Wetmore: 5 thoughts, solo shot, listening to offers, outs on the bases
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This column presents 5 thoughts from Monday's game.
As always, feel free to ask questions or make observations in the comments. If you have a unique baseball observation during a game, feel free to share it with me on Twitter (@DerekWetmore).
1. Chris Colabello had a home run to right field reviewed and overturned. The ball came close to hitting the right-field foul pole but replays showed it was foul. Colabello struck out swinging later in the plate appearance.
2. Josh Willingham hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie game. The fans who braved the heat and humidity were sent home happy.
Willingham's name has been speculated about as much as any Twins veteran, as the team is likely to be a seller at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
3. The Twins are listening to trade offers. But Terry Ryan was careful when asked if any player on his team should be considered "untouchable."
"That's a dangerous question. You don't want to put anything out there that's not accurate," Ryan said. "I can easily say, 'well, we're in a bad spot and almost anybody on this club would be available.' There are some guys that have no-trade rights. We honor that. There are some players that under no circumstances [would you trade] -- unless you were really overwhelmed. There's always a list.
"Before you even hear a team start talking, you've always got to pick up the phone, you always should be listening and you always should at least be receptive to what somebody is saying. There are players on this team that would be very difficult to trade, even in the situation we've been in the last four years now. We have talent on this ball club. There would be interest in many, not just one or two. Many," Ryan said.
"We're in a tough spot right now and we've been in a tough spot for four years and you've always got to listen. So that's what we do."
4. The Twins ran into outs on the bases in consecutive innings.
Kurt Suzuki drove in two runs with an RBI double in the second inning. He singled in his next plate appearance, but was thrown out at second base trying to stretch it to a double.
Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double to the wall in the third inning but was thrown out at third base trying to stretch it to a triple.
Those accounted for the Twins only runs until Willingham's eighth-inning solo home run.
5. Caleb Thielbar committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt but it didn't hurt the Twins. The lefty pitched an important role in the Twins win.
Thielbar stepped off toward first base after base runner Jason Kipnis broke for second on Thielbar's first movement. First baseman Kendrys Morales took a step or two toward the pitcher's mound to cut down the distance of the throw, and to create an angle to throw down to second base around the runner. Unfortunately for the Twins, Thielbar's throw was not in reach and rolled all the way to right field after a carom off the padding in front of the seats to the right of the Twins dugout.
Kipnis was credited with stealing second base, even though he might have been out had a throw to first (and then second) been successful. He took third on Thielbar's throwing error.
Thielbar struck out Chris Dickerson and Yan Gomes to strand Kipnis at third base. He recorded five outs and gave up just one hit.