Catching Up Again

7 Jul

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Alright, taking a couple of long weekends back-to-back makes for tough blogging! So again, here I am, trying to catch up again after a four day weekend.

Probably the best way get back into the blogging world after time off is to try to put together a podcast. Last night at 9:00 p.m. was the Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast, and it was a good show in my opinion. It was exciting because the first guest of the show was the Twins first round draft choice last month, Kyle Gibson. He called in to the show about 9:05 and spent more than 15 minutes answering questions. I feel bad, but the first questions were about his health. We discussed his 2009 season at Missouri. We talked about him being drafted by the Phillies in the 36th round in 2006 and the factors that went into his decision to go to college. And then we discussed his thoughts on being drafted by the Twins and some of the factors that will go into whether he signs with the Twins. Really, I have to thank Kyle Gibson because he did a great job. I had heard about his great character, but it was certainly on display in the interview as he very thoughtfully answered all of the questions. After talking some Twins minor league stuff, we were joined by Joe Dexter of, a Detroit Tigers blog. We talked about the Twins and the Tigers and the AL Central as a whole.


Monday – Hitter of the Day – Jason Pridie, Rochester Red Wings

Monday – Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Robertson, Ft. Myers Miracle


Monday – Rochester 7, Buffalo 3 – The bats were certainly out for the Red Wings in this game! Jason Pridie led the way for the team. He went 3-5 with his 15th double and fourth home run. Alexi Casilla went 3-5. Trevor Plouffe went 3-3 with a walk. Matt Macri was 3-4. Justin Huber was 2-3. Steve Tolleson and went 2-4 with a walk and a triple. Armando Gabino got what I assume to be a spot start. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. Jesse Crain struck out two in 2.2 scoreless innings. Rob Delaney then gave up a run on two hits and a walk.

Last night it was announced that Justin Huber would be replacing Anthony Swarzak as the Red Wings representative in the AAA All-Star game.  


Monday – New Britain 3, Trenton 1 – Another bullpen start for the Rockcats, this game was started by Yohan Pino. He gave up only an unearned run on five hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. He struck out five. Alex Burnett went 2.2 shutout innings. Anthony Slama recorded his 17th save with a scoreless inning. Juan Portes had three of the team’s six hits, and he drive in two runs. Brian Dinkelman went 1-3 with two walks.  


Monday – Ft. Myers 2, Palm Beach 4 Tyler Robertson had another solid start. In seven innings, he gave up three runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out five. But thanks to a lack of offense, he gets the loss. Loek Van Mil gave up a run in his inning to raise his ERA to 0.95. Rene Leveret went 2-3 with a walk. Nick Romero was 2-4 with his fifth double. Mark Dolenc went 2-4 with his third triple. Ben Revere stole his 30th base.  


Monday – Beloit 2, Peoria 7 – The Snappers managed just six hits in the game. Michael Harrington went 2-4 with his 23rd double. Dan Berlind went the first 4.2 innings. He gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. Thomas Wright then gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in three innings. Bruce Pugh had to come in to get the final out.  


Monday – Game 1 – Elizabethton 5, Princeton 2 Martire Garcia recorded his second win of the year. In five innings, he gave up two runs on five hits. He walked five and struck out four. Brad Stillings came in and got one out, but he walked two. Tony Davis came in and got those final two outs. Billy Bullock recorded his second save with a perfect seventh inning. Derek McCallum went 2-3 with a walk and his first triple. Josmil Pinto went 2-3 with his second double. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-3. Tobias Streich went 1-2 with a walk.

Monday – Game 2 – Elizabethton 4, Princeton 5 Miguel Munoz started and gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in just 3.2 innings. Matt Tone came in and gave up a run on two hits and two walks in just 2.1 innings. The E-Twins managed just five hits in the game. Michael Gonzalez and Danny Rams each hit a double. Rams’ double was his fifth.   


