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One-game MLB playoffs: Where Bucky Dent happens

One-game MLB playoffs: Where Bucky Dent happens

One game. From 162 to 0, plus one. The Detroit Tigers could have avoided this situation, but an absolute collapse in the past three weeks has put them into a do-or-die situation on the road against the Twins. The deck is certainly stacked against Detroit. The Tigers are not they team with the momentum. They playing on the road in what could be the final MLB game in the Metrodome. They have a 20-year-old rookie on the mound and if you believe in karma, Miguel Cabrera certainly isn’t helping.

But that’s why they play the games. So if you are watching or can’t because you are at work since this game is being played at the ridiculous hour of 5 p.m. Eastern, follow along. We could witness history. Right, Bucky Dent?

2:03 p.m. Seriously, Miguel??? A 0.26?? Holy Christ! How was he able to play the next day?

2:06 p.m. Porcello has rebounded impressively after predictably struggling around the middle of the season. But he has never been in a situation like this. You have to believe he is nervous as hell.

2:08 p.m. We are underway with a fastball from Scott Baker to Curtis Granderson.

2:09 p.m. Scott Baker has had a pretty good year, considering that he had an ERA of more than 9.00 and no wins until May 8.

2:12 p.m. Yes, Magglio Ordonez is hitting better, but he has just 15 RBIs since July 23. In that sense, he has not turned his sorry season around. He is not producing like a No. 3 hitter. But, he got his $10 million option, so I’m sure he’s just fine.

2:14 p.m. For Porcello, it’s got to be sinkers, sinkers, sinkers. Keep it on the ground. If that pitch isn’t on, he’ll be done early.

2:17 p.m. Porcello last faced the Twins in Minneapolis on Sept. 18. He pitched pretty well: six innings, eight hits, one walk, three earned runs, but only one strikeout. Yet, the Tigers lost that game 3-0.

2:19 p.m. Nice hustle by Mauer. Before the season, I said Mark Teixeira would win the MVP. At midseason, I put Teixeira second and put Mauer first. Either way, I’ll probably right somehow.

2:22 p.m. Here comes Miguel Cabrera. I don’t think he will chase anything in this at bat. He isn’t used to chasers. Except if it’s a buffet.

2:25 p.m. But seriously, Cabrera has to have a huge game. He really struggled over the weekend and has a lot of pressure on him to produce, given the situation and the last 72 hours of his life. That double is a nice start.

2:28 p.m. Ryan Raburn is a fantasy sleeper next season. He has been very good since the start of August and if he gets more playing time, he could hit 25+ homers.

2:29 p.m. Brandon Inge: 2009 all-star. Somewhere, Ian Kinsler is still wondering why.

2:30 p.m. I have no idea why Inge is swinging on 2-0 with men on the corners and one out. But at least he hit that ball hard. Just unlucky.

2:35 p.m. Delmon Young  is up. How do you think the Rays are feeling about Matt Garza right now? Nice K, Delmon. God, so many baseball cards with high hopes down the drain with that guy.

2:38 p.m. That was quick. Moving to the top of the third. Bad pace to this game.

2:40 p.m. I can’t imagine how the Twins are going to get through the first 4-6 weeks of every season without a dome. Baseball is not meant to be played in 30- and 40-degree temps.

2:42 p.m. Baker certainly is challenging these hitters. And he has gotten a lot of soft outs.

2:44 p.m. I would totally hit-and-run here if I managed Detroit. The team needs a spark and Polanco is a great contact hitter.

2:45 p.m. And because they hit-and-run, the Tigers stay out of the double play. Smart. Now, it’s a big question if Ordonez can drive in a run here.

2:47 p.m. Nice inside-out stroke by Ordonez and it’s 1-0 Tigers. Chip Caray said that for the Tigers to get an early run would be huge, but I disagree. In a game like this, it doesn’t take much to get momentum and steal it back. It’s still just 1-0.

2:50 p.m. Wow! Now THAT are some huge runs. An absolute blast by Miguel Cabrera puts the Tigers up 3-0. The Tigers needed that. Cabrera needed that more.

2:52 p.m. As always, the bottom of the third will be a gigantic inning for Porcello. The inning after your team gives you the lead is the most important frame. It’s all about momentum.

2:54 p.m. Tolbert, Punto and Span due up for Minnesota. Porcello really shouldn’t have too hard of a time with the first couple of batters.

2:55 p.m. Great try by Inge.

