Thielbar streaks come to an end

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 9, 2013 - 8:30 AM

– Caleb Thielbar never was crazy about people quoting his streaky stats to him. But the end to those stats was even worse.

Thielbar surrendered a seventh-inning home run to Ben Zobrist on Monday, the first hit he’s allowed in a month, and the first run he’s allowed in the major leagues — period.

“It was just right over the middle of the plate, belt high,” Thielbar said of the pitch that inflated his ERA from 0.00 to 0.45. “Where guys like that get most of their home runs.”

Guys like that hadn’t done it to Thielbar until now, however. The Randolph, Minn., native pitched 20 innings without being charged with a run, the longest active streak in the majors when it was broken, and his 17 appearances without a run to start his career makes him only the seventh player since 1921 to achieve that.

But it wasn’t only runs. Tuesday is the one-month anniversary of the last hit Thielbar allowed, an infield single to Jeff Kobernus in Washington on June 9. He pitched 31 at-bats afterward without allowing another hit — he’s now given up only six so far all year — which approached record territory in that category, too. Only five Twins in history, according to Elias Sports Bureau, pitched more consecutive at-bats without a hit, led by Scott Erickson in 1994, when he threw the third no-hitter in franchise history.

“It’s just one of those things that you try to keep going as long as possible,” Thielbar said. “But you can’t base your pitching on that. Just keep throwing all your pitches, change speeds, move it around. Hitters tend to get themselves out if you get ahead of them.”

Ron Gardenhire said Thielbar’s newness is paying off for the Twins.

“We haven’t had to go through the league twice with him yet. People don’t know him. That’s an advantage for a pitcher,” the manager said. “He comes right at you. He’s slinging the ball. He hides the ball, got a nice little breaking ball. He can cut his fastball, throws a slider, just looks like to me he hides the ball very well.”

Walters bound for AAA

P.J. Walters is back where Gardenhire hoped he would end up — at Rochester, awaiting another call if the Twins get short on starting pitching again.

Walters cleared waivers Monday without being claimed by another team, and he chose to accept the Twins’ assignment to Class AAA rather than declare free agency. He’ll report to the Red Wings on Tuesday, and will start a game later this week.

“We were disappointed that we had to make the move in the first place, because we like the guy an awful lot,” Gardenhire said. “I think he knows he’ll get a chance again. We’ve given him the opportunity a couple of times. We like him, we were hoping it would work out that we would keep him, and fortunately for us, he wanted to stay.”

Walters is no longer on the 40-man roster, and the spot will remain vacant for the time being, assistant general manager Rob Antony said. The Red Wings will make a corresponding roster move Tuesday to make room for the righthander, who went 2-5 with a 5.95 ERA in eight starts with the Twins.

Etc.

• Reliever Rich Harden will throw live batting practice later this week, and the Twins believe he is close to pitching in Gulf Coast League games, Antony said. It’s still possible, he said, for Harden to pitch in the majors this year. “It’s been positive — no lat soreness, no forearm [tightness], no anything,” Antony said. “If he can pitch an inning or two, have three or four good outings, progress on, maybe move him up to Triple-A — that’s the hope, that he could come up and we could see him face hitters.”

• Oswaldo Arcia returned to the Twins lineup Monday, after missing Sunday’s game because of a bruised finger and sore knee.

• Class AA pitcher Alex Meyer, out since June because of shoulder soreness, will begin a throwing program around July 16, Antony said, “ and hopefully be able to start pitching in games early August. He’s going to end up missing two months.”

