The Twins got off the schneid with a 6-5 win over the Rangers. They end their AL West road trip with two wins in ten games. Ben Revere went 4-4 with a triple. Denard Span had two hits. Cole De Vries started, and after a long rain delay, he returned and was able to go five innings. He left with a 6-2 lead. Jeff Gray came on and before too long, it was 6-5. Casey Fien did a great job in 1.2 innings, striking out three. Jared Burton pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Glen Perkins was terrific in the ninth for his eighth save.
Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Sunday:
GAME 1 - ROCHESTER 0, BUFFALO 1
Esmerling Vasquez continues to push toward a September call-up. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up one run on six hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out seven to reduce his ERA to 2.78. Of course, since the Red Wings were shutout, Vasquez got the loss.
The Red Wings bats managed just three hits in the game. Matt Carson hit two doubles, his 25th
of the year.
GAME 2 - ROCHESTER 11, BUFFALO 9
Game 1 was a pitcher’s duel. In Game 2, the bats showed up. The Twins went with a bullpen game. Caleb Thielbar started and went the first three innings. He gave up five runs (2 earned) on three hits. He walked twice and struck out three. Bobby Lanigan improved to 6-1 with a scoreless inning. Luis Perdomo then gave up four runs on five hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. Anthony Slama came in for the final five outs and he gave up no runs on one hit to record his 12th
save and drop his ERA to 0.59.
Brian Dozier broke out of his slump in a big way. He went 3-3 with a walk, was hit by a pitch and hit his 11th
double. Chris Parmelee went 2-3 with two walks and his first triple. Matt Carson was 2-4 with a walk and added his 27th
doubles. He also threw out a runner attempting to advance to third base. Wilkin Ramirez went 2-4 with a walk and his 14th
NEW BRITAIN 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 8
The Rock Cats had some big home runs. Chris Colabello drilled a three-run homer to keep the Rock Cats in the game early. Then, in the top of the ninth, down four runs, Oswaldo Arcia came up and hit a grand slam to tie the game. However, in the end, they came up just one run short.
Andrew Albers started and gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out two. Matt Hauser gave up two runs on four hits in two innings. Blake Martin went the next inning and gave up one run on one hit. Bruce Pugh came in for the bottom of the ninth. He got two outs, but he gave up the winning run to take the loss.
Chris Colabello went 2-5 with his 19th
home run and three RBI, putting him at 95 RBI on the year. Aaron Hicks was 3-4 with a walk and his 31st
stolen base. Rene Tosoni went 2-5. Deibinson Romero went 2-3 with a walk and his 21st
double. Shawn Roof was 2-4. Oswaldo Arcia hit the grand slam, his 8th
home run and his four RBI gives him 57 with the Rock Cats.
FT. MYERS, PALM BEACH
The game was cancelled earlier on Sunday morning due to the inclement weather caused by Tropical Storm Isaac. Their game on Monday has already been postponed.
BELOIT 8, CEDAR RAPIDS 9 (13 innings)
It was a long afternoon in Cedar Rapids. The game’s start was delayed for a bit, and then 13 innings later, it finally came to an end. Jason Wheeler started and gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Mason Melotakis came on and got all five batters he faced out, three on strikeouts. Zach Jones and gave up three runs on two hits and three walks in just one inning. He struck out three. Taylor Rogers went 2.1 perfect innings. Tim Atherton went the next 1.2 innings and gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out two.
Miguel Sano had a big day after getting a day off on Saturday. He went 4-6 with a walk, his 27th
doubles, his 27th
home run and three RBI (which gives him 97 on the year). He also stole his 8th
base. Wang-Wei Lin was 3-5 with his 13th
double and ninth stolen base. Kennys Vargas was 2-6 with a walk and his 11th
home run. Stephen Wickens went 2-6 with his second home run and seventh stolen base. Nate Roberts went 2-5 with two walks, his 17th
double and his 25th
ELIZABETHTON 6, PULASKI 8
DJ Hicks hit a two-run homer as part of a game-tying four-run ninth for the E-Twins. Unfortunately, Pulaski came back and won in the 9th
. The E-Twins had eight players with one hit each. Jorge Polanco was 1-3 with his fifth homer. Byron Buxton hit his fifth double.
Hudson Boyd started and gave up four runs (3 earned) on eight hits. In five innings, he walked two and struck out three. Josh Burris gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in his inning. Tyler Duffey came on and struck out three in two scoreless innings. Chris Mazza gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and a walk in two innings.
Players of the Day for Sunday, August 27, 2012
Hitter of the Day – Miguel Sano
Pitcher of the Day – Esmerling Vasquez
A Look Ahead – Monday, August 28, 2012 Schedule
Rochester @ Buffalo – RHP Nick Blackburn
New Britain @ Trenton – LHP Luke French
Ft. Myers @ Bradenton – Game Postponed
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids – RHP Tyler Jones
Elizabethton vs Princeton – RHP Angel Mata
GCL Twins – Season Over
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