Thursday, September 18, 2008
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The Twins actually did not lose to Cliff Lee last night. Lee went 6.1 innings, but he gave up four runs (3 earned) on ten hits and three walks. The Twins did well against him. But Scott Baker threw 103 pitches in just 4.2 innings and gave up four runs. Jesse Crain came in and got four outs. Jose Mijares was thrown into the 7th inning in a tie game, which was great. He gave up and infield single to Grady Sizemore, then got a fielderís choice and a strikeout before he was replaced by Matt Guerrier, who promptly allow two more runs to score, one of his own and one of Mijaresís. Thus, Mijares takes the loss despite another impressive performance. The Twins lost, which is most unfortunate because the Yankees beat the White Sox 5-1. They could have been back at 1 Ĺ games behind, but instead remain 2 Ĺ games back with just ten more games to go. Here are some other thoughts on the game/Twins and more:
∑ Some will question that Baker came back on just three days rest. I really donít have a problem with that. He had an easy 94 pitches last Saturday. I think he was fine to do it. He didnít pitch well, but I truly donít believe that it was because of the short rest.
∑ Justin Morneau went 3-4 with two RBI. He was able to get a game at DH, which I think is important.
∑ Joe Mauer also had three hits including his 28th double. Alexi Casilla added two hits. Carlos Gomez was 1-3, but his hit was a home run.
∑ As much as the Elizabethton Twins dominate the Appalachian League and have hitters put up monster numbers, and this year was no exception. Baseball America posted its Top 20 Appalachian League prospects and just ONE E-Twin made the list. Here is some conversation on the list at John Sickels Minor League Ball.
∑ The Twins Geek gives a perfect verbal visual of the current state of the Twins season and their bullpen.
∑ Nick Nelson asks if the Twins are simply Out of Gas.
PODCAST UPDATE - Itís going to be short tonight. Last nightís podcast, I thought, was excellent. Josh Taylor of Taylorís Twins Talk started out on the show, and we talked about several topics on the Twins from the pitchers, to Michael Cuddyerís return, and much, much more. Then Joe Benson, Twins OF prospect, joined the show for about 20 minutes. With Joe, we discussed his back injury, offseason plans, football, what he wants to work on and more. Unfortunately, the software again created a small issue. Fortunately this time it didnít take as long, and I didnít panic. So, there is a quiet minute or two, but we came back for another minute with Joe (Happens at the 36:45 mark, and returns at the 39:30 mark). Finally, the last twenty minutes were spent with Twins Infield Prospect Steve Singleton who had a very good 2008 season between Beloit and Ft. Myers. We talked about his defense, but also the tremendous improvement he made at the plate. I canít help but notice how well he did at Ft. Myers and how his numbers were even better than at Beloit. We talked about the organization and more. Of course, all three guests are in our NFL ďExpertĒ Picks panelÖ
Congrats to Dan Slowey and Vic Quick, the Week 2 Winners at 11-4. Threw two weeks, The Baseball Savant, David Bergner, leads the way with a 22-9 record.
Know that I do intend to update or create a more formal standings list to be updated each week. Itís just taking me some time.