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    The Twins got a Quality Start from Jason Marquis, but the bullpen struggled mightily and in the end, it was too much Felix Hernandez as the Mariners topped the Twins 7-0. The King went eight shutout innings against the Twins and allowed just one hit, a ground ball single between first and second base in the fourth inning.

    It was the third time in their last four games that the Twins have been shutout. Earlier in the day, the Twins did announce that Justin Morneau’s wrist was not getting better and he will be put on the Disabled List. Check out the Rochester report below to see a couple of Red Wings coming up to the Twins on Monday.

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Saturday:

    GAME 1 - ROCHESTER 2, BUFFALO 1


    PJ Walters gave the Red Wings exactly what they needed in Game 1 on Saturday. He was able to pitch all seven innings. Even better, he gave up just one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out seven. And as a bonus, he improves to 3-1 with the win.

    The team needed the great pitching performance because the offense managed just six hits in the game. Matt Rizzotti picked up his fourth double. Brian Dozier collected the game-winning RBI with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 5th inning.

    GAME 2 - ROCHESTER 5, EMPIRE STATE 0


    The second game became a bullpen game. Brendan Wise started and threw three scoreless innings. He gave up three this, walked two and struck out two. Deolis Guerra came in and struck out four over 2.1, one-hit innings. Tyler Robertson got the second out of the sixth inning. Anthony Slama came in and got the final out of the 6th inning and three outs in the 7th to record his seventh save. He walked one and struck out two.

    Darin Mastroianni was the leadoff hitter and went 2-3 with a walk and his first double. He also stole his eighth base. He also played run producer in this game with four RBI. Aaron Bates was 2-3 with his fourth double. Ray Chang walked twice.

    Since their eight-game losing streak ended, the Red Wings have now won four games in a row and can enjoy an off day on Sunday.
    Following the game, according to the Rochester Baseball Observer, manager Gene Glynn informed Scott Diamond and Brian Dozier that they were being promoted to the Twins.

    NEW BRITAIN 5, PORTLAND 0


    David Bromberg appears to be back in a role the suits him and the results have been tremendous. Bromberg made another start and threw five more scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out five. Caleb Thielbar threw two innings and gave up just one hit. Luis Perdomo struck out two in two scoreless innings.

    The Rock Cats got a big, two-run triple off the bat of Estarlin de los Santos. Danny Lehmann went 1-1 with two walks and an RBI. Aaron Hicks went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.

    More On Bromberg – Bromberg started the season by giving up nine runs in his first two innings. Since then, he has thrown 15 innings and given up just one run.

    More Bad News – It was announce that Alex Wimmers has a partial tear in his UCL, and that they will attempt to rest and then rehab it.

    FT. MYERS 3, LAKELAND 4 (11 innings)


    Last start, Adrian Salcedo was hit in the face by a one-hopper and broke his nose. He still made his next scheduled start. The righty went five innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He walked none and struck out two. (It is also great to see zero walks because in his pre-broken nose start, he walked five and had as many walks as strikeouts on the season) Nelvin Fuentes came in and gave up one run on two hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out three. Edgar Ibarra came in and was terrific, but he still gets the loss. He gave up one run (in the 11th) on three hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out five.

    Danny Santana went 2-5. Danny Ortiz was 2-4.

    BELOIT 4, KANE COUNTY 7


    The Snappers played a double header in Cedar Rapids on Friday night, drove almost four hours back to Beloit, and then played an early-afternoon game on Saturday.

    Tim Shibuya was on the mound to start. He gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk. He struck out. Unfortunately, two of the three hits were home runs. He did leave with the lead. Ryan O’Rourke came in and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. Corey Williams pitched the ninth and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk.

    Jairo Rodriguez went 2-2 with two walks. Tyler Grimes was 2-4 with his eighth double. Drew Leachman went 2-4 with his first stolen base. Miguel Sano was 1-4 with a walk and his eighth double.

    Sano is on fire with the bat of late, but his glove has gone quite cold of late. In this game, he committed three errors and now has ten errors on the season.

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    Players of the Day for Saturday, May 5, 2012

    Pitcher of the Day – PJ Walters


    Hitter of the Day – Darin Mastroianni


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    A Look Ahead – Sunday, May 6, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester – No Game Scheduled
    New Britain vs Portland – RHP BJ Hermsen
    Ft. Myers vs Lakeland – RHP Marty Popham
    Beloit vs Kane County – LHP Jason Wheeler

