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GAME THREAD: Twins @ Angels, 4/16/21, 8:38 PM CDT

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#1 Hosken Bombo Disco

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 12:50 PM

It’s always thrilling when your team snatches victory from the jaws of victory, as the Twins did yesterday afternoon at Target Field against the Red Sox. The Twins lost 3 of 4 in the series, but were 1-0 in games played in the sunshine.

That’s a good sign, right?

There will be plenty of sun out in LA this weekend for the three game series against the Angels.

Here I have selected five Twins-Halos memorable moments to think back on, from over the years:

1. May 23, 2019: Draining the Opposition
Seems like so long ago. The Twins laid waste to the Angels 16-7 to complete a three game sweep in LA and on their way to a 8.0 game lead in the standings. This game was actually played on a scheduled off day, after the field was unable to drain some heavy rains that fell prior to the first pitch the night before.

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2. May 8, 1984: Greatness Arrives
A promising young outfielder makes his debut for the Twins in Anaheim, and grounds out in his first at bat. Yet he would finish the game with four hits. Few in baseball were able to collect hits in bunches like Kirby Puckett was.

3. Sept. 2, 2011: More Greatness
Another promising young outfielder makes his 80th career plate appearance, and first against the Twins, drawing a base on balls in the 9th inning of a Twins win. You may have heard of him: Mike Trout. Bonus points if you can guess the name of the Twins relief pitcher who faced him that evening. (Answer below.)

4. August 3, 1987: How to Get Ejected from a Baseball Game
The Twins-Angels game was tied 2-2 in the 4th, when home plate umpire (and great St. Paul guy) Tim Tschida wanted to take a look at the baseballs Joe Niekro was serving up to Angels hitters. There was a confab on the mound, and, well…



The Twins went on to win 11-3. The tired and bored but suddenly interested reaction of Steve Palermo, arms folded and hat off, is timeless.

5. October 12, 2002: The Closest We Have Come
This is the deepest into the postseason the Twins have reached since 1991. It was the 2002 American League Championship Series, the Twins trailing the Angels 2 games to 1, and a pitchers duel in Game 4. Brad Radke had pitched six scoreless innings, but John Lackey had matched him frame for frame, pitching six scoreless innings himself, and then setting the Twins down in the top of the 7th.

And when in Anaheim, late in the game, when the 7th inning stretch comes, you know it well, the scourge of baseball, …

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But never mind that. :)

Go Twins!

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EDIT:

 

Here they are:

Twins
1. Mitch Garver ® C
2. Josh Donaldson ® 3B
3. Nelson Cruz ® DH
4. Kyle Garlick ® LF
5. Luis Arraez (L) 2B
6. Miguel Sano ® 1B
7. Jorge Polanco (S) SS
8. Max Kepler (L) RF
9. Jake Cave (L) CF

 

Lewis Thorpe (L)

 

Angels

1. David Fletcher ® 2B
2. Shohei Ohtani (L) DH
3. Mike Trout ® CF
4. Justin Upton ® LF
5. Jared Walsh (L) RF
6. Albert Pujols ® 1B
7. Jose Iglesias ® SS
8. Kurt Suzuki ® C
9. Luis Rengifo (S) 3B

 

Andrew Heaney (L)

Edited by Hosken Bombo Disco, 16 April 2021 - 08:09 PM.
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Posted 16 April 2021 - 01:08 PM

Just do it. (Unless an idiot would do it... then don’t)


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Posted 16 April 2021 - 01:15 PM

That was one darn cute puppy, all right, but I sat through the entire 2:27 running time and didn't see doggo actually do anything cute. Just sat there the whole time on-screen. Please check your link.

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 02:03 PM

Lewis Thorpe recalled, great move! Just what we needed for this tough road trip, another long relief/ spot starter. Go Twins!

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 03:06 PM

They play baseball at night?

Is that legal?

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 03:06 PM

And that earned Niekro an appearance on the Tonight Show. That was back when we could still laugh at such antics.

 

 

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 03:07 PM

 

Lewis Thorpe recalled, great move! Just what we needed for this tough road trip, another long relief/ spot starter. Go Twins!

 

Shaun Anderson down, after being recalled yesterday.What was everyone's favorite Shaun Anderson moment?


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Posted 16 April 2021 - 03:19 PM

 

They play baseball at night?

Is that legal?

Apparently a lot of things are legal in California...

 

(and if series always started with day games, might there be more morning games on travel days?)

