Game # Something Recap: Twins @ Tigers

Twins 6, Tigers 5
WP: Matt Capps. Wait, What? LP: Dancie McDancealot
Blown Save*: Matt Capps
Save: Joe Nathan
Fangraphs likes making graphs.

We only have a few games left so we'd better check in on the King of the Savers Race. John Axford and Craig Kimbrel are riding on top of the list with 36 saves apiece, but Jose Valverde and The Beard are hot on their heels with 35 successful saves.

Carl Pavano looks mad, rip snorting mad. Over his last 10 starts he has factored in half the decisions winning one and taking the loss in the other four despite being 'quality' over his last three starts. He's beat up water coolers, spiked the ball (several times), sneered at opposing batters, and, most egregiously, he had to endure Joe Mauer's pitch calling last night. He's angry. You can see it on his face, but that really isn't important at this point in the season. This game had it's share of baseball magic. The Twins took the lead in the second, Detroit tied it up in the third, and then took the lead in the sixth. The Twins came roaring back to take the lead in the top half of the seventh, and then served up the tie in the bottom half. Then big Jim Thome came to the plate and stroked a single take back the lead. I'll never, ever, tire of watching Thome swing the lumber. Glen Perkins came on to be automatic, and instead loaded the bases without retiring anyone. Shortening was called in, and I couldn't watch. I sat at my couch staring at the rug waiting to hear the roar of the crowd that would affirm my worst fears, but that roar never happened. With the game knotted at 4 Leyland brought in his Iceman, the douchy closer who's been perfect in save opportunities this year, and he blew up the game. Morneau had the clutch hit driving in two runs, and Joe Nathan saved the day by only giving up one run. The Twins may have raised the white flag, but there are some positive things to watch for towards the end of the season. We may get to see K-slow pitch a real game, and, unless he's traded to AMR's new boyfriend team, we may get to see Jim Thome pass Sammy Sosa on the all time list.Even if the Twins aren't in the race for the division title I'm not willing to give up watching them play because the off-season is long and dark.

*that makes 8 blown saves for Crisco this season which = $875,000.00 per. The more he blows the cheaper they get.

Culture Club: Heads up to Hungry Joe, and anyone else who is hanging out around Chi-Town, the International Museum of Surgical Science is a great place to spend an afternoon (although, they are closed until labor day). Of the many reasons to like a museum dedicated to surgical science the most important reason is that they have a forward thinking approach to the connection between art and science with their Anatomy in the Gallery program. If you can't make it down to Chicago you can get your fix at the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Minor Details: Games of 8/17

Lehigh Valley 3, Rochester 1 in Lehigh Valley.  The IronPigs scored two in the first and it was all they needed.  Brandon Roberts had two hits.  Toby Gardenhire's sixth-inning homer was the only Red Wings run.  Andrew Baldwin struck out ten in six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk.  Cole DeVries worked two shutout innings, giving up a hit and striking out two.

New Britain 7, Binghamton 3 in Binghamton.  The Rock Cats scored three in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead.  Mike Hollimon singled, tripled, and homered, scoring three times.  The home run was his fourteenth.  Joe Benson hit two home runs, giving him thirteen, and drove in five.  Chris Parmelee and Evan Bigley each had two hits.  Blake Martin got the win despite allowing three runs on seven hits and five walks in five innings.  Deolis Guerra pitched three shutout innings, giving up just one hit.

Ft. Myers 5, Jupiter 1 in Jupiter.  The Miracle scored four in the second.  Oswaldo Arcia singled, doubled, and homered.  Danny Rohlfing had two hits.  B. J. Hermsen went six innings, giving up a run on eight hits and a walk.  Matt Hauser threw three shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk.

Beloit 10, Kane County 1 in Kane County.  The Snappers broke a scoreless tie with a three-run sixth, then scored six in the ninth to put it away.  Jairo Perez doubled and hit his thirteenth homer, driving in four and making his average .335.  Adam Bryant singled and doubled.  Lance Ray and Daniel Ortiz each had two hits.  Ryan O'Rourke got the win, going 5.1 innings and somehow giving up just one run on seven hits and five walks.  Pedro Guerra struck out the side in the ninth.

Elizabethton 7, Bristol 3 in Elizabethton.  The Twins trailed 3-2 before a three-run fifth.  Rory Rhodes had three hits.  Eddie Rosario singled and homered, his twelfth.  Matej Hejma and Max Kepler each singled and doubled.  Miguel Sano hit his fifteenth homer.  Derek Christensen struck out seven in 4.1 innings but allowed three runs on two hits and four walks.  Corey Williams got the win with 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out three while giving up two hits and a walk.

