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I didn’t have time yesterday to give you the Monday game reports, so I thought I would combine game reports from Monday and Tuesday into a posting before posting Part 2 of my top 50 Twins prospects. So be sure to check back later for that.
The Twins had a much needed day off on Monday at home. It was their first day off after playing for 20 consecutive games, the most allowed through the Collective Bargaining Agreement. They came back tonight with a 4-3 win over Cleveland. Kevin Slowey became the third pitcher in the big leagues to win his eighth game this season (he’s 8-1, the other two are Roy Halladay – who won his ninth tonight – and Zach Greinke, not bad company to be hanging around). Joe Mauer continued to be amazing. He was 3-3 with a walk. He drove in a run with a single in the 3rd inning, and then in the 5th frame, he hit a two run homer. Span was 2-3 in the game. Justin Morneau and Brendan Harris were each 2-4. Morneau hit his 16th double. The two teamed for a definite web gem. Harris dove to his right, got up and threw to 1B where Morneau had to pick a medium hop. A great play! Joe Nathan came in to get the final out of the 8th inning and then finished out his 10th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.The Twins improve to 26-27, while Cleveland falls to 22-32.
Apparently with Mauer’s newfound offense and power, it gives him the OK to not try terribly hard to block pitches in the dirt. There were no fewer than two balls that should have been knocked down. I know… I have to find something minor to point out, right? In the right/wrong game or situation, it would be nice to be blocking some of those pitches.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Monday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Matt Moses, New Britain Rockcats
Monday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Cole Devries, Ft. Myers Miracle
Tuesday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Jason Pridie, Rochester Red Wings
Tuesday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Matt Fox, New Britain Rockcats
Monday –Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 3 – Jason Pridie went 2-4 with his eighth double and first triple. Tommy Watkins was 2-4 with his fourth double. Jose Morales was 2-4 with his first triple. Reid Santos started the game and in 3.1 innings gave up a run on six hits and two walks. Bobby Keppel came in and gave up just one hit over 3.1 innings of shutout relief. Mike Gosling, in what turned out to be his Red Wings swan song, gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in two innings. Juan Morillo came in and struck out the batter he faced for his first save.
Tuesday –Rochester 5, Gwinnett 4 – Trevor Plouffe played hero in this game. The SS went 2-4 but his two run homer with an out in the bottom of the ninth ended the game and gave the Red Wings the win. Jason Pridie went 3-3 with a walk and his second triple. Philip Humber made the start and gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings. He didn’t walk any and struck out three. Tim Lahey gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in the 8th inning. Armando Gabino got the win with a scoreless ninth inning.
Monday – New Britain 9, Connecticut 0 – The offense scored nine runs, but Cole Devries was again the story. The former Gopher righty threw eight shutout innings. He allowed just five hits, walked one and struck out four. He improves to 4-4 with a 2.68 ERA. Frank Mata pitched a scoreless ninth. Whit Robbins went 3-4 with two doubles. He now has 13 on the season. Matt Moses went 2-5 with his eighth double, and his fourth home run (a grand slam), and his fourth stolen base. Wilson Ramos went 2-5 with two RBI.
Tuesday – New Britain 2, Connecticut 1 – Matt Fox continues to impress. He improved to 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA by allowing just one run over 6.2 innings. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out three. Jose Lugo got the next two outs. Anthony Slama got the final five outs, two via the strikeout, for his 11th save. Brandon Roberts was 2-4. Danny Valencia and Wilson Ramos each had a double. Erik Lis hit his fourth home run.
Monday – Ft. Myers 0, Brevard County 5 – Michael McCardell has been excellent of late, but he was outdueled in this one by Evan Anundsen who had pitched a no-hitter earlier in the season. McCardell went 4.2 innings and gave up four runs. He allowed seven hits but no walks. He left the game after being hit in the leg with a line drive. The offense managed just three hits.
Tuesday – Ft. Myers 0, Brevard County 5 – In this game, the offense managed just two hits, singles by Deibinson and Nick Romero. Ben Revere was 0-2, but he was hit by a pitch twice. Carlos Gutierrez got the loss in this game again. He gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings. Steve Hirschfeld gave up a run in his two innings. Spencer Steedley got two outs, but he gave up two unearned runs on a hit and three walks. Alex Burnett came in and got the final out on a strikeout.
Monday – Beloit – No Game Scheduled
Tuesday – Beloit, Peoria – Game was suspended in the 2nd inning and will be resumed on Wednesday before the regularly scheduled game.
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