Tuesday, August 31, 2010
After an incredibly busy weekend, I have been just exhausted, so I apologize for not posting much here. I have decided that trying to sleep a little bit at night can’t be a bad thing. So, I am up early this morning to write a quick posting. Last night, I was actually able to find almost two hours of time to mow my lawn before a big rain storm, so that’s good. The Twins had an off day on Monday, and it was much needed as they prepare for the final month of the season. That starts with three big games starting tonight against the Tigers. As much as the Tigers have struggled, they are still a solid team. And the matchups are not necessarily great for the Twins. Tonight it will be Brian Duensing against Armando Galarraga. Tomorrow night it will be Max Scherzer opposite Francisco Liriano. And on Thursday night, the Twins and Scott Baker will go against Justin Verlander. So, here are a couple of quick links for you:
· Last night on the SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast, I was joined by Twins minor league catcher Dan Rohlfing who certainly had an interesting 2010 season. JJ Stankevitz, the White Sox writer for Examiner.com also joined later in the show to discuss what’s going on with his team. Why didn’t they claim Brian Fuentes? Why did they claim Manny Ramirez? And what does it all mean in the AL Central race? By listening to the show, you can get my thoughts on the Twins acquisitions of Randy Flores and Brian Fuentes and many more Twins topics.
· This morning, I posted my TwinsCentric StarTribune.com blog. It was called Who Can Help and was a look at who the Twins could be calling up as September call ups over the next week. For Monday’s TwinsCentric blog, I wrote about my Saturday in St. Cloud, watching the Minnesota Twins alumni game at Joe Faber Field.
TWINS MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Here is a look at the Thursday night’s minor league scores and highlights:
· Rochester 1, Pawtucket 2 – Matt Fox has been pitching well of late. In this game, he went six innings and gave up two runs (1 earned). He gave up just four hits, walked two and struck out two. Glen Perkins threw two scoreless innings despite giving up four hits and a walk. Brendan Harris went 2-3 with a walk. Jose Morales hit his 19th double, and had his sixth and seventh passed balls.
· New Britain 6, Reading 7 (11 innings) – Mark Dolenc walked with the bases loaded to give the Rockcats a lead in the 11th inning, but Blake Martin gave up a three run homer in the bottom of the 11th and the team had another loss. Matt Williams started and gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. Tony Davis walked three and gave up one run in 1.1 innings. Billy Bullock gave up one run on three hits in 1.1 innings. He struck out three. Martin threw two scoreless innings before giving up three in the 11th frame. Joe Benson went 2-3 with two walks and his 20th AA home run. He also stole his 12th base.
· Ft. Myers 4 – No Game Scheduled.
· Beloit 7, Burlington 3 – It was an interesting start for Martire Garcia. The lefty gave up just two runs on four hits in five innings. However, he walked seven hitters and struck out six in the win. Nelvin Fuentes gave up a run on a hit and a walk in his inning. Matt Tone struck out three (and walked four) in two scoreless innings. Miguel Munoz got the final three outs. Lance Ray went 2-3 with a walk and two doubles. Yorby Martinez went 2-3 with a walk and a double. Steve Liddle had two hits. Josmil Pinto hit a triple and drove in two runs.
· Elizabethton 7, Princeton 2 – Jean Mijares has done a nice job as a starter the last couple of outings. In this game, he gave up two runs on two hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out eight. David Gutierrez, Adrian Salcedo and Jose Gonzalez each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Gonzalez struck out three. Brian Burke, Kyle Knudson and Jhonatan Arias each went 3-4 with a double. Andy Leer went 2-4.
· GCL Twins – their season is complete.
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