also available at www.SethSpeaks.net –
After winning on Friday night, the Twins lost a 3-2 decision to the Braves on Saturday night in a great game, and then got beat up a bit on Sunday afternoon in a 7-3 loss to Kris Medlen, Troy Glaus and the Braves. The Twins will have a day off on Monday before starting a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Target Field. Thursday’s matchup between Francisco Liriano and Ubaldo Jimenez is one that should be very exciting to watch. Of course, depending upon the Twins getaway day lineup on Thursday, Jimenez could dominate.
On this off day, here are some links for you to peruse:
- Head over to the TwinsCentric blog at StarTribune.com today for my Organizational Review of the Twins Hitters. It’s Part 1, and Part 2 will be the Pitchers tomorrow.
- On last night’s SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast, Seth was joined by Florida State League All-Star Chris Herrmann and recently signed 13th round draft pick Ryan O’Rourke.
- Nick wrote that the Twins are Missing their Middle Infielders.
- The next TwinsCentric Viewing Party is set for Saturday, June 19th at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park. The Twins play the Phillies at 3:00, so show up early and stay late. There will be several prizes given away throughout the event.
- Aaron Gleeman asks how close Francisco Liriano is to 2006 form.
- Check out Roger’s Weekly Twins Minor League Report.
- Check out John Sickels’ Review of the Twins Draft.
Here is a quick glance at what happened on Saturday in the Twins minor league system:
SethSpeaks Saturday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Brock Peterson – Rochester Red Wings
SethSpeaks Saturday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Edgar Ibarra – Beloit Snappers
SethSpeaks Sunday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jair Fernandez – New Britain Rockcats
SethSpeaks Sunday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Jhon Garcia – Beloit Snappers
Red Wings Report
Saturday – Rochester 10, Toledo 6 – Glen Perkins had been pitching much better of late, but this was not a start in the right direction. The lefty gave up six runs on eight hits (3 HR). He walked two, hit one and struck out two before being ejected with one out in the 5th inning. Rob Delaney came in and went the next 2.2 innings, allowing only a hit and striking out six. Anthony Slama pitched a scoreless inning. Brock Peterson went 3-5 with his 12th double and 11th home run. Dustin Martin went 2-4 with a walk and two doubles. Yancarlos Ortiz went 2-4 with four RBI. Toby Gardenhire went 2-4 with three runs scored. Wilson Ramos and Jose Morales each went 2-5.
Sunday – Rochester 3, Toledo 8 – It was a rough start for Matt Fox. The righty gave up six runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. He uncharacteristically walked seven while striking out six. Jose Lugo then gave up two runs on two hits (both homers) in 3.1 innings. He struck out five. Jason Repko and Matt Macri each went 2-4. Brian Dinkelman hit his fourth home run.
New Britain Notes
Saturday – New Britain 8, Altoona 7 – David Bromberg pitched a terrific game for the Rockcats. In seven innings, he gave up one run on five hits and two walks. Cole DeVries came in and gave up three runs on four hits in his inning. Matt Williams gave up three runs (1 earned) on three hits. Jair Fernandez went 3-5 with two doubles. Chris Parmelee was 3-5. Mark Dolenc hit his fourth and fifth doubles. Brandon Roberts went 2-5 with his fourth double. Yangervis Solarte went 2-5 with his eighth double. Juan Portes went 2-4. Erik Lis went 2-2 before Ben Revere surprisingly came in to pinch run. Revere went 1-2 in his first game back after being hit in the eye.
Sunday – New Britain 5, Altoona 6 – Carlos Gutierrez had a tough start. He gave up six runs on ten hits and two walks, but he was able to go 7.2 innings. Loek Van Mil got the final out. Jair Fernandez went 3-5. Mark Dolenc went 3-4 with his sixth double and seventh stolen base. Yangervis Solarte went 2-5 with his ninth double. Chris Parmelee went 2-5.
Saturday – Ft. Myers – Florida State League All-Star game. Chris Herrmann caught the middle innings and went 0-1. Billy Bullock gave up two runs on three hits in the third inning.
Saturday – Beloit 14, Bowling Green 1 – Edgar Ibarra put together his start of the season. He went seven innings and gave up only an unearned run. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out ten. Eliecer Cardenas struck out two in a scoreless inning. Matt Tone struck out one in a perfect inning. James Beresford went 3-5. Aaron Hicks was 2-4 with a walk and his 14th and 15th doubles. Angel Morales went 2-3 with two walks, his 12th double and fifth triple. Steve Liddle and Reggie Williams were each 2-3. Williams hit his third homer. Danny Rams went 2-5.
Saturday – Beloit 1, Bowling Green 3 – Angel Morales went 2-3 with a walk, a double and a triple. Unfortunately, they were the only two hits of the day for the Snappers. Michael Tonkin started and gave up two runs on five hits and five walks in five innings. Dakota Watts came in and gave up one run on one hit, one walk and one hit batter in one inning. Jhon Garcia threw two shutout innings. Kane Holbrooks pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Any thoughts of the Twins or the minor league system? Feel free to leave your questions and comments here.