Talking Twins – Episode #6

Talking Twins is the weekly podcast produced by Twins Notes and hosted by Brad Swanson and Darrell Yates. Talking Twins covers all that is Minnesota Twins baseball. Our show has three segments; Down On the Farm, which covers both the Twins minor league affiliates, Twins Chat, where we cover the major league club, and Twins Calendar, where we give fans the next week in Minnesota Twins baseball. We also have a weekly prize giveaway for our listeners to round out the show. Please listen and contact us via our information below if you have any comments or questions. Go Twins!

 

 

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Talking Twins – Episode #5

 

 

Talking Twins is the weekly podcast produced by Twins Notes and hosted by Brad Swanson and Darrell Yates. Talking Twins covers all that is Minnesota Twins baseball. Our show has three segments; Down On the Farm, which covers both the Twins minor league affiliates, Twins Chat, where we cover the major league club, and Twins Calendar, where we give fans the next week in Twins baseball. We also have a weekly prize giveaway for our listeners to round out the show. Please listen and contact us via our information below if you have any comments or questions. Go Twins!

 

 

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The Minnesota Twins’s bats go quiet in 4-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals

 

Twins starter Kevin Correia pitches against the Royals during the first inning on Wednesday.  (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Twins starter Kevin Correia pitches against the Royals during the first inning on Wednesday. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

 

 

Kevin Correia allowed just two runs on Wednesday at Target Field, but the Minnesota Twins couldn’t get the offense going in a 4-0 defeat to the Kansas City Royals.

Jason Vargas recorded the win for the Royals. He tossed seven innings of shutout ball. He struck out five, walked two and surrendered four hits.

The Royals were sparked by Eric Hosmer and Raul Ibanez, who teamed up for three hits and two RBIs.

Correia couldn’t get the win for the Minnesota Twins, taking a loss in this contest.

The Royals stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the second, scoring two runs on two singles.

The Royals brought home one run in the eighth inning, and matched that run total in the ninth. In the eighth, the Royals scored on a solo home run by Ibanez.

 

 

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The Minnesota Twins cruise past the Kansas City Royals, 10-2

 

Joe Mauer hits a two-run double in the fourth inning. (Jim Mone/AP)

Joe Mauer hits a two-run double in the fourth inning. (Jim Mone/AP)

 

 

The Kansas City Royals had a tough outing on Tuesday, as the Minnesota Twins dominated in a 10-2 win at Target Field.

The Twins scored five runs in the sixth on a solo home run by Eduardo Nunez, an error, a walk by Kurt Suzuki, and a two-run single by Sam Fuld.

Nunez racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Twins.

Ricky Nolasco was a workhorse on the hill while bagging the win for the Twins. Nolasco pitched six innings and allowed no earned runs, eight hits and no walks while striking out three.

James Shields ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just five innings, walked two, struck out five, and allowed five runs.

The Twins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Twins’ offense woke up as Nunez singled before Chris Parmelee doubled, scoring Nunez.

The game’s last lead went to the Twins thanks to a third inning that saw one run cross the plate on an RBI single by Kendrys Morales.

The Twins built upon their lead with three runs in the fourth. The inning got off to a hot start when Nunez singled, plating Suzuki. That was followed up by Joe Mauer’s double, plating Fuld and Eduardo Escobar.

 

 

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The Minnesota Twins bats fall silent in 6-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals

 

Jun 30, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Nunez (9) hits a single in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. The Kansas City Royals win 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 30, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Nunez (9) hits a single in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. The Kansas City Royals win 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

The Minnesota Twins bats fell silent Monday evening as the Twins fell to the Kansas City Royals 6-1 at Target Field.

Anthony Swarzak had a good outing against Royals. Swarzak held the Royals hitless over one inning, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one.

Danny Duffy recorded the win for the Royals. He allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three, walked two and surrendered four hits.

The Royals’ Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas combined for six hits and five RBIs.

