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Game LIX: Marlins at Twins

Ervin Santana and the Minnesota Twins bait up to catch Tom Koehler and the Miami Marlins.

"Ervin Santana demonstrates his new 'gopher ball' pitch."
"Ervin Santana demonstrates his new 'gopher ball' pitch."
Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 7:10PM CTTV: FSNRadio: Go 96.3 FM, TIBNKnow Thine Enemy: Fish Stripes*Weather Forecast: 82°F partly cloudy, sticky

The Minnesota Twins (18-40) will try to bounce back from winning their second game in a row yesterday or else they will face winning their third consecutive game and sweeping yet another opponent with a better record than they have. The Miami Marlins (30-29) on the other hand have lost two back-to-back games against a resurgent MN Twins team and hope to leave Minneapolis with one win this series.

Ervin Santana (RHP, 1-5, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for the Twins. Santana didn't do so well his last outing, giving up 5 runs on 3 HRs. Ervin has been consistently inconsistent, pitching 8.0 innings one game, then 3.2 the next. He's had 3 quality starts in his last 6 outings, so let's hope "Black Magic" Santana shows up today.

Throwing for the Fish is Tom Koehler /coal-er/ (RHP, 3-6, 4.50 ERA). Koehler has had some control issues giving up 5 walks each in 4 of 6 starts in May. He got a loss in a quality start vs the Rays on 6/3, pitching 6.0 innings, with 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Hopefully the Twins will get him on the hook for another L.

Side notes: Earlier this week Marlin's prospect Stone Garrett was placed on the DL after he was stabbed by teammate Josh Naylor in what was described as a "prank that went too far." They declined to elaborate on what the "prank" was.

- In case the game is too exciting for you, today is also MLB draft day. You can watch young men get pressed into service and shipped off to Vietnam or the GCL or wherever instead. Frankly, they should all just burn their draft cards in protest. "We'll sign with a team that wins, not your Minnesota Twins! 1, 2, 3, 4, we don't want your negative WAR!"

NEWSFLASH! Justin Morneau Signs with the Chicago White Socks; Everything is fine, just fine.

Today's Lineups

Ichiro Suzuki - RF Eduardo Nunez! - SS
Martin Prado - 3B Robbie Grossman! - LF
Christian Yelich - LF Joe Mauer! - 1B
Marcell Ozuna - CF Trevor Plouffe! - 3B
Giancarlo Stanton - DH Brian Dozier! - 2B
Justin Bour - 1B Byung Ho Park! - DH
Derek Dietrich - 2B Oswaldo Arcia! - RF
J.T. Realmuto - C Juan Centeno! - C
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Byron Buxton! - CF
Tom Koehler - RHP Ervin Santana! - RHP

For your pregame aural gratification, here's a fuzzy, snotty gem I stumbled on, it's Critical Mass with Miami's first pressed punk record in 1978:

*P.S. Sorry about the ransom note style header, SBN's editing software had it's own ideas.


How did Stone Garrett get stabbed in a prank?

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  • 28%
    The old baseball - knife switcheroo
    (4 votes)
  • 21%
    The old spring loaded knife in a box gag
    (3 votes)
  • 35%
    The old "Rock, Paper, KNIFE!" routine
    (5 votes)
  • 14%
    The old hidden knife fist bump gag
    (2 votes)
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