July 17, 2007

Tuesday's Thoughts

Twins Tidbits

· The Rochester Red Wings have
announced that both first baseman/DH Ken Harvey and pitcher Nick Blackburn were placed on the disabled list on Monday. Nick Blackburn is only expected to miss 2 starts with a right forearm strain, and Ken Harvey is expected to miss the rest of the season with arthroscopic knee surgery. Great news for Blackburn and horrible news for Harvey. Blackburn has been a great success for the Wings this season and after all the rehab Ken Harvey had to do to get back to Rochester, it's now a waste. Hopefully the former "all-star" doesn't give up and can help the organization in some way in 2008.

· With two open spots on the roster, Tim Kolehmainen has reported that the Rochester Red Wings have called up pitchers, Jay Sawatski (pictured right) and 6-foot 6-inch southpaw Ryan Mullins (pictured left) from New Britain. Before this move, the Red Wings were struggling to find pitchers, but now it puts the Rock Cats in a pickle. But they have options, Yohan Pino, Jeff Manship, Eddie Morlan and Oswaldo Sosa all could be called up in the near future to help bolster the Rock Cats rotation/bullpen.

· Rookie Matt Garza will face Nate Robertson and the Tigers on Tuesday night at the Dome. This is a big series for the Twins. The team is currently 6 games behind the first-place Tigers. The Twins hopefully will be just 3 games back when the series is finished. The Twins face the Angels after the Tigers, both series will be tough.

· And incase you didn't see it,
Twins Territory has recently done an interview with Rochester Red Wing centerfielder/former first-round pick, Denard Span. I definitely recommend anyone/everyone to check it out.

Minor League Notes

Rochester Red Wings lost to the Syracuse Chiefs, 5-3.
Despite have 11 hits, the Red Wings could only put together 3 runs for starter Jason Miller. Miller went 5 innings and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits with 2 walks. Carmen Cali gave up the other run in 2 innings and Bobby Korecky came in to stop the Chiefs. Each starter had at least 1 hit. Alexi Casilla, Darnell McDonald, and Gil Valazquez all had 2 hits each. Chris Heintz drove in 2 of the runs and Valazquez drove in the other. Denard Span (15) and Denard Span (20) both stole one base each. Alexi Casilla was caught stealing for the 12th time. His base running has gone down rapidly while his average has been steadily improving.

New Britain Rock Cats beat the Connecticut Defenders, 3-2. (13 innings)
Starter Jesse Floyd lasted 6 innings and gave up 2 unearned runs in the no-decision. Relievers, Angel Garcia, Jose Mijares, J.P. Martinez, and Tim Lahey (who picked up his 7th win) pitched 7 scoreless innings of relief. Brandon Roberts went 3-5 and hit his 8th double of the season. After batting just .148 in April, Roberts hit .313 in May & .303 in June. He's currently hitting .344 in July. He's really turning things around right now, and should be getting more praise than what he does. Roberts, Garrett Guzman, and Felix Molina drove in all the runs for the Rock Cats. Ft.

Myers Miracle lost to the Vero Beach Devil Rays, 7-4.
Starter Zach Ward went just 5 innings and gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits while striking out 4. Rob Delaney gave up 2 more in 2 innings of relief. David Shinskie pitched a scoreless 8th in relief. The offense put up 5 more runs than the opposition (13-8) but still was outscored in the contest. Second Baseman Brian Dinkleman went 2-4 with his 3rd home run as he improved his average to .321. Steven Tolleson went 3-5 with his 3rd home run, and Erik Lis went 1-5 with his 8th round tripper. Danny Valencia, Juan Portes, and Chris Woodward all had 2 hits each.

Beloit Snappers
No Games Scheduled.

GCL Twins the GCL Reds, 11-5.
Rookie Danny Rams has arrived, in just his 2nd career game he already has his first 3 hit performance. Jeanfred Brito went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Yangervis Solarte went 3-4 with his first home run and also had 4 RBI's. James Beresford had 2 hits and an RBI. Jonathan Waltenbury had an RBI and 3 runs scored. First Round pick Ben Rever had 2 hits including his 2nd double and also scored twice. Tom Wright went 5 innings and gave up 2 runs and struck out 4. Both runs came off of a HR.

Elizabethton Twins lost to the Danville Braves, 2-0.
Henry Reyes lasted 5 innings of one run baseball, but couldn't get the run support to get his 3rd win. 7' 1" Dutchman, Ludovicus Van Mil, went 3 innings and gave up 1 run while striking out 6 of the 12 batters he faced. Deibinson Romero hit his 3rd double which proved to be the only extra-base hit.