Weekend Wrap Up
Good Monday Morning everyone! Well, as you
noticed, I was out of town from last Tuesday through yesterday, so today it is
primarily an update issue. Of course, last night I participated in
Marty Andrade's Weekly Twins
Roundtable podcast. It's always fun, and last night, the 8:00 show had
five people on the panel. It was Marty, myself, Josh Taylor, Jeff
Straub and D-Wade. The topics covered everything from the Twins
bullpen, to Nick Punto, to the minor league system to way more about the
Olympics than I care to even know. The show airs live from 8-9 each Sunday
night, but although the live streaming stops at 9:00, the podcast continued
another 15 minutes. I think you'll enjoy it, so if you have some time or like
some background noise, be sure to check it out. Also, be sure to keep an eye out
for the second
SethSpeaks.net podcast which should be sometime this week. Speaking of
audio files, be sure to take a moment and
SBG's Third Audio post, a great tribute to the recently retired
TWINS 2, ANGELS 2
- I know... I know... The Twins
won Thursday night's game 2-1 in 12 innings and 9-0 on Friday night. The
Angels won 7-5 on Saturday night and came back to win 5-3 on Sunday
afternoon... so the series was 2-2!
- In the four games, the Twins
starters (Baker, Perkins, Blackburn and Slowey) combined to go 27 innings
and gave up six earned runs (2.00 ERA) on 27 hits and six walks (1.22 WHIP).
And that included the start on Saturday by Nick Blackburn in which he
gave up six runs (3 earned) on ten hits and two walks in just 4.2 innings.
- In the four games, the Twins
bullpen combined to go 10 innings and give up four runs (3.60 ERA) on seven
hits and three walks (1.00 WHIP).
- Going into the series, I think
even the most ardent Twins fans would have been thrilled with a series split
with the Angels. Of course, once the Twins won the first two games of the
series, it would have been nice to get one more.
- The big picture though, in my
mind, is that it should verify in a lot of people's minds, just how good
this Twins team is. The Angels are considered, by many/most, the best team
in baseball. The Twins split a series with them in Anaheim. Three of the
games were close, with the Twins winning Friday in a blowout. One of the
losses could or should have been a win.
- Jason Kubel almost hit
a home run. Actually, he ran all the way around the bases before the
obviously wrong call was overruled. Would have been nice to have that run,
but the right call was made.
Joe Christensen's postgame blog:
Kendrick saw that hesitation and
dashed from first-to-third. Kubels
throw bounced off Kendricks cleat
(total fluke) for an error, allowing
Napoli to reach second base.
Gardenhire said Kubel non-chalanted
it. No excuse.
I kind of went a little too slow
anticipating anything. I just wanted
to make sure I caught the ball first
of all and just got it in.
Morneau said, They catch us on a
play that shouldnt have been a
first-to-thrid play. That pretty
much turned the game around.
Nothing like this close-knit team and it's team-first manager throwing
one of his better players under the bus. Unfortunately, Kubel has always
been one of those guys that Gardy doesn't mind speaking negatively of. Was
it a bad play? Probably. Was the fact that Napoli got second a fluke (as Joe
C writes), absolutely. Just another example of the inconsistencies.
- In Sunday's game, Justin Morneau hit his 20th homer of the
season. He drove in three runs putting him at 102 for the season.
- Have to do it... Nick Punto went 3-4 on Sunday to extend his
hitting streak to 11 games. In those games, he is 20-46, a nice .435 batting
average. He has had at least two hits in eight of those games.
- The Twins now continue their long road trip with three games at Seattle
before four games in Oakland. The Twins are far and away a better team than
both of those teams, but as
Stick & Ball Guy continues to point out, those are the games/teams
that scare you. If they win them, they should do that, not a big deal. If
they lose, they are incredibly disappointing. I think that the Twins need to
win five of the seven games to be really happy. Four out of seven wouldn't
kill them, but it might hurt.
- Any thoughts on the Twins right now? Please discuss in the comments, or
send me an e-mail.
Twins Minor League Updates
Friday SethSpeaks Player
of the Day David Winfree, New Britain Rockcats
Friday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day Philip
Humber, Rochester Red Wings
Saturday SethSpeaks Player
of the Day Matt Macri, Rochester Red Wings
Saturday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day Bobby
Lanigan, Elizabethton Twins
Sunday SethSpeaks Player
of the Day Dan Rohlfing, GCL Twins
Sunday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day
Jay Rainville, New Britain Rockcats
Be sure to check out
(Abbreviated) Weekly Minor League Update for this week.
