Twins Win; Slowey Wins 10th, Hicks Debut Delayed

19 Jun

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Massive amounts of rain in southern Wisconsin have caused the delay of tonight’s game between Beloit and Quad Cities. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow night. Twins fans have had to wait over two months for Aaron Hicks’ full-season debut, we can wait another day, right?

A bunch of minor league transactions today. As you have probably heard, Jeff Christy is headed back to Rochester. Allan de San Miguel is headed back to New Britain. Juan Richardson is moving up to Ft. Myers. The Twins released minor league veteran and Minnesota native Ben Hendrickson this afternoon. Also Zach Ward was released from New Britain.

On a more positive note, David Bromberg has been selected to start for the west team in the Florida State League All Star game on Saturday.

The Miracle team is on the All-Star break, although a half-dozen of them will be playing in the game. So, no game tonight.

New Britain just completed a 5-4 win over Bowie. Jeff Manship improves to 6-4 and drops his ERA to 4.28. In 6.2 innings, he gave up no runs on three hits and two walks. Alex Burnett got out of the seventh, but got just one out in the eighth and gave up three runs. Both outs that he got came via the strikeout. Anthony Slama came in and got out of the 8th before giving up a solo home run in the 9th, but he struck out three (in 1.2 innings) and got his 14th save. Danny Valencia led the offense. He went 3-4 with his 14th double and seventh home run. Brandon Roberts was also 3-5. Juan Portes went 2-4.

Philip Humber had arguably his best start of the season tonight for the Rochester Red Wings. He gave up one run on four hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out ten. Juan Morillo got the save with two shutout innings in which he walked none and struck out three. The Red Wings got the 2-1 win despite just three hits. Drew Butera hit his fifth double. Alexi Casilla and Trevor Plouffe drove in the runs.

Did you play a game of Blyleven Bingo during Friday night’s Twins game?? If not, be sure to do so on Saturday’s game!

Kevin Slowey captured his Major League leading 10th win tonight as the Twins beat the Houston Astros 5-2. Slowey gave up just one run over six innings in the game despite a career-high four walks. Something must not have been right as Slowey left the game after the sixth inning with an apparent rib injury. He will be evaluated throughout the weekend. Matt Guerrier pitched a scoreless 7th inning. Jose Mijares came in for the 8th and got the first two hitters out before Jeff Keppinger hit a solo home run that cut the Twins lead to 3-2. Joe Nathan came in and got Miguel Tejada for the final out of the 8th. In the bottom of the inning, the Twins got two insurance runs when a Delmon Young rope was lost in the lights by the left fielder. Two runs scored on the double, Young’s second double of the game. Nathan got a 1-2-3 ninth and the Twins finally are a game over .500.

Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer were each 2-4 with a double. Nick Punto was 1-1 with two sacrifice bunts, one of which scored Delmon Young on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze.

The same two teams will play again on Saturday at 6:10. It will be Scott Baker taking the mound against Brian Moehler.

And finally, Travis has posted his choice for Twins Prospect #9. Check it out.


One Response to “Twins Win; Slowey Wins 10th, Hicks Debut Delayed”

  1. Han Joelo June 21, 2009 at 12:05 am #

    Arguably Humber’s best start? 10 k’s? Anyway, probably an anomaly, but nice to see, especially coupled with good work from Morillo. Do you think Henn’s leash is getting short yet after tonight (Sat)?

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