- The Twins had yesterday off and will finish off their opening homestand with a series against the Cleveland Indians. In tonight's game the Twins will start Kevin Slowey who will try to rebound from a shaky last start and will by opposed by Indians starter Justin Masterson. Gametime is at 7:10 tonight at Target Field in Minnesota
Pawtucket 9 Rochester 8 (4-7)
- On one hand the Red Wings lost their second consecutive game to Pawtucket and got a bad start from starter Glen Perkins. On the other hand they rebounded from a 9-1 deficit to pull within 9-8 and had opprotunites to tie the game, but it was not to be in a 9-8 loss to Pawtucket last night. You hear all the time about the fact that the Twins want to deal Glen Perkins, but the way he is pitching right now there is no way you can trade him because you would be getting 0.25 cents on the dollar because he is way better than the way he is pitching. In this on Perkins only lasted 3.1 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits along with three strikeouts. To be fair to Perkins though the Red Wings committed two errors which led to two unearned runs on Perkins. The five earned runs raised his era to 9.95 and lowered his record to 0-1. Jose Lugo then came on and really struggled as well giving up two runs on two hits along with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work to increas his era on the year to 4.70. Kyle Waldrop then came on and continued his strong early season success as he pitched two perfect innings along with a strikeout to lower his era to 1.13. Anthony Slama pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning along with a strikeout to lower his era to 2.57.
- Offensively, the Red Wings showed a lot of composure to keep their cool when they fell behind 9-1 and keep battling. Even though they did not get the win they did some good things offensively as they scored a season high eight runs on ten hits and took five walks to give themselves a chance to win the game. Dustin Martin led the offense for the Wings going 2-3 with his third homerun and drove in his fifth, sixth, and seventh rbi's to bring his average up to .417. Danny Valencia broke out of a early season slump by going 2-4 with his second double of the year to bring his average up to .188. Luke Hughes went 2-4 at the plate to bring his average up to .286. Brian Dinkelman went 1-5 at the plate with his first homerun along with two rbi's to bring his season total to four. Jason Repko went 1-3 with his first homerun in the loss.
- Tonight, the Red Wings finish off their series with Pawtucket as Jeff Manship gets the start for Rochester. Gametime is at 5:35 at Frontier Field.
New Britain Business
Richmond 4 New Britain 3 (3-8)
- The Rockcats had their three game winning streak come to an end last night with a tough 4-3 loss to Richmond. Carlos Gutierrez got the start for New Britain and was betrayed by his defense as Richmond scored two unearned runs. However, to be fair one of the two errors was by Gutierrez himself so part of the carnage needs to go on him. Gutierrez went six innings and gave up three runs although only one of them was earned on four hits along with a walk and four strikeouts to lower his era on the year to 3.60. Santos Arias then came on and worked two innings and gave up a run on three hits along with a walk and two strikeouts to take the loss and drop his record to 0-2 and raise his era to 1.35.
- Offensively, the Rockcats continue to struggle as they were only able to put up three runs on seven hits and took four walks while leaving eight guys on base. The hitting star for the Rockcats was obviously Rene Tosoni who went 4-4 at the plate with his first homerun of the year along with two single and his third double. Tosoni was only a triple short of hitting for the cycle in this. Tosoni has been relegated to dh duty with a torn rotator cuff so hopefully he can keep it up offensively. Whit Robbins went 2-4 at the plate to bring his average up to .167. Mark Dolenc also contributed a base hit in the losing cause for the Rockcats.
- Tonight, the Rockcats continue their series with Richmond as Tyler Robertson is scheduled to pitch for New Britain. Gametime is 6:05 in Richmond.
Fort Myers Minutes
Fort Myers 3 (3-7) Port Charlotte 2 10 innings
- The Miracle got back on the right side of things winning in a pitchers duel 3-2 behind the strong outing by Kyle Gibson and a key hit in the tenth inning. Kyle Gibson got the start and was good once again. After starting out the season with a rough first outing Gibson has come back and been excellent his last two starts. In this start Gibson went seven innings and gave up two runs on seven hits along with a walk and five strikeouts to lower his era on the year to 2.70. I have a ton of confidence in Gibson and fully expect him to be in New Britain sometime this summer and up with the Twins sometime in 2011. Matt Williams then came on and was dominant striking out the side in his inning of work. Blake Martin then pitched two shutout innings on two hits along with three strikeouts to pick up his first victory of the year and lower his era to 6.14.
- The Miracle continued their season long slump offensively in this one as they were only able to put up three runs on eight hits and drew two walks. With the score tied at two going into the tenth the Miracle won the game on a Drew Thompson rbi double after Chris Cates got a basehit and Yangervis Solarte had walked with one out in the tenth. The Miracle were led by Drew Thompson who went 2-5 with his third double and his fourth rbi to bring his average on the year up to .323. Dan Rohlfing went 1-4 at the plate with his first and second rbi's of the year to bring his average up to .143. Yangervis Solarte, Ramon Santana, Evan Bigley, and Chris Cates each contributed a hit each in the winning cause. Paul Kelly returned to the lineup after missing a few games with a sprained ankle and went 1-3 at the plate with a walk to bring his average up to .438.
- Tonight, the Miracle continue their series with Port Charlotte as Michaeal Tarsi tries to build off his last start as he gets the start for Fort Myers. Gametime is at 6:05 in Fort Myers.
Beloit 1 (7-5) Clinton 0
- The Snappers won their season high fourth game in a row yesterday with a hard fought pitchers duel that Beloit came on top of 1-0. The Snappers pitching staff completed their second straight shutout and only allowed one run in the three game series. Dan Osterbrock got a start in this one and was equally as good as Tom Stuifbergen and Liam Hendriks had been the last two games. Osterbrock went 6.1 innings and only gave up three hits along with two walks and six strikeouts to bring his era on the year to 3.38. Peter Kennelly then came on and worked 1.2 innings of shutout ball along with two strikeouts to lower his era to 4.50. Steve Blevins worked the ninth inning to pick up his fourth save of the young season. Blevins went one inning and gave up no runs along with a walk and a strikeout to lower his era to 1.42.
- The Snappers struggled on offense in this one as they were only able to get a run on only four hits. Really the only hitting star and boy was it a dousy was the return of Aaron Hicks after struggling mightily the first eleven games the real Aaron Hicks stood up. In this one Hicks went 2-3 at the plate with his first double of the year. The two hits doubled his season total and got his average up to .108. Hicks I think will keep getting hits as he comes out of this slump as he shows people once again who he is and for those who doubted him shame on you. Angel Morales went 1-3 at the plate with his second homerun and fifth rbi of the year to bring his average up to .263. Steve Liddle added the other hit in the winning cause for the Snappers.
- Tonight, the Snappers begin a series with Quad Cities as Miguel Munoz gets the start for Beloit. Gametime is at 6:30 in Beloit.