Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges
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Lively game

Went to my second Twins game of the season Wednesday. Another win for the Twins, making the 2-0 when I'm in the ballpark this year.

The game started on a rough note with Brad Radke, who was Minnesota's ace last year, giving up two straight doubles to let Tampa Bay take an early lead. In the bottom of the 1st, however, the Twins got a jolt of energy after manager Gardenhire came out of the dugout to argue a call with the umpire. He got all het up and got himself tossed.

After that, the Twins were off to the races. A single, a double, a home run and the twins were up 4-1. The Tampa pitcher then hit Bobby Kielty. It looked accidental to me but it appeared that the umpire issued a formal warning to the pitcher at that point.

The Twins turned a nifty double-play to get out of the top of the second. The first batter for the Twins in the bottom of the 2nd was hit by a pitch. The crowd went nuts. First booing the pitcher and then booing the umpire who didn't eject the pitcher even after warning him the previous inning. (The story now is that the teams weren't warned about this behavior until after this hit batsman in the 2nd inning. Harrumph.)

The Twins took advantage of it again, with Louis Rivas hitting a triple to score Prince, who had been hit by a pitch

In the 6th, Brad Radke hit a batter and was ejected. In the bottom of the 6th, a Tampa pitcher the Tampa pitcher threw a pitch behind Corey Koskie; he was ejected.

With managers and players, there were a total of five ejections from the game.

On the good side, the Twins were hitting the ball well, didn't commit any errors and ran the bases well. I hope they can take the tools they're honing on Tampa Bay into games against some of their division rivals down the road.
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