Friday, April 4, 2008
Friday Night Notes
Well, the news came via LaVelle that Michael Cuddyer would be put on the 15 Day Disabled list with a dislocated and lacerated finger. When the play happened, he dove headfirst into 3B Alex Gordon’s spikes, the TV cameras showed his finger briefly and it was disturbing. I really hope he is alright, and moreso, I really hope that this doesn’t give him that hated “injury prone” label. I hate when that label is given when a guy gets hurt on freak plays when he is going all out. Cuddyer was going all out, took an extra base. It is just unfortunate.
Also, the Twins replaced Cuddyer with Denard Span on the roster. I am happy for Span. We all know what kind of player he is. Speed! Speed! Speed! He was solid for the last half of the year last year and had a good spring. He deserves this and I wish him well. The Twins have the option of playing him in CF with Carlos Gomez moving to RF. Or, Jason Kubel could just go into RF with Span acting as a fourth OF. I do anticipate him being in the lineup tonight.
But on the positive side, the Twins won again, 5-4 against the Royals. Scott Baker gave up three runs in the first two innings, but that is it as he ended up going 6.2 innings. Very impressive. Then Pat Neshek and Joe Nathan got the final seven outs to assure the win. Like I mentioned last week, the Twins Pythagorean number will probably never be impressive, but the Twins will almost always outperform it. Why? Because any game that the Twins bullpen gets into that is close, they find a way to win. The bullpen. Wow!
Cuddyer was 2-2 when he left the game. 2-hitter Joe Mauer was 2-4 on the game with an RBI. But the ignitor, Carlos Gomez, went 3-4 with a double to the Left Centerfield gap and two more stolen bases. Adam Everett laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Mike Lamb with what proved to be the game winner.
I have to ask this… I happen to think that (admittedly through 5 games) Carlos Gomez is the most exciting player that the Twins have had since… ???? When? Cristian Guzman’s triples year? Chuck Knoblauch? It is a different kind of excitement than even when Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau were in their incredible 2006 season. What do you think?
Rochester lost a 3-4 decision to Richmond. Garrett Jones went 3-5 again and hit his first home run. Has he turned a corner, or two games is a small size?! Denard Span got on twice and stole two bases before learning of his promotion. Brian Duensing took the loss but was solid for 5.2 innings. He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk. Carmen Cali gave up two unearned runs in an inning. Then Julio DePaula gave up two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.
New Britain was rained out.
Ft. Myers beat Sarasota 6-3 and Jeff Manship recorded his first win of the year. Danny Valencia went 3-4. Brian Dinkelman was 2-4 with a double. Toby Gardenhire went 2-3 with a walk and two RBI. Manship went five innings and gave up three runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out four. Matt Fox and Alex Burnett each threw a shutout inning before Rob Delaney threw two shutout frames for the save. Alex Smit took the loss for Sarasota.
Beloit fell 10-5 in their opener to Kane County. They will play two games today. The story of the game for the Snappers unfortunately has to be that Chris Parmelee went 0-5 with five strikeouts. Not a good start for a season of hope! Joe Benson went 2-5 with two doubles and three strikeouts. Deibinson Romero went 1-3 with two walks. Ozzie Lewis hit a homer. David Bromberg gave up five runs on three hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. Steve Hirschfeld came in and gave up four unearned runs in his inning. (Note – the Snappers had four errors in the game). Charles Nolte gave up an unearned run in 1.1 innings. Dominique Rodgers struck out three in two perfect innings.
That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!