Posted at 12:43 AM on June 8, 2005
by Josh Lee
Interleague play at a National League ballpark is always kind of a mixed bag: on the one hand, you get to enjoy matchups that you'd normally never see, often in exotic cities like Phoenix and Milwaukee. On the other hand, you have to watch two unacquainted teams stumble around as if it were spring training as they try to figure each other out with little more than a scouting report to go on, while the managers empty their benches in an orgy of double-switches. That's pretty much what happened last night, as the Twins and Diamondbacks small-balled, long-balled, missed tags (well, the D-Backs did), and played a highly entertaining, all-around mess of a game, with the Twins eventually pulling a 9-8 win out of thin air.
NL rules also conspired to deny fans the full catharsis of a "Bad + Rad = Brad" Radke performance. As he has so often done in the past, he gave up a pile of runs in the 1st inning, and was automatic from the 2nd on. But his time around, he only got to stay in for five innings, as a budding Twins rally in the 6th brought rookie Glenn Williams to the plate as a pinch hitter. At least Radke got to make the most of a rare batting "opportunity" by laying down a nice sacrifice bunt that led to a run.
Oh, and Torii "Let's Just Forget April and May Ever Happened, Shall We?" Hunter had another gonzo outing, hitting a single, a double, and two homers, quieting at least for a little while the grumblings of fans who dare to speak of trading him.
Torii was on the post game show on the radio last night. He said he totally guessed on the second homerun he hit. He didnt want to know the scouting report on the pitcher. I thought that was rather interesting.