Just as the Twins were sinking to new depths of suckiness, and as Roger put the finishing touches on his new Friday through Thursday Minors report, all Twins affiliates managed to win, some twice. There were several remarkable performances, topped by Tom Stuifbergen winning two games in one day for two different affiliates. Not sure how he did it, but tip of the cap to someone who just put there name in the running for the 2012 rotation. At any rate, it was such a bad week for the Twins and such a good night for the affiliates that I wanted to share some positive news--definitely not trying to take over for Roger.
Since I don't have Roger or Seth's connections, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that Tom (The Flyballing Dutchman) was scheduled to start for Ft. Myers but got bumped to Rochester when Diamond got moved up. Whomever replaced Tom in Ft. Myers didn't get credit in the box score.
More good stuff after the jump.
The Wings one Game 1 of the double-header 2-0 behind a strong outing from Liam Hendriks--6 IP, 5 H, 5 SO, 0 BB. Jim Hoey threw 10 pitches, and 7 of them were for strikes! On offense...eh, bleh.
In Game 2, Stuiffie got the big promotion from Ft. Myers and led the team to a 3-2 win. He went 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 SO and 0 BB. (I'm) Chuck James (B*#$%!) got the save. On offense Jair Fernandez went 2 for 3 with a 2B and is hitting .281 for Rochester. Is he the next great Twins catching prospect? (sarcasm font.)
The Red Wings were playing Syracuse. Stephen Lombardozzi led off both games, playing SS and 2B. For the year he has a 314/366/441 (.802 OPS) with a 72/37 K/BB rate and 27 SB's. Getting a MI who can lead off really wasn't such a bad idea in the Span trade talks.
Won 4-2. Dozier went 3 for 4, Solarte 2 for 5 Benson 1 for 3 with a 3B, 2 RBI's and 2BB (!) Parmalee 1 for 4 with 1 RBI and 1 BB. Deolis Guerra pitched 3 innings of relief for the win--1H 1R 2 BB 6 SO's. I'm really starting to like this guy.
The lone loss of the day (besides the GCL Twins-I'm not counting them today) came in game 1 of a double-header. Before flying to Rochester, Stuiffbergen pitched 5.2 innings with 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. Matt Tone took the loss.
On offense, Arcia went 1 for 4 with a 2B, and Danny Rohlfing (The Next Great Catching Prospect) went 3 for 4 to bring his BA up to a robust .279. Hicks went 0 for 3 with a SO.
In game 2, Pat Dean picked up the win with a 7 IP 7 H 2 R 0 BB 5 SO line. Angel Morales went 1 for 4 with a HR and a BB. Arcia was 2 for 4 with 2 R, Rohlfing was 1 for 2 with 2 R and 2 BB, to boost his BA all the way to .290. Danny Rams was 1 for 3 with a 2B and 3 RBI. Hicks, sadly, went 0 for 5 with 4 SO.
Won 6-3 behind Pedro Guerra--5 IP, 4 H 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, and 11 SO. Nice. Carter, Gonzalez and Boer SO 7 in 4 IP. A variety of hitters hit the ball and scored some runs. Lance Ray hit his 33rd and 34th doubles.
Won 11-7 to continue a very high scoring week. Tim Shibuya started (6 IP 3 H 1 R 1 BB 4 SO) Gruver blew the save but got the win. On offense, the hot hitting Eddie Rosario went 0 for 1 with 2 R and 4 BB (2 intentional!) and Miguel Sano delivered with a 2 for 5 night--3B, HR #17, 5 RBI, and 0 SO. Niko Goodrum stayed hot with a 2 for 4 night. He doubled, walked, stole a base. Kepler was 2 for 4. Sano and Rosario are destroying the league right now. Oh, and Sano made no errors, but he started a DP.
So, on a night when the Twins really sucked, almost every top prospect in the system and great nights, so there is hope!