Thursday Game Notes

26 Jun

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The Twins were able to beat the Brewers 6-4 on Thursday afternoon. Scott Baker was excellent through five innings. He did not allow a run and gave up two hits and two walks. Then came the sixth inning where he walked another batter and then gave up two home runs that cut the lead to 4-3. Fortunately the Twins were able to score two runs in then next half inning to increase the lead to 6-3. Ryan Braun homered in the 8th inning, but that was it for the scoring.

It was quite interesting that R.A. Dickey was brought in to the game in the 7th inning. Travis and I talked about that on the Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast on Tuesday night and both agreed that Dickey had earned the 7th inning with how well he has done. Bobby Keppel can now be the long man. We both also agreed that Dickey needs to be brought in to start an inning. Matt Guerrier got the 8th, a spot he has earned all season. And Joe Nathan recorded the save.

I think we were reminded of the value of Denard Span and what he can bring to the top of the batting order. He went 1-2 with three walks, a triple and three runs scored. What a tremendous comeback game! He did everything you can ask of a leadoff hitter. He took a ton of pitches, got on base and scored runs! Brendan Harris, Joe Mauer and (astonishingly) Matt Tolbert each had two hits.

For more on the game, be sure to read Parker’s Game Recap at

Nick Punto was sent back to Minneapolis to have an MRI on his ribs. Is it wrong that I hope he goes on the DL and that Steve Tolleson comes up and takes over 2B from Matt Tolbert??   

The Twins are now at 37-37, back to .500. Can they get over that hump? Well, they are now in St. Louis ready for three games against Albert Pujols and the Cardinals. Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

  • Friday night – 7:15 – Glen Perkins (2-4, 5.10, 1.33, .277) vs Adam Wainwright (8-4, 3.58, 1.33, .251)
  • Saturday afternoon – 12:10 – Kevin Slowey (10-2, 4.04, 1.37, .302) vs Todd Wellemeyer (6-7, 5.53, 1.66, .316)
  • Sunday afternoon – 1:15 – Francisco Liriano (3-8, 5.88, 1.57, .280) vs Joel Pineiro (6-8, 3.40, 1.18, .276)


Thursday – Hitter of the Day – Deibinson Romero, Ft. Myers Miracle – Justin Huber, Rochester Red Wings

Thursday – Pitcher of the Day – Jeff Manship, Rochester Red Wings – Martire Garcia, GCL Twins



Thursday –Rochester 8, Columbus 7 – Jeff Manship made his AAA debut on Thursday afternoon. I’m certain he wanted a mulligan on the first inning, but he recovered well. He got a strikeout to the first batter he faced. After a hit, he got a second strikeout. But then he gave up four runs on five hits in the first inning. After that, however, he threw five shutout innings. All told, he went six innings and gave up four runs (3 earned) on ten hits. He walked two and struck out six. Jesse Crain came in and gave up two earned runs on two walks in 0.2 innings. Juan Morillo got four outs, but gave up a run on two hits and two walks. Rob Delaney is credited with the win after pitching a scoreless inning. Justin Huber went 3-5 with his eighth double and his 8th and 9th home runs. Danny Valencia and Alexi Casilla were both 3-5. Valencia hit his first home run for the Red Wings. Tommy Watkins went 3-6. Dustin Martin was 2-4 with a walk, his 10th double and 17th home run. Justin Murphy, who writes for the Twins page at, was at the game and posted a Game Recap with much more detail.   


Thursday –New Britain 8, Harrisburg 5 – Rene Tosoni had a great day. He was named as the representative of the Twins and a representative of Canada in the Futures Game next month in St. Louis. Then he went out and went 2-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Brian Dinkelman hit his fourth homer and drove in two runs. Matt Moses hit his sixth homer and drove in two as well. Ryan Mullins picked up his fourth win of the year. The lefty gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out five. Jay Rainville threw two shutout innings with three strikeouts, but in the ninth, he gave up three hits to start the inning. Two of them scored. Anthony Slama came in and got the final three outs for the save, his 15th of the year.     


Thursday – Ft. Myers 6, Daytona 4 Deibinson Romero was the hitting hero again in this game. He went 4-4 with two doubles (his 14th and 15th), his first triple and drove in three runs. Tyler Robertson improved to 5-3 with a 3.48 ERA. He gave up four runs (just one earned) on seven hits and two walks in six innings. Loek Van Mil threw two shutout innings. Blair Erickson struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.


Thursday – Beloit 2, Clinton 7 – The only Twins team to lose on this day was the Snappers, but that probably isn’t a surprise to those who have followed the Twins affiliates. Dan Berlind fell to 2-8. He gave up six runs (2 earned) on nine hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. Blake Martin and Michael Allen combined for 3.1 innings out of the ‘pen. Tom Wright came in and gave up a run on two hits in his inning. James Beresford was the only Snapper player with a multi-hit game. He went 2-4.   


Thursday – Elizabethton 8, Bluefield 2 Martire Garcia was the top pitcher in the GCL a year ago, and his first start for E-Town this year gives hope that he will be solid again in 2009. In five innings, he gave up one run on three hits and three walks. Ramon Acosta came in and gave up a run on two hits over two innings. That is noteworthy because last year in the Dominican Summer League, he went 5-0 with a 0.00 ERA in nine starts. Winston Marquez missed all of 2008 with injury. He pitched a perfect eighth inning. Billy Bullock made his pro debut and struck out two in a perfect inning. Jonathan Goncalves went 2-3 with a walk and his first steal. Chris Hermann went 2-4 with a walk. Tyler Ladendorf went 2-5 with a double, a homer and two RBI.    


Thursday – GCL Twins 5, GCL Reds 3 (10 innings) Shooter Hunt did get another start this year. He resurfaced in the GCL. He started this game and went four shutout innings. He gave up three hits. Most important was that he walked none. He struck out just one, but that will come back as he gains confidence in his ability to throw strikes with all of his pitches. Michael Tonkin, Jason Kubel’s brother-in-law, went the next four innings. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on three hits and a walk. He struck out four. Edison Alvarez threw two perfect innings to get the win. Taiwanese 1B Wang-Wei Lin’s hot start continued in this game. He went 4-6 with three RBI. Jhonatan Arias, from the Dominican Republic, went 2-5 with a double. In Kyun Kang, from South Korea, went 2-4 with a walk. Brian Bistagne, from Tennessee, went 2-5 with a walk.   

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One Response to “Thursday Game Notes”

  1. Twinsfan June 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    Isn’t it about time they send Van Mil up to New Britain? So far, the Twins have shown no hurry, but his numbers this season have promotion written all over them…

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