Yankees lead the series 2-1. Do or die for the Twins. Twins have their ace on the hill, Johan Santana. A few more games to pitch before being awarded the Cy Young. Go Twins. On to the game.
Top 1--Jeter out...NY being patient, Santana pitching for the first time on 3 days rest....ARod walks...Sheffield fouls out to Blanco on a 1-2 pitch...Santana has faced the NY 3 times in the last 11 days, so advantage NY...Matsui knocked to the ground by a high fastball--Stop Leaning Over The Plate....Santana not getting the low strike called, c'mon blue...Matsui strikes out on a slider...HooHaa.
Flippin channels--Mikey Waltrip, my bud, 9th in the Kansas Busch race with 18 to go.
Bottom 1--Shannon Stewart, absent so far this series leads off with a single to center...Jacque Jones, who just buried his father a few days ago, singles off the baggy in right...first and third, noooooobody out...Twins could use a nice crooked number in the first...Hunter sac fly to right, twins up 1-0, woohoo...Morneau up, a huge improvement over former first baseman Doug Meintkewicz...Vaszquez has a good breaking ball working, breaking late and ending up below the knees...ARod can't get to a popup in foul ground by the twins bullpen...ugh strike em out, throw em out, as Jones tries to steal second...twins get hosed, no tag made...it's a conspiracy, I tell ya. Twins up 1-0
Flippin channels--Hey, Sewing with Nancy is on PBS...
Top 2--Bernie Williams leads off with a single to right, off of a high fastball--keep it down Johan...Posada flies out to the warning track in center...Santana not dominant so far--when he is awesome, he flies through the middle innings, so, hopefully that is what we will see......Ruben Sierra, who last smiled in 1998, hitless in the series, walks...Santana throwing a lot of breaking balls...Fastball, changeup is why he dominated and will win the Cy Young, probably trying to vary things because of facing NY so many times recently...John Olerud, first and second, one out, strikes out looking, Y-E-S!...Now we are just a Nine Hitter away from out of the inning...Cairo, he ain't much Johan, c'mon...fly to right, can o' corn...Twins 1 NY 0
Bottom 2--Corey Koskie, zzzzzzz.....Verylongatbats for the twins 3b....great play by ARod to throw out Corey...one out...Lew Ford, who should be playing left instead of Stewart, because Stewart is banged up and Ford is probably better in the first place, and is playing there today as opposed to the first 3 games of the series, is HBP--way to take one for the team Lulu...Goooooozman's up--had a good series, hitting .455 and playing great D...Leeeeew steals second, no chance to throw him out...Guzy strikes out swinging, ugh...Cuddyer up, Cuddyer down--swinging...Twins 1 NY 0
Flippin channels--Wisconsin 14 Ohio State 10, just before the half, Go Badgers. (lesser of two evils)
Top 3--Jeter singles to center....big boys coming up...the turf at the Metrodome is new--they used to have this concrete flooring and the old astroturf and it was a lot faster surface...it's still fast but not like it used to be...ARod, pops to center, one out...if you make $34,000 per at bat, you could do a little better than this I would think...ugh, Blanco can't find a poput in foul territory, Morneau too late to get there--that's not Twins baseball...Henry you're in there for your defense, c'mon...Twins have an awesome catcher injured, Joe Mauer...He may be the next Johnny Bench if he can play catcher--he might have to move to another position because of an injury to his knee and the agony of crouching 3 hours a day...Meanwhile, Sheffield taps out to second, Jeter advances...Ok, Johan is getting a few low strikes called, this is good news...Matsui, singles to right, Jeter scores, Johan doesn't back up the plate as the throw gets away from Blanco--error Blanco--Matsui to 2nd...Hmmmm...Play Some D Blanco...Bernie flies out...Twins 1 NY 1
Bottom 3--My favorite Twin of all time is Rod Carew...when they traded him to California, I stopped being a Twins fan and switched over to the Cubs...so, of course, I missed being a fan during their 2 World Series wins...And the Cubs break your heart every year...Twins down 1-2-3...And we are still tied.