Also, here is LaVelle's
weekly Minor League report.
He discusses, among other topics, an historic season at Elizabethton this
At the end of last week, the Twins announced
their minor leaguers who will be going to the Arizona Fall League. As I
expected, 3B Danny Valencia, SS/2B/OF Steve Tolleson and RH RP
Rob Delaney will go. I am pleasantly surprised that OF Dustin
Martin will get to go. He was acquired by the Twins in the Luis
Castillo deal last season and really has had a nice season at New
Britain. Anthony Slama is still in Hi-A Ft. Myers, but he will get to
again join Delaney in Arizona. It is deserved. I am only surprised because
he is still in A ball. Finally, Tim Lahey was named to the roster.
This one is really the biggest surprise. Last winter, the Rays took him with
the first pick in the Rule V draft and immediately traded him to the Cubs.
He spent almost all of training camp with the Cubs before being let go. The
Phillies claimed him and he practiced with them for a few days before they
let him go. The Twins were happy to take him back. He pitched out of the
Rochester bullpen all season, and honestly, didn't do very well at all.
However, as we know, he has only been a pitcher for a couple of years and
simply needs to develop. I wouldn't give up on him at all.
My dreams of running into Jennie Finch
while walking through the halls of the Metrodome took a big hit over the
weekend. The Twins released Casey Daigle from the Rochester Red Wings
roster on Saturday to make room for Brian Bass.
Brian Duensing will return to Rochester
from Beijing with a bronze medal. Congratulations. I have a new theory
on the Twins bullpen. Since the Twins are likely to move one of their
starters to the bullpen for the playoffs (if they get there), they could
bring Duensing up after September 1st and let him start. They could then
move Nick Blackburn to the bullpen as I think he could do very well
in that role. The other option would be for Duensing to do for the Twins
what he did for Team USA, pitch out of the bullpen.
5, Pawtucket 1 Philip Humber
continued his impressive run of starts with a complete game in this start. He
gave up a run on five hits. He walked none and struck out eight. The only run
came on a home run by recent Red Sox signing David Ross. Garrett
Jones's terrific season continued. He went 2-4 with his 21st home run.
Luke Hughes hit his sixth double and drove in two.
4, Pawtucket 3
Brian Bass made his return to Rochester and was immediately put into the
starting rotation. He gave up three runs on four hits in four innings. He walked
two and struck out three. Julio DePaula struck out three in 2.2 scoreless
frames. Mariano Gomez got the final out of the 7th and got his fifth win
for it. Danny Graves and Bobby Korecky each threw a scoreless
inning to get the win. It was Korecky's 25th save.
3, Syracuse 5
Garrett Jones went 2-4 with his 30th double. Matt Macri (23) and
Trevor Plouffe (15) each doubled. Kevin Mulvey fell to 7-9 with
this loss. He gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked none and
struck out seven. Ricky Barrett went two scoreless innings in relief.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Britain 3, Akron 2 Kyle Aselton had a very nice start. In six
innings, he gave up two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out
four. Zach Ward, Jose Mijares and Rob Delaney combined for
three innings of scoreless relief. David Winfree went 2-4 with his 27th
double, 19th homer and two more RBI (an impressive 87 on the year!). Steve
Tolleson (27), Danny Valencia (17) and Dustin Martin (30) each
hit a double.
Britain 3, Akron 2 Jeff Manship
is back in the NFL "Expert" Picks this year, and
he was back on the mound on Saturday for the Rockcats. He went five innings and
gave up two runs. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out four.
Armando Gabino gave up four hits but no runs in two innings. Ben Julianel
got his third win with four strikeouts in two perfect innings. Danny Valencia
went 2-4 with his sixth homer. David Winfree went 2-4. Drew Butera
went 1-2 with a walk and his first triple. Dustin Martin hit his 10th
Sunday New Britain 3, Akron 2 First of all, be sure to note the scores of
all three of these weekend games... Then notice the game that Jay Rainville
threw. The righty went the first six innings. He gave up one run on six hits. He
walked none and struck out eleven. Frank Mata went 1.2 scoreless innings
before Jose Mijares gave up a run on three hits in 1.1 innings. Matt
Tolbert went 2-4 with an RBI and his seventh stolen base. Danny Valencia
hit his seventh homer. David Winfree was hit by a pitch in his first
at bat and left the game. Steve Tolleson went 0-4 with four strikeouts.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Miracle/Lakeland Postponed by Rain.
