Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thursday, June, 25th

Twins Talk
Brewers 4 Twins 3
  • The Twins were involved in one of the wackiest endings to a ball game that I have ever seen. In the bottom of the 8th with the Twins ahead 3-2 and Twins starter Nick Blackburn cruising towards his 7th win of the year. J.J. Hardy hits a bloop single. Then Jason Kendall comes up and hits a pitch off the fence that Hardy tries to score on and does thanks to a poor relay throw from Brendan Harris. So the score is tied end of the play right. Nope the ball squirted away from Joe Mauer and Nick Blackburn picks it up and thinks he can throw out Kendall going to 3rd and airmails it into left field to the winning run score. You can't write up an ending like that if you tried. Nick Blackburn had an awesome start ruined with the last inning. Blackburn went 8 innings and gave up 3 earned runs on 11 hits along with a walk and 2 strikeouts. With the 3 runs allowed Blackburn saw his era raise to a very good 3.11 era. Blackburn has shown that he is the best pitcher in the Twins staff and this start will do nothing to damper that feeling by Twins fans.

  • The Twins really struggled to score in this one as Brewers pitcher Braden Looper kept the Twins off balance. The Twins really did not have anyone step out, but Michael Cuddyer had the best night going 2-4 with his 15th double and raised his average up to .281. Jason Kubel went 1-4 with his 13th homerun and drove in his 40th run of the year. Kubel struggles against lefthanded pitchers, but against right handed pitchers he kills them. Look at his average against right handed pitchers at a .354 rate. Joe Mauer went 1-4 to lower his average to an unbelievable .394 average. Joe Crede continued his production as of late going 1-3 with his 11th double of the year and drove in his 34th run of the year. Carlos Gomez and Brendan Harris each contributed a hit in the Twins loss.
  • Today, the Twins finish off their series with the Brewers and send Scott Baker to the mound for the Twins.

Rochester Wrap

Columbus 9 Rochester 5

  • The Red Wings dropped their 5th straight game in blowout fashion last night as they went down to Columbus by a score of 9-5. Philip Humber got the start for the Wings and in a word was awful. Humber went only 3.1 innings and gave up 6 runs on 9 hits although only 4 were earned along with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts to raise his era to 5.88 and lower his record to 2-5. Humber has been up and down all year and with more downs than up. With the addition of Manship to the rotation it would not bother me at all to see Humber thrown in the bullpen to see if he can do a better there than in the rotation. Tim Lahey then came in and gave up 1 run on 2 hits in 2.2 solid innings along with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts to lower his era to 8.57. Lahey has not been good but he has made slow but sure progress as the season has gone on. Armando Gabino then came in and gave up a run on 3 hits in 2 solid innings of relief. Reid Santos finished the game by going 1 inning and giving a run on 3 hits to raise his era to 6.02

  • The Red Wings were behind the 8 ball as their pitching did not let the offense get anything going against Columbus pitching. They were still able to get 5 runs on 9 hits to make it halfway respectable. Unbelievably Tommy Watkins led the offense by going 3-5 with his 6th double of the year to bring hsi average up to .253. Drew Butera went 2-4 with his first homerun as a Red Wing along with his 13th rbi of the year. Brock Peterson went 2-4 with his 7th double of the year to bring his average up to .246 which is quite an improvement where he was a month ago when he was hitting in the .160's. Justin Huber and new Red Wing Danny Valencia each added a base hit in the losing cause.
  • Today, the Wings continue their series with Columbus as new Red Wing Jeff Manship starts for Rochester.

New Britain Business

Harrisburg 5 New Britain 3

  • The Rockcats suffered a tough loss last night to Harrisburg as they lost by a score of 5-3. Carlos Gutierrez got the start for the Rockcats and was very good as they continue to protect his innings as they hope he can make it through the year because they have a certain number of innings that they won't let him go past since it is his first year as a starter. Gutierrez went 5 innings in this one and gave up only 1 run on 2 hits along with 4 strikeouts and the important thing 0 walks to lower his era to 5.21 on the year. Kyle Waldrop then came in and pitched a very good 6th inning. Jose Lugo pitched a clean 7th along with a strikeout to lower his era to 4.42. Things were going good with a 3-1 lead going into the top of the 8th and then everything went bad. Alex Burnett came in and tried to protect the lead and just imploded. Burnett was only able to get 2 outs and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits along with a walk to raise his era to 3.18 on the year. Last night was just a bad outing for Burnett so hopefully he can shake it off and do a better time next time out. Frank Mata came in and pitched a perfect 1.1 innings along with 2 strikeouts to lower hsi era to 4.93.

