It was a late night, and an awful night, to be a Twins fan. I'm curious at the end of the season -- with the benefit of hindsight -- if Jered Weaver's no-hitter against the Twins will be viewed as just another bad memory from a bad season, or whether it's going to be remembered the symbolic indictment on the state of affairs of the Twins' pitching, hitting, front office and field management.
Instead of dwelling on that, I'll give you a Rock Cats update. They won last night, as they have done often this season, and are now 17-9. I wrote Wednesday's Minor League Daily report for TwinsDaily (check it out here), and here's what I mentioned about New Britain's performance:
"NEW BRITAIN 5, HARRISBURG 4
New Britain has been involved in many close contests lately. Tonight, they eeked out a victory against the Harrisburg Senators. Chris Colabello, an 8-year independent league baseball player until 2012 (primarily with the Worcester, MA Tornadoes), had a great night offensively. He went 2-for-5 for New Britain, with his 5th home run of the year, a 3 run shot in the third inning with two outs. Wilkin Ramirez and Pedro Florimon each had two hits, including a double, Estarlin De Los Santos picked up 2 singles, Evan Bigley had a run-scoring single and a walk, and Nathan Hanson had a sacrifice fly. Definitely a team effort on offense. De Los Santos stole his 5th base of the season. Aaron Hicks was 0-for-3 with a walk, was caught stealing, and is batting .268 on the year.
Andrew Albers got the start for New Britain tonight. The bad: he gave up 3 home runs and 4 runs on 7 hits. The good: he lasted 6 innings, issued 0 walks, and struck out 5. The bullpen was better, though. Bobby Lanigan pitched 2 and 1/3 innings, gave up 0 runs, allowing 3 hits and striking out 1. Luis Perdomo picked up the win tonight (2-2), tossing 1 and 2/3 innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1."
If you're ready to officially jump off the Twins' bandwagon this season, or are just sick of them, I can't blame you. I'll always be a fan -- win or lose -- but I'm certainly paying less attention to the Twins than I was a few weeks ago. I wholeheartedly recommend throwing your support behind the Rock Cats. Thus far, they have the best record of any of the Twins affiliates, and have already had 2 players (Lucas French and Deolis Guerra) bumped up to AAA. Get to know the names and faces now -- you'll probably be seeing several of these guys in Minnesota -- both out of necessity and on their own merit -- in the next year or so.