Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Notes, quotes and comment

What. A. Game.

From a process-trumps-results point of view,  this Tuesday night/Wednesday morning marathon re-emphasizes this reality: The Twins are toe-to-toe competitive with anybody.

The Red Sox are pretty much the same team that won 108 games and then cruised to the World Series title last season, and they are feeling pretty good about themselves. They and the Twins have now played 26 innings against each other, and the Sawx haven't established their superiority.

From a results point of view, getting the W is pretty darn good too. The Twins are more than 70  games into the season and still have not lost three in a row.

I am particularly impressed with Michael Pineda's start. One should not be surprised when Jose Berrios shuts down a lineup. Pineda is not Berrios. But he allowed just one run to a quality lineup in six innings. And then the much-derided bullpen held Boston to two runs in 11 innings, which is pretty good too.


Give Tony Oliva and Rod Carew credit. They made it though the whole game.


Mitch Garver caught all 17 innings. As displeased as I was when he got picked off third, that is worth some applause.

I don't think he's playing today.


Roster stuff: Byron Buxton and Ehire Adrianza went on the disabled list Tuesday. Buxton's wrist, described for three days as day-to-day after a hit-by-pitch, apparently didn't react well after a round of swings in the batting cage. Adrianza is described as having "abdominal issues."

So Jake Cave and Luis Arraez are back up. Cave played all 17 innings in center field (and went 0-6), and Arraez scored the winning run.

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