Royals 4 Twins 2
- The Twins really had a stinker last night as they made Luke Hochevar look like an all-star. Nothing against Hochevar, but he came into the game with a 5.87 era and we made him look like Zach Grienke. Nick Blackburn pitched a better game than the numbers will show as the hitters could not do anything in the Twins 4-2 loss to the Royals last night. Nick Blackburn got the start for the Twins and was very good once again. Blackburn went 6 innings and gave up 3 runs although only 2 of them were earned along with 10 hits. He also walked a batter and struck out 4 to raise his era to 3.10 on the year and lower his record to 6-4. Blackburn was masterful in the first 5 innings as he only gave up an unearned run in the first 5. Then in the 6th he left some pitches up and gave up back to back homeruns to Alberto Callaspo and Miguel Olivo. Overall, Blackburn continues to show he is the ace of the staff right now and consistantly gives the Twins a chance to win every time out. It was Blackburn's 8th consecutive quality start and that is fantastic. I really can't put my finger on what he is doing differently this year, but he is much better and the results speak for themselves. R.A. Dickey came on in the 7th and had an uncommon for him this year poor outing as he gave up a run on 2 hits along with a walk to raise his era to still a very good 2.45. Jose Mijares pitched a scoreless 8th inning along with a walk and a strikeout to lower his era to 2.38.
- Offensively, it was not pretty for the Twins as they were only able to get 5 hits in the entire game and only 2 off Royals starter Luke Hochevar. The only bright spot offensively was Justin Morneau who belted his 18th homerun of the year and drove in his 62nd and 63rd runs of the year to bring his average down to .309. Michael Cuddyer went 1-4 with his 17th double of the year and brought his average down to .276. Denard Span, Delmon Young, and Brendan Harris all contributed singles in a losing cause for the Twins.
- Tonight, the Twins continue their series with the Royals as Scott Baker gets the start for the Twins.
Scranton/WB 5 Rochester 0
Scranton/WB 3 Rochester 1
- The Red Wings lost a couple to Scranton/WB yesterday with one being a blowout and the other being close, but in the win-loss column it still says 0-2. The Red Wings lost the games by scores of 5-0 in the first game and 3-1 in the second game. In the first game Philip Humber got the start for the Wings and was his usual self. Humber went all 6 innings and gave up 5 runs on 8 hits along with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts to raise his era to 6.03 and lowered his record to 2-6. I don't understand why they keep sending him out there start after start when you have a better option sitting in AA in Matt Fox. I have come up with the perfect solution. Promote Armando Gabino to the Twins and promote Matt Fox to Rochester and put Philip Humber in the bullpen and either dl/release either Tim Lahey or Reid Santos. To me that would make the most sense because every time out there Humber is getting hit. He only has 2 quality starts in his last 10 and that is just not good enough to get it done. Hopefully, a move to the bullpen would help him get going again because right now he is not very good. In the second game Jason Jones got the spot start and was much better than what he had been when he was in the rotation. Jones went all 6 innings and only gave up 3 runs on only 3 hits along with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts to lower his era on the year to 6.33 and lower his record to 2-7. I know Jason Jones has not been very good this year so it is probably best not to make too much out of 1 start, but for as bad as he was pitching I will take a step in the right direction. Hopefully, Jones can take this good start back with him to the bullpen and he can use this as a confidence booster because there is talent there we just need to find a way to bring it out.
- Offensively, the Wings left their hitting shoes at home as they were only able to get 1 run in 2 games. In game 1 they were shutout on only 2 hits unbelievable pitching performance by Yankee starter Ivan Nova. The only bright spot in the game was Matt Macri who went 1-3 with his 15th double of the year and brought his average on the year up to .221. Steve Tolleson added a single for the Wings in the losing cause. In game 2 the Wings did not do much more than they did in game 1 as they were only able to score 1 run on 7 hits. Trevor Plouffe led the offense going 1-4 with his 41st rbi of the year and brought his averge up to .240. Jason Pridie went 1-4 with his 12th double and 16th stolen base of the year. Danny Valencia went 1-3 with his 2nd double with the Wings to bring his average up to .355. Dustin Martin went 1-3 with a run scored to bring his average up to .257. David Winfree, Matt Macri, and Brock Peterson all contributed hits in the losing cause.
- Tonight, the Red Wings finish off their series with Scranton/WB as Jeff Manship gets the start for Rochester.
