Saturday Morning Notes

16 Apr

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Good Saturday morning! It sure was frustrating waking up this morning to an inch of snow on the ground. Almost as frustrating as watching the Twins has been lately. Here are my thoughts on the Twins right now:

Now, with that, here are some Saturday morning links from around the Twins blogosphere:

MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES Minor League Hitter of the DayAnderson Hidalgo, Ft. Myers Miracle

Seth Minor League Pitcher of the DaySteve Hirschfeld, New Britain Rock Cats, Brad Stillings, Ft. Myers Miracle  

Red Wings Ramblings

Friday – Red Wings 4, Lehigh Valley 9 – The Red Wings again played without Trevor Plouffe, and Ben Revere missed his first game after bruising his knee on Thursday night. Dustin Martin picked up the offense. He was 2-3 with two walks. Chase Lambin logged a triple. Rene Tosoni and Toby Gardenhire each drove in a run. Scott Diamond started and in 4.1 innings, he gave up two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out two. Carlos Gutierrez was charged with four unearned runs in 2.1 innings. He gave up just two hits and a walk. Anthony Slama made his 2011 debut. In one innings, he gave up three runs on a hit, two walks, a hit batter and two wild pitches. Yorman Bazardo got the final four outs, two of them on strikeouts.

Andy Baldwin will get another chance to start against Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Saturday.  

Rock Cats Report

Friday – Rock Cats 2, Portland 1 – Steve Hirschfeld made his second consecutive very good start on Friday. He gave up one run on four hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out four. Jake Stevens threw two shutout innings. Tyler Robertson gave up two hits but no runs in a scoreless ninth inning. He got the win because Steve Singleton came up in the bottom of the 9th and drove in Yangervis Solarte with a walk-off single. Solarte had been 3-3 with a stolen base in the game. Chris Parmelee had doubled in a run in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game.

On Saturday, Liam Hendriks will make the start for the Rock Cats against Portland.  

Miracle Matters

Friday – Miracle 9, Bradenton 1 – The Miracle scored more than enough runs, but they also got tremendous pitching again. Brad Stillings started and went the first six innings. He gave up one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Edgar Ibbarra threw two scoreless innings, striking out three. Matt Tone struckout one in a perfect inning. There were lots of contributions from the offense. Jhonathan Goncalves went 3-5 with two RBI. Nate Hanson had two doubles in five at bats. Brian Dozier went 2-4 with a walk. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-4 with his first homer. Danny Rams and James Beresford each had two hits. Chris Herrmann went 1-5, which dropped his batting average to .379, but the one hit was his first home runs of the year.

Minnesota native and St. Thomas alum Matt Schuld will make the start for the Miracle today against Bradenton.

Snappers Bites

Friday – Snappers, Cedar Rapids – The Friday night game was postponed by rain. On Saturday afternoon, the Snappers will send Adrian Salcedo to the mound. The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. 

Feel free to leave your thoughts, questions or comments.


2 Responses to “Saturday Morning Notes”

  1. roger April 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    What do you think Seth, four or five starts for Baldwin and if he isn’t pitching well that becomes Bromberg’s spot in the rotation? Or do they bring Mullins back up and he gets the first opportunity?

    Will be great seeing Hendriks finally getting a start. Hopefully, it isn’t raining or snowing or whatever.

  2. Jeff Straub April 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    The natural conclusion to all things … is its end. I was lucky enough to interview SBG during my podcast back in 2006. I like how SBG mind works and told a story.

    In my mind the quality of bloggers have not been as great as its past. The few that have been going on for years seem to just regurgitate from what has been written in the past or just talk about the numbers. Talking about numbers has no soul. No life. SBG never became stale.

    Dealing with people in a public way can be taxing. Even Mother Teresa received hate mail. SBG will in my mind, will always be an original blogger whom loved the Minnesota Twins.

    With much thanks … Jeff Straub

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