2011 Game 78: Dodgers 4, Twins 6

WP: Duensing (5-7, 4.69)
LP: Lilly (5-8, 4.97)
SV: Capps (12)
I love the mojo gumshoe, ballpark views and quick glances at statistics like WPA to tell you a bit about what went down, but none of those things are mine. I tried think of something clever for my first recap since the season opener (glad that fiasco was left in the other basement) but instead I decided, don't over think the thing. I watched the game, took notes, and below is what I saw.

Also, I DVR'd the game so I could cover the recap after bottling my first try at brewing a hefeweizen. Missing the game live for what turned out to be a nice win seems worth it if this brew ends up better than my last one. /Side note: tip of the cap to cheap - letting that last one sit for a few months has improved it enough that I don't expect to boil a huge batch of brats anytime soon/ After watching the game, I read the game log and found that my notes pretty well shadow the conversation...funny how that works.

As I said before, these are my notes. If you didn't see the game and want to know what went down, read on...if you just wanted the score, now you have it.

-Game Notes-

Got off to a good start for both Dunce and the offense. Quick top of 1st and then a nice little single, sac bunt, stolen base (3rd base!  by Revere), and a RBI single by our resident slap-hitting p*ssy DH to get the Twins on the board.

A great catch by Valencia to start the 2nd led to another quick inning by Duensing. Bottom half, Replicant gets on with a single, steals 2nd, moves over to third and then scores on a single by Revere. Revere then steals 2nd while Laddie is batting and scores on Lexi's doubtriple…

I hate to admit it, but I really was entertained watching Laddie smash that ball off the left field wall and get thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple (despite the play being in front of him as he rounded 2nd base). That young man is truly a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma…or as Gardy would say, “bonehead”.

5th Inning: watched Dunce give up a home run to Aaron Miles. It was the first HR for the Dodger since 2008 and only the 17th of his MLB career. I thought to myself, “God, I hope this inning doesn’t spiral.” Well of course it spiraled. Dunce was trying hard not to give up hits; instead he managed to walk the 9 hitter Jamey Carroll and, eventually, Casey Blake to fill the bases. With Ethier stepping into the box I thought to myself, “Self, why did you spooky this inning?” Sure enough, RBI # 39 & 40 for Andre and the 3-run lead has dissipated. Then he gets to face Kemp, who (as Dick so kindly informs us) is “a dangerous man at the plate…Kemp with 22 home runs and the Twins active roster with 28 this year.” “Awesome,” says I. Dunce gets ahead of Kemp at 0-2 and somehow finagles a shallow fly-out to keep the score even at 4.

Next thing I know (Holy Sh!t, Dick with the call!), Aussie’s 5th inning donger jack with 2 outs and one on (Valencia) puts the boys back up by 2! That was actually one of the stories tonight: 2-out RBI by Revere, Laddie and Aussie (2).

Following a hit batsman, Burnett comes in for Dunce with no one out in the 6th and promptly coaxes a nice little around-the-horn double play ball out of Thames and a ground out by Miles.

1 out and 1 on in the 7th and Perkins comes in for Burnett. Gets a ground out and then gives up a single to Blake. I laughed right out loud when Rivera tagged Carroll out at home. Took a great tag to "get" him, but the throw from Replicant was there to make it happen (or appear to happen). Jason seemed to be doing it to the Dodgers all night long.

8th starts and Twitchy comes in for Perkins after a hit by Ethier. Strikes out Kemp and should have been out of the inning with a double-play grounder. Though it seemed like a weird distance for an underhand toss from Nishioka, Laddie still had a chance at the out with an on-target throw - pretty tough to do with Ethier sliding hard under him at the 2nd base bag. Nathan next faced a pinch-hitter (James Loney) ending the at-bat with a nasty curve for strike 3, (apparently the first breaking ball of his evening), down goes Loney and we move on.

As has become more typical than I’d like, Crisco makes the 9th inning interesting. Ground out to start the inning, a walk to Oeltjen, Crisco with an “athletic move” to get Navarro for the second out and a walk to Gwynn Jr.  put the tying run on base. Finally, another ground out to Laddie salts it away.

Twins Win !

AMR’s Graphs: 6/29/2011

I don't think I'll make a regular series out of these, but I wanted to see how hard it would be to show games behind second place. Might as well share.