2:59 p.m. “Players that know when to steal a base, like Joe Mauer.” Yes, because when I think about base-stealing, I think Joe Mauer. Thanks, Ron Darling! FYI, Mauer has four stolen bases this season. So apparently, he does know when to steal: Almost never.

3:00 p.m. Base hit the other way by Span, who is a pretty underrated leadoff hitter. First and second with one out. Do the Twins hit-and-run with Orlando Cabrera? Sorry, I am addicted to the hit-and-run.

3:03 p.m. I should mention this because this will be important all game: The Twins hit .278 with runners in scoring position, fourth-best in the sport. The Tigers are around the middle of the pack at .262 entering today. With two outs, the Twins are hitting .245, a little higher than the average. Tigers? .242.

3:04 p.m. Interesting. Porcello’s pickoff throw gets a little wild and Tolbert scores from third. If the throw hadn’t hit the Twins’ first-base coach, Span probably would be at second. 3-1.

3:05 p.m. I have no problems with walking Mauer here. I’d much rather take my chances with Kubel. He has more power, but strikes out more.

3:06 p.m. In this situation, the young Porcello can’t be afraid to pitch to contact. Don’t try to be too careful. Trust your defense.

3:09 p.m. Or just screw what I say and blow some 95-MPH heat by Kubel. Jesus!

3:10 p.m. Ryan Raburn keeps climbing up 2010 mock drafts with another hit. HIT-AND-RUN?? No, I’m kidding. It’s Brandon Inge.

3:14 p.m. At least the scoring has slowed this game down to a good pace. For those of you who don’t know, a good pace to a baseball game is three hours. If you can get a three-hour game, you are guaranteed the price of admission. So you are basically looking for three innings per hour at the most. Since this game started at 5:08 p.m. Eastern and we are now at 6:14 p.m. with no outs in the top of the fourth, that’s some good pacing right there.

3:15 p.m. I have a good friend who I believe is first cousins with Gerald Laird. That’s what you get when the game slows down: Filler.

3:19 p.m. Porcello has thrown more than 6.1 innings in a game just two times in 11 starts since Aug. 2. With 49 pitches entering this inning, he is probably on track for another six-inning outing.

3:21 p.m. But for the time being, the 20-year-old is straight dealing.

3:23 p.m. That was just an unfair inning for the Twins. Moving on to the fifth …

3:27 p.m. The Yankees will play the winner of this game tomorrow for the first of two in New York. Smart move by manager Joe Torre Girardi, who had a choice to play either tomorrow or Thursday. Why give your opponent a break?

3:29 p.m. The loss of Jorge De La Rosa for the first round has a huge effect on Colorado. If he had stayed in the game in which he aggravated his groin, the Rockies would have had a good shot at winning that game and moving on to a Sunday showdown that would have meant the division title. He has pretty high ratios, but he has been very good — except for a few blowups — since late June.

3:32 p.m. Back to this game, you haven’t missed much. It’s hit that stage where both teams are just going through the motions a bit. And, yeah, I guess the pitching has something to do with that.

3:37 p.m. There really should be a rule that if you are overweight, it’s OK for you to not tuck in your uniform. It’s really, really unsavory.

3:38 p.m. The organ player is trying to get the fans into this game, but it’s not going to work. But that person is still earning their paycheck.

3:42 p.m. Scott Baker is not getting enough credit for his performance, but he’s trailing. His offense isn’t helping him, but Baker has allowed just two harmless singles since that big third inning. He’s been very good. Unfortunately for him, Porcello has been outstanding.

3:44 p.m. OK, Cabrera, Mauer and Kubel. This has to be an action inning for the Twins. With the way the rest of their lineup is hitting, this is probably their last good chance until the ninth.

3:47 p.m. And how would all of this be different if Justin Morneau didn’t miss the final three weeks of the season with a stress fracture in his back?

3:49 p.m. Bubbles Hargrave, he’s a playa.

Meanwhile, Porcello just fooled Mauer on three fastballs. But Kubel puts some juice back into the building with a sky-scraping shot to the upper deck in center.

3:51 p.m. No panic if you are the Tigers. You’ve still got the lead. There is no reason to get tight right now. The pressure isn’t on you … yet.

3:52 p.m. I want to see some sort of tape measure on that Kubel shot. It went over the retractable seats in center and landed in the crowd. That is a monster blast.

3:54 p.m. Also, has anyone else noticed that Porcello seems to have lost 2-3 MPH on his fastball? He is probably tiring a bit … and here comes Leyland to bring in Zach Miner.

