Seventh-inning stretch time during the Twins game, and that most comical of viagra commercials just aired--the one with the guys in a band sitting in a circle singing along to their very upbeat viagra hoedown song. It's what guys do. They routinely get together with their... ahem, instruments, and smile and laugh and sing about their favorite erectile dysfunction treatment.
Meanwhile, this game with Seattle has taken a dreadful turn. When I turned off the TV after the second inning the Twins were up 5-0. Five runs on eight hits compared to none and two for Seattle. And now, just like a couple weeks ago against the Ms, they've frittered away the lead; Seattle has it now at 6-5. On that Monday evening 12 days ago the Twins were up 6-0 and lost 11-6. This looks eerily similar.
And that's what makes baseball so beautiful. It's never over till it's over, and the next round of drama is just around the corner.
Although there was little drama at the game I went to last night. The Twins won 9-3, and were leading 9-2 after a seven-run fourth inning. I left during the middle of the home half of the fourth, invoking my clause that lets me leave a baseball game early--or not go at all--if it's beautiful outside and the game is indoors.
Did get to see Liriano pitch in game number 3 of his second comeback this season. He looked great, except for the top of the fourth when he walked two and needed 30 pitches to get out of the inning. He gave up two runs, but they were both unearned on an error by Buscher. Speaking of my man Busch, he stayed about the .300 mark (.303) by going 1 for 3. My other man, Jason Kubel, hit a two-run jack to give the Twins the lead again at 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth, then had an RBI single later in the inning.
Liriano won his third straight game, and as with the last two, his win vaulted the Twins into first place. This time, for the first time since they've been going back and forth, the Twins and the White Sox have identical records at 68-53; the Sox made up the game they had in hand this week. So with five weeks or so left to go in the season, it most certainly is a race.
Get this. Twins are now 42-22 at home, which is impressive enough. But heading into last night they were 24-6 in their last 30 at home, and had won 9 straight series!
The other most impressive thing? They're hitting an amazing .314 with runners in scoring position. Unheard of. Well, almost. The last time a team hit that high was in 1974.