June 24, 2007

Sunday June 24, 2007

Twins offense picks up the slack while the reigning MVP is in the hospital.

The Twins offense really impressed today. With the reigning AL MVP still in the hospital, the offense still recorded to collect 11 runs against the Florida Marlins. We scored 11 runs (7 off of Johnso), but still managed to leave 27 men on base during the course of the game. The offense was great from 1-9. Joe Mauer had 2 doubles and 3 RBI while moving back to the #3 spot in Justin's absence. Jason Kubel made his batting average jump 11 points when he went 3-4. He also got 2 RBI's and scored three times. Jeff Cirillo played 1st base in Justin's absence and went 4-5 with 2 RBI's, and Jason Bartlett went 1-3 with 3 RBI's. Even Chris Heintz got a chance to hit (he was the only position player to not play in Friday's game) and he chipped in with an RBI single. Torii Hunter was just a home run away from hitting for the cycle. He went 3-3 before going hitless in his last 3 at bats.

Carlos Silva pitched a great game. He went 7 innings and only allowed 1 run on 4 hits. He also recorded 5 K's. He lowered his ERA from 4.20-3.98. Ramon Ortiz came on to pitch the final two innings of the game.

  • Justin Morneau is reportedly going to remain in a local Florida Hospital for the 2nd night in a row on Saturday. The word is that he's going to go through another round of blood tests and X Rays before being released. He is scheduled to fly back with the team after the game on Sunday.

  • Johan Santana will face Byung-Hyun Kim on Sunday. Dontrelle Willis was scheduled to pitch, but the Marlin's are going to give him a few days off to rest his left forearm. The 2-time AL Cy Young winner last pitched a complete-game shutout on Tuesday against the New York Mets. Kim hasn't won a game at home since joining the Marlin's in May.

Twins Minor League Affiliates:

AAA Rochester Red Wings
Game 1 - Rochester beat Charlotte, 1-0.
Jeremy Cummings pitched a great game in the first of two games against the Charlotte Knights. He went 6 innings with 6 K's. The lone run of the game came off of the bat of Doug Deeds with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 8th. It was Deeds' 5th home run. Hopefully this will help him break out of his long slump that has made his average drop to .220. Alexi Casilla went 1-3 and raised his average up to .291. He has been great as of late. In his last 10 games, he is 11-33 (.333). It looks like he is starting to hit the way we always thought he could.

Game 2 - Rochester beat Charlotte, 5-3.
The Red Wings swept the double header on Saturday with a nice victory over the Knights. They were lead (offensively) by former Twins Catcher/DH, Matt LeCroy. He went 2-3 with 3 RBI while playing DH. He had a 2 RBI double in the 4th inning and an RBI single in the 6th. Garrett Jones also played a good game offensively. He went 2-4 with 2 doubles which he later scored on both (both courtesy of LeCroy). Brian Bass started the game and lasted for 4 innings and kept us in the game by only giving up 1 run. Ricky Barrett picked up the win and Bob Korecky recorded his 18th save. Korecky has been great as of late. Over his last 10 appearances, he's recorded 6 saves and 1 win. He's had an ERA of 1.46 since he's only given up 2 runs in 12.1 innings pitched. He's definitely been an important piece to the Red Wing's bullpen this seaason.

AA New Britain Rock Cats
New Britain beat Connecticut, 5-4 in 12 innings.
Brad Baker let in 4 runs and struck out 7 batters in 6 innings of work. Brandon Roberts went 3-5 with a triple and 2 runs. Garrett Guzman chipped in 2 runs while going 2-6. His RBI single in the top of the 12th inning proved to be the game winning RBI.

High-A Ft. Myers Miracle
Ft. Myers lost to Palm Beach, 4-6.
Anthony Swarzak (in his 3rd game back from suspension) had another strong outing. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 in 4 innings. Two newly promoted players, Danny Valencia & Brian Dinkleman, both had home runs in their first games as members of the Miracle. Dinkleman finished going, 1-4 with 2 RBI's, and Valencia finished going 2-4 with 1 RBI.

A Beloit Snappers
Beloit beat Peoria, 3-2.
Jeff Manship pitched another brilliant game allowing just 1 run on 7 hits while pitching 5.1 innings. The offense came from recenlty demoted 1st Baseman Matthew Bestill and Right Fielder, Chris Parmelee. Parmelee had an RBI double which turned out to be his only hit of the evening. Bestill went 2-4 with 2 RBI's, one of which came in the bottom of the ninth on a walk off base hit to center field.

Rookie Elizabethton Twins
Elizabethton beat Greeneville, 14-5.
In Henry Sanchez's second game, he showed the reason why the Twins drafted him with the 39th pick in the 2005 draft. In just his 2nd game this season, he hit his first (and hopefully not his last) home run. 3 of the runs were batted in by former Mankato St. player, Mark Dolenc.

Rookie GCL Twins
Twins beat Orioles, 11-1.
The Twins recorded 16 hits tonight, 11 of which came from the first four hitters in the batting order. Leadoff hitter, Jeanfred Brito, had a perfect night at the plate, going 4-4 with an RBI. Yangervis Solarte hit in the second spot and went 2-4 with 2 RBI's. First Round pick, Ben Revere, continued to amaze going 3-3 with 3 runs, 2 RBI's and he also recorded his first stolen base of the season. 19 year old lefty, Winston Marquez pitched 4.2 innings allowing 1 run while striking out 4. Marquez is from Tovar, Venezuela (same home town as Oswaldo Sosa & Johan Santana).