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Alright, help me out. It’s Saturday morning, and I am flipping channels. After watching SportsCenter twice, I need to find something else to watch. I am trying to remember some of the cartoons that I used to be all excited about waking up for on Saturday mornings 25 years ago. I can think of Bugs Bunny and all of his friends. I used to love the Smurfs. I remember He-Man and She-Ra, Transformers and Gobots. I remember PacMan. But what other cartoons were there at that time? What else would I have been watching? Are Saturday morning cartoons a thing of the past now that Cartoon Network and Nickelodean have their shows? What happened??
Anyway, to baseball… and our Minnesota Twins. Last night, Joe Mauer hit two long home runs (his 16th and 17th of the year), but Francisco Liriano gave up three of them and the Twins lost 6-3 in Anaheim to the Angels. In 5.1 innings, Liriano gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks. The start help continue his consistent inconsistency! Jesse Crain came in, and in my humble opinion, looked really good. He got five outs and gave up no hits and no walks. Sure, he hit a batter, but that’s not necessarily bad. He struck out two. His pitches looked good. I was glad that Gardy took him out when he did so he could end on a very good note. Brian Duensing pitched a scoreless inning. Mauer had the two home runs, but the rest of the team managed just four more hits.
The bad news of the day was that Kevin Slowey was unable to throw pain-free in the bullpen and will not be starting tonight for the Rochester Red Wings. He will likely have bone chips removed and miss a few more weeks. That makes it more unlikely that the Twins will trade one of their starting pitchers by next Friday’s trade deadline.
Name the Needs:
I alluded to this in my Your Voices blog this week, but wanted to summarize it here and ask for you to agree or disagree or add to the list. Here are my thoughts on what the Twins needs are if they want to contend:
- A 2B.
- The release of Nick Punto. Why? Because even if they add a 2B, it is clear that Gardy will continue to play Nick Punto most days. I have no idea what Brendan Harris did to lose playing time again, but it has happened, and that is too bad.
- So along with needing a 2B, they also need a SS since Gardy won’t play Brendan Harris there.
- The Twins could use a top of the rotation starter, meaning a #1 or #2 starter. We can dream about Roy Halladay and Dan Haren, but even a nice, consistent #2 would be beneficial.
- At least one bullpen arm that can be counted on, and maybe two.
- Bench help. (one or two better options)
And yet somehow this team is still technically in the race for the AL Central title. That’s a lot of holes though! I’m almost starting to wonder if this team should turns its attention to 2010 already and be a Seller at the trade deadline. If there are players that do not factor into the 2010 plans, they should be dealt for whatever they can get. Are we at that point, or do you still believe? Let us know what you think.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Friday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Evan Bigley, Ft. Myers Miracle
Friday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Reid Santos, Rochester Red Wings
Friday – Rochester 1, Charlotte 2 (10 innings) – Reid Santos started and had a great game. The lefty threw the first innings and did not allow a run. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out six. Rob Delaney came in for the 9th and got the first two outs, but recently demoted White Sox OF Brian Anderson hit a game-tying solo home run to send the game to extra innings. Tim Lahey came in for the 10th and gave up an unearned run on one hit and two walks in just 0.2 innings. Brock Peterson went 2-4 with his 12th double. Matt Macri hit his ninth homer, but the Red Wings managed just six hits in the game.
Friday – New Britain 2, Connecticut 4 – Matt Fox gave up four runs (3 earned) on four hits and a walk in 6.1 innings. He struck out nine. Jose Lugo got the final two outs in the 7th inning. Alex Burnett worked a scoreless inning. The Rockcats managed just seven hits. Brian Dinkelman was 2-3 with his 25th double.
Friday – Ft. Myers 6, Tampa 3 – Evan Bigley led the Miracle on this day with a 3-5 effort. He hit his 13th double and second triple. Deibinson Romero went 2-4 with a walk, his 18th double, second triple and three RBI. Rene Leveret and Estarlin de Los Santos each had two hits. Santos Arias made another start. He threw five shutout innings, allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out three. Joe Testa went the next 2.2 innings and gave up a run on two hits. He walked three and struck out five. Henry Arias went the final 1.1 innings and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk.
Friday – Beloit, Cedar Rapids – Postponed by Rain.
Friday – Elizabethton 7, Kingsport 6 – Michael Gonzalez continued his home run barrage. He went 2-3 with a walk and homered for the third straight game and fourth time in his last six games. Herbert Lara went 2-4. Jonathan Goncalves hit his third home run. Angelo Sanchez started and gave up six runs (5 earned) on six hits and a walk in just three innings. Winston Marquez came in and struck out four in three scoreless innings. Peter Kennelly pitched a scoreless inning. Kyle Carr recorded his fifth save by striking out five in 1.2 innings.
GCL TWINS THOUGHTS
Friday –GCL Twins 5, GCL Orioles 3 – BJ Hermsen improved to 4-1 with five shutout innings. He gave up four hits but did not walk a batter. Zach See struck out two in the sixth inning. Then Shooter Hunt came in for the seventh. He faced four batters and walked them all. Three of them scored. Kelvin Mota pitched two innings and gave up one hit. Andrei Lobanov struck out two in a scoreless inning for his third save. Oswaldo Arcia was 2-4 with his fourth double and fourth stolen base. Kennys Vargas went 2-4 with his fifth double. Rory Rhodes went 2-4 with his fourth double. Matej Hejma went 2-3 with a walk and two stolen bases.
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