Weekend Update

11 May

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I watched the Friday night Twins game and blogged on it. I didn’t watch more than about half of the Saturday and Sunday games. I would love to hear your thoughts on the weekend or any of the Twins’ storylines. Here are a couple of comments and links:

  • First, be sure to listen to the Twins Geek and I talk Twins at the MNGameNight.com podcast. We talked about the Mariners series, the upcoming Tigers series, the bullpen, Carlos Gomez and Tollhouse Bars from The Voice of Reason!
  • Speaking of Carlos Gomez, the Twins Geek mentioned that Dick and Bert were openly discussing if Gomez should be sent to AAA. Blyleven actually said that he needs to play every day. Nick Nelson and Aaron Gleeman share their opinions. I’m on the other side of the story. I understand that he is great defensively, but what good is that if he’s only out there for one or two innings a game?
  • The Michael Cuddyer tear continued over the weekend. Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com wrote a nice article on how the Twins are built on players with high character. Cuddyer is kind of the poster boy for that.
  • For those of you who still aren’t checking out the Twins Page at BaseballDigest.com yet, be sure to go there, bookmark it, sign up for the RSS Feed, it’s worth it. On Saturday, Alex Halstad of Twins Territory wrote a nice article on Delmon Young called An Average Hitter. It comes complete with charts and everything. On Sunday night, Justin Murphy of Seamheads.com wrote his weekly article; This Week in Twins History.
  • I was on Twins Weekly on KFAN with Phil Mackey and Joe Nelson for a segment on Sunday afternoon. (Click here to listen) It was fun, and PMac asked me several questions about the Twins minor leagues. Specifically, we talked about Anthony Slama, Rob Delaney, Sean Henn, Anthony Swarzak, Danny Valencia, Luke Hughes, Dustin Martin, Chris Parmelee, Carlos Gutierrez, Deolis Guerra, and more. You should really listen to the entire show, but if you just want to hear my part, it is about half way through the show.
  • There have been several more former Twins players listed on the Forgettable Twins blog.
  • Travis Talks gives his choices for the Top Hitters and Top Pitchers at each level of the Twins system in April (Part I and Part II). Check it out and let him know what you think.
  • Roger Dehring posted his weekly Minor League Report.

SethSpeaks.net Weekly Twins Podcast Tonight!

At 9:00 (central time) tonight, the SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast will be live online. Hopefully we can get a ton of people listening and participating in the chat room. Here is the schedule for the show:

  • 9:00-9:05 – Introduction
  • 9:05-9:20 – Liam Hendiks, Twins pitching prospect, missed entire 2008 season after surgery
  • 9:20-9:35 – Drew Thompson, Twins infield prospect, missed half of the 2006 season and all of the 2007 and 2008 seasons with back injury. Last week, he returned to Beloit and played 2B. Really, it is a terrific story and it should be fun to talk to him.
  • 9:35-9:55 – Travis Aune, the author of Travis Talks. I have known Travis forever as we are from the same hometown. He is one of the more passionate baseball fans I know, and he really is learning the Twins minor league system too. Anyway, we will talk about several Twins topics.
  • 9:55-10:00 – Conclusion

There is also a possibility of another guest in there somewhere, so be sure to tune in and send your questions in to the chat room. If you are unable to listen live, be sure to download the show afterward and listen in. I would love to hear your feedback.

GAME RECAPS

The Twins won two out of three against the Mariners in the weekend series. They will have another home off day on Monday before starting a three game series against the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers. The Twins will send Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins and Scott Baker to the mound against Armando Galarraga, Dontrelle Willis and Justin Verlander.

Saturday – TWINS 9, MARINERS 6

It was supposed to be a matchup of young aces. So, of course, there was little pitching in this game. Francisco Liriano pitched long enough for the win. In five innings he gave up five runs on six hits and two walks. King Felix Hernandez gave up six runs (5 earned) on six hits and three walks. The highlight, for Twins fans, has to be the back-to-back home runs by Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, a feat they accomplished in back-to-back games. Mauer went 2-3 with two walks, his third double, his third homer and three RBI. Morneau was 2-2 with two walks. The homer was his eighth. Michael Cuddyer went 2-4 with his third homer, a three-run blast.    

Sunday – TWINS 3, MARINERS 5

Nick Blackburn was excellent. Seven shutout innings with just five hits and one walk. He struck out six. Unfortunately, the bullpen imploded again. Jose Mijares came in and after walking Jose Lopez, he gave up a game-tying home run to Ken Griffey. Jesse Crain came in and all three batters he faced got on base. Matt Guerrier got them out of the inning, but the Twins were now down 5-2. The Twins attempted another walk-filled comeback against Brandon Morrow. Joe Mauer singled in a run, but Morrow was able to finish the job at get the save. Mauer went 2-4. After two games off, Nick Punto returned to the lineup and went 2-3.  

MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

Saturday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Chris Parmelee, Ft. Myers Miracle

Saturday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Brad Tippett, Beloit Snappers

Sunday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Luke Hughes, Rochester Red Wings

Sunday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Kevin Mulvey, Rochester Red Wings 

INJURY UPDATE –

You may have heard already that Wilson Ramos hurt a finger on his glove hand while catching. Seems like a very strange injury, but he was put on the Disabled List, and it has affected the catchers throughout the system. Danny Lehmann has been promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain. Allen de San Miguel, who went from New Britain to Beloit just over a week ago, will now be heading to Ft. Myers to join the Miracle. Also, Jeff Lanning is being promoted from Extended Spring Training to Beloit. 

Danny Valencia was scheduled to be back in the starting lineup on Sunday for the Rockcats after missing several games with a wrist injury.   

ROCHESTER REPORT

Saturday –Rochester 7, Charlotte 6 – David Winfree went 2-4 and connected on his fourth home run. Justin Huber went 2-5 with his second double and first triple. Jason Pridie went 2-5 with his fifth double and two RBI. Alexi Casilla went 2-5 with his first stolen base. Jose Morales went 1-1 with three walks. Jason Jones started and gave up five runs on seven hits (including two HR) in three innings. Bobby Keppel gave up two hits and two walks in three shutout innings. Juan Morillo got the win by going two shutout innings. He walked three and struck out two. Sean Henn recorded the save despite giving up a solo home run.  

Sunday –Rochester 8, Charlotte 4 – Kevin Mulvey improved to 2-1 with six strong innings. He gave up a run on five hits and two walks, and he struck out four. Mike Gosling gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two in a scoreless inning. Tim Lahey gave up three runs on three hits and got just one out. Juan Morillo came in and got the final five outs, three via the strikeout. Alexi Casilla went 3-5 with two stolen bases. Luke Hughes was 2-3 with two walks. Jose Morales went 2-4 with his second double.  

ROCKCAT RECAP

Saturday – New Britain 7, Portland 8 Ryan Mullins had his best game in a long time. The lefty gave up one run on five hits and three walks in five innings. Frank Mata then gave up five runs on six hits and a walk in just 1.2 innings. Jose Lugo came in and struck out the one batter that he faced. Zach Ward gave up two unearned runs on two walks in one inning. The bats were pretty quiet until they scored four in the top of the 9th, but it wasn’t quite enough. Jeff Christy went 3-5. Erik Lis went 2-3 with two walks and a double. Brandon Roberts and Rene Tosoni each went 2-4 with a walk. Brian Dinkelman was 2-5.

Sunday – New Britain, Portland – Rained out.

MIRACLE MEMOS

Saturday –Ft. Myers 7, St. Lucie 5Chris Parmelee had a big game. He was 3-4 with his fourth double, three RBI and a stolen base. Danny Lehmann went 2-4 with his third double. Danny Berg went 2-4 with his fourth double. Joe Benson was 2-4 with a walk. Michael McCardell improved to 4-2, but he was a little shaky. He gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out five. Kyle Waldrop gave up a run on three hits in two innings. Henry Arias pitched a scoreless eighth. Alex Burnett got his third save with a perfect ninth inning. 

Sunday –Ft. Myers – No Game Scheduled.

SNAPPERS SNIPPETS

Saturday – Beloit 8, Lansing 3Brad Tippett continues to impress on the mound. He improved to 3-0 while dropping his ERA to 2.73. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and a walk in six innings. Bruce Pugh gave up a hit in a scoreless inning. Shooter Hunt made his bullpen debut. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk in his inning. Steve Blevins pitched a perfect ninth inning. Dominic de La Osa went 4-5. Nathan Hanson went 3-4 with two doubles and a stolen base. Evan Bigley went 3-5. Nick Romero went 2-5 with a triple.

Sunday – Beloit 3, Lansing 6Michael Allen fell to 0-4 after giving up six run in 6.1 innings, but just three of the runs were earned. He walked one and struck out seven. Danny Rondon got the final two outs of the seventh inning after giving up two hits. Joe Testa struck out two in a scoreless inning. Adan Severino went 2-4. Ozzie Lewis went 1-3 with two walks. Allan de San Miguel went 0-1, but he walked three times.  

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2 Responses to “Weekend Update”

  1. nweber3 May 11, 2009 at 7:55 am #

    Is there any reason Tolbert has been hitting 2nd instead of Harris or is this just Gardy being Gardy? Love the blog, keep up the good work

  2. gobbledygookguy May 11, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    this might be a very strange idea but with liriano having a hard time being effective for over 4-5 innings could he be the 8th inning guy we are looking for? is there a starter in the minors who could fill his spot as well as he has? one time thru the lineup he has been lights out but after that not so much.

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