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I’ve got two boys that I’m raising and so far they have picked up none of my bad habits. Now that I’m a family man, I left the rock band thing that I did when I was younger. I spent age 17 to 35 or so moonlighting as lead vocalist with a little keyboard playing to help fill out the sound with different bands over those years, Ranging from high school garage bands to serious regional bands that toured a little and to local bands that got it’s ya-ya’s out in small clubs around the area. I was never close to the big time and never expected to get close; I just had a good time doing it. I realized I had to quit because my kids were young and demanding and it was too hard to function as a parent on Sunday morning when you got back from Warroad at . God, do I miss the band thing, but my life with my kids is beyond words and I have no regrets, just a little longing that would probably go away a couple of weeks later if I got back into it again.
My life is Family, Work and Youth Sports right now and it’s been blur.
The Bullpen struggled again against the Yankees last night as the Twins dropped another one. Losing 7-3 to the visiting Bronx Bombers.
Before the game Gardenhire announced that he was making a change in the bullpen depth chart. Primary set up guys right handed Jared Burton and left handed Brian Duensing we're going to be bumped down for a few days to give them a mental break. Replacing them as the primary set up guys are right handed Casey Fien and left handed Caleb Theilbar. The move isn't planned to be a permanent move, Gardy will see how it goes but for now Burton and Duensing have been used a lot and they need to come in and get some work in less pressure for the time being.
So... with a fresh restructure for the bullpen. How did it work for the game last night. We don't really know because the bullpen never made it to the 8th inning so Fein or Theilbar could pitch with the game close.
It was Anthony Swarzak pitching in this typical long relief role who got crushed for 4 runs in the 7th inning and that was all she wrote.
Sam Deduno was the starting pitcher and he threw 6 innings. 5 of those 6 innings were very sharp and scoreless. Just one inning was a struggle for Sam... That was the 5th inning.
In the 5th... The Yankees strung some lucky hits together to score 3. Lyle Overbay led off with a perfectly placed swinging infield single. He took a full swing at the ball and the ball traveled 10 feet. Neither Mauer or Deduno could get to the ball in time to make a play but it looks like a line drive in the box score. With one out... David Adams hit a single and the next batter... Alberto Gonzalez... was fooled but managed to inside out the ball the opposite way when he was trying to pull it and the ball ended up going for a double that scored two.
You did notice those names... Overbay, Adams and Alberto Gonzalez... Not your typical Yankees Lineup Eh?
So back to the 5th... With Two out now and Gonzalez on third... Ichiro took a full swing and the ball fell off his bat and rolled down the 1st base line and Deduno couldn't pick it up cleanly and a third run scored.
In the end... 3 runs scored in the 5th and there wasn't a decent ball hit during the entire inning. 2 infield singles... an accidental opposite field double that went where the batter wasn't intending for it to go and a harmless single and 3 runs score. That's almost little league like. In other words... You can't fault Deduno... He should have had 6 innings of shut out ball but baseball can be cruel some days.
After Deduno was taken out... In the 7th inning... The Twins were trailing 3-1 when Swarzak came in and he was clobbered for 4 runs.
As for the Offense... Not Good... Phillip Hughes was the starting pitcher for the Yankees and he has been nothing special for many years now. Scoring one run off of Phillip Hughes is not good. I had a feeling that it wasn't going to be a good night in the 4th inning. Plouffe led off with a walk and Arcia followed that with a double and we had runners on 2nd and 3rd and nobody out. With no one out... We just needed a fly ball or a ground ball past the pitcher to score Plouffe from third and we had two cracks at it. Parmelee struck out looking on a fastball down the middle and Aaron Hicks followed that by looking at 3 called strikes on 3 breaking pitches. YOU CAN'T DO THAT!!! With a run 90 feet away... Just make contact with the ball and get at least one run home. You can't look at strikes and we did it twice. At the very least... Strike out swining. This is the major leagues and Parmelee and Hicks are trying to prove they belong in the major leagues.
Deduno Pitched great... The Rest of the team wasn't good and the Twins lost again.
Now Tonight... PJ Walters who has been horrible in his past 3 starts has one last chance to keep a major league job. Actually I think the die is cast and he could pitch a no hitter and still be placed on waivers in the very near future. I'm actually surprised that he has been allowed to take the ball for this start.
Now Walters has had some decent starts so it's possible that he can do it again. Taking the ball for the Yankees is CC Sabathia. Yikes!!!