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Carl Pavano did not have a good night, and if he was going to have a night with poor results, this was the right night. Pavano gave up seven runs on a career-high 15 hits in just five innings. Although the results are really all the mattered, I think it is fair to say that Pavano was BABIP’d to death in this game. What does that mean, you ask? BABIP = Batting Average on Balls in Play. It basically is a way of saying that once a pitcher lets go of the ball, if he does not issue a walk, record a strikeout or give up a home run, then anything can happen. Francisco Liriano has been the most “unlucky” pitcher in baseball this year. His BABIP is approaching .350. On this night, Carl Pavano gave up 15 hits, but an argument could be made that only four or five were actually solid hits. Yes, the home run to Konerko, that was hit well. But other than that, there were a bunch of bloopers, a couple of infield singles, or singles just through the infield. On this night, the singles are singles and the runs are runs and it all adds up to a loss. But understanding that it was a very ‘unlucky’ night for Pavano helps put this game into perspective. Did Pavano pitch well? No, and I don’t think anyone would tell you as much. But if those soft hits were a few feet to either direction, the game is much different. Glen Perkins came in and pitched the 7th and 8th innings. He allowed two of Pavano’s runs to score, and he gave up four more, but in my mind, that’s just fine. That is the role that Perkins needs to fill. In a game like that, you don’t want any of your good pitchers to have to even warm up. Perkins helped the Twins on this night, even if the numbers were not good. Also, Jon Rauch pitched the ninth which was good as well since he needs some work and some confidence back.
The Twins had some base runners, but there is a reason the Mark Buehrle has been good for a long time. He is crafty.
I personally think that an 11-0 loss is much easier to move past than a tough loss. I know some think that this game will have lasting effects. Not at all. Starting pitching is what will determine how the Twins play against the Angels this weekend.
The Twins had their top three pitchers (Scott Baker, Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano) on the mound in these three games against the White Sox. None of the three got on out in the sixth inning. Not great performances at all. Some will tell us that it is something we should worry about, and if you want to, you can. I guess I look at it and say that despite three less than normal performances, the Twins found a way to win a series at home against their biggest division rival. By winning two out of three, they added a game between them in the standings and head into the weekend with a four game lead.
Tonight’s game is over, and regardless of what would have happened tonight, the AL Central race would not have been.
Here is a quick glance at what happened on Wednesday in the Twins minor league system:
Red Wings Report
Kyle Gibson made his second start for the Red Wings and did well. In five innings, he gave up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out three. He threw just 76 pitches. Tim Lahey came in and threw two shutout innings. Alex Burnett pitched a scoreless 8th frame, but he then gave up two runs in the 9th and took the loss. Matt Tolbert went 3-5. Brian Dinkelman went 2-5 with his 28th double. Matt Macri went 2-4 with a walk and his 20th double. Brock Peterson was 2-4 with his 21st double. Brendan Harris was 1-3 with two walks.
New Britain Notes
The struggles of Deolis Guerra continued on this night, but the team was able to beat Richmond 7-6. He gave up five runs on nine hits (including two homers) and three walks in four innings. Tony Davis gave up one run on one hit and three walks in two innings. He struck out two. Loek Van Mil threw 1.2 shutout innings. Billy Bullock got his tenth Double-A save by recording the final four outs, two of them on strikeouts. Jeff Howell went 2-4 with his fifth Rockcat double. Evan Bigley went 2-5.
The Miracle lost to Charlotte 8-1. The biggest reason, the base on balls. Miracle pitchers walked 14 batters. Bruce Pugh started and gave up two runs on five hits and six walks in five innings. Steve Blevins came in and gave up two unearned runs on one hit and three walks in his inning. Shooter Hunt came in and faced four batters. He walked all four. Three of them scored. Jhon Garcia came in and gave up one run on three hits and one walk in three innings. Nick Romero again led the offense. He went 3-4 with his 23rd and 24th doubles. Nate Hanson went 2-3 with a walk. Tobias Streich went 2-4.
The Snappers scored three runs in the top of the 9th and held on for a 5-3 win over Wisconsin. James Beresford went 2-4 with his 16th double. Danny Rams was 2-4. Pedro Guerra made the start for the team and gave up one run on five hits and four walks in 4.1 innings. He struck out five. Brad Stillings then gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in 2.2 innings. Miguel Munoz struck out three in two scoreless innings.
Elizabethton lost 6-2 to Pulaski. Blayne Weller gave up four runs (1 earned) on seven hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out three. Dallas Gallant then gave up two solo homers in his second inning of work. Adrian Salcedo and Jose Gonzalez each threw a scoreless inning. Oswaldo Arcia went 2-3 with two walks. Buddy Munroe went 2-4 with his third home run. Nate Roberts went 2-4 with a walk. Derek Phillips hit his first home run.
GCL Twins Topics
The Twins lost 3-2 to the Rays. Ricardo Arevalo started and gave up two runs on one hit and two walks in four innings. He struck out six. Luis Nunez then gave up an unearned run on one hit in three innings. Tyler Herr struck out two in a scoreless inning. Kelvin Silvania was 3-4 with his fifth double. Kennys Vargas went 2-3 with a walk and his 13th double.
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