3:57 p.m. In his last 12 innings pitched, Miner has allowed just eight hits, three walks and no runs. But make that nine hits after Delmon dumps a cheap one into center. First and third, two out for pinch-hitter Brendan Harris.

3:59 p.m. And there is really no feeling beaning a .262 hitter with six home runs on the first pitch to load the bases in a one-run game.

4:00 p.m. Matt Tolbert flies out to center and everyone in Detroit takes a deep breath. 3-2, Tigers, top seven.

4:05 p.m. Baker has 85 pitches entering this inning, so this is probably the last inning we’ll have until this turns into a battle of the bullpens. Advantage: Minnesota.

4:06 p.m. So that will do it for Baker. Again, he pitched very well. Not quite as good as Porcello, but his efforts shouldn’t be forgotten.

4:09 p.m. So much for Gerald Laird being a good bunter. One out, man still on first.

4:11 p.m. Rauch did his job. Now on is Jose Mijares, who is a left-handed pitcher and one of the Twins’ best relievers. By the way, Curtis Granderson is hitting just .180 in 178 at bats against LHPs this season.

4:14 p.m. Mijares keeps staring in at the ump, but both of the “close calls” weren’t even that close. Just pitch!

4:16 p.m. Granderson hits a line-drive single into right and the Tigers have runners at the corner for Placido Polanco. So here comes another pitcher … Matt Guerrier.

4:18 p.m. Guerrier is the Twins’ most-used and best reliever (outside of Joe Nathan). The Twins would love to see him take them into the ninth.

4:22 p.m. Polanco gets jammed and hits an easy force out to second. Bottom seventh: Punto, Span and Cabrera due up.

4:24 p.m. Some people don’t believe in “clutch” hitting, but if you do, you’re right. And if you do, you should probably know that the Twins rank 10th in MLB with a .254 after in the seventh inning or later. The Tigers rank at .249.

4:26 p.m. Punto fights a pitch off into left for a single to begin the inning. Miner will stay in to face Span, who will probably try to bunt.

4:29 p.m. Unlike Ron Darling, I am not surprised that Span is not bunting. Why take the bat out of the hands of your second-best hitter against a right handed pitcher.

4:30 p.m. But Span swings over a couple of sliders and is out of there. Well, in hindsight, I would have bunted, you know!

4:32 p.m. And ORLANDO CABRERA DELIVERS! Miner got Span on slider, but he hung one on the inside half to Cabrera, who hit it about one foot beyond the wall. What a tremendous pick up he has been for the Twins. Many people in my area (Southern California) have fond memories of his time with the Angels. He is a gamer, a solid hitter and a very good fielder. People down here love the OC!

Cabrera’s addition in Minnesota didn’t get a lot of stories written about it by the national media when it happened, but it just might put the Twins in the playoffs.

4:34 p.m. It’s a good thing that ball got out for Cabrera, he was not running at all, too busy watching the shot.

4:38 p.m. Another pitching change … TICK, TICK, TICK, TICK … good pace to this one!

4:40 p.m. Looking ahead to the eighth, the Tigers better hope to keep this at a one-run deficit, because the eighth is their best chance to get back in it. Guerrier will probably come back out to face Ordonez, Cabrera and Guillen. If the Tigers can’t get anything done there, I don’t like the chances of the bottom of that lineup against Joe Nathan.

4:42 p.m. No matter who wins, they won’t have to worry about Jorge Posada for one game.

4:44 p.m. Holy smokes, it’s Magglio Ordonez with a no-doubt shot into left to tie the score at 4-4. That was gone as soon as it left the bat. And yes, I did just say holy smokes!

4:45 p.m. Before that at bat, Ordonez was just 2 for 16 against Guerrier in his career. That rhymes, so you know it’s a good stat.

4:48 p.m. It would mean a lot t0 Detroit if the Tigers got into the playoffs, sure. But it wouldn’t mean anything less to Minnesota, either.

4:52 p.m. Joe Nathan hasn’t pitched since Oct. 3, so I’m sure he could be available for more than one inning if the Twins need him. Of course, considering that the Twins won’t make the playoffs if they lose, Nathan better be ready to throw his arm out for this one. He’ll have six months to rehab.

4:53 p.m. I would definitely run if I was Ramirez on this pitch.

4:55 p.m. Raburn walks to put two on with one out and here comes Nathan. If the Twins are going to go down, they have to go down with him. Wait, that didn’t …

5:00 p.m. Besides tying the game, this rally be Detroit has allowed the top of their lineup to come back up in the ninth.