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    If you have any questions or comments on the Twins minor league system, players, teams, etc., leave them in the Comments and I’ll try to answer them!
    This article was originally published in blog: Saturday in the Park started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Great article. It sounds like Sano needs to work harder on his defense.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      I know it fits the definition of a "Quality Start," but I watched the game tonight, and Marquis was not quality. He threw as many balls as strikes, got out of several jams due to timely double plays, and gave up consecutive walks more than once. If it wasn't for an inept Seattle lineup, the game would have been blown open long before the 7th inning.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      I know it fits the definition of a "Quality Start," but I watched the game tonight, and Marquis was not quality. He threw as many balls as strikes, got out of several jams due to timely double plays, and gave up consecutive walks more than once. If it wasn't for an inept Seattle lineup, the game would have been blown open long before the 7th inning.
      I don't disagree on the control issue, but it isn't often that I've ever seen a pitcher throw with that much movement before. The only solid hit off of him was the (unfortunate) Seager single that scored two. of the five hits he gave up, three of them didn't go far, little dribblers. He kept the ball on the ground and weak fly balls. The pitches were moving so much that he had no idea where it was going.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      So it looks like Wimmers will need Tommy John. That's awful news not bad news.
    1. twinswon1991's Avatar
      twinswon1991 -
      If that was a quality start yoy have lowered your expectations WAY too much. Marquis was struggling to get outs against a AAA lineup. Marquis has to be the worst pitcher holding down a rotation spot in the bigs.
    1. Blake's Avatar
      Blake -
      Seth, I'm not seeing anything from Ryan Doumit that tells me he's long for the club. It looks, to me, like Doumit doesn't work well with pitchers, is a defensive liability and doesn't have much of a bat.

      Your thoughts?

      Thanks for the farm report. Love reading through that stuff.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Good morning Seth, I know Marquis was all over the place, but that ump's strike zone wasn't good either. Felix also walked some guys and also looked very frustrated with the zone.
    1. BD57's Avatar
      BD57 -
      @twinswon1991 - the definition of "quality start" is what it is; Marquis had one. It wasn't pretty ... really, it was kinda ugly ... but he had one.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      I thought it was important that Marquis gutted it out through 6 even though it looked like he should be pulled earlier.

      Two 6 inning starts in a row from the staff veterans. It allows the bullpen to better establish their roles. Marquis' start wasn't pretty but when you are trying to turn around an entire staff, I'll take gritty over pretty.

      I hope that Blackburn can continue the trend today.

      There aren't any quick fixes for this team and I'm a big believer that they need to rebuild entirely but I'd appreciate it if they could at least deliver a little respectablity.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      So it looks like Wimmers will need Tommy John. That's awful news not bad news.
      It would be terrible, for sure. They're going the rest-n-rehab route, which makes sense for awhile, but they'll want to make a decision on Tommy John sooner rather than later.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
      If that was a quality start yoy have lowered your expectations WAY too much. Marquis was struggling to get outs against a AAA lineup. Marquis has to be the worst pitcher holding down a rotation spot in the bigs.
      It's a baseball term, a definition for which is 6 or more innings and three or less runs, and he had 6 IP and 2 Runs allowed. I'd also say that although he hasn't been good. there are a few on this staff that are worse. (and a few others)
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blake View Post
      Seth, I'm not seeing anything from Ryan Doumit that tells me he's long for the club. It looks, to me, like Doumit doesn't work well with pitchers, is a defensive liability and doesn't have much of a bat.

      Your thoughts?

      Thanks for the farm report. Love reading through that stuff.
      I've said a few times here and elsewhere that I will trust Doumit's track record of posting a .780ish career OPS, over what has happened in the first month of playing for a new team in a new league. That's not at all excusing how poorly he played in May, but I can't give up on him being a productive middle of the order type of hitter. It's like the Angels giving up on Pujols becuase he's been far worse in their first month.

      As far as his defense, I've actually been surprised that he's been this good. He's not Drew Butera back there, for sure. But I think he's done a very good job blocking pitches, not bad framing pitches (which was what people often said he was really poor at). As far as calling pitches or working with the pitchers, I haven't seen anything alarming, and if we're looking at results, it's hard to differentiate between Doumit and Mauer.

      I guess the alternative is going back to Butera as the at least half time catcher, but I think I'll take Doumit's track record and HOPE he can get better soon!

      And as for him not being long for the team... he did sign a one year contract, and Chris Herrmann may be ready at some point next year.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      I thought it was important that Marquis gutted it out through 6 even though it looked like he should be pulled earlier.
      I like stats too, but I think that stuff like this is overlooked in a 162 game schedule. He wasn't pitching great, but he did get through six innings, and that helps the bullpen. I'm a huge Hendriks backer and will continue to be so, but he wasn't able to figure out a way to get through a few more innings when he was struggling. So, there is value in those veteran types. IT's something I've admittedly overlooked.
    1. peterb18's Avatar
      peterb18 -
      As I'm responding to this and watching Blackburn get pounded, I'm thinking that I remember reacting to various threads in the past year and placing the blame for this debacle on ownership. In summary, I stated that : two years ago they decimated the reliever corp, and last year they got rid of the power base(Cuddyer and Kubel), letting one of best relievers go(Nathan)--not to mention the leadership of Cuddyer and Natan. I got blistered for bring this up(in a gentlemanly way). This is purely an ownership problem. For one thing you don't cut payroll after a new stadium is built for you. The stadium alone has increased the value of the team by at least 300-400 million. Remember this is the same ownership that has tried to contract the team and also sell the team to a guy in North Caroliona. When we had 93 wins two years ago and fell short--most ownership would try to add a few pieces , but no we go the other way and subtract and end up with the worst team in all of baseball. I don't have to repeat all of bad moves management has done in addition to ownership's decision to downsize the team on the field. Just think what this situation will look like in August--lots of empty seats!
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