Friday Night Lights

14 Aug

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Here are the summaries of the Twins game tonight, an incredible performance by Scott Baker and the offense, and the Twins minor league affiliates, where you will find a few excellent performances but none more impressive than that of 20 year old Deolis Guerra!

Have a great weekend! I am really looking forward to seeing a few of you at the SBG Convention at Minnehaha Falls from 11-2 today!


Scott Baker, on his second pitch of the game, hit Grady Sizemore. That isn’t the way any pitcher wants to start a game. And yet, Scott Baker not only started the game for the Twins, he finished it. Baker worked the complete game shutout and allowed just two hits in the game.  Threw six innings, he had allowed just one hit and throw 73 pitches. After a four pitch eighth inning, he was at just 85 pitches. He ended up with 94 pitches thrown and 65 of them went for strikes. It was as impressive a pitching performance that the Twins have seen this year. It was just what the Twins needed after a rough, disappointing Royals series. It was just what the Twins, and their fans, needed coming into this very important series with Cleveland. It certainly set the tone for how the Twins need to pitch throughout the remainder of the season if they want a chance to contend in the AL Central.

Although he didn’t really need it, Baker was given plenty of run support too. The Twins scored three runs in the third inning and six runs in the fourth inning before adding two more runs in the sixth inning for the 11-0 win. Joe Mauer was again very impressive He went 3-3 and walked twice. Jason Kubel went 3-5 with his career-high-tying 20th home run and five RBI. Justin Morneau was 2-4 with two RBI. Just to summarize, the Twins 3-4-5 hitters (Mauer, Morneau, Kubel) combined to go 8-11 with three walks and nine RBI.

Anthony Swarzak will take the mound for the Twins Saturday afternoon against Cleveland lefty David Huff.


Friday – Hitter of the Day – Brian Dozier, Elizabethton Twins

Friday – Pitcher of the Day – Deolis Guerra, New Britain Rockcats


Friday – Rochester 3, Syracuse 4 – Matt Tolbert went 3-4 with a walk and his 10th double. Brock Peterson and Jose Morales each had two hits. Brian Buscher came in as a pinch hitter, played some 2B, and then hit a solo home run in the 9th inning that cut the lead to one, but it wasn’t enough on this night. Yohan Pino started and gave up two runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. He walked one and struck out four. Juan Morillo gave up two runs on one hit and two walks in 1.1 innings. Tim Lahey struck out two in a perfect inning.  


Friday – New Britain 7, Akron 0 – What an incredible game for 20 year old Deolis Guerra! The tall righty worked the first six innings for the Rockcats. He gave up no runs on no hits. He walked three and struck out nine. Let me repeat, NO hits! The pitch count caught up to him, and so Loek Van Mil was brought in to make his AA debut. He threw two shutout innings. Unfortunately, he did allow a single that ended the team’s no-hit bid. Spencer Steedley pitched a perfect ninth inning for the team. Erik Lis led the offense by going 3-4 with his 21st double. Wilson Ramos went 2-3 with a walk and his 10th double in his return to the lineup. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4 with his 33rd double.  


Friday – Ft. Myers 1, Sarasota 3 – Rain delayed this game’s start by almost an hour and it almost ended it prematurely before the ninth inning. Tyler Robertson was on the mound to start. The young lefty went six innings. He gave up two runs on four hits and two walks. Michael Allen struck out four in two perfect innings. Blair Erickson gave up an unearned run in his inning. Joe Benson went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth stolen base. Chris Parmelee hit his 26th double. Jair Fernandez hit his 13th double.  


Friday – Beloit 2, Clinton 0 Bruce Pugh pitched very well in just his fourth start for the Snappers (he has come out of the bullpen 26 times). He worked six shutout innings, allowing just two hits. He walked three and struck out seven. Brad Stillings struck out two in a scoreless inning in his first Beloit appearance. Steve Blevins struck out two in a scoreless eighth. Billy Bullock recorded the save with a scoreless ninth. Aaron Hicks went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth stolen base (he was also caught stealing for the seventh time). Ramon Santana was 2-4 with his 24th double. Jon Waltenbury was 2-4. Danny Rams hit an RBI double (his 11th) for the insurance run.


Friday – Elizabethton 4, Bristol 3 Angelo Sanchez went the first six innings in this game. He gave up three runs on six hits. He walked just one and struck out ten batters. Matt Tone went the final three innings without allowing a run or a hit for his fourth win. He walked three and struck out two. Brian Dozier went 4-5 in the game. Steve Liddle knocked his first home run of his career in the game.

  • The performance of Matt Tone simply can not be ignored any more. Tone was the Twins 14th round pick this June out of SUNY-Cortland. With his three hitless innings tonight, he has not allowed a hit in 16 innings. Read that last sentence again a time or two! He has not allowed a hit in 16 innings. He has not allowed a run in 18 innings. Simply amazing, regardless of what level of baseball he is at!


