Sunday Afternoon, June 3, 2007
Good afternoon! It is Sunday afternoon and each of the four Twins minor league affiliates games are complete. New Britain played a doubleheader. Below are the game reports. The Twins game just finished and they lost 4-2 to the A's. Johan Santana was definitely not on in this game. Some may want to blame the ump for a small strike zone, and that may be accurate in some cases, but he definitely did not have control in the game. I know that whole Moneyball thing and taking a lot of pitches, but combine that with a pitcher who isn't exactly throwing strikes and you get a very non-exciting game! Santana went six innings. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on five hits. He walked four and struck out four. Maybe the Santana performance makes us realize just how impressive Kevin Slowey was on Friday! Matt Guerrier got two outs in the top of the 7th, but he walked two and gave up a hit, and Carmen Cali had to come in and get the final out. He worked another scoreless inning.
Jason Kubel went 3-4 with a single to left, a single up the middle and a long home run to right centerfield. Luis Castillo again had two hits. Jason Bartlett was 1-2 with two walks. Michael Cuddyer had an RBI and another walk, but he had a few more bad swings at sliders a foot outside. He is really starting to look a lot like the Torii Hunter of old. He also takes a lot of pitches right down the middle on 2-0 and 3-1. That said, aside from this weekend, he is definitely producing. Nick Punto was 0-2, but he walked three times and stole two bases. Luis Castillo and Jason Bartlett also stole a base.
Monday night, the Twins will start a three game series in Anaheim against the Angels. It'll be Boof Bonser, Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey going against Jered Weaver, Kelvim Escobar and John Lackey.
The MLB draft starts on Thursday on ESPN2. If you're interested in learning about some of the names out there, be sure to go to John Sickels' site where he held a 5-round mock draft. See how the Twins fared. (Round 1, Supp. Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5)
Joe Christensen had a great feature article in the Sunday Strib about Tony Oliva. He added more to his blog, and it is very interesting stuff.
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Minor League Updates
A couple of quick notes. With the injury to Jose Morales, Korey Feiner moves up to Rochester and Jeff Christy moves to New Britain. Wilson Ramos moved up to Beloit as Allan de San Miguel is on the DL.
Here are the Twins updates from last night, including game reports of their minor league affiliates.
Sunday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Trevor Plouffe, New Britain Rockcats
Sunday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Nick Blackburn, Rochester Red Wings
Sunday - Red
4, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 1 –
had a great start to earn his first Rochester win of the season. The
righty went eight innings and gave up only an unearned run on four
hits. He walked none and struckout six. Bobby Korecky went
the final inning for his 13th save. Kei Igawa started for the
Red Barons. He fell to 0-2. He went seven innings and gave up three
runs (2 earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out nine.
Alexi Casilla led the offense. He went 3-4 with his first homer
and two RBI. The team had just seven hits. Matt Tolbert came
back from his oblique injury and went 1-3 with a walk.
Sunday - Game 1 - Rockcats 9, New Hampshire 1 – Jesse Floyd got his fourth win with a complete game. In seven innings, he gave up only an unearned run on four hits. He walked three and struckout eight. He seems to have a very good start followed by a very bad start. He just needs to be more consistent. Trevor Plouffe led the offense. He went 3-4 with his 16th double. Matt Allegra went 2-3 with his 8th homer and three RBI. Brock Peterson went 2-4 with three RBI. David Winfree went 2-4 with his 14th double. Luke Hughes was 2-3 with his second homer.
Sunday - Game 2 - Rockcats 4, New Hampshire 1 – The Rockcats managed the win despite just six hits off of Jesse Litsch. Trevor Plouffe (17), Rashad Eldridge (7) and Jeff Christy (1) each hit a double. Brandon Roberts hit his first triple. But it was a two run, second inning single by Felix Molina that was the difference in the game. Brian Forystek started and threw three shutout innings. He allowed three hits and walked two, while striking out three. Tim Lahey continues to vulture wins. He is now 5-0 after going two innings and allowing only an unearned run. Frank Mata earned his third Rockcat save with two shutout innings.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Sunday - Miracle 2, Jupiter 3 – Yohan Pino started and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. Angel Garcia gave up only a hit in his two innings. He struck out three. Eddie Morlan went 1.1 innings and took the loss. He gave up the game winning run on three hits and two walks. Juan Portes went 2-3 with a walk and his ninth double. Luis Ugueto and Caleb Moore each went 2-4.
Sunday - Snappers 14, Peoria 4 – Johnny Woodard hit his 7th and 8th homers in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively. The Snappers had had a 6-4 lead going into the 8th, but they added eight runs in the final two innings to give Brian Kirwan his second win. The righty went the first 5.2 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Jesus Carnevales gave up a hit, but got the final out of the sixth inning. Tyler Robertson picked up the save with three shutout innings. He gave up just one hit (walked none, struckout none). Danny Santiesteban got the bit hit with an early three run homer, his seventh of the year. Santiesteban went 2-5 with a walk, his fourth double and five RBI to go with the homer in the game. Johnny Woodard went 3-5 with the two homers and three RBI. Wilson Ramos, just called up from Extended Spring before the weekend, went 3-5 with his first two doubles. Danny Valencia went 2-4 with his 11th double. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4 with a walk.
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