Today’s game was hot: 88F just a ½ hour from gametime; my wife tells me it reached 102F today. Still, our seats were in shade the whole game, and we had a slight breeze again. Neighbor J attended the game with me once more.
Twins fans were seen all over the ballpark, like yesterday. Jersey watch: a slew of Mauer’s, some Morneau’s, and one Span, Guardado, Blyleven, Redmond, Santana, and Perkins. No Tolbert’s in sight. Crowd size was announced at 42,000+, but I’d bet it was closer to half that, with some folks taking a pass due to the heat.
I was totally looking forward to Kevin Slowey’s start today, but it didn’t go too well. After a 2-run HR to Albert Pujols (which Kubel looked like he came close to catching), the Twins came back with a 3-run single by Brendon Harris (D-SPAN2 was flying from st) that Chris Duncan couldn’t come up with in left-centerfield. Albert Pujols then tossed away that lead by hitting his second 2-run HR.
The rest of the game was pretty much a showcase for Tony LaRussa’s pitching changes and double-switches. He made a mockery of my scorecard.
Twins end up losing 5-3 after failing to put together any kind of rally in the later innings. Rookie Bob Keppel didn’t embarrass himself in his debut, and even drew a 4-pitch walk. It was nice (I guess) for neighbor J to get the pleasure of a Cards win, after yesterday’s loss. Looking forward to the Twins taking tomorrow’s game and the series, though.
Okay, by popular demand, here’s the mess of a scorecard (at least the Cardinals’ side). At some point, I gave up trying to get it to make sense…