Game 113: White Sox 6, Twins 1

Well, it was a step in the right direction, but not a big enough one.

Carl Pavano did his thing and gave the Twins a very good start. More than just a quality start, which the Twins did not have in the previous six games. Unfortunately, the Twins forgot how to catch the ball or take a pitch or three against a pitcher they hadn't seen before.

The Twins are now 10 games back and 11 games under .500 with 49 games left. For the Twins to just get back to .500, they will have to go 30-19. It was going to be a historic comeback if it was going to happen, but it's pretty apparent, it's not going to happen. I'd say it is time to play the kids, but really, who would that be? Plouffe, maybe. Call up Luke Hughes and send out Tolbert, I guess. But I think we pretty much know what these players offer. Revere, of course, should get more playing time. Let Delmon, Span, Cuddyer and Kubel rotate an off day.

I doubt we'll see the Twins ease up on the throttle yet. The upcoming series with the Indians and Tigers should take care of that.

I did at least get a chance to listen to TK in the booth. When someone has real insight into the game and chooses to use it, they don't have to have the most dynamic personality to be a joy to listen to. I especially enjoyed his sarcastic jabs at Adam Done and Anthony John.

Game 113: Sox at Twinkies

It'd be nice if Jim Thome would hurry up and hit number 600, so I can move on with my plan of watching games until we're losing by two, because we're back to the point where the starting pitching is bad, and a Twins lead sometimes seems like an insurmountable deficit. Things are tough to watch, a few players excepted.

The Smartest Pitcher in Baseball takes the mound tonight against Zach Stewart, who is making just his 4th big league start. Our favorite tater-masher should get some good cuts in today.

Let's see some dongers jacked... I mean... umm... yeah.

Game 112 recap: Burlys 5, Washington Generals 3

Twayn's not here, so you guys are stuck reading some bS about last night's game.

I am still without a home computer, so this will be a minimalist post.

The toilet has been flushed and the water continues to run on this season. All that really remains is to beat up on the South Siders. So last night's loss, predictable as it was, hurts.

After an ugly top of the first for Not Kevin Slowey (roughly a dozen walks and 18 Nishi errors that somehow led to only one run), our boys gave us some false hope in the bottom half. Ben Revere knocked a croquet ball through the hoop called Adam Done. After Tolbot did something useless, Joe said "this game is easy," and blooped a single. Then the Dude said "screw platoon splits" and dongered.

The Nation rejoiced.

It was not to be. After the Dude, Burly dominated, retiring 22 of the next 24. And, well, Kevin Slowey was still in AAA.

Carlos Quentin did his best Jose Bautista. The Twins offense was helpless. Boo.

WU LYF – Spitting Blood

I have been spending some time on pitchfork lately. I have learned that it is very fashionable to sing in a punk rock/metal hybrid that sounds like a lo-fi Kings of Leon singer dude. You know, you gotta have that lo-fi for street cred.  Because, duh, Kings of Leon totally sold out after their first record. Anyway, I'd prefer if the singer of this band had a shirt on.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F1PHopWEF8

I might warm up to this. You know, if I don't have to look at him with his shirt off. Knitting Factory, 2011.

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Where They Stand

Minnesota is 51-60, fourth in the AL Central, 8 games behind Detroit.  The Twins have lost one game in a row and are 4-6 in their last ten games.
Rochester is 44-67, sixth in the IL North, 19 games behind Lehigh Valley.  The Red Wings have lost one game in a row and are 6-4 in their last ten games.
New Britain is 55-56, fourth in the EL East, 7 games behind New Hampshire.  The Rock Cats have lost five games in a row and are 3-7 in their last ten games.
Ft. Myers is 15-25 in the second half, sixth in the FSL South, 9 games behind Bradenton.  The Miracle has lost four games in a row and is 1-9 in its last ten games.
Beloit is 17-22 in the second half, tied for fourth in the ML West, 7 games behind Kane County and Quad Cities.  The Snappers have lost five games in a row and are 3-7 in their last ten games.
Elizabethton is 23-20, second in the AL West, 5 games behind Johnson City.  The Twins have lost one game in a row and are 4-6 in their last ten games.
The GCL Twins are 19-21, tied for second in the GCL South, 5 games behind the GCL Orioles.  The Twins have won one game in a row and are 3-7 in their last ten games.
The DSL Twins are 31-22, third in the B. C. B. C., 4.5 games behind the DSL Orioles.  The Twins have lost two games in a row and are 4-6 in their last ten games.

This Week in Twins Transactions

Luke Hughes was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester.
Denard Span was activated from the disabled list by Minnesota.
Mike Hollimon was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
Jeff Manship was placed on the seven day disabled list by Rochester with a back strain.
Kyle Gibson was placed on the seven day disabled list by Rochester.
Carlos Gutierrez was activated by the disabled list by Rochester.
Justin Morneau was sent to Rochester on a rehab assignment.
Bruce Pugh was sent from New Britain to Ft. Myers.
Andrew Albers was promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain.
Steven Liddle was activated from the disabled list by Ft. Myers.
Matthew Tomshaw was sent from Ft. Myers to the GCL Twins.
Tyler Grimes was activated from the disabled list by Beloit.
Pedro Guerra was promoted from Elizabethton to Beloit.
Ben Tootle was placed on the seven day disabled list by Beloit.
Tim Atherton was promoted from the GCL Twins to Elizabethton.
John Krogstad was released by the GCL Twins.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.