First off, huge props to everybody involved in the investigation in Boston. An unfortunate event followed by an around-the-clock story, ending with very few fatalities. Those in Boston and the surrounding areas will finally be able to sleep relatively peacefully tonight.
Back to baseball..
The Twins are postponed again, making today their third consecutive off-day. Now I can understand postponing a baseball game for snow or sleet, but tonight’s forecast is “chilling and windy”.
That’s a little ridiculous, in my opinion. It sounds like somebody in Chicago needs to clean the sand out of their you-know-whats.
On a happier note, Joe Mauer turns 30 day. Aaron Gleeman turned 30 earlier this year and started watching Dawson’s Creek last night. If this is what happens at 30, Joe Mauer is going to be a waste of a lot of money for the next six years. I am less looking forward than ever before to turning 30 next month.
One great note: Miguel Sano was named #1 on Baseball America’s Hot Sheet for this past week. He had an OPS of 1.221. There is currently some debate about when Sano needs to be added to the 40-man roster. Although Sano signed before the Rule 5 draft in 2009, he won’t need to be added in the typical five-year window (this November) because he signed after the conclusion of the 2009 minor league season (by a day or two). As a result, the Twins have an extra evaluation year and will not be required to add him to the 40-man roster until November of 2014.
Byron Buxton was an Honorable Mention (called “In the Team Photo”). Buck had an OPS of 1.056, but was caught stealing three times. (A 50% steal rate is far below acceptable for those with 80 speed.)
Tim Wood’s rehab stint from a rotator cuff strain was transferred from Fort Myers to Rochester. It was initially reported that Wood was going on a 30-day rehab assignment, so it appears that he’ll be spending the next three weeks or so in Rochester’s bullpen before the Twins have to make a roster decision. Wood, who played in the Pittsburgh organization last year, was named Baseball America’s International League Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2012.
B.J. Hermsen is on his way to New Britain to join the RockCats. He’s missed the first couple weeks of the season with an oblique (abdominal muscle) injury.
The “Voice of the Kernels” Morgan Hawk tweeted this afternoon that Jose Berrios will be making his season debut on Monday.
So what happened on the field tonight? Let’s check it out…
Fort Myers Miracle 14, St. Lucie Mets 2
Two days after losing its first game of the season, the Miracle have extended their second winning streak of the season to two games.
The same day that Miguel Sano made headlines for his impressive stat line over the last week (he went hitless tonight with two Ks), his sidekick Eddie Rosario stole the spotlight. Rosario went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI to improve his batting average to .387.
For the second straight day, TwinsDaily’s A.J. Pettersen had three hits (including a leadoff home run tonight). He’s now batting a robust .366. He also drove in two runs.
Michael Gonzales homered twice while Matt Koch and Kennys Vargas also homered.
D.J. Baxendale lowered his ERA to 1.04 with seven innings of one-run work. He struck out four, walked none and allowed four hits. Chad Rogers allowed a run in the 8th
inning. Cole Johnson pitched a scoreless 9th
Tom Stuifbergen (1-0, 2.41) pitches for the Miracle tomorrow.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 1, Peoria Chiefs 4
The Kernels dropped to 9-5 with their second straight loss. They are now a full-game behind the Carlos Correa-led Quad Cities River Bandits in the Western Division of the Midwest League.
The Kernels lone run came on a Byron Buxton opposite-field RBI triple to score Jairo Rodriguez to give the Kernels a 1-0 lead in the 4th
Hudson Boyd lost his first game of the season (now 1-1). He lasted into the fifth inning, recording one out before being lifted. He allowed four runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out three. He tweeted after the game about pitching in the snow and his disdain for it (#NeverAgain). The reality, for Boyd, is that if he never pitches in snow again, his career will probably be qualified as a disappointment, given the likelihood of late spring and early fall snow in New Britain, Rochester and Minneapolis.
Tim Atherton allowed an inherited runner to score and recorded four outs.
David Hurlbut, who appears to be the odd-man out of the rotation (in favor of Berrios) finished the game with two scoreless innings.
The Kernels had a chance in the ninth inning. DJ Hicks (single) and Travis Harrison (double) both reached base. Drew Leachman, representing the tying run, grounded out to the first baseman, stranding the two runners.
Mason Melotakis (1-1, 2.89) will take the ball tomorrow for the Kernels at 1pm.
New Britain Rock Cats 1, Portland Sea Dogs 12
One night after dropping twenty-one hits and seventeen runs on Portland, while holding the Sea Dogs to one run on three hits, the roles were reversed tonight.
In tonight’s game, Portland scored 12 runs on fifteen hits. New Britain, on the other hand, mustered only a single run on five hits.
To make matters even weirder, the Rock Cats were shut down by Matt Barnes (6 IP, 5 H, 1R, 7 K, 1BB). The same Barnes who, only five days ago, got beat up by the Rock Cats to the tune of five runs in 2.1 IP.
This baseball, it’s a funny game.
Both Blake Martin and Marty Popham were beaten up pretty badly tonight. Martin yielded 4 earned runs and 4 walks in 4 innings and Popham gave up six earned runs and and 2 walks while recording only one out.
Danny Ortiz hit a solo home run.
Logan Darnell (1-0, 1.17) will face Portland tomorrow afternoon at 1pm ET.
Rochester Red Wings vs Pawtucket Red Sox
– Postponed. The two teams will play a double-header on Sunday, beginning at 12:05.
If you have any questions or comments, please post below. Or if you’re bored, engage me on Twitter @jeremynygaard. Draft Board v.3 coming this weekend!