• Twins vs. Tigers, 07/05/2012, 12:05pm

    Well, it happened. The Twins winning streak was ended last night by a another strong pitching performance from Justin Verlander. Defeated 5-1, the Twins look to take three of four in Detroit against Tiger lefty Rick Porcello. To count, the Twins send Scott Diamond to the mound.

    If the Twins can win a four game set in Detroit, they'd have to be pretty pleased with themselves. The Tigers were the pre-season favorites to win the division and the the middle of their offense looks terrifying. What do you expect from Diamond tonight? If the Twins win, are they "back in this thing"?

    Scott Diamond

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 7 3 2.63 11 11 0 0 72.0 76 27 21 8 4 11 1 41 .271 1.21 2.21
    MLB Totals 8 8 3.49 18 18 0 0 111.0 127 52 43 11 4 28 4 60 .288 1.40 1.66

    Rick Porcello

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 6 5 4.35 16 16 0 0 93.0 116 51 45 8 4 23 2 57 .304 1.49 1.54
    MLB Totals 44 35 4.51 105 105 0 0 608.1 690 331 305 67 22 159 5 334 .286 1.40 1.57

    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Mauer, J MIN C 73 269 42 88 18 1 5 38 40 41 4 1 .327 .415 .457 .872
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 47 190 25 61 6 2 0 11 9 14 16 4 .321 .351 .374 .725
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 64 219 23 61 13 1 7 36 21 46 0 0 .279 .340 .443 .783
    4 Span, D MIN CF 75 300 39 82 20 2 3 22 31 39 9 3 .273 .341 .383 .725
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 78 279 45 75 21 1 18 59 40 77 2 1 .269 .380 .545 .924
    6 Plouffe, T MIN RF 62 212 37 53 10 0 19 35 24 50 0 2 .250 .328 .566 .894
    7 Butera, D MIN C 22 58 4 14 5 0 1 4 4 13 0 0 .241 .302 .379 .681
    7 Carroll, J MIN SS 77 261 32 63 9 1 0 25 31 34 6 3 .241 .325 .284 .609
    9 Casilla, A MIN 2B 57 171 16 41 10 1 0 14 9 33 10 1 .240 .277 .310 .587
    10 Morneau, J MIN 1B 61 235 26 56 14 1 10 35 22 51 1 0 .238 .307 .434 .741
    11 Dozier, B MIN SS 51 196 20 46 8 1 3 20 8 38 4 2 .235 .262 .332 .594
    12 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 29 59 8 13 1 1 1 8 8 12 5 0 .220 .313 .322 .635
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    15 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 38 103 9 20 5 1 2 5 9 27 0 0 .194 .278 .320 .599
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494
    17 Diamond, S MIN P 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
    17 Thomas, C MIN RF 12 28 2 4 1 0 1 4 0 16 0 0 .143 .172 .286 .458
    19 Burroughs, S MIN 3B 10 17 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .118 .167 .176 .343

    Tigers Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Perez, H DET 2B 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    2 Jackson, A DET CF 60 234 49 77 16 4 9 37 32 59 7 2 .329 .410 .547 .957
    3 Dirks, A DET LF 37 134 24 44 9 2 4 16 9 18 1 0 .328 .379 .515 .894
    4 Cabrera, M DET 3B 82 328 50 106 25 0 18 68 32 47 3 1 .323 .385 .564 .949
    5 Holaday, B DET C 4 10 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700
    6 Fielder, P DET 1B 82 308 44 92 19 1 12 55 36 43 1 0 .299 .377 .484 .861
    7 Berry, Q DET CF 38 132 26 39 4 3 1 13 16 38 12 0 .295 .388 .394 .782
    8 Laird, G DET C 34 92 13 27 4 0 2 5 7 10 0 0 .293 .347 .402 .749
    9 Young, D DET LF 74 285 22 75 14 0 6 31 8 58 0 1 .263 .290 .375 .665
    10 Peralta, J DET SS 73 253 25 65 16 2 4 24 27 48 1 1 .257 .331 .383 .714
    11 Avila, A DET C 56 186 22 46 10 1 5 23 24 51 2 0 .247 .330 .392 .723
    12 Boesch, B DET LF 77 293 34 70 12 0 8 30 12 57 3 2 .239 .274 .362 .636
    13 Santiago, R DET 2B 64 160 15 36 5 1 2 17 13 24 1 0 .225 .302 .306 .608
    14 Eldred, B DET DH 5 16 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 .188 .235 .375 .610
    15 Kelly, D DET LF 47 91 11 17 1 1 1 7 13 15 1 0 .187 .288 .253 .541
    16 Worth, D DET 2B 30 55 4 10 1 0 0 2 7 19 0 0 .182 .270 .200 .470
    17 Raburn, R DET 2B 51 165 12 29 10 0 1 10 10 44 1 1 .176 .230 .255 .485
    18 Santos, O DET C 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .125 .111 .125 .236
    19 Inge, B DET 2B 9 20 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 6 0 0 .100 .100 .300 .400
    19 Young, M DET LF 5 10 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 .100 .182 .200 .382
    Comments 129 Comments
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I think that I will erase this game from my DVR without watching it.
      I don't know - watching the Detroit pitcher run over and knock down his own catcher was pretty good.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      Pretty much agree Jack. Sometimes an infield hit isn't as good as getting one to the outfield. It also hurts that the Twins have hitters that are played shallow at least in their off field (Span's single in which Dozier was thrown out).

