Tuesday's gone with the wind

A quick eyewitness summary of the 24 July game against the Twins...

[1] Innings one and two; big and slow along with double-clutch

Dozier's double clutch throwing error makes up for ADunn's incredible slowness, allowing a run to score in the first when it would have scored had anybody having normal speed been on the basepaths when Paulie doubled.

[2] Balkan dogs and Willingham's first jack

Standing in the extremely inefficient Balkan dog line, I see Willingham tie the game on a TV monitor with his first jack of the night. I began to get the sinking feeling that our offense was going to consist of Paulie and a bunch of pop-ups.

[3] Gardie's gift

I just got home from the game and I haven't been able to read anything about an injury to De Vries. Why did Gardie take him out of the game? His move to the bullpen was the gift that kept on giving. I couldn't tell if De Aza's hit in the seventh was caught or trapped. The delay in the game seemed to cost Robertson something. It was funny to watch Gardie go out to the mound and take the ball from Robertson. He didn't look at him at all. It was quite amusing.

[4] dog piling

Der Twain bullpen struggled with the strike zone and the WSox hitters finally decided to help Paulie carry the load. Three sets of fireworks for me and the fine young budding WSox fans to see (along with some others I was trying to convert to the southside) made for a thrilling evening.

[5] Paulie's back and his best at bat

I haven't yet read the GT for this game but I'm sure it's clear that Paulie is back. For me the most impressive hit was his third at bat when he was down two strikes, one of which was a questionable call. He made beautiful contact for a simple single up the middle, but showed why he is a master craftsman with the bat. Unbelievable!

[6] Willingham gives and Willingham takes

I was pissed at Willingham (and Quintana) after his second home run. However, his evening in left field is something I'm sure he'll forget as soon as he can. Some of the shots to left were difficult to track, but some of the misplays showed an amazing lack of focus. I'll have to look up his fielding stats to see if he's consistently bad or if he just had a bad night.

Overall a great night to spend at the ballpark! And the loss by Detroit made it even sweeter! Tied for first place!

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