Twins Crushed

7 Jul


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How about we not spend any more time thinking about the Twins 10-2 loss to the Yankees than necessary? Is that enough? Too much? OK, the crib notes would or could include. Scott Baker looked fully intimidated and weak against he Yankees lineup. At least they got through the final 5.2 innings by using only Brian Duensing and R.A. Dickey. Carlos Gomez made a couple of very nice catches in CF. The offense managed just four hits. Michael Cuddyer hit his 13th home run of the season, so that’s good. Anything else worth mentioning? Let’s just hope that Glen Perkins can make us all forget that May start in the new Yankees Stadium and shut down that Yankees offense. He will have to because the Twins won’t score much against AJ Burnett.

Oh, and again, be sure to check back tomorrow when we may be able to let you in on a little information that has been teased here and a couple of other places over the last few days.



Tuesday – Hitter of the Day – David Winfree, Rochester Red Wings

Tuesday – Pitcher of the Day – Frank Mata, New Britain Rockcats



·         As posted here last night, the Twins made several minor league transactions last night. New Britain put Jay Rainville on the Disabled List. 20 year old Deolis Guerra is moving up to the Rockcats. Luke Hughes is headed back to New Britain. It is not being called a rehab, but I have to assume he’ll be back up with the Red Wings in a few weeks, if he plays well. In subsequent moves, Michael Tarsi was promoted from Beloit to Ft. Myers, and Liam Hendriks was sent to Beloit from Elizabethton.

·         Be sure to check out an excellent Q&A with Matt Fox on Travis Talks from yesterday. Great questions, and clearly Mr. Fox spent some time on his responses.



Tuesday – Rochester 7, Syracuse 1 – David Winfree had a very strong game. He went 4-5 with his 10th home run of the year. Danny Valencia was 2-4 with a walk and three RBI. Trevor Plouffe went 2-5 with his 13th double. Jason Pridie went 2-5. Steve Tolleson was 1-3 with two walks and his fifth stolen base. Reid Santos made the start and threw five shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked four and struck out four. Tim Lahey then threw three shutout innings. Sean Henn gave up a run on three hits in his inning.



Tuesday – New Britain 0, Connecticut 3 – Frank Mata made another start and was very good. In five innings, he gave up one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out one. Kyle Waldrop then finally gave up AA runs. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits in two innings. Jose Lugo then struck out three in two perfect innings. There was little offense for the Rockcats, but Yancarlos Ortiz went 2-3 with a walk.   



Tuesday – Ft. Myers 7, Palm Beach 5 Michael McCardell improved to 9-5 with this win. He went the first seven and gave up four runs (3 earned) on seven hits. He walked none (hit two batters) and struck out three. Spencer Steedley recorded his fifth save. He struck out three in two innings. He gave up only an unearned run. There was plenty of offense in this game. Ben Revere was 2-5 with his second triple and 31st stolen base. Steve Singleton hit his seventh and eight triples in five at bats. Estarlin de Los Santos went 2-5 with his second double. Nick Romero was 2-4 with his sixth double. Chris Parmelee hit his 11th homer, and Evan Bigley hit his second.    



Tuesday – Beloit 3, Peoria 7 Curtis Leavitt made his first start. He gave up five runs (4 earned) on five hits in three innings. He walked four and struck out two. Michael Allen gave up two runs on six hits in two innings. Blake Martin struck out five in two scoreless innings. Matt Williams pitched a scoreless inning. Not much offense for the Snappers, but Angel Morales went 3-3 with a walk.  



Tuesday – Elizabethton 4, Princeton 3 Chris Herrmann can definitely hit! He went 4-4 with his sixth double in this game. Tyler Ladendorf went 2-5 with his sixth double. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-4. Michael Gonzalez hit his first home run of the season. Angelo Sanchez started and gave up three runs in six innings. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out three.  



Tuesday –GCL Twins – No Game Scheduled.


