I missed posting on Game #8, but a rainout meant I didn’t miss anything on Friday. Yesterday’s first televised match of the Spring was interesting but ultimately disappointing, as a Jose Mijares meltdown resulted in a 5-4 loss.
Today’s Big Winner
I had a tough time deciding who the big winner of the day was. Generally speaking, the ‘big winner’/’big loser’ decision is made based on things that happen on the field, so while I considered giving this to Denard Span for the combined force of his 2-for-3 day and his contract announcement, I ultimately decided to go in a different direction. I also considered Pat Neshek for making another solid step forward in his return, as he got back into a game for the first time in six games following the body issues he had after his first outing — and performed well, with a perfect inning and two K’s. However, I ultimately decided to give the nod to Carl Pavano, who had three perfect innings with two K’s against the Phillies ‘A’ lineup.
Today’s Big Loser
Delmon Young, who had been having a pretty nice spring by all accounts, went 0-for-3 with 3 K’s. Nick Punto and Brendan Harris continued to seem to run away from wanting the starting third base job, both going 0-for-2, as did Alexi Casilla. Matt Tolbert seemed to forget how to play second base, running around and dropping balls all over the place. Today, however, I’m giving the Golden Goat to Jose Mijares for giving up the three run homer Cody Ransom that lost the game for the Twins.