Monday, June 23, 2008
Weekend Wrap Up
Good Monday Morning everyone! It was a busy, but really fun weekend. I did post an update on Friday night with those game notes plus my thoughts on the Loveable Cubs!? If you missed that, be sure to take a minute and check it out. And secondly, Congratulations to Josh Johnson and Josh's Thoughts on one year in this blogging game! It's a lot of work, but his site is one of the first I read each morning. Here's to another year!
Saturday afternoon, we checked out the SBG Convention over at Minnehaha Park. I hadn't been to Minnehaha Falls since I was probably eight years old (so yeah, that's a long time ago!). At that time, I remember that you could kind of see a little trickle of water coming down. However, with all of the recent rains, there was a lot of water flowing to the Falls and seeing it was really incredible, so if you haven't been there in awhile, be sure to do that. But anyway. Stick & Ball Guy went to the Park hours before I would have been awake to reserve a spot. Me? I would have gone to the park at about 1:30 and assumed I could have had a spot. Nope, the park was packed. But we had a really nice location near the river. There were over twenty people there. SBG, Lucy and Baby SBG were excellent hosts. Aaron Gleeman was there. So was Nick Nelson. Jon Marthaler from Twinkie Town showed up. The recently retired Will Young was there with his wife, whose birthday it was, so they brought cake. I like cake. It tasted good! There were also many of the stars of SBG Nation including Banjo, Moss, AMR, The New Guy, Andrew, Algonad, Green Machine and others. But the appearance of Ubelman was kind of the crowning moment.
I think everyone had a great time. People talked baseball, of course, but as is the case at The World's Greatest Online Magazine, topics varied and it was quite entertaining. With a 6:10 game time, at 5:00 things were packed up and we headed to the Dome. Fortunately, we arrived in time to see the entire Rick Aguilera Twins Hall of Fame ceremony. Aguilera was incredible and certainly well deserving of the honor. What was also cool was getting to see the likes of Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Rod Carew and Bert Blyleven all together to welcome Aggy in. Tom Kelly introduced him and really did a nice job. Aguilera did a nice job of thanking everyone and even got a little choked up. It was a nice ceremony.
It was also enjoyable at the game, talking to Will and Aaron and SBG and Andrew and Q at the game. Singing the Hormel Row of Fame song (You will be a wiener winner!) with bloggers is cool! Oh, and the Twins Geek stopped by where we were sitting and gave up some complimentary Gameday Magazines! This was my first SBG Convention, and it will hopefully be the first of many. Apparently at last year's inaugural convention, the Twins were shut out. So, when it was the 6th innings and the Twins were yet to score, SBG himself started to get a little nervous. But then came the seventh inning... and I'll share a few thoughts on the game itself below... but the point to be made is this... if you get a chance to attend a blogger get-together, you should do it. It's fun!
TWINS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 1
TWINS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3
Any other Twins thoughts?
Twins Minor League Updates
Saturday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Chris Parmelee, Beloit Snappers
Saturday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Oswaldo Sosa, Ft. Myers Miracle
Sunday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Randy Ruiz, Rochester Red Wingss
Sunday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Zach Ward, New Britain Rockcats
Be sure to check out Roger's Weekly Minor League Update for this week.
Saturday – Rochester 3, Indianapolis 5 – It was very good to see Philip Humber able to take the mound again after missing a couple of starts with some elbow soreness. It didn't go so well, but that's not the key point. In four innings, he gave up four runs on six hits. Ricky Barrett then gave up a run on two hits and a walk in two innings. Mariano Gomez and Julio DePaula each threw a scoreless frame. Trevor Plouffe went 2-4 with his second double and first stolen base. Jason Pridie went 2-5 with his 16th stolen base. Ryan Jorgenson went 2-4.
Sunday – Rochester 7, Indianapolis 6 – Trevor Plouffe went 0-5 in the game, but his 11th inning sacrifice fly scored Garrett Jones with what proved to be the winning run. Randy Ruiz led the offense, going 4-5 with a walk and his tenth home run. Darnell McDonald went 2-3 with two walks and his 16th and 17th doubles. Ryan Jorgenson went 2-4 with a walk and his fourth homer. Sergio Santos his a two run home run in the game-tying 8th inning. Danny Graves started and gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings. Carmen Cali gave up three runs on two hits and two walks in two innings. Tim Lahey threw two scoreless relief innings. Bobby Korecky got the win by throwing his two scoreless innings.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Saturday – New Britain 2, Connecticut 5 – Anthony Swarzak lost again, falling to 3-4 on the season. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. Jay Sawatski gave up a run on three hits in two innings. He struck out four. Brock Peterson hit his 23rd homer and first triple in the game. Felix Molina went 2-3 with his 10th double.
