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The Twins continue a disturbing trend of losing on Sundays and losing the final games of series. Twins fans can’t say that they played a perceived “B lineup.” Even after catching 12 innings in rain and cold on Saturday night, Joe Mauer was again in the lineup, something I don’t understand. The only change in the lineup was Jim Thome replacing Jason Kubel. Simply put, the team just didn’t show up. Maybe it would have been good to play a couple of the extras, the guys that didn’t play on Saturday night, in order to add some energy. The Twins trend of leaving a lot of runners on base remained as they left 12 on base today. Typically, this high number of runners left on base hasn’t been an issue because the team is still scoring six or more runs. There will be a higher number of runners left on base when there are more runners on base. It’s the days when the team scores just three runs and needs just one more to keep the game going that it can be quite frustrating.
That said, it is also important to remember that there were a lot of good things that happened in this game. Delmon Young had two more hits, including a double, and continued to play well all-around. Orlando Hudson, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each had two hits in the game. Mauer had a double. Morneau drilled a long home run, his third of the year.
Denard Span went 1-12 in the last two games and is 3-20 (.150). Brendan Harris is 7-35 over the last 11 games.
Kevin Slowey was not himself on this day. Maybe it was because he was not getting the corners, but he was unable to consistently hit the corners. He managed to get one out in the sixth inning, but with a pitch count of 104, it was time for him to come out. He was hurt particularly by the bottom of the order, by the guys that refuse to strikeout and foul off a bunch of pitches. To their credit, the Royals hitters they battled and didn’t try to do too much. Of course, the hanging curveball to Jose Guillen was met by a thunderous swing that sent the ball well over the left field fence. Ron Mahay came in and was terrific, getting both batters he faced out. Alex Burnett came in and after a walk and a hit, he got a ground ball double play and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth frame.
On this day, the Royals bullpen came through for them. Dusty Hughes and Josh Rupe did not allow a run in relief of starter Brian Bannister. Surprisingly, the one run that the Twins scored off of the Royals’ bullpen came against Joakim Soria. A single by Joe Mauer followed by a double by Justin Morneau cut the Twins deficit to just one. Unfortunately, Soria returned to his normal self and got Michael Cuddyer on a nasty slider before blowing fastballs past Jim Thome for the final out.
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SethSpeaks Sunday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Drew Thompson – Beloit Snappers
SethSpeaks Sunday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Ryan Mullins – Rochester Red Wings
Red Wings Report
Sunday – Rochester 2, Syracuse 4 (13 innings) – This game was getting long, so Red Wings manager Tom Nieto decided to put Tim Lahey into the game to start the bottom of the 13th inning. Three batters later, the game ended on a two run homer. Until that point, this game had been an excellent pitcher’s duel. Ryan Mullins started and gave up one run on four hits and a walk in six innings. Matt Fox got one out. Anthony Slama came in and threw 2.1 innings of hitless baseball. He walked two. Rob Delaney then pitched two innings of hitless relief. And then Lahey came in and gave up a single, got Kevin Mench to fly out, and then Josh Whitesell hit the game-ending, walk-off homer. Matt Tolbert, Danny Valencia and Jason Repko were each 2-5 with a walk. Valencia and Repko had the two RBI. Valencia had a double, the lone extra base hits for the Red Wings.
New Britain Notes
Sunday – New Britain, Harrisburg – Postponed by Rain.
Sunday – Ft. Myers 3, Palm Beach 10 – Drew Thompson was 3-5 with a double. Nick Romero and Nathan Hanson each went 2-4. That was about it for highlights in this game. Michael Tarsi started and thanks to a couple of errors, he gave up six runs (just two earned) in five innings. He gave up eight hits, but he walked just one. In two innings, Blake Martin gave up two unearned runs. Tony Davis gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in one inning. Billy Bullock pitched a scoreless ninth frame.
Sunday – Beloit, Wisconsin – Postponed by Rain.
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