Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Twins Should Take Some Credit

Weaver pitches no-hitter, Angels beat Twins 9-0
A tip of the cap to fans after a no-hitter

The Minnesota Twins were no-hit last night by Angels righty Jered Weaver.  It is definitely a monumental accomplishment to throw a no hitter and my hat is off to the man.  I, however, don't think the Twins should hang their heads over this.  Instead they should take some credit for it.  I knew going into this game that Weaver was going to dominate just because of the run he's been on since having the roughest outing of this season against the Twins earlier.  It was that game that I'm sure stuck in his head and willed him to dominate last night.  For that, the Twins should take some credit.

 Minnesota also just allowed journeyman pitcher Jerome Williams to throw a shutout against them the night before.  This one being only the second in his 9 year career which features a .500 record and a 4.17 overall ERA.  Not too bad for an average pitcher and for that, the Twins should take some credit.

Philip Humber (former Twin) threw a perfect game on April 21 of this year.  In 2009 the Twins felt Humber wasn't working out and they designated him for assignment to make room for pitcher Juan Morillo who later went on to play for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League.  Good move.  Humber went to the Royals and then the White Sox where he's now 1-1 with a perfect game this season.  He far away from living up to his original expectations when he was drafted but a perfect game is nothing to sneeze at.  For that, the Twins should take some credit.

It was the top of the ninth and Weaver was one out away from notching a no-hitter.  Alexi Casilla smacks a long fly to right and, at first, it looks as though it might drop and give the Twins their first hit of the night.  That is until we see, who else, but Torii Hunter (former Twin) giving chase.  He covers the necessary ground and makes the grab amidst loud cheers from the crowd and excitement from the no-hit performance.  Hunter left the Twins after they gave him a low ball offer to stay and the Twins were making room for star prospect Carlos Gomez anyway.  Gomez is now long gone and Hunter still roams the outfield gracefully and covers more ground than Denard Span and Chris Parmalee combined.  It was almost a cruel irony that he ended up catching the final out and for that, the Twins should take some credit.

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