Monday Night, July 14, 2008
Home Run Champ!
Twins 1B Justin Morneau was asked very last minute if he would participate in the Home Run Derby. He accepted. Previously he had said that he would not accept for fear it would mess up his swing in the second half. But, I happen to be one who believes that he did the right thing by participating. Yankees Stadium. Huge National Audience. Seriously, what an opportunity, and in my mind, the swing thing is just an excuse. He came into the contest with the least number of home runs during the regular season, 14. So, how did he do? Last year he hit just four and didn't get out of the first round. This year was a little bit different. In the first round, Morneau hit eight home runs to advance to the second round. There he hit nine more homers to beat out Lance Berkman and Ryan Braun for the opportunity to face Josh Hamilton of the Rangers. Hamilton hit 28 homers... in the first round. He hit four more in the second round before stopping with just four outs. So, what would happen in the final round, where the totals go back to zero?
Justin Morneau hit first and hit five home runs in his ten outs. Hamilton came up and hit... just three...
Justin Morneau... home run champion 2008!!
Twins Minor League Updates
Monday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Brian Dinkelman, New Britain Rockcats
Monday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Brad Tippett, Elizabethton Twins
Monday – Rochester – No Game Scheduled.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Monday - New Britain 5, Portland 9 – Brian Dinkelman had somewhat of a breakout game but it wasn't enough for the Rockcats. Dinkelman went 3-5 with his first AA homer and two RBI. David Winfree went 2-4 with his 18th double. Brock Peterson was 2-5 with his 27th double. Felix Molina was 2-5 with his 12th double. Dustin Martin was 2-5. Jeff Manship started and gave up five first innings runs. In all, he gave up six runs on six hits and four walks in four innings. Ryan Mullins then gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in two innings. Jason Miller gave up two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings but no runs scored. Frank Mata got the final four outs, two on strikeouts.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Monday – Miracle 4, Jupiter 8 – Cole DeVries had his first rough start in a couple of months, and for it, I would predict that he will be promoted to New Britain. The former Gopher gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks in just four innings. He struck out five. Matt Williams went he next two innings and gave up three runs on five hits and three walks. Anthony Slama came in and got five outs, four of them via the strikeout. Blair Erickson struck out two in the final inning. Wilson Ramos went 2-3 with two walks. Danny Berg and Eli Tintor each went 2-4 with their fifth home run. Whit Robbins went 2-5 with his ninth double.
Monday – Beloit 4, Dayton 5 – Michael Tarsi gave up five runs on ten hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out six. Loek Van Mil struck out two in two scoreless innings. Chris Cates and Ben Revere each went 2-5. Andy Schmiesing went 2-4 with a double. Ozzie Lewis and Deibinson Romero each hit a double.
Monday - E-Twins 5, Greeneville 3 – Brad Tippett had another great game. He improved to 5-1 with seven shutout innings. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out eight. Danny Rondon threw a scoreless inning despite a walk and a hit. Mark Hamburger gave up three runs on one hit and four walks in his inning. Eight E-Twins had one hit a piece. Jon Waltenbury's hit was his third homer of the year.
GCL TWINS TALK
Monday – GCL Twins 2, GCL Pirates 4 – Michael Gonzalez hit his fourth and fifth doubles in four at bats. Hyeong-rok Choi went 2-5. James Beresford went 1-2 with a walk. Brandon Roberts was 1-2 with a walk, a triple and his fourth stolen base. Alex Curry had an excellent start. He gave up one run on two hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out four. Jose Mijares took the loss. In his two innings, he gave up three runs (1 earned) on three hits.
Final Thoughts -
What do you think of the Twins going to a six man rotation? Check out the Minnesota Sports Hotdish for their thoughts... and mine.
John Sickels weighs in on his thoughts on Denard Span. Very interesting and hard to disagree with.