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The Twins split the first two games of their weekend series in Seattle. On Friday night, they won 2-1 in ten innings. On Saturday afternoon, it was a 2-1 loss.
Friday, Francisco Liriano made a big start. He gave up just one run on three hits in six innings. He still walked four and struck out five. Jesse Crain and Jose Mijares each got two outs. Matt Guerrier went the next 1.2 innings. Joe Nathan recorded his 11th save with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning.
Brian Buscher was 2-3. Alexi Casilla went 2-4. Brendan Harris went 2-5. Justin Morneau gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly early in the game. He scored the winning run in the 10th when a Matt Tolbert fly ball to LF was mis-played by Wladmir Balentien.
Saturday, Nick Blackburn had another excellent start. In seven innings, he gave up just one run. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out one. His season ERA is down to 3.30. Sean Henn gave up the go-ahead run in the 8th inning on a double by Ken Griffey Jr. Luis Ayala came in for the final out.
It was good to see Michael Cuddyer return to the lineup. Mike Redmond drove in the Twins’ lone run on a double. Joe Crede and Alexi Casilla each had two hits. In a crazy happening, the Twins top three hitters (Denard Span, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau) combined to go 0-12 with just one walk.
On Sunday afternoon, the Twins will send Kevin Slowey (8-1, 3.97 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) to the mound to face Erik Bedard (4-2, 2.37 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) in what should be another pitcher’s dual.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Friday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Steve Tolleson, Rochester Red Wings
Friday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Spencer Steedley, Ft. Myers Miracle
Saturday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Whit Robbins, New Britain Rockcats
Saturday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Robertson, Ft. Myers Miracle
MIDWEST LEAGUE ALL-STAR – Joe Testa was named to the Midwest League All Star team. He was the only player from the Beloit Snappers on the roster. Josh Johnson wondered if another member of the Snappers roster was snubbed. He is probably right.
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Friday –Rochester 6, Gwinnett 9 – Kevin Mulvey started this game and gave up four runs (3 earned) on five hits. In six innings, he walked six and struck out six. Rob Delaney got a chance to see how quickly a game can turn around. He gave up a cycle and four runs in just one inning He worked a second inning and it went 1-2-3. Tim Lahey gave up a run on a hit and a walk in his inning. Steve Tolleson has continued to hit with his promotion to AAA. He went 3-3 with two walks and his third double. Drew Butera went 2-4. Jose Morales went 2-5.
Saturday –Rochester 2, Syracuse 3 – Bobby Keppel made a spot start and was able to work seven strong innings. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits. He walked none and struck out five. Juan Morillo threw two shutout innings, striking out four. But he walked three. Brock Peterson went 2-2 with a walk. Jose Morales went 2-4. Luke Hughes was back in the lineup. He had an error and was 0-1 before being pinch hit for. Can’t help but wonder if he re-aggravated his injury.
Check out Travis’s Red Wings Pitcher and Hitter of the Month for May.
Friday – New Britain 2, Connecticut 3 (10 innings) – Ryan Mullins struck out eight in 5.2 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits and three walks. Alex Burnett came in and threw 2.1 shutout innings. He gave up a hit, walked three and struck out four. Anthony Slama gave up a run on three hits and three walks in 1.1 innings. He struck out three. Brandon Roberts went 3-5 with his seventh stolen base. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4. Erik Lis hit his fifth home run of the season.
Friday – New Britain 3, Harrisburg 8 – Cole Devries was the victim of the long ball in this game. In five innings, he gave up five runs (4 earned) on eight hits (three home runs). He walked one and struck out two. Frank Mata gave up three runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk in his inning. Yohan Pino and Zach Ward each threw a scoreless inning. Whit Robbins was 2-4 with his seventh homer. Erik Lis was 2-4.
Check out Travis’s Rockcats Pitcher and Hitter of the Month for May.
Friday – Ft. Myers 3, Clearwater 2 – The Miracle won this game despite getting just six hits. David Bromberg went the first 5.2 innings. He gave up two runs on three hits. He walked six and struck out eight. Spencer Steedley got the win with 2.1 perfect innings. He is now 4-0. Blair Erickson recorded his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.
Saturday – Ft. Myers 1, Clearwater 0 – This was quite the pitcher’s dual. No runs scored until the final pitch of the game. Rene Leveret singled in Nick Romero in the bottom of the 9th to give the Miracle to 1-0 win. The Miracle had seven hits. No one had more than one hit. Chris Parmelee had a double. Tyler Robertson threw the first seven shutout innings. He gave up eight hits and walked two while striking out four. Henry Arias gets the win due to his two shutout frames, which included four strikeouts.
Friday – Beloit 1, Peoria 5 – Michael Allen fell to 0-8 in this game. He gave up five runs on ninth hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out five. Curtiss Leavitt struck out two in a perfect inning. Matt Williams struck out two and gave up one hit in a scoreless innings. James Beresford and Michael Harrington each went 2-4.
Saturday – Beloit, Wisconsin – Game Rained Out.
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