Saturday Night, June 6, 2008
Saturday Game Notes
Saturday afternoon was a good day to horse around for a little while. What? Well, we spent much of the afternoon at Canterbury Park, watching probably five or six horse races. That is so much fun. I can see where it could be addictive. Here's how smart I am. Pretty much, just pick the horse with the coolest name. And of course, we left early, but we had to get home in time to watch The Belmont, to see if Big Brown could finish off the Triple Crown. He was a 1-4 favorite. No other horse was better than a 7-1 underdog. Da' Tara, the horse that won, was a 38-1 underdog. Check this information out from the Canterbury daily program.
Some wagering considerations:
The show pool in this race will see a vast majority of its dollars wagered on BIG BROWN. Many people will place large wagers on the star to show, as the minimum payout in the pool is $2.10 on a $2.00 wager. While it's not a gaudy mutuel, how many institutions offer a 5% return on your investment in less than 2 minutes and 30 seconds? Try getting that in the stock market. The obvious downside to this strategy is the BIG BROWN could run off the board. This is extremely unlikely, but it's always a inherent risk.
So, when BIG BROWN became the first Triple Crown contender to finish dead last in The Belmont, I am guessing a lot of people lost a lot of money. Think about it. If someone invested $100,000 on BIG BROWN to Show, they were hoping to come away with $105,000 a few minutes later... it was a sure thing... so, when BIG BROWN finished last, there goes $100,000. Oops!
To the baseball...
Saturday Night - Twins 2, White Sox 11
Any Twins thoughts?
Twins Minor League Updates
Saturday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Chris Parmelee, Beloit Snappers
Saturday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Cole DeVries, Ft. Myers Miracle
Be sure to check out LaVelle's excellent minor league update at the Star-Tribune. It talks a lot about just how good the prospects at Ft. Myers are and how well the team is playing. It also talks about when the Twins will be promoting some players. No surprise, and really, it just makes sense.
Also, be sure to check out Roger's Weekly Minor League Update.
Saturday – Rochester 2, Lehigh Valley 8 – Danny Graves is still starting for the Red Wings. In this game, he gave up just three runs on seven hits and four walks in just four innings. Julio DePaula gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in his two innings. Carmen Cali gave up two unearned runs on four hits and a walk in his two innings. Jose Morales led the offense by going 2-3 with a walk and his third homer. Ryan Jorgenson was 2-4. Jason Pridie went 2-5 with two stolen bases. Randy Ruiz was ejected from the game.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Saturday – New Britain 0, Binghampton 3 – The Rockcats got ten hits, more than the B-Mets, but could not score a run. Erik Lis, aka "Doubles Machine" had two more doubles in four at bats. He now has 23 on the season. Matt Moses went 3-3. Brock Peterson went 2-4. Kyle Aselton made a spot start and actually was better than I would have expected based on what he has done out of the bullpen. He gave up three runs on three hits in four innings. Most notably he didn't walk any. Armando Gabino then threw three shutout innings, striking out three. Ben Julianel struck out three in the 8th inning.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Saturday – Ft. Myers 2, Brevard County 0 – Cole DeVries has been remarkable for the last six weeks and nothing changed from that in this game. The starter improved to 5-5 with eight shutout innings. He gave up just four hits, walked none and struck out five. Anthony Slama recorded his 10th save with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4 with a walk, his 18th double and his second home run. Juan Portes went 2-5. Eli Tintor hit his first homer.
Saturday – Beloit 4, Kane County 5 (10 innings) - Chris Parmelee remained on his home run tear. In this game, he went 3-4 with a walk and his 12th homer. Chris Cates was 3-4 with a walk also. Garrett Olson hit his fifth homer, and Steve Singleton hit his fourth. Santos Arias started and gave up three runs (1 earned) on nine hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out six. Brad Tippett struck out two in is inning. Loek Van Mil threw a shutout inning. Spencer Steedley then came in and gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits and a walk in just 1.1 innings, to take the loss.
We'll be back!