Perfect Night: Twins Go 5-0

9 May

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What a great night for the Twins organization. The Twins got a much-needed blow-out win while all four of their full season minor league season affiliates also won. The game reports and notes are below, but here are just a couple of reminders:

  • I will again be on am 1450 KBMW in Wahpeton, ND, so if you’re in the area, be sure to tune that in.
  • Also, I am also going to be on Twins Weekly on KFAN on Sunday with Phil Mackey and probably LaVelle E Neal. The show is one fro 5-6. I don’t know what time segment I might be on, but be sure to tune in.
  • And again, on Sunday night, from 10:00-10:30, you can hear the podcast by listening live or tuning in after the show, or downloading it to your iPod.  



Scott Baker was very good again, and the Twins bat provided him with more than enough run support to get him that first win of the season. Baker went seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits. He walked none and struck out five. Jesse Crain and Joe Nathan each got an inning of work in as well without surrendering a base runner. The Twins got a couple of runs in the first when a Joe Mauer ground out scored Denard Span, and a fly out by Justin Morneau scored Matt Tolbert from third. The next inning, Brendan Harris came up big with an opposite field, three run home run that gave the Twins a 5-0 lead. The Twins added three home runs in the bottom of the fifth. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau homered back to back, and a few batters later, Brian Buscher launched his first home run of the year, a three run blast. Mauer, Harris and Kubel each had two hits. Kubel added a walk and his ninth double. Delmon Young went 2-3 with a walk, and he is now hitting .303 on the season.  

MINOR LEAGUE REPORT Hitter of the Day – Steve Tolleson, New Britain Rockcats Pitcher of the Day – Bobby Lanigan, Beloit Snappers


Friday –Rochester 7, Charlotte 5 – Dustin Martin and Trevor Plouffe each went 3-4. Justin Huber and Drew Butera each went 2-4. David Winfree went 2-3 with a walk, his eighth double and his third home run. Brian Duensing improved to 2-1. He gave up three runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. He didn’t walk any and struck out two. Mike Gosling gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. He struck out three. Sean Henn gave up two hits but no runs in 1.2 innings.


Friday – New Britain 12, Portland 11Steve Tolleson should have started this season at AAA. He has been really bad. Maybe tonight will help him turn it all around. He went 4-5 with his third and fourth doubles. He also stole his fourth base. Brandon Roberts went 3-5 with his first triple, first homer and four RBI. Toby Gardenhire went 2-4 with a walk and two doubles. Erik Lis was 2-6 with a double. Jay Rainville had his first really bad start. In just 3.2 innings, he gave up seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Jose Lugo then gave up three runs in 1.1 innings. Rob Delaney went the next 2.1 innings. He gave up a run on one hit and one walk. Anthony Slama blew the save, but then got the win. He went 1.2 shutout innings, gave up a hit and a walk, but struck out four and allowed only the inherited runner to score.  


Friday –Ft. Myers 4, St. Lucie 3Tyler Robertson had his best start of the year. The lefty gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out four. Santos Arias then gave up a hit and two walks in 1.1 innings, but no runs. Blair Erickson struck out three in the final 1.2 innings. Mark Dolenc went 3-4 with three stolen bases. Ben Revere went 3-4 with his 15th stolen base. Deibinson Romero went 1-2 with two walks.


Friday – Beloit 8, Lansing 6Bobby Lanigan improved to 3-1. The righty gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks, but he went eight innings. Matt Williams got the final three outs, allowing three runs in the process. Ozzie Lewis led the offense. He went 3-4 with his sixth and seventh doubles. Allan de San Miguel went 3-4 with his first double. Evan Bigley, Jonathan Waltenbury and Angel Morales each went 2-5. Nathan Hanson went 2-4 with his first triple. Drew Thompson went 2-4 with his third double.  

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4 Responses to “Perfect Night: Twins Go 5-0”

  1. Rick May 9, 2009 at 2:46 am #

    Does it seem like alot of the Twins highly regarded prospects hit the wall in New Britian? Examples: Winfree, Moses, now Slama and Delany are sure not dominating like before. It is getting harder to get excited about our prospects until they can pass the mustard test at AA. Guys like Slowey and Garza were able to keep up their lower minor league stats as they moved on. Not many others have. Any comments Seth?

  2. goingyard May 9, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    Mijares had a 2.93 ERA in New Britain last year. He earned promotion all the way to the Twins. Delaney had much better numbers in AA last year…he got sent back to AA.

    Don’t think for a second that the Twins actually have this wired. They play guessing games with way too many prospects. There is no reason on the planet that Delaney should have been sent back to AA.

    here is another thought,…last night Delaney gave up a run in his THIRD inning of work. Why is Delaney pitching more than one inning…why more than two innings?????? Keep him to one inning a game and he is lights out. Same with Slama…both of whom are doing just as well as Mijares did last year…both of whom should be elevated. Period!!

  3. mike wants wind May 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    How much is Morales catching at AAA. The excuse for sending him down was that he needed to improve his catching. But, it looks like his not catching, and is the DH. I’m not sure this whole “send him down so he can play everyday” thing is working.

  4. TT May 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    “Delaney had much better numbers in AA last year…he got sent back to AA.”

    Delaney only pitched 34 innings at AA last year. Slama pitched the entire year in A ball. Neither one has proven themselves at AA, much less demonstrated they are ready to pitch in the major leagues.

    Before last year, Mijares had already pitched a full season at AA and AAA in 2007. The only reason he was pitching at AA in 2008 was that he was recovering from a broken arm.

    “Does it seem like alot of the Twins highly regarded prospects hit the wall in New Britian?”

    That is true for every team in baseball and there are good reasons for it. The move up from A ball to AA is a significant jump. The competition is much better with weaker players culled at the A level. In addition, I believe AA is the first time there are advance scouting reports that track players tendencies. So if you have any weaknesses, and every player does, the other team is going to exploit it if they can.

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