Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It’s Going to be OK, Really!
“These are the days that test our mettle. Our worthiness. That make us question our progress in this our journey. Sometimes, it causes us to doubt our devotion. We begin to wonder why we chose this path. This is our purification process. This is when scientists would contend that the weaker members of the Twins Nation are weeded out. Make no mistake about it, we are in the furnace and only the purest of Twins Fans are going to survive. But, survive this we will. Not only will we survive this, but we will survive it well.”
- OrderoftheSpur.com (with obvious liberties taken).
It’s called a losing streak, Twins fans. It happens all the time. It happens every year; generally a couple of times every year. I am always amazed by how quickly some Twins “fans” are willing to give up on their team through the rough spots, and how quickly they want to jump right back on the bandwagon when things inevitably turn around. And seriously, we all know, there will be a turnaround. This team is far too talented to play poorly for an extended period of time. Are there holes? Of course. There are on every team. Right now, the Twins weaknesses are being exposed. The Twins need a couple of changes, and I fully believe that change is imminent.
But as Rick Pitino once ranted, “All this negativity sucks!” Maybe Pitino should write a rant for Ron Gardenhire:
You're the people being negative. And some of the fans. Harmon Killebrew is not walking through that door. Rod Carew is not walking through that door. Tony Oliva is not walking through that door And if you expect them to walk through the door, they're going to be gray and old. What we are is young, exciting, hard-working, and we're going to improve. People don't realize that, and as soon as they realize those three guys are not coming through that door, the better this town will be for all of us because there are young guys in that (locker) room playing their <tails> off.
I know it is cliché to keep pointing out that it is a 162 game season. I know that after last year’s one game playoff no one wants to hear that it’s just one game. But what is the alternative? To overreact every single inning of every single game? I just don’t think bleeding ulcers sound that fun!? Do you really want to be a fair-weather fan? Does that make the experience better?
Maybe I’m the weird one. I’ve followed this team long enough to understand the ebbs and flows of a season. I choose to agree with the great philosopher Bobby McFerrin. I encourage everyone to click here and just listen!! Just try not to start whistling! And if that doesn’t work, watch this video which, great song, but may be the creepiest video I have ever seen!
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Tuesday - SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Steve Tolleson, New Britain Rockcats
Tuesday - SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – David Bromberg, Ft. Myers Miracle
TRANSACTIONS – The Twins released LHP Henry Reyes from the Beloit Snappers roster. They also put Shooter Hunt on the Disabled List with a, ahem, groin injury. The Snappers will be getting some very strong help. Michael Tarsi, Blake Martin and Curtis Leavitt will all be joining them today.
Tuesday –Rochester 3, Durham 4 – Jason Jones got drilled in this game. In 4.2 innings, he gave up seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Tim Lahey came in and in two innings gave up three runs on three hits and three walks. Armando Gabino gave up no runs in his inning despite a hit and a walk. The Red Wings managed just four hits. Allen de San Miguel went 1-1, his first AAA hit.
While I Was Out – The Red Wings simply did not bring bats to Durham, it appears. Four hits Tuesday. Just two hits on Monday. They had six hits on Sunday, but none until phenom David Price left before the sixth inning. On Monday, Brian Duensing had his best outing of the season. In seven innings, he gave up just one run on six hits and a walk, but still got the loss. On Sunday, Philip Humber gave up two runs in five innings. Sean Henn’s final AAA appearance was impressive. He struck out four in two innings. Jason Pridie hit his first home run of the year.
Tuesday – New Britain 14, Reading 6 – Jeff Manship was the beneficiary of some incredible run support in this one. Steve Tolleson went 4-6 with his eighth double, first homer and three RBI. Brian Dinkelman went 3-4 with two walks and his ninth double. Brandon Roberts went 3-6 with his sixth double. Rene Tosoni was 2-3 with two walks and his fifth home run. Danny Valencia hit his ninth double and his fourth homer. He drove in four runs. Danny Lehmann went 2-4 with a walk. Whit Robbins hit his fifth homer. Manship went just five innings. He gave up four runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out four. Yohan Pino gave up two unearned runs on two hits in 1.2 innings. He struck out three. Frank Mata was perfect for 2.1 innings.
While I Was Out – The Rockcats had a day off on Sunday. They beat Portland 4-2 on Sunday. Matt Fox went five innings to pick up his second win. Rob Delaney threw 2.2 scoreless innings in relief. Anthony Slama recorded his seventh save. He walked two in a scoreless inning.
Tuesday – Game 1 - Ft. Myers 5, Jupiter 1 – David Bromberg improved to 3-0 with another strong start for the Miracle. He actually worked the first six innings without allowing a run. He went out to complete the game in the 7th when he gave up a run and got two outs. Alex Burnett came in to get the final out. Chris Parmelee was 2-3 with an RBI. Evan Bigley was also 2-3.
Tuesday – Game 2 - Ft. Myers 0, Jupiter 7 – The Miracle managed just three hits in this game. Chris Parmelee went 1-2 with a walk. He also stole his second base. Steve Hirschfeld was given his first opportunity to start a game this year. He went the first three innings and gave up only an unearned run on two hits. He struck out four. Henry Arias came in and gave up six runs on five hits and two walks in one inning. Is it still considered striking out the side if he did strike out three in that inning? Blair Erickson then worked two scoreless innings.
While I Was Out – The Miracle were rained out on Monday which created the need for the Tuesday double header. On Sunday, Deolis Guerra got the loss. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on seven hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. Spencer Steedley continued to dominate the FSL with 1.2 scoreless. Alex Burnett struck out two in his perfect inning. Danny Rams got another start behind the plate. He went 2-3 with a walk and his second double. Mark Dolenc, Ben Revere and Steve Singleton also had two hits in the game.
Tuesday – Beloit 1, Peoria 9 – If not for the home run ball, Brad Tippett would have had a very good start. The Snappers right-handed starter gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks. Four of those hits were solo home runs. Steve Blevins came in and gave up three runs on five hits over two innings. Danny Rondon pitched a scoreless inning. Joe Testa allowed two unearned runs in the ninth. The Snappers managed just three hits.
While I Was Out – The Snappers split a couple of games with Peoria. Jonathan Waltenbury went 4-7 with a walk in the two games. But the big story, in my mind, was that Angel Morales is now batting over .200, and he homered in each game. He now has five on the season. Bobby Lanigan got beat up for eight runs on ten hits in four innings on Monday. On Sunday, Dan Osterbrock picked up a Win despite giving up six runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings. Bruce Pugh (1 R, 3 IP, 4 K) and Steve Blevins (2.1 IP, 0 R) pitched well out of the bullpen.