Posted at 11:56 PM on June 6, 2006
by Josh Lee
I spent most of tonight's Twins game scanning the box score for any interesting numbers with "6"s in them, until it occurred to me that you are probably as enthusiastic about another spoooooky 6/6/06 coincidence as I am, i.e., not at all. So here are some other numbers from the Twins' 4-2 loss to the Mariners:
3: The number of pinch-hitters Gardenhire sent to the plate in the 8th and 9th innings: Tiffee for White, Punto for Castro, and Luis Rodriguez for Batista. This is what is known in technical terms as "shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic."
4: The number of hits that Joe Mauer got tonight, in 4 at-bats. (4-for-4? 4-4-4? Spooooky.) And Derek Jeter still leads all shortstops in All-Star voting.
5: The number of innings it took for Scott Ullger to finally wave a runner home, despite the sinking feeling that must come with the knowledge that any time a Minnesota runner holds up at third, he will inevitably be stranded there.
Oh man, now I have that crazy song stuck in my head again.
I am slowly becoming convinced that Scott Ullger is "the problem". Remember when he was the hitting coach? Yeah, not good. Now he's the 3rd base coach (again) and not sending in runners when we need every run we can get, plus we happen to be facing a really good pitcher? And you send Morneau on a hit-and-run? Come on.
You had to be at least mildly interested in Jesse Crain's ERA when he entered the game: 6.66.