Thursday Night, October 7, 2010
How You Doin’?
One questionable call. That’s all it takes when you’re playing against a great team. Of course, a team has to be able to take advantage of said questionable call. In Game 1, RF Greg Golson clearly caught a line drive that should have ended the game, but instead it was inexplicably called a single for Delmon Young. The Twins got one more chance, but Jim Thome popped up to end the game and the Twins lost. In Game 2, it was the Twins who were on the wrong end of a very untimely, questionable call. With two outs in the top of the 7th inning and a runner on 1B, Carl Pavano got two strikes on Lance Berkman. Then he threw a pitch the was, according to everything available, a strike in which the baseball was over most of the inside corner of the plate. Berkman took the pitch. Pavano walked off the mound toward the dugout. But Hunter Wendelstedt, the home plate umpire, called it a ball. Pavano handled it well and on the next pitch threw a sinker that dipped several inches below the bottom of the strikezone. Unfortunately, Berkman went down and got it. He drove a double to left centerfield to give the lead back to the Yankees. Manager Ron Gardenhire came out to “talk to his pitcher and his infielders” but it was clear what was going on. He waited for the umpire to come out and he gave him a piece of his mind. Eventually, he was thrown out of the game, and rightfully so. The Yankees added another run, and for all intents and purposes, the game was over. There was some question about what Andy Pettitte would do since he was hurt for about the last three months, but he was tremendous. He had great control and a very sharp cutter and slider. He made the Twins hitters look bad, and he got better as the game went along. Kerry Wood dominated the 8th frame, and then Mariano Rivera got another save with a scoreless ninth inning.
Throughout the game, I was on Twitter which was a terrific invention by whoever it was the invented that technology. Immediate thoughts on the game, stats, and much more. It really is something that baseball fans should be following for many reasons. The immediacy of Twitter can be equal parts amazing and frustrating. To be able to collect information so quickly is great. To have to hear some people’s opinions can be frustrating. Typically I’m pretty level-headed, but during the game tonight, even I got more than a little frustrated. And some of my “followers” called me on it… Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share with you a miniature transcript of my Twitter activity from throughout the game with more information than can fit into 140 characters, when appropriate.
PMac21 Craig Sager rocking olive colored pants and shoes today. Interesting.
You have to love the interesting style choices of TBS’s Sager. Is he good at his job? Not really. But man, is it entertaining to find out what he is going to be wearing each time he’s on TV.
Maybe a sac bunt wouldn't have been so bad there? :)
In Game 1, Orlando Hudson bunted Denard Span to 2B after Span led off with a single. In Game 2, Span was again on 1B after a hit. Hudson did not bunt. Instead he grounded into a double play.
Mauer’s 1st At BAt
Hey Joe (Mauer), it's called a Curveball... it's supposed to do that.
Joe Mauer has two soft singles so far in these two games. Against the tough lefty starters for the Yankees, Mauer has looked really, really bad. Sabathia struck him out twice in Game 1 on sliders, and in his first at bat of Game 2, Pettitte did the same thing.
Small Sample Size
The regular season is a marathon, not a sprint. Things happen in a regular season game and even if it’s bad, you can look at the bigger picture. In the playoffs, especially in a Best of 5 series, it’s all magnified. Every pitch counts. Every at bat is scrutinized. A player can be great, but if he has two straight bad games, he is called out, called a choker, or worse. Is that fair? I don’t know, but it is what it is.
IronySome Tweeps are suggesting that the strike zone is <huge for Pavano>
Yankees writers apparently like to call Carl Pavano the American Idle due to his lack of health and pitching infrequently in the Bronx during his four years there. I just found it very ironic when I read some Yankees writers/tweeters complaining about the Twins getting some ball-strike calls that the Yankees weren’t getting. Think of the irony of that!
That works!! #Twins grab 1-0 lead on Valencia Sac Fly to RF.
The Twins are 0-10 with Runners in Scoring Position through these two games. Obviously that isn’t idea. Valencia has been up twice now with bases loaded, and although he does not have a hit in either of those plate appearances, he has been productive. In Game 1, it was an RBI walk. In this game, a sacrifice fly gave the Twins the very early lead. I’m finding it comical that Twins writers are talking about how the pitchers can’t hold a lead. In tonight’s game, their lone lead was 1-0 in the 2nd inning. Against the Yankees. I wasn’t really expecting that lead to be held through nine innings.
Gotta Still Have Fun, Right?
martyandrade If Carl Pavano were a character in Star Wars, what character would he be? extra points for extreme nerdism, expanded universe counts.
Just because it’s a big game and all doesn’t mean fans can’t have a little fun. Here’s a question that you may want to consider too!
