Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Late night: Twins 10, Angels 3 (10 innings)

Chris Herrmann (12) is greeted at home plate by
Ryan Doumit, Clete Thomas and Justin Morneau after
the rookie catcher's 10th inning grand slam.

Box score here.

Game story here.

More proof, if any was needed, that you really can't figure baseball.

Chris Herrmann only caught Tuesday night because Joe Mauer was on his way back to the Twin Cities because his wife went into labor with their twins.

And in the 10th inning Herrmann busted the game open with a grand slam. For the game, Herrmann was 3-for-5.

In his extremely limited major league playing time this season, Herrmann is hitting .409/.458/.727. In Triple A, he was hitting .227/.297/.312.

The word via Twitter from the beat writers was that Drew Butera was to get the paternity leave callup. Presumably Ryan Doumit will be anchored in right field (anchored is the ideal verb to describe Doumit as an outfielder). I harbor no illusions that Herrmann is a .300 hitter, much less a .700 slugger, but I sure hope he gets most of the time behind the dish in Mauer's absence.

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