Posted at 10:36 PM on July 6, 2007
by Chris Dall
That's about all you can say about the Twins sweep of today's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. The Twins won the two games by a combined score of 32-14. To put that in some perspective, the 32 runs scored today was the same amount the team had produced in it's previous six games. Who needs Rondell White?
Game 1 was epic, and I'm not sure if I mean that in a good way. The Twins scored 20 runs (the most they've scored in a game since June 4, 2002) and pounded out 20 hits. That's good. They also gave up 14 runs and 18 hits. That's not so good. The look on Ron Gardenhire's face when he came out to get Carmen Cali in the 9th with the bases loaded told you all you needed to know about how he felt about the team's pitching. It was like parks & recreation league softball, except with better uniforms. The baseball must have looked like a melon coming out of the pitchers' hands. It was the highest scoring game since this tilt in 1999. Overall, the two teams combined to throw 405 pitches.
The 12-0 victory in game 2 should leave Gardy feeling a bit more satisfied. Matt Garza pitched 6 solid innings, Justin Morneau hit three home runs (to give him 102 for his career), and the manager got his 500th major league victory. To boot, the 12 runs were scored despite the fact that Garza had to sub as the DH after catcher Mike Redmond was whacked in the temple by Jim Thome's bat. Redmond required stitches but was not taken to the hospital.
If I'm a sports radio host in Chicago, I'm getting Ozzie Guillen on the phone right now, because whatever comes out of his mouth is going to be great radio. That much talked about firesale in Chicago should be starting any minute now.
As for the Twins, let's hope they can keep this up. But the all-or-nothing pattern they've followed this year has me fearing they might get shut out the next two games.