Game 81: Brewers 8, Twins 7

Matt Capps sucks. Joe Mauer is a wuss. This was the worst ...

Nope. I'm not going to say it. Every time someone says it, a worse one comes along.

I just would like to know if this was the eighth inning and Capps was considered a setup man, how long would he have been in there? I would have to believe that he would not have been allowed to face Nyjer Morgan.

Maybe some good will come out of this if Joe Nathan is reinstated as the closer. It certainly couldn't hurt.

End of the First half: Brewers at Twins

Thirty games ago, I don't think any of us would thought we could be 8 games out at the halfway point. Fifteen games ago, I doubt that any of us would've been happy with that result, but here we are.

Tonight, we've got Carl Pavano taking on Chris Narveson tonight. When these matches up last Sunday, the result was... not good. On the other hand, after Liriano's game last night, I expect that the Twins will probably win 8-0.

I won't be around much this weekend, so everybody have a safe, fun 4th of July weekend, and cheer on the Twins to a positive end to the first half.

Go Twins!

Minor League Players of the Month: June

ROCHESTER

Position PlayerDustin Martin hit .324/.393/.533 in 105 at-bats.  For the season he is .261/.354/.391 in 254 at-bats.  Honorable MentionAaron Bates hit .339/.393/.446 in 112 at-bats.  For the season he is .331/.405/.457 in 175 at-bats.

PitcherAnthony Slama was 0-0, 1.54 with a save in 11.2 innings (10 appearances).  He allowed 8 hits and 5 walks and struck out 17.  For the season, he is 3-2, 3.00, 1 save, 1.19 WHIP with 41 strikeouts in 36 innings.  Honorable MentionJake Stevens was 0-0, 3.38 in 13.1 innings (7 appearances).  He allowed 16 hits and 2 walks and struck out 12.  For the season, he is 0-1, 3.94, 1.38 WHIP with 12 strikeouts in 16 innings.

NEW BRITAIN

Position PlayerChris Parmelee hit .278/.391/.412 in 97 at-bats.  For the season he is .283/.368/.413 in 283 at-bats.  Honorable MentionDeibinson Romero hit .271/.342/.412 in 85 at-bats.  For the season, he is .255/.340/.366 in 216 at-bats.

PitcherLiam Hendriks was 3-0, 2.03 in 31 innings (5 starts).  He allowed 26 hits and 4 walks and struck out 23.  For the season, he is 7-2, 2.71, 1.18 WHIP with 74 strikeouts in 83 innings.  Honorable MentionSteve Hirschfeld was 2-2, 3.33 in 30 innings (5 starts).  He allowed 32 hits and 10 walks and struck out 16.  For the season, he is 5-4, 2.72, 1.10 WHIP with 57 strikeouts in 82.2 innings.

FT. MYERS

Position PlayerAaron Hicks hit.337/.466/.530 in 83 at-bats.  For the season he is .280/.390./.424 in 243 at-bats.  Honorable MentionAnderson Hidalgo hit .296/.337/.444 in 81 at-bats.  For the season, he is .301/.356/.421 in 216 at-bats.

PitcherTom Stuifbergen was 3-0, 0.87 in 30 innings (5 starts).  He allowed 25 hits and 7 walks and struck out 16.  For the season, he is 3-4, 2.89, 1.33 WHIP with 38 strikeouts in 62.1 innings.  Honorable MentionAndrew Albers was 1-0, 2.08 with a save in 17.1 innings (9 appearances).  He allowed 18 hits and 2 walks and struck out 19.  For the season, he is 4-1, 1.68, 2 saves, 1.10 WHIP with 41 strikeouts in 48.1 innings.

BELOIT

Position PlayerJairo Perez hit .397/.475/.618 in 68 at-bats.  Those are also his season numbers.  Honorable MentionMichael Gonzales hit .327/.358/.525 in 101 at-bats.  For the season, he is .304/.385/.490 in 247 at-bats.

PitcherPat Dean was 2-0, 1.46 in 24.2 innings (4 starts).  He allowed 17 hits and 4 walks and struck out 27.  For the season, he is 2-0, 2.86, 1.11 WHIP with 37 strikeouts in 44 innings.  Honorable MentionRyan O’Rourke was 2-0, 1.59 in 22.2 innings (4 starts).  He allowed 16 hits and 2 walks and struck out 29.  For the season, he is 2-1, 1.84, 1.13 WHIP with 48 strikeouts in 49 innings.

ELIZABETHTON

Position PlayerEddie Rosario has hit .357/.428/.810 with five home runs in 42 at-bats.  Honorable MentionRory Rhodes has hit .320/.393/.560 in 25 at-bats.

PitcherTim Shibuya is 2-0, 0.82, 0.82 WHIP with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings (3 starts).  Honorable MentionPedro Guerra is 0-0, 1.23, 0.55 WHIP with 8 strikeouts in 7.1 innings (2 starts).

GCL TWINS

Position PlayerAderlin Mejia has hit .444/.524/.444 in 18 at-bats.  Honorable MentionWander Guillen has hit .320/.414/.400 in 25 at-bats.

PitcherCole Johnson is 1-0, 0.00, 0.67 WHIP with 3 strikeouts in 6 innings (3 appearances).  Honorable MentionAngel Mata is 0-0, 1.29, 1.29 WHIP with 6 strikeouts in 7 innings (2 starts).

DSL TWINS

Position PlayerErick Gonzalez has hit .304/.473/.420 in 69 at-bats.  Honorable MentionAdonis Pacheco has hit .316/.372/.494 in 79 at-bats.

