Friday July 2, 2004
TWINS SWEPT BY SOX
TWINS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Today, I am going to be extremely quick. I am officially a homeowner. Thanks to everyone who wished me well with e-mails the last couple of days. The process was actually pretty painless. I had to go to the title place at 3:00, and I was out of there before 3:30. I signed my, ummm.... autograph a few dozen times on paperwork that is probably pretty important when purchasing a house.. That's alright, I've got a pretty cool autograph.
I also have to single out and thank a couple more people. Neil H., Missy O., John M., and Roody (Dan R.) were a huge help with my move. Five vehicles and we were able to clean out my apartment pretty quickly! It was really amazing and these are some pretty great people. So, if you're reading this... thank you very, very much!
So now, in my apartment, I have a few dishes, the food in the fridge and freezer, bathroom stuff, the computer, computer desk, my bed and some clothes. That's it! But I am still in my apartment for a day or two while all my other stuff gets switched over. You know, stuff like cable, so I can get Twins games and stuff.
I apoligize for the brevity of this message, but I just didn't have a lot of time to sit down and write.
Have a great weekend. Any questions, please e-mail me.
WHITE SOX SWEEP TWINS
Twins 1, White Sox 2
Johan Santana was incredible. 8 Innings pitched. 12 strikeouts. Less than a handful of hits. But two first inning runs, off the bat of Carlos Lee, were enough to give the White Sox a sweep of the three-game series and a two game lead in the AL Central. Santana was incredible. You know, he throws 95 mph at times, but his best, most dominating pitch, is his changeup. Hitters are so fooled by it. That is his strikeout pitch.
But the offense was horrible again. I don't even want to write about them, and after a busy day, I'm going to choose not to. Instead, I chose to focus on the upcoming weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. They won the World Series three years ago, but now are arguably the worst team in baseball. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday – 9:05 – Kyle Lohse (2-6, 5.13, 1.61, .297) vs. Steve Sparks (3-4, 5.18, 1.45, .275)
Saturday – 9:05 – (? probably Terry Mulholland and other relievers) vs. Andrew Good (0-1, 4.15, 1.24, .246)
Sunday – 3:35 – Carlos Silva (8-5, 4.23, 1.46, .314) vs. Randy Johnson (9-6, 3.04, 0.88, .186)
So, what were you thoughts on the Twins/White Sox series. Ouch, huh? What should the Twins do? Panic? Make a trade? Stand pat? They're all legitimate ideas, so let me know what you think, just E-mail me.
TWINS MINOR LEAGUE REPORTS
Redwings 5, Toledo 6 - The Redwings were down 6-0 going into the 9th. They scored five runs in the top of the 9th, but it wasn't enough to win. Justin Morneau 1-3 with a walk and his 20th home run of the season. The hit was one of just four for Rochester. Juan Diaz also homered, his third of the season. Seth Griesinger gave up six runs (4 earned) on 10 hits in 4 innings. Not good! Victor Moreno, Jeromy Palki and Joe Beimel gave up no more runs in the last four innings.
NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS
New Britain 11, New Hampshire 10 (14 innings) - Travis Bowyer gave up runs! Crazy that that is the first sentence, but Bowyer had not allowed an earned run all season. Until last night. He pitched 2 innings and gave up 4 runs, all earned. He walked one and struck out 2 and gave up a homer to John-Ford Griffin. Pat Neshek gets the win by pitching scoreless 11th and 12 innings. Bobby Korecky picked up his 14th save with a scoreless 14th. 1B Garrett Jones led the way, going 5-7 with a double and his 11th and 12 homers of the year. Matt Scanlon had three hits. SS Seth Davidson, 2B Luis Maza, DH Rob Bowen and C Bryan Kennedy each had two hits.
FORT MYERS MIRACLE
Miracle 5, Sarasota 3 (15 innings) - Francisco Liriano gave up three hits and three walks, but struck out 8 in giving up no runs in 6 2/3 innings. The bullpen pitched well and Erik Lohse picked up the win with three strong innings while Justin Olson got the save, his 6th. Trent Oeltjen went 3-6. CF Ron Perodin, C Jose Morales and LF Garrett Guzman each had two hits.
THE SWING OF THE QUAD CITIES
Swing 3, Cedar Rapids 2 - Adam Harben gave up two runs on 3 hits and 5 walks. He also struck out 10. But Julio DePaula improved to 7-5 with 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball in relief. The Swing recorded eight hits, but no one had more than one hit. SS JR Taylor and LF Mark Zamojc each had a double and an RBI.
ELIZABETHTON TWINS (ROOKIE LEAGUE)
E-Twins 3 , Bristol 13 - Chris Marini picked up the win after giving up 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings of work. He gave up four hits and three walks while striking out 6. Jeff Mousser and Kyle Aselton combined for three scoreless innings of relief with Aselton recording his first save. 3B David Winfree and 1B Johnny Woodard each had two hits for the E-Twins. Winfree had two homers and four RBI. LF Javier Lopez also had a home run.
GULF COAST/FT. MYERS TWINS (ROOKIE LEAGUE)
GC Twins 4 , GC Red Sox 8 - Top pick Andy Swarzak struggled in this outing. In 3 1/3 innings, he allowed 8 hits and a walk. The led to four runs (3 earned). He also struck out six. Danny Vais pitched the final three innings and gave up no runs on three hits. LF Simon Fletcher led the Twins with three hits. 2B Odannys Valdez and 1B Chris Brown each had two hits. DH Juan Portes had just one hit, but it was a home run, his first.
Any questions or comments on the Twins minor league system, e-mail me.
That is it for me for today and for this week. I hope you have a great weekend. I will be taking Monday off as well for a long Fourth of July weekend away. Any more moving hints would be greatly appreciated. As always, if you have any questions or comments on anything, please e-mail me.
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