Finally, A Victory

I’ve spent a lot of money in the process, but after seeing four straight losses by the Minnesota Twins in person, I saw a victory Wednesday.

And those losses came in every which way: ALDS loss to Yankees, exhibition loss to Cards, regular-season loss to Red Sox, and regular-season loss at Kauffman Stadium to Royals.

Wednesday’s game marked the only time this year I’m going to a night game at Target Field, and I got to say that place lights up pretty nicely at night.

I kept waiting for the Twins to have a big inning against Royals starting pitcher Kyle Davies, but it didn’t really happen. They chipped away here and there to the tune of six runs for the game. And wow, Delmon Young hit a bomb into the second deck in left field.

Twins starter Carl Pavano looked great. He seemed like he was hitting his stride in the later innings. I was hoping he’d get a shot at the ninth inning, but I’m not surprised he got pulled either. Bert Blyleven won’t want to hear this, but his pitch count was approaching 100.

Do you think Blyleven cringes at the sight of pitch counts being tallied on those scoreboards at Target Field? They’re even listed throughout games on TV now on some networks, right up there with the score and the number of outs.

On the downside, what’s with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire choosing to hit Matt Tolbert in the No. 2 spot of the batting order? On what planet does that make sense?

I’m a big Gardy fan. I think he’s one of the best managers in the game. But to me, a guy that hit .250 in the minors before being called up to the bigs – where he’s hitting .138 – shouldn’t be that high in your lineup. Really, you’re much better off just sliding everyone up, putting Joe Mauer at 2, Justin Morneau at 3, etc.

I know studies have shown lineup order is overrated. But I just don’t get that one.