Alright, I missed a day, so today I will be catching up on game updates. There will be a few other notes as well. It was a nice win for the Twins, their fifth in a row. If there are any Twins topics you would like to discuss or have me write about, please feel free to e-mail me, or leave some comments and get plenty of opinions.
TWINS TAKE TWO
The Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles in the first two games of this current three game series. On Monday night, Scott Baker pitched the Twins to a 2-1 win. Last night wasn’t as crisp a game, but the Twins came away with the 7-6 win when Delmon Young inside-outted an inside pitch for a run scoring single to right field. The Twins remain 4.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
- On Monday night, leadoff man extraordinaire Denard Span went 2-2 with two walks. He is 15-36 (.417) over his last eight games. He has had multiple hits in six of those eight games.
- Joe Mauer was 1-5 on Tuesday night. He is now 6-27 (.222) over his last seven games. He still leads the AL in batting average with a .372 average. Ichiro is sitting at .359. Ichiro is currently suffering from a sore calf. He did not play Monday or Tuesday night, and manager Don Wakamatsu said he will not play on Wednesday.
- Alexi Casilla has gone 9-17 (.529) over his past five games to raise his average to .209. Just a couple of points to go to surpass Nick Punto (.211). Not only is he hitting, but his defense has been very good.
- With the win, Scott Baker improved to 12-7 with a 4.47 ERA on the season. On May 29th, he was 2-6 with a 6.32 ERA. Since then, he has gone 10-1 with a 3.50 ERA.
- Armando Gabino made his major league debut last night and after a scoreless, quick first inning, Gabino struggled. He was pulled with two outs in the top of the 3rd inning. He had allowed four runs on five hits and three walks. Despite the poor outing, I thought that Gabino showed signs of what has made him very good at Rochester this year. He has a decent fastball, and I was impressed by the slider as well. I think that he can be a solid big league pitcher. He typically does not walk hitters, and I think some of that can be easily attributed to nerves once the O’s bats did get to him in the 2nd inning. Now, that said, he has only made a handful of starts in Rochester this year, so my opinion is that Jeff Manship, not Gabino, should be making starts. Gabino does deserve to be on this Twins team though. Probably in long relief, and preferably in the spot of Philip Humber.
- After the game, LaVelle tweeted “Not Good. MRI showed post-operative changes in Crede’s back. Will consult with the doctor who operated on him last year.” How can you read/hear something like that and not put him on the Disabled List? That said, how much would you want to bet that instead of calling up Danny Valencia to replace Crede, They would likely bring back either Brian Buscher or Matt Tolbert instead.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Monday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Tobias Streich, Elizabethton Twins
Monday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Yohan Pino, Rochester Red Wings
Tuesday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Jonathan Goncalves, Elizabethton Twins
Tuesday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Jhon Garcia, Elizabethton Twins
AFL rosters are set – On Monday, I made my guesses for who the Twins would be sending to the Arizona Fall league. Well, it came out on Monday night, and I had four out of seven correct. I was right about Alex Burnett, Steve Singleton, Mike McCardell and Rene Tosoni. Teams are now allowed to send up to two players who have not yet reached AA, so the Twins are sending both Chris Parmelee and Steve Hirschfeld. The other player going will be lefty reliever Spencer Steedley.
Monday – Rochester 2, Norfolk 1 – Justin Huber doubled in the game-tying run in the 9th. A few batters later, Danny Valencia hit a hard liner toward the SS who booted the ball for an error that allowed Trevor Plouffe with the winning run. The Red Wings had just three hits in the game. Yohan Pino was excellent yet again. The righty went eight innings and gave up just one run. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five. Juan Morillo walked two and struck out one in a scoreless ninth frame.
Tuesday – Rochester 5, Norfolk 12 – Someone reported to me that on Monday, Anthony Swarzak didn’t look like he wanted to be back in Rochester. On Tuesday, he pitched as though he didn’t necessarily want to be back in Minnesota either. He gave up six runs on ten hits and a walk in six inning. He struck out just one. Tim Lahey followed and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in one inning. Jason Jones gave up four runs on six hits and a walk in his two innings. Matt Tolbert went 2-4 with his sixth triple. Dustin Martin was 2-4 with his 14th stolen base and 25th stolen base. Jason Pridie hit his seventh home run.
