The Twins lost 6-2 to the Blue Jays. Jason Marquis was able to go just four innings. The game was ugly for Twins fans. There were base running errors. There were several defensive errors. There was bad pitching, and bad hitting. Josh Willingham did home for the second straight night. As Gardenhire told the Twin Cities media following the game, “Things happened out there that really don’t happen in high school.” I guess it’s fair to say that things have to get worse before they get better, but hopefully that means we’ll start seeing the ‘better’ soon!
Before getting to the minor league update, a big Happy 19th
birthday to Twins and Snappers prospect Miguel Sano.
Secondly, before you start reading all the Twins Daily articles, blogs and forums, be sure to download this week’s Twins Minor League Weekly
where Seth was joined by Miracle play-by-play man Brice Zimmerman and Snappers utility player AJ Pettersen.
Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Thursday:
ROCHESTER 6, PAWTUCKET 7
The Red Wings had a get-away, afternoon game in Pawtucket. They even had a 6-5 lead in the 9th
, but they managed to suffer a tough loss. Luke
French made the start. The lefty went the first six innings and gave up five runs on five hits. He walked three and did not record a strikeout. Esmerling Vasquez came in and gave up only an unearned run on two hits in 1.2 innings. Tyler Robertson came in and got a ground ball, but instead of the final out and a one-run lead, there was an error and the inning continued. Anthony Slama came in and gave up a two-run double for his first blown save of the year. He did strikeout the next batter.
Ben Revere led the offense. He was 3-5 with three stolen bases. He is now hitting .309 with six steals for the Red Wings. Pedro Florimon went 2-5 with his second home run in his week with the Twins. Matt Carson (8th
), JR Towles (5th
) and Clete Thomas (2nd
) each hit a double.
NEW BRITAIN 3, READING 10
It was another rough start for lefty Logan Darnell, and the Rock Cats took a tough loss. Darnell gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out two. Brett Jacobson gave up four runs on four hits over the next two innings. Bobby Lanigan struck out four over the final two innings.
Wilkin Ramirez continues to rake for the Rock Cats. The outfielder went 3-4 with his second home run and second stolen base. Chris Herrmann went 3-5 with his ninth double. Evan Bigley was 1-3 with a walk and his seventh double.
The Twins signed 27-year-old infielder Shawn Roof to play in a utility role. With Brian Dozier with the Twins and Pedro Florimon up in Rochester, the Rock Cats only had two middle infielders. James Beresford started at shortstop with Estarlin de Los Santos was at second base. Roof was the 33rd
round pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2007. He played in the Tigers organization, up to AAA, through the 2011 season. In 1267 minor league plate appearances, he hit .259/.334/.307 with 35 doubles, eight triples and one home run. He played 121 games at 2B, 102 games at SS and 84 games at 3B. He also spent some time playing left field, right field and first base.
FT. MYERS 12, DUNEDIN 11
The Miracle bats were out again on this night, but so were the Dunedin bats. Fortunately the Miracle were able to get enough pitching at the end of the game to come away with the win.
Adrian Salcedo had another short start. He recorded just one out. He gave up five runs (1 earned) on two hits and two walks. He left the game with a trainer with what appeared to be a blister. Cole Nelson came in and gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. Edgar Ibarra went the next four innings and gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. Bruce Pugh recorded his third save of the year. He struck out two over the final two innings.
Oswaldo Arcia had a huge game, and he wasn’t the only Miracle hitter who hit well in this game. The lefty-hitting outfielder went 4-5. He hit his sixth and seventh doubles, his second home run and drove in four runs. Lance Ray was 3-4 with a walk and his eighth and ninth doubles. Danny Ortiz was 3-5. Danny Santana was 2-5 with his third home run. Jairo Perez was 2-5 with his tenth double. Michael Gonzales was 1-3 with two walks and his third home run.
BELOIT 6, PEORIA 5
Tim Shibuya started for the Snappers and dropped his ERA to 2.83 with five solid innings. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits. He walked two and struck out two. Bart Carter gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits in 1.1 innings. Michael Tonkin gave up one run on three hits in two innings. Clinton Dempster came on and got the final batter to strikeout to end the game.
Eddie Rosario was 2-5 with his second home run of the year. He drove in three runs. AJ Pettersen was 2-4 with a walk. Rory Rhodes went 1-3 with two walks. Drew Leachman was 1-3 with two walks. Miguel Sano, on the eve of his 19th
birthday, added his ninth double.
Players of the Day for Thursday, May 10, 2012
Hitter of the Day – Oswaldo Arcia
Pitcher of the Day – Bobby Lanigan
A Look Ahead – Friday, May 11, 2012 Schedule
Rochester @ Syracuse – TBD
New Britain vs Reading – RHP David Bromberg
Ft. Myers @ Dunedin – RHP Marty Popham
Beloit @ Peoria – LHP Jason Wheeler
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