Note: Because of traveling and general busy life-ness, fetch9 took care of the recap for me tonight. Any complaints, talk to him! :)
It is May 3rd. It is May 3rd and yet the Twins season is, for all intents and purposes, over. Of course, that is burying the lead as Jered Weaver threw a no hitter, but against a lineup like the one the Twins threw out there that should come with the biggest asterisk of all time.
Weaver threw 121 pitches, striking out 9 while walking just 1 and allowing another hitter (Parmelee) to reach base via a dropped third strike. Denard Span’s 9th inning at bat featured a couple of dubious strike calls, and both Jamey Carroll and Alexi Casilla hit deep flies in the 9th, but for the most part the Twins offense was as impotent as it has been in quite some time. But though the offense was bad, the pitching and defense was just as bad if not worse.
Rest of the recap after the jump.
At his best, Liam Hendriks doesn’t have great stuff, but relies on location and changing speeds to keep hitters off balance. Still, I don’t think that even at his best he’s ever going to be more than a #4 starter or any more than a 2ish win player. But on nights like tonight, when his fastball is towards the middle of the zone and his breaking stuff isn’t sharp, he is a disaster. Hendriks lasted just 2.1 innings and gave up 6 runs while striking out only 1 hitter. Hendriks gave up an RBI double and two run homer to Kendrys Morales, and almost gave up the first Albert Pujols homer of the season.
After a brief intermission starring Matt Maloney, Alex Burnett picked up where Hendriks left off, throwing 2 innings and giving up 3 runs. He also gave up a homer, this one to Howie Kendrick.
Studs & Duds my own...
-Jered Weaver. Not taking away from Weaver with the terrible Twins right now, he's really a very good pitcher.
-Gardy's angry post game rant. Quality.
-Need I say it? Wow, Twins. All of you.