• Twins vs. Reds, 06/24/2012, 12:10pm

    Coming off a disastrous 6-0 loss last night, both the Twins pitching and offense looks to get back on track behind their wins leader, Scott Diamond. Countering for the Reds is Mike Leake, a righty pitching in his third season with the club. Which Diamond will show up today for Minnesota? Will the offense break out of its slump and score more than twice? When do we get to stop watching Twins pitchers flail at baseballs like a little leaguer?

    Box Score - Reds 6, Twins 0, 06/23/12

    Scott Diamond
    W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 5 3 2.57 9 9 0 0 0 0 56.0 62 22 16 7 2 8 1 30 .279 1.25 2.50
    MLB Totals 6 8 3.60 16 16 0 0 0 0 95.0 113 47 38 10 2 25 4 49 .295 1.45 1.70

    Mike Leake
    W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 5 4.70 13 13 0 0 0 0 74.2 83 44 39 9 1 21 0 53 .284 1.39 1.51
    MLB Totals 22 18 4.16 66 61 0 0 0 0 380.2 400 195 176 51 12 108 5 262 .272 1.33 1.46

    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Mauer, J MIN C 62 224 32 70 15 1 3 33 38 31 3 1 .313 .414 .429 .843
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 37 151 20 47 5 2 0 10 5 9 14 2 .311 .335 .371 .706
    3 Span, D MIN CF 65 265 34 73 17 1 3 19 27 33 7 3 .275 .342 .381 .724
    4 Willingham, J MIN LF 67 241 39 66 19 1 14 47 34 69 2 1 .274 .385 .535 .920
    5 Doumit, R MIN C 57 197 22 53 10 1 7 32 19 40 0 0 .269 .326 .437 .762
    6 Carroll, J MIN SS 68 234 31 60 9 1 0 22 27 31 6 3 .256 .337 .303 .641
    7 Diamond, S MIN P 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    8 Casilla, A MIN 2B 51 150 15 37 9 1 0 12 9 28 8 1 .247 .288 .320 .608
    9 Plouffe, T MIN RF 51 171 28 42 8 0 14 25 21 39 0 2 .246 .328 .538 .866
    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 42 167 14 38 8 0 2 17 5 31 2 2 .228 .247 .311 .559
    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 34 96 6 17 5 1 0 3 8 26 0 0 .177 .255 .250 .505
    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 70 242 46 87 30 0 13 45 58 54 4 3 .360 .484 .645 1.128
    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 47 142 12 41 6 0 1 7 17 18 0 0 .289 .369 .352 .721
    4 Phillips, B CIN 2B 64 251 39 72 10 1 10 44 15 30 2 0 .287 .327 .454 .781
    5 Frazier, T CIN 3B 48 141 15 38 12 3 7 22 13 40 1 1 .270 .333 .546 .879
    6 Heisey, C CIN LF 59 190 18 51 9 2 2 15 7 44 2 3 .268 .305 .368 .673
    7 Cozart, Z CIN SS 67 273 41 70 18 2 7 15 16 59 2 0 .256 .300 .414 .714
    8 Bruce, J CIN RF 68 242 40 61 16 1 16 46 28 64 4 0 .252 .326 .525 .851
    9 Negron, K CIN CF 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650
    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 34 110 9 23 7 0 3 16 8 22 1 0 .209 .267 .355 .621
    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
    17 Cairo, M CIN 3B 28 50 4 7 3 1 0 2 2 3 1 0 .140 .173 .240 .413
    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 14 29 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 12 0 0 .103 .103 .138 .241
    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
    22 Simon, A CIN P 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    Comments 142 Comments
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Diamond strikes out Votto with 3 pitches -- Reds' announcers are very impressed with Diamond.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Diamond has certainly handled Votto today.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      This is another reason I like pitcher's duels - faster game pace. Six full innings in 81 minutes.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Is it me, or are close plays at the plate awesome? I used to love how aggressive the Twins used to be running the bases to make teams make a perfect throw like Dozier just made. Of course, that was in the dome when they had a ton of speed on the team.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Terrible baserunning by the Reds gets Diamond out of the inning. Diamond has thrown only 60 pitches through 6 innings.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Sigh. This team can't even get lucky with a bouncing ball.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Is it me, or are close plays at the plate awesome? I used to love how aggressive the Twins used to be running the bases to make teams make a perfect throw like Dozier just made. Of course, that was in the dome when they had a ton of speed on the team.
      I love it too.

      Did anybody else cringe, just a bit, when Mauer had to make a play at the plate? Nice clean play, though, both ways.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Nice play by Reds second baseman to get Willingham at the plate. Not a great slide by Willingham, who seemed surprised.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Wow, nice play by Phillips.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Nice play by Reds second baseman to get Willingham at the plate. Not a great slide by Willingham, who seemed surprised.
      I agree, he could have scored with a little better slide. Span is excellent at hitting the corners on slides.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      2nd and 3rd, nobody out with Morneau and Plouffe due up, very disappointing to only come away with 1 run.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      I love it too.

      Did anybody else cringe, just a bit, when Mauer had to make a play at the plate? Nice clean play, though, both ways.
      Personally I would love to see if he could handle getting run over. I don't want him to get Posey'd but if it was a Lonnie Smith/Brian Harper collision I'd be all for it.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Mauer looked pretty clumsy on that play at the plate, again. Sticks his left leg out instead of blocking the plate. He had like 5 seconds to set up there too.

      Tough luck for the Twins on the Plouffe AB. Hit it hard but perfect bounce and nice play by Phillips.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Diamond is throwing strikes and trusting his stuff. A complete game seems possible here.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Nobody covers second. Uffda.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Ugh! With Dozier it seems to be 1.25 steps forward, 1 step back.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Good lord.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Young player. Like I said with Plouffe when he was making mistakes at SS, the game is much faster and a single mental lapse is magnified.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Ugh! With Dozier it seems to be 1.25 steps forward, 1 step back.
      But Diamond makes it moot by getting the final out. If Diamond keeps pitching like this, the one run lead may hold up.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      That isn't a small lapse, that is crap you learn in little league. Gave away a sure out as the slow catcher would have been out by a mile.
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