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10 Responses to “Twins Crushed”

  1. Nils July 8, 2009 at 12:25 am #

    Just saying, but Guerra’s peripherals look much improved this year, despite being very hittable. His 2.6 BB/9 is his lowest since 2007 and his K/9 is up a full run. All this leading to a respectable 3.83 FIP, lower than both Robertson or McCardell, and barely higher than Bromberg.

    Unfortunately, Guerra’s improved skills have been masked by a .323 BABIP and a low 62% LOB%, which generally evens out at around 70%.

    Im really excited to see how Guerra does in AA, where he might get some help from his defense and exceed expectations.

  2. roger July 8, 2009 at 6:55 am #

    Great to see Guerra move up. No question that he has improved this year after the changes the Twins made…was important to keep his head pointed in the right direction to reward him for his effort. Now, hopefully he will build on everything he has worked on. A kid that just turns 20 during the season in AA has to be considered a top prospect if he can be successful with the Rock Cats.

    Also, Hendriks moving up to Beloit opens a spot on the ETon roster for recently signed Matt Bashore. Great to see this kind of movement: Guerra…Tarsi…Hendriks…Bashore!

  3. Dan July 8, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    Is it just me or does every baker pitch stay on the same horizontal frame? He has almost no vertical movement to his pitches. At least the last 2 starts. Everything breaks in or away and almost never down. He does have a fast ball that rides up when it is up out of the strike zone, but that almost never gets anyone to chase. Batters basically foul off tough pitches as they stay in the same swing plane. Unless he spots his fast ball perfectly he does not get many swing and misses. So they just keep hacking(and these are normal defensive 2 strike swings) until they can drive a mislocated beachball. Is it just me?

  4. rosterman July 8, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    Someday, the Twins will actually try repeated bunts against C.C. Why not? They can’t hit his pitches. Make the guy move, wear him out by bending him over!

  5. mike wants wins July 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    Baker was good last year. He was very good in June. He had a bad night. It happens to every player. Baker is in the bottom 4 of th Twins problems (behind M, M, and Nathan).

  6. Michael July 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    Any word on what position Luke Hughes will be playing at AA?

  7. Michael July 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    Ok. I’ll answer my own question. Hughes is playing third base tonight.

    Maybe the Twins still have hope for Luke at third (or maybe just a lack of alternatives.)

  8. Kunza July 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    Quite simple – the Twins are just not good enough at more than 4 or 5 position spots to compete with the good teams. It is what it is. They are just not as a good as about 6 or 7 teams in the AL.

    Bill Smith has not shown much yet to let anyone believe he knows how to put a team together. Wish TRyan was back.

  9. mike wants wins July 9, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    They wern’t much better under Ryan. And, any holes in the current team were created by bad drafting/development/trading by Ryan. Smith has been on the job for less than 2 years – is it his fault there are no hitters in the minors that look like stars? Is it his fault that Casilla (Ryan traded for him) hasn’t panned out? This is still Ryan’s club, for the most part (other than the Santana and Garza trades, that is). Is the starting rotation not made up of players that smith inherited? Ryan quit rather than deal with the Santana mess that he created by not resolving the issue the year before. That may not have been the reason, but it put his successor in a terrible spot (especially given how bad that trade has turned out so far). This is not all on smith, or even mostly on Smith, at this point.

    But I agree with your general premise, as long as Young, Punto, Harris and Crede (and Gomez and Casilla) are in the lineup all together, this team can’t compete with the top teams. They are just that bad, that they can cancel out how Great mauer and morneau are.

    I have no idea why Hughes is still playing third. Valencia has that job locked up, they’ll never let him play that position in the majors. He should be trained as the 4th OF, right handed DH, Right handed 1st baseman.

  10. Trevor July 9, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    2009 3rd round pick, Closer from Florida Billy Bullock was promoted to Beloit from Elizabethton after only seven innings and three saves.

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