Tuesday Night Baseball

27 May

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Yesterday’s Live Chat was excellent, I thought. It started at about 1:00 and finished about 3:30. There were a lot of questions, so I think you would enjoy reading through the transcripts. Let me know what you think.

The Twins had one big offensive inning against the Red Sox in this game. Five runs. The biggest hit of the inning was a Justin Morneau that may have been the hardest hit ball in the history of ever! That made a 2-1 lead into a 5-1 lead. Nick Blackburn struggled the first two innings. He really had to work to keep the score close. But after that, he really pitched well and seemed in control. Again, any time you can have a starter go seven innings and give up just two runs, you’ve got a chance to win. That helps the end-game scenarios play out much cleaner. Matt Guerrier comes in for the 8th, and Joe Nathan comes in to close it in the 9th. That’s really the right recipe for the Twins (or any baseball team in the Major Leagues, college, high school, Little League, anywhere).

  • Justin Morneau was 2-3 with a walk and the three run homer. He is now batting .347.
  • Nick Punto went 2-3 with a walk. You have to give credit where credit is due in this game. I won’t even mention the ugly throwing error he had late in the game!
  • Delmon Young made a very nice running catch in the middle innings. Jason Varitek lined out down the left field line. Young covered a lot of ground to make the catch on a ball that was tailing away from him as well. It was a very good play. He was again 0-4, and struck out twice, but he hit the ball very well the other two at bats and got nothing to show for it. After going 2-3 against the Mariners, Young was batting .303. Then in two more games before leaving the team to be with his mother, he went 0-7. Then he was gone for 11 days during which time he said good bye to his mom and helped the family bury her before coming back. Since returning, he is 0-2 with eight strikeouts which lowers his batting average to .243. He is on an 0-19 stretch. I would think a day off against Daisuke Matsuzaka would be in order, and maybe against Josh Beckett on Thursday.
  • On a related note, that’s the Matt Garza I recall. Giving up long home runs and yelling at the opposition. Ryan Garko hit a long home run off of him and basically sprinted around the bases while Garza yelled at him. Garza then hit Garko with a fastball the next at bat. Have to love the Mark Derosa came up next and hit another long home run.
  • Kevin Slowey will be on the mound tonight for the Twins.
  • Steve Phillips isn’t very smart. There’s a reason he works for ESPN, and isn’t a GM anymore.
  • With all the Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer, Kubel and Span talk, Josh Johnson writes Joe Crede, Our Savior.
  • Travis Talks about the Francisco Liriano situation and options for what should be done. One option he presents is sending Liriano back to Rochester. First, Liriano does have options, but second, I would not send him down. If he is healthy, he needs to just work out his fastball command. That should be done at the big league level.
  • If you’re looking for reasons, as a Twins fan, to be optimistic, Brian from the Twins page on Examiner.com has three of them. Here is Part 1, and here is Part 2.
  • There are a couple more Forgettable Twins.
  •  You will want to listen to Sunday’s Twins Weekly show on KFAN with Phil Mackey. Check out both Part 1 and Part 2 of the 5/24 show.   

Here is a request for help from a Twins fan out of state, looking for someone to help him acquire a couple of things at the Twins Autograph Party. If you are interested, send me an e-mail and I will put you in contact with this gentleman:

  1. Is there anyone here that is going to (or considering going to) the Twins Autograph Party on Saturday June 20?  I have an item that I would like to get autographed by Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew, and seeing that I live in Philadelphia I am looking for someone to do the leg-work for me.  I would consider flying in for the day, but since I am out of work at the moment, I won’t even try to explain that frivolous expenditure to my wife.

    My proposal would be to find someone who would be willing to commit to going to the event, and standing in the alumni line (2:30-4:00) to (try to) get the two signatures.  In exchange I would pay the fee for the autograph card, which you could use to get your own autographs during the Current Twins session (12:30-2:00).  I would also pay your driving expenses including parking, plus a reasonable “time and effort” fee, which we will negotiate in advance.  I will send the item to you via FedEx and include a prepaid return envelope, as well.

    So, if anyone is wanting to go but not sure due to cost, maybe we could help each other out. 

    Thanks in advance for any assistance that anyone can provide.

MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

Tuesday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – David Winfree, Rochester Red Wings

Tuesday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Kevin Mulvey, Rochester Red Wings

ROCHESTER REPORT

Tuesday –Rochester 5, Durham 2 – David Winfree hit a big, three run homer for the Red Wings in the bottom of the 8th inning to give Rochester the win. Winfree went 2-4 including his seventh homer. The Red Wings had just six hits. The other two runs for the Twins came off the bat of Trevor Plouffe who hit a two run homer, his fourth of the year. Mike Gosling picked up his sixth win of the young season. He gave up only a walk (and struck out four) in two innings. He came in to replace Kevin Mulvey who gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out six.  

ROCKCAT RECAP

Tuesday – New Britain 0, Trenton 11 – The Rockcats had a poor game on the mound, in the field and with the bats, and that translates perfectly into a blowout loss. Ryan Mullins was the starter. He gave up six runs (4 earned) on 13 hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. Zach Ward then came up three runs on two hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. Yohan Pino gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in two innings. The Rockcats had two errors and just five hits. Matt Moses was 2-3.

MIRACLE MEMOS

Tuesday – Ft. Myers 1, Tampa 3 (7 innings due to rain)  Tyler Robertson gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings. Kyle Waldrop gave up two hits but no runs in his inning before the rains came. The Miracle managed just four hits. Allen de San Miguel went 1-2 with a walk. Ben Revere was 1-3 with his 19th stolen base.   

SNAPPERS SNIPPETS

Tuesday – Beloit 1, South Bend 4 (8 innings due to rain) Dan Berlind falls to 1-4 with this loss. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out seven. Bruce Pugh then gave up a run on three hits in two innings. Blake Martin gave up a walk and struck out one in the 0.2 innings he threw before it rained. James Beresford went 2-4. Ozzie Lewis was 1-2 with a walk.  

Please feel free to Send me an e-mail, or leave your questions or comments here.

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5 Responses to “Tuesday Night Baseball”

  1. Michael May 27, 2009 at 4:51 am #

    Seth

    In your chat yesterday, somebody asked about the status of Luke Hughes.

    I was actually at this weekend’s series down in Norfolk. A fan asked Pridie about Luke while Pridie was in the on-deck circle (I was sitting about 3 feet from the on-deck circle). Pridie said Luke had some stiffness in the back but that it wasn’t serious.

    Michael

  2. mike wants wins May 27, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    Garza’s bad starts are 6 innings, 4 runs. I’d take those as bad starts, especially when you get 2-3 good starts of 3 runs or less for every bad start so far this year.

    I saw on BA where Hicks is one of only three position players not to be actually playing on a real team so far this year. Why?

    Morneau’s great year is being overshadowed by Mauer so far, but I’d say Morneau is more likely to keep this up than is Mauer.

    Just curious, but how long do you give Young in the majors? If it is true he’s just too young to be good yet, shouldn’t he be down playing every day? At least Gomez plays championship quality defense.

  3. Seth May 27, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    Yes, Michael, Back Spasms are what I have heard, and it doesn’t sound serious at all.

    I’d love to see Hicks playing in Beloit as well. But I don’t think he’s being hurt at all by staying in EST or going to E-Town.

    The fact that Young can not be sent to the minors without losing him means that he will be on the Twins roster, so asking that quesiton, or answering it, really doesn’t make sense.

  4. mike wants wins May 27, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    Ah, I thought he had an option left. My bad.

  5. mike wants wins May 27, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    Apparently making a mistake is a bad thing, I’ll try harder next time.

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