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  • Twins vs. Pirates, 06/20/2012, 6:05pm

    The Twins bats were shut down again last night, this time by the Pirates pitching staff. Which Liriano do you expect to see tonight against the struggling Pirates offense? Which Twins bat do you expect to come through tonight, if any? And when did the Pirates get good?

    Box Score - 6/19/2012 - Pirates 7, Twins 2


    Minnesota Twins (26-40) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (35-31)

    Twins Lineup
    Denard Span 8
    Ben Revere 9
    Josh Willingham 7
    Justin Morneau 3
    Trevor Plouffe 5
    Brian Dozier 6
    Jamey Carroll 4
    Drew Butera C
    Francisco Liriano, P (1-7, 6.24 ERA)

    Pirates
    Tabata LF
    Harrison RF
    McCutchen CF
    McGehee 1B
    Walker 2B
    Alvarez 3B
    Barmes SS
    McKenry C
    Bedard, P (4-7, 4.36 ERA)
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Sticky this bad boy.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      We'll see if these lineups are correct (found a new source):

      Twins
      Span CF
      Revere RF
      Willingham LF
      Morneau 1B
      Plouffe 3B
      Dozier SS
      Carroll 2B
      Butera C
      (Liriano P)

      Pirates
      Tabata LF

      Harrison RF
      McCutchen CF
      McGehee 1B
      Walker 2B
      Alvarez 3B
      Barmes SS
      McKenry C
      (Bedard P)
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      With Butera in the lineup and Morneau going against a tough lefty, Twins might have a tough time generating offense tonight. Hopefully the good Frankie shows up.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      With Butera in the lineup and Morneau going against a tough lefty, Twins might have a tough time generating offense tonight. Hopefully the good Frankie shows up.
      Along with the bad Bedard. He has been lit up in two of his last three starts so there's hope for that.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      With Butera in the lineup and Morneau going against a tough lefty, Twins might have a tough time generating offense tonight. Hopefully the good Frankie shows up.
      Hopefully Liriano shows up at the plate, as of now he is our 7th best hitter in the lineup.
    1. spideyo's Avatar
      spideyo -
      Wait, who is the other hitter worse than Liriano?

      And hey, Butera's WHIP and ERA are WAAAY better than Liriano's, so he's got that.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by spideyo View Post
      Wait, who is the other hitter worse than Liriano?

      And hey, Butera's WHIP and ERA are WAAAY better than Liriano's, so he's got that.
      It was in jest, but the other one I was referring to was Morneau who is sporting a .093/.110/.203 line against LHP this year. Against LHP Morneau needs to be dropped in the lineup at the very least, in a perfect world I would like to see this lineup against LHP until Morneau gets his **** together:

      1.Span
      2.Revere
      3. Mauer
      4. Willingham
      5. Plouffe 1B
      6. Doumit DH
      7. Dozier SS
      8. Valencia 3B (I know he is in the minors, but Valencia is a solid option against LHP)
      9. Carroll
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Interesting. They just said on the telecast that the opening home run Pittsburgh hit last night should have only been a ground rule double. Apparently (and they showed the rule) once it bounced off the fence it became a "bounding ball" which, if it goes out of play off a fielder, is only 2 bases.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Had trouble getting my proxy server working and missed the first half of the inning. Who scored?
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Interesting. They just said on the telecast that the opening home run Pittsburgh hit last night should have only been a ground rule double. Apparently (and they showed the rule) once it bounced off the fence it became a "bounding ball" which, if it goes out of play off a fielder, is only 2 bases.
      Too bad the Twins did not ask for a replay.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Tonight would be a good time for Plouffe to hit a home run (or three).
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Butera struck out. Didn't see that coming.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Apparently Willingham didn't realize it had bounced off him and they couldn't see it from the dugout.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      It's a little frustrating to see the Twins put two pitchers at the back of the lineup in tonight's game. Add in Morneau against a lefty and 1/3 of this lineup is entirely useless.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      Butera struck out. Didn't see that coming.
      Be careful - your tongue might poke all the way through your cheek.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Be careful - your tongue might poke all the way through your cheek.
      We should have a Quality AB comparison of Butera, Liriano, and Bedard.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      We all know the Pirates offense is inept but Liriano is looking pretty good out there tonight.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      A fantastic plate appearance there by the greatest defensive catcher in the history of the game.


      That's 2 hits and 1 walk in his last 25 trips to the plate, with a .250 OPS.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      That's 2 hits and 1 walk in his last 25 trips to the plate, with a .250 OPS.
      A 2:1 hit/walk ratio is good, right?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      A fantastic plate appearance there by the greatest defensive catcher in the history of the game.


      That's 2 hits and 1 walk in his last 25 trips to the plate, with a .250 OPS.
      Huh. I was informed on this very website just a month or so ago that Bruno had turned Butera into a good hitter.
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