Greetings and welcome to a Friday-afternoon, makeup-game edition of From the Cubicle. The White Sox welcome those pesky piranhas from Minnesota for two games today. We'll bring you only one of them.
I saw the Police last night at Wrigley. Here's my short review: Good show, but they need to turn up the volume. I was sitting six rows behind he visitor's dugout, which, by the way, would've been excellent seats for a baseball game, and the sound was around the same level as a free concert in Grant Park -- if you're sitting across Lake Shore Drive. Are they worried about the delicate eardrums of their aging fan base?
Sting mentioned the last time The Police played in Chicago was at Comiskey Park in 1983. The crowd booed at the mention of the Sox's stadium and I wonder if that confused the British trio. "You boo? I'm bloody Sting, you provincial colonists!" Anyway, check out the bill that July day way back when the Sox were winning ugly and on their way to the AL West title.
Back to reality, it's 2007, Sting is 55 years old, thankfully Flock of Seagulls hasn't been heard from in some time and the Sox, while playing ugly at times, are not winning.
Jon Garland (6-5, 3.15 ERA) takes on fellow righty Scott Baker (2-3, 4.96) to start this four-game weekend series. We're off soon.
And speaking of Mark Buehrle, the Tribune's Dave van Dyck says the lefty was packing up his locker before the game. Whether it's for the break or for good, it's unclear. I'll have that link for you shortly.
Luis Castillo doubles down the left-field line to start things off. The ball guy and gal down the line didn't make the best effort getting out of the way as the ball hit one of their little stools. Jason Bartlett grounds to short and Juan Uribe goes to third to try and get Castillo, who for some reason is trying to take third on a groundball right in front of him. The throw is there but Josh Fields drops the ball and everyone is safe. Joe Mauer rips one deep to right off the base of the wall that scores two. I thought that was gone. So did Hawk and DJ. Michael Cuddyer hits it back at Garland, who gets a glove on it, recovers and make the throw to first in time. Mauer takes third on the play. Full count to Justin Morneau and ... he walks. Torii Hunter lines one to the gap in left, scoring Mauer. Morneau stops at third. Rough start for Garland to say the least. Jason Kubel drives in Morneau with a sac fly to center. Hunter tags and takes third. Jason Tyner grounds out to Konerko to end the top half.
Twins 4, Sox 0
Here's the Buehrle Hardball blog item. I should've mentioned this earlier, but the Sox put fan favorite Mike MacDougal on the DL and reinstated Dewon Day. Jerry Owens leads off for the Sox. Hawk pleads, "Base hit right here, Jerry." Owens does not oblige. He strikes out swinging. Juan Uribe flies out to left. What did Roddick do at the fortnight? Is he still playing? Baker fans Jim Thome for a quick, 1-2-3 inning.
Twins 4, Sox 0
Nick Punto flies out to left. One pitch, one out. Castillo bunts down the third-base line for a hit. Rather than eat it, Fields throws it away and Castillo takes second on the error. Man, Hawk misses Joe Crede. He's still talking about the ball in the first that Fields dropped and wasn't charged with an error. Bartlett singles to left. Castillo puts on the brakes and holds at third. Mauer hits it back to Garland, who throws wide to second and Uribe has to settle for the one out. Castillo scores on the play. Hawk is in the worst mood. That should've been a double play. Cuddyer grounds out to end it. Someone get Hawk a churro or something.
Twins 5, Sox 0
Konerko leads off and works the count full. Baker misses high and Konerko trots down to first. Jermaine Dye pops it up. Punto fights the sun and makes the catch in foul ground. Rob Mackowiak lines the Sox's first hit into right. Konerko takes third on the single. Fields makes up a bit for his failings in the field with an RBI single to right. Mackowiak stops at second. Alex Cintron hits the first pitch off his shoetops off the wall in right-center, scoring both runners. A two-run triple for Cintron puts the Sox right back in it. Toby Hall is battling. He fouls off three straight pitches to stay alive. Another foul ball. Well, that at-bat ends poorly. Hall throws his bat at an outside pitch and is out. Don't worry, someone will get that bat for you. Baker blows Owens away with some fastballs and we move on.
Twins 5, Sox 3
Morneau drives it deep to left where Mackowiak makes a nice leaping catch on the track going back to the wall. Hunter hits one deep to left -- too deep for Mackowiak -- that lands about 12 rows deep in the bleachers. Kubel singles to right. Tyner grounds to second but because Kubel was running on the pitch, the Sox can get only the one out at first. Punto flies out to right for the third out.
Twins 6, Sox 3
Uribe sends one deep to left-center but Hunter runs it down and makes a great back-handed catch on the track. Baker plunks Thome on the elbow pad. Konerko bangs a double off the wall in left. Thome holds at third. Dye grounds to short. Bartlett tags Konerko between second and third--not sure what he was doing there. But Thome scores. Dye on first with two outs for Mackowiak, who dumps a single to right. But -- another baserunning blunder -- Dye is gunned down at third by Cuddyer.
