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Minnesota Twins Minor League Report (May 9): Kernels Crush

The Minnesota Twins played one of the more crisp games of their 2014 season on Friday night. Phil Hughes needed just 86 pitches to get through seven shutout innings. Casey Fien dominated the 8th inning, and Glen Perkins got the save in the 2-1 win. Brian Dozier reached base four times, and Kurt Suzuki drove in both runs with a single off of Justin Verlander. Today, it will be Kyle Gibson taking on fellow Missouri Tiger Max Scherzer.

It was also a full night through the Twins minor league system.

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TRANSACTIONS
On Thursday the Twins announced that Pedro Florimon and Chris Herrmann were heading down to Rochester. The corresponding moves were announced on Friday afternoon. Aaron Hicks came off of the 7-Day Concussion List. The Twins also purchased the contract of Chris Parmelee and went 2-4 in his return.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels put Logan Wade on the 7-Day Disabled List with a dislocated shoulder.


RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 2, Toledo 7
Box Score

Coming into this game, Yohan Pino was pitching better than anyone in the organization. His ERA was under one. On this day, he went just 2.1 innings and gave up four runs (3 earned) on four hits. He walked two and struck out one and his ERA jumped up to 1.57. Aaron Thompson got the final two outs of the third inning. Ryan Pressly came in and gave up two unearned runs on three hits over three innings. Matt Hoffman gave up a run on three hits and a walk.

Eric Farris led off and led the offense. He was 3-5 with his third double. He also stole his eighth base. Chris Herrmann returned to the Red Wings and went 3-4 with his first triple and stolen base. Pedro Florimon went 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in his first game for Rochester. James Beresford went 2-4 and drove in both runs.


ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 4, Bowie 5 (10 innings)
Box Score

The Rock Cats used the long ball to score all four of their runs. However, in extra innings, the team fell by a run.

Danny Ortiz hit his first home run of the season and drove in two. Brandon Waring went 2-4 with his second homer. Nate Hanson hit his third homer. AJ Pettersen went 1-2 with a walk.

Pat Dean started the game and went the first 6.1 innings. He allowed three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out five. Dan Turpen came in and got the next three outs, though he walks one and was charged with an unearned run. Ryan O’Rorke struck out one batter. Adrian Salcedo got six outs, but he was also charged with an unearned run in the 10th to take the loss.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Jupiter 11, Ft. Myers 2
Box Score

A look at this box score reminds us that player development is the key in the minor leagues. One part of development in the Minnesota Twins organization is the ability to play several positions. This is a good thing long term, though it also means that once in a while you will have a pretty ugly result.

In this game, Tyler Grimes played in left field. Travis Harrison made his first start of the season at third base. Niko Goodrum made the first start this season at second base. The result was a pretty ugly game with five errors and several other misplays. Goodrum and Harrison each had two errors, and Polanco added another.

Alex Wimmers was on the mound. After three shutout innings, he recorded just two outs in the fourth inning. He was charged with ten runs. Just two of them were earned due to the errors. He gave up 11 hits, walked one and struck out three. Tim Shibuya came on and went the next 2.1 innings. He gave up only an unearned run on three hits. He struck out two. Brandon Peterson gave up one hit and struck out two over two shutout innings. Tyler Jones struck out two in his inning.


KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 10, Wisconsin 5
Box Score

Aaron Slegers had his worst start of the year, and yet he improved to 4-0 on the season. The Kernels’ offense came through for him with an 18 hit, ten run performance.

Mitch Garver went 4-5 with a walk, his ninth and tenth doubles and three RBI. Engelb Vielma also had four hits, including his second triple. He scored four runs. Bryan Haar went 3-4 with a walk. Chad Christensen was 2-6 with his fifth double. Jason Kanzler was 2-5.

Slegers gave up five runs on nine hits (including two home runs) in 5.2 innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Todd Van Steensel was impressive. He walked two and struck out six in 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings. Christian Powell walked three and struck out one in a scoreless innings.


TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Todd Van Steensel, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Mitch Garver, Cedar Rapids Kernels

SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Toledo (6:00 CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
New Britain @ Bowie (5:35 CST) – Virgil Vasquez (Listen)
Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) – Jason Wheeler (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (1:05 CST) – Ryan Eades (Listen)


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


A quick reminder:

Thanks to the Twins win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday, it means that on Saturday you can get 50% off a Large of Extra Large pizza when you use the “TWINSWIN” promotion code at PapaJohns.com.


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