It appeared for most of 2006 that the Tigers and ChiSox were both going to the playoffs, the race was just for HFA. No teams from the other two divisions made a decent run at the Wild Card, so I'm basically thinking as second place in the ALC as a proxy for the WC-leading team.

The chart of games above second place shows that once the Twins started making their run, the Tigers held them off for a long time, but the ChiSox did not.
AL Central 2006: Games Behind Second Place
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By Divine Right – Cupid In Oilskins

I have wanted to play this band for a long time, as they are a favorite of mine, but there is a real lack of live video from them. Furthermore the quality of live footage from them is kind of, well, bad. This video is no different.


I strongly suggest looking these guys up for studio clips, they rule.

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2011 Game 77: Dodgers 15, Twins 0

Weather: 74°F, partly cloudy
Wind: 15 mph
Attendance: 39,487
Time: 3:05

Twins' record: 32-45 (last in AL Central, 10.0 GB)
Fangraphs boxscore | MLB Game Wrap


  • Highest WPA, hitter: Nishioka .026 (2-3, SO) | Highest WPA, pitcher: 3 tied at .000 (3.0 IP, 7 H, 2 HR, 5 ER, 2 BB, SO)
  • The Dodgers have one of the nicest road uniforms in baseball, and looked great when matched with the Twins' throwbacks.


  • Lowest WPA, hitter: Revere, -.076 (0-4, 2 GIDP) | Lowest WPA, pitcher: Blackburn, -.290 (4.1 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, BB, SO)
  • Everything.

For the last few weekends I've been traveling between the People's Republic and western Wisconsin, working on putting Pops' things in order and attending family functions. Last Friday was no different, other than a buddy of mine who lives in Madison asked if he could get a ride to Winona so he could bring his restored Chevy truck out of storage for the summer. The plan was to leave around noon, after he finished up installing a window for a client.

Well, the day before I had a particularly vindictive migraine. It was bad enough I thought I was having olfactory hallucinations; specifically, I thought I could smell a gas leak in the neighborhood. I even called up the gas company to come out and check. Now, I'm not actually paranoid - the complete gas service was replaced in our neighborhood just a few weeks ago, and there were front-end loaders working out in the street Thursday, making me suspect something had been severed. The guy from the gas company came out and checked the new connection on each house on my street, the mains, and anything else that possibly could leak, all to no avail. I apologized, of course, but I could still smell a decidedly off odor.

Ten minutes before I left on Friday I figured out what I was smelling. I opened the door to a storage area on the second floor. Down in the corner, where I had laid it out months before, was a mouse trap. I've been checking that trap near-religiously, so the mouse that I caught couldn't have been there any earlier than Tuesday evening. But, given that it's summer (and, thanks to a stupid call during renovation, our central HVAC doesn't go upstairs), the mouse didn't take long to make things smell pretty ripe. Okay, really ripe.

Mrs. Hayes is a confirmed animal lover, so even though I would be late to my buddy's place, I absolutely had to dispose of the body. First order of business was to remove the corpse from the premises while simultaneously curbing my urge to vomit. The little bugger had soiled himself, I guess. Next was to clean up the greasy mark he left behind on the floor. Armed with a Lysol wipe, a can of Lysol, and enough intestinal fortitude not to make a bigger mess myself, I wiped up the, erm, leavings, washed my hands, and got out the door. I was worried the potency of that smell would still be there when I got back today, but, mercifully, it's gone.

Nonetheless, I am armed with empirical evidence. The egg the Twins laid laid last night smells worse than a mouse corpse laying in an attic for a few days in the summer heat. As a matter of fact, given the choice between the two, I'd rather relive cleaning up that mouse and his leavings than re-experience the 2011 Twins season to date. My mind is already wandering toward 2012. Is yours?


Here's this week's View from the Ballpark:

photo by Flickr user Telstar Logistics

photo by Flickr user Telstar Logistics

Remember, no embiggening.

Minor Details: Games of 6/23 – 6/27


Thursday—Rochester 7, Charlotte 2 in Rochester.  Dustin Martin singled and homered.  Eric Hacker struck out six in six innings.

Friday—Syracuse 10, Rochester 3 in Syracuse.  Trevor Plouffe had two singles, a double, and a homer, driving in three.  Jake Stevens pitched two shutout innings.

