2011 Game 55: Twins at Royals

The good news is that it's the Royals! The bad news is that we're still the Twins, and we're as injured as ever.

Anthony Soulsister 0-2, 15 IP, 3.60 ERA, 4.80 FIP, 5.06 xFIP, 0.0 fWAR
Sean O'Sullivan 2-4, 50.2 IP, 6.75 ERA, 6.05 FIP, 5.47 xFIP, -0.5 fWAR

I may never say this again, but this pitching matchup seems to favor Sickleshuffle pretty heavily. O'Sullivan is out of his element as a starter in MLB, as he wasn't even that good in AAA. This year his Ks are down and his walks are way up in what's not all that small a sample anymore.

O'Sullivan's a righty, too, so he doesn't even qualify as a Jeremy.

Can the Twins win some games in June? Can they start a bona fide winning streak tonight? Hey, if Drew Butera can hit a home run (with a runner on base, even!), I can believe anything.

Classic Album Review — The Pretenders (1979)


Although this album was released in 1979, I really didn’t hear it until 1981, however it came at a key point in my life. In 1981, popular music generally sucked and I was tired of the Journeys, Styx, and Bad Companys, etc., that ruled the airways. I had basically given up listening to what was popular at the time and was more interested in stuff from the 60’s. Then I heard Pretenders. For the first time I heard music that was really good but wasn’t being played on the radio or talked about a whole lot in popular culture. Hearing this album opened my ears (and my eyes) to a whole (what was then) new subculture of cool, cool music.

The album kicks off with Precious and right from the beginning you know you are in for a thrill ride. Crissie Hynde's tough-chick-in-a-red-leather-jacket spin on the whole Madonna-Whore thing is evident throughout the album but this song just oozes sexuality. Remember this is 1981 (for me) and girls didn’t sing in rock bands generally, and they sure as heck didn’t say "Not me baby, I'm too precious...ah F**k Off!" like Crissie Hynde does at the end of this song. Tattoed Love Boys and especially The Wait were also in-your-face, sexually-charged rockers. In fact The Wait still gives me goosebumps some 30 years later (although the single version is even rawer than the version found on the album – yes I have both versions).

The album wasn’t all just rockin’ guitars and drums as songs like Kid, Stop Your Sobbin’ and Brass in Pocket were all pretty good songs at a slower tempo. Stop Your Sobbin’ and Brass and Pocket were especially nice because the co-eds liked them too -- which is important when you’re in college trying to impress the ladies with your record collection.

Musically this album is pretty advanced for a debut. James Honeyman-Scott’s guitar work really anchors the album and his style is still being copied today but the star of the show was Crissie Hynde. She was tough and vulnerable: the kind of girl who would take your legs off on a Saturday night, but also someone you could bring home to your mother on a Sunday afternoon.

This album saved me musically and without it I’d probably be into the Dave Mathews Band or be excited about the fact that Genesis has a new box set. For that reason Pretenders gets to kick off my review of classic rock albums.

Game # who cares recap —> 20 games under .500

Twins 2, Tigers 4

Twins record 17-37, 16 games out

LP Scott Baker, WP R. Porcello

Save: The King of D-bags, Valverde

What to say about this? Well, there isn't much to say about this. Oh, what's that you say? Alexi decided that bunting for a base hit with two strikes in the 9th was a good idea? Holy crap, I wish I had dreamed that, but I didn't. No, with the undisputed king of the d-bags on the mound Alexi decided to bunt with two strikes. He executed the bunt puuuuurfectly for the tigers. I imagine that Joe Mauer will take the blame for this loss. As boosty pointed out in the game log this is a particularly  bad loss bringing the twins to 20 games under .500. That's bad. Really. B-A-D.

This, of course, doesn't mean that I'll stop watching the Twins lose, but this is still  something of a milestone. Boo.



Game 54: Twins at Tigers

Didn't see one up, so have at it.

TWINS (17-36)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Jason Repko, RF
9. Drew Butera, C

Starting pitcher: RH Scott Baker (2-3, 3.65 ERA)

TIGERS (28-26)

1. Don Kelly, LF
2. Ramon Santiago, 2B
3. Brennan Boesch, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Andy Dirks, CF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Brandon Inge, 3B

Starting pitcher: RH Rick Porcello (4-2, 3.08 ERA)

Mango Chicken Sauté

The Twins have lost so many games that I've turned my attention back into the kitchen, and with the burn ban in effect here in Hades  I've had to search out some new recipes. Last week the Good Dr. and I made a rash purchase of mangoes which were on sale two for .88¢. I set out to find a savory use for these mangoes and happened upon this recipe for pan fried chicken thighs with mango, cashews, and rum. I was totally impressed with the complexity of flavor that this dish has with so few ingredients. You'll need to set aside about 40 minutes for prep work the first time out of the gate, but after the chopping is done the actual cooking only took about 20 minutes. Continue reading Mango Chicken Sauté

Minor Details: Games of 5/31

Toledo 5, Rochester 0 in Rochester.  The Mud Hens scored three in the seventh to put things away.  The Red Wings actually out-hit Toledo 7-6, but the Mud Hens hit three home runs while Rochester hit seven singles.  Aaron Bates had three of them, raising his average to .317, and Toby Gardenhire had two.  Only two of the five runs were earned.  They were all given up by Andrew Baldwin who allowed four hits and no walks in seven innings.

New Britain 2, Portland 0 in New Britain (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Rock Cats scored single runs in the first and sixth.  Steve Singleton and Mike Hollimon each had two hits.  Brett Jacobson pitched five innings, giving up two hits while walking three.  Tyler Robertson retired all four batters he faced to get the save.

New Britain 5, Portland 3 in New Britain (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Rock Cats scored in four of the six innings they batted.  Joe Benson had two doubles and a single.  Deibinson Romero had two hits.  Mike Hollimon hit a two-run homer.  Tony Davis threw 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to get the win, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out three.  Michael Tarsi gave up a run on a hit and two walks in the seventh inning, but was still credited with the save.

Lakeland 13, Ft. Myers 2 in Lakeland.  The Flying Tigers scored in each of the first six innings, scoring multiple runs in three of those innings.  Danny Rams and Anderson Hidalgo each singled and doubled.  Matt Schuld was hammered for six runs on nine hits and four walks in three innings, and the first two relief pitchers did no better.

Beloit 11, Dayton 10 in Beloit.  The Snappers scored six runs in the ninth to overcome a 10-5 deficit.  A pinch-hit grand slam by Lance Ray capped the inning.  Daniel Santana had two singles and a home run.  Danny Ortiz had two doubles.  Michael Gonzales singled and doubled, driving in five, and Kyle Kundson had two hits.  Starter Pat Dean surrendered five runs on eleven hits and a walk in 4.2 innings.  Ben Tootle got the win despite allowing two runs on a hit and two walks in two innings.  Clinton Dempster pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

DSL Cubs1 at Twins.  Postponed.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.