Game 3: Twins 6, Mariners 5

9 Apr

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Two games in a row, two identical scores. Fortunately the identical scores have the Twins with the larger number. The Twins improved to 2-1 with their second straight 6-5 win. Here are some thoughts on the game:

·         Justin Morneau led the offense in this game. He started things off in the bottom of the 1st with a two run homer off of Carlos Silva that went well into the upper deck. In the 5th inning, Michael Cuddyer was on second base, and Morneau hit a bounder up the middle that scored Cuddyer with the game-tying run. Morneau hustled out of the box and dove head first into 2B with a double, something Ron Gardenhire does not like to see. But that hustle meant that when Jason Kubel doubled down the right field line, Morneau scored the go-ahead run.

·         Kubel and Alexi Casilla each had two hits.

·         Denard Span was way out in front of a second inning changeup, but he kept his hands back and drove the ball over the baggy for a two run homer. He went back to the dugout just shaking his head.

·         Kevin Slowey got the start for the Twins. It wasn’t his best outing, but certainly something that he can build upon. He gave up five runs on nine hits in just 3.2 innings. Fortunately, he toughed it out and got seven more outs. His six innings of work helped save the bullpen.

·         After Matt Guerrier gave two shutout innings of relief on Tuesday night, the Twins bullpen came through in a great way in this game. Craig Breslow and Jesse Crain each threw a shutout inning.

·         Joe Nathan got the ball for the 9th inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, he had recorded his 200th save in a Twins uniform (201st overall).

·         The Twins improve to 2-1 on the short season.

·         At noon today, it will be Glen Perkins toting the mound for the Twins against Jarrod Washburn of the Mariners. Following the game, the team will fly down to Chicago for a three game series against the White Sox.



The 2009 minor league season is now underway. The AA New Britain Rockcats played their first game of the year on Wednesday night. The Rochester Red Wings, Ft. Myers Miracle and Beloit Snappers will get started today.

·         The New Britain Rockcats lost their opener to (and in) New Hampshire last night 7-4. Jeff Manship got the start and it didn’t go so well. He gave up two runs in the first inning and four runs in the second inning. In all, he went four innings and gave up six runs (5 earned) on seven hits and two walks. He struck out five. Matt Fox struck out three in two strikeout innings. Zach Ward gave up a run in his inning. Jose Lugo is back with the Twins organization and on this night, he gave up just a hit in his shutout inning. Joe Gaetti led the offense. He went 2-4 with two doubles and a sacrifice fly. Whit Robbins was also 2-4. Brian Dinkelman went 1-2 with two walk. Danny Valencia and Wilson Ramos combined to go 1-10 with an error. This team has tremendous talent and over the season should be very good.

·         At 1:00 CT, the Rochester Red Wings will send Jason Jones to the mound to face Syracuse. He will be followed in the rotation by Kevin Mulvey and then Anthony Swarzak. Jim Mandelaro passed on some more inside information at his Extra Bases Blog.

·         At 5:35 CT, the New Britain Rockcats will again fact New Hampshire. Jay Rainville will start. Ryan Mullins and Cole Devries will make their next two starts.

·         At 6:35 CT, the Ft. Myers Miracle will (according to, at least) send Alex Burnett to the mound against Charlotte.

·         At 6:35 CT, the Beloit Snappers will be in Cedar Rapids. They will send Shooter Hunt out for the start.  



·         It’s Thursday, so I did post my new blog entry for the Star Tribune Your Voices page. It is called Minor to Most, but Everything to Some.

·         At, Parker posted an Award Context article on Jim Perry’s 1970 AL Cy Young. It is certainly worth the read!

·         Pat Neshek gave several reasons that he likes and will miss the Metrodome.

·         Aaron Gleeman is now part of a small group that blogs about baseball for The blog is called Circling the Bases.

·         Travis Talks looks at his Top 50 Twins Prospects and where they will begin the 2009 season.

·         Ubelman has figured out the true Secret of the Twins Success in 2009.

·         The Twins Geek answers Five Basic Questions about the start of the Twins season.

·         Phil Mackey had the opportunity to talk with Denard Span and shared some of it on his blog.

·         There is some good discussion at John Sickels’ Minor League Ball, in a diary about Aaron Hicks.   


That is it for today. Any input would be great!.   Send me an e-mail, or leave your questions or comments here.


3 Responses to “Game 3: Twins 6, Mariners 5”

  1. thrylos98 April 9, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    It seems that Huber is having some visa issues and until they clear he will be in Rochester’s reserve list.

  2. Kunza April 9, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    I for one see this Delmon Young situation running right into a major train wreck. It is quite obvious after 3 games that good old Gardenhire has it figured out. DY will be requesting a trade at the end of the season after getting about 350 AB’s this season and having a miserable season.

    I can’t believe that Bill Smith would let DY have anything less than 500 AB’s this season – I see this whole situation playing out just like the Jason Bartlett/Juan Castro fiasco a few years ago when they HAD TO TRADE Castro to prevent Gardenhire from playing him over Bartlett

  3. mike wants wins April 9, 2009 at 11:13 am #

    Not tomention Harris. Both guys they traded Garza for are not Gardy’s favorites. Alas.

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