Friday, May 26, 2006

The exception to the rule

The Twins TV boycott is officialy still on (again, Thanks Brad!) but I really couldn't pass up the chance to watch a pitching matchup between Francisco Liariano and Felix Hernandez. And it was just as good as I hoped for. Liariano pitched five shutout innings to get the win, Joe Mauer homered, Rondell White actually got a hit and Torii Hunter made an awesome shoestring catch to start off a double play and escape a bases loaded nobody out situation. Plus they had a big ceremony before the game as Governor Pawlenty signed the new stadium bill. They pulled in a bunch of old Twins including the usual suspects like Killebrew and Carew, guys I don't remember from the 80's like Dude Somethingorother, and some very nice guys who we don't have much reason to remember like Ron Coomer.

If I thought it was painful being a Twins fan....sheesh, I'm glad I'm not a Cubs fan. Today Carlos Zambrano took a no-hitter into the 7th, with a 4-1 lead (he'd walked in a run). With two outs Jacques Jones loses a flyball in the sun and it's ruled a hit. The subsequent Cubs relievers absolutely fall apart, culminating with closer Ryan Dempster giving up three runs in the ninth (including walking in a run) and Nefi Perez comitting two errors in the space of as many seconds to allow another run...and the Cubs end up losing it 6-5. Even for me, that was painful to watch.


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