June 29, 2024

Vazquez has terrible game, Twins lose 3-2 in extras to M’s

Twins catcher Christian Vazquez wasn’t entirely at fault for the club’s 3-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday, but he certainly played a large role in it due to a number of fielding goofs.

He couldn’t field a ball cleanly from the outfield that allowed a run to score (and if he had the runner would have been tagged out by several steps because I think the M’s made a mistake in sending him home), he failed to pick up a bunt attempt/mishit as well, and finally he appeared to make no attempt to catch the throw home from pitcher Cole Sands that allowed the winning run to score. To be fair, the throw wasn’t exactly on target.

There were other problems: a Jose Miranda throwing error allowed a run to score and reliever Griffin Jax had a very un-Jax-like appearance, walking two batters. On the positive side of the ledger, starter Bailey Ober made a quality start and truck out nine and reliever Jorge Alcala followed him and started firing seeds, working a quick seventh inning on 10 pitches. Carlos Correa also homered, giving the Twins a 2-1 edge in the sixth.

Pablo Lopez gets the ball Saturday.

Extra innings…

-Well, now that the Twins are in the Northwest for three games, it means only one thing: that me and my son, plus some friends, saw the game on Friday and are going again today (Saturday).

Friday’s game, probably because it was J.P. Crawford bobblehead night, attracted a huge crowd of more than 44,000 fans. Like last year, however, Twins fans didn’t show up in great numbers. The one exception was when we were standing in line to get Dippin’ Dots (kids love that stuff) and two women, dressed in Twins gear, surprised me with a couple of high fives. How very Minnesota nice of them!

-In case you missed it, the Twins rattled the Diamondbacks pretty good on Thursday, scoring 13 runs on 13 hits in the 13-6 win. They also earned the series win and top pitching prospect David Festa, the “slim reaper,” made his major league debut. It didn’t wow me, but he still came away with the win, allowing five runs on seven hits across five innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

-Twins radio guys Kris Atteberry and Dan Gladden produced some funny stories during the Arizona series. The two began to talk about their favorite dome-like baseball stadiums and Gladden admitted he was a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field. He then shared a story about working a game with former radio voice Cory Provus (now on TV), saying he had once asked Cory to go and see the outfield rays tank with him. But Provus declined, thinking Gladden was going to throw him in it!

-Speaking of Provus, check out the tweet of his unique rideshare experience. It’s worth a look.

-Another interesting anecdote from Gladden: When he was playing for the Twins, he would ask former pitching coach Dick Such, “How are we going to pitch ’em today?”

Such: “Hard in, soft away.”

And then Gladden would ask former first base coach Wayne Terwilliger, “How are we going to play ’em today?”

Twig: “Straight up.”

Baseball is not so simple anymore, is it?

 

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.