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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cuddyer pitches: First time for Twins position player in 21 years

“Cuddyer Mak’er is All In!” I’ll say!

“It was probably the worst I’ve had here as a manager as far as runs scored against us,” said Ron Gardenhire, the Twins manager since 2002.

Kinsler had four of the Rangers’ league-best 27 hits as Texas became the first team to score 20 runs since Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 20-0 on April 22 last season. The Rangers had 18 runs by the fifth inning as they scored three runs in each of the first three innings. Texas added five in the fourth and four in the fifth.

“The first five innings looked like a ZIP code, that will tell you how it went…33354,” Gardenhire said. “I think that’s Florida…Fort Lauderdale.”

...Gardenhire said Cuddyer, who pitched in high school, had made it clear he wanted to pitch in a blowout game. He’s now played every position in the majors except catcher and shortstop.

“I had to put somebody out there and he would have killed me if I would have put anybody else out there,” said Gardenhire, who had used five pitchers before Cuddyer and wanted to save a few relievers for Tuesday night’s game against Texas.

“That was his one goal in his career was to pitch, and he pitched. I was scared to death, but he got through it. He had a big smile on his face. We had to get through the ninth as best we could.”

Repoz Posted: July 26, 2011 at 11:52 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. I Fought Vance Law and Vance Law Won Posted: July 26, 2011 at 12:05 PM (#3885568)
Boy, me too!
   2. Dan Hirsch Posted: July 26, 2011 at 01:14 PM (#3885600)
Cuddyer, who pitched in high school, had made it clear he wanted to pitch in a blowout game


Didn't Jose Canseco say the same thing?
   3. RJ in TO Posted: July 26, 2011 at 01:41 PM (#3885612)
“The first five innings looked like a ZIP code, that will tell you how it went…33354,” Gardenhire said. “I think that’s Florida…Fort Lauderdale.”

He was right about this.
   4. Spivey Posted: July 26, 2011 at 02:01 PM (#3885633)
And with the 27 hits, the Rangers as a team had a batting average over .500. An overall team slash line of .519/.544/.827.
   5. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: July 26, 2011 at 02:16 PM (#3885648)
I'm trying to think of who the last Twins position player to pitch might be. Dan Gladden? Al Newman?

EDIT: I never would have guessed. It was John Moses, who did it twice in 1990.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: July 26, 2011 at 02:29 PM (#3885660)
“The first five innings looked like a ZIP code, that will tell you how it went…33354,” Gardenhire said. “I think that’s Florida…Fort Lauderdale.”


He was right about this.

I like the fact that he looked it up before delivering his remarks to the press. It's either that or Gardy is Fly.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2011 at 02:34 PM (#3885665)
Without reading, I'm going to guess Al Newman?

EDIT: Dewey beat met to it! Moses eh?
   8. Dave Spiwak Posted: July 26, 2011 at 03:13 PM (#3885696)
I like the fact that he looked it up before delivering his remarks to the press.


Is he the type to sneak into the clubhouse and Google stuff so he can deliver a clever jape to reporters after a crushing loss? Of course, he had many long innings to prepare his material.
   9. Craig in MN Posted: July 26, 2011 at 03:50 PM (#3885718)
He's made the zipcode comment before in other blowouts. He probably looks it up (us has someone look it up), but considering the amount of time he's spent in South Florida over the years, he might have known or at least had a good guess based on the first 2 or 3 digits.
   10. Gary Truth Serum Posted: July 26, 2011 at 03:57 PM (#3885721)
Yeah, according to the zipcode reference that I have, Fort Lauderdale is assigned every zipcode from 33301 to 33399, so actually its fate was sealed after the first three innings. It's still an impressive comment, but it's a lot easier to remember the first three digits of a zipcode than all five.

My reference also seems to indicate that 33354 isn't actually being used, although it's clear that if it was it would be in Fort Lauderdale.
   11. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: July 26, 2011 at 03:58 PM (#3885722)
In attempting to learn whether Gardenhire might be from Florida (he's not), I learned that he was born on a couch.
   12. Vance W Posted: July 26, 2011 at 04:01 PM (#3885726)
I attended that massacre. Almost a comic combination of bad pitching, bad fielding and bad luck.

