1. Ben Revere, CF2. Darin Mastroianni, RF3. Joe Mauer, 1B4. Josh Willingham, LF5. Justin Morneau, DH6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B7. Ryan Doumit, C8. Brian Dozier, SS9. Alexi Casilla, 2B
Pitching, Brian Duensing
This took some cojones. I love it!...
That was great!
So I'll take Willingham for both today.
How bad was that umpire on that play? Is it a new rule for umpires to just call a player out without asking to see the ball?
But like you said, quite the ballsy move. With two outs that is taking a big time risk. But of course they are the Padres, what is there to lose?
Nice to see Ben Sheets pitching again. He is making his 2012 MLB debut for the Braves this afternoon.
He has only pitched 20 games since 2008 (all in 2010), so its nice to see him back on the bump.
Dunce laboring big time to get out of the 1st.
Three hits, one walk, one run, and just one out. And Dunce has thrown 24 pitches already. Not a great way to start the inning.
Of course the one out Dunce had was a strikeout of Reddick, a left-handed hitter.
Now Dunce had Norris 0-2, then throws 4 straight balls and walks home another run. Another crooked number for the A's.
35 pitches still in the 1st.
I'm convinced we are the worst team in history when our pitchers are ahead 0-2. I've been harping on this for years. If you don't have a strikeout pitch 0-2 doesn't mean much.
For a guy like Liriano though who can strike guys out it makes perfect sense. And you've seen the results: when Frankie gets ahead of hitters he is dominant. When he struggles to get ahead he is the head case that drives us nuts.
Well that inning helped your theory. I think Dunce had three batters 0-2 (Weeks, Gomes, Norris) and all three reached that inning.
A groundout from a lefty (shocker) and Dunce finally gets out of the 1st. That half inning almost lasted 30 minutes and Dunce threw 41 pitches.
Well its not just about getting strikeouts, but being up 0-2 should lead to pop outs, weak grounders, things of that nature. Reaching after being 0-2 should be seldom, not three times in one inning.
Twins catch a big break there. Should have been an inning ending GIDP, but a throwing error from Parker leads to no outs and Masty scores the Twins first run.