• 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 -
      If I were a second baseman in the Twins organization being blocked by this ass clown I would be red hot furious.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      It's worthy of pulling him and putting LeCroy in at second.
      When I asked the question, I thought about referencing when FRobby pulled LeCroy in the middle of an inning because the opponents were abusing him by stealing bases.
    1. PopRiveter's Avatar
      PopRiveter -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      It's worthy of pulling him and putting LeCroy in at second.
      How about Dennys Reyes? Jim Abbott would have more trustworthy hand(s) at second. Troy Williamson available to play second?
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      You know, just watching Nishi be so horrible makes me wish that statisticians could charge ERA to an infielder; cause I think Nishi would have an ERA around infinity minus.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      I think Choo likes facing Duensing.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Serious question: Do they honestly think they can put Nishioka on the field at TF?

      Wouldn't expect Cleveland fans to boo him - why would they? But I can't see a very good reaction from Twins fans to his performance the last 3 days (despite the wins).
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PopRiveter View Post
      How about Dennys Reyes? Jim Abbott would have more trustworthy hand(s) at second. Troy Williamson available to play second?
      Ten rep points on this!
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      This is so bad I'm starting to feel sorry for the guy, if he wasn't making 3 mil a year I would.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      So, in reality has Nishioka cost Duensing four runs? Sounds like it to me.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      You know, just watching Nishi be so horrible makes me wish that statisticians could charge ERA to an infielder; cause I think Nishi would have an ERA around infinity minus.
      I'd settle for charging him with errors every time he F's up instead of generously awarding doubles and FC.
    1. ShaeTwins's Avatar
      ShaeTwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      Serious question: Do they honestly think they can put Nishioka on the field at TF?

      Wouldn't expect Cleveland fans to boo him - why would they? But I can't see a very good reaction from Twins fans to his performance the last 3 days (despite the wins).
      I'm actually interested to see how he reacts to the inevitable boos...will he need his translator to tell him what it means?

      In all seriousness, I do feel sorry for Nishioka, but if you can't cut it, you can't cut it...
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Yeah, he has cost Duensing all 4 runs not scored in the 1st innings. He has looked lost, made showboat plays when he didn't need to, and lost a ball in the sun and then started walking away from it after it hit the ground. The only good play he made was on a double play ball from Casilla in the 5th inning, and Mauer had to use some skill to keep it from going by him.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShaeTwins View Post
      I'm actually interested to see how he reacts to the inevitable boos...will he need his translator to tell him what it means?

      In all seriousness, I do feel sorry for Nishioka, but if you can't cut it, you can't cut it...

      I kind of imagine we're witnessing what it would look like if the Twins randomly put me in the field.
    1. BrentMpls's Avatar
      BrentMpls -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      Serious question: Do they honestly think they can put Nishioka on the field at TF?
      My assumption has always been that he would be gone once Plouffe is healed up, which is supposed to be Friday. They needed to fill a hole, and perhaps also emphasis that this guy shouldn't be here, which I think the latter point has been driven home pretty well sadly.
    1. adjacent's Avatar
      adjacent -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShaeTwins View Post
      I'm actually interested to see how he reacts to the inevitable boos...will he need his translator to tell him what it means?

      In all seriousness, I do feel sorry for Nishioka, but if you can't cut it, you can't cut it...
      Who says you can't cut him? It cost money, but you can. They did it with that awuful third baseman (I can't remember his name now)
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Revere's hitting streak ends on a play where he was safe on a close play. Come on blue!
    1. ShaeTwins's Avatar
      ShaeTwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by adjacent View Post
      Who says you can't cut him? It cost money, but you can. They did it with that awuful third baseman (I can't remember his name now)
      You misread me...cut it, not him. Nishioka has proved for almost two years now that he can't cut it, but I don't need to tell you that, I'm sure. As for cutting him, hopefully the front office realizes that this is a good idea.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Again, I haven't seen any of today's game and I missed the Nishioka follies on Monday, but if it's half as bad as the board is reporting, he should never wear a Twins uni again. It is supposed to be the best players you have and the team shouldn't have an A-ball player out there just to prove a point (or something). Nishioka was terrible last year and I hoped I would never see him play for the Twins again, but to repeat and intensify the same thing is an affront to the fans.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Any chance the Twins could lobby to have the Ben Revere play changed to a hit, but not change the game score? Long shot, but I want Revere to keep the hit streak going.
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShaeTwins View Post
      I'm actually interested to see how he reacts to the inevitable boos...will he need his translator to tell him what it means?

      In all seriousness, I do feel sorry for Nishioka, but if you can't cut it, you can't cut it...
      Plouffe should be back by Friday, so it's likely Nishioka won't have to endure that.
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