New Britain Business
Connecticut 6 New Britain 3
- The Rockcats basically lost this game in the 1st inning when Cats starter Carlos Gutierrez gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning. The Rockcats kept fighting back, but could not come all the way in a tough 6-3 loss to Connecticut last night. Carlos Gutierrez got the start for the Cats and really struggled in the first inning where he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, but after that he calmed down, but it was too little too late. Gutierrez went 4 innings and gave up 5 runs on 10 hits along with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts to raise his era to 6.26 and lower his record to 1-2. This is a classic case of a reliever in his first year as a starter running out of gas. Gutierrez only threw only 25.2 innings last year after being drafted and he is already at 77 innings this year. The Rockcats will likey move him to the bullpen soon to minimize his innings and look for him to be shutdown the last month or so to save his arm. You should not let his struggles at AA make you think less of him as a prospect, because this happens every year when a pitcher gets to a certain inning count they start leaving pitches up because they have never thrown that many innings before. Carlos Gutierrez will be back next year ready to make an impact and it would not surprise me to see him in a Twins uniform sometime next year. Jay Rainville then came on for an inning and gave up a run on 3 hits to raise his era to 5.45. Kyle Waldrop followed him and went 1.2 scoreless innings along with a walk. Jose Lugo then came in and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to lower his era to 4.61. Frank Mata finished the game by going 2/3 of an inning and giving up 1 hit and no runs to lower his era to 4.85.
- The Rockcats just did not have enough offense in this game as they were only able to push across 3 runs in the game and normally that is not going to be good enough to win. Whit Robbins led the offense by going 3-5 with his 17th double of the year and his 32nd rbi of the year to bring his average up to .312. Erik Lis went 2-4 with his 33nd rbi of the year and improved his average to .302. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4 with his 39th rbi and improved his average to .297 on the year. Allan De San Miguel added his 4th double of the year. Brandon Roberts also contributed a hit in the losing cause for the Rockcats.
- Tonight, the Rockcats begin a series with Portland as Ryan Mullins is scheduled to pitch for New Britain.
Fort Myers Minutes
Fort Myers 5 Lakeland 1
- The Miracle got back on track with a big win last night against Lakeland by a score of 5-1. David Bromberg got the start for Fort Myers and really bounced back from a start that was bad by his standards. Bromberg went 6.1 innings and only gave up 1 run on 5 hits along with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts to lower his era on the year to 2.57 and improve his record on the year to 6-0. David Bromberg has been so solid this year that we should of known that Bromberg would rebound from his last start and he did. Speaking of that David Bromberg has had a nice comeback season after a so so season last year at Beloit. I'll be honest I did not see this coming out of Bromberg as I thought he walked too many guys to be successful at this level . However, he has proven me wrong as he has gotten much better with the walks and shown just how dominant he can be so hopefully he can keep it up. Spencer Steedley came in relief and was good once again as he went the last 2.2 innings for his 4th save of the year. Steedley went 2.2 innings and gave up 1 hit along with a walk and 3 strikeouts to lower his era to 0.95 on the year.
- The Miracle finally got it going offensively as they have struggled hitting the ball lately, but broke out for 5 runs on 10 hits last night. Jair Fernandez led the attack going 2-4 with his 7th double and drove in his 11th and 12th runs of the year and improved his average up to .214. Nick Romero went 2-4 with his 2nd and 3rd doubles of the year and drove in his 11th and 12th runs of the year to improve his average to .280. Chris Parmalee went 2-4 with his 13th double of the year and improved his average to .271. Deibinson Romero went 2-4 to improve his average to .245. Ben Revere went 1-5 to bring his average down to .319. Chris Cates also contributed a hit in the winning cause for the Miracle last night.
- Tonight, the Miracle continue their series with Lakeland as Tyler Robertson gets the start for Fort Myers.
- The Snappers had yesterday off and will begin a series with Cedar Rapids tonight with Brad Tippett scheduled to pitch for Beloit
E-town 11 Bristol 5
- The E-town Twins got back to their winning ways with a big 11-5 victory last night over Bristol. Liam Hendricks got the start and was ok in this one for the Twins. Hendricks went 6 innings and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits along with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Kyle Carr then came on and pitched 2 innings and gave up 1 run on 2 hits along with 3 strikeouts. Billy Bulluck came on and pitched another solid inning of relief on 1 hit along with a strikeout.
- The E-town Twins offense exploded in this one by scoring 11 runs and pounding out 19 hits. Danny Rams led the way going 2-4 with his 2nd and 3rd homeruns of the year and 4 rbi's. Chris Hermann went 4-5 with 2 doubles and his 1st homerun of the year along with 2 rbi's. Tyler Ladendorf went 3-5 with a double and a rbi. Michael Gonzalez went 2-4 with a double. Anderson Hidalgo went 3-4 with 2 doubles and an rbi. Herbert Lara went 3-5 at the plate for the Twins. Derek Mccallum, and Jon Goncalves each contributed a hit apiece in the winning cause for the e-town Twins.
- Tonight, the Twins continue their series with Bristol as Matire Garcia gets the start for Elizabethton.