• Twins vs. Tigers, 07/05/2012, 12:05pm

    Well, it happened. The Twins winning streak was ended last night by a another strong pitching performance from Justin Verlander. Defeated 5-1, the Twins look to take three of four in Detroit against Tiger lefty Rick Porcello. To count, the Twins send Scott Diamond to the mound.

    If the Twins can win a four game set in Detroit, they'd have to be pretty pleased with themselves. The Tigers were the pre-season favorites to win the division and the the middle of their offense looks terrifying. What do you expect from Diamond tonight? If the Twins win, are they "back in this thing"?

    Scott Diamond

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 7 3 2.63 11 11 0 0 72.0 76 27 21 8 4 11 1 41 .271 1.21 2.21
    MLB Totals 8 8 3.49 18 18 0 0 111.0 127 52 43 11 4 28 4 60 .288 1.40 1.66

    Rick Porcello

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 6 5 4.35 16 16 0 0 93.0 116 51 45 8 4 23 2 57 .304 1.49 1.54
    MLB Totals 44 35 4.51 105 105 0 0 608.1 690 331 305 67 22 159 5 334 .286 1.40 1.57

    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 73 269 42 88 18 1 5 38 40 41 4 1 .327 .415 .457 .872
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 47 190 25 61 6 2 0 11 9 14 16 4 .321 .351 .374 .725
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 64 219 23 61 13 1 7 36 21 46 0 0 .279 .340 .443 .783
    4 Span, D MIN CF 75 300 39 82 20 2 3 22 31 39 9 3 .273 .341 .383 .725
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 78 279 45 75 21 1 18 59 40 77 2 1 .269 .380 .545 .924
    6 Plouffe, T MIN RF 62 212 37 53 10 0 19 35 24 50 0 2 .250 .328 .566 .894
    7 Butera, D MIN C 22 58 4 14 5 0 1 4 4 13 0 0 .241 .302 .379 .681
    7 Carroll, J MIN SS 77 261 32 63 9 1 0 25 31 34 6 3 .241 .325 .284 .609
    9 Casilla, A MIN 2B 57 171 16 41 10 1 0 14 9 33 10 1 .240 .277 .310 .587
    10 Morneau, J MIN 1B 61 235 26 56 14 1 10 35 22 51 1 0 .238 .307 .434 .741
    11 Dozier, B MIN SS 51 196 20 46 8 1 3 20 8 38 4 2 .235 .262 .332 .594
    12 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 29 59 8 13 1 1 1 8 8 12 5 0 .220 .313 .322 .635
    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
    15 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 38 103 9 20 5 1 2 5 9 27 0 0 .194 .278 .320 .599
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494
    17 Diamond, S MIN P 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
    17 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

    Tigers Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Perez, H DET 2B 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    2 Jackson, A DET CF 60 234 49 77 16 4 9 37 32 59 7 2 .329 .410 .547 .957
    3 Dirks, A DET LF 37 134 24 44 9 2 4 16 9 18 1 0 .328 .379 .515 .894
    4 Cabrera, M DET 3B 82 328 50 106 25 0 18 68 32 47 3 1 .323 .385 .564 .949
    5 Holaday, B DET C 4 10 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700
    6 Fielder, P DET 1B 82 308 44 92 19 1 12 55 36 43 1 0 .299 .377 .484 .861
    7 Berry, Q DET CF 38 132 26 39 4 3 1 13 16 38 12 0 .295 .388 .394 .782
    8 Laird, G DET C 34 92 13 27 4 0 2 5 7 10 0 0 .293 .347 .402 .749
    9 Young, D DET LF 74 285 22 75 14 0 6 31 8 58 0 1 .263 .290 .375 .665
    10 Peralta, J DET SS 73 253 25 65 16 2 4 24 27 48 1 1 .257 .331 .383 .714
    11 Avila, A DET C 56 186 22 46 10 1 5 23 24 51 2 0 .247 .330 .392 .723
    12 Boesch, B DET LF 77 293 34 70 12 0 8 30 12 57 3 2 .239 .274 .362 .636
    13 Santiago, R DET 2B 64 160 15 36 5 1 2 17 13 24 1 0 .225 .302 .306 .608
    14 Eldred, B DET DH 5 16 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 .188 .235 .375 .610
    15 Kelly, D DET LF 47 91 11 17 1 1 1 7 13 15 1 0 .187 .288 .253 .541
    16 Worth, D DET 2B 30 55 4 10 1 0 0 2 7 19 0 0 .182 .270 .200 .470
    17 Raburn, R DET 2B 51 165 12 29 10 0 1 10 10 44 1 1 .176 .230 .255 .485
    18 Santos, O DET C 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .125 .111 .125 .236
    19 Inge, B DET 2B 9 20 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 6 0 0 .100 .100 .300 .400
    19 Young, M DET LF 5 10 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 .100 .182 .200 .382
    Comments 129 Comments
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      At least we are hitting porcello. runs should come if that keeps up.
      They were making a big deal that he'd allowed only 1 run in 20 innings.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I am recording this game on DVR. It sounds like I will be cursing the screen again tonight.
      You will enjoy the bunt play. Totally ironic that Laird got leveled by his own player after standing tall for two home plate tags.
    1. nokomismod's Avatar
      nokomismod -
      Did you guys see the botched bunt/botched catch by the Tigers??!! WTH? That was a fair ball.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      I get sad everytime I was Porcello pitch. I watched a high school game of his and it was some Josh Beckett type stuff, mid-90's with a crazy cruve. Now he's pretty much Jon Garland.

