The Aussie comes through with a sharp single and drives into two. 7 to 0 Snappers.
Rosario walks on 4 pitches, brining up Adam Bryant. Ortiz would have been here protecting Rosario. Bryant grounds into a 5-3 Fielders Choice scoring one. Goncalves up. 5-0 Snappers.
Goncalves grounds out 5-3, Rory Rhodes up. 2nd and 3rd. Two out.
Sano singles, drives in one and takes 2nd on throw to 3rd. Rosario at bat.
Just back from a meeting and catching up, Wheeler went six scoreless. 2 hits, 1 walk and 7 strike outs ( 5 swinging). Snappers up 3-0 in the 7th with two on and Sano at bat. No outs.
very confusing play to score the first run of the game. Announcer is not helping the situation. But either way, Snappers 1-0 heading to the 3rd.
So far the game is the middle of the 2nd with no score. My adopted minor leaguer Jason Wheeler is starting and he has given up 2 hits, a walk and struck out 3. Sounds like he got some help in the second with a great diving play by Wang Lei-Lin out in right field and runner thrown out trying to steal second by Jairo Rodriquez. His first inning he struck out the side swinging.
"Be careful what you wish for; a change in regime could be worse... " I would love a change in ownership--the last two years we've had the worst team in baseball. And the worst pitching staff! The Pohlads decimated the team the last two years. Usually, when a team is close to a champioship--like they were two years ago--most ownership would try to go the next level by adding some talent--a few pieces to the puzzle. The Pohlads decided to go the other way and gut the team. The Resources are there for a good team. If they wanted a good team there would be one!
This is great. Did you also post it in the Adopt A Prospect Forum? I hope so. It's excellent.
The Wilf family would have bought Yu's services, and maybe Reyes also. There is no doubt in my mind that the Wilf family would spend $20-40MM more per year than the Pohlad's are, maybe even more. On the bad side of the coin, they'd be hiring and firing GMs and coaches too fast....so that's a tough call.
The budget hasn't fluctated up and down based on attendance and tv revenue, it is down significantly this year from last. I'd bet anyone that wants that they don't outperform the budget this year.
Love em or hate em, the Pohlads aren't going anywhere. The issue that people forget is that the Pohlads have always looked at the Twins as a business, not a hobby. I am sure every fan base would love to have a Mark Cuban or George Steinbrenner owning their team. Where they prefer to be known not for how they acquired their fortune, but rather as the owner of a prosperus franchise.
The Twins have always worked under a budget. Everybody knows that. The budget has fluctuated up and down as the Twins attendance and other revenue streams have changed. Terry Ryan is in his job because his teams have historically outporformed the budget. Terry has also said publicly (many times) that the Pohlads have always been willing to go over budget if the right situation comes up. I believe you have to accept these parameters if you want to be a long-haul Twins fan.
Be careful what you wish for; a change in regime could be worse...
Fly out to Rosario, Grounder back to Dempster and then another fly out ot Lin and we are done. 8-11-1 for the Snappers and 0-9-1 for the White Caps. Winner Shibuya. Ortiz 3 for 5 with a double and 4 RBI's. Rosario 2 for 5 with a double and RBI, Lin 2 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 runs and a stolen base. Listening to Detroit themed sports radio, could be Grand Rapids, whine about Leyland and the Tigers. They don't seem happy or satisfied. The Tigers record must be what 2-15?
Ortiz singles Rosario to 3rd. Rhodes and Koch strike out swinging. Clint Dempster coming on for the Snappers in the 9th
Rosario double. 6-13 in series.
Sano strike outs for the 3rd time. Looking.
Nelvin Fuentes in Achter out. Faces four got four outs on a Koch passed ball and batter reaching. Some good glove the last couple of innings by Lin and Ortiz in the Sanppers outfield. West Michigan announcers now impressed with Snappers defense, at least in the outfield.
Lin gets on base for fourth time today-where has that been this year-Grimes bounces out to end the inning. Announcer having just a little too much fun with Lin's name. "Wang-Wei Lin doing things the right way today."
Seth I liked that one too. Got a chuckle from it. It sounds better then it writes.
Achter controls the White caps in full inning of work. Think one guy got on. I had my head in a spreadsheet so I missed a couple of batters. Still no runs for the Caps.
West Micigan announcer after Snappers LF Wang-Wei Lin makes great catch. "Wang-Wei Lin went a Long Way to make that sliding catch."
Either the Tigers have a bunch of flame throwers on the White Caps or the Radar Gun is calibrated slightly high. All the White Cap pitchers are throwing in the 95-98 mph range.