Big Spot Scott Pitches Big

21 Apr

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The Twins offense has certainly struggled. They haven’t hit, haven’t walked, haven’t hit for power, having scored a lot of runs. What did this team need more than anything? How about another seven shutout innings from Scott Baker? That was exactly what the team needed. Yes, it was nice to get the early lead on Jim Thome’s 591st home run. Getting another run of support (also thanks to Thome who singled in Alexi Casilla in to give the Twins a 2-0 lead) in the 6th inning was helpful. Michael Cuddyer’s second home run gave the Twins a 3-0 lead as well. But Baker was the story in this game, and he is the example for what the Twins need to do as they head home. Seven solid innings by a starter can work miracles for any team.

Baker got his first win of the year, but he dropped his season ERA to just 3.24 with the seven shutout innings. He gave up just four walks. He didn’t make his defense help him. He walked just one and got nine punch-outs! When the Twins defense is as questionable as it can be, strikeouts are a wonderful thing.

And now the Twins get to go home after starting the season with 14 of 19 games on the road (would have been 20, but that Yankees game got postponed until September).

The Twins will now take on the Cleveland Indians, surprisingly the team atop the AL Central. Hopefully we get good news on Delmon Young’s morning MRI, and hopefully being at home and playing against the division will turn things around. Keep hope alive! It would be great to see the Twins win two out of three… sweeps are good too! J Here are the pitching matchups:

  • Friday – Fausto Carmona (1-2, 4.74) vs Brian Duensing (1-0, 3.60)
  • Saturday – Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 4.85) vs Francisco Liriano (1-3, 7.40)
  • Sunday – Jeanmar Gomez (0-1, 10.38) vs Carl Pavano (1-2, 5.47)

Oh, and if you want to read some sky-is-falling, blame the manager, blame everyone, call everyone wimpy insight on the Twins, be sure to read yesterday’s comments section.

Minor League Report

Be sure to check out last night’s Twins Minor League Weekly podcast here. Minor League Hitter of the DayTrevor Plouffe, Rochester Red Wings Minor League Pitcher of the DayKyle Gibson, Rochester Red Wings

Red Wings Ramblings

Thursday – Red Wings 2, Buffalo 4 (10)  – The weather conditions were still quite cold in Buffalo, but the two teams got their two games in. Kyle Gibson gave the fans a lot to watch in the first game. The Twins 2009 top pick went six innings without giving up a hit. Unfortunately, he gave up a leadoff home run in the 7th inning to lose the no-hit bid and the shutout. Unfortunately due to a lack of offensive supportive, the game was also tied. Gibson was taken out of the game after the homer with 83 pitches thrown. He walked none and struck out six. The Red Wings grabbed a one run lead again in the 8th, but Alex Burnett (who got five outs) coughed up that lead. Phil Dumatrait went the next 1.2 innings without allowing a run. Kyle Waldrop started the bottom of the 10th with a walk and then gave up a walk-off home run that ended the game. Chase Lambin had three hits for the Red Wings.    

Thursday – Red Wings 1, Buffalo 4  – In the second game, the Red Wings got another terrific start. Scott Diamond threw five innings and gave up just one run. He gave up a walk and a single and got one out in the sixth when he was replaced by Carlos Gutierrez. The Twins 2008 first-round pick walked the first batter he faced to load up the bases, and then gave up a two-run double followed by a sacrifice fly. Again, the bats were silent although Trevor Plouffe did go 3-3 with a walk, his third double and first triple.

Rock Cats Report

Thursday – Rock Cats 1, Portland 5 – The Rock Cats made the trip to Maine and despite some cool conditions got their game in too. The bats remained relatively cool, managing just five hits in the game. Steve Singleton was 2-4 with his fourth double. Joe Benson hit his fifth double. Chris Parmelee provided the lone run of the game with his second home run of the year. Bobby Lanigan started and gave up five runs (4 earned) on eight hits and three walks in just four innings. Brett Jacobson came in and went two scoreless innings despite giving up three walks. Mike Tarsi gave up a hit but no runs in his two innings of relief.  

Miracle Matters

Thursday – Miracle 5, Bradenton 4 – The Miracle got just enough offense and pitching to win this game. Anderson Hidalgo led the offense by going 3-3. Danny Rams went 1-2 with two walks. Brian Dozier had a two run double and his sixth stolen base. Nick Romero had two hits, including a 7th inning single that scored Hidalgo with what proved to be the winning run. Matt Schuld started. In five innings, he gave up four runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out three. Shooter Hunt threw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. He got the win and is now 2-0. Dakota Watts got all three outs in the ninth inning for his third save.  

Snappers Bites

Thursday – Snappers 4, Peoria 5 (7 innings, rain) – The weather again affected the Snappers in this game. After 7 innings, the game ended with the Snappers a run behind. BJ Hermsen started and gave up five runs (4 earned) on six hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. Michael Tonkin came in and threw two scoreless innings before the rains came. Daniel Santana had a two run triple (And two more errors). Andy Leer was 1-2 with a walk and a double.

Feel free to leave your thoughts, questions or comments.


7 Responses to “Big Spot Scott Pitches Big”

  1. TT April 21, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    On Gibson, I think its important to recognize that the Buffalo pitcher only gave up 2 hits through six innings. He pitched a gem of his own. I have a suspicion that it wasn’t a coincidence that both pitchers had great games. My guess it the umpire was giving them both their pitches.

  2. mike wants wins April 22, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I still think Scott Baker is capable of being a number 2 on a very good rotation. He’s certainly a number 3. I’m not sure why people don’t respect that more……Nice to have the good performance last night.

    I cannot believe Alexi Casilla hit 2nd in the order. My mind is boggled by that.

    As for Gibson, I’m thrilled every time I see one of the stud’s names in the highlights. I’m disappointed every time I don’t see Hicks’ name in there. I am sure my expectations are unrealistic, but at some point, he needs to dominate as a hitter, or he has to be not a top prospect.

    • mike wants wins April 22, 2011 at 10:00 am #

      Still sitting on 86 wins for me….

  3. Ed Bast April 22, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Seth, nice potshot about yesterday’s comments, but as I said the sky is not falling and I fully expect the Twins to be there at the end of the year. I was merely disagreeing with your post, in which you actually praised our manager for a 6-12 start. You have to be the only blogger in history to praise a coach/manager for starting 6-12. Two years ago the Rockies fired their coach when they started this bad. But just because I don’t think a manager deserves credit for a .333 winning percentage and a greater deficit than any other team in baseball doesn’t mean I think the sky is falling.

  4. Liner April 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Yes, very happy to see “Big Spot Scott” last night as opposed to his evil twin “Moon Shot Scott”!!

  5. Jack Martin April 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Think about it, if jack steal were the g.m. he would have cut big spot scott!

  6. T.F Bowley April 23, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    I’ve seen a lot of praise given to Carlos Gutierrez on this website. Where is it coming from? Here’s a guy who certainly hasn’t been overwhelming in the minors. He shows a low/mid 90’s sinker but doesn’t seem to dominate even in the minors. In fact he’s given up more hits to ip in the minors. I dont know how this 4 year sample size transalates out to a closer type pitcher in the majors. I saw him pitch in spring training and his fastball reminded me of Carlos Silva. Matt Capps at best.

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