Monday, July 21, 2008
Weekend Wrap Up
Good Monday Morning everyone! Although I didn't stray too far from home over the weekend, I chose not to post any new site updates. So today is primarily going to be a weekend update with updates on the Twins and their minor league affiliates. The purpose is just a place where you can find out what happened and who did what if you enjoyed your weekend enough to just stay away from the computer and TV and newspaper. Before starting, here are a few other notes:
First, want to send my best wishes to The Baseball Savant, who on Thursday came out with some personal information that I can certainly understand and relate to. Maybe blogging is exactly what he needs... or maybe not. I do think that blogging about something you love and are passionate about can be very therapeutic in tough times. Whatever it takes, best wishes Savant!!
Like him or not, Jim Souhan's article on Gardy inexplicably continuing to bat Carlos Gomez lead off is spot on.
Went to the Mall of America on Saturday for several hours. Spent a little bit of time in Nickelodeon Universe and even got my picture taken with Sponge Bob! I wanted to get my picture taken with Dora too, but got there just a little too late.
Anyway, also at the MOA was the youngest player in the Negro League's history, Dennis "Bose" Biddle. He wrote a book entitled Secrets of the Negro Baseball League which he signed for me. I spent several minutes just talking with him, and in doing so am no really interested in getting the book started. Moneys from the book sales and an accompanying DVD are going to Yesterday's Negro League Baseball Players Foundation, an organization whose goal is to continue educating people about the history of The Negro Baseball League.
Over at Twins Fix, he did a Look Back on Ron Coomer, former Twin and current FSN analyst.
On Saturday, Josh of Josh's Thoughts posted an article called Decisions, Decisions where he proposed several trades for the Twins to consider. I'm not sure how many I would do, and I can't imagine the Rangers giving up Engel Beltre and a second prospect for Boof Bonser, but it's a fun read.
TWINS 6, RANGERS 0
TWINS 14, RANGERS 2
TWINS 0, RANGERS 1
Any other Twins thoughts?
Twins Minor League Updates
Friday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Steve Singleton, Ft. Myers Miracle
Friday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Robert Lanigan, Elizabethton Twins
Saturday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Nick Romero, Elizabethton Twins
Saturday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Steve Hirschfeld, Beloit Snappers
Sunday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Whit Robbins, Ft. Myers Miracle
Sunday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Michael Allen, Beloit Snappers
Friday – Rochester 5, Norfolk 11 – Danny Graves had his worst start of the year. He gave up six runs on seven hits and a walk... in just one inning. Philip Humber came in and gave up a run on two hits and a walk in two innings. Mariano Gomez then gave up an unearned run in two innings and struck out three. Casey Daigle threw two shutout innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. Carmen Cali threw a perfect inning. Tim Lahey then gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in his inning. Matt Macri went 3-4 with his 16th double. Garrett Jones went 2-4. Randy Keisler, who went to camp with the Twins, was the winner for Norfolk.
Saturday – Rochester 6, Norfolk 7 – Jason Pridie led the offense in this game, going 3-5. Jeff Christy went 2-3. Garrett Jones knocked his 11th homer. Kevin Mulvey started and gave up five runs (4 earned) on six hits and a walk in six innings. Ricky Barrett took the loss. He gave up two runs on three hits in his inning. Bobby Korecky struck out two in two innings.
Sunday – Rochester 7, Norfolk 6 – Brian Duensing scattered ten hits over five innings and somehow just gave up one run. Mariano Gomez got two outs and gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Casey Daigle walked a guy, then got the final out of the sixth. Tim Lahey gave up a run on two hits in 1.2 innings. Carmen Cali gave up an unearned run and didn't get anyone out. Bobby Korecky blew the save and then got the win. He gave up two runs on four hits in 1.1 innings. Trevor Plouffe went 3-5 with his seventh and eighth doubles. Randy Ruiz also went 3-5. Alejandro Machado went 2-5 with his first homer and three RBI.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Friday – New Britain 2, New Hampshire 3 – Anthony Swarzak put together a very solid, quality start. He gave up just two runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five. Rob Delaney gave up the losing run in the ninth. He gave up the run on one hit and two walks in 1.1 innings. Erik Lis went 2-3 with a walk and his 33rd double. Danny Valencia went 2-5 with his ninth double.
Saturday – New Britain 3, New Hampshire 6 – Dustin Martin had a nice day at the plate. He went 2-3 wit ha walk and his 22nd double. Felix Molina went 2-4 with his 14th double and first home run. Brock Peterson went 1-4 with three strikeouts... and his 11th homer. Kyle Aselton started and gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. Ryan Mullins came in and gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in three innings.
