Life is funny.
When I went to bed last Friday night, I had no idea that ten hours later, I would give up the old website. My daughter Miss SBG was tired and I laid down with her and darn it if I wasn't tired, too and even though it was 7:30 PM, I fell asleep. By 11:30, though, I was back awake and I knew it was going to be a long night. I tried to fall asleep, but I couldn't. I suppose if I had taken a sleeping pill, I would have soon drifted back off to sleep and things would have been just fine. But, I didn't and I had one of those dreaded nights -- awake, alone, and contemplating all that could go wrong with my life.
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Carmona vs Duensing.
It's been a busy week. I think I have the core features in place now, so it's on to other things. Like how the site looks. That will have to come from someone else.
In the meantime, time for the best team in the AL to take on the near worst team in the league. Unfortunately, they aren't in the order I wanted at the beginning of the season.
The Stones somewhere in 1970.
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Atlanta organization (AAA Gwinnett) activates Jose Lugo from the disabled list.
White Sox organization (AAA Charlotte) places Michael Restovich on the seven day disabled list., then activates him again.
Milwaukee reinstates LaTroy Hawkins from the disabled list.
Milwaukee assigns LaTroy Hawkins to Nashville (AAA).
Philadelphia organization promotes Jeff Lanning from Williamsport (short-season) to Lakewood (A).
Pittsburgh selects the contract of Joe Beimel from Indianapolis (AAA).
St. Louis activates Nick Punto from the disabled list.
Toronto organization acquires Yohan Pino for cash considerations, promotes him from New Hampshire (AA) to Las Vegas (AAA) for two days, then sends him back to New Hampshire (AA).
Also, Seth Greisinger has been demoted from the Yomiuri Giants to the Kawasaki Giants (a demotion to the Japanese minor league). H/t AMR.
Buffalo 4, Rochester 2 in Buffalo (Game 1—10 innings—scheduled 7 innings). Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered to tie the score in the seventh, Nick Evans homered to tie it again in the eighth, and then Evans hit a two-run walkoff to win the game for Buffalo. Kyle Gibson pitched six no-hit innings and was removed after allowing the home run to start the seventh. He walked none and struck out six. Kyle Waldrop faced two batters in the tenth, walking the first and then allowing the game-ending homer. Chase Lambin had three hits.
Buffalo 4, Rochester 1 in Buffalo (Game 2—scheduled 7 innings). Ruben Tejada doubled with the bases loaded as the Bisons scored three in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. Trevor Plouffe singled, doubled, and tripled. Scott Diamond allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out eight.
Portland 5, New Britain 1 in Portland. The Sea Dogs scored two in the first and three in the fourth. Steve Singleton singled and doubled. Chris Parmelee homered. Bobby Lanigan lasted only four innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks. Brett Jacobson and Michael Tarsi each threw two scoreless innings.
Ft. Myers 5, Bradenton 4 in Ft. Myers. Nick Romero’s RBI single drove in Anderson Hidalgo to break a 4-4 tie in the seventh. Hidalgo had three hits and scored three times. Romero had two hits. Starter Matt Schuld pitched five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk. Shooter Hunt got the win, throwing three scoreless innings and giving up just one hit and one walk. Dakota Watts worked a scoreless ninth for the save.
Peoria 5, Beloit 4 in Peoria (7 innings—scheduled for 9). The Snappers scored four in the fifth to overcome a 4-0 deficit, but the Chiefs scored one in the bottom of the fifth and it was all they needed. Beloit had only five hits and made three errors. B. J. Hermsen took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. Michael Tonkin threw two shutout innings.
I'm pretty heavily medicated and delirious, so if I say anything unusual, purple monkey dishwasher.
I would have also accepted "Earth Day Music Day, 2011."
When I was twelve, there was a big hullaballo about the 20th Earth Day, so I ended up with some other teens and pre-teens pulling junk out of the Minnesota River down at Minnecon Park in New Ulm. It actually wasn't in that bad of shape, although I do remember tires. But, it's the Minnesota River, it wasn't gonna polish up like some beach or something. It was still just a muddy river bottom, annually inundated, only now with less garbage in it. Still smelled like river mud and cottonwoods.
You got any songs about removing litter from public areas? Or whale watching?
(I was going to ask if anyone had songs topical to Good Friday -- I've probably got one or two -- but then I remembered P&W music and "Contemporary Christian" so it's possible some folk have hundreds of topical songs.)
Share your lists of randomness. I'll be in transit to the in-laws (Glenwood MN), so I might not have much to say until later.
Bob Smith (1895)
Taylor Douthit (1901)
Ray Benge (1902)
Lew Riggs (1910)
Mickey Vernon (1918)
John Orsino (1938)
Steve Jones (1941)
David Clyde (1955)
Moose Haas (1956)
Dave Schmidt (1957)
Terry Francona (1959)
Jimmy Key (1961)
Jack Savage (1964)
Mickey Morandini (1966)
George Williams (1969)
We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to rowsdower.
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Hey there, friends of Gleeman.
Seven years ago, SBG (Stick and Ball Guy) started The WGOM, and in time, it became a thriving community of about 50-60 regulars who talk music, film, beer, the Timberwolves, the brewing of beer, literature, art, soccer and beer. First and foremost, however, it's about the love of the Twins.
Last week, SBG decided to stop wearing the hat of blog administrator for a number of reasons, but he didn't want to see the community go away. The site you see here is the culmination of a lot of us regulars creating a new home that runs a little faster and relieves SBG of his ludicrous workload.
Anyway, have a look around. The Cup of Coffee (right sidebar) is where we talk each day about whatever's on our minds. You can find a list of our features at the top of the site, and if you have any questions about anything, you can register here and ask away (registration is free and takes seconds). The main courses are our game logs, and you can find the running commentary on last night's win right here.
Have fun. We'll try to make ourselves presentable.
MINNESOTA 3, BALTIMORE 1
Record - 7-12 (Last in the Central)
Highest WPA - Baker (7.0 IP, 0 R, 9 SO) and Thome (2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI)
Lowest WPA - Hoey (0.0 IP, 2 H) and Valencia (1 for 4, SB)
Notable - Jim Thome has hit .455 (5 for 11) in the three Thursday games this season and has a positive WPA in all three.
The story in this one was Scott Baker. For the second consecutive outing, he looked really good. Nine strikeouts (only one walk) in seven innings. Only four hits allowed, and the O's went 0 for 5, with a walk, against him with runners in scoring position. That was actually better than batters had done against Baker in that situation so far in 2011. With this game added in, now opponents are hitting .000/.048/.000 (21 PAs) against him with runners in scoring position so far this season. With that in mind it's probably unlikely that we'll continue to see Baker completely shut teams down as he has recently, but it's a good reminder that he's got the stuff to strike some people out when he's in a jam (24 K's in 25 IP in 2011) and if he keeps the ball in the park (6 of his 7 runs allowed courtesy of the longball - 14.3% HR/FB) he can be a real good pitcher.
Speaking of the longball, Jim Thome and Michael Cuddyer each poked one out, and Thome added an RBI single to supply the offense. It seems like a fool's errand to attempt to draw any conclusions about this team offensively when so many parts are missing, so I'll just stick with the sentiment that I'm glad the offense scored enough runs to make the gem that Scottie pitched stand up.
First Thursday win of the season!
And the first Thursday that didn't end up with a regular on the DL!! (Mauer last week, Nishioka the week before)
Does it get any better?