Monday, August 13, 2007
Good Monday Morning everyone! Well, be sure to scroll down the page and you will note that there were a few weekend postings. I also included a Get to Know 'Em posting on minor leaguer Ozzie Lewis and asked for your opinions on that posting idea. Is it something you might be interested in as a weekly feature? Which type of players would you want to learn more about?
The Twins got swept by the Angels over the weekend and if you are as frustrated as many Twins fans, please be sure to stop by Section 220 and vent your opinions on what happened! It's fun! You'll like it!
Below, you will find my thoughts on the Twins game Sunday afternoon and the minor league game reports. As always, please feel free to e-mail me or leave any comments that you have below.
Twins and their Minor League Updates
Here are the game reports of the Twins and their minor league affiliates from Sunday's games.
Sunday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Garrett Jones, Rochester Red Wings
Sunday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Liam Hendriks, GCL Twins
Sunday - Twins 2, Angels 6
This offense is just really bad right now. In some ways, it should not be surprising, yet it still is. The fact is that this team has a solid core of hitters in Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer and Torii Hunter. Jason Bartlett and Alexi Casilla both of the ability to be very good. But they are even being streaky and inconsistent. The rest of the hitters on the roster leave more than a little to desire. Nick Punto may be one of the worst hitters ever, and no, not just for the Twins. Much of the rest of the players are at or well below replacement level. As you all know, I'm a big supporter of Luis Rodriguez, but when he is the team's best pinch hitting option in a close game in the 9th inning, that tells you a lot about why this team is so inconsistent.
Scott Baker the night before, Boof Bonser was
solid but unspectacular. And like Baker, it was a home run
allowed, this one to Chone Figgins, that effectively
ended his afternoon. Bonser lived on the edge much of the game.
All told, in 5.2 innings, he gave up five runs on nine hits. He
also walked four batters and struckout just three. It has been a
tale of two seasons for Bonser. Take a look at these numbers. On
June 10th, Bonser beat the Washington Nationals to improve to
5-2 with a 4.21 ERA. Here are his numbers up to and including
that start, and then since that start.
|1st 13 starts||72.2||34||82||32||74||5-2||4.21||1.56||9.2|
|Past 11 starts||67.0||40||76||18||41||0-7||5.37||1.40||5.5|
This is really interesting actually. His hit
rate is about the same. However, he was actually walking more
earlier in the season (of course, remember one of those starts
was a a seven walk game against the Royals). At the same time,
he was also striking out a lot more at the time (likely helping
himself by getting out of innings without the ball being put in
The big question in my mind is if or when the Twins would consider replacing Bonser with Kevin Slowey in the rotation for the rest of 2007?
Sunday - Red Wings 5, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 6 – Garrett Jones, maybe making a stake on his claim that he should be called up to the Twins again if Jason Kubel needs to go on the DL, led the offense by going 3-4 with his 32nd double, his 12th and 13th homers and three RBI. Lew Ford, another option, went 2-4 with two doubles. Brian Duensing started and gave up six unearned runs in five innings. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out two. Jay Sawatski, Brad Baker and Jason Miller combined for four shutout innings in relief.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Sunday - Rockcats 8, Akron 3 – Oswaldo Sosa picked up his first AA win. The righty went 5.2 innings and gave up a run on three hits and three walks. Tim Lahey gave up two unearned funs on four hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. Jose Mijares pitched a scoreless inning. The offense scored five runs in the 6th inning and held on before adding three more in the 9th. Garrett Guzman and Drew Butera were both 2-4. David Winfree and Trevor Plouffe were each 2-5.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Sunday - Miracle 4, Brevard County 2 – The Miracle scored four runs in this game on just four hits. Edward Ovalle had a double, his 11th of the year. Danny Valencia walked twice. Jay Rainville picked up his seventh win. In six innings, he gave up two runs (1 earned) on five hits. He walked none and struck out four. JP Martinez struck out two in two perfect innings. Robert Delaney pitched a scoreless ninth.
Sunday - Snappers 0, Lansing 8 – Brian Kirwan had another really rough start. He gave up six runs on four hits and three walks in just 1.2 innings. He also hit two batters and struck out two. Matt Williams struck out three over the next 3.1 shutout innings. Aaron Craig gave up two runs in two innings. Dan Leatherman struckout four in two perfect frames. The offense managed just four hits. Two of them were from Eli Tintor, who also stole his 8th base.
Sunday - E-Twins 0, Greeneville 5 – Good pitching beats good hitting. Well, on this day, Greeneville's Leandro Cespedes provided the good pitching. He was perfect through the order the first time including seven strikeouts. The E-Twins managed just two hits in this game. Rene Tosoni had a single and his 12th stolen base. Ozzie Lewis was 1-2 with a walk. Mike Tarsi started and went the first five innings. He gave up two runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out seven. Caleb Moore came in and went the next two innings. He gave up a run on three hits. Omar Alcala then gave up two runs in his inning.
GCL TWINS REPORT
Sunday - GCL Twins 6, GCL Orioles 3 – Liam Hendricks has been one of the better performing pitchers in the Twins system, and he had another decent start. In five shutout innings, he gave up five hits, walked one and struck out seven. Nelvin Fuentes gave up just a solo homer in two innings. Tom Stuifbergen gave up a walk and a hit but no runs in one innings. Jarrod Eaccot gave up two runs on three hits and two walks and recorded just one out. Danny Rondon came in and struck out both batters he faced to record the 10th save. Ramon Santana went 2-3 with his first triple, two RBI and his fourth stolen base. Ben Revere and Yangervis Solarte each went 1-3 with a walk.
That is it for today. Have yourself a great week!|
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