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Like Tom Kelly before him, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has developed a reputation of being tough on rookies and relying a lot on first impressions. My StarTribune.com Your Voices blog this week is called Gardy in Jeopardy and discusses that very topic. ‘cmathewson’ wrote a tremendous article at Twinkie Town on Gardy’s Love of Veterans that gave me the idea for my blog. You will definitely want to read both, and be sure to leave your comments.
I also wanted to provide quick updates on Thursday night’s Twins minor league games:
Elizabethton lost 5-0 tonight to Danville ending the Appalachian League championship series. Edgar Ibarra gave up four runs (just 1 earned) on seven hits and three walks in six innings. Peter Kennelly gave up an unearned run in his two innings. The E-Twins managed just four hits in this game. Josmil Pinto and Tobias Streich each had a double.
The Beloit Snappers lost to Quad Cities 8-3. Liam Hendriks started and gave up six runs (4 earned) on eight hits in four innings. Winston Marquez then gave up two runs on a hit and four walks in his two innings. Brad Stillings struck out two in two perfect innings. Adan Severino went 2-4 with his third and fourth stolen bases. Drew Thompson went 2-5 with his seventh triple. Aaron Hicks hit his third triple, but also had two fielding errors in the game.
The Ft. Myers Miracle lost 4-3 to St. Lucie. David Bromberg fell to 13-4. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out seven. Michael Allen struck out three in two scoreless frames. Henry Arias gave up a run in his inning of walk. Ben Revere and Chris Parmelee were each 2-4. On Wednesday, the Miracle claimed the second half title, so they will advance to the playoffs having won both halves.
The New Britain Rockcats lost 3-1 to Reading. Cole DeVries fell to 7-14. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out six. Carlos Gutierrez struck out two in 2.1 scoreless innings. Frank Mata struck out two in his perfect inning. The Rockcats managed just three hits in the game. Luke Hughes hit his 15th double.
It’s a good thing that the Rochester Red Wings got a win or it would have been a very negative day for the Twins organization. R.A. Dickey passed through waivers and made the start. In seven innings, he gave up four runs on nine hits. He walked three and struck out three. Anthony Slama recorded his fourth save with three strikeouts in two innings of one hit ball. Brock Peterson had another good game. He was 3-3 with a walk. Danny Valencia went 2-4 with his 22nd double. Dustin Martin was 2-4 with two RBI.
The Twins didn’t even play, but when Detroit pulled out a 10th inning win against Cleveland, the Twins lost another ½ game in the AL Central standings. So, with 29 games to go, the Twins are five games back. The Twins play the Tigers seven more times this season. If the Twins and Tigers were to each have the same record in the 22 games they don’t play against each other, the Twins would have to win six out of 7 games to win the division outright. If they won five out of seven, they would get the home field advantage in a one game playoff due to better head-to-head record. It’s a long, uphill road if the Twins want to win the AL central title.
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