Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday Night Lights
Here are the summaries of the Twins game tonight, an incredible performance by Scott Baker and the offense, and the Twins minor league affiliates, where you will find a few excellent performances but none more impressive than that of 20 year old Deolis Guerra!
Have a great weekend! I am really looking forward to seeing a few of you at the SBG Convention at Minnehaha Falls from 11-2 today!
TWINS 11, CLEVELAND 0
Scott Baker, on his second pitch of the game, hit Grady Sizemore. That isn’t the way any pitcher wants to start a game. And yet, Scott Baker not only started the game for the Twins, he finished it. Baker worked the complete game shutout and allowed just two hits in the game. Threw six innings, he had allowed just one hit and throw 73 pitches. After a four pitch eighth inning, he was at just 85 pitches. He ended up with 94 pitches thrown and 65 of them went for strikes. It was as impressive a pitching performance that the Twins have seen this year. It was just what the Twins needed after a rough, disappointing Royals series. It was just what the Twins, and their fans, needed coming into this very important series with Cleveland. It certainly set the tone for how the Twins need to pitch throughout the remainder of the season if they want a chance to contend in the AL Central.
Although he didn’t really need it, Baker was given plenty of run support too. The Twins scored three runs in the third inning and six runs in the fourth inning before adding two more runs in the sixth inning for the 11-0 win. Joe Mauer was again very impressive He went 3-3 and walked twice. Jason Kubel went 3-5 with his career-high-tying 20th home run and five RBI. Justin Morneau was 2-4 with two RBI. Just to summarize, the Twins 3-4-5 hitters (Mauer, Morneau, Kubel) combined to go 8-11 with three walks and nine RBI.
Anthony Swarzak will take the mound for the Twins Saturday afternoon against Cleveland lefty David Huff.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Friday - SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Brian Dozier, Elizabethton Twins
Friday - SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Deolis Guerra, New Britain Rockcats
Friday – Rochester 3, Syracuse 4 – Matt Tolbert went 3-4 with a walk and his 10th double. Brock Peterson and Jose Morales each had two hits. Brian Buscher came in as a pinch hitter, played some 2B, and then hit a solo home run in the 9th inning that cut the lead to one, but it wasn’t enough on this night. Yohan Pino started and gave up two runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. He walked one and struck out four. Juan Morillo gave up two runs on one hit and two walks in 1.1 innings. Tim Lahey struck out two in a perfect inning.
Friday – New Britain 7, Akron 0 – What an incredible game for 20 year old Deolis Guerra! The tall righty worked the first six innings for the Rockcats. He gave up no runs on no hits. He walked three and struck out nine. Let me repeat, NO hits! The pitch count caught up to him, and so Loek Van Mil was brought in to make his AA debut. He threw two shutout innings. Unfortunately, he did allow a single that ended the team’s no-hit bid. Spencer Steedley pitched a perfect ninth inning for the team. Erik Lis led the offense by going 3-4 with his 21st double. Wilson Ramos went 2-3 with a walk and his 10th double in his return to the lineup. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4 with his 33rd double.
Friday – Ft. Myers 1, Sarasota 3 – Rain delayed this game’s start by almost an hour and it almost ended it prematurely before the ninth inning. Tyler Robertson was on the mound to start. The young lefty went six innings. He gave up two runs on four hits and two walks. Michael Allen struck out four in two perfect innings. Blair Erickson gave up an unearned run in his inning. Joe Benson went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth stolen base. Chris Parmelee hit his 26th double. Jair Fernandez hit his 13th double.
Friday – Beloit 2, Clinton 0 – Bruce Pugh pitched very well in just his fourth start for the Snappers (he has come out of the bullpen 26 times). He worked six shutout innings, allowing just two hits. He walked three and struck out seven. Brad Stillings struck out two in a scoreless inning in his first Beloit appearance. Steve Blevins struck out two in a scoreless eighth. Billy Bullock recorded the save with a scoreless ninth. Aaron Hicks went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth stolen base (he was also caught stealing for the seventh time). Ramon Santana was 2-4 with his 24th double. Jon Waltenbury was 2-4. Danny Rams hit an RBI double (his 11th) for the insurance run.
Friday – Elizabethton 4, Bristol 3 – Angelo Sanchez went the first six innings in this game. He gave up three runs on six hits. He walked just one and struck out ten batters. Matt Tone went the final three innings without allowing a run or a hit for his fourth win. He walked three and struck out two. Brian Dozier went 4-5 in the game. Steve Liddle knocked his first home run of his career in the game.
· The performance of Matt Tone simply can not be ignored any more. Tone was the Twins 14th round pick this June out of SUNY-Cortland. With his three hitless innings tonight, he has not allowed a hit in 16 innings. Read that last sentence again a time or two! He has not allowed a hit in 16 innings. He has not allowed a run in 18 innings. Simply amazing, regardless of what level of baseball he is at!
GCL TWINS GOINGS ON
Friday – GCL Twins 6, GCL Reds 3 – Daniel Santana led the Twins offensive attack. He went 2-5 with his fifth triple, third homer and three RBI. Oswaldo Arcia and Nick Tindall each went 2-4. Eliecer Cardenas started the game and worked four shutout innings. He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out three. Nelvin Fuentes gave up two runs on six hits over the next two innings. Jean Mijares struck out three (and walked one) in a scoreless inning. Edison Alvarez gave up a run on two hits in his inning. Jay Rehacek pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.