August 14, 2007

Twins lose 5th in a row

The Twins continue to struggle and not take advantage of the poor play by both the Tigers and Indians. The team is still 7 games back, after the Tigers lost to the Angels last night.

This game, was not as bad as the previous games where they have wasted very good pitching. Johan Santana gave up 2 runs in the first inning on a double by Richie Sexson, but he settled down and gave up just 1 more in 7 innings of work. He struck out 4 and walked none. Matt Guerrier came in to pitch the 9th, even though Joe Nathan was seen warming up in the top of the inning, and gave up a walk-off home run to Richie Sexson. It was Guerrier's 4th loss of the season.

The offense came back to tie the score at 3 each in the 7th inning, so just that, shows that the offense wasn't as bad as they've been for the last week. Joe Mauer drove in 2 runs while he went 3-4 with his 22nd double of the season. Jason Tyner went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored. Even Nick Punto got on base 3 times with 2 walks an a hit. Of course there were weak links with Alexi Casilla, Jason Bartlett, Rondell White, and Michael Cuddyer all going scoreless.

Next The Twins will send Matt Garza to the mound to hopefully give the Twins what they've had for the most part since the All-Star break, and that is a good game pitched. He will face up against Horacio Ramirez who is 7-3 with a 7.12 ERA. That means that if Carlos Silva was a Mariner this season, he'd probably be up there with Josh Beckett with 15 wins. That's unbelievable.
Game Ball
Profile: Joe Mauer, #7, Catcher
Game: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Rochester Red Wings beat the Ottawa Lynx, 4-1.
Nick Blackburn was very good for the Red Wings, the right hander threw 7 shutout innings and struck out 3 while he lowered his ERA to 2.14. Julio DePaula threw a scoreless 8th, and Bobby Korecky gave up a run on 2 hits in his only inning of work. Gil Velazquez drove in 2 runs for the Red Wings. Darnell McDonal drove in the other. Matt Tolbert went 2-3 with his 6th triple of the season and his 4th stolen base.

New Britain Rock Cats
No Game Scheduled.

Ft. Myers Miracle
No Game Scheduled.

Beloit Snappers lost to the Lansing Lugnuts, 9-4.
Matt Fox gave up 6 runs in his 4.1 innings pitched. Jesus Carnevales gave up 3 more in his 3 1/3 innings pitched. Anthony Slama stopped the bleeding with 1 1/3 of scoreless baseball, but it was too late. Chris Parmelee, Chris Cates, and Garrett Olsen drove in all the runs for the Snappers. Wilson Ramos contributed with 2 hits.

GCL Twins
No Game Scheduled

Elizabethton Twins crushed the Greeneville Astros, 22-3.
Jose Castillo went the first 6 innings and allowed just 2 hits and struck out 4. Mike Rogers came in and blew the shutout, but picked up his 1st save of the season by pitching the final 3 innings. The score was 20-0 when Mike Rogers came in to pitch, so I'm not sure how he got the save, but none-the-less, it's in the books.

Offensively there was so much that happened, that I don't want to miss anyone, so here is what happened:

1. SS Estarlin De Los Santos: 2-4, 4 runs, 1 RBI, 1 BB
2. RF Rene Tosoni: 1-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 1 BB
3. 3B DJ Romero: 4-5, 4 runs, 1 2, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB
4. 1B Rene Leveret: 4-6, 2 runs, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
5. LF Ozzie Lewis: 2-6, 2 runs, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
6. DH Greg Yersich: 3-5, 3 runs, 1 2B, 1 RBI
7. C Danny Lehman: 3-4, 2 runs, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI
8. CF Mark Dolenc: 0-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 2 BB
9. 2B Eric Santiago: 1-6, 1 run, 1 RBI

Wow, the Twins just unloaded against the Astros. Ozzie Lewis is now 2nd in the Apply League with a .341 average. Unfortunately, the leader has a .361 average. But if he can keep having impressive games like he did last night, I don't think it will matter. Rene Leveret (53), Ozzie Lewis (43) and DJ Romero (39) rank 1-2-3 in RBI's for the Appalachian League. The Twins offense has been very impressive this season, and hopefully this group can continue to progress throughout the system in the future.


Rich said...


I'm not one to leave a comment but, I have been reading your blog for a few months and feel bad that more people arn't leaving comments.

I agree with you that may be in a few years we will have an offence at the major league level because of some of the players on the Elizabethton Twins.

Josh's Thoughts said...

Thanks, Rich.

I'm excited about the Twins prospects in the lower systems. Not only are there great pitchers like Danny Rondon, Daniel Berlind, and Michael McCardell; but there are great offensive "weapons" like Ben Revere, DJ Romero, Ozzie Lewis, and Danny Rams.

Next season will mean a lot with it being their first full seasons of pro ball.

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Mike Rogers got the save because he pithced the final 3 innings of the game. This used to be the only way to get a save way back when, a pithcer had to pitch at least the final 3 innings with the lead and save the victory for the team.

maxwell said...

E-Town is impressive this year. It fun to wonder how many of those guys will make the jump to Beloit next year. If 1-5 hitters produce next year, like they did this year, people will stop talking about the Twins system being short on bats.