Gregg Hoffmann

Midwest Diamond Report - 6/22

A MDR matchup between the White Sox and Twins is being staged this weekend at Target Field, and the Twins are kicking butt.

The Twins snapped their five-game losing streak with Thursday's 4-2 win against the White Sox.  Joe Mauer tied the game in the third inning, and then doubled in the eighth to score the go-ahead run for his first multi-RBI game since May 3, and third total this season.

On Friday night, closer Glen Perkins blew his third save by allowing two runs in the ninth inning. But, Perkins got out of a bases-loaded jam by getting an inning-ending double play, and Brian Dozier came through with a walk-off RBI single off Ronald Belisario with two outs in the ninth to give Minnesota a 5-4 win.

Kevin Correia settled down after a rocky start to throw six strong innings, and Mauer laced a go-ahead two-run double in the fifth to lead the Twins to a 4-3 win on Saturday.

Sunday’s game will be played after this was posted. Results will be added to the Facebook posting of the MDR Blog.

Player of the Week

The Brewers’ CF Carlos Gomez extended his on-base streak to 34 games and his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games. For that, he gets the MDR Player of the Week honor.

Other MDR teams’ Players of the Week included:

** the Cubs’ Starlin Castro, who surpassed his home run and RBI totals for the entire 2013 season during the week.

** the Twins’ Joe Mauer, who had multi-hit games and some clutch hits against the White Sox.

** the White Sox’s Conor Gillaspie, who continued to hit at a .340 pace.

Updated Notes

Brewers

** The Brewers had 26 road wins through Saturday, the most in the big leagues. They stood at 16 games above .500 after Saturday’s win over the Rockies.

** Playing in his 1,000th game in a Brewers uniform Friday, RF Ryan Braun finished his day 3-for-6 with two runs, two RBIs and two doubles.

** Five Brewers finished Friday’ 13-10 game with three hits with the team matching a season high in hits, 19, and setting a new season high in runs.

Cubs

** The Cubs are 18-14 since May 17, tops in the National League, and 11-8 in the month of June. Those 11 victories match their win total from May.

**  With a three-run home run to left off Charlie Morton in the third inning of Friday's 6-3 win over the Pirates, SS Starlin Castro surpassed his homer total (11) from all of last season.

** Cubs catcher Welington Castillo went 1-for-5, hitting a single in the sixth, in his first Minor League rehab game with Triple-A Iowa on Friday night.

Twins

** Twins starters have a 2.41 ERA over their last 11 outings.

** Kendrys Morales made his first start of the season at first base on Saturday against the White Sox with Joe Mauer getting a break and starting at designated hitter.

** 3B Trevor Plouffe said his rib injury is feeling better, and he remains hopeful he'll be ready to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on June 30.

White Sox

**  Andre Rienzo allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking two, on Saturday. Over his last five starts, Rienzo has yielded 35 hits over 22 1/3 innings, along with 11 walks.

** The White Sox rank fourth in the American League with 23 multi-homer games and are 18-5 in those efforts.

** With two runs scored off of Twins closer Glen Perkins in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Twins, the White Sox increased their Major League-leading ninth-inning run total to 46.

What’s Ahead

The first place Brewers return to Miller Park for a three-game series with the Nationals and then a rematch against this weekend’s opponents, the Rockies.

The Cubs, who have been up-and-coming in the NL Central, will host another division rival in the Reds at Wrigley Field.

After wrapping up their series with the Sox, the Twins head for the West Coast to take on the Angels. The Sox head east to meet the Orioles.

At a different level, the Northwoods League enters the final week of the first half of the season with completive races in both divisions. The winner of the first half plays the winner of the second half in the divisional playoffs.

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