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It was a rough day in the Twins organization on Saturday. Not only did the Twins have one of their patented implosion innings, but the minor league system’s teams lost five out of seven games it played. Not a good day at all, and rumors around the trade deadline are anything but exciting.
TWINS 5, ANGELS 11
Twins. West Coast Swing. Just not a good combination at all. The Twins lost for the fourth straight time, and will need Anthony Swarzak to break the streak tomorrow against the Angels. Nick Blackburn did well through three innings. Then in the fourth, he was able to only get two outs. He gave up six runs on six hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. R.A. Dickey got the final out of the fourth inning, but not before he gave up four hits and three of his own runs. Bobby Keppel came in and threw two shutout innings. Brian Duensing pitched a scoreless inning. Jose Mijares gave up two runs on two walks and a hit in the 8th inning. Jason Kubel continued to mash. He went 3-4 with his 21st double, 18th home run and three RBI. Joe Mauer and Brian Buscher were both 2-5.
I think we all bought into Nick Blackburn, didn’t we? He had a tremendous first half to his season, but he has had two terrible outings since the break. I think that he deserves great credit and to be acknowledged as the Twins top starter. That said, we almost forget that Blackburn is really more of a #4 type of pitcher, not an Ace or even a #1 pitcher. If we want to again be reminded of the Twins biggest area of need, look no further than this example. When your clear #1 pitcher is really a #4 type of pitcher, I think we know why the Twins are so bad.
- And at this point, I think it is only realistic to say that this team is bad. Maybe ‘bad’ is too strong, but clearly this is not a playoff team. There are some great players, and there are a few more good players, but there are too many non-good players. I had been meaning to kind of give some time to a blog on the subject of whether the Twins should be sellers. Today, I encourage you to check out Travis Talks where his opinions are pretty fair.
- Check out Roger’s Weekly Twins Minor League Report.
- These Orlando Cabrera rumors are a little scary UNLESS the A’s accept a non-prospect in return for him AND he is somehow a Type B free agent after the season and the Twins would get draft pick compensation for him. That said, it would be horrible if a team actually offered him arbitration and he accepted it. That could backfire. Over the Baggy wrote about Cabrera a couple of days ago.
- Based on rumors of what the Blue Jays are turning down or asking for Roy Halladay, the Twins have nowhere near enough to even be considered a legitimate candidate.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Saturday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Michael Gonzalez, Elizabethton Twins
Saturday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Michael McCardell, New Britain Rockcats
Saturday –Rochester 6, Charlotte 7 – Yohan Pino’s second start for the Red Wings didn’t go as well as his first. He gave up five runs (4 earned) on nine hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out six. Armando Gabino gave up one run on four hits in three innings. Juan Morillo got just one out in the 9th, but he gave up two hits. Tim Lahey came in and gave up a walk to score one of Morillo’s runners. David Winfree is hitting .280 after going 3-4 in this game. Steve Tolleson went 2-3 with a walk and his fourth homer. Danny Valencia went 2-4.
Saturday – New Britain 0, Connecticut 1 (13 innings) – Mike McCardell did a nice job of forgetting about his AA Debut. In this game, he threw seven shutout innings. He gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out six. Anthony Slama came in and threw three shutout innings. He gave up two hits and walked four, however, three of the walks were intentional, so don’t worry! Kyle Waldrop threw two shutout innings before giving up an unearned run with one out in the 13th inning. The Rockcats had just six hits. Danny Lehmann went 2-3 with a walk and his seventh double. Erik Lis was 2-5.
Saturday – Ft. Myers 3, Tampa 6 – Another bad outing by the Miracle offense. They had just five hits. Chris Parmelee and Rene Leveret each hit a double. Steve Hirschfeld gave up three runs on six hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out four. Dakota Watts then gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and two walks in two innings. Blair Erickson gave up one run on two hits in two innings.
Saturday – Beloit 3, Lansing 7 – Dan Osterbrock gave up five runs on ten hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out three. Michael Allen threw a scoreless inning. Blake Martin gave up two unearned runs on a hit and three walks in just one inning. Thomas Wright pitched a scoreless ninth. Jonathan Waltenbury hit his 11th and 12th doubles in four at bats. Jeff Lanning went 2-4 with his first home run. Drew Thompson went 2-4 with a walk.
Saturday – Elizabethton 6, Kingsport 5 – The Michael Gonzalez show continued in this game. The burly 3B went 3-5 with his fifth and sixth doubles, his first triple and five RBI. Derek McCallum went 2-3 with two walks. Dan Rohlfing went 2-4. Tom Stuifbergen started and went 4.2 innings. He gave up three runs on four hits and struck out three. Edgar Ibarra gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Kane Holbrook struck out three in 1.1 innings. Ben Tootle recorded the final four outs for his second save.
GCL TWINS THOUGHTS
Saturday – Game 1 – GCL Twins 5, GCL Reds 6 – Michael Tonkin made the start in this one. In four innings, he gave up six runs on ten hits. He walked none and struck out four. Eliecer Cardenas struck out all three batters he faced. Kelvin Mota pitched a perfect sixth frame. Nick Freitas went 2-4 with a double. Trayvone Johnson hit his first pro homer. Hyun-wook Choi went 1-2 with two walks.
Saturday – Game 2 – GCL Twins 5, GCL Reds 6 – Blayne Weller made the second start of the day and improved to 3-1. In five innings, he gave up one run on seven hits. He walked none and struck out five. Leonardo Parra gave up two hits but no runs in one inning. Andrei Lobanov gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits but held on for his fourth save. Brian Bistagne went 2-3 with two RBI.
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