Wednesday, May 6, 2009
That Was Ugly…
But a Good Day in the Minors
It was a brutal game for Twins fans to watch, but if you’re tired of hearing the “It’s a 162 game season” cliché, then too bad because really, that’s all we’ve got today. Well, not quite all. Be sure to check out the scores of the Twins affiliates from last night because they uncharacteristically each scored a ton of runs!
TWINS 0, TIGERS 9
Last night’s game was a horrible display of baseball by our favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. Nothing went well. The corner outfielders each let balls get by them, at least once. The 2B had a few more mental mistakes, and the fact that after the game Ron Gardenhire was more than happy to talk about the, LaVelle is making an assumption that by the time the Twins get to Baltimore Matt Tolbert will be with the team, and Mr. Casilla will be on his way to Rochester. Nick Blackburn didn’t pitch as bad as his line score would indicate. He gave up nine runs in just 3.1 innings. Just six of the runs were earned. But he still gave up eight hits and uncharacteristically walked three batters. It was just a horrible game that I don’t think we should spend too much time dwelling upon. Rick Porcello looks pretty solid too. The Twins, as is characteristic, did a good job of making a pitcher they’ve never seen before look really good. If you would like more thoughts on the Twins and some of the things that happened during the game, click here to read the transcript of last night’s Live Game Chat. On the positive side, Jason Kubel had three of the Twins five hits. R.A. Dickey did a very nice job in the role that he was actually brought in to fill, long reliever. He gave up just two hits in 2.2 shutout innings. It was also good to see Jesse Crain come in and work a perfect inning after not throwing for more than two weeks. Craig Breslow then got into a low leverage situation in the 9th and was able to strike out two batters. Of course, he had to get one walk in there too.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Joe Benson, Ft. Myers Miracle & Evan Bigley, Beloit Snappers & Luke Hughes, Rochester Red Wings
SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Carlos Gutierrez, Ft. Myers Miracle
Tuesday –Rochester 13, Louisville 9 – Matt Tolbert may be headed up to Minnesota as you read this. He went 3-6 with two RBI. He was 7-12 in the last two games. Luke Hughes had a big day. He was 3-5 with a walk, his sixth double and fourth home run. Jose Morales was back in the Red Wings lineup and he went 2-4 with a walk. Jason Pridie extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 2-6 day. Reid Santos started and gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. Juan Morillo went the next 2.2 innings. He gave up three runs on four hits and struck out five. You notice I didn’t mention how many walks he had? That’s because he had none. Armando Gabino gave up two hits and a walk, got just one out and gave up a run. In the final 1.2 innings, Ben Julianel gave up three runs on one hit and two walks.
Tuesday – New Britain, New Hampshire – Game postponed by rain. Doubleheader scheduled for today.
Tuesday –Ft. Myers 10, Sarasota 3 – Carlos Gutierrez has been impressive so far this season. He is, like Ben Revere a year earlier, proving that sometimes we should trust the Twins scouts and that Baseball America isn’t always perfect. In this game, he got his first win of the season by going seven innings. He gave up three runs on six hits and a walk (two of the runs came in the 7th). His ERA actually jumped to 1.50 with this start. Spencer Steedley and Henry Arias each pitched a scoreless inning. Hey Joe Benson, have a day! Benson had been really struggling of late, but he busted out with a great game. He went 3-5 with two home runs and four RBI. Steve Singleton was 2-4 with a walk, his sixth double and his third triple. Deibinson Romero went 2-5 with his ninth double. Ben Revere went 2-4 with his 13th stolen base. Danny Berg went 2-5. Chris Parmelee was 1-2 with two walks. Juan Richardson was in the lineup as the team’s DH. He went 0-4. To make room for him on the roster, the team put Yangervis Solarte on the Disabled List. He is likely out for much of the season with a shoulder injury.
Tuesday – Beloit 9, West Michigan 3 – Evan Bigley was the big bat in this game. The OF went 3-5 with his sixth double, his second home run and five RBI. Drew Thompson went 1-2 with two walks, a triple and three RBI. Michael Allen made the start. He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. He did strikeout five. Bruce Pugh picked up the Win. He gave up only an unearned run on one hits and one walk in 2.1 innings. Steve Blevins then threw 2.1 scoreless, one-hit innings.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
SethSpeaks Live Game Chat at 6!
The Twins will play their second of two games in Detroit tonight at 6:00 central time. As I did last Tuesday, I will be hosting a live chat throughout the game. I will open up the chat room about 15-20 minutes before 6:00.
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