Morneau's teammates disappear as HR drought ends in win

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2013 - 6:34 AM

His first dinger in nearly two months brought on some dugout silliness during rout of White Sox.

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megatonJun. 19, 1310:46 PM

Good win for Twins as Correia had a good game. Twins had some timely hits to provide Correia some offense. Would Gardy please let a pitcher (Pressly)finish his inning! It's 2 outs with a 7-2 lead then Gardy starts to manage and bring in a lefty to face a lefty...Dunn hits a single to score 2 runs! Pressly gets tagged with 2 earned runs. Duensing has been shaky lately!

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elcerritoJun. 19, 1310:58 PM

Just another courageous and heroic victory tonight by our courageous and heroic lads. We beat a quality opponent for the second night in a row and I think we really have quite a great team in our beloved hometown Twins. Didja see good ol' Perk blow those White Sox batters away? There's no better team than our Twins, that's for sure.

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BallFourJun. 19, 1311:27 PM

Duensing, who should be better than he is, has been anything but shaky lately. Nine outings this month and, entering tonight, four hits and no walks. One earned run. His ERA has gone from 4.4 to 3.8. Gardenhire leaves in a righty to face Dunn and it's an immediate emergency gathering of Second Guesses Anonymous.

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octantisa330Jun. 19, 1311:35 PM

Sign Gardy to a contract extension now ......

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manoliveJun. 20, 1312:13 AM

@elcerrito, we beat a quality opponent tonight? The only quality the White Sox have going for them is they're not quite the worst team in baseball. Duensing floated a 74MPH meatball right over the plate to make it easy for Dunn, one of the worst hitters in the game today. On the bright side, at least that gave Perk a save opportunity. Gotta hand it to the Sox. We finally found a team that even Gardy can't lose to. The Sox Sux. Go Twinkies!!!

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manoliveJun. 20, 1312:38 AM

Morneau picked a great time to suffer a power outage, during a contract year. He just broke a long time tie with Eduardo Escobar and now sits at 3 home runs for the year, although it took him 142 more at bats to do it. He now sits tied with Pedro Florimon at a whopping 3 home runs, but it only took him 78 more at bats to do it. We're paying 36M this year, or whatever, to two guys that have hit 10 home runs between them. Man, that kind of money could have had Barry Bonds in his steroid induced prime. The Twins must either extend Morneau or trade him. But don't make the mistakes of years past and just let him walk for nothing in return.

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manoliveJun. 20, 1312:44 AM

@mandich, yeah I shoulda guessed he was joking when he said there's no better team than the Twins. lol. Ballfour posted some interesting stats on Duensing. I guess I was under the impression that Duensing has stunk it up lately. Can't argue with stats, though.

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firefly70Jun. 20, 13 1:09 AM

Everyone knows the reason why Morneau has only 3 HR's this season is because the "Twins' Way" ruined him as a hitter. Completely changed the way he approaches his at-bats to just try and "slap" the ball the other way. Clearly(yes, sarcasm). Seriously, though, hopefully this will be the start of more consistent power from him.

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minnesota555Jun. 20, 13 4:47 AM

manolive@ interesting stats....what's really interesting is how people manipulate stats. Duensing "stats" adding the 10th game which was on 5/30/13 jump to 5.2 innings pitched and a 4.76 ERA. And in reality, when he's pitched, he's been more shaky than not, especially considering the teams and batters he faced.

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stpaul70Jun. 20, 13 6:49 AM

The Twins won last night against another deflated foe, that's reality. Good for them. All of us "second guessers" can certainly point out the same "stats" that also indicate the fact that the Twins now have 32 wins and 36 losses. Of those 32 wins only 13 have come against teams that have a winning record. And that's stretching it some because Cleveland is only 1 game over .500. This isn't exactly playing stellar baseball folks; More than likely before the Twins ever decide to make a change, Gardenhire's record will resemble Kelly's over-all record. Well below .500

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