Yohan Pino couldn’t get it done on the mound for the Twins, taking a loss. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, walked one, struck out three, and allowed four runs.

The Royals stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the second, scoring two runs on a two-run double by Escobar.

The Royals brought home one run in the fourth inning, and matched that run total in the sixth. In the fourth, the Royals scored on an RBI single by Omar Infante, bringing home Alex Gordon.

The lone run of the game for the Twins crossed the plate in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Eduardo Nunez.

 

 

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The Minnesota Twins top the Texas Rangers in back-and-forth affair, 3-2

 

Jun 29, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 29, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

The Minnesota Twins outlasted the Texas Rangers on Sunday after five lead changes, squeaking out a 3-2 win at Globe Life Park.

The Twins pulled out the win thanks to a strong ninth inning. The Twins scored on an RBI double by Kendrys Morales off Joakim Soria, plating Sam Fuld.

Kyle Gibson got it done on the hill on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over eight innings. He struck out three, walked none and surrendered eight hits.

Soria was the game’s losing pitcher. He lasted just one inning, walked none, struck out three, and allowed one run.

Twins closer Glen Perkins put away the final three outs to record the save.

The Rangers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Rangers’ threat began with a single by Shin-Soo Choo. A groundout by Carlos Pena then moved Choo from first to second. Adrian Beltre singled, scoring Choo.

 

 

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The Minnesota Twins lose 6-2 to the Los Angeles Angels

 

Jun 25, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (31) shakes hands with Minnesota Twins bench/catching coach Terry Steinbach (36) after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 25, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (31) shakes hands with Minnesota Twins bench/catching coach Terry Steinbach (36) after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

Oswaldo Arcia did all he could to give the Minnesota Twins a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past the Los Angeles Angels, as the Twins lost 6-2 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Wednesday.

Arcia reached base two times in the game for the Twins. He scored one run and had one RBI. He homered in the second inning.

The Angels’ lineup had no answer for Anthony Swarzak. Swarzak held the Angels hitless over three innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two.

Garrett Richards got the win for the Angels. He allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five, walked five and surrendered four hits.

Yohan Pino ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just three innings, walked one, struck out two, and allowed five runs.

The top of the second saw the Twins take an early lead, 1-0. A solo home run by Arcia started the inning off.

The Angels didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring three runs in the second inning when they scored on a two-run double by Kole Calhoun and a sacrifice fly by Grant Green.

The Angels increased their lead with two runs in the third. A sacrifice fly scored Albert Pujols to get the Angels on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Howie Kendrick’s single, bringing home Josh Hamilton.

The Twins tried to start a rally scoring once in the eighth inning, making the score 5-2. An RBI single by Kendrys Morales gave the Twins life. The Twins threat came to an end when Kevin Jepsen finally got Eduardo Escobar to ground out.

It didn’t take long for the Angels to answer as they scored one run of their own in the eighth. The Angels scored on an RBI single by C.J. Cron.

 

 

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The Minnesota Twins outslug the Los Angeles Angels in 8-6 defeat

 

Jun 24, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Kendrys Morales (17) follows through on a solo home run in the second inning as Los Angeles Angels catcher Hang Conger (16) watches at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 24, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Kendrys Morales (17) follows through on a solo home run in the second inning as Los Angeles Angels catcher Hang Conger (16) watches at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

The Minnesota Twins won the hit battle 11-8 on Tuesday, but couldn’t push enough runs across to get the win, instead losing 8-6 to the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Brian Dozier reached base four times. He scored one run and had one RBI. He singled in the second, fifth, and ninth innings.

Samuel Deduno pitched lights out for the Twins. The Angels managed just one hit off of the the Twins’ pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out four during his four innings of work.

Even though C.J. Wilson allowed six runs over five innings he still recorded the victory. He struck out four, walked none and surrendered nine hits.

Kyle Gibson was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed seven runs in two innings, walked two and struck out one.

