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The Twins -- Need We Say More?

May 2nd vs. the Minnesota Twins

Sox Project Update:
Leaky Seals and Poor Tuckpointing
As long as the structure allows hits and runs to leak through, the project won't be sound.

Short Take:The Twins did what they do so well, beating the Sox 5-3 and making them look weak.

It's been a tough week. The Sox lost a game to the Orioles in a creepy, empty ballpark to start a streak of three losses. And they didn't just lose three, the looked bad doing it. Last in the league in runs scored and on-base percentage, these guys are not the team we were expecting when the season began.

But today they were the team we've now come to expect, losing to the ever-annoying Minnesota Twins 5-3. Hector Noesi was today's fall guy. He was responsible for all five Twinkie runs in his 4-1/3 inning performance, none of which were cheap. His departure in the fifth gave this year's golden arm, Carlos Rodon, a chance to show his stuff.

Things looked chipper in the top of the second as the Sox took the lead 2-0 on an RBI by Micah Johnson and another by J.B. Shuck. Johnson's was odd, in that it began as an infield single when Alexei Ramirez was on third base. An umpire challenge led to the decision that that Johnson was actually out at first -- frustrating, but the run scored anyway.

The Twins promptly came back in the bottom of the second with a leadoff homer by Trevor Plouffe. Noesi was able to get the subsequent three outs, so a 2-1 score seemed manageable. Especially in the next frame when the Sox scored one more on Avi Garcia's RBI single to make it 3-1. Garcia has a nice eight-game hit streak going. C'mon, Avi -- only 48 more to tie DiMaggio!

But the balloon deflated in the bottom half of the third when, after giving up a leadoff walk to Jordan Schafer, Noesi offered a fat pitch to Torii Hunter for a no-doubt-about-it homer to tie the game 3-3. Time to get a drink and lower my expectations.

It was the Twins' two-run fifth that brought on a sinking feeling that this game may be part of a trend. Based on our observation of this year's 35th Street troupe, we know that they seldom find a way out of a hole once it's been dug.

Danny Santana led off the fifth with a double. Hunter came back with a single to put runners on first and third. Rodon came in to pitch at this point and as I said he showed his stuff, and it was just the stuff the Twins wanted. Joe Mauer walked to load the bases and Plouffe singled to score Santana. Kurt Suzuki then hit a sacrifice fly to score the ubiquitous Hunter, and just like that it was 5-3. Time for another drink.

The game lurched to its inevitable conclusion as the Sox went down quietly. Now it's a four-game losing streak and I'm not seeing any light breaking through the clouds. There's a lot we can say and most of it has already been said. The starting pitching has been a letdown, the hitting simply isn't there, and there's a curious lack of baseball savvy too many times in too many ways.

For my money I don't expect the Sox to win every game, but I do expect them to be competitive. Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines "competitive" as being "inclined, desiring, or suited to compete." Call me jaded, but I don't see those qualities in this year's collective effort. Are the players not as good as we (and they) thought? Are the coaching and the overall preparation inadequate? Something in the water? Sunspots? Whatever it is, Rick Hahn needs to identify it and do what needs to be done.

Easy for me to say, I know, but hey, I'm a fan. Fan is short for "fanatic," and to go back to Messrs. Mirriam and Webster, a fanatic is one "marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion." Guilty as charged, except for the "uncritical" part. Watching these games makes me anything but uncritical.

Rebuilding Recap:
 At this rate, the rebuilding project won't be done before Abreu's contract expires.

submitted by tebman.

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