Thursday, June 16, 2005

At the Movies

I didn't bother with last night's game; I watched House of Flying Daggers, instead. Beautiful film to look at, even if the story didn't quite sweep me away into its fantasy world from start to finish like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon--the film which director Zhang Yimou has been consciously trying to top with this project and Hero. Still it had some scenes that could be suitable for framing, and the experience of it certainly must beat watching Kyle Lohse bury the team in a 5-0 hole before the bats scratch back into the game, only to see J.C. Romero melt down in the 9th to put it all out of reach, anyway.

On the bright side, Lohse hung in there for 7 innings, and Crain threw just 5 pitches for his appearance in the 8th, so everybody in the pen but Romero should be fresh for the rubber match. The top four batters in the lineup rustled up 6 hits, but Jones and Morneau scuffled against the lefty pitching in the #5-6 slots, as one might expect. The current arrangement of the batting order is something that might bear some rethinking, at least when the team is facing a lefthanded starter.

However, the team is 8-5 in June, and this was the first loss of the month that wasn't by just one lousy run. So far this month, the offense has scored 71 runs, or 5.46 runs per game. Meanwhile, the pitching has a 3.42 ERA in June, as the team has allowed 3.92 rpg. Things are going pretty well, even considering Morneau's slump; the run differential for the month gives the club a .660 expected winning pct. Given some better managing or a little more luck on the last road trip, getting one or two more wins wouldn't have been out of line with the team's performance of late.

I like our chances of taking the series today with Joe Mays facing Brett Tomko, a generally mediocre righthanded pitcher who is 2-6 with a 4.68 ERA on the road this season. And then maaaaaan am I looking forward to that matchup of Santana and Jake Peavy on Sunday afternoon. For the first and perhaps last time in my life, I'm jazzed about watching a Padres game. I guess that makes this interleague homestand all worthwhile. Now, whether this Saturday evening might be more profitably spent watching Brad Radke vs. Brian Lawrence or going to the theatre to see Mr. & Mrs. Smith or Batman Begins is another matter entirely. I'm leaning towards the movies again. Any recommendations?


At 6/16/2005 6:49 AM, Blogger Moss said...

Frightwig, as you and I appear to be alter egos, I caution you not to see Mr. and Mrs. Smith. There is nothing memorable in the movie at all.

I am hearing mixed, but generally positive, reviews of Batman Begins, though.

At 6/16/2005 10:42 AM, Anonymous Roscoe said...

I heard that Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a fun, sexy popcorn thriller!

No, seriously.

At 6/16/2005 1:30 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

"A fun, sexy popcorn thriller!" sounds like a blurb in the newspaper ad! :)

At 6/16/2005 2:02 PM, Blogger SBG said...

Moss is a good judge of movies, although we do disagree from time to time. I'll vouch for him on that.

At 6/16/2005 2:19 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

Anybody seen Howl's Moving Castle?

At 6/16/2005 6:08 PM, Blogger Leslie Monteiro said...

Kyle is such an enigma as you saw last night. I can't seem to figure him out just like Gardy and Rick Anderson can't figure him out. He stinks the joint in the first and third inning, but then he gives you a glimpse of what a special pitcher he can be. I loved how he struck out the side against the Giants in the second inning. He was very good after the third inning. I am so frustrated that he can go pitch very good after one bad inning. I don't know what to make of Kyle's performance tonight. Sure he did well, but he cost the team by giving up way too many runs in the first and third. Personally if I have to choose, I did not think he was that great. I am glad he eat up innings and save the pen, but I like to see him set the tone for the first few innings of the game. I wish he would be that domainant from the get-go rather than in the middle of the game when the game is out of reach.

It was good to make a game out of it and the Twins had an couple of opportunities to tie the game, but they could not get the big hit to tie at 5. Twins just fell way behind in this game to make a comeback. It's hard to keep comingback when you are in that hole which is why I am really expaserated with the way Kyle pitched tonight in the first and third inning of the game.

J.C. was good in the eighth, but he started to get hit hard in the ninth as the Giants put it away with the insurance run.

Joe Mauer had a good game as he had two hits.

Torii just continues to swing a hot bat as he homered.

Grant Williams made couple of good plays at third and he got some hits. I tell ya what. I really like watching Grant play. Maybe he can be a good guy to come of our struggling bench.

I thought the offense was solid overall. I just thought Kyle put the Twins in such a hole that it was hard to recover. He did not deserve to win tonight no matter how great he was in the rest of the game.

This loss hurts with Chicago winning tonight so the Twins are now 5 games behind. Fortunately, the Twins can be 4.5 games up tommorow if they can take the series against the Giants tommorow night. This is a series that they gotta have against a bad Giants team.

BTW, it was nice to hear Johan miked up with Dick and Bert tonight on FSN North. Johan raved about Joe Mauer's work as a catcher and as a leader. He talked about how he enjoyed working with Joe. He also talked about his season a little bit. Johan also talked about how he was honored to be Circled By Bert. It was awesome to hear him.

At 6/17/2005 1:13 PM, Blogger SBG said...

Speaking of movies, isn't that The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh?

At 6/17/2005 8:35 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

It is Dr. J, posing for publicity photos in his Nets uni. Below the crop, he's also holding a red, white & blue ABA basketball. You can find a ton of Dr. J photos for sale at The guy is a freak for the Doctor. He's even dedicated a whole room in his house to photos and memorabilia of Julius.

At 6/20/2005 11:42 PM, Blogger bubblemint said...

My advice on going to the movies?


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