July 31st, 2002

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Twins lose!

Bummer, the ChiSox come to town and snap the Twins' winning streak. Oh, well, it was still a good game, very even except for the 3-run homer given up by Kyle Lohse. Today looked like it was "Send in the rookies!" day, with Jacque Jones and Torii Hunter both getting the day off in the outfield and Kevin Frederick finishing off the game for the Twins. So without two of the top run-producers in the line-up the game was close and the Twins almost mounted a ninth-inning come-back.

In that ninth Corey Koskie lead off with a solid double off the left field wall. David Ortiz extended his hitting streak with a single, sending Koskie to third. Ortiz then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Bobby Kielty hit a soft grounder toward third which held Ortiz at second and produced the first out at home on a close play and Koskie tried to slide around the Chicago catcher. Anti-climatically, Michael Cuddyer hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game. Sigh. (I was surprised that Jones or Hunter didn't pinch-hit for Cuddyer.)

Still, exciting game and a crowd of 29,000+ on a Tuesday evening.
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