• 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. Celebrity Weddings!'s Avatar
      Celebrity Weddings! -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      What can the Twins do to get Morneau back to form, especially his futility against southpaws? He look horrible out there.
      I'm not really sure facing a lefty who throws 102mph and strikes out nearly half the batters he faces results in the sort of horrible-looking that can be fixed by coaching.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Burton is actually pitching right now.
      WTF -- where is Perkins??
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Why do the Twins always need to make these games so dramatic?
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Taking the scenic route to win this thing.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      WTF -- where is Perkins??
      Perkins is in the pen, warming up. I'm guessing, since he pitched last night, they were hoping Burton could do the job today.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      WTF -- where is Perkins??
      The Reds have a lot of RH hitters up so Burton got to start the inning. Perkins is warming up.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Celebrity Weddings! View Post
      I'm not really sure facing a lefty who throws 102mph and strikes out nearly half the batters he faces results in the sort of horrible-looking that can be fixed by coaching.
      Question: would you have pinch-hit Doumit in that situation? Or for Mastrioanni?

      I don't understand why Ryan wasn't out there to lead off the inning.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Perkins is in the pen, warming up. I'm guessing, since he pitched last night, they were hoping Burton could do the job today.
      Lots of righties due in the ninth. For once, I'm with Gardy on this one.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      LOL. That's Twins Baseball™.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Man! Even the ending was dramatic - Casilla, rather than just stepping on the bag, falls down flat on top of it!
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      What the hell was that???
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Wow. This game is why I love baseball.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Celebrity Weddings! View Post
      I'm not really sure facing a lefty who throws 102mph and strikes out nearly half the batters he faces results in the sort of horrible-looking that can be fixed by coaching.
      He might have had his best AB against Chapman.

      It's the pathetic ABs against mediocre RHers that have me worried.

      EDIT: Nice win.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Nice win, hopefully they can keep up this momentum for a bit.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      I thought Doumit would have a better chance than Morneau--man he is sucking. For you old-timers here, when I saw the replay of J-Will's homer, I thought of Harmon, not the trajectory of the bomb but the way Willingham stepped across the plate.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Nice win, hopefully they can keep up this momentum for a bit.
      "We won a game yesterday, if we win one today that's two in a row. If we win one tomorrow, that's called a winning streak. It has happened before."
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      What the hell was that???
      It looked to me like Carroll threw him a changeup.
    1. Celebrity Weddings!'s Avatar
      Celebrity Weddings! -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      I don't understand why Ryan wasn't out there to lead off the inning.
      I'm with you. Though without pretending that it makes sense, Gardenhire's extreme antsiness with respect to having a catcher ready in case of emergency is probably the reason. Not a good one, but a reason?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Celebrity Weddings! View Post
      I'm with you. Though without pretending that it makes sense, Gardenhire's extreme antsiness with respect to having a catcher ready in case of emergency is probably the reason. Not a good one, but a reason?
      Well, it's not as if he had Doumit suit up for the ninth. We got to see Son of Sal gut Burton through that inning.

      Player of the Game, obviously.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      In the postgame, Tim Laudner said that Diamond reminds him of Brad Radke - only average velocity but with good control.
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