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The Twins lost a tough one to Detroit. Anthony Swarzak gave up six runs in the first inning. However, a bad call likely cost at least one run, and more important, one out. Brendan Harris did tag Curtis Granderson on a run down between 3B and home. Granderson admitted it after the game. Swarzak still struggled and didn’t get an out in the second inning. Fortunately for the Twins, Brian Duensing came in and was very good for 4.2 innings. Jesse Crain threw well. In fact, the only reliever that didn’t do well was Joe Nathan who had the old “closers can only pitch well in save situations” thing going for him. Joe Mauer got the Twins off to a good start with solo homer in the first inning. It was his 19th of the season. In his next at bat, he drove in two runs with an opposite field single. He had hits in his next two at bats as well. Denard Span also had four hits in the game.
But it is also possible that the biggest story from this game occurred after the game. In his postgame comments, Gardy did not mix words. He had been kicked out of the game in the second inning for letting the home plate ump know that he thought Tigers’ starter Armando Gallaraga was balking. The umpire crew missed several calls later in the game too, up to three on one play. Read Gardy’s postgame comments here. The story is likely not done because Gardy will likely face a fine, if not a suspension.
Tonight, Carl Pavano will make his Twins debut against the Tigers’ Justin Verlander.
In the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook – 2009, I wrote the following about Tommy Watkins:
“His playing days in the Twins organization may be coming near an ends. I anticipate a career in coaching in the Twins system in the future for Watkins.”
Have I mentioned that the book is now on sale? The price is literally as low as I can go to break even!
Well, according to LaVelle E. Neal’s Minor League Report,
Infielder Tommy Watkins has left Class AAA Rochester and is back in Fort Myers as he transitions into a new career as a coach.
Watkins, who played in nine games with the Twins in 2007, was batting .254 at Rochester. At age 29, he probably wasn’t going to get another big league shot.
Watkins will help coach the rookie league team, managed by Jake Mauer, and will also help out with Class A Fort Myers during home games.
Obviously we wish Watkins the best in this new career path. He can call himself a big leaguer with a career batting average of .357 with an OPS of .795.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Friday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Steve Singleton, New Britain Rockcats
Friday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – David Bromberg, Ft. Myers Miracle
Friday –Rochester 3, Louisville 0 – Jeff Manship continues to pitch great since his promotion to the Red Wings. The righty threw 8 shutout innings to improve to 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA. He gave up just five hits, walked none and struck out seven. Juan Morillo gave up a hit and a walk, but he struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. Brian Buscher went 3-4, playing 1B and batting third. Steve Tolleson and Trevor Plouffe each hit a double.
Friday – New Britain 9, Akron 6 – Steve Singleton increased his batting average to .389 with a 4-5 game. He hit two triples and drove in two runs. Brandon Roberts also went 4-5 with three RBI. Toby Gardenhire went 3-5. Mark Grudzielanek 2-5. Ryan Mullins picked up his eighth win with a quality start. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on six hits and a walk over six innings. Carlos Gutierrez gave up three runs on two hits and two walks in his inning. Kyle Waldrop got one out before Anthony Slama came in and got the final five outs, three on strikeouts. It was his 24th save.
Friday – Ft. Myers 7, Charlotte 0 – David Bromberg threw his second shutout of the season. Nine innings. No runs. He gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out nine hitters. He improved to 11-1 while reducing his ERA to 2.44. Chris Parmelee went 2-4 with his 22nd double. Deibinson Romero went 2-3 with a walk. Joe Benson and Rene Leveret each had two hits.
Friday – Beloit 7, Cedar Rapids 8 (11 innings) – There were plenty of highlights and performances in what turned out to be a very entertaining game. Brad Tippett started and gave up five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He walked none and struck out four. Steve Blevins went the next 2.1 innings. He gave up only an unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out three. Billy Bullock got four outs, three on strikeouts. He gave up an unearned run. Winston Marquez got his first appearance. He gave up a run on two hits in 1.2 innings to take the loss. But of the five outs he got, all five came on strikeouts.
Friday – Elizabethton 2, Bluefield 6 – Another loss for the E-Twins, Miguel Munoz gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. Tony Davis gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in 2.2 innings. He struck out five. Dakota Watts was sent down a couple of levels and struggled again. He gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in 2/3 of an inning. The offense didn’t help in this game as they managed just five total hits. Brian Dozier went 2-5 with a walk. Reggie Williams hit his sixth double.
GCL TWINS GOINGS ON
Friday – GCL Twins 9, GCL Rays 8 (11 innings) – Wilson Ramos is back and on a rehab assignment. He DHd in this game and went 2-6 with two home runs. Oswaldo Arcia went 3-5 with a walk and his seventh stolen base. Daniel Santana was 2-6 with his second home run and four RBI. Nick Freitas was 2-5 with a walk and his third steal. Blayne Weller actually raised his ERA to 1.54 by giving up one run in five innings. He gave up six hits and walked on. Leonardo Parra came in and gave up five runs on six hits in just 0.2 innings. Eliecer Cardenas gave up two more runs on three hits and a walk in 2.1 innings. Then Jan Rehacek came in for his debut. He struck out two and walked on in two hitless innings. Rehacek played last year for Konica Minolta of the Dutch League. Andrei Lobanov threw a perfect inning and got the win. On the season, Lobanov has thrown 18 innings. He has walked zero and struck out 30! And he’s still just 19 years old.