Twins 6, Sox 4
Castillo draws a leadoff walk. Garland falls behind Bartlett 2-0 before Bartlett lines a single to left. Mauer knocks in Castillo, the leadoff walk, with a single to right. Bartlett takes third and Don Cooper comes out to talk to Garland. That was a fat changeup that Mauer hit. Second baseman Cintron robs Cuddyer of a hit with a leaping grab. Morneau hits it back to Garland. Garland stops it but then can't find it. When he does he picks it up and throws it past Konerko. Bartlett scores on the error. With runners on second and third Garland will walk Hunter to load the bases. Hawk called that "Nintendo." Nick Masset gets up in the pen. Where ya been, dude? Shortly after Hawk predicts the Sox will come back and win this game, "some way, some how," Kubel hits a grand slam to right. Ozzie pulls Garland. Enter Masset. Garland may clean out his locker, as well. Tyner pops up the first pitch from Masset for the second out. Punto flies out to center to end this nightmare of an inning.
Twins 12, Sox 4
Garland's line is hideous: 3 1/3 innings, 12 runs -- 11 earned -- on 11 hits, 3 walks and no strikeouts. He also made an error. Fields strikes out swinging. Cintron pops out to Castillo. Halls flies out.
Castillo bats for about the 12th time today. Actually, the third. He's doubled, singled and drew and walk and has scored three times. Add an infield single to that. He hits one in the hole. Uribe gets there but Castillo beats the throw. The pitch gets away from Hall. Castillo takes second. Bartlett flies out to right and for some reason Castillo doesn't tag. It doesn't matter because Masset bounces another one by Hall and Castillo takes third. Mauer knocks in Castillo with a single. Fields starts a double play on a grounder from Cuddyer, but Cintron's throw to first is no where close to Konerko. Cuddyer takes second on the error. Morneau singles to right and Cuddyer beats Dye's throw to the plate. Hawk is, uh, not pleased. Hunter pops out to Fields. Two more runs score.
Twins 14, Sox 4
To answer a question on the board, Hawk has been relatively silent. DJ has been calling most of the action. And I think Hawk has stepped out of the booth more than a few times. Everytime he comes back the Sox boot a ball that leads to a run and you can just hear the pain in his voice. He just said everyone in a sox uniform should be embarrassed. Owens singles to left and DJ gets a bit over-excited about it. Uribe doubles down the third-base line. Owens hustles into third. Thome grounds out to fist, but Owens scores. Uribe takes third. Konerko follows with a two-run homer to pull within a touchdown. Dye pops out to Morneau who made a nice one-handed grab in front of the Twins' dugout. Mackowiak likes Baker. He lines a single on the first pitch and that makes him an incredible 8-for-8 lifetime against the Twins pitcher. That's nuts. Fields strikes out looking.
Twins 14, Sox 7
Anyone for hot chocolate? Hawk's back. Maybe he did some yoga or something. "Serenity now!" Kubel and Tyner fly out to center. Not at the same time. Punto singles. Castillo rips one but it's right at Fields, who makes a Crede-like play and throws to second to get Punto.
Righty Ramon Ortiz is the Twins' new pitcher and he'll face Cintron. Cintron chops one to Morneau and the reigning AL MVP over-throws Ortiz covering the bag. Cintron takes second on just Morneau's second error of the year. Hall pops out to his counterpart (only in position) Mauer. Owens singles to right to put runners on the corners with one out. Uribe grounds to second, knocking home Cintron. Thome bats with a runner on second and two outs. Thome hits a full-count pitch hard to right but Cuddyer makes a nice running catch. A hang with 'em, dare I say.
Twins 14, Sox 8
Bartlett beats out a routine grounder to second, to which Hawk says, "Mercy." Mauer singles to left. Mackowiak boots it and takes his time booting it, allowing Bartlett to take third. Cuddyer is out somehow. Not sure, I missed it. Morneau drives in Bartlett with a single. Hunter drives one to center. Mauer scores. And Hunter just takes second on a ball hit right at Owens in center. Unreal. These are not major leaguers in there. Second and third for Kubel. He knocks in a run with a fly to right. Dye catches the ball flat-footed. His throw is cut, they go to third and Hunter is safe at third. Dewon Day gets up in the pen. Masset walks Tyner. And her comes Day to pitch. OK fine, Mackowiak is a career backup and usually a butcher in the field. But Owens and Field today both have been brutal on defense. I mean that ball Hunter took second on, you never see that happen at this level. Punto bats with runners on the coners and two outs. He singles up the middle, knocking in the Twins' 18th run of the game. Luis Rodriguez hits Castillo, who's now in the clubhouse with his feet up and his teeth out after a big day. Rodriguez fans. Stretch time.