Monday – Game 1 – GCL Twins 1, GCL Red Sox 6 – The GCL Twins managed just four hits in the first game. Shooter Hunt made another start. In three innings, he gave up four runs on two hits. He walked four, hit one and threw three wild pitches while striking out just one. Leonardo Parra went the next two innings. He gave up two runs on four hits. Jean Mijares threw two scoreless innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Monday – Game 2 – GCL Twins 1, GCL Red Sox 5 Blayne Weller gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks in three innings. He struck out four. Zach See gave up a run on two hits and two walks in two innings. He struck out four. Jhon Gonzalez and Dakota Watts each threw a scoreless inning. Jairo Perez went 2-2.

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11 Responses to “Catching Up Again”

  1. Joe July 7, 2009 at 6:27 am #

    I have noticed since Jeff Manship was promoted to AAA Rochester that AA New Britain have been having a few bullpen starts. Are the Twins working on anything that will promote Tyler Robertson or David Bromberg up to AA?

    Also I did not get a chance to hear the podcast with Kyle Gibson. Have the Twins begun contract negotiations with him yet?

  2. roger July 7, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    Seth, Ken Lipshez of the New Britain Herald has been reporting that Pino is being added to the starting rotation to replace Carlos Gutierrez who is moving to the bullpen. So it looks like we will see Pino every fifth game.

  3. mike wants wins July 7, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    Is Gutierrez moving to the pen to reduce the number of innings, or is this “permanent”? Being out of town for two weeks decreases your ability to keep up….

  4. SethSpeaks July 7, 2009 at 10:24 am #

    Mike – he’s being moved to keep his innings pitched down. They definitely want to give him every opportunity to be a starter. But he’s now a couple years removed from Tommy John surgery, and last year he had limited innings because of being used in the bullpen. this is smart to do. Next year, they can increase his innings another 20-25%.

    Joe, you can still listen to the Gibson interview ( Certainly they have had discussions already, but I don’t know that they have sat down and been real serious yet. No rush.

    New Britain has had a few bullpen games since the Manship promotion, and could have more with Gutierrez going to the bullpen. As Roger noted, it appears Yohan Pino will get another opportunity to start. I can’t help but think that McCardell could be moved up at some point.

  5. mike wants wins July 7, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    I think it is a good decision on Gutierrez, thanks.

  6. roger July 7, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    Seth, Ken Lipshez also hinted that Rainville was also going to the bullpen. That would leave New Britain one starter short (DeVries, Fox, Mullens and Pino), which would seem to indicate that someone should be called up unless they move Waldrop or Burnett into the rotation. But everything seems to indicate that they like Burnett in the short relief role and they were trying to keep Waldrop’s innings down because of last year. If they promote someone…McCardell, Bromberg or Guerra? Maybe they will surprise us and send Guerra up?

  7. SethSpeaks July 7, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    Lipshez is on top of the ball, huh? Rainville was moved to the bullpen weeks ago. I’d personally like to see Fox moved up to Rochester. At that point, i think you could move up McCardell for sure, and then your pick of Bromberg or Robertson, or like you say, maybe Guerra since he’s been in the FSL for 2 1/2 years now.

  8. DH in Philly July 7, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Speaking of Guerra – Have you seen Pedro Guerra’s line so far in the DSL? He won yesterday so he is now 4-0 0.00 ERA in 38 innings with 21 hits, 5 walks and 38 K. opponent batting average is .165.

    I know about small sample sizes, but its fun to keep watching to see when he gives up an earned run.

  9. roger July 7, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Sorry Seth, it may have been a few weeks ago when I read that. Was just trying to figure out who was left as starters for New Britain…

  10. SethSpeaks July 7, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    Roger, I think we can guess the Rochester rotation too… Gabino made a start. Swarzak is up. Duensing is up. So right now it is Mulvey, Humber, Jones and… who?

  11. Tom Rohr July 8, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    When do you think the powers that be will get the Red Wings a new starting pitcher? Any idea who it might be?

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