Friday – GCL Twins 6, GCL Reds 3 Daniel Santana led the Twins offensive attack. He went 2-5 with his fifth triple, third homer and three RBI. Oswaldo Arcia and Nick Tindall each went 2-4. Eliecer Cardenas started the game and worked four shutout innings. He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out three. Nelvin Fuentes gave up two runs on six hits over the next two innings. Jean Mijares struck out three (and walked one) in a scoreless inning. Edison Alvarez gave up a run on two hits in his inning. Jay Rehacek pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.  

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3 Responses to “Friday Night Lights”

  1. Joe August 15, 2009 at 8:58 am #

    Awesome step up from Guerra. Times like these makes me can’t wait for next year. However starts like last week make me think he will not be ready until 2012.

    It will be interesting to see the 2010 New Britian Rock Cats rotation. Basically the same as the 2009 Fort Myers Rotation. Carlos Gutierez will be 23 next year. Guerra will be 21. David Bromberg and Tyler will both be 22. Based on what we have seen in the Twins rotation and bullpen these are all guys to keep an eye on. We saw this week Jeff Manship start the season out at Double AA and make the move to the majors. All of these 4 guys have better stuff then Manship.

    Also. Praying that Kyle Gibson signs by the deadline. If and when this happens, he will be the top pitching prospect in the Twins system next year. So he is guy we are all hoping has a Matt Garza caliber year and just runs through the minors.

    As for the bullpen. Guys that we all love Anthony Slama, Rob Delany and Juan Morillo. Might be a better back end of the bullpen then Matt Guerrier, Jose Mijares and Jesse Crain. It is possible. Other bullpen guys that we will be loving of course is 2nd round pick Billy Bullock who brings a mid to upper 90s fastball and his holding his own in Beloit. Kyle Waldrop a 2004 first round pick with Trevor Plouffe and Glen Perkins has been great this year. After missing all of last year he has stepped up with his return. Other guys are Loek Van Mil, Ben Tootle and Matt Tone.

    I just named 12 minor league pitchers. There are about that many on the Twins roster this year that we have all hated at some point. We can assume Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey and Maybe Fransico Liriano are keepers. I have never been a fan of Nick Blackburn but he will be in the rotation. If he struggles then he might be on the chopping block. The final spot will be between Swarzak and Perkins. Ron Gardenhire hates Glen Perkins and his girly shoulder injuries this season so we both know where he will lean with that.

    Bullpen has seen Phil Humber, Luis Aylaya, Kevin Mulvey, Bobby Keppel, RA Dickey, Jesse Crain, Juan Morillo, Brian Duenseng, and Sean Henn all come and go. Boof Bonser and Pat Nasty Neshek will make their returns. Hopefully Slama and Delany will get an oppurtunity with the 40 man rosters at the end of the year.

    Sorry guys I am just blabbering. Thinking out lout. I have gone from Talking about Guerra’s no hitter to Boof Bonser’s recovery period. Hahah

  2. Jim H August 15, 2009 at 11:25 am #


    I have been reading lately in various places, by a number of different writers how poor Gardenhire is at managing. One of their favorite topics is the way he uses Redmond. Many people have suggested that Redmond should never bat against rh pitching, etc. Of course the last example was the Detroit series where 2 lefthanders pitched for Detroit but Gardenhire chose to run Redmond out there against a very tough righthander. I have no problem with pointing out real or even imagined faults of the manager, that can be part of the fun of following baseball, but I would hope that at least a few people can see beyond the obvious.

    First of all it was clear that Mauer was going to bat all 3 games if at all possible. If one accepts the idea that that is a good idea, then it isn’t about when Redmond replaces Mauer, it more about which rh batters bat in what games. Right now Mauer, Morneau, and Span are going to play every game possible regardless of pitcher. Kubel will face every righthander and any lefthander he is likely to have success against. If you put Redmond in one those games against a lefthander, it means that at least one of Gomez, Young, or Cuddyer sits out.

    What I am saying here is that figuring out lineups for a series involves more than the fact that Redmond hits lefthanders better than he hits righthanders. Maybe Redmond might handle one our starters better than Mauer, that could be a factor in which catcher catches which game. Clearly Gardy likes the idea of giving Mauer 2 days in row off from catching. It might let him heal up a bit from catcher’s bruises even if he bats in the game before the off day. The other factor, as I pointed out above, maybe that you would want to get your best rh hitters in the lineup against a lefthanded pitcher more than you might want to protect Redmond from batting against tough righthanders.

    Now, I am not saying that Gardenhire always makes the right choices when it comes to managing. What I am saying is that he undoubtly considers a lot more factors than most people want to give him credit for. I expect that I didn’t come close to considering everything that goes into when Redmond plays. So when we decide to criticize Gardy for poor managing decisions, look at them again and try and see if you are missing something.

  3. Jim H August 15, 2009 at 11:31 am #


    By the way, the above post was not aimed at you. You seldom critize the manager, except that you think he plays Punto too much. Most of your critisms are thought out as well. I get tired of knee jerk critisms. It takes some of the fun out of reading blogs.

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