Wednesday Game Notes

3 Jun

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  • Wednesday was another busy day. I was on the Baseball Digest Live podcast this morning with host Mark Healey. We talked primarily about the Twins, so if you haven’t listened in, you can do so by clicking here.
  • Then at 7:30 last night, I hosted another Twins Live Game Chat which is always fun. Apparently I wasn’t myself in some of my responses. Apparently I’m too nice but in this chat, I was a little shorter, and more sarcastic in some places. I’m sure it is an interesting read.
  • The Twins lost to Cleveland 10-1 tonight. Not a pretty game, and not worth talking about too much. Justin Murphy did another great job of writing the game recaps from both Tuesday night and Wednesday night’s games for
  • Like I said, there is no real reason to dwell on this game, but I did want to just say a couple things.
    • Since Anthony Swarzak came up and made two very good starts to begin his career, I have been answering a lot of questions about what will happen with him when Glen Perkins comes off the Disabled List. I continue to say that if he keeps pitching well, he is making his best case. However, nothing about his minor league track record indicates him being anything close to a top of the rotation starter. I don’t think he is quite as good as he was in his first two starts. But now that he has had a stinker start, I feel it necessary to say that he isn’t suddenly bad because of a bad start. All starters have games like that. So as much as I would say don’t make too much of the first starts, don’t make too much out of this bad start either.
    • Denard Span with two more hits.
  • I have been doing these Game Updates as separate blogs from the Top 50 Prospect postings just to allow for conversation and discussion on each topic separately. Please check back later for Part 3, the 11-20 Twins prospects.   

Here are the minor league game notes for Wednesday:


Wednesday – Hitter of the Day – Michael Harrington, Beloit Snappers

Wednesday – Pitcher of the Day – Jeff Manship, New Britain Rockcats


Wednesday –Rochester 1, Gwinnett 9 – The Red Wings managed just two hits in this game. David Winfree hit his ninth home run of the year. Steve Tolleson was 0-1 but walked twice. Brian Duensing started and gave up eight runs on nine hits and three walks in just 4.1 innings. Ben Hendrickson did well. He threw 3.1 shutout innings. That said, he allowed four hits and three walks while striking out six. Tim Lahey gave up a run in 1.1 innings.


Wednesday – New Britain 2, Connecticut 1 – Down 1-0 heading into the 9th inning, the Rockcats scored two in the top of the inning to take the lead. The first run came on a bases loaded walk by Jeff Christy. The second run came when Brian Dinkelman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The team had just two hits in the game. Jeff Manship threw well. The righty gave up a run on five hits and a walk in 6.1 innings. He struck out four. Alex Burnett came on with a runner on and an out. He struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning. A nice debut for Mr. Burnett. Jose Lugo struck out two in a perfect inning. Anthony Slama got his 12th save with a perfect ninth.


Wednesday – Ft. Myers 1, Clearwater 2 Deolis Guerra had a good start. The youngster gave up two runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings. Kyle Waldrop was perfect for two innings. Ben Revere had two of the Miracle’s six hits in this game.  


Wednesday – Continuation of game suspended yesterday – Beloit 2, Peoria 3 Dan Osterbrock had thrown 1.1 innings yesterday when the game was suspended. Michael Tarsi started today for the team and went 4.2 shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out five. Danny Rondon gave up two runs on two hits over 1.1 innings. Joe Testa got two outs but gave up the lead on a hit that gave Peoria the win. The Snappers managed just three hits in the game (and five walks). Michael Harrington went 3-3 with a walk, his 18th double and his second home run.

Wednesday – Beloit 1, Peoria 2 – He gets the loss, but Bobby Lanigan was very good in this game. In six innings, he gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out three. The Snappers had just four hits. Ramon Santana was 2-3 with the team’s RBI.    

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