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One game playoff

I know the Rangers are done for the season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any good baseball to watch. Yesterday, the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers had a one-game playoff to see which team won the AL Central Division and advanced to the post-season. The game started at 4:00 Central, and I tried to listen to it on the radio, but I kept getting called away from my desk. Stupid work. {grumble, grumble, grumble}

But man, it was a great game! The Twins ended up winning 6-5 in the bottom of the 12th inning! I was able to watch it from the bottom of the 8th inning on (once I got home from work). I found myself rooting for the Twins, mainly because I respect how far they had to come to make it to this playoff chance. At one point in September, they were 7 games back! But they played their way back into it. They won 16 out of their last 20 games before last night’s game! That’s how I wish my Rangers had done it. 🙂

And of course the Twins have Joe Mauer, the obvious choice for this year’s MVP. They also have Justin Morneau (out with a stress fracture), and Jason Kubel, and Michael Cuddyer, and Delmon Young, and Alexi Casilla, and Nick Punto, and Denard Span, and Orlando Cabrera…

But I would have been happy for the Tigers too. Gerald Laird, their catcher, used to play for the Rangers. And I like Curtis Granderson; he’s a great player. And Magglio Ordoñez, and Placido Polanco, and Brandon Inge, and Aubrey Huff, and Carlos Guillen, and Miguel Cabrera… these are all names I know and respect for their baseball talent.
 
And even though it’s not my Rangers, I still feel like I should do a game summary, just because the game was that good! So here we go!
 
The game took place in the Hubert H. Humphry Metrodome in Minnesota, and over 55,000 Twins fans were there to show their support. Rick Porcello (a candidate for Rookie of the Year) was the starting pitcher for the Tigers, and Scott Baker took the mound for the Twins.
 
Curtis Granderson
In the top of the 3rd inning, Curtis Granderson of the Tigers worked a walk with one out. Then Placido Polanco grounded out, moving the runner to 2nd base. After that, Magglio Ordoñez singled in Granderson. Runner on 1st base, 1-0 Tigers, with 2 outs.
Miguel Cabrera
Then Miguel Cabrera hit a home run to center field. He and Ordoñez crossed the plate, bringing the score to 3-0. Things weren’t looking to hopeful for the Minnesota Twins.
But in the bottom of the frame, Matt Tolbert (Twins) scored on a throwing error by Tigers’ pitcher Rick Porcello during a failed pickoff attemp, and Tolbert was able to get home. That put the score at 3-1 Tigers.

Jason Kubel
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Jason Kubel (of the Twins) hit a solo home run to make the score 3-2, and that put the Twins within a run.
Orlando Cabrera
Then in the bottom of the 7th inning, Nick Punto (of the Twins) started off the inning by hitting a line drive to left field for a single. One batter later, Orlando Cabrera hit a home run, putting the Twins on top 4-3. That’s two 2-run home runs by a guy named Cabrera in the same game! (They’re not related. Miguel Cabrera plays for the Tigers and Orlando Cabrera plays for the Twins. Confusing, I know.)

Magglio Ordoñez
But in the top of the 8th inning, Magglio Ordoñez (Tigers) hit a solo home run to tie the score at 4-4. Things were starting to get pretty dramatic!
Brandon Inge
In the top of the 10th inning, Aubrey Huff (of the Tigers) was hit by a pitch, so he took first base. Then later in the inning, Brandon Inge hit a double, plating one run. The Tigers took the lead 5-4! There was a lot of celebration in the Tigers’ dugout, because it looked like the Tigers would be winning the game.

Michael Cuddyer
But the Tigers couldn’t stop the Never-Say-Die Twins from scoring in the bottom of the frame, to tie up the score again. Michael Cuddyer started off the bottom of the 10th inning with a triple to center field. Matt Tolbert came up later in the inning with a single, which scored Cuddyer from 3rd base.
Delmon Young
The Tigers had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the 12th inning, but they couldn’t score. Then in the bottom of the 12th, Carlos Gomez (of the Twins) led off with a single. The Tigers decided to intentionally walk Delmon Young, putting runners on 1st and 2nd. Alexi Casilla hit a single to right field, and Delmon Young came in for the winning run. It was a walk-off win for the Twins!
The Twins flew to New York late last night, and they will play their first post-season game with the New York Yankees tonight at 6:07.

