Well, we gained a game back on the Tigers yesterday, but we've got our share of issues. Let's start with Willingham. Three home runs ... great. Actually the only three if I'm not mistaken. Great. Did you see the throw to the plate yesterday that allowed the first Angels run to score. Man on second, solid one hop line drive lands in Willingham's glove in left field, the runner hasn't even reached third base by the time Willingham is gathering himself to throw. But the Angels coach keeps waving his arm, and the guy heads for home. Willingham's throw travels a looping arch nearly 250 feet in the air, dribbled well short of catcher Mauerzie, who has to come 20 feet in front of home plate to pick up the ball that had nearly stopped rolling by the time he got there. Not exactly a major league arm. Then, Twins take their first lead of the SEASON, only the next half inning six runs score on an inside the park home run when WIllinham's attempt to catch a fly ball results in him jumping high and smashing himself against the wall and falling hard to his back. Meanwhile the ball bounces off the wall and rolls into centerfield, allowing the Angels runners to circle the bases ... twice.
Love the ninth inning. Spanzie, our veteran centerfielder who we so sorely missed last year, stands with his back to the fence as former Twin Torrii Hunter dribbles a 62 hopper up the middle. Instead of charging the ball Spanzie stands back and admires how smoothly the ball rolls on the Target Field outfield grass, and in the meantime Hunter runs hard, rounds first and slides into second with an easy slow roller double through the middle of the infield.
And this only hours after it was pronounced the Scott "Bake" Baker is out for six months needing elbow surgery. And that only about a week after new GM Terry Ryan said "we just can't find anything wrong with his elbow, we just need him to get out there and pitch through some pain." Huh? What the he!! is going on out there?
And despite all that, we're only three games back, and our 38-year-old shortstop had his first hits of the season last night. Man, when Valencia gets going this team is really going to playing the games on its schedule and require its opponents to play nine or eight-and-a-half innings to beat it.