Saturday Night, April 21, 2007
Twins Daily Update
Here are the reports from the Saturday games of the Twins and all four of their minor league affiliates. Overall, it was a 3-2 day for the organization. There were plenty of good performances, so be sure to check them all out.
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Saturday - Twins 7, Royals 5 – The Twins came back from a horrible performance on Friday night to get a win in KC on Saturday afternoon. It definitely wasn't pretty. Boof Bonser got the start for the Twins and gave up five runs (3 earned) on seven hits and a walk in five innings. He did strike out seven. He also gave up solo homers to Mark Teahen and Alex Gordon. The Royals scored in four of the five innings that Bonser pitched. And then the real Twins bullpen showed up. Pat Neshek came in and struck out the side in the 6th. Dennys Reyes got two guys outs. Jesse Crain got the next four batters out. Then, Joe Nathan came in and struck out the side in the 9th to end the game. The game wasn't on TV, but Nathan must have had some nasty stuff because all three strikeouts were looking.
Mike Redmond was probably the star of the offensive attack with three hits and three RBI. I listened to the Royals radio broadcast of the game (which was excellent by the way and includes former Minnesota Gopher Ryan Lefevre) and they commented on how all three of Redmond's singles were bloopers just into RF, almost carbon copies of the previous. Alexi Casilla got the start at SS and went 2-5 with a stolen base. Nick Punto had a good day. He went 2-4 with a walk, a triple and an RBI. Joe Mauer was 2-4 with two doubles (he has 8) and two RBI. Justin Morneau had two doubles (5 on season) and a walk in four at bats. Torii Hunter was 2-4, was hit by a pitch and hit his 11th double.
Not a great start by Bonser, although the two first inning runs were unearned as Luis (!) dropped a pop up with two outs and the bases loaded which allowed both runners to score.
Rondell White is still not back and it is possible that Luis Castillo could end up on the DL too.
Saturday - Red Wings 5, Syracuse 2 – The Red Wings scored early and then kept the lead through the game. Denard Span got hits in his first three at bats and ended 3-5 with a double and his 3rd stolen base. Garrett Jones went 2-4 including his first homer of the year, a solo shot. Trent Oeltjen had a big two-run single and a stolen base. Jeremy Cummings made his first start of the year and went four shutout innings. Brian Bass came in and gave up two runs on three hits in two innings. Julio DePaula came in and struck out three in two innings. Bobby Korecky pitched a scoreless ninth.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Saturday - Rockcats 0, Connecticut 10 – Overall, this was just not a good game for the Rockcats. The offense managed just four hits, and only a Brian Buscher had a double. Jesse Floyd started and falls to 1-2. He gave up six runs (4 earned) on four hits and three walks. He struck out three. Tim Lahey came in and gave up four runs (2 earned) on four hits and a walk. Brian Forystek struck out five in the final three innings, and he didn't give up any more runs.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Saturday - Miracle 2, Tampa 1– Kyle Waldrop was the story of this game. The Twins pitching prospect improved to 2-0 by pitching seven innings. He gave up just one run on five hits. He walked none and struck out six. One of the hits he gave up was to Hideki Matsui who was rehabbing for the Yankees there. Fortunately, the Miracle scored a run in the top of the 8th to break the tie and help Waldrop to the Win. Frank Mata was perfect for the final two innings for his first Save of the year. Whit Robbins led the offense. He went 3-3 with a walk. Juan Portes was 2-4 with an RBI. Steven Tolleson was 2-4 with a walk. Erik Lis added a double.
Saturday - Snappers 0, Lansing 4 – Lansing came into this game with a 9-1 record. They left it at 10-1. Their pitchers limited the Snappers bats to just five hits. Garrett Olson and Danny Valencia both went 2-4. Chris Parmalee had the other hit. Jose Lugo started for Beloit. The righty went 4.2 innings and gave up two runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out three. Adam Revelette got two outs, one on a strikeout, but he gave up a hit and walked two. Danny Vais replaced him. In 1.2 innings, he gave up two hits, both homers, for two runs. He struck out three. Armando Gabino struck out one in his inning.
Saturday SethSpeaks Player of the Day - Kyle Waldrop, Ft. Myers Miracle
Saturday SethSpeaks Player of the Day - Denard Span, Rochester Red Wings
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