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  • Twins vs. Reds, 06/23/2012, 3:10pm

    Powered last night by a hit attack from Ben Revere and Ryan Doumit, the Twins rallied and defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-4. Blackburn pitched a typical 5IP, 4ER stat line but this time, it was enough for the Twins to come out on top. In today's game, Brian Duensing gets a spot start against the Reds' Johnny Cueto. Will the Reds stack the lineup with right-handers against Duensing? After last night's 4-for-4 effort by Doumit and Revere, who will step forward for the Twins' offense today?

    As always, we'll be discussing the game as it develops in our Twins Daily game thread!

    Box Score - Twins 5, Reds 4 - 6/22/12

    Brian Duensing
    W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 1 2 3.12 30 0 0 0 0 0 34.2 28 12 12 1 1 9 0 22 .224 1.07 0.65
    MLB Totals 25 21 3.90 139 50 2 2 0 0 411.0 427 193 178 40 8 127 9 268 .270 1.35 1.17

    Johnny Cueto
    W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 8 3 2.38 14 14 2 0 0 0 94.2 89 27 25 5 6 20 3 67 .251 1.15 1.33
    MLB Totals 49 40 3.65 130 130 6 2 0 0 781.2 743 348 317 85 53 252 9 599 .252 1.27 1.12


    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Revere, B MIN RF 36 147 20 47 5 2 0 10 5 9 14 2 .320 .344 .381 .725
    2 Mauer, J MIN C 61 220 32 69 14 1 3 33 38 31 3 1 .314 .417 .427 .844
    3 Span, D MIN CF 64 261 34 73 17 1 3 19 27 33 7 3 .280 .347 .387 .734
    4 Willingham, J MIN LF 66 238 39 65 19 1 14 47 34 67 2 0 .273 .383 .538 .921
    5 Doumit, R MIN C 56 194 22 52 10 1 7 32 19 38 0 0 .268 .326 .438 .764
    6 Carroll, J MIN SS 67 232 31 60 9 1 0 22 26 31 6 3 .259 .337 .306 .643
    7 Diamond, S MIN P 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    7 Plouffe, T MIN RF 50 168 28 42 8 0 14 25 21 36 0 2 .250 .333 .548 .881
    9 Casilla, A MIN 2B 51 150 15 37 9 1 0 12 9 28 8 1 .247 .288 .320 .608
    10 Butera, D MIN C 18 50 3 12 4 0 0 1 4 10 0 0 .240 .309 .320 .629
    11 Morneau, J MIN 1B 52 199 23 47 12 1 10 33 19 43 1 0 .236 .306 .457 .764
    12 Dozier, B MIN SS 41 164 14 38 8 0 2 17 5 30 2 2 .232 .251 .317 .569
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    14 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 22 45 4 9 1 1 0 5 5 9 2 0 .200 .280 .267 .547
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494
    17 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 33 95 6 17 5 1 0 3 8 26 0 0 .179 .257 .253 .510
    18 Thomas, C MIN RF 12 28 2 4 1 0 1 4 0 16 0 0 .143 .172 .286 .458
    19 Burroughs, S MIN 3B 10 17 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .118 .167 .176 .343


    Reds Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Votto, J CIN 1B 69 240 45 87 30 0 13 45 56 54 4 3 .363 .483 .650 1.133
    2 Leake, M CIN P 12 22 3 7 1 0 1 1 0 7 0 0 .318 .318 .500 .818
    3 Hanigan, R CIN C 46 140 12 41 6 0 1 7 15 18 0 0 .293 .365 .357 .723
    4 Phillips, B CIN 2B 63 247 38 71 10 1 9 42 15 29 2 0 .287 .328 .445 .774
    5 Heisey, C CIN LF 58 186 18 50 9 2 2 15 7 43 2 3 .269 .306 .371 .677
    6 Frazier, T CIN 3B 47 137 15 36 11 3 7 22 13 40 1 1 .263 .329 .540 .869
    7 Cozart, Z CIN SS 66 268 41 70 18 2 7 15 16 58 2 0 .261 .305 .422 .727
    8 Negron, K CIN CF 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650
    9 Bruce, J CIN RF 67 238 38 59 15 1 16 46 28 64 4 0 .248 .324 .521 .845
    10 Stubbs, D CIN CF 53 204 34 48 7 0 7 18 18 59 13 3 .235 .300 .373 .673
    11 Ludwick, R CIN LF 51 167 17 38 12 0 9 31 17 44 0 0 .228 .305 .461 .766
    12 Valdez, W CIN SS 34 71 5 16 3 0 0 8 1 13 0 0 .225 .233 .268 .500
    13 Rolen, S CIN 3B 33 107 7 21 6 0 3 15 7 22 1 0 .196 .250 .336 .586
    14 Mesoraco, D CIN C 31 94 11 18 3 0 4 9 13 19 0 1 .191 .294 .351 .645
    15 Arroyo, B CIN P 12 22 2 4 0 0 0 1 1 9 0 0 .182 .208 .182 .390
    16 Bailey, H CIN P 14 28 1 4 0 0 0 3 0 10 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
    16 Cairo, M CIN 3B 27 49 4 7 3 1 0 2 2 3 1 0 .143 .176 .245 .421
    18 Harris, W CIN LF 24 44 5 5 4 0 0 2 3 8 1 1 .114 .170 .205 .375
    19 Cueto, J CIN P 13 27 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 .111 .111 .148 .259
    20 Costanzo, M CIN 3B 17 18 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 10 0 0 .056 .095 .056 .151
    21 Latos, M CIN P 13 20 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 15 0 0 .050 .130 .050 .180
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins
      Span CF
      Revere RF
      Mauer 1B
      Willingham LF
      Plouffe 3B
      Doumit C
      Dozier SS
      Carroll 2B
      (Duensing P)