Saturday—Rochester 6, Syracuse 2 in Syracuse.  Dustin Martin had three hits and scored three times.  Kyle Gibson gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in five innings.

Sunday—Syracuse 9, Rochester 2 in Rochester. Toby Gardenhire singled and doubled. Carlos Gutierrez struck out three in two shutout innings.

Monday--Syracuse 11, Rochester 2 in Rochester.  Aaron Bates singled and doubled to raise his average to .321. Anthony Slama struck out four in 1.2 scoreless innings.


Thursday—Bowie at New Britain.  Postponed.

Friday—New Britain 3, Trenton 2 in New Britain.  Deibinson Romero had two hits.  Bobby Lanigan struck out nine in eight innings, giving up a run on five hits.

Saturday—Trenton 12, New Britain 5 in New Britain.  Mark Dolenc had three hits. Chris Parmelee singled and tripled.

Sunday—Trenton 6, New Britain 2 in New Britain.  Yangervis Solarte singled and doubled, raising his average to .322.  Tony Davis pitched two shutout innings.

Monday--New Britain 15, Portland 5 in Portland. Brian Dozier had two singles, a double, and a triple.  Evan Bigley had two singles and a double.  Deibinson Romero had three hits.


Thursday—Bradenton 6, Ft. Myers 5 in Ft. Myers (14 innings).  Nick Romero had two hits.  Matthew Tone struck out three in two shutout innings.

Friday—Bradenton 16, Ft. Myers 5 in Bradenton.  Aaron Hicks had two doubles. Steve Liddle finished the game on the mound and went 1.1 scoreless innings.

Saturday--Bradenton 7, Ft. Myers 5 in Bradenton. Jamaal Hawkins singled and doubled, driving in two.  Kevin Slowey gave up two runs on three hits in two innings, striking out four.

Sunday--Charlotte 3, Ft. Myers 1 in Charlotte. The Miracle had just two hits.  Matt Schuld allowed a run on three hits in four innings.

Monday--Ft. Myers 4, Charlotte 0 in Ft. Myers.  Tom Stuifbergen allowed six hits and no walks in seven innings.  Aaron Hicks and Jamaal Hawkins each singled and doubled.


Thursday--No games scheduled.

Friday--Beloit 3, Cedar Rapids 2 in Beloit. Nate Roberts singled and homered.  Ryan O’Rourke struck out nine in five innings, giving up a run on four hits.

Saturday--Beloit 8, Cedar Rapids 7 in Beloit (10 innings). Adam Bryant doubled twice, driving in four.  Michael Gonzales homered.  Michael Tonkin pitched two shutout innings.

Sunday--Beloit 8, Cedar Rapids 5 in Beloit.  Lance Ray had three hits.  Pat Dean gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in six innings.  Ben Tootle pitched two shutout innings.

Monday--Beloit 9, Clinton 2 in Clinton. Jairo Perez doubled and homered to raise his average to .364. Tobias Streich had two doubles. Andrei Lobanov pitched two shutout innings.


Thursday--Elizabethton 6, Bluefield 5 in Elizabethton.  Jhonatan Arias singled and homered.  Sam Spangler pitched 2.1 shutout innings.

Friday--Elizabethton 8, Burlington 7 in Elizabethton (10 innings). Matej Hejma had three hits.  Steven Evans gave up an unearned run on no hits and two walks.

Saturday--Elizabethton 3, Burlington 1 in Elizabethton.  Rory Rhodes singled and doubled.  Sam Spangler struck out four in two shutout innings.  Madison Boer struck out the side in the ninth.

Sunday--Elizabethton 12, Burlington 7 in Elizabethton.  Eddie Rosario had two doubles and a home run, scoring three times and driving in five.  Nick Lockwood had three hits.

Monday--Johnson City 10, Elizabethton 5 in Johnson City. Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano each singled and homered. Pedro Guerra gave up a run and struck out four in 4.1 innings.


Thursday--Rays 9, Twins 2 at Twins. Brandon Roberts and Aderlin Mejia had two hits each.  Shay Crawford struck out three in one inning.

Friday--Twins 10, Red Sox 1 at Twins. Oswaldo Arcia had two singles and a triple. Hung Yi Chen struck out six in four shutout innings.

