Taylor's Twins Talk

Focusing on the Twins, with a few ramblings on other things that catch my attention

Friday, September 08, 2006

The Dance Continues

1.) The Twins continue the Wild Card polka with the White Sox, who are matching the Twins moves step-for-step. There is still a slight chance, as I write this, that the Indians could come back in the 9th against Bobby Jenks and give the Twins a great present, but I'll take being 1/2 game ahead for at least another day. UPDATE: Alright, I guess that's not a bad alternative. Bobby Jenks' line tonight? How about 12 pitches thrown, 4 H's, 3 ER's (and maybe 4...I'm so excited I'm posting this early), NO OUTS recorded. Yikes. Oh yeah, thanks for the present, Cleveland. Now, hold it down in the bottom half of the inning and we're in business. UPDATE 2: Ok, that sucked . . . 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth to give the White Sox a win. Oh well . . . at least Bobby Jenks sucked royally; hopefully that will mess with him mentally a bit. And at least we still have that 1/2 game lead I was so happy about earlier.

2.) Francisco Liriano will have a game to pitch in tomorrow, as the Rochester Red Wings lost their game tonight against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6-3. Pete Munro started the game, going 4.1 innings and giving up just 3 ER's, but 10 H's. Jason Miller gave up 2 ER's in 1.2 innings and was pegged with the loss. Garrett Jones went 3-for-3 in the losing effort. Again, though, the good news to this is that Liriano gets a shot to start tomorrow's Game 4, and remains on track to start on Wednesday.

3.) Justin Morneau's great night netted him 3 RBI's, giving him 118 on the season and putting him just 1 behind Larry Hisle '77 and Harmon Killebrew '71 for 5th place on the Twins All-Time single season RBI list.

4.) Alexander Smit went 7 innings and allowed just 3 H's in leading Beloit to a series victory over Peoria in round 1 of the Midwest League (Low A) playoffs. Eli Tintor hit a 2-run homerun in the 8th inning to give Beloit the lead, and Dan Leatherman pitched the 9th to pick up the save after Adam Hawes and Ryan Mullins patched their way through the 8th. Congrats to Beloit for advancing. I have no word yet on when the second round begins, or who the opponent will be. I'll post something on that when I find out, which will probably be tomorrow sometime.

5.) Great to see Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau swinging with such authority tonight. Looked a lot like mid-June out there.


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