Sunday – New Britain 1, New Hampshire 8 – Yohan Pino started and gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks. He gave up three homers. Jason Miller gave up a run over the next two innings. Frank Mata gave up a run (and struck out two) in his inning. Armando Gabino threw a scoreless inning. Danny Valencia and Toby Gardenhire each went 2-4.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Friday – Miracle 10, Daytona 4 – Deolis Guerra won for the 10th time this season. In five innings, he gave up four runs on eight hits. He walked none and struck out one. Jose Lugo struck out three in two scoreless innings. Blair Erickson and Spencer Steedley each threw a scoreless inning. Yangervis Solarte went 2-5 with his third homer and three RBI. Steve Singleton went 2-4 with a walk, his second triple and four RBI. Wilson Ramos was 2-4 with a walk. Danny Santiesteban was 2-4. Cubs starter Rich Hill gave up six runs (5 earned) on six hits and three walks in just 4.1 innings.
Saturday – Miracle/Daytona – Game Cancelled by Wet Conditions.
Sunday – Miracle 9, St. Lucie 7 – Oswaldo Sosa got the win in this one thanks to a lot of run support. Sosa went five innings and gave up five runs (3 earned) on seven hits and two walks. Carlos Gutierrez came in and gave up two runs on four hits, a walk and two wild pitches in an inning. Jose Lugo threw a scoreless seventh. Anthony Slama got save number twenty with two shutout innings of work. He struck out three. Edward Ovalle went 3-4 with his 13th stolen base. Whit Robbins went 2-4 with a walk, his tenth double, his third homer and four RBI. Wilson Ramos went 2-4 with a walk. Juan Portes went 2-5.
Friday – Beloit 3, West Michigan 4 – David Bromberg had a really good start. He gave up a run on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out six. Henry Reyes threw a perfect inning. Loek Van Mil gave up three runs (but just one earned) on a hit and a walk in his inning. Chris Anderson gave up a hit and a walk, but no runs in his inning. Mark Dolenc went 1-3 with his second homer and three RBI. The Snappers managed just five hits.
Saturday – Beloit 7, Wisconsin 2 – Steve Hirschfeld started the year in the bullpen but has done very well as a starter too. In this game, he gave up one run on four hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out eight. Danny Hernandez struck out two and walked two in his scoreless inning. Charles Nolte gave up a run on a hit in his inning.
Sunday – Beloit 4, Wisconsin 8 – Michael Tarsi started and gave up seven runs (6 earned) in just 4.1 innings. He gave up nine hits and a walk. Michael Allen came in and threw 3.2 shutout innings, striking out four. Blake Martin gave up a run on two hits in his inning. Estarlin de Los Santos went 2-5. Yangervis Solarte came down from Ft. Myers and went 1-3. Juan Richardson, up from Elizabethton, went 0-3 with two walks.
Injury Update - On Friday night, Deibinson Romero broke his fibula falling into the dugout and is out for the year. This is another in a long line of unfortunate injuries for the Snappers. La Velle also mentioned that both Chris Parmelee and Joe Benson are now out for the season. No timetable on the return of Jair Fernandez.
Friday – E-Twins 9, Pulaski 0 – Robert Lanigan was the story in this one. The 2008 draft pick went seven shutout innings. He gave up just three hits and didn't walk a batter. He struck out eight. Kyle Carr and Mark Hamburger each threw a scoreless inning. Hamburger struck out two. Evan Bigley went 2-4 with his fifth double and fourth homer. Angel Morales went 2-3 with his seventh double. Dominic de La Osa went 1-4 with a walk and his second homer. Michael Harrington was 2-4.
Saturday – E-Twins 3, Pulaski 15 – Brad Tippett got rocked in this one, something that had not happened to him with the E-Twins. In just 4.2 innings, he gave up seven runs (5 earned) on eight hits. He didn't walk any and struck out five. He also allowed three home runs. Tom Wright came in and got just one out. He gave up six runs on four hits and two walks. Nathan Fritz gave up two in two innings. Lee Martin threw a scoreless inning. Steve Blevins struck out two in his scoreless inning. Nick Romero went 2-4 with a walk, his fourth double, fourth homer and two RBI. Angel Morales went 1-1 with three walks and his fourth stolen base. Danny Rams hit his second triple.
Sunday – E-Twins 3, Johnson City 11 – Dan Berlind has another horrible start. In just 2.1 innings, he gave up seven runs on nine hits and a walk. Kyle Carr then gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. Danny Rondon gave up two runs on two hits in 1.1 innings. Michael Harrington went 2-4 with his fourth double.
GCL TWINS TALK
Friday – GCL Twins – No Game Scheduled
Saturday – GCL Twins 2, GCL Pirates 1 – Edgar Ibarra started this game and went five innings. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Mauro Schiavoni struck out three in two perfect innings. Khol Nanney got the win with a scoreless inning. Kelvin Mota recorded his sixth save with a perfect ninth. Aaron Hicks went 2-4 with what proved to be the game-winning RBI. He also stole his second and third bases.
Sunday – GCL Twins 4, GCL Orioles 5 – Michael Munoz gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four. Andrei Lobanov gave up three runs on three hits in his inning to take the loss. Bruce Pugh threw a perfect eighth frame. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-3 with a walk and his second double. Dan Rohlfing went 2-3 with his third double. Herbert Lara went 2-4.
Have a great week!