Twins Podcast and Minor League Updates

11 May

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The Twins lost 10-2 on Tuesday night to the Detroit Tigers. They had a 64 minute rain delay that turned into a hail delay.  The best part of the night was the first Major League home run by Rene Tosoni. There will be many.more. The next-best thing was watching Alexi Casilla and Luke Hughes and Trevor Plouffe and other players trying to catch the hail. Casilla said he had never seen anything like it. Those clouds were scary and tornado watches were all over the Twin Cities metro, but they did push through and finish the game.

Frankly, it has become difficult to write about the Twins because it’s the same story every day. It’s the same story. Too many guys are injured. Too many other guys are struggling. Some of the guys playing would normally only play once a week and now they’re playing 5-6 times a week. Other guys are close but not quite ready yet but are being pushed. The hitting is bad. The defense is questionable at times. The pitching is sporadic. But I will continue to do so, trying to find positives in all the negative. Have I given up? Not at all. Like I’ve said, get the full lineup together for awhile and see what happens. When will that happen? Who knows?! Will it be too late? I hope not, but maybe. Either way, I’m going to enjoy the 162 game schedule even if a handful of readers want to do everything in their power to make it bigger than it is. There’s always something good, and right now, that is Jason Kubel.

Last night’s Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast was a lot of fun. I was joined by Donna Shell to start the show. She lives in Elizabethton, Tennessee, and during the Appalachian League season, she and her husband are host-parents for some of the Elizabethton Twins. Last year, she housed Adrian Salcedo, Martire Garcia, Manuel Soliman, Oswaldo Arcia and Danny Ortiz. She’s been doing this for the past four years, so it was interesting to hear from her. Later, our friend Hugo called and we discussed Twins-related topics for the next 10-15 minutes. So, all-in-all, it was a really fun show. Check it out here.   

Minor League Notes

It wasn’t a very good day for most of the Tw

Monday Minor League Hitter of the DayMatt Brown, Rochester Red Wings 

Monday Minor League Pitcher of the DayMatt Schuld, Ft. Myers Miracle

Tuesday Minor League Hitter of the DayAaron Bates, Rochester Red Wings 

Tuesday Minor League Pitcher of the DayAnthony Swarzak, Rochester Red Wings

Red Wings Ramblings

Monday – Red Wings 7, Louisville 6 (18 innings) – The game was much anticipated because the Red Wings were going to get to face former NL Rookie of the Year Dontrelle Willis. Willis went 5.2 innings and gave up five runs (3 earned) on eight hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out five. In an 18 inning game, you would expect that a lot of pitchers would get used, and they were. Andy Baldwin started and gave up four runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings. Kyle Waldrop gave up two runs in two innings. Phil Dumatrait got the final two outs of the 8th inning. Anthony Slama struck out two in two scoreless innings. Dusty Hughes threw two scoreless innings. Carlos Gutierrez didn’t allow a run in his three innings. Yorman Bazardo struck out three in his two scoreless innings. Chuck James got the win after throwing a scoreless top of the 18th. Matt Brown went 3-8 with a doubles and his third home run. Brian Dinkelman went 3-8 with a walk. Dustin Martin was 3-7 with a walk. Jeff Bailey went 2-6 with two walks in a triple. Ray Chang went 2-8 and drove in the game-winning run with a single.

Tuesday – Red Wings 8, Louisville 1 – After such a long game the night before, Anthony Swarzak provided the Red Wings with exactly what they needed. The right-hander gave the team 6.2 innings. He gave up just one run on seven this and a walk while striking out five. Jeff Manship went 2.1 scoreless innings to finish the game and allow all those that pitched on Monday to rest on Tuesday. Aaron Bates was signed this weekend, and he debuted with the Red Wings in this game. He went 3-4 with a walk and his first home run. Danny Lehmann went 3-4. 

Rock Cats Report

Monday – Rock Cats 8, Binghamton 5 – Brett Jacobson made his first start of the year for the Rock Cats. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. Spencer Steedley got the win. He gave up a run on four hits in three innings. Cole DeVries gave up two runs, his first two earned runs of the season. He struck out four in two innings. Chris Parmelee and Deibinson Romero went 3-5. Evan Bigley went 2-4 with a walk and his eighth double. Chris Cates went 1-2 with two walks.

