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The Ft. Myers Miracle won both the first half and second half titles in the Florida State League. Unfortunately, that meant little in their Best of 3 first round playoff series against Charlotte.
Santos Arias got the Game 3 start. In five inning, the righty gave up three runs (2 earned) on four hits. He walked four and struck out three. Bobby Lanigan came in and did a great job. In four innings, he gave up just one hit. Ben Revere went 2-3, was hit by a pitch, stole a base and drove in both runs. Jair Fernandez went 2-4 with a double.
The New Britain Rockcats are now down two games to one in their Best of 5 series against Connecticut. It certainly wasn’t Wilson Ramos’s fault. The catcher went 4-5 with a double, a homer and four RBI. Ramon Santana went 3-5. Whit Robbins and Steve Singleton each went 2-4. Matt Fox got the start for the Rockcats. He gave up six runs on six hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out five. Frank Mata came in and gave up a home run in his inning. Kyle Waldrop gave up three runs on four hits in one inning. Spencer Steedley and Alex Burnett each threw a scoreless inning. Burnett struck out the side in the ninth inning.
The Rockcats will send lefty Ryan Mullins to the mound at home tonight in Game 3.
It was a bad day all around for the Twins organization on Thursday. The Twins lost 3-2 on Thursday afternoon in Toronto to fall back to .500 (70-70). Scott Baker started and gave up three runs on five hits in 6.2 innings. He walked four and struck out seven. Ron Mahay and Jesse Crain each recorded two outs in relief.
Denard Span’s seventh home run of the year tied the game at one in the top of the third inning. In the fourth, Baker gave up a solo homer to Jose Bautista. Then in the top of the fifth inning, Orlando Cabrera singled in Nick Punto to tie the game at two a piece. Unfortunately in the bottom of the 5th inning, Baker gave up another run, one the Twins could not get back. Cabrera went 2-4 with his 30th double. Michael Cuddyer hit his 31st double.
I you’re looking for a bright side, the Royals beat the Tigers again so their lead over the Twins remains 5.5 games. The White Sox are ½ game behind the Twins.
In World Cup play, several Twins minor leaguers participated on Thursday. Nelvin Fuentes struck out two in 1.1 relief innings against Cuba. He gave up a solo home run to Yulieski Gourriel. Rene Tosoni batted third and played RF for Canada yesterday. He went 0-3 with two walks. Team USA lost 13-9 to Venezuela in 11 innings. Trevor Plouffe batted 2nd and played SS. He went 0-4 with two walks. He made all eight plays he was involved in. Terry Tiffee was the DH and went 1-5 with a walk.
- Aaron Gleeman has restarted his Top 40 Twins series.
- I’m sure it surprises no one that the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle’s Jim Mandelaro went negative in his Red Wings Season Review.
- Nick Nelson discusses a couple of Misperceptions floating around the Twins these days. What do fans believe?
- Adam Peterson asks (and then answers) if the Twins are still doing the little things right.
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