Top 4--Santana up to 57 pitches thru 3...Gardenhire doesn't trust anyone besides Nathan and Rincon in the bullpen, so this is not good...Hore Hay Posada sit down...Ru-Ben of Legkick singles to left...no easy innings for Santana, so far...Nice play by Morneau to force out Posada at 2nd, of course Dougy Defense would have turned two on that hard hit grounder...Cairo lines to left off a high fastball...Jeter, who sucks, :-), has a 14 game hitting streak in Division Series games...the crowd comes to their collective feet on a 1-2 pitch, curve in the dirt, swing and a miss...and we are still tied 1-1...WooHoo
Bottom 4--I remember going to a Twins game back when I went to school in the Twin Cities...this was when I was in my Not-A-Twinsfan stage...Torii Hunter walks to lead off the inning...this is a good thing...anyway, Roy Smalley was playing in his last season as a Twin and it was late in a blowout game...fans had left, the silence of the Dome was deafening...We were sitting in about the 7th row, right parallel to the first base bag...WooHoo, Sheffield loses a fly in the roof, Morneau doubles Hunter to third...So, Smalley singles and is standing on first...With a few beers in me, I yelled out 'Smalley, you suck.'...my heckle could be heard in all parts of the ballpark...and Roy Smalley stared me down--he kept staring until I was the one to look away first...I felt so little...(Beer drinking was pre-Christ)...back to the live action, Koskie, on the first pitch, sac fly to left, Hunter scores...Leeeeeew Ford pops out to third, and as Harry Caray would say, 'that wouldn't be a homerun in a phone booth'...Guzman, swinging and missing like a little leaguer, somehow, doesn't swing at 4 pitches and draws a rare walk...first and second, two out...Cuddyer, 3-2 pitch, runners going, grounds to first...where's Chuck Knob-block, where's Rob Wilfong...Oh well, Twins take the lead, 2-1...I'll have to blog another brush with fame, the time Bobby the Brain Heenan spit on me...that'll be coming up.
Flippin Channels--Mikey finished 12th in the Busch race...Wally Dallenbach finished 11th, what's up with that.
Top 5--ARod, lead off walk..."Walks haunt" goes the Jumbotron...Sheff strikes out on a pitch in the dirt...the bullpen is up--Huh?...ARod steals second, Blanco's throw is whack...(let's pinch hit for him next inning)...Matsui strikes out...Santana is hoppin' now, too bad the pitch count is way up there for him...Burny grounds weakly to short, inning over...Twins 2 NY 1.
Flippin Channels--Notre Dame beats Stanford 23-15...ugh
Bottom 5--My Bobby Heenan spit on me story...this is from back in the days when there was the WWF, the NWA, and the AWA wrestling circuits...The AWA's home was in Minneapolis and they would go to all these small towns in Minnesota to put on shows...A friend and I went to a high school gym to watch the show...at the time, Bobby the Brain still wrestled a little bit...He was in a tag team match that I think included Buck 'rock and roll' Zumhoff...After they lost, I got in the walkway where the wrestlers walked back to the dressing rooms...I said 'Good match, Bobby'...Bobby said to me, 'get your dirty f---ing hand away from me'...and then he spit on me.
Ummmmmmm...HENRY BLANCO just homered to left...who said anything about pinch hitting for him...Doh!...Awesome, Henry, you da man...Stewart out 5-3...Jones, who Fox tells us is a avid bowler in the off season, strikes out...Hunter, probably the worst #3 hitter in the majors, which isn't a knock on him, he just isn't a 3 hitter, blooooops a single to left...Justin--time to step up--we need a crooked number here...Vasquez up to 90 pitches...Morneau, infield single, first and second, two out....we need more runs here folks...no action in the NY bullpen...C'mon Corey buddy ol' pal... Koskie takes one for the team, HBP (it)(y)(itch)...Wave those homer hankies kids....Lew Lew, bases loaded...C'mon Luuuuuu...one run scores, two run score, double by Ford....Woohoo...The crowd goes Looooo and morphes into Goooooo, as Christian Guzman is up...strikes out looking, that's ok, go play some D...Twins 5 NY 1...Yeah!
Flippin Channels--That Wilson guy on Home Improvement is funny...Whatever happened to him?
Top 6--Grant Balfour is in...crazy name for a pitcher...Ball Four...pronounced Bal-for, rhymes with pal door...1...2...3...easy inning...phew...Twins up 5-1.
Bottom 6--Esteban Loiza um Loisa um Loaiza in the game for NY...Cuddyer greets the ex-White Sock with a single to left...Henry, Henry, Henry...Cuddyer out stealing, 3rd Twin today caught pilfering...Henry, Henry, Henry...Blanco singles to center...lol...pinch hit for Henry, whatta idiot...Ghosts of White Sox past, haunting the Yankees...White Sox suck against the Twins, and Loaiza has some of the WS iniquity left in him, having come over to NY midseason from Chicago...Stewart fouls out before Jones singles up the middle, Henry to third...argh, Torii fouls out to first on the first pitch...still too close... Twins 5 NY 1
Top 7--Wow...Balfour looks good...strikes out Cairo, high heat, take a seat...now I think the crowd is chanting 'homer hanky'...I have one of those from last year, and the year before when the Twins were in the playoffs...didn't get to go to the games, but friends brought me back one...oh boy, Grantbuddy is fired up, yelling as he strikes out Jeter...ARod fouls out...not quite good morning, good afternoon, good night, but we'll take it...1-2-3...Twins up 5-1.
