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Tonight’s marathon Twins-Rays game featured two of the most solid franchises in the American League duking it out deep into extra innings.
For “starters”, David Price (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K) and Scott Baker (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7 K) matched each other hurl for hurl, with only an early Jason Repko double (driving in Danny Valencia) lighting up the scoreboard whatsoever.
Unsettlingly, though, Matt Capps came in for the save situation and promptly blew it, allowing the tying run to score on a Dan Johnson single.
From that point on, it was a battle of the bullpens, with the Twins holding the slight edge and thus the 2-1 victory:
Tampa: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER (all from Lance Cormier)
Minnesota: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER (Crain, Mijares, Guerrier)
In a game featuring such quality managers as Joe Maddon and Ron Gardenhire, what can you expect?!
-It was nice to see Guerrier redeem himself after last night. This is a guy who doesn’t have the most talent in the world, but relies instead on location and pitch movement. Really strong performance tonight.
-Capps had better buy Baker a nice dinner sometime this week.
-Delmon Young finally got the big hit against his former club! Hopefully that will break him out of his little mini-funk.
Preview (60-48, 2nd, 1.5 GB CWS): Kevin Slowey (10-5, 4.44) vs. Wade Davis (9-9, 4.21).
Just heard today that the Twins got closer Matt Capps from the Washington Nationals…
From a purely personnel standpoint, GM Bill Smith got it right. I’m glad he realized that Jon Rauch is not a playoff-caliber closer, and that adding a reliever to allow Duensing a spot in the starting rotation might be just as good as a high-caliber, high-risk, rental-player trade.
The only thing I’m concerned about is that, from what I’ve heard, Capps isn’t all that steadier than Mr. Rauch. I don’t know too much about him, though, so I would appreciate some comments from more informed minds on the matter.
For now, though, I’ll say I like this trade going forward. Pavano, Liriano, Duensing isn’t too shabby at the front end of the rotation, Blackburn will likely be pitching in big games (and probably suceeding, knowing him) in September again, and anything from Baker/Slowey is a plus at this point.
The 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was billed as a pitchers duel. It started off with these two gentlemen…
…and didn’t wander too far from the script.
The first run of the game was scored by the AL in the fifth inning on a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly…
…after Dodger pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo’s throwing error allowed a man to stand on third base.
It wasn’t until the seventh inning when the NL finally began to build a rally, capped off by a bases-clearing single from Brian McCann:
The American Leaguers didn’t do anything else until the bottom of the ninth, when David Ortiz led off with a single and, with one out, John Buck did likewise. However, NL right fielder Marlon Byrd nabbed the ball on a hop and fired to second, gunning down the lead-footed Big Papi (and the AL’s serious chance of tying things up):
The obvious game MVP was McCann:
Matt Capps retired one batter to pick up the win, while Luke Hughes took the lose and Jonathan Broxton recorded the save.
About the only scary moment of the game came when Ryan Braun made a diving catch…
…and rolled right on top of his wrist. He came away from the play unscathed, but could have very easily broken his wrist on the play. Whew!
All in all, the 2010 ASG was a tight, well-played contest, and I was disppointed to hear today that it garnered such poor ratings on FOX. To me, the ASG is an event I look forward to every summer, and I don’t see why more people don’t get excited about it. Perhaps in this day and age of round-the-clock media coverage the fans actually need a “break” as much as the players, but not for me, I guess. I remember watching the game with stars in my eyes as a child, and I still do to this day.