Saturday Night, May 5, 2007
Saturday Night Notes
Here we are again... Again, normally I don't write on the weekends, but now I have twice. I wasn't going to tonight, but it was a Slowey/Manship night, so I had to write.
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Twins 2, Red Sox 1
Joe Mauer is having an MRI tomorrow to find out the extent of his quadriceps injury. That is not a good thing. I mean, anytime you are without your best hitter is not a good thing. Mike Redmond will likely be behind the plate again on Sunday afternoon after getting beat up behind the dish tonight.
Johan Santana improved to 4-2. He lasted just five innings and really struggled throughout. But it was the 98th straight game in which he went at least five innings. The only active player with a longer such streak is Sunday's Red Sox start Curt Schilling.
Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain, Pat Neshek and Joe Nathan worked the final four innings without allowing a run.
As much as any player is replaceable, I really think that the team missed Michael Cuddyer in the middle of that lineup. Although I'm not one to believe that the exact batting order matters, taking out a potential 30 homer, 100 RBI bat can not be a good thing.
I really need someone to explain to me why Mike Redmond has to hit 3rd in the batting order! I just don't get it at all.
The Pirahnas (UGGH!) were 1-14!
Before the game, the Twins honored Minor League Director Jim Rantz by inducting him into the Twins Hall of Fame. Very earned and deserved.
Also before the game, the Twins wives sold grab bags with autographed baseballs of Twins players. See Pat Neshek's wife Stephanee talk about what they did and what the money went for when she was on KSTP TV the other morning.
Sunday afternoon - 1:10 - Sidney Ponson vs Curt Schilling.
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Saturday - Game 1 - Red Wings 1, Ottawa 2 – It had to happen at some point. Kevin Slowey took his first loss of the year. Of course, from a Twins standpoint and a 'prospect' standpoint, that means very little to me because he pitched well. He went all seven innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out three. However, on this night, Ottawa started Brian Mazone was a little bit better. He went six innings and gave up only an unearned run on just two hits. Alexi Casilla had one of those, and a stolen base. The other hit was off the bat of Garrett Jones. Chris Coste played 1B and went 0-3.
Saturday - Game 2 - Red Wings 3, Ottawa 2 – Jason Miller is a guy who just does not get the credit he deserves. He is now in his third season with Rochester. He does a little of everything. He is a lefty bullpen guy meaning he can come in for an inning or an out. He has been a long-man. He has closed a few games. And, when called upon, he makes a solid starter. This game is a great example of that. He recorded his first win by allowing only one run on five hits and a walk in five innings. Julio DePaula pitched a perfect inning. Then Bobby Korecky picked up his sixth save. He gave up an unearned run on two hits, but held the lead. The offense didn't do a lot, but scored just enough. Alexi Casilla went 2-3 with an RBI double. Matt Tolbert was 2-2 with a walk. Red Wings fans also saw a familiar face. JD Durbin made the start for the Lynx. He took his first loss. He went 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out seven. I hope this is a good spot for him! Also, Chris Coste played 1B again, and this game, he went 3-3.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Saturday - Rockcats 3, Trenton 4 – Felix Molina got a hit in his final at bat to give him eight straight games with two or more hits. Kyle Geiger led the way going 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Matt Allegra was 2-4 with his third homer. Gil Velazquez was 1-2 with a double and two walks. Brad Baker got the start for the Rockcats. He went six innings and gave up just one run on six hits. He walked none and struck out one. Jay Sawatski came in and in his second inning, he gave up three runs to be credited with the loss. Jose Mijares pitched a perfect ninth.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Saturday - Miracle 0, Tampa 8 – Another game, another poor performance by the Miracle bats. Just three hits in this game. Whit Robbins had one of those hits, and he walked once. Alexander Smit didn't help himself in this one either though. In just 3.2 innings, he gave up seven runs. But just three were earned. He gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out three. David Shinskie went 2.1 shutout innings. Frank Mata went the last two innings and despite giving up five hits, he gave up just one run.
Saturday - Snappers 8, Great Lakes 1 – And the other reason you came to the site now was to read how Jeff Manship did tonight. Well, as it has been in each of his starts, it was another impressive performance. Will it be his last in the Midwest League? In seven innings, he gave up a run on four hits. He walked none and struck out nine. He got nine ground outs and three fly ball outs. Jesus Carnevale went the final two innings and allowed only a walk. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4. Garrett Olson was 2-4 with two RBI. Danny Valencia went 2-5 with two RBI. And the final blow was a bases clearing triple by Joe Benson.
Player of the Day – Kyle Geiger,
New Britain Rockcats
Saturday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Jeff Manship, Beloit Snappers
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Q&A with Kevin Slowey - I just received an e-mail from Kevin Slowey telling me that he would again be willing to participate in an interactive Q&A with the readers of SethSpeaks. Slowey has been very kind to me and this site. In the past, he has done Q&As (Here, here and Here), an interactive Q&A last July, and participated in our NFL "Expert" Pick panel the last two years. In that time, he has pitched tremendously for Beloit, Ft. Myers, New Britain, Team USA, Rochester and in the Arizona Fall League. Through four early starts this season, he is dominating AAA pitching. Although he is not yet on the Twins 40 man roster, his name is mentioned as a possible replacement for Sidney Ponson or others in the Twins starting rotation. The questions that will be asked of Kevin are completely up to you. So, please take a couple of minutes and e-mail me a question or two (please, no more than three) for Kevin and I will send them to him. I will take questions through (EDIT) Saturday morning (UNEDIT), so get your questions to me ASAP. Thank you!