Friday Night Minor League Lights
The Twins/Rangers game in Arlington was over pretty quickly. Samuel Deduno gave up one run in the first inning and five runs in the second. Somehow, he got through five innings and gave up seven runs on 11 hits. He walked the first batter he faced and that was the lone walk of the night. Kyle Waldrop came in and gave up just one run over three innings.
But this game was about the Rangers. The Twins had just three hits. Adrian Beltre alone had four hits, a single, double, triple and home run. It was the 6th cycle against the Twins. Matt Harrison, the talented left-hander improved to 15-7 with a strong performance.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] It wasn’t until Trevor Plouffe hit a single with two outs in the 7th innings that the Twins had their first hit. Harrison completed eight innings of dominance.
Fortunately, there were some pretty impressive performances by Twins minor leaguers. Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Saturday night:
ROCHESTER 1, LEHIGH VALLEY 8
PJ Walters made another rehab start and this one didn’t go so well. The right-hander gave up seven runs on ten hits in just three innings. He walked one and struck out three. Jeff Manship came on and threw three shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out one. Bobby Lanigan pitched the final three innings. He gave up one run on two hits (a solo home runs and a walk.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 1-3 with his 14th double and the lone RBI. The team had just three hits.
Tom Brunansky and Wilkin Ramirez were both ejected in the 7th inning.
NEW BRITAIN 2, NEW HAMPSHIRE 5
The Rock Cats really needed to win this series against the cellar-dwellers from New Hampshire, but they’ve lost the first two games. The team got plenty of hits but not enough runs. Josmil Pinto was 2-4 with his second home run since his promotion. Aaron Hicks was 2-4 with a walk and his 30th stolen base. Rene Tosoni and Chris Colabello were each 2-4. Chris Herrmann was 2-5.
Logan Darnell started and gave up five runs on 10 hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out three. Jose Gonzalez worked two scoreless innings. He gave up no hits, walked two and struck one out. Bruce Pugh gave up a hit and a walk but no runs in his inning.
Earlier in the day, Aaron Hicks, Chris Colabello and Deibinson Romero were named to the Eastern League postseason All-Star team.
FT. MYERS 8, PALM BEACH 1
Madison Boer had a terrific game. The right-hander from Eden Prairie gave up one run on four hits in seven innings. He walked none and struckout five. AJ Achter and Miguel Munoz each struck out two batters in a scoreless inning.
Danny Ortiz went 3-4 with a walk and his 21st double. Angel Morales was 3-3 with a walk and his eighth stolen base. Danny Santana went 2-5 with his ninth triple and three RBI. Kyle Knudson was 2-4 with a walk.
BELOIT 8, PEORIA 2
The Snappers got good pitching and plenty of hitting in this big win. Nate Roberts continued to get on base. He went 2-3 with a walk, his 16th double and his third triple. Eddie Rosario went 4-5 with his 27th and 28th doubles, his 11th home run and three RBI. Stephen Wickens went 1-2 with two walks and 10th double.
Steven Gruver gave up two runs on three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four. Corey Kimes gave up just one hit over three scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out three. Tim Atherton went one scoreless inning. He gave up a hit and a walk and struck out one.
ELIZABETHTON 7, PULASKI 5
The E-Twins got back into the win column on Friday night. Max Kepler went 3-5 with his 15th and 16th doubles, his ninth home run and three RBI. Byron Buxton went 2-5 with his fourth double, first home run and two RBI. Jorge Polanco went 2-3 with a walk and his 15th double. Romy Jimenez hit his eighth home run.
Lefty Brett Lee started but gave up five runs (4 earned) on seven hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out two. Luis Nunez went 2.1 scoreless innings despite giving up a hit and two walks. Kaleb Merck struckout two in 1.2 scoreless innings. JT Chargois walked one but picked up his fifth save.
GCL TWINS 4, GCL RED SOX 1
The GCL Twins played their second-to-last game on Friday and got a win. Gonzalo Sanudo started and gave up just one run on five hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out three. Josue Montanez improved to 2-0 and dropped his ERA to 0.36 after giving up just one hit in 2.1 innings. Melciades de la Cruz struckout four over the final 2.2 innings for his sixth save.
John Murphy went 3-4 with his second homer and three RBI. Jeremias Pineda hit his first home run. Bryan Haar hit his ninth double. Dereck Rodriguez hit his eighth double. Jose Ramirez hit his third double.
Players of the Day for Friday, August 24, 2012
Hitter of the Day – Eddie Rosario
Pitcher of the Day – Madison Boer
A Look Ahead – Saturday, August 25, 2012 Schedule
Rochester @ Buffalo – RHP Kyle Gibson
New Britain @ New Hampshire – RHP BJ Hermsen
Ft. Myers vs Palm Beach – LHP Cole Nelson
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids – RHP Cole Johnson
Elizabethton @ Pulaski – RHP Ricardo Arevalo
GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox – TBD (Final game of Regular Season)
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