Sunday – New Britain 2, Connecticut 1 – A couple of weeks ago, I asked about the future of Zach Ward and if starting was in the foreseeable future. I was basically told that there was probably little chance that Ward would return to starting, but you never know what will happen. Well, on this day, he was back on the mound to start the game. He threw four shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked three and struck out four. Yohan Pino got the win. He went three innings and gave up just one run on two hits and a walk. Ben Julianel got his 13th save with three strikeouts in two innings. The Rockcats managed just six hits in the game. Erik Lis had the biggest with a solo home run, his eighth of the season.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Saturday – Miracle 2, Sarasota 5 – The Miracle were able to score two runs in the 9th to avoid being shutout. Juan Portes went 3-4. Whit Robbins was 2-4. Edward Ovalle was 2-4 with his ninth triple. Yangervis Solarte went 2-4 with his fifth double. Matt Fox started and went 6.1 innings. He gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out five. Oswaldo Sosa gave up one run on one hit and one walk in 2.2 innings.
Sunday – Miracle 2, Palm Beach 4 – Jay Rainville's time in the bullpen sure was short. He had just one bullpen appearance before this start. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on nine hits in 6.2 innings. He walked none and struck out seven. Jose Lugo got the final four outs. Steve Singleton went 2-5. Wilson Ramos went 1-2 with two walks.
Saturday – Beloit 11, Peoria 5 – Chris Parmelee led this big offensive attack for the Snappers. He went 4-5 with his 10th double, 13th triple and three RBI. Mark Dolenc went 3-4 with two doubles and his 14th stolen base. Ozzie Lewis was also 3-5. Deibinson Romero went 2-5. Allen De San Miguel went 0-1, but he walked four times. Santos Arias started and evened his record at three. He gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings. Henry Reyes threw two shutout innings. Danny Hernandez threw a perfect inning.
Sunday – Beloit 4, Peoria 1 (10 innings) – Joe Benson's two run homer was the big hit that the Snappers needed in the tenth inning to win this game. It was his fourth of the year. Steve Hirschfeld moved to the rotation and gave up just one run in five innings. He gave up seven hits and walked one. Chris Anderson, who recently signed, struck out two in one inning. Charles Nolte walked three in 1.2 shutout innings. Spencer Steedley got the win with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Allen De San Miguel went 2-3 with his first double.
Saturday – E-Twins 7, Pulaski 10 – It was unlikely that the E-Twins were going to go undefeated the whole season. It was bound to happen, and on Saturday, they lost for the first time. Curtis Leavitt started and gave up six runs (5 earned) on ten hits and two walks. Omar Alcala then gave up two runs on two hits and three walks in three innings. Danny Rondon gave up two runs on three hits in his inning of work. There was a lot of offense though. Jon Waltenbury went 3-4. He was a single short of the cycle with his third double, first triple, second homer and four RBI. Andy Schmiesing went 3-5 with three runs scored. Nick Papasan went 2-4. Nick Romero went 2-5 with his first homer.
Sunday – E-Twins 10, Pulaski 2 – Dan Berlind started this one and got his first E-Town win. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out seven. Jarrad Eacott threw two shutout innings. There was plenty of offense in this one. Evan Bigley hit his first two homers of the season. Jeanfred Brito went 2-5 with a double and a stolen base. Juan Richardson went 2-5 with a double and three RBI. Dominic de la Osa went 2-5 with a double. Angel Morales went 2-4 with his first homer. Rene Leveret hit his first homer. Nate Hanson went 0-1, with three walks. Michael Harrington went 2-5.
GCL TWINS TALK
Saturday – GCL Twins, GCL Reds – The game was suspended due to rain. Aaron Hicks made his debut. Reggie Williams had another hit.
Sunday – GCL Twins – No Gulf Coast League games scheduled for Sunday.
Have a great week!