September 9, 2006
Twins Minor League Reports
Saturday Morning Update
Good morning to everyone! Another
exciting ending for the Beloit Snappers last night in the playoffs.
Would the Rochester Red Wings allow Francisco Liriano to make a start
for them tonight? And, how did the Twins do against the Tigers with Matt
Garza on the mound? I thought a very quick this morning would be good
because there are a lot of exciting things going on as the Twins drive
toward the Wild Card and two of the four Twins affiliates that made the
playoffs are still alive.
- The Twins got a
much needed win against the Detroit Tigers. I always find it funny
when the Twins lose a game and people respond like it is the end of
the world. Had the wild card not been a factor, Thursday night's
loss would have been a far bigger deal. However, it was just one
game. So, when the Twins came back to beat the Tigers on Friday
night, they evened things out. And, because the White Sox lost on
Thursday and won on Friday, the Twins still have that 1/2 game lead
in the division. I just find it funny when some over-react to every
- Matt Garza started and
struggled a little. In 4.1 innings, he gave up five hits and four
walks which led to four runs. Of course, I could attribute a few of
those runs to things outside his control. First, he was squeezed by
the umpire quite a bit, especially early in the game. That caused
more pitches to be thrown. Second, his defense didn't help him at
all. With the score tied, a bloop single to right turned into a
triple when it was misplayed by Michael Cuddyer. Garza then
struck out the next two hitters before issuing a walk. Then
Magglio Ordonez hit what should have been a one-run single.
Rondell White chose to inexplicably dive for the un-catchable
ball. When it got by him, the second run was able to score from
first. That said, Garza does need to throw more strikes. He almost
used his other pitches too much last night.
- Pat Neshek followed up
his first non-good appearance the other night with a nice 1.1 inning
outing. He struck out two and got his fourth win. Jesse Crain
then threw two shutout innings. Then Juan Rincon came in,
which in the last month has meant one thing. He gave up two hits and
a run. The Twins bullpen has been great, but Rincon is just not
pitching well at all right now. However, Crain, Matt Guerrier and
Willie Eyre are really picking up his slack. Rincon is a valuable
part of the bullpen, so they need to continue to give him
opportunities and hope that he can figure it out soon.
- Joe Mauer had a very
nice game. He was 3-4 with a walk. He is now hitting .348. Derek
Jeter went 1-4 in the Yankees loss last night. He fell to .343.
The Pirates Freddy Sanchez went 0-4 to fall to .341.
- Justin Morneau went 2-4
with a walk, his 31st double and three RBI. I know people are so
happy with his home run production, and I am as well. But to me,
equally important is that when he gets two strikes on him, he takes
that outside pitch and hits it to left. Many times, that has meant
an RBI single. Last night, he had an RBI single to left and a
two-run double to left. That is how he has accumulated all of his
RBI. In his last eight games, Morneau has gone 11-29 (.379).
- Michael Cuddyer got on
base four times as well. He was 2-3 with a two walks. In his last
four games, Cuddyer is 6-15 (.400).
- Nick Punto went 2-5 last
night with a triple. Although he has been good most of the year,
particularly since playing every day, he has been in a tumble of
late. In his last 18 games, he has gone 14-74 (.189). In his last 11
games, he is 7-44 (.159).
- Torii Hunter was 2-5
with two RBI. He also stole his seventh base of the year.
- Phil Nevin was finally
back in the lineup, hitting 8th as the DH. He went 2-3 with a walk
and an RBI double.
- Luis Castillo was 0-5
last night, but in the previous nine games, he had gone 15-40
- The White Sox got a big win
last night. Up by two runs going into the 9th inning, Bobby Jenks
came in to close the door. But he didn't. He gave up three runs
without even recording an out. So, down by one run in the bottom of
the ninth, AJ Pierzynski came up with a runner on and hit a
two-run, walk-off homer.
Do you have any thoughts on the Twins or anything else? If so,
send me an e-mail, or post some Comments below.
TWINS MINOR LEAGUE NOTES
Friday SethSpeaks Player of the Day –
Eli Tintor, Beloit Snappers
Friday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day –
Alexander Smit, Beloit Snapper
If you have any thoughts on the
Twins system, please
Friday - Red Wings 3,
Scranton/Wilkes Barre 6 –
The Red Wings knew that the Twins plans for Francisco Liriano
would have been too confusing if they had won last night, so they lost.
Tonight, Liriano will make a rehab start for the team. I'm kidding, of
course, they just got beat. Peter Munro started and gave up three
runs on ten hits and two walks in just 4.1 innings. Jason Miller
came in and gave up two runs in 1.2 innings. Levale Speigner then
gave up a run in his 1.2 innings. Matt Ford got the last out. The
offense was again led by Garrett Jones who went 3-3.
Friday – Snappers
4, Peoria 3 –
On Thursday night, Eli Tintor hit a game winning
home run in the 9th. On Friday night, he hit the game-winning, two-run
home run in the 8th and the Snappers bullpen was able to hold on for the
win. The win puts the Snappers into the second round of the playoffs. In
the game, the Snappers had just three hits. Allan de San Miguel
went 1-2 with two walks and an RBI. The day that he was named the
SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Month,
Alexander Smit continued his impressive run with seven strong
innings for the win. He gave up two runs (just 1 earned) on three hits.
He walked four and struck out ten. Adam Hawes and Ryan Mullins
combined to pitch a perfect 8th inning before Dan Leatherman
recorded the save with a two strikeout ninth.
Do you have any
further thoughts on any Twins prospects, minor leaguers, or these
summaries? I would love any input, or ideas to make it better. Thanks!
E-mail me, or also feel free to leave comments below.
That is it for today!
Have a terrific day!
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