Miracle 1, Clearwater 4 Cole DeVries
saw his record drop back to even, 9-9, with this
game. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on six hits in four inning. Spencer
Steedley threw three shutout innings. Matt Williams pitched a
scoreless eighth. Steve Singleton went 2-4 with his 17th double.
Edward Ovalle went 2-4. Eli Tintor knocked his sixth homer.
Sunday Miracle 0, Clearwater 2
Matt Fox falls to 7-7 after this
loss. He gvae up two runs on five hits and three walks in his 5.1 innings. He
struck out eight. Jose Lugo and Blair Erickson went the final 2.2
innings without allowing another run. Unfortunately, the Miracle bats managed
just four hits. Wilson Ramos went 2-4 with his 23rd double.
Beloit 2, Burlington 4 Shooter Hunt
continues to struggle with control.
In this game, he gave up four runs on six hits in four innings. He walked five
and struck out three. Mike Tarsi came in and threw two scoreless innings.
Santos Arias threw two shutout innings as well. Greg Yersich went
2-4 with his 14th double. Ben Revere did not play again.
Beloit 3, Burlington 5 Mike McCardell had a rough start (for
him) in this one. In 6.2 innings, he gave up five runs on seven hits. He walked
one and struck out five. Charles Nolte got the final four outs, two on
strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte went 2-4. Allen de San Miguel went
1-2 with a walk.
Beloit 7, Burlington 2 David Bromberg recorded his eighth
win of the year. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks in 6.2 innings.
He struck out an incredible 13 batters. Danny Hernandez gave up a run in
the final 2.1 innings. Mark Dolenc went 2-4 with his ninth double and
30th stolen base. Andrew Schmiesing was 3-4 with his fourth double.
Ramon Santana went 2-4 with a walk. Chris Cates and Juan
Richardson each went 2-5. Ben Revere did not play all weekend, still
with a sore knee.
E-Twins 12, Danville 3 Tom
Wright has certainly impressed since he was put into the E-Town rotation. He
improved to 4-0 with 5.2 innings of two run ball. He gave up six hits, walked
three and struck out five. Steve Blevins got the save by going the final
3.1 innings. He gave up a run on two hits and struck out three.
E-Twins 1, Danville 2 Bobby
Lanigan deserved better, but he took the loss in this one. In 7.2 innings,
he gave up two runs (1 earned) despite 11 hits. He walked none and struck out
eight. Lee Martin got the final out. The E-Twins managed just two hits in the
game. Dominic de La Osa went 1-2 with a walk.
E-Twins 3, Princeton 6 Brad
started and went just two innings despite allowing just one hit and striking out
two. (If someone knows more, like was there a rain delay or an injury, please
let me know). Dan Berlind came in and gave up six runs on five hits and
three walks in 2.1 innings. Kyle Carr struck out three in 1.2 innings.
Danny Rondon, Jarrod Eacott and Mark Hamburger each pitched a
GCL TWINS TALK
No Game Scheduled.
GCL Twins 1, Pirates 3 (6 innings - rain)
Martire Garcia is seeing his prospect status rise significantly in my
eyes. This game helps! Although the game went just six innings before being
rained out, Garcia pitched great. He threw 5.1 innings of no hit baseball and
yet, he is the losing pitcher in the game. He gave up three runs, none earned.
He walked three and struck out six. Miguel Munoz gave up a hit and a walk
in 0.2 innings. The GCL Twins had just three hits. Aaron Hicks went 1-2
with a walk.
GCL Twins 7, GCL Orioles 4
Edgar Ibarra improve to 4-0 with six
innings of two-run ball. He gave up six hits, two walks and struck out four.
Jay Sawatski, on a rehab assignment, gave up two runs (1 earned) on three
hits in one inning. Dan Rohlfing went 2-3 with his first triple and first
home run. Reggie Williams went 2-3 with a triple. Aaron Hicks went
Have a great week!
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