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Seth Stohs
06-17-2012, 10:23 AM
Twins Lineup:

Denard Span CF
Ben Revere RF
Joe Mauer C
Josh Willingham LF
Justin Morneau 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Ryan Doumit DH
Brian Dozier SS
Jamey Carroll 2B

SP: NickBlackburn

Scheherezade
06-17-2012, 10:44 AM
Plouffe gets bumped up in front of the DH. It's nice to see Gardy breaking up the lineup (M&M boys would be another example), even if it means moving veterans around.

Twinsoholic
06-17-2012, 11:51 AM
Gardy had to move Plouffe ahead of Doumit to make pitchers pitch to Plouffe. Otherwise, they could pitch around him as they did yesterday. Plouffe now lead the team in homers--has 8 more than Doumit, and Plouffe is close to Doumit's rbi total. Who knows--maybe Morneau will also now get some better pitches to hit with Plouffe hitting behind him. Plus, Morneau has been way too anxious at the plate, swinging at first pitch balls sort of like Delman Young used to do. Pitchers right now know that can throw low balls on the first pitch, and Morneau is likely to swing and miss at such pitches.

glunn
06-17-2012, 12:30 PM
Unless someone else starts hitting, I believe that the Brewers will pitch around Plouffe no matter where he bats today.

IdahoPilgrim
06-17-2012, 12:58 PM
Unless someone else starts hitting, I believe that the Brewers will pitch around Plouffe no matter where he bats today.

If only we could do the same to Braun...

soyster89
06-17-2012, 01:01 PM
First post on the forum!

Happy to see Gardy rolling out this line-up. It feel this is our best line-up right now with Mauer at C, Carroll at 2B, Plouffe at 3B, and Doumit at DH.

Side topic - how nice would this game look with both clubs wearing throwbacks from early 80's. Brewer powder blue road vs Twins inaugural Metrodome home uni's.

glunn
06-17-2012, 01:17 PM
Amazingly, Blackburn gets ahead of Braun 0-2 then gets him to pop out.

NorthwestTwinsFan
06-17-2012, 01:19 PM
I'm setting the over/under on Brewers homeruns today at 4.

glunn
06-17-2012, 01:27 PM
I'm setting the over/under on Brewers homeruns today at 4.

There is good reason for your prediction. If we are lucky, the rain will kill this game. Otherwise, I am setting the over/under on Twins' being struck out at 10.

NorthwestTwinsFan
06-17-2012, 01:30 PM
There is good reason for your prediction. If we are lucky, the rain will kill this game. Otherwise, I am setting the over/under on Twins' being struck out at 10.

I'm taking the over on both. This already has the makings of another long day for the Twins.

IdahoPilgrim
06-17-2012, 01:32 PM
So do you all think it was intentional that Weeks tried to take Mauer out, and even moved inward to do so? I know that's part of the game, but Mauer was not really blocking the plate, and they could be testing his hamstring.

NorthwestTwinsFan
06-17-2012, 01:37 PM
So do you all think it was intentional that Weeks tried to take Mauer out, and even moved inward to do so? I know that's part of the game, but Mauer was not really blocking the plate, and they could be testing his hamstring.

It's possible, although I have reason to believe Weeks probably does that no matter who's playing catcher. But you never know.

NorthwestTwinsFan
06-17-2012, 01:39 PM
Plouffe hitting the ball hard again, but unfortunately right at the third baseman.

IdahoPilgrim
06-17-2012, 01:48 PM
I almost hesitate to say this, not wanting to jinx this, but Blackie is pitching fairly well today. A couple of hard-hit balls, but he seems to have better control than we've seen recently.

IdahoPilgrim
06-17-2012, 01:54 PM
There we go! Small-ball ties the game.

Scheherezade
06-17-2012, 02:29 PM
I almost hesitate to say this, not wanting to jinx this, but Blackie is pitching fairly well today. A couple of hard-hit balls, but he seems to have better control than we've seen recently.

Way to go. 3-run homer by Corey Hart. =P

J-Dog Dungan
06-17-2012, 02:42 PM
It's possible, although I have reason to believe Weeks probably does that no matter who's playing catcher. But you never know.

According to the radio announcers for the Twins, Weeks does indeed do that to a lot of catchers, and sometimes goes in standing up and trying to take them out like that. Mauer was probably lucky he decided to slide.

NorthwestTwinsFan
06-17-2012, 02:49 PM
According to the radio announcers for the Twins, Weeks does indeed do that to a lot of catchers, and sometimes goes in standing up and trying to take them out like that. Mauer was probably lucky he decided to slide.

Yeah, I remember seeing him deliver some pretty vicious hits on catchers in the past.

IdahoPilgrim
06-17-2012, 02:51 PM
Well, it looks like the hamstring is affecting Mauer - that ball he hit to the wall could have been a double if he had been running hard.

J-Dog Dungan
06-17-2012, 02:53 PM
Before Greinke joined the Brewers, it seemed like the Twins destroyed him every time they faced him, including that one game where they scored 19 runs. Now, they can't seem to do anything against him now that he is a Brewer.

