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1969 Rewind: Game Eighty-seven


Date:  Sunday, July 13.

Batting stars:  Leo Cardenas was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Frank Quilici was 2-for-4 with a home run.  Cesar Tovar was 2-for-5 with a home run, his second.  Rich Reese was 2-for-5.

Pitching star:  Jim Kaat threw a complete game, giving up two runs on nine hits and no walks and striking out two.

Opposition stars:  Jerry McNertney was 2-for-4 with a home run, his seventh.  Diego Segui struck out four in three innings, giving up one run on two hits and two walks.  Dick Baney pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits.

The game:  Tovar led off the first with a single, Harmon Killebrew had a one-out single, and Bob Allison delivered a two-out single to give the Twins a 1-0 lead.  It stayed 1-0 until the fourth, when Quilici led off the inning with a home run.  The next two batters were retired, but Tovar then homered to make it 3-0.  Reese singled, Killebrew walked, and Oliva had a run-scoring single.  Killebrew was thrown out trying to go from first to third, but the Twins led 4-0.

The Pilots got on the board in the seventh.  Davis and Don Mincher singled to start the inning.  A forceout put men on first and third and Ron Clark hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-1.  Ray Oyler singled, but Jerry McNertney was thrown out trying to go from first to third, ending the inning.  The Twins got the run back in the bottom of the seventh.  Killebrew walked, pinch-runner Ted Uhlaender stole second, and Quilici came through with an RBI single, putting the Twins up 5-1.  McNertney hit a home run in the ninth, but Seattle did not really threaten to get back into the game.

WP:  Kaat (9-6).  LP:  Garry Roggenburk (2-3).  S:  None.

Notes:  Tovar was back in center, with Allison in left.  Quilici started at second base.  After he came in as a pinch-runner, Uhlaender stayed in to play center, with Tovar moving to second base and Quilici moving to third.  Graig Nettles pinch-hit for Allison in the seventh and stayed in to play left.

Oliva went 1-for-4 and was batting .335.  Reese raised his average to .332.

Kaat's ERA was now 2.86.

This was Baney's second career game, both against the Twins.  He would appear in nine games on the season, four of them against Minnesota.

This was the last season of ex-Twin Garry Roggenburk's career.  The Twins had sold him to Boston late in 1966, and he stayed there until late June of 1969, when he was sold to Seattle.  This was the last of four starts he made for the Pilots--he pitched four innings and allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out two.  He made three more relief appearances for Seattle, then abruptly retired in late July.  He'd had numerous elbow problems ever since his rookie year with the Twins in 1963, and had planned to go into teaching after the 1969 season, so one assumes he simply decided the pain wasn't worth it any more.  Oddly, two of the three games in which he pitched in relief were very long games--one was eighteen innings, the other was twenty innings.  In both cases, he was the last pitcher used.

Record:  The Twins were 52-35, in first place in the American League West, 4.5 games ahead of Oakland.  The Twins had won four in a row, nine out of ten, and thirteen out of fifteen.

WGOM Pledge Drive – FTLT on the Wolves

I don't know how many good analogies really exist. Most seem clumsy, if not forced. The ones that don't have been beaten so far into the ground that they have sort of lost any meaning that they once had. I think back to something I heard once in a movie about how if you say a word enough times in a row, it kind of loses all meaning, barely even sounding like a word anymore.


This Wolves team is pretty fun to watch, right?

Karl-Anthony Towns is evolutionary Tim Duncan
Andrew Wiggins is turning into an absolute scoring machine-- creating images in my head of how people described Bernard King to me
Zach Lavine, seriously, that Zach Lavine is proving to be nearly as effective from the 3 point line as he has been in dunk contests.
Rubio's true shooting percentage has been high in the forbidden zone, if not the restricted area.

See what I mean about analogies being clumsy and forced?

I was surprised when jobu asked me to put together a post about the Wolves for Pledge Week. I haven't posted in over two years here at the WGOM (!). Life kind of gets in the way sometimes. The herd is getting older. The Bison is 5 and The Bisonette is 3. Wife and I just celebrated a wedding anniversary this past weekend. Since I started hanging out at the WGOM in 2008 I have bought three houses and sold two. I had a great job, lost it, Got a bad job and turned it into a good one. Things change, people change, situations change. One thing that has been kind of a constant is a bad Timberwolves team. It reminds me of another show full of clumsy metaphors, Lost. Desmond had Penny and I have the Timberwolves. But then again -- spoiler alert-- something happens with Penny, I think. The whole show got kind of confusing after a little while and the whole thing starts to blend together. One analogy that probably isnt clumsy is Pekovic as Mr. Ecko though.

Some lousy things have happened to some fine folks here over the past few years. Maybe the WGOM has been their constant. The thing that brings them back. The thing that makes you smile when you are having a crummy day.

Maybe it is a Dieng shot from the elbow.
Maybe it is Shabaaz rotating on defense.
Maybe it is Dunn leaping into a lane for a steal.
Maybe it is couting Tyrus Jones' freckles.
Maybe it is cheaptoy's 1000th list comprising of only metal songs on FMD
Maybe it is new guy's twitter account.
Maybe it is hoping that 6 will show up and post one of his homemade photoshops in a gamelog
Maybe it was looking in the CoC everyday in 2016 hoping that Moss will come back with his thoughts about the election...

Everybody needs something to keep them going-- and if that is the WGOM-- even if it is only part time-- and you havent been allowed to talk about politics for like 7 years-- that is a great thing.

Donate some money to keep this thing alive. If you look at it once a week or twenty times a day it is still something worth having.

Sort of like the Timberwolves.