June 27, 2007

Wednesday June 27, 2007

Twins beat Blue Jays in 12.

The Twins got exactly what they needed from Scott Baker for the second time in a row, a good start. Scott Baker lasted 7 innings and gave up 1 run, struck out 9 and only walked 1 batter. He was definitely at the top of his game last night. The Twins in fact struck out 15 batters in this game. Scott Baker stuck out the side in the 2nd, and Pat Neshek struck out the side in the 9th. Not only did the Twins get a great start from Scott Baker, but they also got a great performance from their bullpen. None of the Twins relievers allowed a hit.

9 different Twins players got hits on Tuesday night. But Jason Kubel and Jeff Cirillo were the only ones to drive in a run. Both runs scored came from Michael Cuddyer. Michael Cuddyer got the start at 1st Base to let Jeff Cirillo rest his legs and Justin Morneau still isn't ready to return from his collision. Jeff Cirillo came into pinch hit for Jason Tyner in the bottom of the 12th inning. After a nice AB, Jeff Cirillo finally hit a blooper into center field just ahead of diving Vernon Wells' glove. Wells made a great attempt at it, but luckily for the Twins, he came up short. Had Wells caught that, it would've been the top "Web Gem" for the night, if not the week.

  • Boof Bonser (5-3, 4.45) will start on Wednesday against the Jays' Josh Towers (2-5, 5.75). The Boofer has given up 12 Home Runs this season, which isn't bad, but isn't great. He's gotten a hold of it recently, only giving up 5 in his last 10 starts, but we can only hope that he's not the pitcher to give up #500 to the "Big Hurt".

Minor League Affiliates

(AAA) Rochester Red Wings
Red Wings lost to Durham, 7-5.
Matt Garza pitched wasn't his normal self last night against the Durham Bulls. He threw 96 pitches in 5 innings while giving up 4 earned runs on 10 hits. Julio DePaula pitched 2 innings while giving up 2 runs to get the loss. Darnell McDonald went 1-3 with a double and a run scored in his Red Wing's debute. Matt Tolbert went 2-4 with a run. Tommy Walkins went 1-4 and drove in 2 runs for the Wings.

(AA) New Britain Rock Cats
Off Day.

(High-A) Ft. Myers Miracle
Miracle beat Palm Beach, 5-3.
Jay Rainville pitched a great game for the Miracle on Tuesday night. He gave up 3 runs in 7.1 innings while striking out 4. Juan Portes provided a lot of offense going 4-5 with a HR and 2 RBI's. Brian Dinkleman has now gotten a hit in each game since he's been promoted. Danny Valencia batted in the cleanup spot and went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

(A) Beloit Snappers
Snappers lose to Cedar Rapids, 8-4.
The Snappers only managed to get 3 hits on Tuesday night. They came from the 1-2-3 hitters in the lineup: Yancarlos Ortiz, Matt Betsill, and Eli Tintor. 19-year old southpaw, Tyler Robertson, pitched his worst game of the season. He went 5 1/3 while giving up 4 runs on 7 hits.

(Rookie) Elizabethton Twins
Twins beat Princeton, 14-3.
7' 1'' pitcher, Ludovious Van Mil picked up his 2nd win as he pitched 2 innings of hittless relief. 1st baseman, Rene Leveret, hit his 3rd home run in just his 6th game. He also collected 6 RBI's, 4 of which came from a grand slam. He is also hitting .480 through the 6 games. Rene Tosoni, Chris Cates, & Ben Petsch all had 2 hits each. Mark Dolenc got 3 hits and scored twice.

(Rookie) GCL Twins
Twins beat Reds, 1-0.
The Twins managed to just score 1 run in what turned out to be a nice pitching dual. First Round pick Ben Revere went 1-4 and stole his 2nd base in as many tries, but struck out 3 times. DH Ken Harvey went 1-4 and drove in the only run of the game. Liam Hendricks started the game and went 5 innings of scoreless baseball to pick up the is first win of the season.