April 25, 2008

Bombs Away for F-Bomb

Francisco Liriano was shelled yesterday, giving up 6 runs in just 2/3 innings pitched. He had horrible command of his pitches, throwing just 15 of his 35 pitches for strikes. After a small improvement between his first two starts, Liriano's third start was a disaster and the A's made him look like he was an A-ball pitcher.

This may have been Liriano's final start with the Twins for a while, but there has not been an official announcement of what they plan on doing with him next. I believe the Twins should either demote him to the bullpen, but that's unlikely as the Twins would then have 13 pitchers once Kevin Slowey returns. Otherwise they need to send him to the minors. I know the team is concerned whether or not he'll do his cardiovascular work, but the team needs to hire a full-time trainer who follows him around. Regardless of what it is, Liriano should not be in the majors right now, at least not in the rotation.

Brian Bass didn't fair well either, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Jesse Crain followed with two innings of his own, allowing a solo home run. Dennys Reyes and Juan Rincon came in and gave two shutout innings, but the damaged had already been done. The Twins pitching staff gave up 11 runs, the most they had given up all season (they also gave up 11 to Detroit last week).

Carlos Gomez was benched yesterday, and today came out and in his first at bat went deep for the first time in his Twins career. It was his 3rd home run of his Major League career and it was his 6th RBI of the season. Gomez finished the game with 2 hits in his 4 at bats. His second hit was a bunt single.

Delmon Young also had a 2-4 game, both singles. Brian Buscher drove in the second run for the Twins with an RBI single in the 5th inning which scored Mike Redmond. Both Buscher and Redmond had one hit apiece.

Denard Span hit a single in the 8th inning, he was demoted after the game.

Tonight, the Twins begin a 3-game series against the Texas Rangers. Scott Baker is set to start for the Twins while Scott Feldman will start for the Rangers.

Game Ball
Carlos Gomez - Center Field

2-4, Home Run

Cuddyer to Return

After yesterday's game, the Twins sent Denard Span back to Rochester as Michael Cuddyer is ready to come off of the disabled list. Span played well with the Twins, and will more than likely be back at some point this season. Span went 8-31 with no extra-base hits. He also had 3 stolen bases without being caught stealing once.

Cuddyer will likely be in the lineup tonight against the Rangers, and smart money would presume that he'll be hitting 3rd behind Joe Mauer and behind Justin Morneau. Like I said yesterday, Carlos Gomez will likely benefit with Cuddyer returning and I hope Mauer can get going again as well.

Down on the Farm
Hitter of the Day
Randy Ruiz - Red Wings - First Base
Randy Ruiz and the Red Wings hopefully "woke up" offensively as the team has been in a funk all season long. The Wings collected 14 hits, Ruiz had two of them. Ruiz went 2-3 with an RBI double and a two-run home run. All in all, he drove in 4 of the Wings 8 runs.

Pitcher of the Day
Brian Duensing - Red Wings - Starting Pitcher
Note: Duensing had a great start for the Red Wings, and the Red Wings gave him enough offense for him to pick up his 2nd win of the season. Duensing went 7 innings and gave up just 3 hits including a solo home run while striking out 5. Duensing now sits at 2-3 with a 2.40 ERA. Nick Nelson had a great post about "Duensing's Dilemma."

Touch 'Em All!
  • Rochester Red Wings: Randy Ruiz (1)
  • New Britain Rock Cats: David Winfree (3)
  • Ft. Myers Miracle: None
  • Beloit Snappers: None (Off-Day)
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