Sunday Night, September 28,
Twins Clinch a Tie†††
That was one of the more
strange baseball games I can recall attending. There were just shy of 43,000
people there, all hoping to see a Twins win, all watching the scoreboard,
hoping that Cleveland could beat the White Sox again. The Twins did not hit
well at all. The Royals did all they could to give the Twins the game. Brandon Duckworth was throwing as many
balls as strikes. But I believe he fit the definition of ďeffectively wildĒ
holding the Twins bats down. In reality, it was not a very good baseball game
at all, but in the end, the Twins got their win and clinched a tie. Unfortunately,
wasnít able to hold down the White Sox enough and the Sox will have to play
Detroit tomorrow. If they win, the Twins will head to Chicago to play Tuesday.
If the White Sox lose, the Twins will head to Tampa to play the Rays starting
Thursday. Here are more thoughts:
- Joe Mauer went 0-3 in his first three at bats,
dropping him to just .328. At that time, Dustin Pedroia had been 2-2 for the Red
Sox and was at .327. However, Mauer had hits in
his final two at bats, including the two run double that helped the Twins
to that final score of 6-0. He ended the day at .330. Pedroia
was 2-3 in the Red Sox first game and is at .327. At this time, I donít
know if he will be playing in the Red Sox second game tonight against the
Yankees. I would love to say that Mauer has won
the batting title, but because the Twins may have to play on Tuesday, and
that would be a regular season game, we can not
say that yet.
- Also, Mauerís two run double in the bottom
of the 8th was hit on a rope! Again, more insurance is always a
good thing. It also gave him 85 RBI. Not bad at all!
- Likewise, Justin Morneauís
recent struggles allowed Josh Hamilton to by-pass him in the RBI
race, 130-129. Hamilton didnít drive in any runs on Sunday, so if the
Twins play on Tuesday and Morneau drives in 2 or
more, he will still win the title.
- A stiff neck? Are you serious? Twins fans need
to remember this day and Cliff Lee should fit in right alongside the likes
of Mark Buehrle and AJ Pierzynski in the minds of Twins fans.
- Through three innings, Scott Baker had
to work. He threw a bunch of pitches, and I commented that I couldnít see
him getting through seven, which didnít bode well. But after that, he was
remarkable. Seven shutout innings is terrific. He allowed just four hits,
walked only one and struck out nine hitters.
- It was good to see Jose MIjares
against get the 8th inning. When he started warming up, the
Twins held just a 2-0 lead. There is no question that he would be on a
potential postseason roster. And Joe Nathan closed out the 9th
inning with two strikeouts.
- Iíll jump to that top of the 9th.
Everyone was standing up cheering, but I could help but wonder how the
Twins would respond to the win. It only clinched a tie, so they couldnít
cheer excessively. But since it is possible that they clinch tomorrow
afternoon, if the White Sox lose, maybe they would do something. They
could do an on-field celebration in Chicago, which would be incredibly cool(!), but I would prefer not to even have to play
that game. And in the end, there may be no cause for celebration and then
they just look silly. So, not celebrating too much was the way to go. It
was equally strange as a fan knowing how excited to get.
again had a very good game. He went 2-3 with a walk.
Young picked up a very big hit in the bottom of the
seventh. His bases loaded, two run double gave the Twins a little
breathing room. He did so after fouling off five or six pitches.
- It was good to see Justin Morneau take walks in his first two at bats rather
than going outside the strikezone. I know he
wanted to come up big, but in the end, you only hurt things more by trying
to do too much.
I had the chance to finally meet Marty Andrade.
He stopped by Section 220 and gave me a copy of his recently released book TC Burger Tour.
After having been on his podcast each Sunday night for the past two months, it
was good to put a face to the name. Iím looking forward to the book and
possibly verifying several of his recommendations!
Speaking ofÖ There will be a Marty Andrade Weekly
Twins Podcast tonight at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Andrade.
It will be live from 8:00 until 9:00. The chat room will be open, so I
encourage your questions. Should be a fun show.
And while Iím touting podcasts, I will have a BONUS SethSpeaks.net Twins podcast
on Monday night at 8:00. There will be plenty to talk about related to the
Twins. We will know by then if the Twins had to travel to Chicago or Tampa Bay
and what their schedule might be. Normally I donít mention the guests or the
schedule until the afternoon before the show, but I am very excited that one of
Monday nightís guests will be Tampa Bay Rays reliever (and former Twins
pitcher) Grant Balfour. So, that should be a lot of fun and very timely.
With that, I am going to post this. Again, check out
Martyís podcast tonight at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Andrade
at 8:00. Should be fun. Also, I will begin my
series on the Top Twins prospects later tonight by posting Part 1, prospects
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