August 27, 2007

Twins complete 4 game sweep!

The Twins wrapped up a 4-game sweep on Sunday, with a great offensive surge to give the Twins an 11-3 win. With the win, the Twins still remaind 5.5 games behind the Indians for the division lead and 3 behind the Tigers for 2nd place.

The new daddy, Scott Baker gave up 3 runs (2 earned) over 6 innings to pick up his 7th win of the season. His pitch count reached 92 and with already giving up 7 hits, Gardy decided to pull him in place of Lefty, Carmen Cali. Cali, Juan Rincon, and Julio DePaula combined for 3 shutout innings of relief to finish the game and the series for the Twins.

The offense had 11 runs off of 14 hits. 6 of the runs came off one of the best pitchers in baseball, Erik Bedard. Bedard (who leads the AL in strikeouts), tied a season low with only 3 K's. He also walked 5 batters while he threw 116 pitches.

The Twins sure are happy to have Jason Bartlett back in the lineup. In the series, he was 9-19 with 3 triples and 5 RBI's while making a few web-gems with his leather (he was 2-5 with 2 3B, and 2 RBI on Sunday). Torii Hunter also had a great series going 7-19 with 3 doubles, 2 HR's and 7 RBI's (he was 2-5 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base on Sunday).

Michael Cuddyer hit his 22nd double of the season while finishing 2-3 with 2 BB yesterday afternoon. Rondell White also had a great game in which he hit a two-run home run in the 9th, his 2nd home run of the season. Jason Tyner lead the team with 3 hits and he also drove in his 17th RBI of the season. Nick Punto was 1-3 with an RBI and Mike Redmond was behind the plate and went 1-3 with 2 RBI.

The only batter to not reach base on a hit was Alexi Casilla who had a walk and still scored twice.

Game Ball
Profile: Jason Bartlett, #18, Short Stop
Game: 2-5, 2 3B, 2 RBI

The Twins will now travel to Cleveland in which they will begin a 3-game series against the Division leaders. The Tribe will send Paul Byrd (12-5, 4.61) to the mound while the Twins will send Carlos Silva (10-12, 4.10). Byrd pitched a 9 game shutout against the Twins on August 6th to win his 10th game of the season. Silva faced Byrd in that game and gave up 2 runs over the first 7 innings for his 12th loss of the season. Should be a very good game with two fantastic control pitchers.

The Twins were originally scheduled to have an off-day on Monday before playing Cleveland on Tuesday-Thursday. But due to the 35W bridge collapse and due to the games which were snowed out earlier this season (between the Mariners and Indians), the Twins have moved their off-day to Thursday in which they will hold the ground breaking ceremonies for the new stadium before having a double header on Friday against the Royals. The Indians in turn will face the Mariners on Thursday before facing the White Sox next weekend.

The Twins really need to do well in this series to help their chances of winning the division and making the playoffs.

Twins Tidbits
  • Brian Buscher was activated from the DL last Thursday, while the Twins place Third Baseman Tommy Watkins with an abdominal strain.
  • Dennys Reyes was placed on the DL on Saturday with a sore left elbow, the Twins recalled Chris Heintz to take over as the primary back-up catcher while Joe Mauer rests a strained left hamstring/sore ankle. Mauer suffered the strain late into Saturday's game, and was replaced by Mike Redmond. It's not known how long he will be out for, but the Twins can only hope that it's only for a couple games and not something that will put him on the DL.
  • The Beloit Snappers were the victims of a no-hitter on Saturday night as the Peoria Chiefs (Cubs Lo-A Affiliate) had 4 pitchers combine for the masterpiece.
  • Kevin Slowey will be called up up prior to Friday's double header against the Royals to pitch one of the two games. This likely means that he has pitched his final game with the Red Wings in '07.
  • Would you like to ask Jeff Manship a question? Make sure to go over to Seth Speaks and send him an email with a question or two for the Twins top prospect.
Rochester Red Wings beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 4-3.
Kevin Slowey threw 106 pitches through 5 innings while giving up just 1 run to pick up his 10th win of the season. He also struck out 6 and walked 2. Later, Bobby Korecky came in and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings to pick up his 34th save of the season. Trent Oeltjen went 1-4 with an RBI triple. Matt LeCroy went yard for his 3rd HR and 23rd RBI of the season. Glenn Williams also had an RBI.

New Britain Rock Cats lost to the Connecticut Defenders, 6-4.
Anthony Swarzak pitched another great game, this time he went 6 innings and gave up 2 unearned runs while striking out 5 batters. Frank Mata gave up a 3-run home run in his only inning of relief to pick up his 4th loss of the season. Brandon Roberts continues to hit well with 3 more hits on Sunday to improve his average to .291. Garrett Guzman went 2-5 with an RBI double. Luke Hughes was 2-4 with 2 run home run. David Winfree was 2-4 with his 25th double.

Ft. Myers Miracle beat the Clearwater Threshers, 3-1. (Game 1)
Ft. Myers Miracle vs. the Clearwater Threshers. (Game 2)
Game 1: The Miracle got a great game from Errol Simonitsch who pitched a complete game while giving up just 1 unearned run while striking out 7 batters. Johnny Woodward went 2-3 with his 6th HR and 19th RBI of the season. Steven Tolleson went 1-3 with an RBI triple. Danny Valencia went 1-2 with his 30th RBI of the season.
Game 2: Game postponed due to rain.

Beloit Snappers beat the Peoria Chiefs, 2-1.
Alex Burnett added to a briliant season with a just 1 run over 5 2/3 innings. Aaron Craig pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief before Anthony Slama got his 9th save of the season with a perfect 8th and 9th innings. He struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced. Joe Benson had 2 hits and a run scored. Garrett Olson and Danny Santiesteban drove in both of the runs.

GCL Twins beat the GCL Red Sox, 5-0.
Mark Hamburger picked up his 2nd win of the season while relieving starter, Tom Wright for 2 innings. Juan Richardson was 4-4 with an RBI double. Angel Morales went 2-4 with a two-run home run. Nick Biagini drove in his 7th RBI of the season. Nicholas Papasan added 3 hits including his 1st double of the season.

Elizabethton Twins beat the Princeton Devil Rays, 4-2.
Mike McCardell won his 5th game with the E-Town Twins with a 6 inning no-hit gem in which he struck out 8 batters. The team carried the no-hit bid into the 8th but Spencer Steedley gave up a single. Blair Erickson gave up 2 unearned runs in the 9th. David Hernandez went 2-3 with his first HR and his first 3 RBI of the season. Eric Santiago went 1-3 with an RBI. D.J. Romero reached base 3 times (1 hit, 2 walks). Ozzie Lewis hit his 18th double of the season and Wesley Connor added 2 more hits.