• Twins vs Indians, 08-08-2012, 11:05am

    Well, the Twins did it again. Trailing 5-1 to the Indians late in the game last night, they rallied in the final three frames, scoring six times on route to a 7-5 win. Almost everyone was involved in the rally and even the much-lamented Tsuyoshi Nishioka drove in the go ahead run with a sacrifice fly, sending Cleveland to their eleventh consecutive loss.

    The Twins have to turn around quickly and do it again this morning, starting the game at just 11 o'clock Central Time. Brian Duensing goes against Justin Masterson. Duensing got it done with smoke and mirrors in his last outing, going six innings while giving up only two runs on 10 hits. Masterson is coming off one of his worst starts of the season, pitching only four innings while giving up seven runs.

    Who will get it done this morning for the Twins? Can they keep the streak going and move into a tie for third place with the Indians? Will Nishi get his first hit of 2012 in today's game? Join the Twins Daily discussion below and let us know your opinion!

    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 6 4.39 39 6 0 0 65.2 73 36 32 7 2 16 2 36 .282 1.36 0.90
    MLB Totals 26 25 4.03 148 56 2 2 442.0 472 217 198 46 9 134 11 282 .275 1.37 1.18

    Justin Masterson

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 7 10 4.78 23 23 1 0 143.0 144 83 76 11 9 62 0 111 .264 1.44 1.94
    MLB Totals 35 48 4.08 169 110 4 1 756.2 748 383 343 58 47 300 14 596 .260 1.39 1.89

    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 75 313 43 103 12 3 0 24 15 27 27 5 .329 .360 .387 .747
    2 Mauer, J MIN C 101 374 63 119 23 1 7 56 62 59 5 3 .318 .415 .441 .856
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 91 322 37 95 24 1 12 55 23 65 0 0 .295 .344 .488 .831
    4 Span, D MIN CF 101 409 56 117 29 2 3 34 42 52 12 6 .286 .352 .389 .741
    5 Morneau, J MIN 1B 87 340 45 93 22 1 15 55 28 62 1 0 .274 .333 .476 .810
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 47 96 14 26 3 2 2 10 11 20 13 2 .271 .346 .406 .752
    7 Willingham, J MIN LF 106 380 66 100 22 1 29 83 60 101 2 1 .263 .379 .555 .934
    8 Plouffe, T MIN RF 74 259 44 67 12 0 19 38 26 57 0 3 .259 .330 .525 .855
    9 Carroll, J MIN SS 100 344 42 85 14 1 0 32 42 49 6 3 .247 .332 .294 .626
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 80 304 31 72 11 1 5 31 14 56 9 2 .237 .271 .329 .600
    11 Casilla, A MIN 2B 76 221 23 49 12 2 0 20 12 41 14 1 .222 .263 .294 .557
    12 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    13 Butera, D MIN C 30 79 5 17 5 0 1 4 5 18 0 0 .215 .271 .316 .587
    14 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 40 108 10 22 5 1 2 6 9 28 0 0 .204 .283 .324 .607
    15 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 34 126 13 25 6 1 2 17 3 32 0 1 .198 .212 .310 .522
    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
    20 Blackburn, N MIN P 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Duensing, B MIN P 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Hendriks, L MIN P 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Liriano, F MIN P 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Nishioka, T MIN 2B 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .000 .100 .000 .100

