Sunday, June 21, 2009
Father’s Day Notebook
I will be updating throughout the day on several notes and rumblings and updates and such, so please check that site throughout the day and frequently comment here.
I will be posting game thoughts from Saturday and Sunday. I have heard another promotion. I have the current Elizabethton Twins and GCL Twins rosters, which of course can and will need to be updated as more draftees continue to sign. So, be sure to check back and comment!
Happy Father’s Day to all of the Fathers out there, especially mine!
First of all, here are the most up-to-date rosters for the Twins short-season teams. As I said, these rosters are subject to frequent change due to need at Beloit, and additional 2009 draft picks signing.
Pitchers – Tom Stuifbergen, Liam Hendriks, Angelo Sanchez, Martire Garcia, Miguel Munoz, Kyle Carr, Tony Davis, Edgar Ibarra, Winston Marquez, Ramon Acosta, Billy Bullock, Kane Holbrooks, Brad Stillings.
Catchers – Josmir Pinto, Danny Rams, Tobias Streich, Dan Rohlfing
Infield – Michael Gonzalez, Derek McCallum, Reggie Williams, Tyler Ladendorf, Anderson Hidalgo.
Outfield – Jhon Goncalves, Chris Hermann, Paul Klingsburg, Herbert Lara
GULF COAST LEAGUE TWINS
Pitchers – Adrian Salcedo, BJ Hermsen, Michael Tonkin, Blayne Weller, Jose Gonzalez, Andrey Lobanov, Nelvin Fuentes, Jean Mijares, Edilson Alvarez, Eliecer Cardenas, Raynard Doran, Jhon Garcia, Kelvin Mota, Leonardo Parra, Zachary See, Dakota Watts
Catchers – Jhonatan Arias, Trayvone Johnson, Nickolas Tindall
Infielders – Frederic Hanvi, Kennys Vargas, Hyeong-Rok Choi, Jairo Perez, Daniel Santana, Brian Bistagne, Kyun Kang, Rory Rhodes
Outfield – Oswaldo Arcia, Hyun-Wook Choi, Matej Hejma, Wang-Wei Lin
Saturday Game Notes:
The Florida State League All Star Game was held last night. David Bromberg made the start and threw a scoreless first inning. Spencer Steedley gave up an unearned run on two hits in his inning. Steve Hirschfeld gave up two hits in a scoreless inning. Ben Revere was the leadoff man, and he went 2-5 with a double and a stolen base. Chris Parmelee went 1-2. Steve Singleton was 0-2. Chris Cates was 1-3 with a walk.
Aaron Hicks finally made his Beloit debut last night. In the first game, the Snappers won 6-0. Hicks batted second and played CF. He was 2-4 with his first double. Ozzie Lewis hit his sixth homer and drove in two runs. Drew Thompson and Jeff Lanning each doubled. Bobby Lanigan went six shutout innings before Steve Blevins pitched a perfect seventh.
In the second game, the Snappers lost 6-1 and managed just two hits. One of the hits was the 22nd double of Michael Harrington’s season. Curtis Leavitt made a spot start and gave up four runs (2 earned) on four hits and a walk in four innings. Bruce Pugh and Thomas Wright each gave up a run in their inning. Michael Allen pitched a scoreless inning.
Ryan Mullins gave up five runs in the first inning. The New Britain Rockcats cut the lead to 5-4 with a four run third frame, but that was it for the offense, and the Rockcats too the loss 5-4. Mullins stayed in for 4.2 innings and gave up the five runs with six hits and three walks. Yohan Pino and Jose Lugo combined for 3.1 shutout innings of relief. Rene Tosoni had the big hit of the third inning. He hit his ninth home run, a three run shot. Erik Lis went 2-4. Yancarlos Ortiz went 1-2 with two walks.
The Rochester Red Wings game against Toledo was rained out. They are playing a double header on Sunday.
Last night, I went to The Proposal, and laughed a ton. With a 6-5 loss to the lowly Astros, I think I made the right decision. What are the odds that the Twins hit four home runs in a game and lose? Crazy!
Sunday Game Notes:
Nick Punto is not in Sunday’s lineup after bruising some ribs diving head-first into first base on Saturday night. They do not believe that he will need to go in the Disabled List. However, if it does, who would be promoted? I don’t think it would be Alexi Casilla this time, do you? Could it be Steve Tolleson, who is playing well in his short time in Rochester? Could they give a big league taste to Trevor Plouffe? Would they promote a utility type like Matt Macri?
Promotion – Kyle Waldrop has been promoted to New Britain after spending the first half of his comeback season in Ft. Myers.
Rochester and Toledo were attempting to get a doubleheader in today after yesterday’s rain out. They are currently in a rain delay in the 5th inning of the first game. Alexi Casilla left the game early with what is being called a groin strain.
The Rochester game is back underway. Brian Duensing gave up four runs in five innings before the delay. When play resumed, Jesse Crain came in and struck out two in a perfect inning.
The Twins just lost 4-1 to Wandy Rodriguez and the Houston Astros this afternoon (Sunday). The Astros scored three quick runs off of Glen Perkins in the first, but other than that he was very good. The Twins managed just two hits in the entire game. The first was a long solo home run by Michael Cuddyer. The other was by Brian Buscher who was not even in the starting lineup but came in when Jason Kubel fell ill. Justin Morneau was also not in the lineup, which is never a good thing and rarely happens, but I think we can all agree that he needs time off from time to time.
I’m normally pretty down to earth during a long season, but to think that a 3-3 record at home against the Pirates and Astros is anything but disappointing is not accurate. Not a good week!
Game 1 is over in Rochester. The Red Wings fell 6-4 to Toledo. After Duensing and Crain, Tim Lahey came in and gave up two unearned runs in the 7th. Tommy Watkins went 2-3 with a walk. Brock Peterson went 2-3 with his second home run. Steve Tolleson was 2-4 with his ninth double Game 2 just began and Kevin Mulvey is on the mound.
New Britain beat Bowie 9-1 this afternoon. Cole Devries got the win to even his record at 5-5. He threw six shutout innings. Alex Burnett pitched a scoreless seventh. Jose Lugo got two outs but gave up a run on three hits and a walk. Frank Mata came in and got the final four outs, three on strikeouts. Offense was abundant! Juan Portes raised his average to .345 with a 3-5 game. Brandon Roberts, Brian Dinkelman and Danny Valencia were all 2-5. Rene Tosoni was 2-3 with two walks and three RBI. Allan de San Miguel went 1-2 with two walks and his third AA double.
Beloit had a 4-0 lead heading into the 9th. Michael Tarsi went 6.2 innings of shutout ball. Joe Testa got the five out of the 7th on a strikeout and struck out three in the 8th. But then came the ninth. Testa started the inning by giving up a walk and a single before getting another strikeout. But then he walked another. And then a single scored two, and then there was an infield single. Matt Williams came in and gave up a grand slam. Beloit loses to Quad Cities 6-4. Jeff Lanning was 2-4 with a triple and two driven in. Aaron Hicks was 1-2 with three walks, including one intentional.