Watching the game made me think about blow-out etiquette. The Rangers weren't stealing or taking any extra bases after they rang up about 14 runs but were clearly trying to get hits throughout the game. This seemed to be about par for the course for such a game. I suppose hitting is so much about rhythm and timing that it is never a good idea just to give away an at-bat. I was a little surprised that the Twins never plunked or brushed back anyone just out of self-respect.

Cuddyer actually looked pretty good on the mound.

The blow-out would have been either worse if the Chris Davis had not been in the Ranger line-up to contribute an out each time through the order.
   13. Chicago Joe Posted: July 26, 2011 at 04:17 PM (#3885731)
In attempting to learn whether Gardenhire might be from Florida (he's not), I learned that he was born on a couch.


This comment is useless without pictures.
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 26, 2011 at 04:20 PM (#3885733)
In attempting to learn whether Gardenhire might be from Florida (he's not), I learned that he was born on a couch.


A little Febreze'll take that right out.
   15. OsunaSakata Posted: July 26, 2011 at 04:42 PM (#3885743)
Texas scored more runs in this game, but it only got crazy in the last two innings.
   16. Eraser-X is emphatically dominating teh site!!! Posted: July 26, 2011 at 05:03 PM (#3885753)
I like the way that the 8 and 9 hitters had identify slash lines and almost identical box score lines except for the single extra run scored...
   17. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: July 26, 2011 at 05:07 PM (#3885758)
Texas scored more runs in this game, but it only got crazy in the last two innings
I remember that game. The next day the Post or the Daily News ran a picture of the scoreboard with the headline "Texas Edges O's" or something.
   18. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: July 26, 2011 at 05:18 PM (#3885762)
Texas scored more runs in this game, but it only got crazy in the last two innings.

That's Wes Littleton with the Save for protecting what was a 14-3 lead when he entered the game. Then the Rangers gave him some insurance runs to work with.
   19. Gotham Dave Posted: July 26, 2011 at 05:27 PM (#3885766)
I think the important thing to discuss is, were the zip code 33354 to exist, would it be measurable in square miles?
   20. SoSH U at work Posted: July 26, 2011 at 05:30 PM (#3885769)
That's Wes Littleton with the Save for protecting what was a 14-3 lead when he entered the game. Then the Rangers gave him some insurance runs to work with.


Or Kason Gabbard getting a win when his team gave him 14 runs to work with.

Wes Littleton threw three scoreless innnings. Damn right he ought to get a measly save for his efforts, particularly in a world where your closer gets one for turning a three-run lead in the top of the ninth into a one-run victory.
   21. Shibal Posted: July 26, 2011 at 06:07 PM (#3885794)
Cuddyer was throwing 87-88, looked like he had some movement to it as well. His problem was that he had a deaf Japanese dude playing shortstop who couldn't hear outfielders on short popups to left center.
   22. Dave Spiwak Posted: July 26, 2011 at 06:09 PM (#3885797)
I think the important thing to discuss is, were the zip code 33354 to exist, would it be measurable in square miles?


As a former cartographer, I eagerly await the many perspectives such a discussion is sure to provide.
   23. zack Posted: July 26, 2011 at 06:36 PM (#3885817)
Here's the pitch f/x data for Cuddyer's inning. Despite the classifier saying he threw four seamers, changeups, cutters and sliders, he was fairly typical of non-pitchers pitching and threw 15 four-seamers, mostly 85-88mph.

But that first pitch to Endy Chavez looks like he was trying to sneak a curve in and couldn't get on top of it. I wonder if someone told him to cut that #### out, heh.
   24. Comic Strip Person Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:21 PM (#3885875)
I read this comment, and was impressed with Gardy. Sadly, when I saw the MLB Network recap, I realized that Gardy first guessed that the zip code was in New York,and a reporter corrected him that it was Ft. Lauderdale. The reporter cleaned it up to make Gardy look way cooler to folks who don't have TVs.
   25. TerpNats Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:48 PM (#3885882)
I read this comment, and was impressed with Gardy. Sadly, when I saw the MLB Network recap, I realized that Gardy first guessed that the zip code was in New York,and a reporter corrected him that it was Ft. Lauderdale.
Just remember, managers, when you see a "132" for the first three innings, connect it to Syracuse. Even better, if it's "05" or "07" for the following two innings, it's the Valley part of Syracuse (where I grew up). OK?

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