CC Sabathia
Tonight’s pitching matchup: CC Sabathia (NYY) against Brian Duensing (MIN). All of the logic says that the Yankees will win, since 1) the Yankees have home field advantage, 2) the Yankees have had more time to rest, and 3) CC Sabathia is a Cy Young candidate, and Duensing is a rookie. But these Twins are on a roll. And I hate the Yankees, so I would love for the Twins to just beat the tar out of them!
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Game 2 loss against Twins

One of the very few downsides to a team that’s doing as well as the Rangers are doing right now is that when they actually do lose, it seems like it hurts more. I guess it’s because we’re not as used to losing this year. But when the Rangers lose a game, it’s like, “What?? They lost?”

Even though the Rangers weren’t able to notch another W, last night was still triumphant because of the return of Pudge. I’m still glowing about that. The news had apparently already spread, and there were fans with “Welcome Home Pudge” posters all over the place. Even though he didn’t play last night (he just sat in the dugout), the whole place looked to be buzzing with energy. It’s really sad that the Rangers couldn’t pull this one out. They are now tied with Boston for the AL Wild Card. The final score was 9-6.

 
Scott Feldman
Scott Feldman definitely didn’t have his best stuff, but he seemed to be doing pretty well with the stuff he did have for awhile. The Rangers leapt out to an early 5-0 lead after the bottom of the 3rd inning, helped in part by a 3-run homer by Ian Kinsler. Joe Mauer hit a solo home run in the top of the 4th, making it 5-1, but the game didn’t really start to unravel until the 6th inning. By the time Scooter left the mound, after getting the first 2 outs of the 6th inning, the Twins has evened up the score 5-5.
Wash finally got Feldman out of there and brought in Jason Jennings from the bullpen. And JJ promptly loaded the bases before getting the final out of the inning.
Omar Vizquel
The bottom of the 6th was pretty interesting, and the Rangers briefly re-took the lead (6-5) on a boneheaded move by Twins reliever Philip Humber. Omar Vizquel and Julio Borbon were both able to get on base with singles, and then Michael Young hit a soft ground ball back to the pitcher. And as Omar was heading into 3rd base, the pitcher tossed the ball to the man he assumed would be covering 3rd to try to get Omar out, or at least to hold Omar at 3rd base. But there was no one there. The ball went rolling away, and Omar was able to score.
 
mmm, Joe Mauer 🙂
Then Joe Mauer came up to the plate in the top of the 7th and hit another solo home run to tie the score up again (6-6). That guy is just unbelievable! Mauer went 3-for-5 last night, with an RBI single in addition to his 2 home runs in the game, bringing his RBIs up to 3 for last night (77 total this season). Seriously, his batting average for this season is .383!! Will you marry me?? I have a feeling that this guy will be breaking some of Pudge’s records in the near future.
 
Jason Jennings
After Mauer’s 2nd home run, JJ gave up a single, then got 2 outs, and then he gave up a 2-run homer to Delmon Young, bringing the score to 8-6. Doh!
 
And the Twins added another run in the top of the 8th, just to add insult to injury.
 
Well, I predicted yesterday that the Rangers would take 3 out of 4 games in this series, and we’ve already got our loss, so I guess we’ll be winning the next 2 games!
 
Things of note:
Hank Blalock
*Hank Blalock took a walk last night for the first time since July 10! Maybe Hank read my blog yesterday! He also had a triple in the game. It was so funny to watch Elvis Andrus in the dugout as Hank got that triple; he was grinning as wide as he could and jumping up and down just like a little kid! Classic!
 
Julio Borbon
*Julio Borbon had another 3 stolen bases last night, which accounted for half of the Rangers’ steals over the course of the evening. I guess Joe Mauer isn’t so great after all, huh? 🙂
 
Chris Davis
*Chris Davis reportedly has a hamstring injury. It’s not supposed to be serious, but he was out of the lineup in AAA on Monday, and he was the DH in last night’s AAA game. Could this be keeping the Rangers from bringing him back up? I know he’ll be here by September 1 at the latest, but I’d like to see him here sooner than that!
  
 
 
Kevin Millwood                                                                                                                        Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
Tonight’s pitching matchup: Kevin Millwood (9-7) against the Twins’ Scott Baker (10-7). Well, Kevin Millwood’s supposed to be our ace, and the incomparable Pudge Rodriguez will be his battery mate tonight, so I don’t really see how we could lose. 🙂 Plus, like I said earlier, I predicted that we would take 3 out of 4, so we have to win!
My daily Chris Davis fix:
Chris Davis, a.k.a. my husband
 
Days since CD has been in the majors: 45
 
Originally published August 19, 2009