36-26: Death By Suicide (Squeeze)

Braves @ Twins - Saturday, June 12, 2010

(via Fangraphs)

Fetch is too lazy to do the recaps laying in a ditch somewhere out of town this weekend, so you are stuck with me until Monday. The best thing to come out of this game is probably the news that Orlando Hudson told Ron Gardenhire he should be ready to return on Tuesday. Oh, and Nick Blackburn was pretty good, too. Too bad he didn’t get the win. The Twins lost this one on a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt by Brooks Conrad. No, that isn’t quite true. They lost because they scored two measly runs off of Derek Lowe.

Best hitter: Joe Mauer, .085 WPA. Man Muscles went 1-3 with a walk, and that technically makes him the best hitter in this game.

Worst hitter: Jason Kubel, -.161 WPA. Striking out with the bases loaded in a tie game does not do wonders for one’s win probability added.

Best pitcher: Nick Blackburn, .180 WPA. Blackbeard had a very Blackbeardian start: scattering six hits over seven innings, striking out five while walking only two and giving up a couple of runs.

Worst pitcher: Jose Mijares. I’m not going to look at WPA. Any pitcher who does not realize one needs to AT LEAST GET THE FREAKING OUT AT FIRST BASE DURING A SQUEEZE PLAY is automatically the worst pitcher of the game. Plus he gave up the winning run.

Most important play of the game: Actually, there were three plays in this game with the same 1.00 WPA: Melky Cabrera’s solo homer to tie the game, Brooks Conrad’s RBI double that allowed the Braves to take a 2-1 lead, and then Joe Mauer’s RBI double to (briefly) re-tie the game.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Brooks Conrad Jason Kubel Joe Mauer Jose Mijares Melky Cabrera Nick Blackburn

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