First Complete Organization Game Reports

24 Jun

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It was Opening Day for the Twins two short-season affiliates, so for the first time this year, we have a very full game report. The Twins and six minor league affiliates are now in their season. So we will get to that.

ANOTHER TRANSACTION – For the second straight night, I was able to announce a promotion to Rochester. Monday night, it was Danny Valencia heading to AAA. Last night, It was Jeff Manship that received the news that he was headed to the Red Wings. Congratulations to both!

Also, be sure to listen to last night’s episode of the Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast. The show was co-hosted by Travis from Travis Talks. We talked about a lot of Twins topics, and went through each minor league level. A lot of information was shared. We got a few questions in the chat room that we were able to answer. At the very end, we talked about the Joe Mauer contract situation, including our thoughts on years and dollars. So be sure to listen to it all. We were joined for a segment in the middle by Daniel Shoptaw of C70 At the Bat, a St. Louis Cardinals blog. With him, we talked about this weekend’s series in Busch Stadium.

In one of the worst ball games to watch ever, the Twins got a 7-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. I don’t know how the Twins defense made any plays behind Francisco Liriano. Liriano threw almost 120 pitches in just five innings. I think I may have fallen asleep on the field if I was out there. But Liriano was the recipient of plenty of run support and with the Twins 7-3 win, Liriano got a win for the first time in six weeks. R.A. Dickey came in and threw two shutout innings. Matt Guerrier and Joe Nathan each pitched an inning as well. Carlos Gomez had hits in his first three at bats. Joe Crede was 2-5 including a three run double in the top of the first frame. It came after Michael Cuddyer struck out on a horrible pitch in the dirt that got away from the catcher and allowed the inning to continue. Justin Morneau went 2-4 with a walk.

Did you notice? Joe Mauer went 0-5, and is now hitting “JUST” .395!   

Here are the remaining pitching matchups for the next two games in Milwaukee:

  • Wednesday – 7:05 – Nick Blackburn (6-2, 3.09, 1.25, .258) vs Braden Looper (5-4, 5.21, 1.39, .281)
  • Thursday – 1:05 – Scott Baker (4-6, 5.22, 1.12, .249) vs Dave Bush (3-4, 5.67, 1.35, .272)


Tuesday – Hitter of the Day – Steve Singleton, Ft. Myers Miracle – Tyler Ladendorf/Danny Rams, Elizabethton Twins

Tuesday – Pitcher of the Day – Tom Stuifbergen, Elizabethton Twins



Tuesday –Rochester 7, Toledo 8 (10 innings) – Danny Valencia drove from New Britain, CT, to Rochester, NY, on Tuesday morning. He was in the lineup for the Red Wings on Tuesday night. He went 3-5 with a double. Not a bad debut! Dustin Martin and Steve Tolleson were also 3-5. Martin hit his third triple while Tolleson knocked his second home run. Anthony Swarzak got the start. He gave up just one run on five hits and no walks in the first seven innings. In the 8th, he got an out, gave up a single and a walk, and was replaced by Rob Delaney. Delaney gave up a bloop single, got a fielder’s choice and then gave up an infield single. None of those balls were hit hard. However, he then gave up a two run homer followed by a solo home run by Andy Marte before getting the final out. Delaney threw just 16 pitches, and 12 of them were strikes. But in that short time, he allowed two inherited runners to score, and four runs of his own. Juan Morillo pitched a scoreless ninth, but then in the 10th inning, he gave up a run and the Wolves lost.


Tuesday –New Britain 5, Harrisburg 4 (13 innings) – Matt Fox had his first rough start of the season. In just 4.1 innings, he gave up 11 hits, and yet somehow gave up just four runs. Jay Rainville came out of the bullpen and struck out two in 1.2 perfect innings. Kyle Waldrop threw a scoreless inning for New Britain in his first appearance for the Rockcats sine 2007. Alex Burnett and Anthony Slama each threw two shutout innings. Yohan Pino got the win after striking out five in three perfect innings. Erik Lis led the offense by going 3-6 with his first triple. Matt Moses entered the game as a pinch hitter, but he went 2-4 including the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 13th. Rene Tosoni went 2-5 with his fourth stolen base. Brian Dinkelman went 2-6 with his 17th double.  


Tuesday – Ft. Myers 7, Jupiter 6 Deolis Guerra recorded his fifth win of the year. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out three. Loek Van Mil gave up a run for the first time this season. He gave up a run on a hit and three walks in his inning. Spencer Steedley recorded his third save. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk in two innings. Steve Singleton led the offense. He went 4-5 with his 12th double and fourth home run. Rene Leveret went 2-2 with two walks. Chris Parmelee, who won the FSL All Star Home Run Derby, hit his ninth home run. Ben Revere hit his second home run. Of the three home runs, Revere was clearly the longest, and he also flew out to the fence in right in another at bat.  


Tuesday – Beloit Joe Testa pitched in the Midwest League All Star game on Tuesday night. He faced two batters and got them both out.


Tuesday – Elizabethton 8, Bluefield 2 Tom Stuifbergen got the Opening Night nod and pitched quite well. In six innings, he gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits. He walked none and struck out ten. Kyle Carr got the save by striking out four in three perfect innings. Tyler Ladendorf went 4-4 with a walk and stolen base. Danny Rams went 3-3 with a walk and two doubles. Josmil Pinto hit a home run.  


Tuesday – GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 1 Adrian Salcedo proved in this outing how good he can be. The 18 year old threw four shutout innings. He gave up just two hits and no walks while striking out five. Jose Gonzalez gave up an unearned run over the next three innings. Andrei Lobanoz struck out five in two perfect innings for his first save of the year. Daniel Santana went 2-4 with his first double and stolen base. Wang-Wei Lin was 2-4 with a home run. Matej Hejma was 2-4. Oswaldo Arcia hit a triple. Rory Rhodes hit a double.

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5 Responses to “First Complete Organization Game Reports”

  1. roger June 24, 2009 at 6:26 am #

    Seth, Great night for the Twins, 5-1. Do you know if Span was injured last night? He was hit by a pitch, then removed from the game. Although it appeared that he did run the bases and played a half inning of defense before being removed, these recaps aren’t always accurate. I know he was scheduled to be return to Milwaukee today.

  2. tmils June 24, 2009 at 7:16 am #

    Seth, The Twins have some dead weight on the bench, mainly Tolbert, and Redmond (getting old and playing horrible). Is it about time to have Reddog hang up his mask and put him in a coaching position? To me he has always seemed like a student of the game. In the bullpen I will wait to make a judgement but wouldn’t Delaney and Slama look good right now in Twins uniforms?

  3. Jeff P June 24, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    Glad to see Manship got promoted, I was just thinking the other day that he has pitched much better recently. He is 24 already so they might as well see what he can do at the next level.

    It might be an interesting blog post to review who else deserves to be promoted. It seems like there are a number of relievers who should get a chance at the next level. Not just Slama, but Steedley at Ft Myers (and arguably Blair Erickson and Loek van Mil), and Testa at Beloit.

  4. TT June 24, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    Delaney’s line last night: .2 IP 4H 4R 2HR and 2 inherited runners scored. That was against AAA hitting. Do you really think he can help at the major league level?

    One bad outing doesn’t make someone a bad pitcher. But this is Delaney’s second 4 run effort in 8 appearances at AAA. He still has some things to prove before you start considering him a major league option.

  5. roger June 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    Seth, Expect you will see it later, Hermsen went 6 shutout, no hit innings today with no walks and 3K’s.

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