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Nick Blackburn was excellent again on Wednesday night. He threw a complete game for the second straight start. Unfortunately, his own error meant that it was only an eight inning, complete game loss. For more on the Twins 4-3 loss, check out my Game Recap at BaseballDigest.com. After the game, Denard Span was activated and Jason Pridie was shipped back to Rochester.
In the finale this afternoon, it will be Scott Baker (4-6, 5.22, 1.12, .249) going against Mike Burns who will be making his first start of the year for the Crew.
Last night, I participated on the Universal Cardinals Bloggers Radio Hour podcast to talk about the Twins in preparation for the weekend series in St. Louis, so if you have a chance, check that out.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Wednesday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Deibinson Romero, Ft. Myers Miracle
Wednesday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – BJ Hermsen, GCL Twins
NOTES AND ANOTHER TRANSACTION
- Another night, another transaction… this time, Joe Testa was promoted from Beloit to Ft. Myers.
- LaVelle posted some mid-week minor league notes. Joe Christensen blogged on the promotions of Manship and Valencia.
- Nick Nelson discussed Danny Valencia’s potential and future.
Wednesday –Rochester 5, Columbus 9 – Phil Humber was coming off of his best start of the season. And this was another bad start. In just 3.1 innings, he gave up six runs (4 earned) on nine hits and a walk. Tim Lahey gave up a run on two hits and a walk in 2.2 innings. Armando Gabino then gave up a run in hit two innings. Reid Santos gave up a run on three hits in his inning. Tommy Watkins went 3-5 with his sixth double. Drew Butera was 2-4 with his first home run. Brock Peterson went 2-4 with his seventh double.
Wednesday –New Britain 3, Harrisburg 5 – Carlos Gutierrez has had two good starts for New Britain and two rough starts. This was definitely a good start for him. In five innings, he gave up one run on two hits. He walked none and struck out four. Kyle Waldrop and Jose Lugo each threw a scoreless inning. Alex Burnett came in for the 8th inning and gave up four runs on four hits and a walk while getting just two outs. Frank Mata got the final four outs, two on strikeouts. Whit Robbins went 2-3 with a walk. Rene Tosoni went 2-4 with a walk and his 12th double. Brandon Roberts was 2-5 with his eighth double.
Wednesday – Ft. Myers 9, Jupiter 6 – Deibinson Romero saved the best for last. With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, he came to the plate with two runners on base. He hit a three run, walk off homer, to win the ball game. Romero went 2-3 with a walk and had four RBI in the game. Nick Romero went 2-3. Chris Parmelee went 3-3 with a walk. David Bromberg got roughed up a little bit. In 5.1 innings, he gave up five runs on eight hits. He walked just one while striking out seven. Henry Arias went the next 2.2 innings and gave up only an unearned run. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out three. Blair Erickson recorded the Win as he struck out three in a scoreless inning.
Wednesday – Beloit – No Game Scheduled. Play resumes on Thursday.
Wednesday – Elizabethton 4, Bluefield 1 – Liam Hendriks got the start in this game and was excellent. Like Tom Stuifbergen who pitched the team’s first game, Hendriks miss all of 2008 with injury. In this game, he went six shutout innings and gave up just three hits. He walked none and struck out six. Edgar Ibarra came in and gave up a run on two hits and a walk in his inning. He struck out two and got credit with the Win. Kane Holbrooks pitched a scoreless inning. Tony Davis got the Save by striking out three in a perfect inning. Dan Rohlfing played in RF and went 2-3 with a walk. Reggie Williams had a double and two RBI. Tyler Ladendorf went 0-2 but had two walks.
GCL TWINS THOUGHTS
Wednesday – GCL Twins 5, GCL Orioles 0 – BJ Hermsen made his professional baseball debut, and it was rather memorable. Hermsen went the first six innings without allowing a run, or a hit, or a walk. He struck out three. Dakota Watts came in and went the next two innings. He gave up no runs, and no hits. Unfortunately, he did walk a batter. Eliecer Cardenas pitched the ninth inning without allowing a hit. So the GCL Twins had a three pitcher no-hitter which is pretty impressive and exciting. Brian Bistagne went 2-5. Nick Tindall went 2-3 with a double.
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