Saturday--Red Sox 5, Twins 4 at Red Sox.  Wander Guillen had two hits. Tim Atherton struck out six in 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks.

Sunday--No game scheduled.

Monday--Twins 4, Orioles 1 at Orioles.  Jacob Younis was 4-for-4.  Wander Guillen singled and tripled.  Jeff Manship gave up one hit and struck out two in three shutout innings.


Thursday--Orioles 7, Twins 4 at Twins.  Dubal Baez had two hits.  Carlos Martinez drove in three runs. Carlos Suarez pitched two scoreless innings.

Friday--Twins 8, Cubs1 3 at Twins (Game 1--Scheduled 7 innings). Ronald Jimenez singled and doubled.  Ezequiel Zarzuela struck out four in two shutout innings.

Cubs1 3, Twins 1 at Cubs1 (Game 2--Scheduled 7 innings). Jose Ramirez had two hits.  Javier Vargas allowed an unearned run on four hits and three walks in four innings.

Saturday--Rockies 11, Twins 5 at Twins. Adonis Pacheco had three hits. Javier Pimentel singled and tripled. Joel Polanco singled and doubled.

Sunday--No game scheduled.

Monday--Twins 13, Reds 2 at Reds.  Javier Pimentel had two doubles and a single, scoring three times and driving in five.  Junior Subero struck out four and gave up two hits in four shutout innings.

Pixel Perfect Memories: 3 Cards to Midnight

Release Date:  May 7, 2009
Platforms:  Windows

While I conceded the fall of sprawling adventure games to first-person shooters and the more economically sound casual game market, one concept I've had difficulty wrapping my head around is the hidden-object game.   The whole concept (here's some objects, click on them) is on par with word-finds for intellectual and emotional stimulation.   My first experience with such games was Escape the Museum.  It was so nauseatingly boring that I quit after ten minutes and went outside to watch boxelder bugs procreate.   Then I discovered there are hundreds upon hundreds of games much like this, with no challenge, a threadbare plot, and selling like hotcakes.

In 2009, I came across a good one, all by accident.  Chris Jones and Aaron Conners are relatively big names in the industry, for they were responsible for the immensely popular Tex Murphy series.  Jones starred as Tex Murphy in one of the few positive uses of full-motion video, blending film noir and adult themes with solid adventuring.   So when I found out they had started their own company, Big Finish Games, I knew I would buy whatever game they produced.  It wasn't until after I ordered their first game, 3 Cards to Midnight, that I realized it was a hidden-object game.  [redacted!]

But I was pleasantly surprised.  Rather than simply finding lists of objects on screen, the games requires you to think.  For example, the game might give you a word like "Shark."  Instead of looking for Jaws, you may need to look for the ace of clubs.  Ergo, card shark.   Or click on a tiger.  Tiger shark.  Or an aquarium.  Shark tank.

Not only does the game require thinking, there is actually a fleshed out plot, cut scenes, and voice acting.  It's nothing to write home about, but at least it tries.  There is also a sequel, 3 Cards to Dead Time, that is even stronger in the puzzle department if weaker in the story and acting.

I still prefer just about any other genre to hidden object.  But Stefanie loves such games, and if we're going to play them together, I need to find some that don't immediately make me catatonic.  If anyone has recommendations, I'd love to hear them.

Whatcha playin?

Happy Birthday–June 28

Spider Baum (1882)
Ken Williams (1890)
Haruyasu Nakajima (1910)
A. Ray Smith (1915)
Fred Gladding (1936)
Ron Luciano (1937)
Fred Talbot (1941)
Al Downing (1941)
Don Baylor (1949)
Chris Speier (1950)
Joe Sambito (1952)
John Elway (1960)
Jay Schroeder (1961)
Mark Grace (1964)
Ron Mahay (1971)
Corey Koskie (1973)
Richard Hidalgo (1975)

NFL quarterbacks John Elway and Jay Schroeder each played minor league baseball.  Elway hit .318 in 151 at-bats as an outfielder for Class A Oneonta in 1982.  Schroeder was primarily an outfielder for four years in the Toronto system, never getting higher than Class A.  He hit .213 with 36 homers in 1,304 minor league at-bats.

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Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.