Game 61 Recap: Twins at Natives

Twins 3, Tribe 2 (10)
WP: Matt Capps. Wait, what?
LP: Perez
Blown Save: Matt Capps. Yeah, that seems about right.
Save: Phil Dumatrait. Wait, who?
Twins Record: 23-38, 11.5 games out of first, 2.5 games out of not in the cellar.
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Who has two thumbs and loves to close games? This guy.

Holy cows. Over the last one game the Twins have won one, in extras to boot. Hot Carl Pavano had a solid outing, allowing seven hits and one earned run over seven innings, striking out three, and walking one. Jose "My Neck Isn't Fat, It's Big Boned" Mijares came on for the eighth and retired all three batters he faced. Then Shortening come on to close out the game. He cruised through the first two batters and then decided to serve up a meatball to Jack Hannahan who promptly deposited the ball into the bleachers. Crisco had trouble with the next batter, Lou Marson, before getting Milton Bradley Michael Brantley to pop up to the glove of Butters in foul territory. This marks the 5th blown save in 13 attempts this season for Capps. At the dish the Twins relied on Ben Revere, who warned Texas that the Twins are coming. Sweet Ben went 3-5, driving in two runs, and scored the only other Twins run of the day off a Morneau double in the 6th. According the Dick, the Key "Hit" in that inning was Cuddy's ground out to the first baseman. Yeah, Dick, that hit really tied the inning together for the pitcher*.

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*edited for clarity

Minor Details: Games of 6/7

Columbus 5, Rochester 1 in Columbus.  The Clippers scored four in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.  Steve Singleton had two doubles, Danny Lehmann doubled and singled, and Chase Lambin had two hits.  Eric Hacker allowed five runs on eight hits, walking none in 5.2 innings.  Jake Stevens worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk.

New Britain 5, Akron 3 in New Britain.  A three-run second propelled the Rock Cats to victory.  Mike Hollimon had two doubles, Yangervis Solarte singled and doubled to raise his average to .333, and Evan Bigley and Jair Fernandez each had two hits.  Starter Dennis Suarez made his Rock Cats debut, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks in four innings.  The win went to Deolis Guerra, who struck out seven in four shutout innings, giving up just two hits and a walk.  Bruce Pugh pitched a perfect ninth to get the save.

Ft. Myers—No game scheduled.

Ft. Wayne 9, Beloit 5 in Beloit.  Three three-run innings gave the TinCaps the win.  Ramon Santana singled and homered, his fifth homer of the year.  Andrew Achter gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk in 4.1 innings.

DSL Orioles at Twins—Postponed.

2011 Game Logs Game 60: Winners @ Losers

Francico Liriano


Carlos Carrasco

Assuming the Twins continue winning games at the rate they have in their past 5 games for the next 12 games , they will bring their winning streak to 17 consecutive games.  Minnesota then, coupled with every other team losing each of its games other than when they play each other (Detroit wins two of three at home against Cleveland next week), will be playing for sole possession of first place on Tuesday, June 21st, the first day of summer, against the San Francisco Giants.  It will be a fitting passing of the guard when the Twins then sweep the  defending World Champion Giants, extending their winning streak to 20 games.

What a great first day of summer it will be.



Minor League Players of the Month: May


Position Player:  Aaron Bates hit .317/.434/.476 in 63 at-bats.  Honorable mention:  Brian Dinkelman hit .301/.387/.453 in 95 at-bats.

Pitcher:  Chuck James was 1-0, 0.00 in 14.1 innings (ten appearances).  He allowed nine hits and four walks while striking out seventeen.  Honorable mention:  Kyle Gibson was 2-2, 3.72 in 29 innings (five starts).  He allowed 27 hits and 7 walks while striking out 28.


Position Player:  Joe Benson hit .326/.420/.539 in 89 at-bats.  Honorable mention:  Yangervis Solarte hit .302/.362/.407 in 86 at-bats.

Pitcher:  Steve Hirschfeld was 2-2, 2.93 in 30.2 innings (five starts).  He allowed 21 hits and 8 walks while striking out 33.  Honorable mention:  Liam Hendriks was 2-1, 2.90 in 31 innings (five starts).  He allowed 31 hits and 10 walks while striking out 31.


Position Player:  Brian Dozier hit .330/.403/.443 in 88 at-bats.  Honorable mention:  Aaron Hicks hit .306/.400/.444 in 72 at-bats.

Pitcher:  Andrew Albers was 1-1, 2.65 in 17 innings (five appearances, two starts).  He allowed 20 hits and three walks while striking out 11.  Honorable mention:  Logan Darnell was 2-0, 2.30 in 15.2 innings (three starts).  He allowed 14 hits and six walks while striking out seven.


Position Player:  Wang-wei Lin hit .323/.456/.398 in 93 at-bats.  Honorable mention:  Nate Roberts hit .302/.450/.395 in 86 at-bats.

Pitcher:  Clinton Dempster was 1-1, 0.56 in 16 innings (10 appearances).  He allowed nine hits and three walks while striking out seventeen.  Honorable mention:  Jose Gonzalez was 1-1, 2.30 in 15.2 innings (seven appearances).  He allowed 11 hits and six walks while striking out fifteen.

Minor Details: Games of 6/6

Rochester 5, Norfolk 2 in Rochester.  The Red Wings scored two in the fourth and two in the sixth.  Dustin Martin singled and doubled, driving in four.  Steve Singleton had two hits.  Ryan Mullins gave up one run on five hits and a walk in six innings to get the win.  Cole DeVries struck out three in two shutout innings.

New Britain—No game scheduled.

Jupiter 11, Ft. Myers 3 in Ft. Myers—The Hammerheads scored five in the fourth and four in the fifth, pounding out eighteen hits.  Aaron Hicks singled and doubled.  Edgar Ibarra surrendered six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks in 3.2 innings.  Andrew Albers struck out three in two shutout innings.

Beloit—No games scheduled.

DSL Twins 3, White Sox 2 at White Sox (2 innings—suspended game).  The White Sox are still batting with one out in the bottom of the second.  Presumably, the game will be resumed the next time these two teams are scheduled to play.

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