Saturday Night Update

11 Apr

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TWINSCENTRIC VIEWING PARTY!! The Viewing Party was awesome… All four TwinsCentric guys were there (John Bonnes, Parker Hageman, Nick Nelson and myself). Kristie and Barb from Knuckleballs were there. Betsy from For the Love of the Game was there. Andrew Bryz-Gornia was there, finishing up a birthday week in style. Jack Steal, Fanatic Jack, was in attendance. Kirsten, of Kbro Baseball brought her world-famous brownies again! As I went to talk to her, I saw someone that appeared to be Topper Anton, but it couldn’t be, he is in New York City. Nope, it was him. He flew in on Saturday morning and came right to the Viewing Party, so that was very cool, and it was great to see him again. We also had a few celebrities. It was great to have Judd Spicer there. Sooze from Babes Love Baseball and her own StarTribune.com Twins blog was there. And the man himself, Aaron Gleeman, graced us with his presence, which is always a good thing. I shouldn’t mention names because I know I’ll forget someone or leave someone out. But these TwinsCentric and Twins Fans get-togethers have both been a lot of fun, and hopefully we will be able to do more of them and more people will be able to attend.   

THE SHOW on Sunday – Tonight will be another episode of The Show. The Show will begin at 9:00 central time, so stop by SethSpeaks.net where links and details will be set up on Sunday.

Twins Topics

Saturday – Minnesota 2, Chicago 1

There were really two stories from the Twins game on Saturday afternoon.

  • The first story is Scott Baker. He struggled a little bit early in the game, had a few base runner, but overall, he was excellent. Seven innings. He gave up just one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out three. 68 of his 98 pitches were strikes. It seemed like he threw more than 98 pitches because it seemed like he threw about 25 pitches to Juan Pierre. Some can worry about Baker… I’ll stand by my thought that he is really, really good and is about to have a monster season.
  • Jason Kubel was hitting .077 coming into Saturday’s game. He hit a double early in the game, and then he came up with a runner on first base, down by a run in the 7th inning, and he hit a long, two run homer that provided the Twins with enough offense to gain another win.
  • Jesse Crain is apparently really good again. He has been tremendous. And the pop ups he got on Saturday tell me that he is getting a lot of movement on his fastball, something he has never been known to have.
  • Jon Rauch got hit really hard again in the 9th inning. It’s been good that he’s been able to primarily face bottom of the orders. He definitely needs his defense. Fly balls to the warning track. Line shots all over the place. I think we need to get used to it. As I said yesterday, he exemplifies why I believe that anyone can save 30 games given the opportunity. (Note – if Jesse Crain keeps pitching like this, then he could be a great closer!)
  • Is this Twins team truly different than previous Twins teams? I was impressed when the Twins won on Thursday night after winning on Wednesday and ensuring at least a series tie. They got the series win. On Sunday, the Twins can go for a sweep in Chicago, and they seem to have the mentality to do it. There seems to be a confidence in this team.
  • By the way, be sure to check out this Strib article on the guys from “Save the Met” and their thoughts heading into Target Field.

SethSpeaks Minor League Hitter of the Day – Chris Parmelee – New Britain Rockcats

SethSpeaks Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Bobby Lanigan – Ft. Myers Miracle

Red Wings Report

Saturday – Game 1 – Rochester 0, Pawtucket 1 – For the second straight game, the Red Wings faced a big league pitcher on rehab assignment. In this game, Daisuke Matsuzaka started for the Paw Sox. He threw five shutout innings. He gave up just two hits and walked one. Jeff Manship got the start for the Red Wings. He gave up one run on six hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. He struck out four. Jose Lugo came in and got two outs, allowing a walk. Rob Delaney got the final five outs, three of them on strikeouts, without allowing a base runner. Jacque Jones led the offense. He went 2-3 with a double. Luke Hughes added a double.

Saturday – Game 2 – Rochester 4, Pawtucket 2 – In the second game, the Red Wings got four runs in the sixth inning, two of them on an RBI single from Erik Lis. Brock Peterson and Trevor Plouffe each had two hits. Brian Dinkelman and Allan de San Miguel went 1-2 with a walk. Glen Perkins made the start and lasted three innings. He gave up two runs on one hit. He walked three and struck out three. Matt Fox came into the game in the third inning with the bases loaded and nobody out. Two of those runners scored, but Fox got the Win due to two scoreless innings. He struck out three. Anthony Slama struck out two in two scoreless innings to record his first save of the year.

New Britain Notes

Saturday – New Britain 3, New Hampshire 5Michael McCardell gave up three runs (2 earned) in the first inning on Saturday. That’s all he gave up in four innings. He allowed four hits, walked four and did not record a strikeout. Chris Province gave up one run on three hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. Joe Testa gave up one run on one hit (a home run) in his 1.2 innings. Steve Hirschfeld pitched a scoreless ninth frame. Ben Revere led the offense. He went 2-3 with two walks and a stolen base. Chris Parmelee hit his first double and first home run in four at bats. Rene Tosoni was 2-3 with a walk.  

Miracle Matters

Saturday – Ft. Myers 3, Bradenton 4Bobby Lanigan made an excellent 2010 debut. The righty threw six shutout innings. He allowed just two hits, he walked none and struck out four. Brad Tippett came in and gave up two runs on one hit and three walks in just 0.2 innings. Michael Allen came in and got two outs. He gave up one run on one hit. Ron Mahay got the blown save and the loss. He gave up a run on five this in 1.2 innings. Yangervis Solarte went 2-4 with a walk and a stolen base. Michael Harrington and Nick Romero each went 2-5. After starting at shortstop the first two games, Paul Kelly pinch hit in game three and got another hit. He’s now hitting .625 (OK, he’s 5-8, but still).

Snappers Snippets

Saturday – Beloit 2, Cedar Rapids 7Miguel Munoz made his first start, and gave up just one run on four hits over the first five innings. He walked three and struck out two. Edgar Ibarra came in and gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in just 1.1 innings. Steve Blevins gave up one run in 0.2 innings. Kane Holbrooks gave up an unearned run in his inning. Steve Liddle went 2-3 with a walk and a home run. Angel Morales went 2-4. Anderson Hidalgo was 1-2 with a walk. Brian Dozier was 1-2 with two walks. Danny Rams added a double.   

If you have any questions or comments on the Twins minor leagues, please feel free to ask. Leave your questions or comments.

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4 Responses to “Saturday Night Update”

  1. 8th inning guy April 11, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    Seems like the Twins can beat you more ways than one. No errors in 6 games. Got to start hitting with risp. Been fortunate it hasn’t cost them a win.

  2. Wow April 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Don’t know where else to post this…but I’m just so furious. WHAT THE HELL ULLGER?

  3. 8th inning guy April 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    I guess the perfect hop off the wall to pierre fooled him?

  4. writingfordigital April 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Why is Angel Morales in Beloit while Aaron Hicks is in Fort Myers? Morales spent much of last year in Fort Myers. This has to feel like a demotion for him. Meanwhile, Hicks is clearly overmatched in Fort Myers. I don’t get it.

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