Angels closer Joe Smith put away the final three outs to record the save.

The bottom of the first saw the Angels take an early lead, 5-0. A single by Josh Hamilton, scoring Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, started the inning off. The Angels pushed more runs across when Pujols and Hamilton scored on a two-run single by Howie Kendrick and Aybar scored on a groundout by C.J. Cron.

The Twins scored five runs in the second, keyed by a solo blast off the bat of Josh Willingham.

The Angels went up for good in the second, scoring two runs on a two-run home run by Mike Trout.

After pushing across one run in the top of the fifth, the Twins faced just a 7-6 deficit. A sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales set off the Twins rally. The Twins threat came to an end when C.J. Wilson finally got Kurt Suzuki to fly out.

 

 

 

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The Minnesota Twins seize victory thanks to late sacrifice fly, drop the Chicago White Sox 6-5

 

Jun 22, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (45) pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 22, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (45) pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

The Minnesota Twins took the last of four lead changes in a back-and-forth affair against the Chicago White Sox, securing a 6-5 victory on Sunday at Target Field to secure the four game sweep of the White Sox.

The Twins took the lead in the fourth inning and held on for the victory. A sacrifice fly by Josh Willingham scored Brian Dozier and gave the Twins the lead for good.

Sam Fuld put himself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for the Twins. He doubled in the second and sixth innings.

Anthony Swarzak was in control on the rubber. Swarzak held the White Sox hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out none.

Phil Hughes recorded the win for the Twins, allowing five runs over five innings. Hughes struck out four, walked one and gave up eight hits.

John Danks couldn’t get it done on the hill for the White Sox, taking a loss. He allowed six runs in five innings, walked four and struck out one.

The Twins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Twins’ rally started when Kendrys Morales singled to drive in the first run.

The fourth spelled defeat for the Chicago White Sox, as the Minnesota Twins grabbed the lead for good.

 

 

 

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The Future of Twins Nation

 

Jose Berrios (P) - Fort Myers Miracle

Jose Berrios (P) – Fort Myers Miracle

 

 

 

I’ve been hearing far too much negativity surrounding the Minnesota Twins. If fans are upset because of the record, let me tell you, they are on pace for a .500 season, which is much better than the last three years, and what I would consider–progress. After three years of forgettable baseball, the Twins are showing improvement, the Farm System is rapidly progressing and the front office is spending money. To me, that’s encouraging. To me, as a die-hard fan, I want to see progress so we can compete for the next decade.

Let’s look at a few reasons why all of Twins Nation should be excited—now and for the very near future.

1. Free Agency: We’re not the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox or Anaheim, or any other large-market franchise, so don’t expect the organization to spend like one. That being said, I can’t remember a year when the Twins were this aggressive. According to Baseball Reference.com, they spent 83.6 million in free agent signings. They needed to upgrade their starting rotation and they did. Even more surprising, and impressive, was the Kendrys Morales signing. Again, the Twins are showing us, the fans, that they are looking to win now. I give the Twins credit for what they did, and if you’re a fan, you have to be pleased that they are making a splash.

2. Kyle Gibson is becoming a stud on the mound. He threw seven shutout innings for a third straight outing on July 18, in Minnesota’s 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the Red Sox, running his scoreless streak to 22 innings in the process. It’s the third-longest streak without giving up a run by a starting pitcher in Twins history, as former American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana had a 33-innings scoreless streak in ’04, and left-hander Francisco Liriano went 23 innings without giving up a run in ’10.

3. Brian Dozier can do it all, almost: I’ll just say it, his batting average is lower than I would like, but look at everything else. He leads the team in home runs, stolen bases, walks, and runs, along with being second in hits and RBI. I think we can all agree that his defense is well above average. I’ve seen no issues with him making double play turns, throwing from up the middle and time after time making highlight plays. Yes, Brian Dozier has been more valuable at second base than the likes of Chase Utley, Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, and Ben Zobrist, all while being paid a fraction of those players.