5:02 p.m. Devastating curve by Nathan ends the inning. Young, Harris and Tolbert coming up for Twins.

5:06 p.m. Lyon is back on the hill. He isn’t the power pitcher that he used to be, but he’s been surprisingly good this season. I remember when he gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs in spring training and I just figured that it was going to be another bad year for the former D-Backs closer. Not so.

5:07 p.m. What I didn’t remember, when I mentioned it earlier, is that Matt Garza wasn’t the only player who went from Minnesota to Tampa Bay in that Delmon Young trade. The Rays got Jason Bartlett, too. Jeez, what a steal!

5:09 p.m. Great inning from Lyon as we move to the ninth. Santiago (or a pinch-hitter? Marcus Thames?), Granderson and Polanco to face Nathan.

5:13 p.m. Nope, Ramon Santiago stays in to face Nathan, and it’s a good thing! Marcus Thames wouldn’t have beaten out that bunt. Now, Thames wouldn’t have bunted, but that’s beside the point …

Here is Granderson, who is 7-for-16 in his career against Nathan.

5:15 p.m. Nathan’ s last run allowed was on Sept. 29 in a 4-3 win in ten innings against the Tigers. It was a home run by Granderson.

5:16 p.m. Granderson fights off a high pitch and drops it into right. The pinch-runner, Adam Everett, moves to third and the Tigers have runners on the corners with none out and Polanco, Ordonez and Cabrera coming up!!

5:17 p.m. Polanco, Ordonez and Cabrera are a combined 4-for-27 in their careers against Nathan. Cabrera is 0-for-8.

5:19 p.m. Polanco tried to move his body into the pitch, but to no avail. He strikes out looking. One out.

5:21 p.m. As Vin Scully would say, with a runner on third, we always check out how many wild pitches the pitcher has thrown. Nathan has four wild pitches.

5:22 p.m. WHOA! Ordonez lashes a ball to short, but it’s right to Orlando Cabrera, who throws to first to barely double off Granderson! What a play! Tigers, dejected. Twins, elated. Men on the corner with no one out and the Tigers can’t get anyone in, thanks to a little bad luck and some good defense. On to the bottom of the ninth in a 4-4 tie.

5:24 p.m. How do the Tigers regroup for the bottom of the ninth?! Punto, Span and Cabrera, due up. And you can just feel that it might be Orlando Cabrera’s day.

5:27 p.m. Punto is 1-for-7 hitting against Lyon for his career.

5:29 p.m. Punto works a leadoff walk and … Leyland will stick with Lyon against Span. He is 2-for-4 in his career against Lyon, but he will probably bunt here. The other time, he shouldn’t and didn’t. This time, he should.

5:31 p.m. Span gets the sacrifice down and now here is Orlando Cabrera. He could win the game and send the Twins to the playoffs with a hit. And with everything Cabrera has done in this game, why not?

But first, Leyland will bring in the Tigers’ closer, Fernando Rodney.

5:32 p.m. By the way, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD pace to this game!

5:35 p.m. Off the bat, I thought that was certainly a hit for Cabrera, but what a play by Inge. We have seen some very good defense tonight. Now the Tigers will smartly walk Mauer and bring up Carlos Gomez since Jason Kubel was taken out of the game in the seventh.

5:36 p.m. Great composure by the Tigers to get through what looked to be a demoralizing ninth inning. But Lyon, Rodney and Inge keep this game going. EXTRA BASEBALL FOR ALL!

But what do these bullpens have left?

5:40 p.m. Jesse Crain comes in and gets an overanxious Miguel Cabrera to ground out.

5:41 p.m. You have got to love sports, reason No. 1,349,772: An act of celebration and congratulations can take place when two guys beat the hell out of each other (see: Joe Nathan and Orlando Cabrera after the top of the ninth).

5:44 p.m. Raburn Ks on a fastball, two out.

It’s something that doesn’t mean anything right now, but Raburn’s swing reminds me of Ryan Braun’s. I am developing a man-crush on Ryan Raburn tonight.

5:46 p.m. Inge ropes a double into left! Delmon Young is slow to get to the ball, Orlando Cabrera’s cut-off throw doesn’t have much on it and pinch-runner Don Kelly scores from first! 5-4 Tigers, bottom 10!

5:47 p.m. So we have Fernando Rodney against Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young and Brendan Harris in the bottom of the 10th.

5:49 p.m. Cuddyer is 3-for-13 with a home run in his career against Rodney. Young is 2-for-7 and Harris is 0-for-5 with three Ks.

