Monday, June 30, 2008

Pirates slip past Twins, 2-1

GCL Twins

GCL Pirates 2 at GCL Twins 1

W: J. Perez (1-0, 0.00); L: M. Mopas (1-1, 2.57); SV: M. Foust (1)
HR: None.

The GCL Twins dropped a close one to the GCL Twins - a bit of a surprise as I was there and I could have sworn the Pirates had couple of more runs. However, I was shooting, not scoring so...

Andrea Lobanov took the his first start of the season, working 3 innings and allowing a unearned run on a hit and a walk while striking out 2.

Lobanov would allowed a walk to Edwin Roman with a pair of outs on the board in the top of the 3rd. Roman then stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd when Danny Rohlfing, attempting to catch him, threw the ball into the outfield. Andenson Chourio singled to second, allowing Roman to score. Chourio would to go 2nd on a throwing error by Williams, but Lobanov got Frazier Pedron to ground out to end the inning.

Gabriel Alvarado replaced Mike Thompson in the bottom of the 3rd, allowing a walk to Jon Goncalves. Goncalves would then steal 2nd and move to 3rd then Pirates catcher Miguel Mendez miss threw the ball in an attempt to catch Goncalves. Brandon Roberts, playing in a rehab assignment from AA New Britain, would walk. Aaron Hicks then ground into a double play that score Goncalves. Andrew Diaz would fly out to retire the side.

The Twins have signed Bruce Pugh, the Twins 19th round pick out of Hillsborough Community College, Florida, and assigned him to the GCL. The right hander would take over for the 4th and walked Miguel Mendez, Alex Vargas and Jarek Cunningham. After a trip to the mound by Ivan Arteaga to calm the youngster down, Pugh would unleash a wild pitch. Rohlfing got it back in the corner and relayed the ball to Pugh who'd come into cover the plate, saving the run and keeping the game tied. Pugh would then go on to strike out Joe Munoz and Andury Acevedo to retire the side.

Jean Mijares would work the next two for the Twins, while Juan Perez would replace Alvarado in the bottom of the sixth for the Pirates. Perez ould get Diaz to strike out and hit Williams with a pitch. Tyler Ladendorf would go down on strikes before Rohlfind felt the wrath of Perez's control issue and all got plunked with a pitch. Perez then walked Hidalgo to load the bags. Juan Sanchez would ground into a force out however to end the inning without further damage.

Ian Mopas took over the mound for the top of the 7th. He'd allow a single to Joe Munoz before nabbing a Andury Acevedo line out to plate. Craig Perry would double off him however, and Munoz would score to give the Pirates the game winner.

Please note that the box score is incorrect as Roberts only worked five innings and was replaced by Danny Ortiz, who singled in the bottom of the 7th and ground out in the 9th.

The Twins play the next two in Sarasota, facing the GCL Orioles at Twin Lakes Park on Monday and the GCL Reds at the City of Sarasota Complex on Tuesday. They return home Wednesday to host the GCL Red Sox. All games start at Noon.

Herald Tribune

Tim Atherton (who is NOT Keith Atherton's son) and Elliott Biddle were released by the Twins returned to Australia. A little reliever told me they were sent home because of something that happened off field.

Rodney Gessmann and the Twins reached an agreement on mutual retirement. Rodney needed surgery and didn’t want to go through the pain and trouble of rehab and as he was “older” the Twins were okay with his retirement.

Jean Mijares is no relationship to Jose Mijares. Likewise, the two Lobanov's on the Twins roster are not related and the two Choi's are not brothers either.

The DSL Twins were off on Sunday.

The Elizabethton Twins game at the Burlington Royals was postponed due to rain. I imagine the two teams will play a double header Monday starting at 5:00 PM, but I've not seen an official announcement on it.

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