Sunday, April 6, 2008
Sunday Night Update
Full night of stuff here tonight. Iím kind of stranded halfway between where I was and where I was going. A foot of snow will do that, huh? Uggh! Anyway, thought I would post updates from the Twins game and their affiliates, as well as a few other notes.
Twins Thoughts (Twins 1, Royals 3)
∑ Boof Bonser was actually pretty good. He gave up two runs in the second inning thanks to a two-run single by Alex Gordon. But really, after that, he did very well. He went seven innings and threw just 92 pitches. That is the type of efficiency that will help him last longer in games.
∑ Denard Span went 0-3 with a walk. In his first at bat, he took a 1-0 pitch and laced it right down the 1B line, just foul. It would have been an easy double. He grounded to the pitcher, who made a nice play, otherwise it would have been a single up the middle. In general, I thought Span looked really good at the plate. His plate discipline in this game (and the games this spring ) has been impressive. Defensively, he looked very natural out in right field.
∑ Jesse Crain and Dennys Reyes each threw a scoreless inning.
∑ Carlos Gomez went 1-4. Unfortunately, he tried to stretch a soft single to right into a double, and Jose Guillen threw him out. It wasnít a smart move and yet,† I really like the aggressiveness. As with his swing, I really hope that the Twins donít try to temper it too much. I like the fact that had there been most other RF, he could have made it. That is exciting.
∑ Matt Tolbert was back in the lineup. I like that he is the primary utility infield, at least in the middle of the field. Nick Punto has made the start at 3B, but it was Tolbert who started two games in a row at 2B when Brendan Harris was sick. He got the start at SS on Sunday. I still see Tolbertís potential more as a utility player than a starter, but he is a far better version than Punto. He also puts together very good at bats.
∑ We havenít seen a home run yet from Joe Mauer, but his swing this season is much different. He isnít slapping at the ball as much. In proper situations, he is taking some big hacks. The home runs will come. If not, more doubles will come. That kind of eye with that swing can only be a good thing.
∑ Justin Morneau absolutely unloaded on a pitch in the sixth inning off of lefty Ron Mahay. Very impressive swing. Just to thinkÖ many people were worried about him because he had three hitless games in a row.
Red Wings Report (Rochester, Richmond)
∑ Game was postponed.
∑ The Twins have promoted Francisco Liriano to Rochester where they plan to start him on Tuesday night.
Rockcats Ramblings (New Britain 3, Portland 6)
∑ This is not the kind of start that Jay Rainville would have hoped for. The righty gave up four runs on four hits and five walks in just 3.1 innings. He didnít strike anyone out. Last year was hit Ďcomebackí year. This year he needs to regain his prospect status. But again, this is just one start.
∑ Kyle Aselton then went two shutout, hitless innings, but he walked four and struck out none as well. Zach Ward pitched a scoreless inning before both Jason Miller and Ben Julianel gave up a run in an inning.
∑ Dustin Martin went 2-3 with a walk and his second double. Luke Hughes also went 2-3.
∑ The top two hitters in the lineup, Brandon Roberts and Steven Tolleson, combined to go 0-10. †
Miracle Bits (Ft. Myers 3, Dunedin 3 Ė 6 innings)
∑ The game was called after the 6th inning because of the rain. Only ninth hitter, Toby Gardenhire, had a hit for the Miracle.
∑ Tyler Robertson made his first start of the season. The lefty went five innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out six.
∑ Aaron Craig came in for the bottom of the 6th. He gave up a run on two hits and didnít get an out when the game was called.
Snappers Snapshot (Beloit 2, Kane County 5)
∑ †Steve Singleton and Ramon Santana each went 2-4.
∑ Chris Parmelee hit his 2nd home run of the year. Two hits, two home runs.
∑ Dan Berlind got the start. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks in three innings.
∑ Matt Williams came in and went three shutout innings. He gave up three hits and walked three. He struck out four.
∑ Dominique Rodgers, Spencer Steedley and Blair Erickson threw the last three innings. Steedley was charged with two unearned runs.
∑ Check out the Twinkie Town Q&A with John Sickels.
Keep the comments coming and have a great week!