It started out as a perfect day for a rain delay; cloudy, a bit cool for late June, a slight breeze - perfect. It turned out to be the longest rain delay in franchise history, clocking in at 4:50. It easily surpassed the longest rain delay at the Metrodome by nearly five hours. Twins fans and White Sox fans alike mingled and wandered through the stadium, many dressed in stylish, clear-vinyl ponchos or holding open, non-Prince umbrellas aloft. Some stayed in their seats (or better ones) tweeting fun #MNTwins #raindelay selfies while they waited for the infield tarp to come off. Even the gamethread was popping with comments that ranged from Bert’s stapler to politics.
But you can’t have a rain delay without a game, that’s just a cancellation or a postponement waiting to happen, and that’s when threads came loose.
Nik Turley’s day started out poorly, on his second pitch, he apparently came down funny on his ankle and an injury delay was called, but he was okay to stay in the game. Then things got even worse. He gave up a 2-run homer to Jose Abreu and then another one to Todd Frazier. After a couple more singles, Nik was done. Buddy Boshers came in to throw some gasoline on the tire dumpster fire and let Adam Engel hit an RBI single to make it 5-0, but eventually the top half of the first ended.
Boshers wasn’t done though, giving up a couple of more RBI singles in the 3rd.
“Professor” Craig Breslow came in in the top of the 5th and immediately gave up a homer to Matt Davidson. He gave up another run in the 7th to Tim Anderson on an RBI double.
On the other side, Jose Quintana upped his trade value by shutting out the Twins over 6 2⁄3 innings striking out nine and only giving up five hits. Twins offense only had seven hits the entire game, all singles, and never really assembled anything that looked like a rally.
Chris Gimenez made another record setting “relief” appearance. He gave up a couple hits but no runs. Fun to watch, but this cannot be a good sign that he is one of our better “relief pitchers.” I knew we needed three catchers coming out of Fort Myers this spring.
W: Quintana - (4-8) 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
L: Turley - (0-2) 0.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Matt Belisle and Alan Busenitz - Only “official” relievers that didn’t give up any runs.
Chris Gimenez - Punt, Pass and Kick star
Everybody else but especially Turley and the entire Twins offense.
ROBOT ROLL CALL!
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