Two teams continued play this week as Beloit opened their second round playoff with Kane County and the Red Wings went to the championship series for the Governor's Cup against Toledo.
Pitcher Kevin Slowey was added to the Red Wings roster following his play with Team USA in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Havana, Cuba. Following last night's final game against Toledo, Glen Perkins and Terry Tiffee were called up from Rochester. It has not been announced what additional move was made to make room for Perkins, who was added to the 40-man roster.
Rochester Red Wings (AAA)
The Red Wings closed out their series against Scranton last Saturday behind the three inning no-hit rehab start of Francisco Liriano, followed by 6.0 shutout innings of 1 hit pitching by Glen Perkins.
The Wings proceded to face power hitting Toledo in the finals. They lost game one at home (6-3)after their bullpen failed to hold the lead Mike Smith got them pitching 7.0 innings with only 4 hits, 1 run and 10K/1BB. They got the win in game two behind new Wing Kevin Slowey, who led the way with 7.2 innings, 5 hits, 1 run and 6K/1BB.
The Wings bats came alive in game three that they won 10-4. They got another good start, this time from Perkins who pitched 7.0 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs and 10K/3BB (his 7 straight strikeouts may be a franchise record). They lost game four (6-0) behind Pete Munro who gave up 4 runs in 5.0 innings. The final game was last night and the Toledo bats were again hot as they beat the Wings 10-1. With Mike Smith pitching on only three days rest, he lasted only 2.0 innings while giving up 7 hits and 6 runs.
The hitting star of the first series was Garrett Jones, who cooled in the finals. Andres Torres, who was second with 14 hits in the playoffs, was 8 for 21 against the Mud Hens. Terry Tiffee led all hitters during the playoffs with 15 hits and was 11 for 19 with 1 walk, 4 doubles and 2 runs scored in the final series.
After nine seasons without playoff baseball, this year's Wings got all the way to game five of the championship series before running out of gas. Baseball fans from this upper New York State market will now settle back to see what their roster will look like when the 2007 version of the Red Wings opens play at Frontier Field next April.
The Snappers moved on to the second round against Kane County. After losing their entire starting infield (Lis, Thompson, Kelly and Robbins) during the last month to six weeks of the season, the Snappers were winning behind the strength of their young starting rotation. After an excellent outing by newly acquired Zach Ward in game one (6.0ip, 3hits, 2runs and 8K/3BB), their bullpen failed to keep them in the game and they lost 8-3.
In game two of the best of three series, starter Ryan Mullins gave them an acceptable start (5.1ip, 5hits, 5runs (4 earned) and 5K/3BB), however, with all the hitters they were missing acceptable wouldn't get it done. The bullpen again failed as Kane County went on to a 15-3 win. It should be noted that in addition to all the injuries and promotion to Ft. Myers of pitchers such as Sosa, Waldrop, Duensing, and Powers, the Snappers lost their top relievers, David Shinskie, who was sent up to New Britain shortly before the playoffs, and Danny Vais, who left the team before his wedding on September 8th.
That is it for this season, and what a wonderful season it was for the Twins Minor League system. Four teams in the playoffs with the Red Wings getting to game five of the championship series. Even though the minor league seasons are over, we have the AFL, Instructional League which opens tomorrow, and Hot Stove League before spring training 2007!
I will be publishing my last Player and Pitcher of the Week on Seth's site on Monday. I published my first position review on Scout.com this past week (catchers) and will be publishing my review of the first basemen this week...which will be followed by another position every week until completed.
Have a great off-season!