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Let’s see… The Twins lost a tough game on Friday night due to some bad calls and subsequent let down. But then on Saturday, hope was restored when Carl Pavano pitched so well in his Twins debut and the bats were able to beat Justin Verlander. With Scott Baker facing Jarrod Washburn on Sunday, the Twins had a legitimate shot to win a series on the road against the team at the top of their division.
Neither Baker or Washburn threw well at all, but the Twins still had an opportunity to win. Baker was just fine through three shutout innings. The Twins gave him a 3-0 lead, but he decided it made sense to give the lead back. He gave up a long homer to Marcus Thames and then gave up hit after hit after hit. The interesting thing is that as he started getting the ball down in the strike zone, he started giving up the hits. That is opposite of what we are typically told. He got out of the fourth inning down 4-3, and then he came back for the fifth inning and gave up a two run homer to Miguel Cabrera which ended his day. Six runs in just 4.1 innings. He gave up nine hits. Again, it was a case of something going wrong and Baker not being able to be strong enough to get past it.
Bobby Keppel came in and went 2.2 shutout innings. He gave up four hits, but a big double play and other loud outs helped the Twins get to the bottom of the 8th in a tie game. But Matt Guerrier came in and gave up two runs on two hits and an intentional walk. To be fair, neither hit was hit hard at all, so I think Guerrier did alright. That is hard to be upset about because there wasn’t anything that could be done.
The offense again provided plenty of fire power that a win was possible with even decent pitching. Michael Cuddyer was clearly the offensive star. He was 4-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. He had a single, his 24th double and his 18th home run going into his final at bat. Needing a triple for the cycle, he hit a second long home run (his 19th) which cut the lead to 8-7. Mike Redmond had three wimpy hits to shallow right field. Orlando Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a single to left. Delmon Young backed up Cuddyer’s first homer with his fourth homer. Cuddyer’s blast cleared the centerfield wall. Young’s blast went much further than the ten foot difference that was announced. Alexi Casilla had a very good game. He was 2-3 with a two run triple. He also made a couple of spectacular plays on defense.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Sunday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Michael Harrington, Beloit Snappers
Sunday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Santos Arias, Ft. Myers Miracle – Matt Fox, Rochester Red Wings
Sunday –Rochester 2, Louisville 7 – If you only look at the final score, it’s hard to believe what a good, close game this was. Yohan Pino had his best start of the year. He gave up just two runs (1 earned) on three hits and a walk in eight innings. He struck out ten. He had a shutout threw six innings. But with the score tied at two going into the ninth, the Red Wings put Tim Lahey in, and you just knew what would happen next. Lahey gave up five runs on seven hits and got just two outs. Jason Jones came in to record the final out. Dustin Martin his this 12th and 13th doubles of the season and drove in both runs. Steve Tolleson hit his 16th double.
Sunday – New Britain 4, Akron 1 – Matt Fox had his best start in some time. The righty went seven innings and gave up just one run. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five. Frank Mata got two outs in the eighth and gave up a hit. Anthony Slama came in for the final four outs. He struck out three for his 25th save. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4 with two RBI. Brandon Roberts was 1-3 with two walks. Steve Singleton hit his first AA home run in the ninth inning.
Sunday – Ft. Myers 6, Sarasota 1 – Santos Arias has really taken well to his return to a starting role. In this game, he went seven innings and gave up just one run on three hits. He walks two and struck out five. Henry Arias threw two perfect innings in relief. Mark Dolenc went 3-4 with a walk and two stolen bases (which gives him 22 on the year). Ben Revere, Alejandro Machado and Joe Benson each went 2-4 with a walk. Revere stole his 36th base. Jair Fernandez went 2-5 with his 12th double and four RBI.
Sunday – Beloit 9, Cedar Rapids 7 – Rainy conditions meant this game was delayed a couple of hours, but they got it in. Michael Harrington went 4-5 with his 30th double and four RBI. Dominic De La Osa went 3-4 with a walk and his seventh stolen base. Nate Hanson was 2-4 with his 17th double. Bruce Pugh made the start for the Snappers. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits (two homers). He walked one and struck out three. Blake Martin came in and struck out three in 2.1 perfect innings. Thomas Wright pitched a scoreless eighth inning. In the ninth, he gave up four runs on three hits and two walks, and got just one out. Billy Bullock struck out two of the next three batters out to record his third save.
Sunday – Elizabethton 4, Bluefield 6 – Kane Holbrooks made his first start of the year. It didn’t go so well. In just 2.1 innings, he gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk. Brad Stillings then threw 3.2 scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and a walk. Martire Garcia came out for the final three innings and gave up no runs on one hit and one walk. He struck out three. Derek McCallum returned to the lineup and went 2-4 with his tenth double.
GCL TWINS GOINGS ON
Sunday – GCL Twins 5, GCL Reds 4 – Adrian Salcedo struggled a little bit for the first time this season, but he got the win to improve to 3-1. He gave up three runs on ten hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out five. Kelvin Mota gave up a run on three hits in two innings. Zach See gave up two hits, but no runs, over two innings. Brian Bistagne went 2-3 with a walk and his third double. Daniel Santana went 2-5.
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