Twins Fall to Cardinals 3-2; Echoes of 2011 Ring


We're still a month away from Opening Day. These games are meaningful in that they give young players a chance to make a name for themselves, injured players the time to get back on the horse, veterans the chance to round into shape, and local sports personalities the opportunity to eat stone crab on the company dime and sleep on Phil Mackey's futon (unconfirmed). Attaching importance to these games is ill-advised at best. HOWEVER:

The offense scored two runs. Both runs scored on bases-loaded walks. They have not had an extra-base hit since Sunday.

The Cardinals scored their first run by running on Ben Revere's arm.

The game was tied until Matt Capps entered the game and immediately served up a home run to Rafael Furcal.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka got creamed while turning a double play. Per Joe C., he looks "more frazzled" this spring than last.

The winning run scored on a Bad News Bears-level s---show. Read LaVelle's description of the play here and here.

It's too early to freak out. It's not too early to be wary of a team that lost 99 games last year playing a lot of games like this playing another one.

Positives:

  • By all accounts, Jason Marquis worked quickly and surrendered just one run in three innings.
  • Glen Perkins, who can now afford a fancy new racquetball racquet, pitched a 1-2-3 inning in relief.
  • Joe Benson came back from an 0-2 count to draw the walk that scored the first run.
  • J.R. Towles did not play, so my man-crush on him rages unabated.

Enjoy your weekend, everybody. Saturday's game is on MLB.TV. Sunday's game is on FSN. Those are good things.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Twinkie Town

You must be a member of Twinkie Town to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Twinkie Town. You should read them.

Join Twinkie Town

You must be a member of Twinkie Town to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Twinkie Town. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker