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I went to church last night, a 100th Anniversary celebration of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Perham, MN. My mom is the current principal of the school, my dad was in from the mid-70s through the mid-90s, and my grandma was back in the day too. My siblings and I all went there in elementary school. It was a very nice service and event.
So, I have a little extra time on Sunday morning and thought I would post a quick update of what’s been going on in the Twins organization.
Let’s start with the Twins themselves. The team lost a 3-2 game on Friday night. It’s incredible how similar the careers of Pat Neshek and Anthony Slama really are. When Neshek was promoted, he had been dominating minor league opponents, accumulating a lot of strikeouts. Like Neshek, Slama did have some struggles against left-handed hitters. So when Luke Scott came to the plate against him in the 6th inning, it was not a good matchup. That said, Neshek was just fine and we should not read too much into the Scott home run. Unfortunately, the Twins were not able to get another run to keep the game going.
On Saturday, the Twins got a nice 7-2 win over the Orioles. Scott Baker was very good. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out eight. Matt Guerrier and Jon Rauch each threw a scoreless frame. Delmon Young again led the offense. He went 4-4 with his 12th home run and three RBI. Danny Valencia was 3-5 with his fourth double. Denard Span and JJ Hardy each had two hits and a stolen base.
On Sunday afternoon, the Twins will play Game 4 of this series in Baltimore against the Orioles. Kevin Slowey will take the mound, and he will be supported by this lineup:
Jason Repko – CF
Alexi Casilla – 2B
Delmon Young – LF
Jim Thome – DH
Michael Cuddyer – 1B
Jason Kubel – RF
Danny Valencia – 3B
Nick Punto – SS
Drew Butera – C
I know people will call it a Sunday Getaway lineup, and it is, but I also have no problem with it. With the heat and humidity in Baltimore, I think that it makes a lot of sense to give guys a break. Obviously Orlando Hudson is out of the lineup, and it only makes sense for Joe Mauer to be out of the lineup. Denard Span gets a day off, and Jason Repko gets another start after a big double the night before. Repko is a very strong defensive CF. Obviously I never have a problem with Valencia being in the lineup. And I am actually looking forward to seeing if Drew Butera can help Kevin Slowey on the mound today. And, these are all major leaguers, so I still expect them to play well and give the team a chance to win.
Here is a quick glance at what happened on Thursday in the Twins minor league system:
You’ll also want to check out Roger’s Minor League Report at Twinkie Town.
Red Wings Report
On Friday night, the Red Wings beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5-4. Jeff Manship gave up three runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. He walked none and struck out seven. Tim Lahey threw two scoreless. Pat Neshek gave up a run on a solo home run in 1.1 innings. Rob Delaney recorded his first save of the year. Trevor Plouffe went 2-3 with a walk and his 19th and 20th doubles. Dustin Martin was 2-3 with his 10th home. Jose Morales, Wilson Ramos and Brock Peterson each went 2-4.
On Saturday, the Red Wings beat the Barons 5-3. David Bromberg made his second AAA start and gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings. He walked none and struck out seven. Alex Burnett and Rob Delaney each threw a scoreless inning, Delaney recording his second save. Brendan Harris went 3-4 with his seventh double. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4 with his seventh home run, fifth stolen base and three RBI. Wilson Ramos added his fifth home run.
New Britain Notes
On Friday, the Rockcats lost 6-2 to New Hampshire. Chris Parmelee went 2-4 with his 13th and 14th doubles. Jair Fernandez went 1-3 with a walk and his ninth double. The Rockcats had just those three hits. Kyle Gibson started and gave up no runs on one hit and one walk (with 4 strikeouts) in 3.1 innings. There was a rain delay, and when play resumed, Tony Davis came in. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Chris Province had a rough one. He gave up four runs on six hits in one inning. Loek Van Mil gave up an unearned run in his two innings. Cole DeVries struck out two in a scoreless inning.
On Saturday, Parmelee remained hot in a 3-1 Rockcats win. He went 3-4 with his 15th double and his second steal. Ben Revere stole his 27th base. Bobby Lanigan got his first AA win. He went 6.2 inning and gave up no runs on just three hits. He walked one and struck out two. Carlos Gutierrez recorded the save. He gave up one run on four hits in 2.1 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.
The Miracle game against Brevard County was postponed on Friday night, so they played two games on Saturday. In the first game, the Miracle lost 2-1. Matt Williams gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings. Michael Allen struck out three in two scoreless innings. Estarlin de Los Santos hit his ninth and tenth doubles.
In the second game, the Miracle lost 8-3. Santos Arias gave up four runs on five hits and three walks (and a hit batter) in five innings. Shooter Hunt then went the final two innings and gave up four runs on two hits and three walks (and a hit batter). Angel Morales went 2-3 with his first triple, and he stole his sixth base.
Friday night’s matchup between the Beloit Snappers and South Bend was cancelled. On Saturday, the Snappers beat West Michigan 6-4. Danny Rams went 3-5. Aaron Hicks went 2-4 with a walk. Anderson Hidalgo was 2-4 with a walk and his 25th double. Lance Ray was 2-5 with his first double and second home run. James Beresford went 2-5. Tom Stuifbergen started and gave up two runs on four hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out five. Eliecer Cardenas gave up two runs on no hits and three walks in two innings. Matt Hauser threw two scoreless innings.
On Friday, the E-Twins lost 6-2 to Burlington. The team managed just four hits. Oswaldo Arcia hit his 13th double. Buddy Munroe and Brian Burke each hit their second home run. BJ Hermsen made his first start for the E-Twins and gave up one run on four hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out five. Logan Darnell came in and gave up five runs (4 earned) on six hits in two innings.
On Saturday, it took 14 innings for the E-Twins to top Burlington 3-2. Oswaldo Arcia went 3-3 with three walks and his 14th and 15th doubles. Martire Garcia went the first 6.2 innings. He gave up two unearned runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Michael Tonkin went the next 4.1 innings. He gave up five hits and two walks, but he did not allow a run thanks, in part, to six strikeouts. Zach See went the final three innings. He walked none and struck out five for the win.
GCL Twins Topics
On Friday, the GCL Twins and Red Sox were postponed by rain. On Saturday, the Twins beat the Sox 3-1. Justin Parker went five innings and gave up just one run on six hits. He walked three and struck out five. Pat Dean finally made his professional debut and pitched a scoreless inning. Nick Alloway struck out three in two scoreless innings. Eddie Ahorrio got the save with a scoreless ninth.
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