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Well, if nothing else, Jhonny Peralta is making me look smart for taking a late-round flyer on him in a couple of my fantasy baseball leagues. Fortunately, he’s having a tremendous season. Unfortunately, he is a large factor in the Tigers’ dominance of the Twins in 2011. On Friday night, he went 3-5 with a double, a home and four RBI, as the Tigers beat the Twins for the 11th straight game. The Tigers scored in each of the first three innings and in five of the first six innings. Obviously that doesn’t transfer well into a stat line for Twins starter Brian Duensing. The lefty gave up seven runs on nine hits and a walk in just 4.2 innings. Alex Burnett went the next 1.1 innings. Jose Mijares gave up just one hit over two shutout innings. And Glen Perkins had another dominant inning.
Alexi Casilla and Jim Thome each had two hits. Jason Kubel returned to the lineup and went 1-2 with two walks. Following the game, the Twins announced that Scott Baker would be activated from the Disabled List to start on Saturday. In a somewhat surprising move, Luke Hughes was sent back to Rochester. I figured he would be the next player to be sent down, but not at this time. I am surprised that they are going to stay with just three bench options. However, with the uncertainty of how long Baker will go, it may not be bad to have an extra arm for a couple of days, maybe until Denard Span gets back.
The Twins find themselves exactly where they were on Tuesday. Remember, they lost the two doubleheader games to Cleveland to fall seven games back in the AL Central. But they came back and won the last two games to pull back to five games back. And now, they have lost two games to Detroit to fall seven games back again.
I think it is safe to say that, to this point, the 5-5 record on the twelve game home stand against the AL Central is rather disappointing, but there are still two games left. There are also still nine days before the trade deadline, so it will be interesting to see how the Twins respond. As well as Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer continue to hit (and Jason Kubel’s return), it will be hard for the Twins two score runs if the top of the order doesn’t start getting on base. Ben Revere has just one hit in his last 25 at bats. Casilla has had six hits in his last three games, so that is a good start.
Minor League Updates
Be sure to check out Roger’s Minor League Report at Twinkie Town later this morning.
Rochester Red Wings
Rochester 4, Indianapolis 5 (10 innings) – Kyle Gibson returned home to Indianapolis and pitched in front of a couple hundred family and friends. His struggles continued but in a different way this time. He gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. He also allowed a career-high five batters and struck out just one. Kyle Waldrop came in and struck out three in three scoreless innings. Jim Hoey came in and gave up the winning run with two outs in the 10th. Brandon Roberts went 2-5 with his fourth double. Brian Dinkelman was 1-3 with a walk and his 19th double.
New Britain Rock Cats
New Britain 6, Altoona 1 – Brian Dozier continues to impress. The middle infielder went 3-4 with his ninth and tenth doubles and his ninth stolen base. Chris Parmelee was 3-5. Joe Benson hit his seventh homer. Deibinson hit his ninth homer of the year, his third in four games and his fourth in seven games. Bobby Lanigan started and gave up one run on five hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out four. Spencer Steedley threw a scoreless inning despite giving up two hits. Deolis Guerra gave up two hits and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Tyler Robertson pitched a scoreless inning.
Ft. Myers Miracle
The Miracle lost 9-0 to Clearwater. The game was over almost before it started. Edgar Ibarra made a spot start. He gave up six runs on eight hits and recorded just one out. Brad Stillings went the next 3.2 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits and three walks. Clinton Dempster went the next 3.2 innings. He gave up one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Ricky Bowen got the final out. The Miracle had just two hits in the game, singles by Josmil Pinto and Anderson Hidalgo.
The Snappers lost 5-2 to Great Lakes. Manuel Soliman gave up five runs on four hits and two walks. Three of the hits were home runs. Sam Spangler and Ben Tootle each threw a scoreless inning in relief. The Snappers managed just four hits in the game. Michael Gonzales hit his 18th double.
At least the E-Twins had a close game this time, although they still lost 5-4 to Princeton. Todd Van Steensel started and gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings. Steven Evans gave up one run on two hits in two innings. Matt Summers pitched another 1-2-3 inning. Tyler Koelling went 0-0 with four walks. Rory Rhodes was 2-5. The E-Twins had just four hits and ten walks.
The GCL Twins lost 5-0 to the Rays. Bobby O’Neill gave up three runs (1 earned) on six hits in three innings. Mark Trau threw two scoreless innings. Tyler Herr gave up one run on four hits in two innings. Matt Tomshaw gave up an unearned run on three hits in two innings. The Twins had just three hits. Jorge Polanco went 2-4 with his fourth double.
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