By La Velle
The visitor’s clubhouse at Rogers Centre has been moved into the old Toronto Argonauts’ clubhouse (The Argos have moved to another area of the stadium). The old clubhouse is now a big weight room. And that’s where many Twins players seemed to be after the game.
Never saw Torii Hunter. Never saw Rondell White. Talked to Johan Santana, who seemed rather disappointed. It seems like they are waiting for that switch to turn on but it’s not happening.
Wanted to stop the conspiracy theories from starting. Yes, the Blue Jays figured out how Santana tips his pitches a couple years ago. But tonight’s outing was just not good pitching from Johan. He felt the pitches to Reed Johnson and Alex Rios were good ones, but the ones to Frank Thomas were terrible. He was supposed to pitch around Thomas in the fifth with first base open and just didn’t execute.
The Twins’ base running in the fifth was horrible. First. Jason Tyner is supposed to make sure he gets the right read on the ball off the bat. There’s a good chance Luis Castillo beats out the double play attempt, and there’s still two runners on base. But Tyner broke early and was caught. And Punto should have stayed at second. It was a mess.
Punto is in a rut, getting picked off base, getting caught in rundowns and not getting bunts down.
For anyone who cares. Dwayne Roloson was at the game and chatted with Justin Morneau afterward. About a dozen Canadian reporters were in formation at his clubhouse stall, and here’s Morneau gabbing away with Rollie.