Weekend Twins Links

8 May

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The Twins and Red Sox played a full nine-inning game despite a rain delay that exceeded two hours. It wasn’t a good day for the Twins. The offense managed just three hits. Michael Cuddyer had two of them. Brian Duensing gave up a run in his two innings before the delay. Kevin Slowey came in and gave up one run in 4.1 innings before Glen Perkins got the Twins out of the 7th inning. Alex Burnett gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in 2/3 of a the bottom of the 8th inning.

The two teams play again on Sunday afternoon with Carl Pavano and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound.

With that, here is a look at some Twins-related blogs from the past week:

Minor League Notes

It wasn’t a very good day for most of the Twins minor league pitchers.

According to Sloane, the Rochester Baseball Observer, the Twins have signed Aaron Bates, a 1B/OF that was released by the Red Sox after spring training. With Brandon Roberts unable to play with an oblique injury, he will likely go to the DL to make room. Bates is 27 years old and spent all of the 2010 season with the Red Sox AAA affiliate in Pawtucket. In 2009, he went 4-11 (.364) in a short stint with the Red Sox. He was the Red Sox 3rd round pick in 2006 out of North Carolina State.

Also, Matt Parker, a catcher from San Diego State University, has been promoted from Extended Spring Training to the Beloit Snappers. Another defense-first catcher, he never hit above .263 in college, but does a good job behind the plate. Of course, he caught Stephen Strasburg in college.

Congrats to former Twins pitcher (1 IP) and long-time Twins minor leaguer Rob Delaney on his promotion to the Tampa Bay Rays. Interesting, and/or ironic, that he gets called up one day after the Twins option Dusty Hughes.

Saturday SethSpeaks.net Minor League Hitter of the DayJames Beresford, Ft. Myers Miracle 

Saturday SethSpeaks.net Minor League Pitcher of the DayKyle Gibson, Rochester Red Wings

Red Wings Ramblings

Saturday – Red Wings 3, Gwinnett 6 – Kyle Gibson posted another Quality Start. In six innings, he gave up three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six. Carlos Gutierrez came in and gave up an unearned run on two hits to take the loss. Kyle Waldrop got two outs in the 9th but gave up two runs on one hit and one walk. Chuck James came in and got the final out, but not before giving up two hits. The Red Wins managed just three hits. Brian Dinkelman and Stevce Holm each had a double.

At noon today, Scott Diamond will take the mound against Gwinnett.  

Rock Cats Report

Saturday – Rock Cats 7, Portland 15 – Yet another rough start for Deolis Guerra. The right-hander gave up ten runs on eight hits (including three home runs), three walks and a hit batter in just 1.2 innings. Santos Arias came in and gave up five runs (4 earned) on six hits and a walk in 2.1 innings. Mike Tarsi threw two shutout innings. Jake Stevens struck out two in his two shutout innings. Evan Bigley went 2-3 with a walk, his first home runs and two RBI. Chris Parmelee went 2-5 with his ninth double. Joe Benson was 1-3 with a walk and his third home run. Mark Dolenc hit his second double and drove in two.

Bobby Lanigan will take the mound for the Rock Cats against Portland.

Miracle Matters

Saturday – Miracle 2, Jupiter 20 – As you would guess by the score, this wasn’t a great pitching performance for the Miracle. Tom Stuifbergen made his first start since his return from his shoulder injury. He was limited to 45 pitches. He gave up five runs (1 earned) on five hits and a walk. Shooter Hunt came in and gave up six earned runs on five hits, three walks and a hit batter in two innings. Brad Tippett came in and gave up four runs on three hits and a walk in 0.2 innings. Blake Martin then gave up three runs on four hits and two walks in 2.2 innings. Dakota Watts pitched the final two innings and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks. James Beresford just continues to hit. He went 3-4 and is now hitting .362. Brian Dozier went 2-4. Nick Romero and Anderson Hidalgo each hit a double.  

No game for the Miracle on this Mother’s Day.

Snappers Bites

Saturday – Snappers 3, Cedar Rapids 5 – Last year when BJ Hermsen returned home and started at Cedar Rapids, he took a no-hitter into the 9th and ended with a complete game shutout. In this game, he gave up five runs (4 earned) on ten hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out five. Martire Garcia walked two and gave up a hit in two scoreless innings. Wang-Wei Lin went 2-4 with his second stolen base. Michael Gonzales knocked his fifth home run and drove in two.

At 1:05 today, Logan Darnell will face the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

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One Response to “Weekend Twins Links”

  1. mike wants wins May 9, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    Hard to disagree with Fanatic Jack’s post at all. But I’m tired of typing how bad his trades are over and over. I just want the Twins to start playing baseball. But that is hard when 1/3 of your lineup is hitting worse then NL pitchers.

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