Limiting the Damage
big BIG pitch by Pavano!!! Great sinker got exactly what he needed!
That was big in that it limited the damage in an inning that could have been really ugly. Nice work by Pavano. Gardy right about him!Somwhere, Tom Kelly's nodding, saying "This Pavano fella's got moxie."
In the top of the fourth, Curtis Granderson led off with a double, and Mark Teixeira singled him to 3B. Pavano got Alex Rodriguez to fly out to RF for a sacrifice fly that tied the game. But Robinson Cano singled and Teixeira went to 3B with one out. With Nick Swisher up, Pavano threw a first-pitch strike. On the next pitch, Pavano through a terrific sinker that dropped below the strike zone. Swisher swung and tapped weakly back to Pavano who started the 1-6-3 double play to end the threat and keep the game tied.
"Oriented" not "Orientated" - sorry, one of my pet peaves!
Again, nothing to do with the game, but I believe one of the TBS crew said “orientated” and I felt the need to say something.
Reusse Researches Runs
1500ESPN_Reusse Dozen prior playoff games vs. Yanks for Twins: 3 runs, 1, 1, 1, 2, 6 (in 12 innings), 4, 5, 2, 3, 1 & 4.
1500ESPN’s Patrick Reusse did a little research to show that the Twins offense has been pretty much non-existent in the playoffs. We can now add a two to the end of that list.
Just the Start
You know things aren't going your way when Lance Berkman homers against you!
Despite an incredible career in Houston, Berkman has really struggled in his two months with the Yankees. His 5th inning, long solo home run gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead, and Berkman wasn’t done yet.
Lance (Berkman) Love
richardjustice Puma homers for Andy. Two great Americans.
HunterPence9 OMG PUMA!!!! That's serious oppo pop!
A former teammate and a great Houston writer who covered Berkman for a long time each had positives to say about Berkman. Justice’s comments are interesting. Everything about both players says that they’re terrific people, especially Pettitte.
Nothing NewIs TBS a part of the YES Network...can we get them some pom poms?
Yes, TBS and FOX really, really want the Yankees to win because then their rankings go up and up. As much as Twins fans would love a Twins/Rangers ALCS or a Twins/Reds World Series, FOX would be less than happy.
Pump 'em up, @TwinsGeek!!!
There was a ton of talk after Game 1 about fans who were standing and cheering throughout the game were being told to be quiet and sit down by other fans or by ushers. The Twins Geek was at the game, and he gets pumped up, so when there was another big moment in the game, I implored him to get the Target Field crowd going!
BRUTAL HONESTY OF A CHILD
Ha!!! RT @dotsoncLittle lost kid at the soccer field tonight: "Have you seen my mom and dad? My mom is fat and my dad has gray hair!"
A little more comic relief. This is just funny! Kids are fun!
Which TBS guy just said that the #Twins "need more offense to score runs?"
ORLANDO!!!!! AT DAWN!!
DELMON!!!! ATTA BOY!! C'MON My Homie!!!
How will #Twins/Pavano handle bad call? Ah, RBI double to LF.
Pavano made two TREMENDOUS pitches there. Deserves better! Go get 'em GARDY!
Alright Carl, now you've got to strand another one.
The funny thing is there are still #Twins fans out there who will blame Gardy for this! Ridiculous! Happens every year, most games!
I want to see Mauer get tossed here. It's not like he's hitting at all, and maybe it would actually inspire something.
@bbarnes333 - I don't blame Gardy at all... You're right, a clutch hit would be good.
Speaking of #Clutch, how about the performance by Jon Rauch right there?! And I loved his excitement coming off the field!
Valencia = Rookie, Non-Yankee... Pettitte = Pettitte, Yankee... you think the 3-2 pitch was going to be a ball?
Tweet 26Mauer, Thome, and Kubel have not carried their weight on offense.
Not at all. RT @ruck13180 REALLY? so you expected us to lose both games?
I apologize to #Twins fans for my frustrations with this game. I'm kind of embarrassed. It's not the usual me. Twins are just frustrating me
It's not the umps. It's not the pitching. It's not Gardy. Offense has stunk tonight through 8. It's all the Playoff Small Sample Size. Uggh!
But anyway, I know a lot of people follow me here because I generally am a lot more level-headed than I have been tonight. I apologize!
And I would be really, really happy if the Twins found a way to beat Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the 9th!
JeffPassan Hunter Wendelstedt is abysmal. He made 16 bad calls out of 93 pitches Carl Pavano threw. Eight balls in the K zone, eight strikes outside.
It was the play of the game. For sure! RT @frogtown3 I think it's ok to suggest that horrendous call by ump had a huge impact on this game.
Tweet 30When was the last time the Twins offense performed well in the postseason?
This hurts way more than last year... other years.