Monday Night Game Notes

27 Apr

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The Twins lost 7-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. Scott Baker was certainly better, but four runs in six innings is far from great. That said, I thought he looked significantly better than he had in his first two starts. So that is a positive. If you are looking for a positive, the Twins are 9-11, and Baker and Francisco Liriano are a combined 0-7. Think about that for a minute. When the team’s top two starting pitchers do not start, the team is 9-4. In a strange way, that is reason for some optimism. The Twins managed just five hits in the game off of Jeff Niemann, who like former college teammate Philip Humber is out of options, and that solid Rays bullpen. Alexi Casilla and Michael Cuddyer each walked twice. Denard Span stole two bases. The lone highlight of the game for the Twins was the third home run of Joe Crede’s season.

 

The other highlight for me was getting to see Juan Morillo. He gave up a solo home run in the 9th inning to Jason Bartlett, but I don’t care about that. That made the end score 7-1 instead of 6-1. What I like, as everyone does, is the consistency of fastballs over 95 mph. If he can hone the control of that pitch in a couple of months with Rick Anderson, and then find a second pitch during the 2009 season, he could be special. Am I the only one who is excited about a 2010 bullpen that could include Jose Mijares, Juan Morillo, Jesse Crain, Pat Neshek, Rob Delaney and Anthony Slama setting up Joe Nathan. And maybe Boof Bonser will be back in that picture too. That is pretty exciting.    

 

At 9:00 central time last night, the SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast began. The guests on the show were Tyler Hissey of the MVN’s Around the Majors blog. We talked a bunch about the Rays and the Twins and this series. In the show’s second half, KFAN’s Phil Mackey, who writes a great blog at PhilMackey.com, as well as a new one at MNPokerMag.com came on and we talked Twins topics. We also discussed the Vikings draft a little bit. I think it was a solid show, so I hope you will check it out and then send me your feedback. What would you like from the show? And then be sure to check out Sunday night’s MNGameNight.com podcast, which the Twins Geek and I both thought was pretty strong. Again, your feedback is very important to us.

 

MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

 

ROCHESTER REPORT

Monday – Rochester 2, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 – Jason Jones started and gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits. He walked three and struck out six. Ben Julianel came in and gave up four runs on seven hits over the final 2.1 innings. He struck out three, but two of the hits were home runs. Jason Pridie went 2-5 with his second double. Matt Tolbert went 2-4 to raise his average to .206. Dustin Martin was also 2-4, and Trevor Plouffe went 2-3.

 

ROCKCAT RECAP

Monday – New Britain – No Game Scheduled.

 

MIRACLE MEMOS

Monday –Ft. Myers 4, Palm Beach 3 (10 innings)Chris Cates singled in Danny Berg, who was hit by a pitch, with the winning run. Of course, what everyone wants to know about this game is that Joe Mauer went 1-2 with two walks. He caught the first seven innings again. Miracle radio man Zach Spears informed me that Mauer had to really run to score from second on a single, but he did. Deibinson Romero went 2-5. David Bromberg started and gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out five. Steve Hirschfeld and Spencer Steedley threw 3.1 shutout relief innings. Kyle Waldrop pitched the final two innings of scoreless ball to get the win.

 

SNAPPERS SNIPPETS

Monday – Beloit 6, Kane County 10Ramon Santana continues his torrid start. In this game, the SS went 3-4 with his fifth double and two RBI. Dan Osterbock made the start and in five innings, he gave up five runs (3 earned). He gave up five hits (including two home runs), a walk and struck out four. Bruce Pugh got the loss. He gave up three runs on one hit and three walks in 1.2 innings. Matt Williams then gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in the final 1.1 innings. This team has a long ways to go on defense. Nick Romero, who has been splitting time between 3B and SS, committed his sixth error. Eli Tintor, who has not caught in about two years, is back with Beloit and back behind the plate. In this game, he had three passed balls.

 

I’ll be back in a little bit with another posting. Enjoy your Tuesday!  Send me an e-mail, or leave your questions or comments here.

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3 Responses to “Monday Night Game Notes”

  1. gobbledygookguy April 28, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    seth assuming it’s not dickey who would be the first starter called up at this point if needed to fill a spot?

  2. Funkytown April 28, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Am I the only one who is excited about a 2010 bullpen that could include Jose Mijares, Juan Morillo, Jesse Crain, Pat Neshek, Rob Delaney and Anthony Slama setting up Joe Nathan.

    I would be, if I really believed the Twins would go this way.

    Breslow or some other lefty likely will be part of the bullpen. I just don’t see MN expecting both Delaney and Slama to be in the majors unless they start advancing them. One or both should already be in AAA.

  3. Jack Steal April 28, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Seth,

    What do you think Gardy is going to do about the outfield situation. I feel betrayed by Gardy because Cuddyer has been given every chance to re-establish himself this year and has failed miserably. Carlos Gomez has not been allowed to play and get himself going and it makes no sense to me. The team won last year with Gomez starting and Gardy refuses to play him. What is Gomez going to learn from sitting on the bench? Funny thing is Gardy did the same thing to Cuddyer early on in his career and it was not until 2006 playing RF when he took off. The best outfield without question is Span-Gomez-Young.

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