Sunday Night, April 11, 2010
Sunday Game Notes
In an attempt not to get overwhelmed on Sunday night, I have been doing daily scoreboard and highlight updates of the Twins games and of their minor league affiliates. So, if you missed my updates from Friday night and Saturday night, scroll down. Before diving into discussion about the excitement of the official opening of Target Field on Monday, I thought I would close out the weekend with thoughts on Sunday’s Twins and Twins minor league games. I’ll also post a few other notes.
One more note on the TwinsCentric Viewing Party. I ran into Aaron who is launching a site called Baby Jesus Baseball. Check out the t-shirt that they have available by clicking on the banner.
Twins 4, White Sox 5
· First, be sure to listen to Sunday night’s SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast. Twins rookie Alex Burnett called in and we discussed how he found out he was headed to the big leagues, debuting for the Twins in his home town in front of friends and family, his goals and much more. Then Fanatic Jack and I talked Twins for much of the rest of the show. Be sure to check out Travis Talks Minnesota Sports show Monday night at 9:00. Then be sure to check out Twins Minor League Weekly, a podcast from Travis Aune and myself, on Tuesday night at 9:00.
· I’ll just admit… I didn’t watch any of the game. I went to the Minnesota Zoo. It was 70+ degrees, and it was a nice day to go check out the baby farm animals… and the bears were fighting in the pool, right next to the window!
· Yes, JJ Hardy is that slow… I think we knew that, didn’t we? But that doesn’t mean that having Alexi Casilla pinch run for him makes sense.
· Should Hardy have been held at 3B? Probably.
· Any concern about Nick Blackburn? He struck out no one in 7.2 innings and no strikeouts. That is pretty bad, but that isn’t completely surprising. He’s not a strikeout pitcher. He’s a ground ball pitcher, at least that’s what people seem to think. And nearly 2/3 of his outs on Sunday were ground balls. However, the three home runs allowed are a bit alarming.
· Going to Jose Mijares, knowing it would mean that Andruw Jones would come off of the bench, was a little strange, and yet, still should be successful nearly two out of three times. Just not on Sunday.
· The third base situation was one of the concerns of the offseason and spring training. Nick Punto is now 2-15 and Brendan Harris is 1-9. Not good, but way too small of a sample size to worry yet, especially when Danny Valencia’s small sample size is now 1-11 on the season.
5-2 on a road trip. A 3-1 series win in Anaheim against the Angels. A 2-1 series win in Chicago against the White Sox. As a fan, it’s hard to ask for anything more than that. The upcoming three game series against the Red Sox will be big. I said before that if the Twins could start the season by winning five of their first ten, it would be good. Now, it would be great to win seven!
SethSpeaks Sunday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Brian Dinkelman – Rochester Red Wings
SethSpeaks Sunday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Tim Lahey – Rochester Red Wings
· Be sure to check out who is the Twins #3 prospect in Josh’s Thoughts ranking.
Red Wings Report
Sunday – Rochester 4, Pawtucket 3 – Erik Lis came up in the 8th inning with a runner on base and his team trailing by one. He connected and his first home run gave the Red Wings the lead, and eventually the win. Trevor Plouffe had driven in two runs earlier in the game with a single. Matt Tolbert had his first three hits of the season, including a double. Brian Dinkelman went 2-3 with a walk. Yoslan Herrera made the start. He went 3.2 innings and gave up just one run on three hits despite five walks and no strikeouts. Ryan Mullins came in and gave up two runs on three hits in one inning. Tim Lahey was down 30 pounds from last year, and he arguably had his best performance in four seasons with the Red Wings. He threw 3.1 hitless innings, allowing just one walk for the win. Kyle Waldrop pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
New Britain Notes
Sunday – New Britain 4, New Hampshire 7 – Tyler Robertson made his first AA start. The lefty gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk in 4.2 innings. Cole Devries came in and got the next seven outs. He gave up only an unearned run on two hits. Santos Arias came into the game with a 4-4 tie. With one out, a walk, an error and a three run homer and the game was essentially over. Rene Tosoni led the offense by going 2-5 with a double.
Sunday – Ft. Myers – Day Off.