I woke up 2 minutes before this game started. I think Anthony Swarzak woke up in the 6th inning. The right hander could not make it out of the 2nd inning in today’s 10-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Just about everything he threw was crushed and his outing was capped off by another HR by the red hot Carlos Santana. Overall, Anthony recorded 5 outs and allowed 8 base runners, which is sort of bad. Lester Oliveros was the next contestant and promptly gave up a walk and an RBI double, making the game 8-0 after 2. Also in this game saw the return of starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, who had a shaky 1st inning but a solid 2nd inning, which ended his day. Other pitchers who appeared today include Jim Hoey, Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Matt Capps, Alex Burnett, and Terry Mulholland, who made his triumphant return to the mound after 5 years of being part owner of the Dirty Dogg Saloon and wandering the deserts of Arizona in search for the Fountain of Youth.
Welcome back, Terry.
Offensively, this was a grand day for Chris Parmelee, who went 3-3 with a Walk. He had an RBI single to right in the 5th and he smashed his first Major League Home Run, a two run shot, off of Josh Judy (Who?) in the 8th. The Dink had another fine outing at the plate, going 3-4 and being generally awesome as always. Dinkelman also was quite aware on the bases, as he took 2nd on a wild pitch. Constant vigilance. Michael Cuddyer was 2-4 with a walk and an RBI. He also made a bad decision on the bases. All in a days work.
Other notes and nuggets:
- Trevor Plouffe still cannot throw a baseball to 1st base. He had a short hop throw this time.
- The Twins committed only 1 error, a bobble by Rene #23 in the 8th.
- In the race for #1, the Twins are now 8 games behind the Astros.
- Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez left in the 7th inning with an apparent knee injury
- The Twins were 2-10 with RISP.
- I am now 0-1 on Twins gamethread/recap days. I have a feeling it will stay that way for a long time. LOSER!
Studs: Parmelee, DINKELMAN, Liriano, Perkins, Hoey, Duensing, Cuddyer, Revere. That sure is a lot of Studs for a loss, eh? Deal with it.
Duds: Swarzak, Capps, Plouffe, Tosoni, Rivera.