At Least That One is Over!

14 Apr

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Twins 6, Blue Jays 8 – Wow!! What a horrible baseball game! It was incredibly difficult to watch the whole thing! OK, for me it really wasn’t that difficult, I mean, I pretty much will always watch it. But it clearly was not a good baseball game if you were a Twins fan. Throughout the game, I hosted a Live Twins Chat, and you can check out the transcript here. At 10:00 last night, I hosted the MN Game Night podcast with The Twins Geek, who was live from the press box at the Dome.

·         It all starts with pitching and specifically starting pitching. Kevin Slowey put forth his best Livan Hernandez impersonation. The only thing that he could have done differently was put on a body suit to add some weight. Despite being given a lead, Slowey gave up base runner after base runner. In 5.1 innings, he gave up an incredible 13 hits. He walked one. Somehow, he gave up just five runs. Bert Blyleven talked about his need to pitch inside. I can’t disagree. The Blue Jays were able to do whatever they wanted, it seemed. Slowey was fortunate to be helped out by three double play balls though.

·         The bullpen wasn’t much better. Matt Guerrier was charged with a run in his inning. After Craig Breslow struck out the lone batter he faced. But then Luis Ayala served up a perfect pitch to Scott Rolen, allowing him to drill a game tying single. In the 8th, Ayala gave up a two run homer to rookie Travis Snider. It was Snider’s second home run of the game. 

·         RA Dickey came in and got the final four outs. With Scott Baker coming back on Wednesday, Dickey will be back in the bullpen. I am still one that says that the Twins should not put Philip Humber on waivers, not yet. That is why I think that Brian Duensing is the easy choice to be sent down to Rochester to make room.

·         Denard Span had a nice game. He went 2-4 with a walk and a double.

·         Justin Morneau went 2-5 with a double.

·         Michael Cuddyer went 2-3 with a sacrifice fly and a double.

·         Jason Kubel went 2-5 with his first home run of the year.

·         Brian Buscher got his first start of the season and went 1-2 with a walk and a triple.

·         Nick Punto has been a solid offensive contributor out of the nine-spot so far this season. However, does anyone else think that he has lost a step defensively and his arm isn’t as strong? Maybe I’m wrong?

·         The Blue Jays had 19 hits in the game. Their #2 through #7 hitters each had at least two hits. And their number nine hitter, Travis Snider, went 2-3 with two home runs.

·         The Twins fall to 3-5, and the Blue Jays improve to 6-2.

·         On Tuesday, the Twins will send Glen Perkins to the mound, hoping he can follow up his great first start with another quality start. The Blue Jays will send Ricky Romero to the hill. Of course, the MN Game Night podcast will be on again from 10:00 to 10:30 tomorrow night. Hopefully the show will be more positive for the Twins!

·         And before you tune in to the MN Game Night podcast, be sure to tune into the Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast. I am still finalizing the guest list, but I do know that Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus will be on to talk about the Twins farm system and several of their prospects. So be sure to tune in at 9:00 central time for the one hour show (although I’ll try to be done a little before 10 so you can go to the MN Game Night podcast.    



Monday – Rochester 5, Pawtucket 3 – Seven Red Wings players had one hit. The team also took seven walks and stole six bases. Matt Macri went 1-2 with two walks. Jason Pridie was ejected from the game in the fifth inning. Trevor Plouffe came in to replace him and went 1-1 with a walk, a double and a stole base. Carmen Pignatiello started and gave up two runs on four hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out two. Bobby Keppel came in and gave up two hits in an inning, but no runs. Armando Gabino gave up a run on three hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Mike Gosling went an inning and struck out two. Jose Mijares got the final four outs.  



Monday – New Britain 6, Portland 10 – The Rockcats committed five errors in this game which led to three unearned runs. Matt Fox started and gave up four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. He struck out five. Zach Ward came in and went 1.1 innings. He walked two but neither scored. Yohan Pino threw a perfect frame. Rob Delaney came in and got two outs. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on two hits, one of which was a home run. Jose Lugo came in and gave up a hit before getting the final out of that inning. Frank Mata came in for the 8th inning. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on one hits but four walks. Juan Portes went 2-4 with his first double and first home run. Wilson Ramos went 2-4 with three RBI. Brian Dinkelman had a walk, was hit by a pitch, doubled and stole a base.



Monday – Ft. Myers 3, Charlotte 5Mike McCardell made his 2009 debut, and probably would like to get it back. In four innings, he gave up five runs (4 earned) on six hits, two of which were home runs. He didn’t walk any, and he struck out three. Henry Arias struck out three in two shutout innings. Spencer Steedley, Steve Hirschfeld and Kyle Waldrop each threw a scoreless inning in relief. Joe Benson needed to get off to a good start, and he has. He remained hot with a 2-4 day. Mark Dolenc went 1-3 with a walk and a double.  


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


7 Responses to “At Least That One is Over!”

  1. drnkmn April 14, 2009 at 3:53 am #

    So whats the date Ayala gets Rinconed this season? Does he make it to June?

  2. Brian April 14, 2009 at 7:31 am #

    yes, mean reminds me a lot like Rincon The Twins pen is a mess and Billy did nothing to fix it..

  3. roger April 14, 2009 at 8:11 am #

    Seth, One week into the season is too early to panic. But assuming that the bullpen continues like these last few games for another month…do you think Bill Smith will be pro-active and make a move? Certainly has a couple assets that could be used to get someone for the pen. Wouldn’t coupling either Harris or Young with Ayala get a top reliever and perhaps a goo Hi-A or AA prospect? Your thoughts?

  4. Dan April 14, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    After watching Toronto last night, I think they will be the big surprise this year. I realize it is still a steep hill to climb in the AL East but if the youngsters like Lind, Snider and Hill can add anything significant to a group of already great veteran hitters(which I think they will) their offense will be as good as anyone. Their only question mark is starting pitching as I think the bullpen will be good again this year. They will be a playoff team this year if they can get some quality starts from 2-5 to keep the BP fresh and of course everyone must stay healthy. You heard it here first…or maybe not.

  5. rosterman April 14, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    Line-up. Line-up. What happened to Kubel batting third. Young/Gomez…arrgh!

    The bullpen. Ayala, really? Maybe he should be the one to depart instead of Phillip or Biran?

    Tough, tough game to watch.

    Hey, anyone notice that Rochester has an AAAA roster. Think the average age is like 26-27. No complaints from Red Wings fans…as they must have guys who know how to play (or played) baseball.

  6. roger April 14, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    rosterman…the nucleus of the Red Wings is really several younger prospects. Swarzak (23) and Mulvey (23) are two of their top three starters. Mijares (24) is their short relief man. Plouffe (22), Hughes (24), Pridie (25), Martin (25) and Winfree (23) are key players who are younger and at least not yet considered AAAA type players. They have a nice mix of several solid prospects to go with some pitchers signed over the winter.

  7. Nils April 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    When is the Prospect Watch going to be fired up?

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