Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday Morning Notes
Good morning! After another fun podcast last night, some other projects, an oil change, a meeting, and some other stuff, I passed out. So, I got up early this morning and put together a few thoughts for you to discuss. But if there are other topics, please feel free to bring them up in the Comments. And please be sure to check out several of the other Twins blogs that I have linked to on the left side of this page for more. Have a great day!
· No guests on the show last night, but had two people (including Fanatic Jack!) call in and talked about last night’s Twins win. The conversation went all over the place, but was all related to the Twins, so hopefully it makes for some good listening!! Check it out and let me know what you think. Tonight at 10, there will be another show. I already have one guest confirmed, and hoping for a second.
Twins 8, White Sox 6
· The Twins went into US Cellular last night and outslugged the Chicago White Sox on their way to an 8-6 win. The Twins hit four home runs. Orlando Cabrera hit a two run homer in the first inning to give the Twins a 2-0 lead. With the game tied at five, Michael Cuddyer led off the sixth inning with a long home run, his 29th of the season. A couple batters later, Matt Tolbert hit his second homer of the year. It hit the top of the wall in left field, just avoiding the glove of Carlos Quentin. Then in the 8th inning, Jason Kubel hit his 24th home run to give the Twins a 8-5 lead.
· Jeff Manship walked the first batter he faced in the first inning. Scott Podsednik stole second. Manship then got the next three outs, but Podsednik did score to cut the lead to 3-1. Manship had a 1-2-3 second inning and really looked good. Then came the third inning. Alex Rios hit a home run. Then a single. Then Gordon Beckham hit an 0-2 hanging curve for his 13th homer. It gave the White Sox a 4-3 lead. Two hard hit balls later, Manship was replaced by Francisco Liriano. The lefty went the next 2.1 innings. He gave up a run on a hit and two walks. Jesse Crain came in to the game with runners on 1st and 3rd and got out of the inning. He then threw another perfect inning. Jose Mijares pitched a scoreless seventh. Matt Guerrier’s first pitch of the 8th inning was deposited well into the left field bleachers by Paul Konerko. It cut the lead to 8-6. Guerrier had to work hard, but got out of the 8th inning with that same lead. Joe Nathan came in and threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 43rd save of the year.
· Jesse Crain improved to 7-4 and is as good as we have ever seen him.
· Michael Cuddyer, in addition to his 29th homer, had a single and his 34th double. Jason Kubel added his 33rd double. Delmon Young was 2-3 with a sacrifice fly. Joe Mauer had an RBI double in the fifth that gave the Twins a 5-4 lead.
· Tonight, Brian Duensing will make the start for the Twins opposite Mark Buehrle. Duensing has made two starts and two relief appearances against the White Sox this year. He is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings. This will be Buehrle’s 41st career start against the Twins. He is 23-15 with a 4.00 Era. He has already made five starts against the Twins this year. He has gone 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA.
· The Tigers beat Cleveland 3-1 last night behind a strong pitching performance from Edwin Jackson. Aaron Laffey was nearly as good, but a 3rd inning solo home run to Ryan Raburn meant he got the loss. Tonight, it will be Rick Porcello for the Tigers and Justin Masterson for Cleveland.
Who Starts Sunday?
The Twins talker for today probably has to be who makes the start for the Twins on Sunday against the Royals in Kansas City. Jeff Manship’s name was written in, in pencil, for that start, but with his performance last night, we do need to ask if there is a better option for the Twins. It would be easy to say Francisco Liriano, but I’m not certain that’s necessary true. Are there even any other options? Armando Gabino, maybe? Where have you gone, Yohan Pino? I think the right thing is probably to start Liriano, but to have both Manship and Gabino, and Keppel and everyone ready to go. What do you think? Who provides the Twins with the best chance to win?
World Cup Update
· Cuba beat Australia 2-1. Both James Beresford and Luke Hughes were 0-4. Beresford did have the lone RBI.
· Canada beat Puerto Rico 3-0. Rene Tosoni was 1-4 with a walk, his fourth double and two RBI. Nelvin Fuentes went 1.2 scoreless innings for Puerto Rico. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two.
· The Netherlands beat Chinese Taipei 11-2. Former Twins pitching prospect Alexander Smit gave up one run on four hits and two walks in six innings for the win. He struck out six.
· Team USA beat Venezuela 6-3. Trevor Plouffe was 1-4 with an RBI. Terry Tiffee was 2-4 with two RBI.
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