Game 89: Twins @ Pale Hose

Hi Everybody! I don't see a game log slated for today so here is an emergency post.

A. Sleetstack (1-2) 3.71 ERA, 108 ERA+
J. Peavy (4-2) 4.83 ERA, 84 ERA+


1. Revere CF
2. Casilla 2B
3. Mauer DH
4. Cuddyer 1B
5. Valencia 3B
6. Tosoni LF
7. Nishioka SS
8. Butera C
9. Repko RF


1. Juan Pierre LF
2. Alexei Ramirez SS
3. Paul Konerko 1B
4. Adam Dunn DH
5. Carlos Quentin RF
6. Alex Rios CF
7. A.J. Pierzynski C
8. Gordon Beckham 2B
9. Mark Teahen 3B

Go Twins!

Minor Details: Games of 7/9

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 9, Rochester 0 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Yankees scored three each in the first, second, and fourth.  Trevor Plouffe had half of the Red Wings’ four hits, raising his average to .310.  Delmon Young was 0-for-2 with a walk.  Eric Hacker surrendered all nine runs on ten hits and two walks in 3.1 innings.  Jake Stevens worked 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out five while giving up three hits and no walks.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6, Rochester 4 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings).  A five-run third gave the Yankees all the runs they needed.  The Red Wings out-hit the Yankees 13-9.  Delmon Young singled and doubled.  Nate Roberts, Trevor Plouffe, and Aaron Bates each had two hits, with Plouffe raising his average to .314 and Bates raising his average to .332.  Starter Thomas Diamond surrendered five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five in 2.2 innings.  Kyle Waldrop struck out three in 2.1 scoreless innings.

Binghamton 7, New Britain 6 in New Britain (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Mets scored all of their runs in the fourth inning.  Brian Dozier had two hits, raising his average to .314.  Bobby Lanigan allowed all seven runs on five hits and four walks in 3.2 innings.  Tony Davis struck out three in two shutout innings.

Binghamton 9, New Britain 5 in New Britain (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Mets again put together a big inning, this time scoring six in the third.  Chris Parmelee singled and hit his eighth home run.  Chris Herrmann had two hits.  Deinys Suarez was charged with all nine runs, but only four were earned, as the Rock Cats made four errors.  Suarez allowed seven hits and four walks in 3.1 innings.  Tyler Robertson pitched 2.2 scoreless innings.

Ft. Myers 4, Brevard County 1 in Brevard County.  The Miracle scored two in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie.  Josmil Pinto singled and doubled.  Oswaldo Arcia hit his second home run.  Logan Darnell worked seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks.  Andrew Albers pitched two shutout innings for his fourth save.

Clinton 8, Beloit 5 in Beloit.  The LumberKings had four two-run innings.  Jairo Perez hit two home runs and scored three times; he now has eight homers and is hitting .404.  Tobias Streich singled and homered and Daniel Santana had two hits.  Starter Blayne Weller pitched four innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk.  Andrei Lobanov took the loss, surrendering six runs on six hits and two walks in just 2.2 innings.  Michael Tonkin worked 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out two.

Elizabethton 3, Greeneville 2 in Elizabethton.  Niko Goodrum broke the tie by circling the bases to lead off the eighth, hitting a double and coming the rest of the way around on a throwing error.  Tyler Koelling hit a two-run homer, his fourth.  David Hurlbut went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six.  Bart Carter worked two shutout innings to get the win, striking out four.  Madison Boer had a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

GCL Twins 2, Red Sox 1 at Red Sox (11 innings).  The Twins scored the winning run on a walk, an error, and two infield outs.  Julio Torres had three of the Twins’ six hits.  Starter Hein Robb lasted three shutout innings, giving up one hit and two walks.  Marcus Limon gave up three hits in 2.1 scoreless innings.  The win went to Tyler Herr, who allowed an unearned run on a hit and two walks while striking out three in two innings.  Matthew Tomshaw pitched a perfect eleventh to get the save.

DSL Twins 7, Orioles 5.  The Twins scored all of their runs in the first two innings, building a 7-2 lead.  Joel Polanco had three hits.  Ernesto Ciprian hit a three-run homer and drove in four.  Yorman Landa gave up two unearned runs on a hit and three walks in two innings.  Francisco Nunez struck out six in 3.2 scoreless innings to get the win, giving up two hits and two walks.  Jose Vasquez gave up a run on a hit and two walks while striking out two in two innings to get the save.  Nineteen walks were issued in the game, twelve of them by Twins pitchers.

Happy Birthday–July 10

Jimmy McAleer (1864)
Bobby Lowe (1865)
John Heydler (1869)
Wayne Blackburn (1914)
Paul Pryor (1927)
Gene Alley (1940)
Hal McRae (1945)
Bob Bailor (1951)
Andre Dawson (1954)
Buddy Groom (1965)
Lee Stevens (1967)
Marty Cordova (1969)

For some odd reason, John Heydler does not appear to be a member of the Hall of Fame. 

Umpire Paul Pryor is an alumnus of the author's alma mater, the University of South Dakota.

Continue reading Happy Birthday–July 10

Merle Haggard – Sidewalks of Chicago

"if i buy the bread, then i can't afford the wine..."

for some reason, i can imagine burnett walking aimlessly around the south side with a bottle in his hand, but i can't picture mijares doing the same. i'm not sure what that means. anyway, here's an old favorite of mine:


and hold on to your hats, kiddos. coming up next: freealonzo week. i wonder how many GBV clips there are on youtube...

