Miracle Season Ends

11 Sep

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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.

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7 Responses to “Miracle Season Ends”

  1. Han Joelo September 11, 2009 at 9:07 am #

    Is Ramon Santana a legitimate MI prospect? He seems to have made the jump to AA fairly successfully.

  2. thrylos98 September 11, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Hard to tell about Santana yet (was that 2-3 games in AA), but he has definitely opened some eyes this season (esp. before his injury). Of course, he is one of the 40 or so guys who would need to be added to the 40-man this year to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. And that backlog is huge for the Twins this off-season (esp. if Tolbert and Buscher will be around.) This is one of the problems with getting prospects up slowly… a lot of times you don’t know whether they are legitimate by the time you need to protect them (see D. Romero, 2008/9)

  3. gobbledygookguy September 11, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    it appears from the story on the red wings that they are a copy of the twins. a manager that doesn’t work well with young players, isn’t consistent with how he handles players and does a poor job with his pitching. however, he should be safe from worry, as will gardy, about their jobs. it seems the twins owners are fine with a mediocre operation when it comes to baseball.
    my guess is that the pohlads don’t acept mediocre performance in their other business operations or they wouldn’t have the money they do.

  4. mike wants wins September 11, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    I’m not sure that’s how I’d characterize Cliburn, but I could be wrong. Their problem with pitching is that the Twins didn’t give them much to work with, and what they did get, the Twins moved up to the Twins.

  5. roger September 11, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    As Mandelaro points out, they also had some very disappointing seasons from a couple of veterans. Matt Macri was one of the better players at Rochester in 2008 and did nothing in 2009. Trevor Plouffe was expected to improve and really didn’t. Add some pitchers that didn’t get it done…Humber, Jones, and to some extent Mulvey, and you had a long season.

  6. mike wants wins September 11, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    Yup, but I have no idea why anyont thought Macri or Humber or Jones would be anything other than what they were. They just are barely AAA players, aren’t they?

    Plouffe is young and is the Twins’ prospect most rushed lately. I’m not sure he didn’t improve some offensively, but he was bad defensively.

  7. tree9546 September 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    Isn’t this Plouffe’s 5 year in the minor leagues? I wouldn’t call that rushing him. The Twins are really weak in AA & AAA high caliber players right now. Their top prospects have been sitting in Ft Myers & Beloit this year.

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