Dinkelman, Robbins Power Rockcats Win

12 Sep

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Down 2-0 in a Best of 5 series against Connecticut, the New Britain Rockcats got a much-needed 6-1 win to force a Game 4 on Sunday.

Brian Dinkelman gave the Rockcats a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. When Connecticut tied the game in the top of the fourth, Dinkelman hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the team a 3-1 lead. Then in the 7th inning, Whit Robbins provided plenty of insurance when he hit a long, three run homer that gave the Rockcats the 6-1 lead.

That was more than enough for Game 3 starter and AA veteran Ryan Mullins. The 25 year old lefty gave up one run on just four hits in 6.2 innings. He walked two and struck out five. Kyle Waldrop got the final out of the 7th inning. Then Alex Burnett came in and struck out five in two scoreless innings.

Wilson Ramos had two more hits in this game. Steve Singleton, on his 24th birthday, had a pinch hit double. If anyone can explain to me why he isn’t starting and Alejandro Machado is, I’d appreciate it.

On Sunday, it will be Mike McCardell, who has arguably been the Rockcats’ best starter the last month, on the mound. 

Twins Links:

  • In his weekly minor league report, LaVelle E. Neal talked to Twins minor league pitching coordinator, Eric Rasmussen, and learned a little more about BJ Hermsen, Adrian Salcedo, Alex Burnett, Kyle Waldrop and Shooter Hunt.
  • Roger posted his always-excellent weekly minor league report.
  • One Twins player (and two former Twins players) made Yahoo’s Gordon Edes’ list of overachievers and underachievers. Who was the player, and which category does he fit in?
  • Since the Twins beat Roy Halladay, the Twins have lost to Brett Cecil, some Mortenson guy, and today it was Brett Anderson. Two straight losses to Oakland just tells you where this Twins team is right now.
  • Detroit apparently doesn’t want to win the division either. They lost 8-6 tonight to Toronto, their fifth straight loss. It just reminds me of something involved in Division III baseball. The regional tournaments are comprised of four teams from the region. However, the NCAA can decide that is a certain region has only three deserving teams, it can send a team from another region into said region. Maybe the AL playoff teams should be the Angels, Yankees, Red Sox and Rays. Or they could certainly call Texas a Central team, right? Maybe they should represent the Central division?!
  • Kevin Mulvey made his first big league start tonight, for the Arizona Diamondbacks. It didn’t go so well. He gave up six runs on 11 hits in just four innings.
  • In a 19-1 win over Sweden, Canada’s Rene Tosoni went 3-5 with a triple and five RBI.
  • After going 2-5 on Friday, Trevor Plouffe went 1-4 today. Terry Tiffee homered and drove in four runs in USA’s 8-0 win over China.
  • A night after going 4-5 with a game-winning two run homer, James Beresford had two doubles in four at bats in Australia’s 9-10 loss to Mexico. Luke Hughes was 0-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Hein Robb gave up three runs (2 earned) on three hits in South Africa’s 12-0 loss to Puerto Rico.
  • Jan Rehacek threw 3.1 shutout innings for the Czech Republic in their 10-1 loss to Chinese Taipei. Matej Hejma was 0-1. Former Twins minor leaguer Jakub Hajtmar went 1-1.  

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One Response to “Dinkelman, Robbins Power Rockcats Win”

  1. observer September 13, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Tom Nieto likes righties in his lineup against lefties. Even if they don’t hit. He tried and failed miserably in game 1 with all the Low A guys. Ironically, the only hits of substance were Dinkelman’s and Lis’s. Two lefties against a lefty. Yesterday’s game he thought he should probably have a couple more of the “lefties” that got him there in the lineup. So we saw Robbins and Roberts. But to play Singleton, too, would have put him “over the top” to a place that he is not comfortable. Again, who got the big hits off the lefty?….the lefties. Dinkelman with two jacks and Robbins with the decider. Nieto is reading his press clippings too closely. The team is here because it was stocked with a strong group of players at the beginning of the season. The best of the ’05 and ’06 college drafts, and Wilson Ramos and Juan Portes. All but the latter two mentioned (and Danny Valencia) are hitters who happen to be left-handed. Check their splits. All but Roberts bats about the same against lefties as they do against righties. But that is no matter to Nieto. He’d rather have guys in the lineup that don’t hit against either, as long as they stand in the opposite box…..The game is simple. Hitters hit….no matter who’s on the mound.

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