Valencia Vaults Twins to Win

13 Apr

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Michael Cuddyer was 4-4 with a walk. Luke Hughes had two hits and drove in two big runs. Jason Kubel had two hits. The offense put together 13 hits in this game. But it was Danny Valencia who got to play hero on Tuesday night. With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Valencia singled to right, driving in Jason Repko with the game-winning run. Valencia had been seeing the ball better in the game as shown by two walks. Finally, he started using the whole field, hitting the ball to right.

Brian Duensing started and gave up three runs (2 earned thanks to an error of his own) on eight hits and two walks in six innings. Jose Mijares came on with runners on in the 7th and got a big strikeout. Matt Capps than got the final two outs of the 7th inning. He also pitched a perfect 8th inning. Joe Nathan came in and pitched well in the 9th. And Dusty Hughes got the win against the team that let him go this winter with a 1-2-3 10th inning.

The pitching was terrific, but to me the best thing has been Gardy’s usage of the bullpen. I love that he is using his best bullpen arm (Capps) in the role that he used Jesse Crain in last year. It’s not the comfortable 9th inning save. It’s the two-runners on, one out, keep them from scoring situations.

LAST NIGHT’S PODCAST – The Twins game ended with about a minute left in the SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast. It was great to catch up with New Britain starter David Bromberg for a fun 15 minute discussion. Check out the podcast. The next will be Twins Minor League Weekly on Thursday night at 10.

SethSpeaks.net Minor League Hitter of the DaySteve Singleton, New Britain Rock Cats

Seth Speaks.net Minor League Pitcher of the DayDavid Bromberg, New Britain Rock Cats

Red Wings Ramblings

Tuesday – Red Wings 3, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 5 – Anthony Swarzak started and gave up three runs on six hits and three walks in four innings. He struck out two. Jim Hoey then struck out two in two innings. Kyle Waldrop took the loss. He was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk in his two innings. Phil Dumatrait threw one scoreless frame. Ben Revere went 3-4 with a walk.  

Rock Cats Report

Tuesday – Game 1 – Rock Cats 7, Harrisburg 1 – This game actually started on Monday night. Liam Hendriks struck out two in a scoreless inning. The Rock Cats already had a run as Steve Singleton led off the game with a double, stole third base and scored. And then the rains came. The game was suspended until Tuesday. David Bromberg was on the mound for the Rock Cats and he threw six shutout innings. He allowed six hits, walked none and struckout none. Cole DeVries gave up and unearned run in 1.1 innings, but Jake Stevens came on to strike out the last two batters to end the game and record his first save. Singleton went 3-5 with that double and stolen base. Evan Bigley went 3-4. Danny Lehmann was 2-4. Ray Chang was 2-5 with his fifth double and two RBI.  

Tuesday – Game 2 – Rock Cats 8, Harrisburg 2 – Steve Singleton was again the story in the regularly scheduled game. He went 2-4 with a walk, his second double and his first home run. Chris Parmelee had two doubles in four at bats. He drove in three runs. Joe Benson and Mark Dolenc were each 1-3 with a walk. Santos Arias made the start for the Rock Cats. He went 3.2 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and one walk. Brett Jacobson gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out three. Mike Tarsi got the final four outs, three of them on strikeout.

Miracle Matters

Tuesday – Miracle 3, St. Lucie 1 – Matt Harvey, the Mets top pick last year out of North Carolina, was the story in this game. He went six innings, striking out eight. Kane Holbrooks matched zeroes with him for the first five innings, but he gave up one run in the 6th. He gave up that one run on five hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. Jhon Garcia came in and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in two innings. Bruce Pugh got the final four outs. Chris Herrmann’s hot start remains intact. He was the team’s catcher for the first time this year. He also went 2-3 with a walk, his first double and an RBI. He is now hitting .529 on the early season. Brian Dozier notched his first double.  

Snappers Bites

Tuesday – Snappers 1, Clinton 0 – In a pitcher’s duel, the Snappers needed just one hit to record a win. Clinton starter Forrest Snow gave up no hits through the game’s first six innings. But he was replaced, and in the 7th inning, Oswaldo Arcia got on with a walk. Michael Gonzales singled on a line drive to right to break up the no-no. Danny Ortiz came up and hit a sacrifice fly to give the team a 1-0 lead. That was it for the offense. It was enough on this night for the Snappers pitchers. Manuel Soliman made his first start and gave up just one hit and a walk in four innings. He struckout six. Ryan O’Rourke gave up two hits in his two scoreless frames. He recorded four strikeouts. Martire Garcia got the win. He struckout three in two perfect innings. Matt Hauser gave up two hits, but no runs, in the ninth to record his first save of the year. He struck out two.

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3 Responses to “Valencia Vaults Twins to Win”

  1. TT April 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    “I love that he is using his best bullpen arm (Capps) in the role that he used Jesse Crain in last year. It’s not the comfortable 9th inning save.”

    Capps is the setup guy, Nathan is the closer. How else would Capps or Mijares be used? They are the setup guys. If there were any fans who didn’t expect to see Mijares and Capps in that situation, they aren’t paying attention.

    What it really demonstrated is that all the angst over the Twins bullpen this winter was over-wrought. The only real question was and is Nathan. With those three guys the game is basically over after 6 or 7 innings if the Twins have the lead.

    • mike wants wins April 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

      I agree, all the hand wringing over guys that pitch less than 1/3 of the innings was silly. But that’s true of every team, too much time and money on teh bullpen, not enough on SS or OF defense (for example).

      Hughes showed today, and will continue to show, that he’s not good just because he’s LH and a veteran.

      Gardy and Anderson told their only strikeout pitcher to pitch to contact? I mean, more strikes yes, but pitch to contact, with this defense? Ugh.

      • mike wants wins April 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

        Dusty, not Luke…btw.

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