Tuesday – Rock Cats 2, Binghamton 5 – Steve Hirschfeld took a no-hitter into the 5th inning, and gave up just one hit through six innings. He gave up two runs in the 7th before being replaced by Jake Stevens who gave up three runs in the 8th. The Rock Cats managed just five hits.   

Miracle Matters

Monday – Miracle 5, Jupiter 3 – Matt Schuld improved to 2-0 with five shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked two and struckout three. Matt Tone gave up a run in two innings. Jhon Garcia gave up two runs on two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings. Dakota Watts came in and got the final two outs. Aaron Hicks went 2-5 with his fourth double. Nick Romero went 2-5. Josmil Pinto and Brian Dozier each hit a double.

Tuesday – Miracle 2, Dunedin 6 – Kane Holbrooks saw his ERA increase to 2.21 on the season when he gave up three runs (2 earned) on seven hits and three walks in five innings. Blake Martin gave up two hits in two scoreless innings. Bruce Pugh then gave up three runs (1 earned) on three hits in his two innings. He struck out four. Danny Rams continues to hit well! He was 2-3 with a walk and his second home run. Brian Dozier was 2-3 with his seventh double. Aaron Hicks was 2-5.   

Snappers Bites

Monday – Snappers 5, Cedar Rapids 4 (10 innings) – Adrian Salcedo started and gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk in 6.1 innings. He struck out four. His ERA for the season dropped to 2.50. In this game, he got 13 groundball outs to just one fly ball out. Clinton Dempster went the next 2.2 innings and did not give up a run. Matt Hauser pitched a scoreless inning for his fifth save. Nate Roberts went 3-4 with two stolen bases. Wang-Wei Lin went 3-4. Michael Gonzales went 2-4. Lance Ray was 2-5. Daniel Santana hit his second home run. 

Tuesday – Snappers 4, Cedar Rapids 8 – The Andrei Lobanov as a starter experiment has not gone terribly well. After dominating at each level up to Ft. Myers the last couple of years, he has struggled as a starter in Beloit. In this game, he gave up six runs (3 earned) on nine hits and a walk in just 3.2 innings. Martire Garcia came in and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in three innings. Michael Tonkin struck out three of the four batters he got out. Danny Ortiz went 3-5 with his seventh home run. Danny Santana hit his third home run, his second in as many days.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.


6 Responses to “Twins Podcast and Minor League Updates”

  1. Brian May 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    I think Lobanov’s lack of velocity may be catching up to him. I saw him last year in Beloit and was amazed at how soft he threw. Fastball had to be mid 80s and the curve, while it had a sharp downward break, was SLOOOOW. He is very tall & VERY skinny, so maybe he’ll gain some velo down the line if he fill out some.

  2. gobbledy May 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    seth do you have one of those phone apps that keeps your glass full?

    • Seth May 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      I should…

      • mike wants wins May 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

        🙂 It’s been a tough year to be a fan. As I posted on a Vikings’ site last night, it was a very good decade to be a fan, but this year has been tough.

  3. Bill in Sarasota May 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    How many games under 500 is the season declared over?

  4. TT May 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Kubel is the bright spot, as he just showed again. Denard Span has been doing well. Capps and Perkins have been outstanding in the bullpen. Baker, Blackburn and Duensing have done all right in the rotation.

    The real problem for the Twins is that no one other than Span and Kubel are even remotely hitting up to expectations. In fact, they aren’t even hitting well enough to hold down a job on a major league bench. The production from guys like Morneau, Thome and Valencia would be unacceptable from a slick fielding shortstop.

    Can they come back? Of courser they CAN, but its doubtful that they WILL. They will need Young, Mauer and Morneau to all hit like MVP’s over the last two thirds of the season. And then a bunch of other players will have to step up. That is a lot of things that have to go right. But then a lot of things have all gone wrong for the Twins to be in this position now. So its not impossible.

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