AAA Calling: Red Wings vs. Pawtucket (July 7)

Okay, so the following things happened with the Rochester Red Wings today during their 12-7 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox:

  1. They scored six runs in the first inning, knocking out Rubby De La Rosa of the Pawtucket Red Sox after 0.1 IP.
  2. The first run for the Red Wings saw Antoan Richardson scoring from first on a groundball (although, admittedly, an error had something to do with it).
  3. Chris Colabello came to the plate five times and didn't get a hit once.
  4. Eric Fryers, Drew Butera's backup catcher, was hit by pitch... twice.
  5. The last three innings for the PawSox were pitched by position players.
  6. The bottom of the 8th (the Red Wings' last licks) were pitched by Drew Sutton, the Pawtucket 1B, who Chris Davis'd the Red Wings into a one-two-three inning.

So, yeah. Weird. But what's lost amongst all of this weirdness is that the Twins' AAA affiliate is currently on fire. They just swept the division leader, they've won six straight, they are now second in the International League Wild Card race and the divisional race (although the 6.5 games back in the division is still a long ways right now), Vance Worley now has five straight wins (he went 6 IP with 3 ER today, and definitely benefited from the gigantic cushion he was given), and Chris Colabello is having one of the greatest seasons I can remember a Red Wing hitter having in quite a while- possibly since Jason Kubel and Justin Morneau were young up-and-comers. Of course, Colabello is 29 while Kubel and Morneau... weren't.

But, anyway, bottom line: While the Twins are near perhaps hit their lowest point of the year, in AAA, things are looking up. Cold comfort for the dog days of summer, I guess, but it certainly is better for them than if their primary source of injury (or trade) replacements was a cellar-dweller.

The Red Wings will probably be in the national news over the next few days, by the way. They are facing the Scranton Railriders and some guy named Derek Jeter, whoever he is.

(Dan Glickman's baseball writings can usually be found at the Baseball Continuum blog.)