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On Monday afternoon, I was on Fox9.com’s Sports on Demand show. Check it out here. I then picked up my soon-to-be-four-year-old daughter and we headed in to Target Field. We parked in Garage A, walked through the walkways, through Target Plaza and into Target Field. When going with someone so young, you just never know what to expect. However, she was awesome. She watched batting practice and yelled out “home run” as appropriate, and sometimes at pop ups. She ate a hot dog and a bag of chips nicely. During player introductions, she was cheering for each player loudly and yelling their names. She knows most of the names already. She sang the National Anthem and loved the fireworks, and when “We’re Going to Win Twins” came on, she sang the whole thing. She was really excited for Michael Cuddyer’s home run and the fireworks that went with it. It was apparently raining during the game, but sitting in the 3rd deck, we didn’t even notice. It was a lot of fun. We left after the 7th inning just because I went with the “Better to leave a little too early than to leave a little too late” philosophy. But it was a lot of fun. It was my first night game. It was fun to see the Twins win and play so well. It was good to see Scott Baker have a quality start, and Wilson Ramos is really, really good.
After getting home, I wrote up my TwinsCentric blog for StarTribune.com. I wrote an article on Wilson Ramos and what happens when Joe Mauer comes back. I compared it to what happened during spring training. Check out the article here, and feel free to comment.
SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Joe Benson – New Britain Rockcats
SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Bruce Pugh – Ft. Myers Miracle
Red Wings Report
Monday – Rochester 2, Durham 10 – Charlie Zink was back on the mound for the Red Wings and the knuckleball was all over the place, but rarely in the strike zone. Zink went five innings and gave up six runs (5 earned) on six hits. He again walked six batters and struck out two. Of the 115 pitches he threw, just 53 were strikes. Jose Lugo gave up one run in two innings. Kyle Waldrop was then charged with three unearned runs on four hits in two innings. Matt Tolbert went 2-4 with his first home run. Danny Valencia drove in a run with two outs with his eighth double.
New Britain Notes
Monday – New Britain 9, New Hampshire 10 – Another late loss for the Rockcats, and I think things are starting to get a little frustrating for them. There was plenty of offense in this game. Joe Benson went 2-2 with three walks, his fourth double and second home run. Chris Parmelee went 2-5 with his third home run. Steve Singleton was 2-5 with his first homer. Estarlin de Los Santos, Alexander Soto and Mark Dolenc each had two hits. Juan Portes had just one hit, but it was his third home run. Deolis Guerra got the start. He gave up three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five. Cole DeVries came in and gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in just 1.2 innings. Chris Province got the blown save. In 1.1 innings, he gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. In the 8th inning, both Rene Tosoni and Ben Revere were ejected by the home plate umpire, along with manager Jeff Smith.
Monday – Ft. Myers 5, Jupiter 3 – Bruce Pugh was on the mound for the second straight time against Jupiter, and for the second straight time, he was the winner. In this game, he went seven innings and gave up two runs on six this and a walk. He struck out five. Shooter Hunt gave up a run and a hit on a walk in one inning. Billy Bullock recorded his fifth save with a two hit, no run ninth. Chris Herrmann went 3-3 with a walk. Evan Bigley was 2-4. Jair Fernandez went 1-3 with a walk and two RBI.
Monday – Beloit 9, Wisconsin 8 (10) – Anderson Hidalgo singled in a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at nine. Then with one out in the bottom of the 10th, Wang-Wei Lin hit a walk-off home run to end the game. Lin went 2-4 with a walk and the home run, his first of the year. Hidalgo was 2-5. Brian Dozier went 2-5 with his fourth double. Angel Morales was 2-5 with his sixth double and three RBI. He also stole his ninth base. Aaron Hicks had a single and two more walks. Brad Stillings started and went the first 4.1 innings. He gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks. Dakota Watts struck out three in 2.2 scoreless innings. Kane Holbrooks gave up three runs (2 earned) on four hits in 1.2 innings. The runs were the first he had allowed on the season. Matt Tone got the final four outs unscathed.
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