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Game 88: JETER GOT HIS 3000TH HIT (Also, Twins and Sox)

The greatest player in Yankees history hit his 3000th hit today. The good Yankee Captain, as he is called worldwide (even by those who are otherwise oblivious to baseball) because the first player ever to use nothing but willpower and intangibles to guide the ball over the fence for the milestone (the other player to hit a home run for his 3000th hit, Wade Boggs, used some combination of shoe polish and eastern mysticism). Ray's pitcher David Price wept openly, and joyfully ran to give the heroic shortstop a hug, thanking Jeter for allowing him to be used for his higher purpose.

Commissioner Selig decreed July 9th to be "Jeter Day" for 'as long as baseball is played, both on earth and into the stars above'. "Today, he truly has made the intangible 'tangible'" he said in a pre-recorded speech to the President and his Cabinet. In less well-received news, the commissioner's office has decided to continue playing the rest of the games on today's schedule, in blatant disrespect to the All-Star Shortstop's acomplishment. Certainly, there will be a 30 minute mandatory silence period between each inning to reflect on what this moment in history means, but there are many who believe that the rest of the month's schedule should be nullified in favor of the planned month-long Jeterbration to be held nationwide, beginning Sunday.

You are all encouraged to immediately begin making your pilgrimage to New York to pay homage.

For those who prefer to watch Brian Duensing take on Mark Buehrle in today's meaningless contest between two flyover teams, do so knowing that you spit in the face of history.

Minor Details: Games of 7/8

Lehigh Valley 9, Rochester 5 in Rochester.  The IronPigs scored two in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie and never looked back.  Jeff Bailey singled, doubled, and homered, collecting all four Red Wings RBIs.  Nate Roberts had two hits.  Delmon Young was 0-for-4.  Andrew Baldwin surrendered six runs on eight hits and three walks in 5.1 innings.

Binghamton at New Britain.  Postponed.  Will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Ft. Myers 5, Brevard County 4 in Brevard County.  The Miracle scored three in the eighth to overcome a 4-2 deficit.  Nick Romero had four hits.  Jon Goncalves had two hits.  Tom Stuifbergen allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings.  Edgar Ibarra struck out three in two shutout innings to get the win.  Matt Hauser worked a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Beloit 4, Peoria 1 in Peoria (10 innings).  The Chiefs scored in the first, the Snappers got one in the third, and there things stood until the tenth, when four singles, an error, a walk, and a hit batsman plated three runs.  Jairo Perez singled and doubled to bring his average back to .400.  Wang-wei Lin had two hits.  Adrian Salcedo gave up just one run on six hits and two walks in 6.2 innings.  Clinton Dempster struck out three and allowed just a walk in 2.1 scoreless innings to get the win.  Jose Gonzalez pitched the tenth to get his eighth save.

Greeneville 9, Elizabethton 4 in Elizabethton.  The Astros scored six in the first three innings, highlighted by a four-run fourth.  Nick Lockwood singled and doubled.  Tyler Koelling hit a three-run homer.  Cesar Ciurcina lasted only 1.1 innings, surrendering five runs on five hits and three walks.  The only relief pitcher to distinguish himself was Nicholas Alloway, who struck out three in two perfect innings.

GCL Twins 5, Red Sox 1 at Twins.  Jorge Polanco’s two run double highlighted a four-run eighth that broke a 1-1 tie.  Wander Guillen had two hits, raising his average to .351.  Starter Ricardo Arevalo gave up only a walk in three shutout innings, striking out five.  Mark Trau struck out three in two shutout innings, and Markus Solbach also pitched two shutout innings to get the win.

DSL White Sox 2, Twins 1 at White Sox.  The White Sox scored in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie.  The Twins drew nine walks, but failed to take advantage by getting only four hits.  They were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded twelve.  Starter Randy Rosario gave up a run on two hits and two walks in three innings.  Sterling Bonilla struck out four in 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk.  Edgar Martinez took the loss, allowing no hits in 1.2 innings but walking two batters and uncorking a wild pitch.  The winning run scored on a sacrifice fly.

2011 Game 87 Recap: Twins 8, Sweatsox 5

South Side Chicago

Weather: 77 degrees, clear
Wind: 7 mph, left to right
Time: 3:22
Attendance: 27,737

Box Score

The South Side of Chicago is a place where people end up. They end up packing meat or assembling machinery on a line. They end up in the bar or pool hall Friday and Saturday nights and in church on Sunday morning. They end up in the hospital or jail. Sometimes they end up at the bottom of the lake, sleeping with the fishes.

The Twins blew into Chicago riding the crest of a winning home stand that saw them take two of three from the Dodgers, Brewers, and Rays. And this with a team that's still largely patched together with duct tape and baling wire. Morneau recovering from surgery. Span and Kubel nursing lower extremities. Delmon... okay, forget about Delmon, but having the others unavailable has been a big chunk of why the Twins are in fourth place, seven games back of Cleveland. You have to think had they all been healthy, they could have turned around the outcomes of several of those 19 one-run losses so far this year. But after two days of dominating the White Sox, again, the Twins end up just two wins from overtaking the Hosers for third place. In the best case scenario, the Twins would sweep the Sox while Cleveland and Detroit lose out to the All-Star break, with the Twins having gained 11.5 games on the division lead since the first of June. I won't hold my breath, but stranger things have happened in the game of baseball.

Tonight, even with Blackburn struggling to control his pitches and giving up five early runs, the Twins chipped away with single runs in the first and third. But in the fourth inning they opened fire on Gavin Floyd, who would exit the game after recording just eleven outs and adding seven earned runs to his stat sheet. The Twins, down early, came back from behind and beat the White Sox, and it really doesn't get much better than that. Shoot, if the Twins aren't careful they just might find themselves in a pennant race before this season's over.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.