont (1876)
Hod Ford (1897)
Jimmie Wilson (1900)
Ival Goodman (1908)
Pee Wee Reese (1918)
Johnny Groth (1926)
Anthony Gubicza (1928)
Bert Convy (1933)
Don Drysdale (1936)
Dean Look (1937)
Hank Allen (1940)
Chuck Crim (1961)
Nomar Garciaparra (1973)

Anthony Gubicza, a pitcher in Class D and C leagues from 1950-1951, is the father of Mark Gubicza. 

Actor/singer/game show host Bert Convy was an outfielder in Class D and C leagues from 1951-1952. 

White Sox' catcher Dean Look is the brother of ex-Twin Bruce Look. 

Outfielder Hank Allen, who played for Washington, Milwaukee, and the White Sox, is the brother of Dick Allen and Ron Allen.

There do not appear to be any major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins who were born on this day.

The Cardigans – Live and Learn

The Cardigans are one of my most favorite unfairly labeled one hit wonder bands. I would put them behind Superdrag but ahead of Fountains of Wayne.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFFKs7hh1_4&feature=related

I haven't done much breaking up lately but my favorite break up album of all time is Long Gone Before Daylight from the Cardigans.

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2011 Game 99: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

Max Scherzer vs Brian Duensing

I was hoping to be able to write about the Twins tying the White Sox for third place, but that is going to have to wait until tomorrow. Instead, let's investigate the non-Verlander pitchers. Verlander is 13-5 for the season, but the Tigers are 14-8 in games started by him. Makes sense. Especially since he has yet to throw fewer than 100 pitches in a game this year. He only had three last year and five the year before.

Anyway, that leaves the rest of the Tiger staff at 38-38. Tonight's starter, Scherzer, is only 10-5 but the Tigers are 13-7 in his starts despite his mediocre 4.53 ERA. The offense has also scored 5.2 runs/game for him. Note to Duensing: don't let the Tigers score that many runs. Note to Twins offense: despite Scherzer's ERA, he has a decent FIP and pretty good xFIP, so practice some patience.

Where They Stand

Minnesota is 46-52, fourth in the AL Central, 6 games behind Detroit.  The Twins lost their last game and are 6-4 in their last ten games.
Rochester is 37-61, sixth in the IL North, 19.5 games behind Lehigh Valley.  The Red Wings have lost two consecutive games and are 3-7 in their last ten games.
New Britain is 49-47, fourth in the EL East, 4.5 games behind New Hampshire.  The Rock Cats have lost three consecutive games and are 4-6 in their last ten games.
Ft. Myers is 14-13 in the second half, fourth in the FSL South, 3.5 games behind St. Lucie.  The Miracle lost its last game and is 5-5 in its last ten games.
Beloit is 14-12 in the second half, third in the ML West, 2 games behind Kane County.  The Snappers have lost two consecutive games and are 5-5 in their last ten games.
Elizabethton is 18-12, second in the AL West, 2 games behind Johnson City.  The Twins have lost three consecutive games and are 7-3 in their last ten games.
The GCL Twins are 15-13, second in the GCL South, 1 game behind the Orioles.  The Twins have won three consecutive games and are 5-5 in their last ten games.
The DSL Twins are 29-17, second in the B. C. B. C., 2 games behind the Orioles.  The Twins won their last game and are 5-5 in their last ten games.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.