5:51 p.m. What in the blue hell is Ryan Raburn doing on that play? In a situation like this, you HAVE to keep the ball in front of you. The potential consequence for missing a diving play is much worse than just allowing a single!

5:52 p.m. But then Delmon Young reminds us that he is Delmon Young and hits a lazy chopper to shortstop that forces Cuddyer to stay at third. Nice job, kid.

5:53 p.m. Man on third, one out.

5:56 p.m. Harris walks and Alexi Casilla is the pinch-runner at first. Not a horrible play. Yeah, the winning run is on base, but that sets up the double play. Here is Matt Tolbert.

5:57 p.m. And Tolbert hits a ground ball that JUST gets by Polanco!! Base hit to center scores Cuddyer, Casilla goes to third and we are tied, AGAIN!! I THOUGHT POLANCO HAD THAT ONE!

5:59 p.m. Punto is 2-for-6 against Rodney.


6:03 p.m. Did it look like Casilla got a late break from third. What happened there? He is a very fast runner, but it took him forever to get home, especially since Raburn, a right-handed thrower, had to move to his right and then turn and throw. That play should have been MUCH closer.

6:06 p.m. With everything that has happened in the last four innings, this has to be considered a classic. I don’t want to rank it against any other game, but this has been an absolute classic.

6:08 p.m. How many times can Chip Caray come back from commercial break with the line, “Some kind of game … .”? I have counted at least four times.

6:09 p.m. We are now four hours and one minute into this one! Oh yeah, good pace. Good pace. Maybe a little too good.

6:11 p.m. Bobby Keppel comes into pitch here in the 11th. Wasn’t he warming up in the third inning?

6:12 p.m. I don’t know how I could be a fan of either of these teams right now. I don’t care who wins and I am drained over here. The Tigers go 1-2-3 and we head to the bottom of the 11th with Span, Cabrera and Mauer. Watch out!

6:15 p.m. I don’t like putting Rodney back out there in the 11th. He has to be near gassed, but he’s the closer. The Tigers are going to lose with him.

6:16 p.m. Now that Curtis Granderson is sliding on his back and making a spectacular catch to start an inning, everyone loves it. When Ryan Raburn did it, he was vilified. That’s the difference between making the catch and not making the catch. Plus, I have a little less problem with Granderson doing that because he is a better fielder. Still, that’s really, really risky.

6:18 p.m. Nice job by Gardenhire by saving Cabrera from getting ejected. Although that last pitch was certainly not a strike.

6:19 p.m. Quick inning for Rodney and we move to the 12th. I think both teams are a little tired after a few emotionally exhausting innings.

6:23 p.m. Here is Miguel Cabrera with one out and no one on in the 12th.  … They are certainly pitching him down.

6:26 p.m. Cabrera walks. Why not walk him? Don Kelly isn’t in any MVP conversation.

6:29 p.m. Delmon Young shows why he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft. He throws to the wrong base and Kelly takes second on the single. The Twins walk Raburn to load the bases and set up the double play with one out.

6:33 p.m. Inge has good numbers with the bases loaded, but he has grounded into 12 double plays this season.

6:34 p.m. Nice play by Punto to get the force at home and they are still loaded with two outs Gerald Laird. This is amazing.

6:36 p.m. Keppel has two wild pitches this season.

6:37 p.m. 3-1 to Laird and he pops up a fastball that jams him. And now we start the wheel! Bases loaded, two outs, full count, tie game, 12th inning, playoff berth on the line, Laird vs. Keppel!

6:38 p.m. And Laird strikes out on what looked to a sinker or a hard changeup! Bottom 12!! The Tigers have now left 12 runners on base.

6:40 p.m. Rodney comes out for his fourth inning, or what would be his third full inning. He has to be running on fumes. Carlos Gomez leads off with a base hit to left past the drawn-in Inge.

6:42 p.m. Cuddyer grounds out to third, moving the speedy Gomez to second. Delmon Young gets intentionally walked to set up the double play. It’s not like they are walking him because they fear him. No one fears Delmon Young with a bat in his hands until after he strikes out.

6:45 p.m. Casilla hits a grounder through the hole and into right. Clete Thomas takes a horrible route to the ball and that allows Gomez to score from second and THE TWINS WIN!! FOUR HOURS AND 37 MINUTES LATER, WE HAVE ONE THAT WILL STAY IN OUR MEMORIES FOREVER!

6:47 p.m. First, the Tigers did an amazing job today, but they couldn’t get the big hit in extra innings.

