Astros 6 Twins 5
- The Twins lost a game that they had no business losing last night to the Astros by a score of 6-5. When you hit 4 homeruns in a game and get a quality start from your pitcher there is no excuse to lose and that is exactly what the Twins did last night. Scott Baker got the start for the Twins and was excellent going 6.1 innings and only giving up 3 runs on 6 hits along with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts to lower his era to 5.22 on the year. Baker left the game with a 3-2 lead in the 7th with just a runner on 1st with 1 out. Sean Henn came on and was totally awful facing 3 batters and only getting 1 of them out. He gave up a double to the first guy and then a ground out and then a 2 run homerun to put the Astros upfront. In all Henn went 1/3 of an inning and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits to bring his era up to a very bad 7.36 on the year. Sean Henn got off to a good start, but it has become painfully obvious why he has gotten released by organization after organization and that is he is not a good enough pitcher to get big league hitters out. He did fine at AAA and that is where he should be. I can't take many more of these debacles by Henn as he has given up lead after lead everytime he comes into a game it means runs for the opposition. Luis Ayala then came into the game and was ok except giving up a solo homerun to Lance Berkman that would turn out to be the winning run of the game. Ayala's era rose up to 4.18 on the year and has been ok, but not what we were expecting when we signed him. R.A. Dickey then pitched a very solid 9th inning for the Twins to lower his era to 2.63.
- The Twins have changed their offense this year as they have gone from a team that has to manufacture runs to a team that relies on homeruns. Brendan Harris continued his recent hot streak for the Twins by going 3-4 with his 11th double and 4th homerun of the year along with an rbi and a run scored to bring his average up to .296. Joe Mauer added his 14th homerun of the year and his 42nd rbi and lowered his average to a still very good .417. Delmon Young went 1-4 with his 2nd homerun of the year and his 22nd rbi. Jason Kubel went 1-4 with his 12th homerun of the year and his 38th and 39th rbi's of the year. Brian Buscher and Jose Morales added a single each in a losing cause for the Twins in this game.
- Today, the Twins take on the Astros in game 3 of the series as they send Glen Perkins to the mound to try to win the series.
- The Red Wings had their game with Toledo rained out and will make it up as part of a doubleheader today as Brian Duensing will start the first game. Kevin Mulvey will get the ball in the second game of the doubleheader.
New Britain Business
Bowie 5 New Britain 4
- The Rockcats tried to come back from a 5-0 1st inning deficit, but could not complete the comeback as they went down to Bowie last night by a score of 5-4. Ryan Mullins got the start for the Rockcats and continued what his problem has been all year and that is he gets drilled in the 1st inning and then shut down the team after that. He continued that last night as he gave up 5 runs in the first inning and then not giving up a run after that. Mullins went 4.2 innings and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits along with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts to raise his era up to 5.18 on the year. To be all fair after the 1st inning Mullins went 3.2 innings and only gave up only 2 hits and no runs, but the damage was already done and he dropped his record to 3-8 on the year. Yohan Pino then came in and did a very good job for the Rockcats as he went 1.1 innings along with a walk and 2 strikeouts to lower his era to 4.19 on the year. Jose Lugo then came on and pitched a very effective 2 innings of scoreless ball along with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts to lower his era to 4.38.
- The Rockcats could only muster 4 runs against some good Bowie pitching and unfortunately that was not enough in this one. Rene Tosoni led the offense in this one as he went 1-3 with his 9th homerun of the year a 3 run shot that brought the Rockcats within 5-4, but the Cats could not get any closer. The 3 rbi's by Tosoni brought his season total up to a team leading 38 on the year. Erik Lis went 2-4 to bring his average up to .303 on the year. Danny Valencia continued his strong string lately as he went 1-3 to bring his average up to .282. Brandon Roberts drove in his 23rd rbi of the year with an rbi single to bring his average to .284. Danny Lehman added his 3rd double and Yancarlos Ortiz added a single in the losing cause.
- Today, the Rockcats continue their series with Bowie as Cole Devries gets the start for New Britain
Fort Myers Minutes
- The Florida State League had their all-star game last night and the Miracle had some good performances. Pitching wise David Bromberg got the start and went a scoreless 1st inning along with a hit and a strikeout. Spencer Steedley pitched an inning and gave up 2 hits and an unearned run. Steve Hirschfeld went an inning and did not give up a hit on 2 hits.
- On offense Ben Revere had a big game going 2-5 with a double and a stolen base. Chris Parmalee went 1-2 for the South All-Stars. Steve Singelton went 0-2 with a strikeout. Chris Cates went 1-3 with a walk for the South All-Stars.
- The Miracle have today off before getting back at it on Monday night as they will take on Jupiter in Fort Myers. Congratulations to all the All-Stars hope you all had a good time.
Beloit 6 Quad Cities 0
Quad Cities 6 Beloit 1
- The Snappers split a doubleheader with Quad Cities last night winning the first game 6-0 before dropping the nightcap 6-1. In the first game Bobby Lanigan got the start and he was very good going 6 shutout innings for the Snappers. In 6 innings Lanigan only gave up 4 hits along with a strikeout to lower his era to 4.82 on the season and picked up his 6th win of the year. Steve Blevins pitched a scoreless inning of relief to finish off the Snappers win in the first game of the doubleheader. In the second game Curtis Leavitt got the spot start for the Snappers and was not very good. In 4 innings Leavitt gave up 4 runs on 4 hits along with a walk and 3 strikeouts to bring his era up to 9.20. Bruce Pugh then came in and pitched an inning and gave up a run on a hit along with 2 walks and a strikeout to raise his era to 4.13. Thomas Wright made his first outing of the year after spending some time on the dl and gave up a run on 2 hits along with a homerun. Mike Allen then came on and pitched a very good inning on 1 strikeout to lower his era to 5.65 on the year.
- Offensively, the story of the game was the debut of 2008 first round pick Aaron Hicks who joined the Snappers for this game. Hicks went 2-4 with his first double and his first rbi to bring his average up to .500 after the first game. Ozzie Lewis went 1-3 with his 6th homerun of the year and his 29th and 30th rbi's of the year to bring his average up to .302 on the year. Jeff Lanning added his 3rd double and Drew Thompson added his 7th double and 12th rbi of the year in the win for the Snappers. In the second game the Snappers did not do much against some good Quad Cities pitching as they were only able to muster 2 hits in the game. Michael Harrington had his organization leading 22nd double of the year along with his 23rd rbi of the year. Alex Soto added a hit in the losing cause to raise his average up to .254. Aaron Hicks went 0-2 with a walk and a run scored for the Snappers to bring his average after 1 day to .429.