4. Phil Hughes was the steal of this year’s free agent class. The Twins signed the 27 year-old to a 3 year – 24 million contract (see point one). Was it a good deal? Phil Hughes allowed two runs on eight hits in a complete-game loss to the Red Sox on July 17. He fanned six in the outing while not walking a batter. Even in the loss, the right-hander continues to pitch like one of the best pitchers in the American League — outside of a start earlier this month against the Astros, Hughes has turned in a quality start in 10 of his last 11 starts. He owns a 3.09 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 78/8 K/BB ratio over 90 1/3 innings this season. To answer my question, YES! This was a great signing.

5. The Future: We all know the top prospect in baseball, Byron Buxton, has been sidelined due to a wrist injury. And, we all know the #3 prospect in baseball, Miguel Sano underwent successful Tommy John Surgery. Still, both are expected to play this year. When Buxton is ready, he will head to Fort Meyers for extended spring training, and should be in New Britain (AA) before the end of the season. As for Sano, the expectation is that he will DH before the end of the year and will either participate in the AFL or one of the winter leagues. Fear not loyal fans, we will see both in spring training 2015.

6. The Future—Part Two: Alex Meyer, Trevor May, Jose Berrios, Kohl Stewart, Lewis Thorpe, Eddie Rosario, Kennys Vargas, Adam Brett Walker II and Nick Gordon. While Stewart, Thorpe, Walker and Gordon are all 2 – 3 years away, we have impactful prospects that will either be called up this year or in 2015.

Unless something unexpected happens, both Meyer and May will pitch for the Twins this year. Meyer has moments on the mound when he can’t be hit. He induces swings and misses with a 95-98 mph fastball, a slider and a knee-buckling, sinking 83-mph changeup. Meyer can be a top-of-the-rotation starter.

May has an above-average fastball, and his changeup looks better than it ever has. Add in improved mound presence, he is looking like the starter everyone has envisioned. In fact, May has pitched well enough this year to silence the slew of early season critics who questioned his readiness. His K/9 is sitting at a robust 9.4, and his walk rate is the lowest of his professional career. By all accounts, May is ready for the Show.

Rosario started playing games again at the end of May, opening in Ft. Myers (High A) where he got back up to speed with a quick eight-game stint before heading back to New Britain (AA). He’s played a bit of second base, but is back to playing mostly as a centerfielder. Rosario needs to demonstrate complete mastery at the Double-A level — and perhaps even the Triple-A level — before the Twins would consider bringing him up, but Rosario is one of the most dynamic hitters in the organization and could provide a critical infusion into the lineup in the second half. If Twins offense continues to be an issue and they find themselves needing a boost later in the summer — particularly in center field — they may find that Rosario is in fact their best option.

Vargas still doesn’t crack the list of the Twins’ top-10 prospects (currently 15) in what has proven to be a deep minor-league system, but his power is certainly intriguing. He’s continuing to work on keeping his weight down — 6-foot-5, 273 pounds — and his defense at first base remains a work in progress. He exhibited power last year with High-A Fort Myers, hitting 19 homers in 125 games with the Miracle. That’s in part why Vargas was added to the Twins’ 40-man roster last November. After a brief adjustment period, Vargas seems to have figured out AA hitting. He boasts an impressive .327/.396/.551 line (a .947 OPS), with 14 home runs, 13 doubles and 57 RBIs in 245 plate appearances. If his productivity remains consistent, Vargas will be in the Show next year.

I think we can all agree, it is starting to look really good in Twins Territory.

Go Twins!

“If you can’t enjoy the game unless you are pretty sure your team is going to win, baseball is not the game for you. Remember, the best team in baseball in any year is going to be beaten about 60 times.”

–DANIEL OKRENT & HARRIS LEWINE, The Ultimate Baseball Book

 

 

Written by Darrell R. Yates

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