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Minnesota Twins Minor League Report (6/6): Vargas for Victory

I think the theme of the Minnesota Twins draft day two is, “You can never have enough pitching.” The team made eight picks and seven of them were college pitchers. On the field, the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros began a three-game series with a rain delay. The young, talented Astros showed some power against Phil Hughes and the Twins. But hey, on Saturday, Lewis Thorpe will make his full-season debut for the Cedar Rapids Kernels while Alex Meyer pitches for the Red Wings.

Eddie Rosario was promoted to New Britain after his stint in Ft. Myers. He showed that he was ready. Speaking of getting ready, check out the big hit in the top of the first inning for the Rochester Red Wings. And which farmhand launched two home runs tonight? And, which prospect added to his organizational lead in home runs? And, which prospect carried his team to victory by knocking in all of his team’s runs.

Attached Image: Kennys Vargas Rock Cats.jpg [h=4]Malcolm MacMillan, founder of TheBallparkGuide.com[/h]Without further ado, here is what happened in the Twins' farm system on Friday night:

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 13, Charlotte 4
Box Score

It’s always fun beating the White Sox, even when it is at the AAA level. Charlotte is the AAA affiliate of the South Siders. The Red Wings got off to a quick start and didn’t look back. In the first inning, Chris Colabello came up with the bases loaded and chose the perfect time to knock his first Red Wings home run. Wilkin Ramirez hit his first and second home runs of the season and drove in three. James Beresford was 2-5 and walked once. Chris Rahl was 2-4. Brad Nelson was 2-4 with a walk. Pedro Florimon was 2-5. Dan Rohlfing was 1-3 with two walks. It was a good game for the offense.

Yohan Pino had arguably his worst outing of the season, and yet his offense helped him to the win. In five innings, he gave up four runs on eight hits, three of which were home runs. He walked one and struck out five. Edgar Ibarra and Deolis Guerra each threw two scoreless innings.

ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 6, Binghamton 3
Box Score

Eddie Rosario returned to the New Britain Rock Cats after a short stint with the Ft. Myers Miracle following his 50-game suspension. He had a good game. He batted second and played center field. He went 2-5 with a double.

However, on this night, his story falls to the performance of his countryman Kennys Vargas. Down 4-2 in the fifth, Vargas came up with the bases load. He cleared them with his ninth home run of the season. An inning later, he drove in two more runs with his 12th double. He had a single as well and finished a triple short of the cycle.

Tony Thomas went 3-5. Mike Kvasnicka was 3-4 in the game. Nate Hanson added a single and walked twice.

Virgil Vasquez started for the Rock Cats and improved to 4-2. He went six innings and gave up three runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out seven. Dan Turpen struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning. In the eighth, Matt Summers struck out two without allowing a run. Lester Oliveros recorded his eighth save with two strikeouts in the ninth inning.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 3, Lakeland 4 (11 innings)
Box Score

The Miracle got another great start from their ace, and a big jolt from their power supplier, but they fell in extra frames. JO Berrios started and gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits in eight innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out nine. Two of the runs, including the unearned run, scored in that eighth inning. Mason Melotakis worked two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one. In the 11th, Madison Boer gave up an unearned run on two hits to take the loss.

The Miracle had eight hits in the game. Adam Walker went 2-5 and hit his 13th home run of the season. It was a three-run blast that gave the Miracle all three of their runs. Stephen Wickens was the only other Miracle hitter to get on base more than once. He had a single and a walk.


KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 8, Wisconsin 12
Box Score

The funny thing about the MLB draft is its uncertainty. Sure things are not sure things. In 2013, the Twins took Ryan Eades in the second round with the industry-wide belief that he could be a fast mover. He may figure some things out in time, but fast-moving is probably out of the question. He is now 3-7 with a 7.07 ERA after another rough start. On this night, he gave up nine runs on eight hits in just two innings. He walked two, hit one and struck out two.

Jared Wilson came on and was charged with three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk in three innings. Chris Mazza worked two scoreless innings and struck out two. Todd Van Steensel worked a quiet, scoreless inning.

The Kernels got plenty of offense. They had seven hits and walked seven times. Chad Christensen led the way. He went 4-5 his tenth double and three RBI. He also stole his 15th base. Ryan Walker went 2-4 with a walk and scored three runs.


TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – JO Berrios, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Kennys Vargas, New Britain Rock Cats

SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Gwinnett (6:05 CST) – Alex Meyer (Listen)
New Britain @ Binghamton (6:05 CST) – Pat Dean (Listen)
Lakeland @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) – Matt Tomshaw (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30 CST) – Lewis Thorpe (Listen)


Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games.


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