Twins 18, Sox 8
Lew Ford takes over for Hunter in center. Rodriguez stays in the game to play third and Punto moves to second. Konerko leads off with a long double off the wall in right. Cuddyer was there but didn't take a shot. Someone comes in to pinch run for Konerko. Dye flies out to right. Someone takes third -- Andy Gonzalez, that is. Mackowiak grounds out, but Gonzalez scores. Fields homers to left. We've got 28 runs on the board. Hawk's mood has improved. I think he's still smelling a comeback. Cintron takes a walk and Mackowiak in the dugout represents the tying run. Hall pops out down the right-field line. Outside of that first game when he had a couple hits and a couple errors, I'm not sure I've seen Hall get another hit.
Twins 18, Sox 10
Gonzalez stays in to play first. Got some crazy line scores going: 18, 20 and 1 for the Twins and 10, 13 and 4 for the Sox. Bartlett walks. Mauer walks on four pitches and this isn't needed. Don Cooper comes out and he doesn't look happy. "Strikes, please" is probably part of the conversation. Hawk is down-right chatty right now. He's moved on. Cuddyer hits it right back to Day. It hits him right in the glove and goes sideways toward third. That's probably the fifth error for the Sox and loads the bases with no one out. Morneau flies out to left. It's too shallow and everyone just hangs where they are. Ford, 5-for-30 lifetime with the bags juiced, singles to right, scoring run No. 19. Day leaves, Ryan Bukvich will come on and try to prevent the 20th run from crossing the plate. Bases still loaded with one out and Kubel up, who hit a grand slam in the fourth. Hawk still harping on that error that should've been on Fields way back in the first: "Five errors for our guys. Should be six." Bukvich walks Kubel on five pitches and there is No. 20. Tyner hits into a 1-2-3 double play, preventing any further hemorrhaging.
Twins 20, Sox 10
To answer a message board question, yes, 20 runs is by far the most given up by the Sox this year. They gave up 11 a few times. Or do you mean in the majors? Didn't the Red Sox get their hats handed to then to the tune of like 22 runs earlier this year? Carmen Cali comes on to pitch, and Hawk once again mentions the missing sixth error. Owens lines out to short. The last time the Sox have given up 20 runs was April 2, 1998, in Texas, which is one heckuva a way to start the season off. Uribe pops out. Incidentally, 11 is the most runs the Sox have scored all year -- last night -- and they're sitting on 10, so they've got that going for them. Well, there's 11: Thome homers to center, the 485th dinger of his career. Gonzalez flies out to right.
Twins 20, Sox 11
Something has given me acid reflux, either that lunch from the cafeteria or this game. Punto leads off the ninth and draws a walk. Hawk deadpans, "Well, once again the leadoff guy aboard." Roridguez flies out to left. Bartlett flies out deep to left. Hawk thought it was gone. Here's Kubel, who's got seven RBIs today. Ain't gonna get the eighth. He grounds out to first.
So here we go, bottom of the ninth. The Sox score nine to tie it and this game goes 20 innings. Dye leads off and takes a strike from Cali. Dye grounds out to third, making him 0-fer-5. Mackowiak, who, if memory serves, was Hawk's Heineken click to pick. Well, he was someone's pick. Me, I'll just take the Heineken. Ball takes a bad hop on Morneau and Mackowiak reaches with what I guess is a single. Here we go: Fields sends one deep to right that just misses clearing the fence by inches. It's a double. Meanwhile, Cuddyer not so good going backwards. That's the second ball today he just turned and watched and then didn't even play well off the wall. Cintron gaps one to right, scoring a pair. It's on, people. Seven runs, no problem. I should not have typed what I typed to start the bottom half of this inning. Maybe Hall can break out of that career-long slump here. Single to left. Cintron holds at third. They stop the game to retrieve that ball and whisk it to Cooperstown. Mound visit: "Dude, we've got 20 runs on the board and this is happening?" Juan Rincon gets up in the pen. Who is that? Oh, right ... Luis Terrero draws a walk to load the bases and here comes a grumpier-than-usual Ron Gardenhire out of the Twins' dugout. Rincon will face Uribe. Think he's going to be swinging for the fences? Uribe nearly gets drilled before popping out to first. That beats a double play, I suppose. Thome hit a homer last inning and bats with the bases loaded here in the ninth. Rincon, wanting no part of this, throws three straight balls and eventually walks in a run. A.J. Pierzynski with six career grand slams hits for Gonzalez. Hawk just said "That's going to be the score of the Super Bowl next year when the Bears win it, 20-14." OK there. Pierzynski checks his swing and the count goes to 2-1 then 2-2 before Pierzynski ... strikes out swinging.
DJ sums it up: "Not a pretty ballgame at all."
Final: Twins 20, Sox 14
Well, that was interesting. This is one of those games you just forget about and come back tomorrow. Move along, nothing to see here. Oh, shoot, we have to play another one? Thanks for sticking around for that weird one, everyone. It was definitely crazy. Anyway, are the Chargers on the late CBS game?Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times