  • The Rockcats could not do alot offensively as they could only push 3 runs across on 11 hits and that is because they left 8 guys on base and it is starting to become a problem for the Rockcats. Whit Robbins led the offense going 2-3 with his 3oth rbi of the year. Robbins had been in a bit of a slump lately so it was nice of him to come out of it and improve his average to .319. Brandon Roberts went 2-4 with his 8th double of the year to bring his average up to .288. Rene Tosoni continued this hot streak by going 2-4 with his 12th double of the year. Allan De San Miguel went 1-3 with his first triple and 3rd and 4th rbi's of the year. Brian Dinkelman, Erik Lis, Matt Moses, and Toby Gardenhire all added hits in the losing cause.
  • Today, the Rockcats finish off their series with Harrisburg as Ryan Mullins gets the start for New Britain.

Fort Myers Minutes

Fort Myers 9 Jupiter 6

  • The Miracle rebounded from what looked like a for sure loss to make it an unbelievable victory. Trailing 6-2 going into the bottom of the 8th the Miracle pounced on Jupiter for 7 runs in the last 2 innings to pick up a 9-6 victory over Jupiter. David Bromberg got the start and he was not real great in this one. Bromberg went 5.1 innings and gave up 5 runs on 8 hits along with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts to raise his era on the year to 2.66. I am not concerned at all about Bromberg because he has been so dominant this year that I am not going to let 1 start let me change my mind about him. Henry Arias then came in and went 2.2 innings and only gave up an unearned run to lower his era to 5.28. Blair Erickson pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up the win for the Miracle to bring his record to 1-3 and lower his era to 2.66

  • The Miracle got their offense going late, but it was just enough as they won the game on a Deibinson Romero 3 run homerun after Ben Revere had tied it with an rbi double to score Evan Bigley. Deibinson Romero was the story of the night going 2-3 with his 3rd homerun of the year and 4 rbi's to bring his season total up to 35. Chris Parmalee went 3-3 along with his 36th rbi to bring his average on the year to .258. Nick Romero went 2-3 with his 9th rbi of the year and brought his average up to .260. Ben Revere went 1-5 with his 8th double and his 29th rbi of the year. Steve Singelton, Jair Fernandez, and Evan Bigley all added hits in the winning cause for the Miracle.
  • Tonight, the Miracle begin the second half as they take on Daytona with Tyler Robertson on the mound for Fort Myers.

Beloit Beat

  • The Snappers had their last day off last night and will begin the second half tonight as they take on Clinton with Dan Berlind scheduled to start for Beloit.

E-town Entertainment

E-town 4 Bluefield 1

  • The E-town Twins proved one night after slugging the ball all over the ballpark that they also could win a pitchers duel as they beat Bluefield last night by a score of 4-1. Liam Hendricks got the start for the Twins and was very good. He went 6 innings and only gave up 3 hits and no runs along with 6 strikeouts. Edgar Ibarra went 1 inning of relief and gave up a run on 2 hits to pick up the win for the Twins. Kane Holbrooks pitched a clean 8th inning on 1 hit along with a strikeout. Tony Davis picked up his first professional save as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning as he struck out the side for the Twins.

  • In a game that the Twins were not able to get much across offensively the Twins were able to get the key hits to pull off the victory. The Twins were only able to muster 4 runs on 6 hits, but that proved to be enough on the night to pull out a victory. Dan Rohlfing led the offense in this one going 2-3 at the plate in his first outing of the year. Reggie Williams went 1-4 with 1st double and drove in his first 2 rbi's of the year to pace the Twins. Mike Gonzalez, Jon Goncalves, and Tobias Streich each contributed hits in the winning cause for the E-town Twins on this night.
  • Tonight, the Twins try to go for the sweep as they will send Matire Garcia to the mound for Elizabethton

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