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 03:28 PM

The one bright spot in the first 13 games has been the rotation, at least in the first 5 innings.After a disastrous home stand, Twins fly to West Coast hoping to right the ship.Hate to pile on Thorpe, but he has consistenytly shown nothing in previous major league starts.Why aren't we going with Shoemacher on 4 days rest??Is this another in a long line of Rocky moves this season?Together with resting Donaldson after one startthis pattern of babying these major leaguers is hard to take on a veteran team that has yet to get any momentum going.

 

 


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Posted 16 April 2021 - 03:40 PM

Shaun Anderson down, after being recalled yesterday. What was everyone's favorite Shaun Anderson moment?


When he sailed 2 fastballs near Trout's head. I might be sick too if were him.

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:09 PM

I've never tried monkey, but if I see that Mr. Rally I swear by all that's holy it will be on my grill tonight. Free samples!

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:23 PM

I see Thorpe is starting. Wish him well, hope he rises to the occasion.
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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:24 PM

4. True story: I probably related this already, but in case not, I was in attendance at the famous Joe Niekro ejection in Anaheim.

Halfway up the third deck, somewhere between home and 1st...and I clearly saw the nail file go flying.
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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:33 PM

 

Lewis Thorpe recalled, great move! Just what we needed for this tough road trip, another long relief/ spot starter. Go Twins!

What? Wasn't Dobnak supposed to be this guy? Did I miss something?

 

 

 


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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:36 PM

What? Wasn't Dobnak supposed to be this guy? Did I miss something?

Thorp is starting tonight. Dobnak threw 3 innings in relief Tuesday.
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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:37 PM

 

4. True story: I probably related this already, but in case not, I was in attendance at the famous Joe Niekro ejection in Anaheim.

Halfway up the third deck, somewhere between home and 1st...and I clearly saw the nail file go flying.

Very cool!

 

My "I was at THAT game story" from around that same time, I was at the first Cubs game under the lights - 8/8/88. Bill Murray was up in the booth with Harry Caray, serenading the fans, everyone was having a blast. I believe Phil Bradley led off the game with an HR for the Phillies....before it got rained out. Mark Grace was a rookie that year and he and a bunch of Cubs players went out and slid on the rain tarps much to the delight of the fans after it had been officially called.

 

Best game I've been to that never officially happened.

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:38 PM

I've never tried monkey, but if I see that Mr. Rally I swear by all that's holy it will be on my grill tonight. Free samples!

serve it with some greasy grimy Gopher guts.
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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:38 PM

 

The one bright spot in the first 13 games has been the rotation, at least in the first 5 innings.After a disastrous home stand, Twins fly to West Coast hoping to right the ship.Hate to pile on Thorpe, but he has consistenytly shown nothing in previous major league starts.Why aren't we going with Shoemacher on 4 days rest??Is this another in a long line of Rocky moves this season?Together with resting Donaldson after one startthis pattern of babying these major leaguers is hard to take on a veteran team that has yet to get any momentum going.

 

Because due to the DH, you'll have SP pile up starting tomorrow (Happ on 3 days tomorrow, Maeda on 3 days Sunday).By doing this today, you keep Happ and Maeda on regular rest, and buy an extra day for Shoemaker.


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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:43 PM

 

Thorp is starting tonight. Dobnak threw 3 innings in relief Tuesday.

 

Also, if you use Dobnak to start today, he probably only gives you 3, which means you either have to use 4-6 guys out of your bullpen, or you need Thorpe for long relief anyways, so Thorpe was always (in all likelihood), going to need to pitch tonight anyways.I would argue that maybe instead you use Thorpe as your second starter for the DH on Wednesday, but maybe they didn't want to miss with Berrios' rhythm, perhaps they were desperate to get win(s), and wanted their two best guys to go, or they wanted to get a look at Kiriloff without having to use the kind of option that relegates him to the alternate site for 10 days after being sent back down.

 

This also suggests that Dobnak will spend all his time in the bullpen until a starter gets hurt.


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Posted 16 April 2021 - 05:08 PM

1. Mitch Garver ® C
2. Josh Donaldson ® 3B
3. Nelson Cruz ® DH
4. Kyle Garlick ® LF
5. Luis Arraez (L) 2B
6. Miguel Sano ® 1B
7. Jorge Polanco (S) SS
8. Max Kepler (L) RF
9. Jake Cave (L) CF

 

Buxton's still out of the lineup. As I speculated yesterday, his hamstring is likely worse than what the beat writers were saying on Wednesday...

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