Much like the way Syracuse toyed with Rochester, KC predictably is toying with the Twins. No, they aren't getting shellacked, but KC is doing only what needs to be done to win this game. The score is close; the game isn't
played just bad enough to lose by a run. Willingham with 3 ribbies against us, Burton gives up the eventual winning run in the 8th. Both teams had a SS named Escobar. (how often does that ever happen???)
Losing by one run does NOT mean the team is 'improving' as some often suggest. It just means you were not quite good enough. When the rally falls short, you lose. The good teams either don't get that far behind, or they win their fair share of these games.
insagt1 wrote: . Both teams had a SS named Escobar. (how often does that ever happen???)
Pretty rare, but I believe it happened as early as 2009 with "Alcides" lacing them up for Milwaukee (filling in for JJ Hardy), while facing off against "Yunel" Escobar.
And now that we see three starting shortstops (Eduardo, Alcides and Yunel) in the American League (Minn, KC and TB), we're seeing it a bit more often.
The following present and retired players have the last name Escobar: 1. Alcides Escobar (ss - Royals - CURRENT); 2. Alex Escobar (OF - Rockies - CURRENT); 3. Ángel Escobar (SS - Giants - RETIRED - only 3 major league at-bats); 4. Eduardo Escobar (SS - Twins - CURRENT); 4. José Escobar (SS - Indians - RETIRED - only 15 major league at-bats); 5. Kelvim Escobar (Pitcher - Angels - RETIRED) and; 6. Yunel Escobar. (TB - ss - CURRENT).
Reminds me of the time we had at least two Rene's starting for us in the same game (so many, I thought it was three!), which was a major league baseball first: 1: Rene Rivera (catcher) and; 2. Rene Tosoni (RF?).
great inning for the good guys! What a pleasant surprise. Terrific bunts by Parmelee and Shafer. Don't know how Santana wasn't out at first...the ball was hit right at the bag??? Suzuki's slide was great. Dozier with a clutch double driving home the speedy pinch runner Escobar and then the gritty sac fly by the rookie after getting two quick strikes. All in all great execution...from a team that really needed that lift.
It's nice to see the Twins win against a team that has been red hot as of late. At this point, it would just be nice to see this team play for pride and take on the spoiler's role for a change. Even a hot streak to end the season would make the postseason a pipe-dream, but I really would like to watch them play good baseball to finish out the stretch.
On another note, Hughes appears to be back in his groove again after going through a bit of a rough spell. As much as Ryan has gotten wrong in the past few seasons, I will give him credit for bringing in Hughes.
insagt1 wrote: and it was IMO, a huge gamble...given the horrific season he had in 2013. Change of scenery (and home ballpark) helped a lot. I could see Hughes topping out at 15 wins this season.
It was definitely a gamble, but it was obvious that he had the tools and the talent to succeed under the right circumstances. Whether the Twins would present "the right circumstances" was the real gamble. Fortunately, Anderson wasn't able to completely ruin him and he has been very solid for them this year. Granted, he could be another Willingham (great first year, lousy two after that), but if he can continue pitching the way he has this year, it is a gamble that will have actually paid off.
Today, we all see what happens to a soft-tosser when he's not hitting his spots.
While Tommy Milone may be adequate at times, I don't think anyone should think he's going to dominate hitters with his stuff. If he turns out to be anything like Geoff Zahn, I'll be ecstatically happy, but no reason to expect he could be as good as Kenny Rogers.
Adequate, maybe a touch above "average"at times, but that's his absolute ceiling (almost like a left-handed version of Kevin 'freakin' Correia, but nothing more.