Weekend Twins Links
The Twins and Red Sox played a full nine-inning game despite a rain delay that exceeded two hours. It wasn’t a good day for the Twins. The offense managed just three hits. Michael Cuddyer had two of them. Brian Duensing gave up a run in his two innings before the delay. Kevin Slowey came in and gave up one run in 4.1 innings before Glen Perkins got the Twins out of the 7th inning. Alex Burnett gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in 2/3 of a the bottom of the 8th inning.
The two teams play again on Sunday afternoon with Carl Pavano and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound.
With that, here is a look at some Twins-related blogs from the past week:
· My Twins Minor League Weekly co-host Travis Aune has one more week left of school, but he posted two blogs today at Travis Twins Talk, a look at the April Players of the Month and a terrific Stream of Consciousness blog that Twins fans should be sure to read.
· In his most recent three-bagger blog, Nick Nelson writes about Danny Valencia, Austin Jackson, Rene Rivera, Trevor Plouffe and Ben Revere.
· The Twins have kept K-Bro’s Paper Doll factory busy this season, and on Wednesday, they had to unfortunately make two more paper dolls.
· The Twins lost on Saturday, so someone had to be blamed. It may surprise you to know that, at least in part, Fanatic Jack is choosing to blame someone other than the manager.
· The Baseball Outsider posted a couple of Pics of the Week. They’re pretty much opposite sides of the spectrum.
· Off the Mark asked, Where’s The Speed?
· Jim Crikket, from Knuckleballs, was at the Snappers game at Cedar Rapids last night. Click here for his thoughts.
· NodakTwinsFan asks if Jason Kubel can be an All-Star.
Minor League Notes
It wasn’t a very good day for most of the Twins minor league pitchers.
According to Sloane, the Rochester Baseball Observer, the Twins have signed Aaron Bates, a 1B/OF that was released by the Red Sox after spring training. With Brandon Roberts unable to play with an oblique injury, he will likely go to the DL to make room. Bates is 27 years old and spent all of the 2010 season with the Red Sox AAA affiliate in Pawtucket. In 2009, he went 4-11 (.364) in a short stint with the Red Sox. He was the Red Sox 3rd round pick in 2006 out of North Carolina State.
Also, Matt Parker, a catcher from San Diego State University, has been promoted from Extended Spring Training to the Beloit Snappers. Another defense-first catcher, he never hit above .263 in college, but does a good job behind the plate. Of course, he caught Stephen Strasburg in college.
Saturday SethSpeaks.net Minor League Hitter of the Day– James Beresford, Ft. Myers Miracle
Saturday SethSpeaks.net Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Kyle Gibson, Rochester Red Wings
Red Wings Ramblings
Saturday – Red Wings 3, Gwinnett 6 – Kyle Gibson posted another Quality Start. In six innings, he gave up three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six. Carlos Gutierrez came in and gave up an unearned run on two hits to take the loss. Kyle Waldrop got two outs in the 9th but gave up two runs on one hit and one walk. Chuck James came in and got the final out, but not before giving up two hits. The Red Wins managed just three hits. Brian Dinkelman and Stevce Holm each had a double.
At noon today, Scott Diamond will take the mound against Gwinnett.
Rock Cats Report
Saturday – Rock Cats 7, Portland 15 – Yet another rough start for Deolis Guerra. The right-hander gave up ten runs on eight hits (including three home runs), three walks and a hit batter in just 1.2 innings. Santos Arias came in and gave up five runs (4 earned) on six hits and a walk in 2.1 innings. Mike Tarsi threw two shutout innings. Jake Stevens struck out two in his two shutout innings. Evan Bigley went 2-3 with a walk, his first home runs and two RBI. Chris Parmelee went 2-5 with his ninth double. Joe Benson was 1-3 with a walk and his third home run. Mark Dolenc hit his second double and drove in two.
Bobby Lanigan will take the mound for the Rock Cats against Portland.
Saturday – Miracle 2, Jupiter 20 – As you would guess by the score, this wasn’t a great pitching performance for the Miracle. Tom Stuifbergen made his first start since his return from his shoulder injury. He was limited to 45 pitches. He gave up five runs (1 earned) on five hits and a walk. Shooter Hunt came in and gave up six earned runs on five hits, three walks and a hit batter in two innings. Brad Tippett came in and gave up four runs on three hits and a walk in 0.2 innings. Blake Martin then gave up three runs on four hits and two walks in 2.2 innings. Dakota Watts pitched the final two innings and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks. James Beresford just continues to hit. He went 3-4 and is now hitting .362. Brian Dozier went 2-4. Nick Romero and Anderson Hidalgo each hit a double.
No game for the Miracle on this Mother’s Day.
Saturday – Snappers 3, Cedar Rapids 5 – Last year when BJ Hermsen returned home and started at Cedar Rapids, he took a no-hitter into the 9th and ended with a complete game shutout. In this game, he gave up five runs (4 earned) on ten hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out five. Martire Garcia walked two and gave up a hit in two scoreless innings. Wang-Wei Lin went 2-4 with his second stolen base. Michael Gonzales knocked his fifth home run and drove in two.
At 1:05 today, Logan Darnell will face the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.