Minnesota Twins News & Rumors Forum
View RSS Feed

SethSpeaks.net

Notes from Day 4 in Beloit

Rate this Entry
I mentioned when I wrote my Notes from Day 3 in Beloit that due to travel, returning to work and some other things, I may not get to Notes from Day 4 for a bit. I really didnít want it to take almost a week. However, it has. That said, I still feel compelled to write more about my trip to Beloit because it was such a great time. The Snappers are playing really well. Their lineup is really coming together well. Their starting staff has been terrific, generally providing the team with a Quality Start. And, the bullpen is full of very hard-throwers.

This weekend, the Snappers returned to Beloit after a brief road trip. Starting last night, they play three games against Peoria, the Cubs affiliate. They just promoted high-profile Cuban defector outfielder Jorge Soler to the Midwest League.

Letís get back to my Beloit trip. If you missed the first days, be sure to read my Notes from Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

Sunday started with a quiet morning of writing. After checking out of the hotel, we met Jim Crikket at Applebees for lunch before heading over to the ballpark. The crowds on Thursday and Friday night were fairly small. On Saturday night, the attendance doubled, in part due to postgame fireworks. On Sunday, the Snappers have a great promotion. The first 500 fans would receive a Prince Fielder Beast Mode bobblearms. The line outside Pohlman Field wrapped around the outfield fence and out into the parking lot.

Wisely, the first 500 fans got wristbands, and after the 5th inning, they were able to claim their Fielder Bobble arm. The Snappers were playing the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the affiliate of Brewers. Milwaukee is about an hour from Beloit, so there are always a few more fans when this team comes to town.

The teams didnít take batting practice. However, in the batting cage behind the third base, manager Nelson Prada was throwing to Miguel Sano, Kennys Vargas and Tyler Grimes.

The game was great. The Snappers won handily. Miguel Sano ripped a long, opposite field home run. Itís probably about 375 to the right centerfield gap, and there is an advertisement board that is probably 20 feet high. The homer went over that. Later, JD Williams ripped a long grand slam that really put the game out of reach. Like Matt Tomshaw and Jason Wheeler the two previous games, David Hurlbut was terrific, giving up just one hit over the first six innings. Tim Atherton went two innings, and Mason Melotakis pitched an inning in relief.

After talking to several players and coaches following the game, I enjoyed being a call-in guest of the Gleeman and the Geek podcast. We talked about the Beloit team, but we also talked a lot about Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia and more.

I had a chance to see GM Matt Bosen and Director of Media and Community Relations Chrissy Scaffidi before leaving. These two are great. They both work so hard. So does the entire Snappers front office. Seriously, I need to thank especially Chrissy for making the four day trip so great. They were very helpful and accommodating.

It was great to catch up with other Twins bloggers like Jeremy Nygaard and Jim Crikket. (be sure to read his blog on his two days in Beloit.) It was good to see AJ Pettersen, who as you know writes here at Twins Daily regularly, again. It was nice to see his brother Josh again. It was great to meet a few more players that Iíve chatted with or tweeted with.

Beloit is a great place for minor league baseball. I know that you will likely read many opinions to the contrary, but for all its downfalls, Pohlman Field provides an atmosphere that encourages fan interaction. I enjoyed meeting the fans, and seeing the players talk to fans between the dugout and their clubhouse. That is not the case other places around baseball. Why they donít get more fans there, I will never understand.

I have now made the trip over to Beloit three straight seasons, and I hope to continue that trend in coming years. There is still nearly a month of regular season remaining, so be sure to consider a trip out there. Check out their website and see when they are at home. In fact, the Snappers are hosting the Peoria team the next couple of days. You could see Jorge Soler as well.

This Snappers team is fun to watch. They won a playoff spot in the first half, and it appears that they are setting their roster for the playoffs. The lineup is pretty solid. Nate Roberts and JD Williams are doing a very good job at the top of the order. Then the 3-4-5 punch of Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano and Kennys Vargas is powerful. Drew Leachman is coming on again. Their starting rotation has been pitching really well of late, and they have some very strong arms pitching well in the bullpen.

We left Beloit at about 5:30, and we got back to the Twin Cities by shortly after 11. Of course, Monday was full of more driving for me. Left the Cities at about 8:30 and got to Perham at about 12:15. Left there about 2:15 and got back to Warroad by 6.

Below, you will find a few more pictures from Day 4:

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Hurlbut Warmup.jpg 
Views:	73 
Size:	87.7 KB 
ID:	1959
David Hurlbut warming up before the game with pitching coach Gary Lucas watching.

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	JD Williams.jpg 
Views:	95 
Size:	65.4 KB 
ID:	1960
JD Williams

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Wang-Wei Lin Sign.jpg 
Views:	169 
Size:	85.3 KB 
ID:	1961
Wang-Wei Lin signing autographs before the game.

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Corey Williams.jpg 
Views:	95 
Size:	78.8 KB 
ID:	1962
Corey Williams playing a game with a fan.

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Tyler Jones.jpg 
Views:	99 
Size:	91.5 KB 
ID:	1963
Tyler Jones

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	National Anthem by Dugout.jpg 
Views:	86 
Size:	96.5 KB 
ID:	1964
National Anthem Line Up

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Sano Warmup.jpg 
Views:	345 
Size:	74.0 KB 
ID:	1965
Miguel Sano warming up

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Sano after HR.jpg 
Views:	128 
Size:	87.1 KB 
ID:	1966
Sano after home run

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Rosario AB.jpg 
Views:	94 
Size:	96.4 KB 
ID:	1967
Eddie Rosario at bat

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Kennys Vargas Connecting.jpg 
Views:	145 
Size:	73.9 KB 
ID:	1968
Kennys Vargas connecting.

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Sano Fielding.jpg 
Views:	122 
Size:	86.0 KB 
ID:	1969
Miguel Sano at third base.

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Melotakis Warmup.jpg 
Views:	115 
Size:	90.9 KB 
ID:	1970
Mason Melotakis warming up.

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	PostGame 1.jpg 
Views:	100 
Size:	96.6 KB 
ID:	1971
Postgame - JD Williams

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	PostGame2.jpg 
Views:	99 
Size:	94.9 KB 
ID:	1972
Postgame - Nate Roberts and his mustache and Tyler Grimes

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	PostGame 3.jpg 
Views:	142 
Size:	93.1 KB 
ID:	1973
Tommy Watkins high-fiving Eddie Rosario with Kennys Vargas and Miguel Sano behind.

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	PostGame4.jpg 
Views:	88 
Size:	67.5 KB 
ID:	1974
Postgame - Jairo Rodriguez and Drew Leachman

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	PostGame 5.jpg 
Views:	114 
Size:	93.3 KB 
ID:	1975
Postgame - Dallas Gallant and other bullpen arms.
©2014 TwinsCentric, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Interested in advertising with Twins Daily? Click here.