Travelin’ on the Twins Train

20 Apr

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I am pretty excited. I have obviously been to the Metrodome and have already been to Target Field, a few times. In my life, I have been to Miller Park (And the old Brewers stadium, I can’t remember the name off-hand, and it may not matter). I also saw a game at Coors Field in Denver. But those are the only other stadiums that I have been to. This summer, that will change. I literally just signed up for a trip to Detroit in July through the Twins Train. I’ve never been to Detroit, with the exception of it being a layover and plan switch at the airport, so I am really looking forward to it. Who knows? In July, a Twins/Tigers series could be really exciting yet. As I understand it, the Detroit and Milwaukee trips in July are filling up pretty well. Also on the trip to Detroit will be Parker from TwinsCentric and Over the Baggy, and Sooze, who has her StarTribune.com blog too along with being a contributor to the very popular Babes Love Baseball site. Like I said, I haven’t been to many other ball parks, so I am really excited about this trip.

How excited? Excited enough that I am strongly contemplating going to Kansas City this coming weekend for the Twins/Royals series at Kaufman Stadium. I’ve never been there either, although I once drove past the stadium. I asked, and there are still some tickets available for this trip, so I would encourage you to go to Twins Train and check out the itineraries and the accommodations. I understand TwinsCentric’s Nick Nelson of Nick’s Twins Blog will be on that trip.

Speaking of TwinsCentric’s StarTribune.com site, I posted there for the second straight day. After a Minor League Notebook, I posted an article highlighting five Unsung Twins Prospects, five guys that I feel deserve to be recognized and have a chance to fill a role for the Twins in time.

Also, have you picked up your What Would Joe Do t-shirt yet?

Please feel free to leave your comments here.

SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Rene Tosoni – New Britain Rockcats

SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Dan Osterbrock – Beloit Snappers

Red Wings Report   

Monday – Rochester 8, Pawtucket 9 Glen Perkins got another start and got lit up. The lefty gave up seven runs (5 earned) on seven hits in just 3.1 innings. He walked none and struck out three. Jose Lugo came in and gave up two runs on three hits over 2.2 innings. He struck out four. Kyle Waldrop reduced his ERA to 1.13 with two shutout innings. Anthony Slama threw a scoreless ninth. Dustin Martin’s early season success continues. He went 2-3 with a walk and his third home run. He drove in three runs. Danny Valencia went 2-4 with a walk and his second double. Luke Hughes went 2-4. Jason Repko went 1-3 with a walk and his first home run. Brian Dinkelman added a two run homer.  

New Britain Notes

Monday – New Britain 3, Richmond 4Rene Tosoni remains hot, and Carlos Gutierrez put together a Quality Start, but it wasn’t enough for the Rockcats. Tosoni went 4-4 with his third double and first home run. He also stole his second base. Whit Robbins went 2-4 with two RBI. Gutierrez went the first six innings. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on four hits. He walked one and struck out four. Santos Arias gave up one run on three hits and a walk over the final two innings to take the loss.  

Miracle Matters

Monday – Ft. Myers 3, Charlotte 2 (10 innings)Kyle Gibson made another start for the Miracle. He gave up two runs on seven hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five. All sixteen outs that were achieved without a strikeout came via the ground ball. Not one fly ball out. Matt Williams struck out the side in the eighth. Blake Martin struck out three hitters in two scoreless innings to get the Win. The win came courtesy of a Drew Thompson game-winning double that scored Chris Cates from second base. Thompson was 2-5 in the game. Dan Rohlfing drove in the other two runs on a double.  

Snappers Snippets

Monday – Beloit 1, Clinton 0 – The Snappers offense continues to struggle. Thankfully the Snappers pitching remains terrific. Dan Osterbrock started and threw 6.1 scoreless innings. He gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out six. Peter Kennelly struck out two in 1.2 innings. Steve Blevins recorded his fourth save with a scoreless ninth. On a positive note, Aaron Hicks went 2-3 with his first double of the year. Steve Liddle hit a double. And the only run of the game came when Angel Morales hit his second home run of the year.  

Any thoughts on the Twins or their minor league system? Leave your comments here.

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3 Responses to “Travelin’ on the Twins Train”

  1. Emily April 20, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    You should go on the KC trip! I’m not riding with the group, but I’m meeting up with them once I’m down there. Can’t wait!

  2. baus April 20, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    Seth, does Trevor Plouffe have a chance to make the big club next year or is his days numbered with the Twins organization?

  3. Son of Shane Mack April 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    Milwaukee’s old baseball stadium was County Stadium. It might not have been “modern” but it was a good place to watch baseball – many of my friends across the boarder thought that you had a better view of the game there, than at Miller Park. It definitely needed a lot of work, though, when it was replaced.

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