Friday, August 14, 2009
Alright, the Twins season is quickly losing hope of meeting the goals we as fans thought were realistic earlier in the season. I am going to again open up the comments for the readers, but it is done with one condition. For every negative thing you say about the Twins, you have to say something positive. Simply put… if you can’t say something nice…
MAUER 4, ROYALS 5
The Twins fell one run short on Thursday afternoon, which meant a series loss at home to the Kansas City Royals. For a team that many believed needed to go 6-0, or at least 5-1, they are going to have to hope for a 4-2 home stand. Carl Pavano gave up one run in the first, then three in the third and a solo home run in the fourth. Yet, he was still able to give the team seven innings. That was a pretty veteran performance by Pavano. I couldn’t help but wonder if any of the Twins other starters would have that in them. Joe Mauer was again very good. He drove in all four runs, one with his 20th double and the other with a three run home run, his 21st of the year.
· Did You Know:
o IF you think that the AL Central can be won with 85 wins, the Twins will need to go 30-18 the rest of the season.
o Of course, the Tigers would have to go 24-24 over their remaining games, or worse, AND
o The White Sox would have to be worse than 26-21 the rest of the season.
o Orlando Cabrera’s hitting streak is now at 21 games.
o Justin Morneau’s batting average (.298) is below .300 for the first time since April 13th.
o Scott Baker will be making the start tonight against Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians.
o I will be attending the Stick & Ball Guy Convention on Saturday from 11-2 at Minnehaha Falls. If you're interested in attending, it will be $5 for a person or $10 for a family. SBG tells me that there will be some extra food there so feel free to attend. If you want to go to the Twins game, you will need to contact him as well.
o If you want, you can follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SethTweets.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Thursday - SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Danny Valencia, Rochester Red Wings
Thursday - SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Ryan Mullins, New Britain Rockcats
· Travis from Travis Talks informed me that one of the Twins 2004 supplemental first round picks, Jay Rainville, has decided to retire from baseball.
· Twins 14th round pick this June, Matt Tone, is pitching with the Elizabethton Twins. He is pitching quite well. In fact, he has not allowed a hit in 13 innings!
· Twins draft pick, John Stilson, their 19th round pick out of Texarkana College has a lot going on right now. He has until Monday to determine if he will sign with the Twins or go to Texas A&M. I talked to him the other day online and he told me that he is currently in Fargo, ND, with his American League team playing in the American League World Series. I have been told that Monday’s deadline for signing is a hard deadline meaning if his Legion team is still playing he will have to decide between continuing to play in the World Series or signing. I think an exemption could be given to the Twins to work with Stilson for 24 or 48 hours from the time his team is eliminated.
· 11th round pick Ronnie Richardson has told me that unless something drastically changes, he will be heading to Central Florida.
Thursday – Rochester 9, Buffalo 4 – Danny Valencia led a big offensive attack that provided Philip Humber with enough run support to get it to the back of the bullpen. Valencia went 4-5. David Winfree hit his 27th double and 14th home run. Trevor Plouffe was 2-5 with his eight homer and third stolen base. Brock Peterson and Matt Tolbert each had two hits. Humber went the first six innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits. He walked none and struck out four. Rob Delaney threw two shutout innings. Then Anthony Slama came in and pitched a scoreless ninth inning. He walked one and struck out two.
Thursday – New Britain 1, Erie 0 (12 innings) – As you would imagine, there wasn’t much offense in this game, but there was plenty of pitching. Ryan Mullins started and gave up eight hits and a walk in seven shutout innings. He struck out nine. Frank Mata struck out two in 1.2 innings. Spencer Steedley struck out the lone batter he faced. Kyle Waldrop threw three perfect innings and was credited with the Win. Brandon Roberts went 2-4 with a walk. Rene Tosoni and Toby Gardenhire each went 2-5. Whit Robbins singled in Gardenhire with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th.
Thursday – Ft. Myers 2, Palm Beach 4 – David Bromberg lost for just the second time all season. In six innings, he gave up four runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out seven. Matt Williams then threw three shutout innings. He gave up two hits and walked two. Chris Parmelee went 3-4 with his 25th double. Alejandro Machado went 2-4. Estarlin de Los Santos went 2-5.
Thursday – Beloit 1, Clinton 7 – Dan Berlind falls to 3-12 with another rough performance. In 4.2 innings, he gave up five runs on eight hits .He walked one and struck out three. Thomas Wright threw 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk. Winston Marquez then gave up two runs on three hits in two innings. The Snappers’ bats managed just five hits. Ramon Santana went 2-2.
Thursday – Elizabethton 4, Bristol 2 – Martire Garcia improved to 5-1 with a very good game. He gave up one run on seven hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out four. Dakota Watts then struck out three in two scoreless frames. Tony Davis then recorded his fifth save. He gave up a run on three hits in his inning. Steve Liddle, the Twins 15th round pick in June, made his pro debut and had hits in his first two at bats. He went 2-4. So did Anderson Hidalgo who added his ninth double. Brian Dozier went 2-5. Herbert Lara hit his fourth home run.
GCL TWINS GOINGS ON
Thursday – GCL Twins 2, GCL Orioles 1 – The Twins got a win despite just three hits. Jhonatan Arias went 1-2 with his sixth double. Rory Rhodes was 1-2 with a walk. Blayne Weller was excellent again. In five innings, he gave up no runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out four. Oswaldo Sosa made his first appearance of the year, recovering from a back injury. He gave up a run on three hits in his inning. Zach See gave up just one hit over three shutout innings. He struck out three.