The baseball games tonight give us a chance to clear our minds from the devastating news out of Boston. For those of you living in the nightmare, I think I can speak for everybody at TwinsDaily - creators, writers and readers - that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
For as exciting (or depressing) as baseball can be, it's still just a game. But in tonight's game, Twins fans were excited to see Oswaldo Arcia make his major league debut. He didn't disappoint, ripping the second pitch he saw down the right-field line and alertly took second base on Josh Hamilton's error.
In the 5th, he took a Michael Roth pitch deep to left-center, only to have Mike Trout and his super-powers catch it on the warning track. He also dropped a routine flyball, but, hey, it was his first game. The Twins, who ended their losing streak thanks to a great outing from Kevin Correia tonight, will have an interesting decision to make when the roster needs tinkering again.
Let's look at what happened on the farm tonight:
Fort Myers Miracle 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 1
The Miracle extended their season-opening winning streak to 11 games. I'm starting to get the feeling that Doug Mientkiewicz is the greatest manager in the history of baseball... or he at least has to have the best winning percentage.
Tonight's win was brought to you buy The Bottom of the Order. Lance Ray, Jonathan Goncalves, Kyle Knudson and Stephen Wickens combined to go 9-for-12 with all four runs, three RBI, and a triple (Goncalves).
And, of course, a courtesy Miguel Sano mention: 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout... and his third error of the season.
Tom Stuifbergen was great - 7.2 innings, four hits, one run and three strikeouts. Corey Williams came in with the tying runner on in the eighth, got the out and then recorded three more for his fourth save of the season.
One Miracle player, who shall remain nameless, told me after win #10 that the "scary thing is... the team could play better." It's going to continue to be an exciting season.
Jason Wheeler (1-0, 5.63) gets the afternoon start for the Miracle tomorrow.
New Britain RockCats 5, New Hampshire FisherCats 3
The RockCats got a phenomenal start from southpaw Logan Darnell, helping the team climb back over .500 after losing their last two.
Darnell went 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight and only giving up a lone run to pick up his first win of the year. Aaron Thompson made his season debut getting four outs (two on strikeouts) before Bobby Lanigan got roughed up a little in the ninth (allowed two runs and the tying runner to get to the plate).
Michael Tonkin came in, threw one pitch and got the game's final out on a grounder to the second baseman James Beresford.
The bats were alive... and full of singles. Only one (Reynaldo Rodriguez, double) of the 11 hits went for extra bases. Luckily, six of those hits came in the sixth inning where the RockCats scored all five of their runs.
Danny Santana, Nate Hanson, Jason Christian and James Beresford all had two hits.
Trevor May (0-1, 3.00) will make the start tomorrow night.
Rochester Red Wings 1, Scranton/WB RailRiders 10
Rochester dropped to 2-9, which is the franchise's worst start in at least the last 45 years.
P.J. Walters made it through six innings. He struck out five, but also gave up 13 hits (!) and five earned runs. Michael O'Connor was the only reliever to pitch an inning without giving up a run. Bruce Pugh gave up four runs. Daniel Turpen gave up one.
Joe Benson was the offense's headliner with three hits and a stolen base. The team scattered ten hits, but were a Twins-like 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. One the season, the Red Wings are 15-for-91 (.164) with RISP. Not quite Hicksian, but disgustingly bad for sure.
Kyle Gibson (0-1, 5.79) will hope to get the team's third win tomorrow.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 2, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 14
Well, the ugly stick hit the Kernels tonight on their return to Cedar Rapids.
Of note, Oswaldo Arcia's brother, Orlando, who plays for Wisconsin went 0-for-6 as the only Timber Rattler without a hit.
Byron Buxton went 1-for-2 (.441) with his 4th stolen base of the year.
Adam Walker, who hit 14 home runs last year for Elizabethton, hit his 1st of the year.
Dalton (D.J.) Hicks, who earlier in the day was named Midwest Player of the Week
, homered for his third time of the year.
David Hurlbut took the loss, giving up three runs in five innings.
Matt Tomshaw gave up six earned runs and got four outs. Josue Montanez got five outs and gave up five unearned runs.
The Kernels will play a doubleheader tomorrow and it appears that Taylor Rogers (0-0, 0.00) and Brett Lee (1-0, 0.00 in two bullpen appearances) will get the starting nods.
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