PitcherFrancisco Nunez is 4-1, 0.47 with 2 saves and a 0.47 WHIP with 25 strikeouts in 19 innings (8 appearances).  Honorable MentionJunior Subero is 0-3, 0.98, 0.87 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 18.1 innings (5 starts).

Minor Details: Games of 7/1

Rochester 8, Pawtucket 4 in Pawtucket.  The Red Wings built a 6-0 lead after three and a half innings.  Dustin Martin singled, doubled, and homered, scoring three times.  Steve Singleton had two singles and a double.  Trevor Plouffe singled and homered, driving in three and raising his average to .301.  Aaron Bates and Chase Lambin each had two hits, with Bates raising his average to .333.  Starter Scott Diamond gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk in just 4.1 innings.  Dusty Hughes pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to get the win, allowing just one hit.

New Britain 4, Harrisburg 3 in New Britain.  The Rock Cats broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth when Chris Parmelee led off with a single, went to second on a bunt, took third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch.  The Senators made four errors.  Parmelee and Brian Dozier each had three hits, with Dozier raising his average to .358 in 53 at-bats.  Deibinson Romero singled and homered.  Dennis Suarez gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings.  Deolis Guerra pitched two shutout innings.  Tyler Robertson worked a scoreless ninth for the win.

Ft. Myers 0, St. Lucie 0 at Ft. Myers (1 innings—suspended).  Game will be completed on August 23.

Beloit 6, Kane County 4 in Kane County.  The Snappers scored three in the eighth to overcome a 6-4 deficit.  Jairo Perez singled, doubled, and homered, raising his average to .417 in 72 at-bats.  Starter Andrew Achter allowed all four runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings, although he struck out seven.  Nelvin Fuentes worked three perfect innings to get the win, striking out three.  Clinton Dempster threw two shutout innings, allowing just a walk to get the save.

Kingsport 15, Elizabethton 10 in Elizabethton.  The Twins were down 10-2 after five and a half and scored eight in the sixth to tie, but the Mets scored five in the seventh to win.  Max Kepler had three hits.  Kennys Vargas singled and homered, driving in three.  Justin Parker singled and doubled and JaDamion Williams had two hits.  Starter Todd Van Steensel allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks in 4.1 innings.  He struck out six.  Pedro Guerra took the loss, surrendering five runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks in 1.1 innings.  There were nine errors in the game; the Mets made five and the Twins four.

GCL Red Sox 3, Twins 2 at Red Sox.  The score was 2-1 after one and stayed there until the fifth, when the Red Sox scored two.  Joshua Hendricks singled and tripled.  Estarlin De Los Santos and Drew Leachman each had two hits.  Jeff Manship allowed a run on four hits in three innings, striking out three and walking none.  Hung Yi Chen allowed the fifth inning runs to take the loss, giving up four hits in three innings.  Tyler Herr went two shutout innings, giving up one hit.

DSL Twins 9, Orioles 1 at Orioles.  The Twins scored in seven innings.  Erick Gonzalez had two singles and a homer, raising his average to .324 in 74 at-bats.  Eddy Concepcion had two singles and a double.  Ernesto Ciprian and Javier Pimentel each singled and tripled and Adonis Pacheco singled and doubled, raising his average to .321 in 84 at-bats.  Sterling Bonilla gave up an unearned run on one hit in four innings, striking out four.  Randy Rosario allowed only a walk in three shutout innings, also striking out four to get the win.

2011 Game 80 Recap: Ambrosiamen 2, Twins 6

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOaT6M6GOEA

Weather: 71 degrees, rain
Wind: 15 mph, in from LF
Time: 2:30.
Attendance: 40,812.

Box Score
Fangraphs

Francisco Liriano was the bomb, going seven strong and giving up just two runs on four knocks with seven sit-downers.

Joe Mauer went three for four, all singles, and scored twice. At the suggestion of Ron Gardenhire, Top Jimmy was last seen flagellating his own face with a trout.

JI

JIM THOME MASHED A TATER OVER THE OPPOSITE FIELDERS HEAD AND DROVE IN THREE RUNNERS.

Twins win to climb back to eight games out of first with nine to play before the break. And it's Independence Day weekend. Where I come from that means fireworks. Stay safe, kids.

2011 Game 80: Milwaukee Brewers at Minnesota Twins

Yovani Gallardo vs Francisco Liriano

I think the Yankees just own every Midwest team. The Brewers swept the Twins but were then swept by the Yankees. They scored a meager four runs compared to the 22 by the Yankees over the three games. Which leads to somewhat interesting interleague records for the Twins:

Twins away record against the NL: 1-8
Twins home record against the NL: 5-1

Just where the Twins want them. Sweep time!

Where They Stand

Rochester is 30-48, sixth (last) in the IL North, 15 games behind Lehigh Valley.  They have lost five in a row and are 3-7 in their last ten games.

New Britain is 41-35, third in the EL East, 4.5 games behind New Hampshire and Trenton.  They have lost three in a row and are 5-5 in their last ten games.

Ft. Myers is 37-41, second in the FSL South, 5.5 games behind St. Lucie.  They won their last game and are 3-7 in their last ten games.

Beloit is 43-34, third in the ML West, 5 games behind Burlington.  They lost their last game and are 7-3 in their last ten games.

Elizabethton is 6-4, second in the AL West, 3 games behind Johnson City.  They won their last two games.

The GCL Twins are 4-4, third in the GCL South, 1.5 games behind the Rays.  They lost their last game.

The DSL Twins are 19-10, first in the B. C. B. C., a half game ahead of the Orioles.  They lost their last game and are 6-4 in their last ten games.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.