J-Dog Dungan
06-17-2012, 02:57 PM
Is it just me, or are the Brewers bunting a hell of a lot in this game/series?

IdahoPilgrim
06-17-2012, 02:57 PM
Interesting. They just said on TV that Matt Capps is not available - sore right shoulder. He'll be reevaluated on Tuesday.

IdahoPilgrim
06-17-2012, 02:58 PM
You know, I know he doesn't hit for power, but Span has been pretty constant on defense in CF. I'm starting to think he should be our all-star rep.

glunn
06-17-2012, 03:05 PM
You know, I know he doesn't hit for power, but Span has been pretty constant on defense in CF. I'm starting to think he should be our all-star rep.

Willingham is not helping himself with his current cold streak.

glunn
06-17-2012, 03:19 PM
Willingham kills the rally. In hindsight, Mastro would have been a better choice in left field today -- Willingham not sharp.

Scheherezade
06-17-2012, 03:23 PM
Baaaatting Third: Drew Buteeeraa!

glunn
06-17-2012, 03:44 PM
Baaaatting Third: Drew Buteeeraa!

If we are lucky, Drew will drive in the winning run.

glunn
06-17-2012, 03:48 PM
Carroll has been money today!

Vegeta
06-17-2012, 03:59 PM
Well that was some bad managing in the 9th by Gardy. Why wasn't Span bunting?

glunn
06-17-2012, 04:01 PM
Well that was some bad managing in the 9th by Gardy. Why wasn't Span bunting?

Good question. It would have put a lot more pressure on Rodriguez, and he might have beat it out.

glunn
06-17-2012, 04:08 PM
Willingham will now get a chance to redeem himself -- let's hope that he can Hammer one.

Vegeta
06-17-2012, 04:09 PM
Not only that but Revere while lacking power is still carrying over .333+ Avg , give him a runner on 2nd and a chance to be the hero

glunn
06-17-2012, 04:13 PM
Brewers will be wise to pitch around Plouffe here.

mikeee
06-17-2012, 04:13 PM
A walk off from Plouffe would be good.

glunn
06-17-2012, 04:16 PM
A walk off from Plouffe would be good.

At least he got on -- now time for Doumit to redeem himself.

IdahoPilgrim
06-17-2012, 04:21 PM
Look out folks! I live a few miles west of the park, and it is raining big-time now.

glunn
06-17-2012, 04:27 PM
Look out folks! I live a few miles west of the park, and it is raining big-time now.

That would be good for me -- I have to leave in 10 minutes to get a haircut.

glunn
06-17-2012, 04:33 PM
Great call on the rain, sb.

mikeee
06-17-2012, 04:43 PM
Guess that will be it for Dunsing after (because of) the delay...

Scheherezade
06-17-2012, 05:09 PM
How many runs has Revere saved with his glove tonight? At least 2, potentially 3 or 4.

Also, it looks like Jeff Grey is our 12th inning specialist.

mikeee
06-17-2012, 05:21 PM
I was sort of afraid it would be gray in the 12th.

glunn
06-17-2012, 06:14 PM
I was sort of afraid it would be gray in the 12th. Give Gray credit -- ge got through his inning.

USAFChief
06-17-2012, 06:43 PM
Is there a major league team that runs the bases worse than your Minnesota Twins?

For that matter, is there a little league team that runs the bases worse than the Minnesota Twins?

Can we put an end to the Liddle as third base coach fiasco? He gives Plouffe the stop sign 30 feet down the line.

snepp
06-17-2012, 07:21 PM
Is there a major league play by play guy that does a worse job of describing what's happening on the field than Dan Gladden?


For the love of all that's good in the game of baseball, keep him away from PbP duties. His performance at the end of the game was beyond atrocious.

ashburyjohn
06-17-2012, 07:46 PM
I just logged on to see what's going on. You'd never know the Twins won the game, after shutout ball from the bullpen for inning after inning, with all the Gloomy Guses here. :)

IdahoPilgrim
06-17-2012, 08:23 PM
I just logged on to see what's going on. You'd never know the Twins won the game, after shutout ball from the bullpen for inning after inning, with all the Gloomy Guses here. :)

As they told me in the navy, "A griping sailor is a happy sailor."

glunn
06-17-2012, 09:40 PM
I just logged on to see what's going on. You'd never know the Twins won the game, after shutout ball from the bullpen for inning after inning, with all the Gloomy Guses here. :)

Agreed. And Jeff Gray deserves a huge amount of respect for his heroic performance.

Chance
06-17-2012, 09:47 PM
anybody who has been on here complaining about Gray needs to at least give him this one. Come on guys he went 3 scoreless innings throwing 54 pitches. He does a hell of a job when the games on the line. He isn't flashy but he and revere are the reasons why we had the opportunity to win this game.

joelindell
06-18-2012, 12:04 PM
I agree; Gray's innings were very valuable. It was a fun game to watch in person, and I stayed until the end.

Today, I wrote a blog post about a similar game I attended in 2004, where the Twins beat the Mets 3-2 in 15 innings at the Metrodome: http://www.twinsdaily.com/entry.php?1317-Looking-back-at-another-15-inning-win