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Seven Rockcats pitchers held the Connecticut offense to just two runs., but the Defenders limited to Rockcats to just three hits. The Rockcats’ season ended with a 3-1 series loss.
Mike McCardell started and gave up three hits and three walks, but no runs, in just 2.2 innings. He struck out four. Spencer Steedley got two outs, but he gave up a run on three hits to take the loss. Frank Mata came in and struck out five in 2.2 innings. He gave up one run on one hit. Then Kyle Waldrop, Tony Davis and Carlos Gutierrez each went 0.2 innings without allowing another run. Alex Burnett threw a perfect inning as well. Whit Robbins had two singles while Brian Dinkelman added another single. That was it for the Rockcats offense.
Mike McCardell, Spencer Steedley, Steve Singleton and Rene Tosoni will play in the Arizona Fall League.
- The Twins salvaged one game from their home series against Oakland with an 8-0 win on Sunday. Brian Duensing gave up eight hits and three walks in seven shutout innings for his third win of the year. Bobby Keppel and Joe Nathan each threw a scoreless inning. The Twins scored three runs in the first inning, one in the third and four in the fourth inning to essentially end that game. The Twins were able to score eight runs with both Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel out of the lineup. Joe Mauer went 3-4 with his 27th home run of the year. He is now hitting. Michael Cuddyer was 3-4. Denard Span was 2-3 with two walks. Joe Crede returned to the lineup as the team’s Designated Hitter. He went 0-4 with four strikeouts. Of course with the Twins winning, it meant that the Detroit Tigers also won, lowering their magic number to 15 games.
- Twins in the World Cup. Tom Stuifbergen started for the Netherlands against South Korea. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. He struck out three and used 60 pitches. Australia then beat the Netherlands 19-6. Liam Hendriks threw three hitless innings, needing just 30 pitches. Brad Tippett came in and 29 of his 36 pitches were strikes. However, it may have been too many starts as he gave up six runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings. Luke Hughes was 1-4 with three strikeouts. But the one hit was a two run homer. James Beresford went 2-3 with a walk and a double. Team USA beat Canada 8-0. Rene Tosoni went 0-4 with three strikeouts. Trevor Plouffe was 1-3 with two walks. Former Twin Terry Tiffee went 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
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