Thursday Night, May 15, 2008
Thursday Game Notes
Just a few quick notes this afternoon. I’m working on another minor league report, but maybe it’ll wait until tomorrow, or next week or something. I had a couple of vacation days from work, and I’m really trying to stay away from the computer too. So, I apologize for some of the brevity, but I don’t think you have to worry too much about any impending slow down. Have a great weekend!
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Twins Minor League Updates
Thursday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Erik Lis, New Britain Rockcats
Thursday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Robertson, Ft. Myers Miracle
Thursday - Red Wings 1, Columbus 3 – Well, Denard Span didn’t homer, but he did have two of the Red Wings six hits, and he walked once. Francisco Liriano had his best start of the year in this one. The lefty threw just 93 pitches in eight innings. He gave up three runs on seven his, but probably most importantly, he walked just one. He struck out four, but clearly there is a plan in place here. Let’s get him to work on throwing strikes. Let him see that just throwing strikes can make a pitcher relatively successful. Coupled with the better control, it sounds like Liriano was throwing a little harder too. In time, the strikeouts will increase. But, I do think it is vitally important that the Twins are extremely patient with The Franchise. Make sure he puts together a group of these types of starts or better before rushing him back.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Thursday - Rockcats 2, Binghamtom 5 (11 innings) – I think it is fair to say that Erik Lis is on a tear! He had two more doubles a day after he hit three doubles. He went 4-5 on the day. Trevor Plouffe was 2-4 with a walk and his third stolen base. Steve Tolleson went 2-5 with three stolen bases. Toby Gardenhire went 2-5 as well. Luke Hughes was back in the lineup and leading off… and he started right where he left off, with his 10th home run. Errol Simonitsch had an appearance in Ft. Myers and this was his first AA start in a while. The tall lefty gave up five runs (4 earned) on eight hits and two walks in five innings. Kyle Aselton then gave up a run on four hits in 1.1 innings. Armando Gabino threw 2.2 shutout innings in relief. But Ben Julianel took the loss by giving up a run on two hits and a walk in his 1.1 innings.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Thursday - Miracle 6, Tampa 5 (10 innings) – Tyler Robertson had arguably his best start of the season. He gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out nine and more importantly, he walked none. Jose Lugo came in and struck out the side in the eighth. Rob Delaney gave up two runs on three hits in the 9th to blow the save. But Frank Mata got the win with a shutout inning in the 10th. Johnny Woodard went 2-4 with his seventh double and first triple. Danny Berg was 2-3. Whit Robbins went 2-4.
Thursday - Snappers 2, Clinton 4 – Dan Berlind started and gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. Steve Hirschfeld came in and struck out two in 3.2 shutout innings. Loek Van Mil allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk in an inning. Ben Revere kept his average about the same with a 2-5 day. He hit his fourth double. Ben Petsch went 2-3. Joe Benson hit his ninth double and stole his 10th base.