Tuesday Night, April 29, 2008
Two Minor League Days
Hey everyone! Sorry I didn't have a daily update last night to show the minor league highlights. It just didn't happen. So tonight, I am going to post the highlights from Monday's and Tuesday's minor league games. As mentioned last night, the Twins made several transactions throughout the system that were noteworthy, and the new players started playing for their new teams. Here are the updates:
Twins Minor League Updates
Monday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Danny Valencia, Ft. Myers Miracle
Monday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Blair Erickson, Beloit Snappers
Tuesday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Darnell McDonald, Rochester Red Wings
Tuesday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Tim Lahey, Rochester Red Wings
Monday - Red Wings 6, Pawtucket 8 – Kevin Mulvey had his first rough outing of the year. He gave up seven earned runs on nine hits and four walks in just 4.2 innings. OK, it wasn't a rough start, it was a bad start. Casey Daigle came in and gave up an unearned run in 2.1 innings. He struck out four. Carmen Cali struck out two in two scoreless innings. Darnell McDonald went 2-5 with his fourth double, second homer and four RBI. Jason Pridie went 3-5. Randy Ruiz went 2-5 with his seventh double. He was hitting .280 at game's end. However, he also committed his fourth error of the year already. That has to be tough for a 1B.
Tuesday - Red Wings 9, Pawtucket 3 – Brian Duensing gave up three first inning runs, but that was it. He went six innings and gave up seven hits. He walked one and struck out four. Phil Humber came in to pitch the 7th inning. He threw a perfect inning and got the win. I assume that this was his bullpen day and he just got an inning of work, although a trip to the bullpen may not be a bad thing either. Julio DePaula struck out one hitter, but gave up two hits so Tim Lahey came in. He got all five batters he faced out, four of them by strikeout, for his second save. Darnell McDonald again led the offense. He went 3-5 with his fifth double, second triple and three RBI. Jason Pridie went 2-4 with two RBI. Randy Ruiz and Alexi Casilla were both 2-4. Chris Basak went 2-3 with a walk and his third double.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Monday - Rockcats – No Game Scheduled
Tuesday - Rockcats 8, Binghamton 1 – The lineup was a little different for the Rockcats in this game. With Brandon Roberts and Dustin Martin out, Luke Hughes moved out to CF. Trevor Plouffe moved from SS to 3B. Steven Tolleson started at SS. Oswaldo Sosa won his first game with five innings of work. He gave up one run on two hits. He walked three and struck out five. Jay Sawatski and Armando Gabino each struckout two in two shutout innings. Matt Moses went 3-5 with his seventh double. Brock Peterson was 2-4 with a walk and two RBI. Erik Lis was 2-4. Steve Tolleson went 1-3 with two walks.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Monday - Miracle 4, Lakeland 3 – Tyler Robertson had a solid start. The lefty went six innings and gave up just two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out six. His ERA sits at 2.84. Jose Lugo got the win. He pitched the seventh inning and gave up a hit and a walk, but no runs, to record the win. Robert Delaney picked up save number six with two shutout innings. He struck out two. The offense was led by Danny Valencia who went went 2-4 with his sixth double and three RBI. Brian Dinkelman hit his ninth double, and Rene Tosoni hit his third double.
Tuesday - Miracle – No Game Scheduled.
Monday - Snappers 1, South Bend 7 – After a great start to his season, Brian Kirwan struggled in this one. In just 4.1 innings, he gave up seven runs (5 earned) on eight hits and three walks. Blair Erickson came in and struck out five hitters in 2.2 innings. He gave up two hits, but no runs. Charles Nolte walked two and struck out two in two scoreless innings. The offense managed just three hits in the game. Steve Singleton hit his first triple. Joe Benson, who led off and played in CF, went 1-4. Ben Revere, making his first Beloit start, played LF and was 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Tuesday - Snappers 3, South Bend 2 (10 innings) – After Mark Dolenc walked and Joe Benson got a bunt single, Ben Revere sacrificed them to 2nd and 3rd. Garrett Olson was intentionally walked. Then after a strikeout, Ramon Santana grounded to third base but there was an error that allowed the game-winning run to score. In this game, Revere played in CF with Benson in RF. Revere went 2-4 in the game. Danny Lehman went 3-4 with his first triple. Despite an 0-3, Steve Singleton is still hitting .354. It is interesting that now that Revere is around, the team's best hitter (Singleton) was dropped down to the sixth spot in the order. That's just how it works. The Twins likely insist that Revere, Benson and Chris Parmelee get as many plate appearances as possible.
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