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April 18, 2014

What You Need to Know

Meltdown in Minnesota

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway
A week replete with bullpen meltdowns continued on Thursday with what might be the most embarrassing of them all.

It came in the bottom of the eighth inning of the second game of a doubleheader between the Blue Jays and Twins at Target Field. The home team won the twin bill opener 7-0 but was trailing 5-3 in game two. Steve Delabar trotted out to the mound for the visitors. And so it began.

Delabar walked Josmil Pinto. Then he walked Chris Herrmann. Despite Delabar’s control woes, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire instructed Eduardo Nunez to bunt the runners over, which Nunez did on his third try.

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gweedoh565

"...the first eight hitters in the frame either walked or sacrifice bunted. Which means the Twins came within one hitter of batting around without logging an at-bat."

So glad I'm not a Blue Jays fan so that I can thoroughly enjoy this amazing feat.

Apr 18, 2014 07:43 AM
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ande4138

I was at the Twins game behind home plate. The Blue jays relievers couldn't hit the strike zone, but Navarro didn't do them any favors. He didn't even attempt to block any of the balls that would become wild pitches, and didn't flinch on any of the stolen base attempts

Apr 18, 2014 08:10 AM
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timber

Tonight's Rays-Yankees game is the second of the series, not the first.

Apr 18, 2014 08:48 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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Fixed.

Apr 18, 2014 09:23 AM
 
TwinsfanTravis

That inning could have been worse had Herrmann and Nunez not baled Happ out by being irrationally aggressive and chasing out of the zone early in their 2nd ABs

Apr 18, 2014 09:21 AM
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jsdspud

Can't believe Roenicke let that kid absorb a pounding like that. I doubt they can keep him on the roster all year.

Apr 18, 2014 18:27 PM
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mdupske

Shouldn't a big league manager have confidence in all his players? I can't believe the Brewers only trust Francisco Rodriguez out of all their bullpen. This is why the lefty-righty thing drives me insane. A big league pitcher who is horrible should get 70% of the batters out.

Apr 18, 2014 20:49 PM
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