Perkins Wins in Comeback

17 Jun

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After missing about a month of action, Glen Perkins came back on Tuesday night and was very good in the Twins 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in interleague play. The Twins lefty went six innings and gave up just two runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out four. The one ‘bad’ pitch was a fastball that Nyjer Morgan hit a long way for his first home run of the season. But I think that the Twins, Perkins and Twins fans should be very happy with six innings and two runs in the return of Perkins. Of the 87 pitches Perkins threw, 57 were strikes. It really appeared that he was getting stronger and showing even better control as the game went along. A long bottom of the 6th made for the right time to take him out and get R.A. Dickey into the game. Dickey had not pitched in a game in nine days. He struck out three in two shutout innings. Jose Mijares started the ninth by giving up a couple of hits but got out of the inning without giving up a run. So that is the pitching story in this game. Perkins was excellent and provided the Twins with their ninth Quality Start in the last 11 games.

On the offensive side of the game, the Twins bats definitely showed up. Against left Paul Maholm, they scored eight earned runs on 15 hits in five innings. Haven’t both righties Michael Cuddyer and Joe Crede in the lineup was good news for a lineup that had really struggled to put together extended innings. Joe Mauer went 4-4 with his 10th double to raise his batting average to .429. Crede went 2-4 with a Metrodome double. Cuddyer was 2-4 with a double that was just a foot from being a two-run homer. Delmon Young and Carlos Gomez each had two hits in the game as well.

For the Pirates, Evan Meek pitched the last two innings and gave up a hit and a walk without a run. Why do I mention him? He’s a Pirates reliever who in 22.2 innings this season has 19 walks and 14 strikeouts. Well, some may recall that he was the Twins 11th round draft pick in 2002 out of Bellevue CC. He was a draft and follow and made his pro debut at Elizabethton in 2003. That year, he went 7-1 with a 2.47 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 51 innings. He spent 2004 and 2005 pitching in the low levels of the Twins farm system. Over those two seasons, he threw 46 innings and struck out 37… to go with 76 walks. The Twins released him. After time in the San Diego and Tampa Bay organizations, he was selected by the Pirates in the 2007 Rule 5 draft. He has been excellent in the minor leagues ,but has really struggled to throw strikes in the big leagues. 31 walks and 21 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.

Following the game, the Twins announced that they are putting Denard Span on the Disabled List. He would be eligible to come off of the DL over the weekend, but likely will stay on until next week sometime. To replace Span on the roster, the Twins promoted the only real option, Jason Pridie. Pridie is the one outfielder in Rochester that is on the 40 man roster, and since he will likely be up for a week or less and play very little, there is no reason to add anyone else to the 40 man roster. But it does provide Gardy with another outfield in the option so that we don’t have to see Nick Punto or Matt Tolbert play out there.    

Wednesday – 7:10 – Francisco Liriano (2-7, 5.99, 1.54, .277) vs Ian Snell (1-7, 5.25, 1.61, .284)

Thursday – 12:10 – Nick Blackburn (5-2, 3.31, 1.30, .264) vs Zach Duke (7-4, 3.10, 1.17, .263)


Tuesday – Hitter of the Day – Erik Lis, New Britain Rockcats

Tuesday – Pitcher of the Day – Michael Tarsi, Beloit Snappers


  • Had a quick chat with Twins minor league pitcher Jarrad Eacott last night. Actually, he was released yesterday. He told me that his shoulder just never recovered from his surgery.
  • Travis posted his choices for Twins prospects 16-20.


Tuesday –Rochester 3, Columbus 10 – After pitching great his last few outings, Kevin Mulvey had a rough one on this night. He gave up eight runs (4 earned) on ten hits and two walks in just 3.2 innings. Reid Santos came in and gave up a run over the next 2.1 innings. Ben Hendrickson gave up a run in his inning before Tim Lahey pitched a scoreless inning. Jason Pridie went 2-5 to raise his batting average to .255 before he was promoted to the Twins after the game. Justin Huber went 2-5 with a three run homer, his sixth of the season. In an interesting move, Tommy Watkins was brought in to catch the final three innings of the game. With Jose Morales with the Twins for the time being, the Twins may not want to promote Jeff Christy back to AAA, so maybe Watkins is the current backup.


Tuesday – New Britain 4, Altoona 6 – After a much needed day off, the Rockcats hit the road to Altoona to play the Curve. Jay Rainville started and gave up six runs on 11 hits and a walk in just four innings. Frank Mata gave up three walks and a hit in 1.2 innings without giving up a run. Yohan Pino got the final seven outs, allowing just one hit. Erik Lis had a big day. He was 3-3 with two walks. Juan Portes went 2-3 with his second triple. Toby Gardenhire went 2-4 with a walk.


Tuesday – Ft. Myers 5, Dunedin 3 Tyler Robertson appears to have turned a corner in his most recent starts. In this game, he gave up one run on four hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out five. Henry Arias gave up two runs on three hits in one inning. Kyle Waldrop recorded his third save with two shutout innings. Mark Dolenc went 3-4 with his tenth double. Ben Revere was 3-5. Steve Singleton went 2-5. Allan de San Miguel was 1-2 with two walks.    


Tuesday – Beloit 2, Clinton 1 Michael Tarsi returned to the starting rotation and had a great outing. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits. He walked none and struck out five. Michael Allen gave up a run on a hit in 0.1 innings. Joe Testa got the final five outs for his seventh save. He struck out three. Dominic de La Osa went 2-4.   

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4 Responses to “Perkins Wins in Comeback”

  1. Leslie Monteiro June 17, 2009 at 4:51 am #

    I thought Glen did a good job, but I wouldn\’t say he was very good. His pitch count was up a lot in the first three innings, which totaled up to 54 pitches in the third inning. Plus, he was in several jams until he got bailed out by the double play. He got run support, which made him comfortable out there.

    I am happy overall with Glen\’s performance. I liked how he got out of jams, and I liked how he did not give up any more runs when he had a 4-2 lead.

  2. mike wants wins June 17, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    I saw about half of the game on tv. I’d say Perkins was good, but not great. However, sometimes you get double plays and other breaks, so we should be happy about that. He looked more like the guy I thought would be pretty good this year, than the guy that looked pretty bad the last few starts….

    I really hope the RH hitters can come around. That would be great.

  3. Funkytown June 17, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    Snappers announced Danny Rondon is gone…cleaning house ahead of the new recruits:

    n conjunction with the Minnesota Twins, relief pitcher Danny Rondon was given his release Wednesday.

    With the Snappers this season Rondon went 2-4 in 21 games with the club. In 35 2/3 innings of work Rondon compiled an ERA of 5.30 and had struck out 28 batters.

    The Snappers active roster is at twenty-four players.

  4. Funkytown June 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Bullock and Tindall have signed.

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