Friday, May 30, 2008
Friday Night Game Notes
I thought it would be best to post some game thoughts tonight so that Monday's posting doesn't get too long and overwhelming. I also needed a vehicle whereby I could encourage people to take a look over at Chris Coste's stats on the left side of this screen. Last night, he hit a big three run homer off of former NBA forward Mark Hendrickson of the Marlins.
Also, it's been awhile since I posted links to other things, so here you go:
Check out the Q&A with Torii Hunter over at Yahoo! Sports. It's actually entertaining. You can learn about the fender bender he had in SoCal in his $250,000 car. You can learn his thoughts on Minnesota. Oh, and you can learn about his plans for running for public office!
I am participating in a blogger mock draft this weekend. I will be picking for the Twins, so I have the #14 and #27 picks in the first round. On Friday, I made that #14 pick and took a 2B from Miami, Jemile Weeks. Yes, he is the younger brother of Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks. Jemile comes to the draft with a better resume than his brother did, but he apparently might not have quite as high a ceiling. But he is said to be a sure thing. A switch hitting 2B with some power who can hit for average, play solid defense and run. Sounds like a good pick to me. I can't see the Twins taking him, but I think it would be a great pick if they did. I will provide more about this mock draft when it is complete.
If you're in the Metro area on Satuday morning, Pat Neshek will be signing autographs at Morrie's Nissan in Brooklyn Park from 10-11:30. If you're able to go, be sure to wish him well for me!!
Twins 5, Yankees 6
Any Twins thoughts?
Twins Minor League Updates
Friday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Ben Revere, Beloit Snappers
Friday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Jay Rainville, New Britain Rockcats / Alex Burnett, Ft. Myers Miracle
Friday – Rochester 3, Charlotte 6 – Brian Buscher led an offense that got plenty of hits, but not enough runs. Buscher went 3-4 with two doubles. He has ten on the year. Jose Morales went 2-4 with his fifth double. Chris Basak was 2-3 with his seventh double. Randy Ruiz was 2-4. Darnell McDonald hit his sixth home run. Brian Duensing started for the Red Wings and gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings. He didn't walk any, and he struck out five. Casey Daigle took the loss. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk in two innings. Tim Lahey then gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in one inning. Carmen Cali came in and walked a batter but got the final three outs.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Friday – New Britain 2, Trenton 1 – Jay Rainville put together his third straight excellent start. In 6.1 innings, he gave up one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out three. Zach Ward then went 1.2 shutout innings. Ben Julianel picked up his 10th save with a perfect inning. Brock Peterson hit his 15th and 16th double in his 3-4 effort. David Winfree went 3-4. Dustin Martin was 1-3 with a walk and a two run triple. Erik Lis hit his 19th double.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Friday – Ft. Myers 7, Tampa 1 – Alex Burnett had one of his better starts of the year. In 6.1 innings, he gave up one run on four hits. He walked none and struck out none. Frank Mata got the final two outs of the seventh inning. Matt Fox struck out three in two scoreless relief innings. Juan Portes led the offense by going 2-4 with a walk, his third homer and two RBI. Yancarlos Ortiz went 3-5 with his fourth stolen base. Edward Ovalle went 2-5 with his seventh double. Brian Dinkelman and Wilson Ramos each went 2-5. Whit Robbins continued his incredible walking ways with three more walks.
Friday – Game 1 - Beloit 2, Clinton 5 – Have a day, Ben Revere! The Snappers had a doubleheader because of Thursday's rain out. In Game one, Revere went 3-3 with his eighth and ninth doubles and his fifth triple. Steve Singleton went 1-3 with his third home run. David Bromberg has line in the box score that doesn't look so good, but he actually performed quite well to start the game. Through the first three innings, the only hit he allowed was a solo home run. But the top of the fourth started with an error, followed by five straight hits off of Bromberg before David Hernandez came in to end that inning. In all, Bromberg gave up five runs (4 earned) on six hits. He walked none and struck out two. Hernandez threw two perfect innings. Charles Nolte struck out two in his inning.
Friday – Game 2 - Beloit 6, Clinton 1 – Ben Revere, in his final at bat of the day, got out for the first time. He finished this game 3-4 with another double. Ramon Santana had both his seventh double and fourth home run in this game. Michael Tarsi earned his third win of the year with six strong innings of one-run ball. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out seven. Matt Williams gave up one more run in the seventh inning.
Be sure to check back on Saturday afternoon for Part 3 of the 2008 midseason Top 50 Twins Prospects list.