Important Games: June 8

June 8 was possibly the single most painful game of the year, all told. Most games in which the Twins gave a particularly poor performance could be traced to either a specific player or to one of the offense or defense. This game was one of the few where EVERYONE played poorly. It was in the middle of a four-game sweep of the Twins by the White Sox in Chicago; The Twins effectively hit a buzz-saw. The Sox were having a bit of a hot streak, and they outscored the Twins 40-15 in the four games (10-6, 11-2, 12-2, 7-5).

Here’s a bit of a play-by-play:

  • Kevin Slowey gave up 8 runs on 10 hits in three innings.
  • Juan Rincon gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in his three innings.
  • Jason Kubel hit a solo homer.
  • Carlos Gomez had a hit and scored a run; he also had a sac bunt.
  • The Twins struck out 10 (!) times: Harris 3, Macri and Cuddyer 2, and Young, Kubel, and Morneau each struck out once. Notably missing from this list? Gomez, who actually walked once.
  • Breslow, Crain, and Reyes each pitched a scoreless inning.

Here’s the Box:

Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gomez, CF 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 .279
Harris, SS 4 0 1 0 0 3 2 .249
Mauer, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .328
Morneau, DH 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .293
Cuddyer, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .246
Kubel, RF 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .242
Young, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .269
Lamb, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .228
Macri, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 .429
Totals 33 2 7 2 1 10 13
BATTING
2B: Harris (9, Floyd), Young (11, Floyd).
HR: Kubel (7, 7th inning off Floyd, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Gomez; Harris 2; Morneau; Cuddyer; Kubel 4; Young 2; Macri.
RBI: Morneau (44), Kubel (30).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuddyer; Mauer; Harris; Gomez.
S: Gomez.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: (Lamb-Macri-Cuddyer).

Chi White Sox AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Cabrera, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .253
Ozuna, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255
Pierzynski, C 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 .297
Quentin, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .282
Anderson, B, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Konerko, 1B 4 2 2 2 0 0 0 .216
Thome, DH 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 .209
a-Hall, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .348
Dye, RF 4 2 2 1 0 1 2 .295
Swisher, CF-LF 4 2 2 4 0 1 1 .221
Crede, 3B 4 2 2 2 0 0 0 .295
Ramirez, 2B-SS 4 1 3 3 0 0 0 .295
Totals 38 12 15 12 1 6 8
a-Flied out for Thome in the 6th.
BATTING
2B: Konerko 2 (8, Slowey, Slowey), Quentin (10, Slowey), Crede (12, Slowey), Dye (13, Rincon), Swisher (8, Rincon).
HR: Swisher (6, 2nd inning off Slowey, 2 on, 1 out), Ramirez (4, 5th inning off Rincon, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Cabrera; Pierzynski 2; Quentin 2; Konerko 4; Dye 3; Swisher 6; Crede 3; Ramirez 6.
RBI: Swisher 4 (21), Konerko 2 (28), Dye (25), Crede 2 (41), Ramirez 3 (16).
2-out RBI: Crede; Ramirez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pierzynski.
GIDP: Quentin.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
SB: Dye (1, 2nd base off Slowey/Mauer).

Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Slowey (L, 2-6) 3.0 10 8 8 1 4 1 5.15
Rincon 2.0 5 4 4 0 2 1 6.11
Breslow 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.93
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.16
Reyes 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.33
Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd (W, 7-3) 7.0 6 2 2 1 9 1 3.10
Logan 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.96
Loaiza 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.54
WP: Floyd.
Pitches-strikes: Slowey 68-47, Rincon 33-23, Breslow 7-5, Crain 14-9, Reyes 11-8, Floyd 90-65, Logan 10-8, Loaiza 11-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Slowey 2-3, Rincon 4-0, Breslow 0-3, Crain 2-1, Reyes 2-1, Floyd 6-6, Logan 1-1, Loaiza 2-1.
Batters faced: Slowey 20, Rincon 10, Breslow 3, Crain 3, Reyes 3, Floyd 28, Logan 4, Loaiza 3.

So, basically, nothing good happened in this game for the Twins. However, I think the box score actually makes the Twins look better than they actually did. Floyd was not pitching “well.” He was laboring, and had to be removed after the seventh inning and 90 pitches. The Twins that struck out generally struck out swinging wildly. There were quite a few really poor pitches that equaled strikeouts, and a LOT of weakly hit ground balls.

This game was really hard to watch; I remember it from the time. I actually had good hopes for this game; the day before (another massive loss), Delmon Young had hit his first home run of the season. I assumed the Twins would have been motivated by the embarassing performance of the day before. Instead, they looked listless; like they had lost from the first inning and were just waiting out the rest of teh game. This was also the game that hardened Twins fans against Juan Rincon. He hadn’t done well up til that point, but this was the end. Rincon would never pitch in a Twins uniform again; he was released June 12, after four idle days; he declined an assignment to AAA, and was signed by the Indians.

I know I was upset and angry about the game. However, it seems that the Twins reacted the same way. The next night, though they lost, the Twins made it competitive, 7-5. For the rest of the month of June, the Twins went 14-4, including a 10-game winning street. I’ll temper that by saying that this was also interleague, where the Twins rolled. Before you discount that streak too much, you have to note that in a five-game period, the Twins beat Randy Johnson, Micah Owings, Brandon Webb, Greg Maddux, and Jake Peavy (well, they didn’t beat Peavy, but they won the game). Before the game, the Twins were 31-31, after, they were 57-44.

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2 Responses

  1. Ugh. I flew from DC to spend the weekend on the South Side for this series. Not only were the Twins BLOWN OUT, it rained every single day which of course meant several rain delays.

    Hell, it was still worth it to see the Twins in action, and to witness Delmon’s first Twins homer in person.

    What a one sided series.

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