Posted at 10:58 AM on July 18, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Last night's game was fairly uneventful, but that's usually a good sign for the Twins. A couple of dingers by the Rays weren't enough to stop the bloop onslaught of the Twins, and with baseball's best bullpen you pretty much know the Devil Rays aren't going to come back. There was a little controversial bases loaded foul ball fan interference, but Rondell still ended up getting 2 of them home and received his usual holy-crap-he-got-a-hit standing ovation.
Fact #1: You can't seem to get Justin Morneau out. He's in Joe Mauer June territory now.
Fact #2: Today's game should be interesting. According to the Devil Rays, it will be only the second time since 1989 that two 10-game winners ages 22 or younger faced off in the same game. Who's the game's best young left-hander? Find out tonight at the Dome.
The other thing I forgot to mention is that I found it fairly disturbing that Gardenhire and the trainer had to jump out of the dugout that quickly when seeing Nick Punto a little gimpy. You know we're hurtin' if our previously backup utility man has that kind of concern.
I also enjoyed Josh Rabe's entrance into the big leagues: pinch running for Kubel for one out. Welcome to the big time, kid!
Not just for one out. For one pitch...which means he literally spent about fifty times more time sretching to get ready to go into the game, then he did actually playing in it. Oh well, he'll get more chances...and besides, I would give a hell of a lot even to have THAT chance.