Tuesday, August 11, 2009
UPDATE – Glen Perkins is going on the Disabled List with the shoulder strain. Gardy says that they will be promoting someone tomorrow as that player has not yet been notified and that they will notice the “AAA” team. SO, maybe not Slama, but I think we could be happy with Juan Morillo or Rob Delaney. Armando Gabino could be but since he threw 6.2 innings on Monday night, I don’t think he could help on Wednesday. Delaney threw 2.2 innings on Monday. Morillo threw tonight. If it would be Morillo, Delaney or Slama, they would have to make a 40 man roster move. Maybe that’s why the mention of AAA, someone would maybe have to be DFAd. Maybe that is the notification. That would make Slama still an option. We shall see.
UPDATE 2 – OK, I want to throw one more long shot name into the picture. Because I believe that the Twins need someone available tomorrow, and I think that pitcher should be able to go at least five innings, if necessary (since we don’t know what to expect from Liriano). Kevin Mulvey pitched on Tuesday night. R.A. Dickey got beat up on the mound on Monday night. Jeff Manship is due to make his next start on Wednesday. So, my long shot is Manship. The other way outside chance could be lefty Reid Santos who has been starting, and not that well, off and on for the Red Wings this season. He is not on the 40 man roster, and he could be easily replaced on the 40 man roster by Delaney, Slama or Morillo on the 25 and 40 man rosters on Thursday or Friday.
Going into the home stand, many said that the Twins needed to go 6-0 in it to have any chance to compete for the division title. 5-1 was almost mandatory. It is hard to disagree. With tonight’s rough, painful 14-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Twins probably now need to go 5-0 the rest of the way. Of course, they need to go 5-0 by taking it one game at a time.
Nick Blackburn got crushed again. Joe Mauer had a nice three hit game. Delmon Young and Brendan Harris both had long home runs. This game is not worth dwelling on too much. Thankfully the Tigers and White Sox both lost.
One thought that I had as things were getting ugly was a needed change, so I took an educated guess and posted the following on LaVelle’s very entertaining blog (by the way, be sure to read this blog entry. Thanks to LaVelle for the mention!)
Here’s the Out On A Limb Prediction of the Night -
1.) because of how tonight has gone
2.) because of lack of bullpen ready for tomorrow
3.) because of Glen Perkins not being able to be used.
4.) because who knows what to expect from Francisco Liriano tomorrow night.
5.) because the Twins top decision makers are in New Britain…
Prediction - after the game, the Twins will announce that Perkins is going on the DL and Anthony Slama is coming up.
(Disclaimer - just a prediction. I know nothing)
Now I am posting this before hearing Gardy’s post game comments, so if there is a roster announcement, be sure to check back here for updates.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Tuesday - SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Matt Tolbert, Rochester Red Wings
Tuesday - SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Steve Hirschfeld, Ft. Myers Miracle
Tuesday – Rochester 8, Buffalo 6 – Kevin Mulvey gave up six runs on 11 hits and a walk in 5.2 innings, and got a win. Tim Lahey gave up two hits in an inning. Juan Morillo came in and gave up just one hit and one walk over the final 2.1 innings for his fifth save. Matt Tolbert went 3-5 with his second home run and fifth stolen base. Steve Tolleson was 2-4. Brock Peterson was 1-2 with two walks and his sixth homer.
Tuesday – New Britain 3, Erie 5 – Erik Lis’s hot streak continues. In this game, he hit his 20th double and 15th home run. Rene Tosoni and Steve Singleton were each 2-4 while Yancarlos Ortiz was 2-3. Cole DeVries started and went the first 5.2 innings. He gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk. Alex Burnett either wasn’t as hurt as we thought or was pitching with a broken hand. He got four outs and struck out two. Kyle Waldrop gave up no runs on three hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. Frank Mata got the final out.
Tuesday – Ft. Myers 5, Palm Beach 2 – Steve Hirschfeld continues to pitch great and should not be under the radar at this point. In this game, he threw six shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out five. Matt Williams pitched a perfect seventh inning. Michael Allen got two outs in the 8th but gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. Blair Erickson got the final four outs for his 10th save.
Tuesday – Beloit 7, Clinton 5 – Danny Rams had another good day with the bat. He went 2-3 with a walk, his seventh home run and three runs scored. Drew Thompson was 2-3. Ramon Santana had a big two-run, pinch hit double. Liam Hendriks started and gave up three runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four. Winston Marquez then gave up a run on three hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He struck out two. Steve Blevins got the win. He struck out two in 1.1 perfect innings.
Tuesday – Elizabethton 12, Greeneville 3 – There was plenty of offense in this game, and Edgar Ibarra was the beneficiary. He threw five shutout innings, allowing just four hits. He walked four though, and struck out eight. Peter Kennelly struck out five over the next two innings. Ramon Acosta gave up three runs (2 earned) on three hits in the final two innings. He struck out two. Anderson Hidalgo hit his 7th and 8th doubles. Jonathan Goncalves hit his fourth and fifth doubles. Josmil Pinto was 2-5 with his eighth home run. Chris Herrmann was 2-4 with a walk and his seventh home run. Dan Rohlfing was 2-4 with his sixth double. Brian Dozier was 2-5.