GCL Twins 3, Rays 0 at Rays (Game 1--Scheduled 7 innings).  The Twins scored one in the fifth and two in the seventh.  Candido Pimentel had two singles and a triple.  Julio Torres and Drew Leachman each had two hits.  Hein Robb gave up four hits and three walks, but no runs, in four innings.  Kyle Wahl got the win with three perfect innings, striking out four.

GCL Twins 5, Rays 2 at Rays (Game 2--Scheduled 7 innings).  The Twins trailed 2-1 after five but scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh.  Kelvin Ortiz singled and doubled.  Joshua Hendricks had two hits.  Starter Bobby O'Neill worked four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and no walks.  Luis Nunez got the win with three shutout innings, giving up two hits.

DSL Padres 10, Twins 5 at Padres.  The Twins scored four in the ninth to make it look better.  The Twins had only four hits and made five errors which led to six unearned runs.  Starter Randy Rosario took the loss, giving up a run on one hit and three walks in three innings.  Melcaides De La Cruz struck out six in 3.1 innings, but allowed six runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk.

Happy Birthday–August 18

Sam Wise (1857)
Wally Gerber (1891)
Burleigh Grimes (1893)
Bernie Friberg (1899)
Max Lanier (1915)
Bob Kennedy (1920)
Roberto Clemente (1934)
Billy Consolo (1934)
Joe Azcue (1939)
Paul Popovich (1940)
Bucky Guth (1947)
Bruce Benedict (1955)
Mike LaValliere (1960)
Jack Howell (1961)
Marcus Lawton (1965)
Bobby Higginson (1970)
Albie Lopez (1971)

Marcus Lawton is the brother of Matt Lawton.  He played in ten games for the Yankees in 1989.

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Planet X – “Inside Black”

Planet X is one of my favorite prog jazz groups; they seem unable to play anything in 4/4 time. There aren't any live videos available of their songs I like the most, but here's a good one from a concert in Sofia, Bulgaria that was recorded for a television special:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN2FYLKQKQ8

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Minor Details: Games of 8/16

Lehigh Valley 5, Rochester 2 in Lehigh Valley.  The IronPigs scored three in the eighth to put the game away.   Rene Rivera singled and homered.  Dustin Martin singled and doubled.  Chase Lambin and Brian Dinkelman each had two hits.  Luke Hughes hit a home run.  Liam Hendriks took a tough loss, giving up two runs on six hits and no walks in six innings.

Binghamton 17, New Britain 5 in Binghamton.  The Mets led 8-0 after three innings.  Chris Parmelee singled and homered, his twelfth.  Chris Herrmann had two hits.  David Bromberg surrendered eight runs on eight hits and four walks in 2.2 innings.

Jupiter 7, Ft. Myers 1 in Jupiter.  The game was tied 1-1 after four, then the Hammerheads scored two in each of the next three innings.  James Beresford had two hits.  Alex Wimmers made his first start since opening day, giving up a run on two hits and three walks while striking out four in four innings.  Cole Nelson made his debut in the Twins organization and took the loss, yielding two runs on a hit and three walks in one inning.

Beloit.  No games scheduled.

Elizabethton 5, Bristol 1 in Elizabethton.  The Twins scored two in the second and never lost the lead.  Miguel Sano hit a home run, his fourteenth.  Tim Shibuya struck out twelve in seven innings, giving up a run on two hits and no walks. 

GCL Twins at Orioles.  Postponed.

DSL Reds 3, Twins 0 at Reds (Game 1--Scheduled 7 innings).  The Twins out-hit the Reds 5-2.  Ronald Jimenez had two hits.  Yorman Landa allowed three runs on two hits and three walks in two innings.  Elias Villasana worked three perfect innings, striking out six.

Happy Birthday–August 17

Johnny Rawlings (1892)
Rudy York (1913)
Donald Honig (1931)
Jim Davenport (1933)
John Buzhardt (1936)
Diego Segui (1937)
Boog Powell (1941)
Ron Boyer (1944)
Skip Lockwood (1946)
Butch Hobson (1951)
Alex Cole (1965)
Jorge Posada (1971)
Mike Maroth (1977)
Brett Myers (1980)
Dustin Pedroia (1983)

Ron Boyer is the brother of Clete Boyer and Ken Boyer. He played in the Yankees' farm system for eight years, reaching AAA.

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Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.