May 7, 2008

And now back to your regularly scheduled programing

The Twins swept the Detroit Tigers over the weekend at the Metrodome. The series started off with the Twins beating the Tigers by a combined score of 15-2 in the first two games. Then in game three, the Twins overcame a 6-0 deficit after the first inning to beat the Tigers 7-6.

Friday's Game Ball
Livan Hernandez - Starting Pitcher

Line: 7 innings pitched, 8 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 4 K's, win
Saturday's Game Ball
Craig Monroe - Center Fielder

2-3, 2-run home run

Sunday's Game Ball
Joe Mauer - Catcher
2-4, double, 2 RBI

Injury Report: Scott Baker left his start against the Tigers early on Saturday after he re-aggravated his strained right groin and now will head to the DL. His scheduled start on Thursday will be pitched by Kevin Slowey (after being activated from the DL). The Twins plan on bringing up Glen Perkins on Saturday for a spot start against the Boston Red Sox. Carlos Gomez left Friday's game early after he was hit in the head by a throw from Ivan Rodriguez while stealing 2nd base. On top of that, he also hit his head into Placido Polanco's knee which occured on the same play. He sat out Saturday, but was back in the lineup Sunday.

Twins-Sox Game 1

Last night, the Twins offense could not carry any steam that they had at the Metrodome. After 34 combined hits in the previous 3 games, the Twins only collected one hit in the game which came off of a Joe Mauer Double in the 9th inning. Gavin Floyd pitched an absolute gem and it really looked as if he was going to go all the way, but Mauer took a pitch the other way and it just kept carrying into the gap in left center field, just out of the reach of the diving Nick Swisher.

Despite allowing just one hit, Floyd did give up a run in the game. After a walk and an error, Jason Kubel hit a sac fly in the fourth inning to drive in Mauer from third. Unfortunately, the Twins pitchers were not nearly as good. Nick Blackburn gave up 4 runs (3 earned) in 6 innings of work. He gave up 6 hits and 3 walks while only striking out 1. I will say that I thought that Dana Demuth's strike zone was a tad small, but although there would be times more inconsistent for one team than another, I think it all evened out in the end. Jesse Crain and Bobby Korecky both were shaky in their outings as well. Crain gave up 3 hits and a walk while 2 runs crossed the plate (1 was earned) in his only inning he pitched. Korecky also gave up a run in his lone inning of work.

Tonight, Livan Hernandez and Mark Buehrle will face each other in game two.

Game Ball
Joe Mauer - Catcher

1-2, double, 2 walks, (broke up the no-no in the 9th)

Down on the Farm

Hitter of the Day
Matt Moses - Rock Cats - Left Field

Although he's just 23-years-old, many have lost hope in Moses after he has failed to produce in anything above High-A ball since he was drafted with the 21st pick in the first round of the 2003 draft. This season, Moses has been moved to the outfield and it seems to be making him more comfortable at the plate. Yesterday, he went 2-3 with an RBI single, an RBI double and a walk. He's now hitting .288 with a respectable .762 OPS. He's been a double machine, as 11 of his 32 hits have gone for two baggies. But still, you'd like to see his .414 SLG% go up. I doubt anyone jumps on the "Matt Moses Bandwagon" anytime soon, as he still has work to do before people start backing him again. However I think that he still has the ability to drive the ball to the point that it might not take a ton more before people start remembering the potential he had after he hit .306/.376/.453 with 7 home runs as a 20-year-old in just 265 AB's in High-A. We'll see, he's definitely off to a good start.

Pitcher of the Day
David Bromberg - Snappers - Starting Pitcher

For two starts in a row, Bromberg has made the "Pitcher of the Day." And ironically both of the outings had nearly the exact same lines. After giving up just 1 run on 2 hits through 6 innings last Thursday, he gave up just 1 run on 3 hits through 6 innings yesterday. And like last Thursday's start, he also walked 3 batters while striking out 9. His command seems to be getting a little better, but it's still alarming that he's walked 20 in just 36 innings of work. A positive though is his 43 K's thus far.

Touch 'Em All!
  • Rochester Red Wings: None
  • New Britain Rock Cats: None
  • Ft. Myers Miracle: None
  • Beloit Snappers: Mark Dolenc (1)

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