June 29, 2007

Friday June 29, 2007

Twins split series with Blue Jays

The Minnesota Twins came back from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning to beat the Blue Jays, 8-5. Frank Thomas hit his 500th Career home run which was a 3-run bomb to left field in the top of the first inning. He was later ejected in the 9th inning for arguing balls & strikes from the dugout after Joe Nathan struck him out. Thomas finished with 2 hits in 4 appearances while driving in 4 runs. Carlos Silva started out on a bad foot in the first inning, but was great after that. He lasted 7 innings giving up 5 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5. A.J. Burnett was activated from the 15-Day disabled list prior to the game, and he lasted 4 innings giving up 5 runs and had 6 K’s through the first 3 innings. Jason Frasor got the loss as he pitched 1 inning while giving up a 2-run HR to Torii Hunter. Joe Nathan came on in the 9th for the Twins to pick up his 15th save. For the Twins, Torii Hunter went 2-4 with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI’s, & 2 runs scored. Jason Bartlett had another good game while batting in the #2 spot when he went 2-3 with a HBP, 2 Runs, an RBI on a Solo Home Run & his 14th & 15th stolen bases of the season. He has yet to be thrown out while attempting to steal. Jason Tyner also had a good day from the leadoff spot. He went 3-4 with 2 runs and an RBI single. Joe Mauer went 0-4 and in Justin Morneau’s first game since his injury, he went 0-3 with a walk, an RBI, and 2 K’s.

  • The Twins will start 2006’s AL Cy Young winner Johan Santana (8-6, 2.83) on Friday against the 2006 AL Rookie of the Year, Justin Verlander (9-2, 2.78). Verlander had a bad outing against the Twins his last time out going only 3 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. But in his career, he is 3-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 12 K's in 5 games (all started). Johan Santana is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA and 12 K's in two starts against the Tigers this season. And in his career, he is 10-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 23 games (17 started).
  • After the game on Thursday, Ron Gardenhie announced that the Twins have recalled pitcher Matt Garza from AAA Rochester and will demote catcher, Chris Heintz. This will be Matt's 2nd time with the Twins. Last season, he was phenomenal in the Minors traveling all the way from Ft. Myers to the Big Leagues in the same season. He has been in the news as of late, but not for positive things. He openly criticised the Twins Organization for wanting him to mix in more off-speed pitches in his starts. He listened, and had a few rough starts, but the main thing for him is that since he listened, he was rewarded a promotion. Ron Gardenhire also said that Matt Garza will make his first (scheduled) spot start in one of next Fridays double-headers against the White Sox.

Twins Minor League Affiliates

(AAA) Rochester Red Wings
Red Wings beat Durham, 12-0.
Nick Blackburn and the Wings offense totally dismantled the Durham Bulls on Thursday. Blackburn went 7 innings and struck out 2. He was relieved by Ricky Barrett & Jason Miller who both went 1 inning apiece of scoreless ball. Alexi Casilla reached base 4 out of 6 times and had 2 runs and his 18th stolen base. Tommy Watkins & Brian Buescher both went yard for the 2nd straight day. Glen Williams also hit his 6th HR. And to round it off, newest Wing, Darnell McDonald was 3-5 with with 5 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Hopefully Rochester's offense can keep this momentum heading into the weekend.

(AA) New Britain Rock Cats
Rock Cats lose to New Hampshire, 3-2.
Josh Hill had a nice outing, but Tim Lahey & J.P. Martinez couldn't help him out and let New Hampshire beat them. Trevor Plouffe went 1-2 with 2 walks and DH Matt Moses went 0-4 with 3 K's. Ouch. But he's still hitting .345 since his demotion.

(High-A) Ft. Myers Miracle
Ft. Myers beat St. Lucie, 12-3.
Jeff Manship pitched his first game for the Miracle on Thursday, and had a nice outing. He went 5 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits with 6 K's. Armando Gabino & Eddie Morlan pitched the final 4 innings (3 for Gabino, 1 for Morlan) to perserve the win. Brian Dinkleman got his first start in LF on Thursday and got another to extend his High-A hitting streak to 6 games. Steve Tolleson went 2-4 with 2 doubles, an RBI and 3 runs scored. Juan Portes had a 3-run HR in the 8th inning. And Javier Sanchez went 3-4 with 2 runs and 3 runs batted in.

(A) Beloit Snappers
Snappers lose to Cedar Rapids, 5-4.
Matt Fox pitched another good game going 4+ innings and only giving up 1 run while striking out 5. Danny Leatherman, Danny Vais, and Jose Lugo couldn't give Fox the needed protection for him to pick up his 5th win. Instead Lugo gives up a leadoff walk in the 12th, then Tyler Johnson steals 2nd. Then Abel Nieves hits the walk-off single to win the game. Chris Parmelee went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Allan de San Miguel went 1-4 with 2 RBI's and Steve Singleton went 2-4 the other RBI.

(Rookie) Elizabethton Twins
Twins lose to Danville, 13-5.
The only brights spot for the Twins was Mark Dolenc getting a 3 run HR in the 8th inning. Henrey Reyes gave up 7 hits and let in 4 runs in just 1 inning. The Twins just couldn't rally enough to get him off the hook. It was his 1st loss of the season.

(Rookie) GCL Twins
Twins beat Orioles, 6-0.
The Twins had two rookies on the mound to lead them to victory over the Orioles. Danny Berlind went 5 innings of scoreless ball with 6 K's. He still hasn't let in a run in 9 innings this season. Michael McCardell went 4 innings of scoreless ball with 5 K's. He also hasn't let in a run in 8 innings pitched. Ben Revere batted in the #2 spot and went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Rondell White & Ken Harvey both went hittless.