      Oh what could have been...
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      You will enjoy the bunt play. Totally ironic that Laird got leveled by his own player after standing tall for two home plate tags.
      I will look forward to that.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by nokomismod View Post
      Did you guys see the botched bunt/botched catch by the Tigers??!! WTH? That was a fair ball.
      Sure thought it was a fair ball.

      Meanwhile more interesting plays in the infield. Span gets one off Porcello's glove for an RBI infield single.
    1. Scheherezade's Avatar
      Scheherezade -
      For all of the Twins griping, be glad that Prince Fielder didn't level your CATCHER.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      You will enjoy the bunt play. Totally ironic that Laird got leveled by his own player after standing tall for two home plate tags.
      The difference is Fielder's weighs more than the two Twins runners combined.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Watching the balls and strikes on the internet, it looks like the home plate ump has a very small strike zone today. Is that true?
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Ouch! That's gotta hurt.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Watching the balls and strikes on the internet, it looks like the home plate ump has a very small strike zone today. Is that true?
      I thought at least a half dozen pitches called balls were strikes.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      The difference is Fielder's weighs more than the two Twins runners combined.

      Tigers need less Fielders in the field and more fielders in the field. As brought up in the Casilla thread, Dombrowski has to be in denial at what's happening out there. It took Fielder almost 5 minutes to acknowledge that he almost ended his teammate's career, careless play, yes, but add oblivious and/or clueless- if not greviously indifferent to the description of his defensive ability.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      As crazy as baseball is predict, everyone and there mom knew the Tigers would have a god awful infield defense and hot damn if it didn't happen.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Tigers need less Fielders in the field and more fielders in the field. As brought up in the Casilla thread, Dombrowski has to be in denial at what's happening out there. It took Fielder almost 5 minutes to acknowledge that he almost ended his teammate's career, careless play, yes, but add oblivious and/or clueless- if not greviously indifferent to the description of his defensive ability.
      BTW, this inning demonstrated that neither Fielder or Cabrera can see their own toes, let alone be able to touch them.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      BTW, this inning demonstrated that neither Fielder or Cabrera can see their own toes, let alone be able to touch them.
      Of the Tigers games I've watched, Miggy really haven't been the abomination at 3B I thought he would be.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Of the Tigers games I've watched, Miggy really haven't been the abomination at 3B I thought he would be.
      Agree. From what I've read, tiger fans have been pleasantly surprised. He's no gold glover, but he has made the plays he should make. I'd find a spot for him in thr twins lineup.
    1. Scheherezade's Avatar
      Scheherezade -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Of the Tigers games I've watched, Miggy really haven't been the abomination at 3B I thought he would be.
      Yeah, he pulled an Air Jordan to grab Morneau's bases loaded line drive to save a couple runs.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Only ahead by two when outhitting them by 10. Time to put up a screen in front of the pitchers?
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      12 hits, 2 steals and 3 runs scored...Twins Baseball!
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      12 hits, 2 steals and 3 runs scored...Twins Baseball!
      I am wondering if the Twins might break some record today in terms of fewest runs scored compared with total men on base.
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