    Indians Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Rogers, E CLE P 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
    2 Lowe, D CLE P 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    3 Carrera, E CLE CF 5 20 3 8 0 2 1 1 0 6 1 1 .400 .400 .750 1.150
    3 Tomlin, J CLE P 2 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800
    5 Brantley, M CLE CF 107 410 45 121 33 4 4 48 34 42 12 6 .295 .348 .424 .772
    6 Choo, S CLE RF 104 408 68 116 33 2 13 42 46 102 12 6 .284 .368 .471 .839
    7 Cabrera, A CLE SS 100 402 53 113 24 1 12 46 37 70 5 3 .281 .347 .435 .782
    8 Chisenhall, L CLE 3B 24 72 10 20 2 1 3 9 1 8 2 1 .278 .297 .458 .756
    9 Diaz, J CLE SS 5 15 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .267 .353 .267 .620
    10 Kipnis, J CLE 2B 107 414 60 108 14 3 11 57 45 72 21 4 .261 .336 .389 .725
    11 Gomez, J CLE P 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    11 Marson, L CLE C 44 124 19 31 7 2 0 9 18 30 3 0 .250 .347 .339 .686
    13 Lopez, J CLE 2B 66 213 16 53 13 0 4 28 8 35 0 1 .249 .272 .366 .639
    14 Hafner, T CLE DH 60 201 21 48 6 2 11 32 31 44 0 0 .239 .355 .453 .808
    15 Santana, C CLE C 94 325 45 77 20 0 12 50 66 74 2 3 .237 .364 .409 .774
    16 Hannahan, J CLE 3B 69 205 16 48 11 0 4 23 21 47 0 2 .234 .304 .346 .650
    17 Duncan, S CLE LF 69 192 28 43 9 0 10 27 27 46 1 2 .224 .318 .427 .745
    18 Kotchman, C CLE 1B 96 323 37 72 11 0 10 39 22 38 3 0 .223 .286 .350 .636
    19 Damon, J CLE LF 64 207 25 46 6 2 4 19 17 27 4 0 .222 .281 .329 .610
    19 Lillibridge, B CLE CF 8 18 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 .222 .222 .222 .444
    21 Carlin, L CLE C 4 14 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 .214 .214 .286 .500
    22 Donald, J CLE 3B 18 48 5 9 1 0 0 4 3 17 3 0 .188 .226 .208 .435
    23 LaPorta, M CLE 1B 3 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .182 .182 .182 .364
    24 Cunningham, A CLE RF 72 97 5 17 4 0 1 7 9 25 0 3 .175 .245 .247 .493
    Comments 90 Comments
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Oh my golly!!!!!!
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      All I can say is I wish Nishioka would have been able to play in the Dome. That would have been classic.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      And another!!!!
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      I just got home and didn't see the play. Was it hilarious?
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Enough is enough already.
    1. ShaeTwins's Avatar
      ShaeTwins -
      That's three in a row, good grief!
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      I think I could field second as well as Nishioka. This is embarrassing.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kydoty View Post
      I just got home and didn't see the play. Was it hilarious?

      Which one?


      But yes, all four have been hilarious.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      No error for Nishi on the pop up and now more spectacular defense. I'm afraid that if we don't get this guy out of the game, out of MLB baseball, he may commit seppuku (honor kill himself by disemboweling)
    1. ShaeTwins's Avatar
      ShaeTwins -
      This is the absolute worst fielding performance I've ever seen in my life. If I never see Nishioka take the field again it will be too soon.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      OK, I'm "watching" on GameDay. I just presumed Nishioka screwed up on the fielder's choice. How bad was the inning?
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Sounds like it is bad. Is it worthy of pulling right now and putting Carroll in?
    1. RickSchuette's Avatar
      RickSchuette -
      We'll get to their bullpen, then turn this game around. Despite the whining about the Twins record, this is a very entertaining team and the lineup is starting to get some national recognition. Far, far better chance to win than last year's team, which was like watching your dog die. The team is fast, already shaping up better for Target Field and large ballparks on the road. We still need an everyday second baseman. Any other day-to-day holes in the infield can be patched by keeping Jamie Carroll. Keep the top half of the line up together, retain Baker or add another solid starter on the front end and finalize the roles for Burton and Perkins on the back end. The players are in place, but the roles still need to be set. This team will continue to be far more entertaining than Reusse, Souhan and other whoa-is-us media types will admit.
    1. ShaeTwins's Avatar
      ShaeTwins -
      Bert just condemned Nishioka on air. "I think this three game series is an indication of what the Twins have to do [with Nishioka]."
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      Sounds like it is bad. Is it worthy of pulling right now and putting Carroll in?

      It's worthy of pulling him and putting LeCroy in at second.
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      Is Japanese baseball really that different from the rest of the world where you all of a sudden forget how to handle routine defensive plays that your average high school infielder can accomplish?
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShaeTwins View Post
      Bert just condemned Nishioka on air. "I think this three game series is an indication of what the Twins have to do [with Nishioka]."
      I heard that and was shocked. And it wasn't even in the middle of anything, he just opened the half inning by saying this.

      It's the most scathing thing I've ever heard a Twins announcer say about a Twins actual baseball skills.
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      The Cleveland radio guys are beside themselves with how bad Nishioka is. Those guys have to watch the Indians every day so they know bad when they see it.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShaeTwins View Post
      Bert just condemned Nishioka on air. "I think this three game series is an indication of what the Twins have to do [with Nishioka]."
      This might be the best thing DickBert has said on the air since "You got dick on your shirt"
    1. BrentMpls's Avatar
      BrentMpls -
      Bert very straight forwardly, and Dick supporting, just said that Nishioka shouldn't be in the big leagues.
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