Friday Night, April 20, 2007
Minor League Update
I thought it would be good to post a minor league update on its own to allow for discussion specific to the Twins minor league system. I certainly invite you to e-mail me or leave questions in the Comments section. Unfortunately, the Breaking News of the weekend, the 50 game suspension of Anthony Swarzak, puts a bit of a damper on everything. But, the rest of the minor leaguers and these teams deserve recognition for the positives that they are doing. So, here are the game updates from tonight along with a few other comments or links where possible.
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Honestly, I don't know if I'm going to have much on the Twins game tonight. Uggh! Sidney Ponson gave up about a billion base runners, then Glen Perkins could throw strikes. Matt Guerrier finally had a rough outing and Juan Rincon was all over the place. Joe Mauer was diving all over the home plate area, trying to stop wild pitches, runners from scoring, watching pitches hit batters. It was ugly. The key is remembering that games like this happen. I'm tired of the announcers saying these things don't happen to the Twins, because they do. They happen to every team. So, it isn't worth making too much out of this game.
Friday - Red Wings 6, Pawtucket 2 – Seriously, Scott Baker is way too good for AAA. He just dominates the International League. If only 1.) he could make that transition to the big leagues smoothly and 2.) get the opportunity to stay in the rotation for an extended period, it would be great! Where does all that come from? Well, tonight against the Paw Sox, Baker started and went eight shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out eight for the Win. Bobby Korecky came in for the 9th and got two outs, but he gave up a hit and walked two. So Mike Venafro came in. He gave up a two run single and walked a guy before getting the final out. The game was 0-0 through seven innings. But in the top of the 8th, Garrett Jones, Jose Morales and Matt Moses each had RBI singles. Then Denard Span hit a bases clearing triple to make the score 6-0. Jones led the offense by going 3-5 with his fourth double. Tommy Watkins went 2-5 with two stolen bases. Moses went 2-4 with a stolen base.
Notes - The Red Wings will be wearing Virginia Tech baseball caps on Monday. Following the game, they will sign them and auction them off, with all the proceeds going to a fund set up by Virginia Tech.
Here is Baseball America's Twins AAA Dish article.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Friday - Rockcats 4, Connecticut 7 – Nick Blackburn was the starter for the Rockcats tonight. The AA veteran gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits in five innings. He did not record a walk or strike out a batter. Danny Powers came in (and took the loss) and gave up two runs on four hits in his inning. Jay Sawatski gave up two runs on three hits in his inning. JP Martinez went two shutout innings, striking out two. Matt Allegra went 2-4 with his first home run in the Twins organization. David Winfree went 2-3 with his third double. Korey Feiner went 1-3 with a walk, dropping his average to .474 on the young season.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Friday - Miracle 9, Tampa 1 – The Miracle got ten hits and six walks on their way to a nice, easy win. Erik Lis led the offense, going 2-4 with a walk, his second homer and four RBI. Edward Ovalle went 2-5 with three RBI. Juan Portes had a double, a walk, and was hit by a pitch. Whit Robbins was 1-3 with two walks and three runs scored. Jay Rainville improves to 2-0 and dropped his ERA down to 1.17. He went 5.1 innings and gave up just an unearned run on six hits and a walk. He struck out six. Yohan Pino came in and got the five batters he face out, two on strikeouts. He is yet to allow an earned run. Zach Ward went two shutout innings, striking out two.
The Miracle will play in Tampa again today before heading home to play a three game series against Clearwater.
Friday - Snappers 8, Wisconsin 3 – Danny Valencia can flat-out hit. In this game, he went 2-4 with his fourth homer of the season and three RBI. Chris Parmalee, who left last night's game early with an injury, was back in the lineup and went 2-4 with his third double and an RBI. Brian Dinkelman was also 2-4, and he added a walk. Joe Benson had a two-run triple. Alex Burnett started and gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out five. Sean Land picked up the win. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two, in 1.1 innings. Dan Leatherman got the Save by striking out three of the five batters he faced and got out.
Friday SethSpeaks Player of the Day - Scott Baker, Rochester Red Wings
Friday SethSpeaks Player of the Day - Erik Lis, Ft. Myers Miracle / Danny Valencia, Beloit Snappers
Do you have any further thoughts on any Twins prospects, minor leaguers, or these summaries? E-mail me, or also feel free to leave comments below.
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