Jaynesville, WI - The Twins were in Cleveland on Saturday night and won 7-4. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning thanks to RBI singles by Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Trevor Plouffe. Cleveland clawed back with single runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth to tie the game. However, Plouffe’s sixth home run of the season made it 5-4 after six, and Mauer’s third home run, a two-run shot, gave the Twins their 7-4. PJ Walters started and his string of quality starts came to an end. He gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks in 4.1 innings. The bullpen did great again. Brian Duensing threw two perfect innings. Jared Burton came on and struck out the two batters he faced. Glen Perkins worked a perfect eighth inning, and Matt Capps struck out two in the 9th
for his 11th
It was a mixed bag of success in the Twins farm system on Saturday. Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Saturday:
GAME 1 - ROCHESTER 3, COLUMBUS 0
Luke French got the starting nod for the Red Wings. Despite five walks and three hits) in five innings, he did not allow a run. Lester Oliveros came in and recorded his second Red Wings save by striking out three in two perfect innings. There wasn’t a lot of offense, but just enough. Wilkin Ramirez was 2-3 with his fourth double and two RBI. Tsuyoshi Nishioka had the only other hit, his first double of the year. Chris Parmelee drove in the third run.
GAME 2 - ROCHESTER 0, COLUMBUS 1
In the second game, it was David Bromberg making the start. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits. In three innings, he walked three and struck out five. Casey Fien then struck out three in two perfect innings. Although the Red Wings had eight hits in this game, they were unable to score a single run. Clete Thomas was 2-3 with his eighth double. Tsuyoshi Nishioka was also 2-3.
NEW BRITAIN 3, HARRISBURG 4
The Rock Cats come back came up a run short on Saturday. Logan Darnell started and gave up four runs on ten hits in 6.2 innings. He struck out four and walked none. Brett Jacobson went 1.1 innings and gave up just one hit. Luis Perdomo pitched a scoreless ninth frame. The Rock Cats had eight hits. Deibinson Romero hit his sixth home run to cut the deficit in half. Aaron Hicks and Rene Tosoni were each 1-3 with a walk.
FT. MYERS 5, DAYTONA 10
Pat Dean pitched so well for the Twins in May, but in his first June start, he gave up six runs on 13 hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out three. Ricky Bowen came in and gave up four runs (3 earned) on three hits and a walk in two innings. Then infielder Andy Leer came in to pitch the ninth inning and went 1-2-3.
Oswaldo Arcia continues to swing a hot bat. In this game, he was 4-5 with his 14th
double, his sixth home run and three RBI. He’s now hitting .328. Danny Santana is back up to .316 with a 3-5 day. Levi Michael was 2-5. Jairo Perez had a nice day as well. He was 2-3 with two walks.
BELOIT 9, WISCONSIN 5
This game was scoreless until the fourth inning, and then the offenses took over. The Timber Rattlers scored two in the top of the fourth, and the Snappers responded with five runs in the fourth inning. Miguel Sano led off with a double to the gap. Drew Leachman singled to right. Jonathan Goncalves was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then Matt Koch hit a two-run double which was followed by a two-run Kyle Knudson single. Later, Eddie Rosario singled in AJ Pettersen with the fifth run of the inning.
Wisconsin came back with two runs in the top of the 5th
inning off of starter Matt Summers. However, the Snappers responded with four more runs in the bottom of the 5th
. Sano again led off the inning, this time in a line drive singled to left. Sano stole second, and Leachman singled to center. After a pitching change, Goncalves hit a smash down the 3B line that the third baseman dove and knocked down and got the force at second. Sano scored on the play. Goncalves stole second, his second steal of the game. Koch walked. After a balk put runners on second and third, Knudson was walked. AJ Pettersen came up and drilled a deep fly ball to left center to plate the next run. After Wang-Wei Line walked, Nate Roberts drilled a two-run single to center to give the Snappers a 9-4 lead.
Tim Atherton came in for the sixth inning. He walked the first batter and gave up a bunt single to the next batter. It was the first hit he’s allowed (in 6 innings over 2 outings) since he was promoted to the Snappers a week earlier. He limited the damage to just one run in the inning, and that was it for the scoring.
Summers started and got the win. He gave up four runs (2 earned, thanks to a dropped pop up by Sano) on five hits and three walks. He fanned four. Atherton gave up one run on three hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out five. Corey Williams pitched a scoreless eighth, and Michael Tonkin struck out two in a scoreless ninth.
For much more on my trip to Beloit, check back to Twins Daily later. I’ll be posting a two-part log of the Territory Train trip to Quad Cities to see the Snappers play on Friday night, and then the trip to Beloit on Saturday which included lunch with several members of the Snappers team. Plus, I'm guessing you'll want to read my thoughts and scouting reports on various players on the roster, such as Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario, maybe?
Players of the Day for Saturday, June 2, 2012
Hitter of the Day – Oswaldo Arcia
Pitcher of the Day – Lester Oliveros
A Look Ahead – Sunday, June 3, 2012 Schedule
Rochester vs Columbus – Nick Blackburn
New Britain vs Harrisburg – TBD
Ft. Myers vs Daytona – RHP Madison Boer
Beloit vs Kane County – RHP Tyler Jones
If you have any questions or comments on the Twins minor league system, players, teams, etc., leave them in the Comments and I’ll try to answer them!