Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I took Memorial Day off completely from working on the site, so today is a catch up day. I’ve got highlights from the games of the minor league affiliates from Monday and Tuesday. The Twins had their first day off in twenty days on Monday, so I guess they went out of their way to play a little extra ball on Tuesday, their first of twenty straight days of games, again.
Twins 4, Royals 3 (11 innings)
Any Twins thoughts?
Twins Minor League Updates
Monday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Garrett Jones, Rochester Red Wings
Monday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Tim Lahey, Rochester Red Wings
Tuesday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Randy Ruiz, Rochester Red Wings
Tuesday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Philip Humber, Rochester Red Wings / Cole DeVries, Ft. Myers Miracle
Monday – Rochester 7, Charlotte 6 (10 innings) – Randy Ruiz singled in pinch runner Felix Molina with the winning run in the 10th. Ruiz went 2-5 in the game. Tommy Watkins, Jason Pridie and Darnell McDonald were also 2-5 in the game. McDonald hit his 12th double, fourth triple and drove in three runs. Pridie recorded his fifth double. Garrett Jones led the offense, going 3-5 with his 12th double and fourth home run. Jose Morales went 2-4. Of course, any time Francisco Liriano takes the mound, he is the focal point. It wasn’t a good outing for the lefty. In 6.2 innings, he gave up six earned runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out four. Mariano Gomez got the three batters he faced out. Tim Lahey then struck out four in 2.1 perfect innings to record his third win.
Tuesday – Rochester 12, Charlotte 0 – Philip Humber needed a start like this. He had his best start of the season. Humber went six shutout innings, allowing just three hits. He walked four and struck out five. Casey Daigle then struck out three in two shutout innings. Carmen Cali gave up two hits in a scoreless ninth. Randy Ruiz went 4-5 with two doubles. He has 13 on the season. Brian Buscher went 3-5 with his eighth double. Tommy Watkins set the table by going 2-4 with two walks. Sergio Santos went 2-5 with his 10th double and three RBI. Darnell McDonald went 2-6. Jose Morales went 1-3 with two walks. His batting average is now at .307.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Monday – New Britain 11, Portland 15 – On this day, Errol Simonitsch showed the rust you would expect from a guy who has missed so much time the last two season. In just 4.1 innings, he gave up ten earned runs on 11 hits and three walks. Jay Sawatski came in and gave up three runs (2 earned) on four hits in 1.2 innings. Jason Miller gave up two runs on five hits in on inning. Armando Gabino pitched a perfect ninth. Erik Lis had another excellent game. He went 2-3 with three walks, his fourth home run and three RBI. Trevor Plouffe went 2-4 with a walk and his 12th double. Steve Tolleson went 2-5 with a walk and his 14th double. Drew Butera hit his second homer and drove in three runs.
Tuesday – New Britain 4, Connecticut 6 – Oswaldo Sosa was again on the mound last night and again did not fair well. He fell to 2-4 with a 6.46 ERA after giving up four runs in five innings. He gave up six hits, walked three and struck out five. Jason Miller struck out four in two shutout innings. Zach Ward then gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in one inning. Armando Gabino gave up two hits and a walk, but no runs, in one inning. Matt Moses then went 2-4 with his 14th double. Dustin Martin went 2-4 with his ninth double and two RBI. Luke Hughes also had his ninth double.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Monday – Ft. Myers did not have a game scheduled
Tuesday – Ft. Myers 5, Sarasota 0 – Cole DeVries just seems to continue to get better and better. In this game, he went six shutout innings. He gave up four hits and a walk. Danny Vais, Frank Mata and Robert Delaney each threw a shutout inning in relief. Danny Valencia went 2-4 with his 17th double. Juan Portes went 2-4 with his ninth double. Brian Dinkelman went 1-3 with two walks, his 16th double and his eighth stolen base. Another highlight in the game was the return of Eli Tintor from his 50 game suspension. He went 1-4 as the team’s DH. We obviously hope that Eli was able to turn the suspension into a positive in his life as well as in his baseball career.
Monday – Beloit 8, Burlington 12 – Brian Kirwan got off to a good start for the Snappers but has really struggled of late. That trend continued in this game. In four innings, he gave up seven runs (6 earned) on eight hits and three walks. He struck out none. Matt Williams gave up three runs in his two innings. Loek Van Mil gave up a run in 1.2 innings before Brad Tippett gave up one in 1.1 innings. Ramon Santana went 3-5 with his fifth double and eighth stolen base. Joe Benson had two doubles in four at bats. He now has 14 two-baggers. Jair Fernandez went 3-5. Ben Revere was 2-5 with his seventh double, his 15th stolen base, and subsequently his 9th caught stealing.
Tuesday – No Game Scheduled.
Be sure to check back later for Part 1 of the 2008 midseason Top 50 Twins Prospects list.