Monday, August 31, 2009

Week of 8/24 to 8/30


1. Denard Span: 9-22, 2 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB:3 K, 1 SB, .409/.500/.591
1. Jose Mijares: 1-0, 8.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 1.04/0.46
2. Brian Duensing: 2-0, 13 IP, 10 H, 3 BB, 11 K, 2.08/1.00


1. Jeff Manship: 0-0, 4.1 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 8.31/2.08
2. Matt Guerrier: 1 SV, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 3.38/1.88
1. Joe Mauer: 5-25, 2 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB:3 K, .200/.200/.200
2. Orlando Cabrera: 2-18, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB:1 K, 2 SB, .111/.238./.111
3. Justin Morneau: 3-22, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB:5 K, .136/.240/.364

Defensive Plays of the Week

3- Denard Span makes a running catch in foul ground in the fifth inning of a one-run game and ends up crashing into the bullpen and Jesse Crain in particular.

2- Alexi Casilla makes an excellent play for the second time in the same game, again diving to his right and getting the ball to Orlando Cabrera at second base for the force-out. This time it came with the bases loaded and two outs, thus saving one run at the very least.

1- This was the first Casilla's two amazing plays, and in this case amazing doesn't really fit the bill. Casilla flips it directly from his glove to Cabrera to get the out after Nick Blackburn deflected it.

Oddball play of the week: The play itself is not so unusual, if not for the person who achieved it. Mike Redmond stroked a ball into the left-centerfield gap and managed to make it all the way to third for his first triple in six years. Redmond turned to the dugout, where everyone was laughing uproariously, and screamed, "That's what I'm talking about!" [5:30 mark of condensed game]


  1. good choices for the defensive plays. so if Casilla caught the ball, instead of deflecting it, would that not have gotten the guy out? (since someone on the Twins already touched the ball)

  2. If Casilla caught it, he wouldn't have gotten an out because it had already hit the ground in addition to deflecting off another Twins player. If it had only touched another defender, he could have just caught it to get the out.

    The reason he had to just deflect it quickly, rather than catching and throwing, is because otherwise the runner would have gotten to the base before the ball and would have been safe.

  3. That was some quick thinking on his part then. the centipede says hi by the way.


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