      Agree..15 hits and only 3 runs is almost unheard of and frankly inexcusable...the pen was due for a tough game but a few more hits w/risp this yr and we could easily have 4-5 more wins even with our brutal starting pitching.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      I don't know - watching the Detroit pitcher run over and knock down his own catcher was pretty good.
      Fielder's forearm played a large part in indenting Laird head and face.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      To me, this game was lost in the 8th. And that's mostly on Gardy.

      Yeah, there wer mistakes made at home plate, but they were good aggressive mistakes. Runners were left on base, but I'm not going to hammer Plouffe too much for leaving the bases loaded. The Twins were also shut out by Downs for multiple innings.

      If Perk was unavailable, they I understand why Burnett started the 8th. But why wasn't Robertson warmed up? You could see Gardy swearing when Burnett was facing (and walking) the lefty. Was he swearing at a miscommunication or himself?

      I gotta say, I feel like the Twins have a lot of promising arms in their bullpen, but their availability is awfully limited. Perk pitched the 2nd and the 3rd, but not the 4th. There is stuff going on there that we don't know about.
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I think that I will erase this game from my DVR without watching it.
      If you haven't already deleted it, as mentioned already, the first four innings are full of weirdness that you might find interesting. The plays at the plate (I got to wondering if I had ever seen back to back pitches lead to tag outs at home), the missed pickoff tags, the three-way collision, etc.

      I'd quickly stop, delete, and move on with your day not much after that 4th inning, though, unless you're fairly masochistic.
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      If Perk was unavailable, they I understand why Burnett started the 8th. But why wasn't Robertson warmed up? You could see Gardy swearing when Burnett was facing (and walking) the lefty. Was he swearing at a miscommunication or himself?

      I gotta say, I feel like the Twins have a lot of promising arms in their bullpen, but their availability is awfully limited. Perk pitched the 2nd and the 3rd, but not the 4th. There is stuff going on there that we don't know about.
      In the postgame, Gardenhire seemed to think that Burnett walking Berry was the big mistake of that inning, so I would imagine that's what had him upset. I wouldn't have expected him to go with Robertson there with Cabrera on deck anyway, regardless of Robertson being ready or not, would he?

      As for Perkins, not only had he pitched the 2nd and 3rd, but also the 1st and 30th. Was the first time in his career he'd worked four straight days according to the radio broadcast. I'm guessing that had something to do with the second day off (I wondered if it being a day game mattered, but don't know how much that would matter).
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by CDog View Post
      In the postgame, Gardenhire seemed to think that Burnett walking Berry was the big mistake of that inning, so I would imagine that's what had him upset. I wouldn't have expected him to go with Robertson there with Cabrera on deck anyway, regardless of Robertson being ready or not, would he?

      As for Perkins, not only had he pitched the 2nd and 3rd, but also the 1st and 30th. Was the first time in his career he'd worked four straight days according to the radio broadcast. I'm guessing that had something to do with the second day off (I wondered if it being a day game mattered, but don't know how much that would matter).
      Agree with everything in this post. Hard to blame Gardy when his options are limited. If you're forced into using Burnett in the late innings, facing 9-1-2 in the 8th and leaving Burton for the 9th seems logical to me.

      The bullpen pitched a lot of innings this week. It caught up to them.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by CDog View Post
      If you haven't already deleted it, as mentioned already, the first four innings are full of weirdness that you might find interesting. The plays at the plate (I got to wondering if I had ever seen back to back pitches lead to tag outs at home), the missed pickoff tags, the three-way collision, etc.

      I'd quickly stop, delete, and move on with your day not much after that 4th inning, though, unless you're fairly masochistic.
      Good idea, I will try that.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
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