Monday – New Britain 6, Reading 3 – Ryan Mullins scattered 12 hits over 6.1 innings. He somehow gave up just three runs. He walked one and struck out three. Kyle Waldrop struck out three in two scoreless innings. Spencer Steedley struck out the lone batter he faced. Loek Van Mil threw recorded what he told me was a “cheap save, one pitch, one out.” Erik Lis hit his 16th home run. Juan Portes was 1-2 with two walks.
Tuesday – New Britain 4, Connecticut 5 – Deolis Guerra started and gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk. Carlos Gutierrez struck out two in two perfect innings. Erik Lis went 2-3 with a walk. Brian Dinkelman was also 2-3.
Monday – Ft. Myers 2, St. Lucie 12 – David Bromberg lost for just the third time this season. He went six innings and gave up two runs on three hits. He walked four and struck out seven. Michael Allen came in and gave up three runs (1 earned) on three hits and two walks in one inning. Henry Arias then gave up five runs on three hits and two walks in his inning. Matt Williams gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and a walk in his inning. Ben Revere went 2-4 with a walk and his 41st stolen base. Estarlin de Los Santos went 2-5 with his 11th stolen base. Jair Fernandez was 2-4.
Tuesday – Ft. Myers, St. Lucie – Postponed by Rain.
Monday – Beloit 3, Kane County 4 – Winston Marquez made his first start in almost two years, and he was quite impressive. He threw four shutout innings, allowing just one hit. He walked three and struck out seven. Dan Berlind gave up two runs on two hits and three walks in two innings. Brad Stillings gave up an unearned run on two hits and two walks in two innings. Steve Blevins pitched a scoreless ninth, but he gave up the winnings run with one out in the 10th inning. James Beresford went 3-5 with two RBI. Aaron Hicks was 2-5 with his 12th double.
Tuesday – Beloit 4, Kane County 6 – Bruce Pugh started and went five innings. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on three this. He walked five and struck out six. Kyle Carr then gave up three unearned on three hits in two innings. Billy Bullock threw a scoreless inning. Aaron Hicks hit his third home run of the year. James Beresford went 2-5 with his tenth double. Dominic de La Osa, Angel Morales and Ozzie Lewis each went 2-4. De La Osa hit his ninth double.
Monday – Elizabethton 12, Greeneville 5 (15 innings) – After about nine middle innings of great pitching, the E-Twins exploded for seven runs in the top of the 15th to make it look like a blowout. Tobias Streich led the offense. He went 3-7 with his 11th double, ninth home run and four RBI. Brian Dozier went 3-6 with a walk. Paul-Michael Klingsberg was 2-5 with a walk and his second homer. Chris Herrmann went 2-6 with a walk and his 14th double. Miguel Munoz gave up five runs over the first 5.1 innings. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out five. Ramon Acosta and Dakota Watts each threw 1.2 scoreless innings. (Watts walked four) Tony Davis then threw 3.1 shutout innings, despite five walks. Peter Kennelly gets the win after throwing three innings of one hit ball.
Tuesday – Elizabethton 10, Greeneville 4 – The E-Twins bats were out again and nearly every hitter contributed. Jonathan Goncalves went 4-5 with his seventh double and four RBI. Michael Gonzalez went 2-5 with a walk and his seventh homer. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-4 with a walk and his sixth home run. Brian Dozier, Josmil Pinto, Dan Rohlfing and Derek McCallum each had two hits. Steve Liddle went 0-2 but walked four times.
GCL TWINS GOINGS ON
Monday – GCL Twins 5, GCL Reds 1 – Blayne Weller improved to 4-1 with six strong innings. He gave up only an unearned run on three hits. He walked none and struck out eight. Zach See pitched well again, striking out three in two one-hit innings. Jose Gonzalez pitched a perfect inning. In Kyun Kang went 2-3 with a walk. Oswaldo Arcia went 2-5 with his fifth home run.
Tuesday – GCL Twins 5, GCL Red Sox 4 – Eliecer Cardenas started and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in three innings. Oswaldo Sosa then gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk in two innings. Nelvin Fuentes struck out two in two shutout innings. Andrei Lobanov blew the save by giving up an unearned run over two innings, but he also got the Win. He walked one and struck out three. That may seem like a throw-away sentence, but that was the first walk that Lobanov has thrown this season. In 22 innings now, he has walked one and struck out 35. Hyeong-rok Choi went 2-3 with a walk and his sixth double. Jairo Perez went 2-4 with his sixth double. Matej Hejma went 2-4 with his fifth double.
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