      Reds
      Cozart SS
      Heisey CF
      Votto 1B
      Phillips 2B
      Bruce RF
      Rolen 3B
      Frazier LF
      Hanigan C
      (Cueto P)
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Last night Mauer was deemed slower than Liam Hendriks. Today he's in the starting lineup. Be interested to see how he moves.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Last night Mauer was deemed slower than Liam Hendriks. Today he's in the starting lineup. Be interested to see how he moves.
      Not necessarily slower, just they didn't want Mauer to aggravate the injury knowing that he wasn't going to stay in the game. Mauer/Hendriks were on first with runners ahead on second and third. All the runner on first had to do was go station to station.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      Not necessarily slower, just they didn't want Mauer to aggravate the injury knowing that he wasn't going to stay in the game. Mauer/Hendriks were on first with runners ahead on second and third. All the runner on first had to do was go station to station.
      It also seems possible that Hendriks runs pretty fast, and he might be used again as a pinch runner.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Why does Cueto wear a towel under his cap? Is it to catch sweat like a headband or what?
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      It would be good to get some early runs here.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Duensing looking pretty good. I'm actually surprised it has taken the Twins this long to give him a chance in the rotation.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Duensing looking pretty good. I'm actually surprised it has taken the Twins this long to give him a chance in the rotation.
      It's one inning...not ready to crown him the savior of the rotation just yet, also in the past he proved to only be a mediocre option in the rotation.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Duensing looking pretty good. I'm actually surprised it has taken the Twins this long to give him a chance in the rotation.
      I think that this probably has something to do with how he struggled as a starter last season, and the fact that right handed batters were lighting him up.

      Why the F was Willingham trying to steal second?
    1. PMKI's Avatar
      PMKI -
      Nice play Dozier!
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I think that this probably has something to do with how he struggled as a starter last season, and the fact that right handed batters were lighting him up.

      Why the F was Willingham trying to steal second?
      Hit and run, which is a good call on a 3-2 pitch with Plouffe (who mashes LHP) at the plate.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I think that this probably has something to do with how he struggled as a starter last season, and the fact that right handed batters were lighting him up.

      Why the F was Willingham trying to steal second?
      Plouffe had a full count. It's a way to stay out the double play (other than the strike out, which happened). I think it was the right call, but a little risky and it caught up to us that time.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Hit and run, which is a good call on a 3-2 pitch with Plouffe (who mashes LHP) at the plate.
      Cueto is a righty.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Cueto is a righty.
      Derp, my bad. Shows how close I am watching... either way Plouffe has been on fire recently so the hit and run there wasn't a bad idea.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      It's one inning...not ready to crown him the savior of the rotation just yet, also in the past he proved to only be a mediocre option in the rotation.
      Mediocre is a huge upgrade over much of what they've been sending out there.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      With 5 mediocre starters all year, we'd have a good shot of having a winning record.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Mediocre is a huge upgrade over much of what they've been sending out there.
      I don't disagree with that, but a guy like Duensing provides a very valuable piece to the team when he is in the bullpen, DeVries, Walters etc would only have value as a mop up guy in the pen.

      I just hope they don't fall in love with a few good innings from Duensing and assume he can be an answer to the rotation moving forward (into 2013) The Twins need to go into the off-season with the mindset that they need to figure out how to fill at least 4 rotation spots.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      If Duensing got the call because he's a lefty, he needs to make Votto and the other lefties swing the bat. A righty could walk Votto too. And here is the consequence of the lead of walk. Sheesh
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      If Duensing got the call because he's a lefty, he needs to make Votto and the other lefties swing the bat. A righty could walk Votto too. And here is the consequence of the lead of walk. Sheesh
      You speak the truth my friend.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      If Duensing got the call because he's a lefty, he needs to make Votto and the other lefties swing the bat. A righty could walk Votto too. And here is the consequence of the lead of walk. Sheesh
      Votto hits .909 OPS against LHP in his career and currently leads the league in BA/OBP/SLG/OPS

      Pitching around Votto is not a bad play...
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