Friday, July 29, 2005

Tragic

As if the Twins needed more bad luck and less offense, Torii Hunter went down in the first inning when his ankle hit the wall awkwardly as he tried to field a drive by David Ortiz. Hunter was in extreme pain after an apparent tendon injury, and had to be taken off the field in a cart. Lew Ford proceeded to come in the play and flash his usual ineptitude, reaching base only once... and the one time he did he got himself out on the basepaths on a terrible mental error. I like the way Lew plays the game and everything, but he is NOT hitting at even close to a Major League level right now. Then again, neither is Bret Boone or Michael Cuddyer, so I guess it's not that unusual.

I'm getting really tired of the Twins' utterly sloppy play. In the 5th inning, Johnny Damon hit a broken bat single to right field and the Twins managed to turn it into a three-run homer thanks to three overthrows. Are you kidding me? The team's inability to execute simply plays offensively is becoming very tiresome as well. Matthew LeCroy pinch-hit with no outs and a runner on third in the top of the 8th. There are SO many ways to bring that runner home, but what does LeCroy do? Tap a weak chopper to third, allowing them to hold the runner. Shannon Stewart scored the run with a hard grounder up the middle in the next at-bat, but why is that he and Joe Mauer seem to be the only ones that can do the simple little things at the plate? This is a team full of Major League players (well, that's debatable), and only two of them can execute expected things at the plate consistently. Disgusting.

As I write this, it is the bottom of the 8th inning and the Twins bullpen is in the process of imploding. Jesse Crain started the inning and loaded the bases without recording an out (what happened to him??), and now the BoSox will get to see first hand the ability of potential trade acquisition JC Romero to allow inherited runners to score.

Yyyyep. Grand slam, John Olerud.

I'm done.