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The Twins offense has certainly struggled. They haven’t hit, haven’t walked, haven’t hit for power, having scored a lot of runs. What did this team need more than anything? How about another seven shutout innings from Scott Baker? That was exactly what the team needed. Yes, it was nice to get the early lead on Jim Thome’s 591st home run. Getting another run of support (also thanks to Thome who singled in Alexi Casilla in to give the Twins a 2-0 lead) in the 6th inning was helpful. Michael Cuddyer’s second home run gave the Twins a 3-0 lead as well. But Baker was the story in this game, and he is the example for what the Twins need to do as they head home. Seven solid innings by a starter can work miracles for any team.
Baker got his first win of the year, but he dropped his season ERA to just 3.24 with the seven shutout innings. He gave up just four walks. He didn’t make his defense help him. He walked just one and got nine punch-outs! When the Twins defense is as questionable as it can be, strikeouts are a wonderful thing.
And now the Twins get to go home after starting the season with 14 of 19 games on the road (would have been 20, but that Yankees game got postponed until September).
The Twins will now take on the Cleveland Indians, surprisingly the team atop the AL Central. Hopefully we get good news on Delmon Young’s morning MRI, and hopefully being at home and playing against the division will turn things around. Keep hope alive! It would be great to see the Twins win two out of three… sweeps are good too! J Here are the pitching matchups:
- Friday – Fausto Carmona (1-2, 4.74) vs Brian Duensing (1-0, 3.60)
- Saturday – Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 4.85) vs Francisco Liriano (1-3, 7.40)
- Sunday – Jeanmar Gomez (0-1, 10.38) vs Carl Pavano (1-2, 5.47)
Oh, and if you want to read some sky-is-falling, blame the manager, blame everyone, call everyone wimpy insight on the Twins, be sure to read yesterday’s comments section.
Minor League Report
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SethSpeaks.net Minor League Hitter of the Day– Trevor Plouffe, Rochester Red Wings
SethSpeaks.net Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Kyle Gibson, Rochester Red Wings
Red Wings Ramblings
Thursday – Red Wings 2, Buffalo 4 (10) – The weather conditions were still quite cold in Buffalo, but the two teams got their two games in. Kyle Gibson gave the fans a lot to watch in the first game. The Twins 2009 top pick went six innings without giving up a hit. Unfortunately, he gave up a leadoff home run in the 7th inning to lose the no-hit bid and the shutout. Unfortunately due to a lack of offensive supportive, the game was also tied. Gibson was taken out of the game after the homer with 83 pitches thrown. He walked none and struck out six. The Red Wings grabbed a one run lead again in the 8th, but Alex Burnett (who got five outs) coughed up that lead. Phil Dumatrait went the next 1.2 innings without allowing a run. Kyle Waldrop started the bottom of the 10th with a walk and then gave up a walk-off home run that ended the game. Chase Lambin had three hits for the Red Wings.
Thursday – Red Wings 1, Buffalo 4 – In the second game, the Red Wings got another terrific start. Scott Diamond threw five innings and gave up just one run. He gave up a walk and a single and got one out in the sixth when he was replaced by Carlos Gutierrez. The Twins 2008 first-round pick walked the first batter he faced to load up the bases, and then gave up a two-run double followed by a sacrifice fly. Again, the bats were silent although Trevor Plouffe did go 3-3 with a walk, his third double and first triple.
Rock Cats Report
Thursday – Rock Cats 1, Portland 5 – The Rock Cats made the trip to Maine and despite some cool conditions got their game in too. The bats remained relatively cool, managing just five hits in the game. Steve Singleton was 2-4 with his fourth double. Joe Benson hit his fifth double. Chris Parmelee provided the lone run of the game with his second home run of the year. Bobby Lanigan started and gave up five runs (4 earned) on eight hits and three walks in just four innings. Brett Jacobson came in and went two scoreless innings despite giving up three walks. Mike Tarsi gave up a hit but no runs in his two innings of relief.
Thursday – Miracle 5, Bradenton 4 – The Miracle got just enough offense and pitching to win this game. Anderson Hidalgo led the offense by going 3-3. Danny Rams went 1-2 with two walks. Brian Dozier had a two run double and his sixth stolen base. Nick Romero had two hits, including a 7th inning single that scored Hidalgo with what proved to be the winning run. Matt Schuld started. In five innings, he gave up four runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out three. Shooter Hunt threw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. He got the win and is now 2-0. Dakota Watts got all three outs in the ninth inning for his third save.
Thursday – Snappers 4, Peoria 5 (7 innings, rain) – The weather again affected the Snappers in this game. After 7 innings, the game ended with the Snappers a run behind. BJ Hermsen started and gave up five runs (4 earned) on six hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. Michael Tonkin came in and threw two scoreless innings before the rains came. Daniel Santana had a two run triple (And two more errors). Andy Leer was 1-2 with a walk and a double.
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