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Seriously? Bunting. In that situation? Believe me, I get what Joe Mauer was thinking, and he is a very good bunter. No question about that. But at that time in the game, the late innings, you want and need your #3 hitter to attempt to drive in the go-ahead run. I say “Attempt” because we don’t know what would have happened. He very easily could have grounded into a double play. He could have drawn a walk. He could have popped up. He could have homered. Who knows?
And I do get the theory in Mauer’s head. He is not selfish. He isn’t selfish and wants to show his confidence in teammate Jason Kubel, even against a left-handed pitcher. He doesn’t feel the need to play hero. Unfortunately (for him), his spot in the batting order, and his mega-contract dictate that he be selfish and go out and win a ball game for his team. Fair or not, that is what he needs to do.
It makes us realize that batting average doesn’t matter, and many other stats don’t matter. As we are no insisting and understanding that a middle-of-the-order hitter go out and drive in runs can no longer argue that RBI are overrated stats. I was one who always thought that RBI were too much a result of opportunity, and I still believe that they are. But teams pay for the guys who produce, and that does mean RBI.
Kevin Slowey was solid. I would say if we are looking at the most recent starts of Slowey, Baker and Blackburn, Slowey’s was the best, and Baker’s was the worst. Does that mean that Blackburn is the one out of the rotation when Duensing jumps into the rotation? Does Blackburn go to the bullpen or to Rochester? What do you think is going to happen?
Is it just me, or is Carlos Santana pretty good?
Here are some quick notes on what happened in the Twins minor league system on Tuesday:
- Rochester lost 1-0 to Buffalo on Tuesday afternoon. Anthony Swarzak pitched really well. In seven innings, he gave up just one run (in the 7th) on the six hits and two walks. He struck out nine. Brad Hennessey threw two shutout innings. Unfortunately the Red Wings managed just three hits off of former Twin Ramon Ortiz.
- New Britain was shutout 2-0 by Harrisburg. The Rockcats had just four hits. Steve Singleton went 2-4, and Joe Benson hit his 14th AA double. Tyler Robertson had his second straight good start. He threw six shutout innings. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five. Chris Province went 1.2 innings and gave up two runs on three hits. Tony Davis struck out the one batter he faced.
- Nate Hanson singled in Deibinson Romero with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning. Allan de San Miguel went 3-3. Evan Bigley went 2-4. Dan Osterbrock continued his excellent pitching. He reduced his ERA to 2.62 In eight innings, he gave up one run on eight hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Joe Testa struck out three in three shutout innings.
- There were no games scheduled in the Midwest League on Tuesday.
- Elizabethton lost to Johnson City 4-3. Blayne Weller gave up two runs (1 earned) on six hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out nine. Jean Mijares gave up two unearned runs on two hits in an inning. Zach See struck out two in a scoreless inning. Daniel Santana went 3-5. Buddy Munroe went 2-4 with his third double. Oswaldo Arcia went 2-4 with a walk and his 11th double.
- The GCL Twins beat the GCL Orioles 11-10. Eddie Rosario went 4-5 with his eight double, first triple, three RBI and 12th stolen base. Kennys Vargas hit three doubles in five at bats. Matej Hejma went 3-4 with a walk. Jorge Polanco went 3-4 with three RBI. Kelvin Silvania and Jairo Rodriguez each had two hits. Pedro Guerra gave up only an unearned run in six innings. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out three. Tyler Herr then gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in his inning. Bart Carter then gave up five runs on seven hits in two innings.
And for more about The Bunt Heard ‘Round the State, check out this excellent article by 1500espn’s Tom Pelissero.
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