Thursday, May 19, 2011

Late night: Twins 4, Oakland 3 (10 innings)

Trevor Plouffe hits
his 10th-inning sac fly.
Game story here.

Box score here.

The obvious hook to this game is Trevor Plouffe, whose throwing error in the second inning extended the inning and led to two unearned runs, and who also drove in the final three runs of the game for the Twins.

The ribbies are nice, but Plouffe has to do a better job in the field if he's going to remain the Twins shortstop. Against Seattle on Monday, he laid back on a grounder by the speedy Chone Figgins, and the resulting infield single led to a run.

Alexi Casilla lost the shortstop job by failing to make the plays that are there to make. Plouffe has not demonstrated that he's any more reliable in the field.

He was not the only Twin involved in a miscue defensively. Carl Pavano — again — failed to get to first base on a grounder to the right side. He's been with the Twins since August 2009, and I'm certain he's  committed that gaffe more often than all the rest of the Minnesota pitchers combined.

1 comment:

  1. at least plouffe can hit, so there's a bit of an upgrade over casilla.