Flippin channels--Tenn 19 Ga 14, bye-bye national championship for the Bulldogs
Bottom 7--Morneau out, Koskie out...LuuFord single to left...Lew Ford, who once literally ironed a shirt while he was wearing it and burned his chest, thrown out stealing...looks like 5 is all we get...Twins 5 Yankees 1
Top 8--Juan Rincon in...Sheff infield hit, to 2nd on wild pitch...ummmm...breath in, breath out...Matsui, who is a man with very large ear lobes, walks....ok, ok...deep breaths...Gardy, get someone up NOW...JC Romero, get him up...Bernie singles to center, scoring one, first and third, nobody out....I need an aspirin... Joe Nathan is up in the pen, he who pitched 3 innings, like yesterday...ok ok 3 days ago...NOOOO...Gardy what are you doing....We are done, it's over, I can't believe it...Posada strikes out...5 outs to go...Sierra up, you can cut the tension with a knife...my cat runs from the room when I give her the 'look'...Not now Punky Brewster, I cry... NOOOOOOOOOOOO
Sierra 3 run homer, game tied 5-5... Why'd you take Balfour out Gardy, he had 2 easy innings...Rincon is tired, he's pitched in every game in the series...Gardy, Gardy, what are you doing man...Olerud doubles off the wall...Bout Time Gardy, I cry as he comes out to yank Rincon...Rincon's pitched great this year, but he's obviously tired... Nathan in, and we are officially toast...oh boy...Cairo strikes out, 2 outs...relax, it's not over yet...oh wait Jeter's up...cry, it's over, sob, we're thru, whimper... ok ok ok Jeter grounds to Guzman, inning over...Twins 5 NY 5...argh
Bottom 8--2 outs, Kubel pinchhitting for our man Henry???....Double to right...But, Stewart lines out to short, and we are done, stick a fork in us... 5-5 tie game.
Top 9--ARod double to center, Sheff pops out...I hate to be a pessimist, but I have been a fan of those kinda teams that break your heart...Cubs, Vikings...IBB to Matsui...first and second, one out....Nathan still in the game, now they have Lohse warming up, he their worst starter all year...what's wrong with Romero?... loooong at bat with Burny Williams...they keep showing shots of Twins fans covering their face, covering their eyes--all things i am doing...Williams strikes out...Twins are just leading me on...Posada up, passed ball advances the runners...Henry woulda had that one Pat Borders... oh boy...Posada struck out and the inning is over...We are still tied 5-5....Maybe we still have a chance.
Bottom 9--ooops, missed an out, bladder relief needed, sure you wanted to know that...jones musta made an out, Hunter flies out to left...Justin, strikes out swinging...1-2-3... still 5-5, all over but the crying.
Top 10--Kyle Lohse is in...he can be pretty good, or be pretty bad in the same appearance...9-13, 5.34 ERA...Sierra out, Tony Clark out...hey, Lohse is looking pretty good...Cairo out on a bunt attempt...123...still tied 5-5.
Bottom 10--Well, when I told you the Roy Smalley story, the Twins scored...when I told you the Bobby Heenan spit-on-me story, the Twins scored...racking my brain for another brush with celebrity...Did I ever tell you how I was almost in a Hollywood movie...Oh No, Rivera is in for NY...maybe save that for when the Twins get a guy on base, like in the 13th when Rivera is out of there...Koskie pops out to Jeter... Ford pops out to 2nd...Guzman grounds out to Rivera...1-2-3...this is not good... although we are still tied 5-5.
Top 11--Top of the order for NY...Jeter, Jeter, Jeter... strikes out for the 4th time today...ARod doubles for the 2nd time today...yikes--ARod steals third, now a flyball scores him...Exhale...I need more aspirin...Lohse is shaking off his catcher...this is where he gets in trouble...'Forget about the curveball Ricky, throw him the heater'...Curveball in the dirt, wild pitch...ARod scores...crying begins shortly...popout to Rivas, 2 out... homer hankies work well to wipe away years...Matsui strikes out, inning over... NY 6 MN 5
Bottom 11--Well, I almost was in a Hollywood movie...I was in Vegas and they were shooting Vegas Vacation while I was there, you know, with Chevy Chase...They were shooting outside a casino and needed some people for background shots...They almost chose me, it was soo close...I saw a bunch of the actors, though not Chevy...that's it...That story should be worth 2 runs...of course, I am not supersticious...this story if for entertainment value only...
Offerman pinch hitting... weak groundout to second...Lecroy pinch hitting...Matty go Boom-Boom???...do i have a rally hat anywhere... closes eyes, can't watch...Lecroy flies to left....down to their last out...Shannon Stewart...It's been a good year for the Twins...But...groundout to 2nd...Twins lose, twins lose....6-5 the final...
It's been a good year...I can't help but think they should have won this series...remind me not to liveblog again, especially for a team I want to win...not that I am superstiscious, and not like I can spell it...Vikings on Sunday...just say no to liveblogging that...oh well, another season cut short, but they got there, to the playoffs...Great year Twins...See ya next year...Cubs vs Twins in World Series in 2005. :-)