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It’s the weekend, so tonight’s blog will be quick and mainly just highlights from the Twins game and the minor leagues in quick, bullet-point form.
Here are some notes from tonight’s games:
- It certainly wasn’t a pretty game, but the Twins topped the Oakland A’s 4-3 to give Carl Pavano his 15th win of the season. In 6.1 innings, Pavano gave up just two runs despite 10 hits and a walk, plus some not-so-great defense behind him. It was strange. There were a few terrific plays, but there were as many strange, bad plays too. Ron Mahay came in and got his guy. Matt Guerrier got a big out. He then had bad luck in the 8th, so Jesse Crain came in and got a huge double play ball to get out of that inning. Matt Capps made it interesting but got the save. The Twins had an opportunity to really open things up early, but a base running gaffe by Jason Kubel ended a first-inning opportunity. Gonzalez calmed down, but Danny Valencia doubled in the third run and then scored on a perfectly-executed suicide squeeze by Drew Butera.
- The White Sox beat Detroit 8-4. So the Twins remain one game ahead of the Sox.
- Kyle Gibson made his first AAA start tonight for the Rochester Red Wings against the nearly-as-bad Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Gibson gave up one run on five hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. He threw 88 pitches, 50 of them for strikes. He really fought the strike zone throughout the appearance, although that is unusual for the lanky right-hander. He got three ground ball outs in the first inning, but in his outing, he got eight ground outs and seven fly outs. Definitely a good start to build upon for the Twins top pick from 2009. Anthony Slama came in for Gibson with a couple of runners on and got a strikeout to end the sixth inning. He threw a scoreless seventh too. He got two outs in the 8th inning before Alex Burnett came in. Burnett got the final four outs to record his first save. Brandon Roberts had an early triple and scored the teams first run. Brock Peterson was 2-3. Matt Macri went 1-2 with a walk and a bit three run homer that broke open the game for the Red Wings who won 5-1.
- New Britain got an early lead, but Deolis Guerra’s run of bad starts continued. Guerra went just 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs (5 earned) on 10 hits and a walk. He struck out four. Tony Davis got the final two outs of the fifth inning, but not before giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Steve Hirschfeld gave up a run on two hits in his inning. Carlos Gutierrez and Billy Bullock each threw a scoreless inning. The Rockcats lost 11-7. They scored seven runs despite just five hits. They also got seven walks. Jeff Howell hit his second homer, and Mark Dolenc hit his fifth.
- Ft. Myers lost 5-2 to Charlotte. Matt Moore is averaging well over 12 strikeouts per nine innings this year. The first time through the Miracle order, he struck out eight of the nine batters he faced. In his 6.2 innings, he gave up only an unearned run on three hits. He walked two and struck out 12. Impressive, but the Miracle starter tonight was just as successful, just without the strikeouts. Kane Holbrooks threw six shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out four. Jhon Garcia came in and threw a scoreless inning, but then he gave up five runs (3 earned) in the eighth inning. Chris Herrmann and Nick Romero each went 2-4. Romero had an early triple and scored the unearned run that gave the Miracle an early lead.
- Beloit and Peoria were rained out. The Snappers head home to start a series on Saturday night.
- Elizabethton beat Kingsport 8-0. BJ Hermsen started and threw six shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out seven. Jean Mijares then struck out four in three scoreless innings. Brian Burke went 3-5. Daniel Ortiz was 2-5 with his 11th double. Kyle Knudson was 2-4 with his eighth double. Oswaldo Arcia hit his 19th double and drove in three runs.
- On Friday afternoon, the GCL Twins beat the Red Sox 11-6. Eddie Rosario went 2-3 with a walk and his 21st stolen base. Kennys Vargas was 2-3 with a walk and his 12th double. Miguel Sano was 2-4. Jair Rodriguez went 2-5 with his fifth stolen base. Matt Tolbert was 1-4 with a walk and his second double.
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