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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Target Field: Where Balls Go To Die

It was a beautiful night for baseball last night.  The rain cleared out and the sun decided to poke its head out of the clouds.  I think the only thing that would have made it better: Kevin Slowey pitching the perfect game.  I'll take his 7 scoreless innings that he did pitch.  It was nice having Michael Cuddyer back in the lineup after being out for 4 days on bereavement leave.  I know I missed Michael Cuddyer and I know there were some Twins fans that didn't. (I see a lot of those fans on twitter).

I don't think there could have been a better start to the game; Zach Greinke went through 7 batters in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Twins a 3-0 lead right from the start.  Kevin Slowey went 4 1/3 innings before giving up a hit to any of the Royals batters. (He gave up 2 of the 3 hits he allowed in the 5th, and 1 in the 7th).  It was unfortunate that in the 8th inning, Alex Burnett had to give up a run, letting go of the shut out the Twins had in place.  Thankfully, the bullpen didn't blow the lead and turn this great win for Slowey into a no decision.

Justin Morneau (who is now the leader for the first baseman on the All-Star ballots) was the only one who was stumped by Zach Greinke and the Royals bullpen.  Justin was 0-4 last night with 3 strikeouts.  It was somewhat sad seeing Justin in a slight funk.  Jason Kubel was counter reacting Justin's bad luck by having a great night at the plate.  He had a 2-run scoring double and a solo home run in the game. (I think Kubel was happy to have my cousin return from Norway yesterday.  She finally got to see him and she was proud of him.)

The Twins have two more games against the KC Royals before taking on NL East leading Atlanta Braves and NL team Colorado Rockies while on their 9 game home stand.  All I know is that I'm much happier with the Twins at home.  I'm hoping Orlando Hudson and JJ Hardy return to the lineups soon.  (Hudson isn't eligible to come off the 15-day DL until June 15th, Hardy is day-to-day).

Currently the Twins are still 3.5 games ahead of Detroit Tigers.  I'd like to keep at least that much of a distance between the Twins and the Tigers.  It'd be nice to gain a few more games and have some room to breathe.  I'd love to see the Twins run away with our division, rather than having out division a close race as it's been in most years.

So I have decided (idea coming somewhat from Hockey players and their "playoff beards"), to not cut my hair (which I haven't since November, though have wanted to in the past 2 months) until the Twins lose a game I am in attendance at.  I am now sitting on a record of 12-0 when attending Twins games.  I would love it if they would win every game I am at this year.  If the Twins can do that, once the season is over (post-season included), when I get my hair cut, I will donate it to Locks of Love.  If my hair isn't long enough by the end of the season to do this (and the Twins haven't lost any game I've attended), I will continue to grow it out until it is long enough to donate and then donate it to Locks of Love.  I'm really hoping for a winning season!  Anyone wants updates on this, let me know.  I should continue to post pictures and such from any game I have attended.  I will also tweet after every game my current record.

Carl Pavano (and his hideous mustache) vs. Kyle Davies (and the KC Royals)


Heidi said...

I appreciate that in your parenthetical references Carl Pavano's mustache is the only one who supports him, whereas the entire KC Royals support Kyle Davies.
I do not support the 'stache. It makes him look super creepy and pornstarish.

Betsy said...

I don't support the 'stache either! It doesn't make him look "ordinary" it makes him look hideous!
It does seem appropriate that his mustache is the only thing supporting him!