Sunday, September 9, 2012

Oh Neau...

I said yesterday that if we couldn't beat this pitcher today or at least make it a good game, we deserve to be in last place. Glad I threw that corollary in there else I'd be damning our boys to the basement right now.

We're still not in last place [scared smiley] but we're only one game ahead of the Twins.

Oh and did you see the football today? Yeah.

The baseball game was actually a good one with lots of runs being scored and stuff. A "see-saw battle" if you will. I don't think either team is known for pulling it out in the last moment this year but they're both known for not being able to hold on to a lead so something had to give by the end.

Manny Acta fielded 19 players today, 6 of them being pitchers. Kluber couldn't get out of the 4th, going just 3 2/3 innings and giving up 4 runs. Mauer and Morneau, man. Those guys must be married to women with ties to our organization or something because those dudes never have any problem trouncing us. Kluber gave up runs to those two in the third then came in and gave up 2 more runs in the 4th after a wild pitch and an error. Five runs were on the board to our 3, and he was gone.

Seddon made an appearance again and fared much better than yesterday, getting out Mauer to end the painful 4th and then Morneau to start the 5th. He had a 1-2-3 inning and, not to be trusted, was not asked back for the 6th.

Enter Esmil Rogers who is getting the buzz as the guy who will replace Perez (LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU) did us all a favor by looking sharp but then looked not-so-sharp. He mowed 'em down in the 6th and in the 7th had a lovely unassisted put-out on the field but got the bases loaded with the help of Mauer and Morneau and that was the end of his day.

Except of course when his day was slightly extended by Sipp letting 2 of his remaining guys score. Then Sipp had a 1-2-3 inning so I don't know what the hell everyone was up to. Good, bad, good, bad. Makes for ugly relief.

Vinnie was up for the 9th and we were tied and Morneau had not yet hit the homer part of the cycle when he came up to bat with two outs. Then he did hit that home run part of the cycle and everyone was very excited and the Twins won.

It was a 3-and-a-half-hour game, by the way. We mustered 8 hits, 6 walks and 7 runs in that time. Pretty cool but still not enough.

Choo didn't hit today but he ended up going 0 for 2 due to 2 walks. He also got a sac fly with an RBI.

Kipnis and Cabrera are no Mauer and Morneau. They were shut down except for a walk by Kipnis. Asdrubal left early due to something wrong with his hand. He was only DH-ing so it wasn't too hard to replace him with LaPorta - who got a hit! Hey hey! He went 1 for 2...but is still not batting .200 yet.

Cousin Michael of course got a hit because like, hey man, that's how he rolls. He also walked and came in to score both times he was on base...

...Because Santana was totally locked in today! After leaving EIGHT on base the other day, today he went 3 for 5 and got 2 RBI. Finally! He actually hadn't hit in this series for some reason, but he busted out in his first at-bat with a leadoff homer in the 2nd. BAM! He also had a double and a single.

Russ Canzler! Still "perfect" in September now with hits in all 7 games he's played here, which encompasses all of September thus far. Today he went 1 for 3 with an RBI but they pulled him in the 6th for Zeke. I don't know why - perhaps he complements Matt LaPorta in the lineup? Zeke didn't hit anything. I'm glad they at least waited for Canzler to get a hit before yanking him!

Brent Lillibridge was a bit of a surprise hero tonight! He went 1 for 2 with a double, an RBI and 2 runs. He scored on his double and also after being hit by a pitch. Then later on he had a sac fly for his RBI. Seeing Jamey Carroll play makes me miss having Jamey Carroll on our team but I think Lillibridge is a good approximation of him. Equally as funny-looking as well as unassuming and utilitarian. Except Jamey Carroll is hitting almost 70 points higher.

Donald was a bit of a surprise tonight too - he got a triple! An RBI triple! He also scored a run earlier in the game. Way to go, greasemonkey!

You know Manny Acta was serious about winning this game when he pulled Marson (R/R) for Kotchman (L/L) in the 8th, having to shuffle around catchers and stuff. Doesn't matter - neither dude hit anything today. Oh well.

Tomorrow is the decider. To decide if we are 2 games less bad than the Twins or equally as bad. The game's at 8:10 and it's Masterson versus RHP (3.36).I predict the game will rest on Masterson's shoulders if he can keep them to a run or two while we hope our bats eke out a few runs. If Masterson doesn't do well I don't think it's gonna happen for us.

Enjoy the extra hour off - see you there!

Radio Chatter:
"Anybody that is breathing and can throw will get a chance to pitch for the Twins in September."
- Tom Hamilton

"Why in the world is he throwing Lou Marson a 3-2 change up? He's your number nine hitter for a reason."
- Tom Hamilton

"The organ player is on her nineteenth cup of coffee."
- Tom Hamilton

"Between Vasquez's pitching and Doumit's catching, this game looks like it could be played in Fort Meyers or Goodyear."
- Tom Hamilton

"There might not be a worse staff in baseball at holding runners than the Indians' [staff]."
- Tom Hamilton

"How about this - the Minnesota Twins have the worst record in the American League and their fans are on their feet here for bases loaded."
- Tom Hamilton

"I tell you what the Indians have little guys that swing like they're 40 homer a year guys - Carrera, Donald, Lillibridge. That's the problem. Know thyself."
- Tom Hamilton

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