6:48 p.m. The Twins may show us again that the best team doesn’t always win the World Series. It’s usually the hottest team. And there is no hotter team in the AL right now than the Minnesota Twins. Don’t forget what the Colorado Rockies did in 2007. They reached the playoffs thanks to a play-in game.

6:50 p.m. What a scene in the Metrodome, which isn’t done yet. To be there has to be quite an experience, no matter who you were going for.

6:54 p.m. I don’t know where to start in this game. The performance of Rick Porcello (remember him?) Orlando Cabrera’s home run, Ordonez’s tying homer, the line-drive double play to end the ninth, the dramatic runs in the 10th inning, the plays at the plate in the 10th and 12th innings and then the winner by Casilla. This game had it all. It is one for the ages. And that’s not using hyperbole. THIS WAS AMAZING!

6:55 p.m. Somehow, the Twins will have to get mentally prepared to start a playoff series in about 20 hours with the best team in baseball.

6:58 p.m. The pitching matchup may be the most lopsided one I’ve seen in a playoff series: C.C. Sabathia vs. Brian Duensing. But the Twins are desperate for at least six innings out of him.

7:00 p.m. 2008 salaries:

Sabathia: $15,285,714; Duensing: $400,000

7:03 p.m. Well, about five hours later, this running blog is done. Thanks for following along with such an awesome game and get ready for the MLB playoffs. The first game, Rockies @ Phillies starts in less than 17 hours. Hopefully that game isn’t as thrilling as this one. I couldn’t take it.

Thanks again!

  1. Jay Gibbons Kark
    October 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm


    • spokes310
      October 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm

      With a name like that, this must be Scott Groff.

  2. Sean Penn (Mystic River)
    October 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I never liked that Brendan Harris kid.

  3. Tom Tolbert
    October 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    C’mon son, hit one out for your old man!

  4. Hit and Run
    October 6, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I’m calling a Cabrera hit and run

  5. Or
    October 6, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    A 2 run shot! THAT LOOKED CATCHABLE!

    • spokes310
      October 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm

      Yeah, but Raburn got no jump. OC!!!!

  6. Or
    October 6, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    One game MLB Playoffs, where Orlando Cabrera happens.

  7. Or
    October 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm


  8. Joel and Stu
    October 6, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    The Lakers kickoff pre-season action tomorrrow. Trevor Ariza makes his Rockets debut in 20 minutes.

    • spokes310
      October 6, 2009 at 5:26 pm

      Who’s game is it? It’s Orlando Cabrera’s game!

  9. Doc Rivers
    October 6, 2009 at 5:22 pm


  10. Francisco Cabrera
    October 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Does Carlos Gomez bring back memories of myself?

    • spokes310
      October 6, 2009 at 5:38 pm

      I can’t believe OC didn’t get a hit there. What a play by Inge.

  11. s
    October 6, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I must say the first base umpire has been excellent thus far today.

  12. Drunken Twins Fans at the Metrodome
    October 6, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Did they just announce Tom Kelly as a pinch-runner, NO WAY!

  13. Jack Buck
    October 6, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    This game is unbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelievable!

  14. Doc Rivers
    October 6, 2009 at 6:01 pm


  15. Harrey and Skip Carey
    October 6, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    C’mon Chip, you’re better than that!

  16. Harrey and Skip Carey
    October 6, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Murph you need to come on AIM, I am dying over that Chip Carey call!

    • spokes310
      October 6, 2009 at 6:11 pm

      I can’t. I gotta work this blog, yo. This game is draining me and I don’t even care who wins.

      • Art Minas
        October 6, 2009 at 6:14 pm

        Murph, admit right now, when you heard “Base hit…..Caught” you didn’t start laughing?

  17. Vatos
    October 6, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    By the way, I am watching this right now in Spanish.

  18. Vatos
    October 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Murph, are you going to need to be carried off the court?

    • spokes310
      October 6, 2009 at 6:40 pm

      It’s tough. I can’t imagine this being the Yankees. I would be dead.

      And when Caray made that “base hit!” call, I was like, what game is he watching?

  19. Hawk Harrelson
    October 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm


  20. spokes310
    October 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm


  21. October 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    “Clutch” hitting exists, insomuch that there are times when players get hits or make plays that are significantly important to the result of the game.

    It’s the “clutch” ability, meaning: players who are routinely really good in those situations, that I think some people have problems with.

    There is just no real evidence to prove that people perform better in those types of situations than they would otherwise, or vice versa.

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