Posted at 12:39 PM on April 10, 2008
by Chris Dall
I only was able to watch last night's game after Baker was done, but both Than and Eugene Cha (Morning Edition producer) noted that a lot of Baker's pitches were high, epecially the three that were hit out of the park. Fortunately, Baker threw a lot of strikes and kept people off the bases. Still, it wasn't a quality start, and the offense certainly isn't going to score 12 runs every night.
Is Baker living dangerously? And is the bullpen going to survive a season of 5-inning starts?
Posted at 4:39 PM on April 10, 2008
by Than Tibbetts
After watching the Twins' 12-run explosion last night, it had me wondering when the last time the team had such productive game at the plate. Naturally, it's off to Baseball Reference for the answer and a few happy coincidences.
The last time the Twins notched a dozen runs was also against the White Sox — and twice in the same day, no less! — during a doubleheader last year on July 6th.
The Twins won the slugfest of a day game 20-14, behind a Jason Kubel grand slam (sound familiar?) and Joe Mauer's 5 RBIs.
They came back that night to rout the Sox 12-0 thanks in large part to Justin Morneau's 7-RBI, 3-homer night.
Last night, the Twins also had two 5-run innings. The last time they put up a 5-spot or better was Sep. 7th last year against... the White Sox. The Twins scored six in the top of the ninth only to be matched run-for-run by the bottom in the bottom half. A.J. Pierzynski knocked in the winning run for the Sox off Juan Rincon in the 13th. Final score, 11-10.
Bonus: all of these games took place at Comiskey Park.