April 8, 2008

Twins bullpen collapse secures Sox win

The bullpen could not preserve the lead yesterday and the Twins fell to the White Sox, 7-4.

Nick Blackburn was a little erratic early on, but finally came in his grove in his final inning. Matt Guerrier was good his first inning, but left the game in the 7th inning with a runner on 1st and third. When Pat Neshek came in, he immediately gave up an RBI single to Jermaine Dye. Carlos Quentin then singled to left field before Joe Crede broke the game open with a game-winning grand slam. There are some outings that Neshek is spot on and is probably the best reliever in the league, but then there are some days that the ball just doesn't stay down and he is hit hard, and this would be one of those outings.

The Twins got out to an early lead when Carlos Gomez bunted the first pitch of the game down the first base line for his 4th bunt single of the season. He then stole second base before advancing to third on a ground out by Denard Span. Joe Mauer drove in Gomez with a single to right field. Unfortunately, it was Gomez and Mauer's only hits of the afternoon.

Denard Span got his first major league hit with a single between the third baseman and shortstop into right field. He also walked, stole a base, and scored as well. Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, Delmon Young, and Brendan Harris all had just one hit apiece. Young drove in Denard Span in the 8th inning, but it was too late.

Matt Tolbert also had just one hit in the game, but he also only had one AB. He continues to stay hot at the plate, and this should buy him some more playing time in the near future. Mike Lamb put together his first multi-hit game for the Twins, as he hit 2 RBI doubles.

The Twins have an off day today, but on Wednesday the Twins will send RHP Scott Baker (1-0, 4.05) to the mound to face off against LHP John Danks (0-0, 1.35) of the Sox. Opening pitch is scheduled for 7:11 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Game Ball
Mike Lamb - Third Base

Line: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Down on the Farm

Rochester Red Wings beat Norfolk Tides, 4-1.

Kevin Mulvey got his first taste of the International League yesterday and faired very well, going 5 2/3 innings giving up just 5 hits. He also struck out 5 and walked one in this scoreless outing. Glen Perkins pitched in relief and gave the Wings 2 innings but gave up one run on 1 hit and 2 walks. He continues to struggle with his control, but it will likely get better as the weather warms up. Bobby Korecky pitched 1 1/3 innings to pick up his first save of the season. He struck out three batters while walking just one.

Randy Ruiz, Garrett Jones, Brian Buscher and Matt Macri all had a pair of hits. Macri and Buscher both had RBI's and Ruiz had two RBI's. The Wings had 4 extra-base hits; Jose Morales, Brian Buscher and Matt Macri all had doubles, while Macri also had a triple.

Tonight: LHP Francisco Liriano (0-0, 0.00) will get his first start for the Red Wings as he faces off against RHP Hayden Penn (0-1, 12.46) of the Tides.

New Britain Rock Cats vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats

The Rock Cats were off yesterday, but tonight they face off against the Fisher Cats. RHP Oswaldo Sosa (0-0, 0.00) will face off against RHP Jean Machi (0-0, 0.00) of the Fisher Cats.
Ft. Myers Miracle lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays, 7-4.

Alex Burnett got hit very hard by the Blue Jays, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 12 hits in 4 innings pitched. It wasn't the FSL debut he was looking for. Anthony Slama pitched two good innings of relief, striking out 2 batters while walking one. Matthew Fox went the next two innings but gave up 2 more runs on 4 hits.

The Blue Jays out hit the Miracle, 17-8. Rene Tosoni and Brian Dinkelman both had a pair of hits and an RBI. Danny Valencia's 2-run double in the first inning to give the Miracle a 2-0 early lead. Wilson Ramos reached base 3 times, 1 hit and 2 walks.

Tonight: RHP Cole Devries (0-0, 27.00) is scheduled to make his first start of the season, and he'll be facing off against the Clearwater Threshers.

Beloits Snappers beat the Peoria Chiefs, 8-0.

The Snappers 2-hit the Chiefs while using three different pitchers. Brian Kirwan went 5 2/3 innings giving up just one of the hits and striking out 4. Next was Charles Nolte who pitched the next 2 1/3 innings. And Blair Erickson came on and pitched a scoreless ninth inning to secure the win.

Chris Parmelee continues to hit home runs, hitting his 3rd solo home run in as many games. He finished 2-4 on the evening. Joe Benson and Steven Singelton combined to go 4-10 with 1 run scored and 3 RBI's from the top of the lineup. Garrett Olson, Deibinson Romero, Danny Lehmann, and Marc Dolenc all had one hit apiece.

Today: RHP David Bromberg (0-1, 9.67) will face off against RHP Ryan Acosta (0-0, 0.00) of the Chiefs.