  • related content

  • Twins relief pitcher Caleb Thielbar surrendered a seventh-inning home run to Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist on Monday, the first run he's allowed in his major league career and first hit given up in a month.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Philadelphia 12/20/14 3:30 PM
Washington
San Diego 12/20/14 7:25 PM
San Francisco
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Oakland
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Arizona
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Cincinnati
Utah 101 FINAL
Orlando 94
Charlotte 109 FINAL
Philadelphia 91
Brooklyn 91 FINAL
Cleveland 95
Washington 105 FINAL
Miami 103
Minnesota 98 FINAL
Boston 114
Toronto 110 FINAL
Detroit 100
Chicago 103 FINAL
Memphis 97
Portland 129 FINAL
San Antonio 119
LA Clippers 106 FINAL
Denver 109
Oklahoma City 70 3rd Qtr 2:37
LA Lakers 68
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 3
Anaheim 2 FINAL
Ottawa 6
NY Islanders 2 FINAL
Detroit 1
Boston 1 FINAL
Winnipeg 2
Dallas 2 FINAL
Calgary 1
Wilberforce 71 FINAL
Youngstown St 92
Jackson State 49 FINAL
Tulane 56
Siena 66 FINAL
Radford 76
Stillman 49 FINAL
Alabama 69
Case Western Reserve 65 FINAL
Bucknell 88
Niagara 62 FINAL
Buffalo 88
SD Christian 46 FINAL
UC Santa Barbara 69
Concordia (MI) 60 FINAL
Central Mich 97
Northern Ill 55 FINAL
Dartmouth 58
North Florida 83 FINAL
Florida A&M 65
Hiwassee 71 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 91
Tennessee St 54 FINAL
Hampton 66
NC A&T 57 FINAL
Kent State 71
Central Penn College 65 FINAL
Liberty 94
Eastern Ky 72 FINAL
Miami-Florida 44
Northern Ky 83 FINAL
Morehead State 60
Northern Ariz 62 FINAL
Norfolk State 81
MD-Eastern Shore 43 FINAL
Old Dominion 60
St Marys-CA 47 FINAL
St Johns 53
Clemson 45 FINAL
South Carolina 68
Tenn Tech 58 FINAL
Tennessee 61
Washington-MD 46 FINAL
William & Mary 86
Bethune-Cookman 46 FINAL
Mercer 67
Furman 78 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 83
South Dakota St 53 FINAL
CS-Bakersfield 49
Milligan 53 FINAL
Lamar 80
LSU-Alexandria 71 FINAL
ULM 76
Southern Utah 57 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 73
Chattanooga 58 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 68
Seattle 57 FINAL
Minnesota 92
Lipscomb 55 FINAL
Princeton 77
Winthrop 71 FINAL
SE Louisiana 81
Dickinson State 48 FINAL
North Dakota 78
New Orleans 56 FINAL
Southern Ill 52
TX-Pan American 60 FINAL
Creighton 75
Colorado State 85 FINAL
Denver 84
Alabama A&M 49 FINAL
Marquette 83
Ark-Pine Bluff 51 FINAL
Texas Tech 72
Eastern Wash 67 FINAL
California 78
Idaho State 56 FINAL
Utah State 69
Arizona 28 2nd Half
Texas-El Paso 25
Hawaii 18 1st Half 13:26
Chaminade 22
Nevada 12/20/14 10:00 AM
Louisiana
Utah State 12/20/14 1:20 PM
Texas-El Paso
(23) Utah 12/20/14 2:30 PM
Colorado State
Western Mich 12/20/14 4:45 PM
Air Force
South Alabama 12/20/14 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Memphis
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Rice
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
UCF
Ohio Valley 33 FINAL
Youngstown St 84
East Tenn St 48 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 61
Cal-Irvine 44 FINAL
Purdue 69
Campbell 63 FINAL
Stetson 76
Jacksonville St 70 FINAL
Charleston Southern 43
Louisiana 64 FINAL
Alcorn State 57
Denver 63 FINAL
Wright State 72
Blue Mountain 30 FINAL
Central Arkansas 71
Texas State 51 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 40
Albany 62 FINAL
Pepperdine 36
TX-San Antonio 53 FINAL
Houston 56
Yale 66 FINAL
Bucknell 73
Northern Colorado 56 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 69
Belmont 86 FINAL
Mercer 83
Massachusetts 66 FINAL
Georgia State 71
George Mason 69 FINAL
Winthrop 57
Portland State 33 FINAL
Princeton 104
UCLA 71 FINAL
Samford 52
Mobile 30 FINAL
Alabama State 66
Nicholls 49 FINAL
Texas Tech 76
Toledo 65 FINAL
Nevada 56
UMass Lowell 48 FINAL
(13) Duke 95
St Marys-CA 49 FINAL
Virginia 62
McNeese State 55 FINAL
Rice 57
McMurry 49 FINAL
Houston Baptist 69
NJIT 62 FINAL
Seton Hall 74
(6) North Carolina 65 FINAL
Maine 36
Lafayette 58 FINAL
Stony Brook 60
Siena 62 FINAL
Binghamton 53
Longwood 56 FINAL
Clemson 72
Savannah State 51 FINAL
Florida State 97
(19) Syracuse 72 FINAL
(9) Baylor 74
Buffalo 68 FINAL
Manhattan 58
Canisius 43 FINAL
Michigan 79
Davidson 66 FINAL
NC State 82
Northern Ky 63 FINAL
Delaware 58
Saint Louis 81 FINAL
Austin Peay 86
(25) DePaul 64 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 98
Ohio U 74 FINAL
La Salle 63
Florida Atlantic 60 FINAL
Long Beach St 85
Miami-Florida 65 FINAL
Tulane 70
Miss Valley St 39 FINAL
Memphis 62
Ark-Pine Bluff 56 FINAL
UAB 65
Bowling Green 58 FINAL
Illinois State 54
Arkansas State 78 FINAL
Missouri State 62
ULM 42 FINAL
Wichita State 57
(16) Oregon State 71 FINAL
Southern Ill 55
Pacific 67 FINAL
New Mexico St 62
No Dakota State 79 FINAL
Cal State Fullerton 86
Utah State 92 FINAL
Sacramento St 102
Bethesda (CA) 61 FINAL
Fresno State 83
Utah Valley U 44 FINAL
Montana 68
LSU 70 2nd Half 3:43
UC Santa Barbara 39

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Will Christian Ponder ever be a full-time starter in the NFL?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close