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The Twins lost again on Wednesday afternoon to the Tigers. At least in this game, they showed some life. After falling behind 5-2, they fought back. With a base open in the 7th, runners on 2nd and 3rd, and two outs, the Tigers decided to have lefty Dan Schlereth pitch to Jason Kubel with Morneau on deck. Kubel responded with a 460 foot home run to give the Twins a lead. Gardy went to Jose Mijares to start the 8th, and after recording the first out, he walked a batter. Wisely, Gardy went to Matt Capps who immediately gave up a two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta. The Twins tied the game in the bottom of the 8th but then Capps gave up two more runs in the 9th. Kubel was 2-3 with two walks. Justin Morneau, Danny Valencia and Matt Tolbert each had two hits. It was actually a good baseball game. However, the wrong team one (in my humble, not-at-all biased opinion).
When it rains, it poors. I keep thinking it can’t get any worse, and it keeps getting worse.
Maybe an off day at home is exactly what they need. Maybe Delmon Young will come back on Friday and hit like crazy! Maybe Joe Mauer will take some batting practice and jog around the bases on Thursday and be activated on Friday too. And maybe Cleveland will have to forfeit a few games, and the Royals too!
Maybe, just maybe!
Minor League Notes
Remember when the Twins traded Mark Hamburger, a local kid signed out of a tryout camp because of a big fastball, to the Texas Rangers late in the 2008 season? At the time, Hamburger was about to start a playoff series for the Elizabethton Twins. Guardado was brought on board to be a late-inning lefty. Guardado was terrible. Hamburger has improved and continued to progress through the Rangers farm system. He began this season in Double A, and on Monday night, he was promoted to Triple A Round Rock and one step closer to the big leagues.
Wednesday SethSpeaks.net Minor League Hitter of the Day– Chris Herrmann, New Britain Rock Cats
Wednesday SethSpeaks.net Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Robertson, New Britain Rock Cats
Red Wings Ramblings
Wednesday – Red Wings 3, Louisville 7 – Eric Hacker had his first rough start of the season. He gave up five runs on eight hits (2 HR) in 6.2 innings. He walked none and struck out three. Dusty Hughes gave up a run on two hits in 0.2 innings. He struck one out. Kyle Waldrop gave up one run on three hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. Chase Lambin went 2-4 with his fifth double. Brian Dinkelman and Aaron Bates each hit a double.
Rock Cats Report
Wednesday – Rock Cats 10, Binghamton 8 – It was a big offensive night for the Rock Cats and the pitching found a way to hold on. Chris Herrmann went 4-6 with his third double, first triple and three RBI. Deibinson Romero went 3-5 with his fifth double. Yangervis Solarte went 3-5. Dan Rohlfing and Chris Parmelee each had two hits. Joe Benson hit his fourth home run. Liam Hendriks improved to 3-1. He went five innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. He uncharacteristically walked four and struck out two. Santos Arias gave up three runs (1 earned) on three hits and two walks in just 1.1 innings. Michael Tarsi gave up two unearned runs on two hits in 0.2 innings. Tyler Robertson recorded his fifth save. He struck out four in two scoreless innings.
Wednesday – Miracle 1, Dunedin 7 – Edgar Ibarra made the start and gave up five runs on six hits in 4.2 innings. He walked four and struck out four. Ryan Mullins threw 1.1 scoreless innings. Brad Tippett worked three innings and gave up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out three. The Miracle had just three hits. Josmil Pinto went 2-4 with his third double.
Wednesday – Snappers 2, Kane County 8 – A couple of second inning errors led to six unearned runs, and that was more than enough for Kane County. Manuel Soliman started and gave up eight runs (2 earned) on seven hits and a walk in 3.1 innings. He struck out five. Ryan O’Rourke came in and threw 1.2 shutout frames despite two hits and a walk. Blayne Weller threw two scoreless innings. Jose Gonzalez got the final three outs. Lance Ray went 2-2 with two walks. Tobias Streich went 2-4. Michael Gonzalez hit his sixth home run.
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