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Duffey Called Up; Milone to the DL

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Saturday Night Lights

Note from Seth - Thank you to J-Dog Dungan for stepping up last night and helping with the minor league report. It was very helpful!

The Twins made their game against Boston very interesting, waiting until the last inning to uncork the big hit they had been looking for all game, with the three-run home run from Mauer winning the game for them.


P.J. Walters made a rehab start for AAA Rochester. He lasted 2 innings, giving up no runs, hits, walks or K's. Esmerling Vasquez then tossed the next 4, giving up 2 hits, 1 BB, and struck out three and received the win. The game was ended early due to a rain delay after the top of the 7th.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
On the offensive side, the Red Wings were led by Parmelee who had a solo shot, single and a walk in 3 AB's and Evan Bigley, who hit a grand slam in a 5-run 6th for the Twins. Matt Carson, Wilson Ramirez, and Clete Thomas all had singles.


Blake Martin started for the Twins. He lasted just four innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, 4 walks and 2 K's. Jose Gonzalez (earned the win) and Dakota Watts combined for 4 innings of 2 hit, 2 walk, 5 K ball. Edgar Ibarra and Matthew Hauser made things interesting in the 9th when they gave up 3 runs, all earned on 5 hits, but Hauser eventually closed it out for his first save.

The Twins were led on offense by Aaron Hicks, who was 3-5 with a HR, 2 RBI's and 2 runs, and Chris Herrmann who was also 3-5 with 3 RBI's. Joe Benson was 1-4. James Beresford was 3-4 with an RBI. The Twins were also helped by the three errors that Altoona made in the game.


Cole Nelson got the start in this game for the Miracle. He lasted just 4 innings, giving up 4 runs, all earned, on 7 hits and 3 walks, and he struck out only one. Miguel Munoz got the win, pitching the next 2 2/3, giving up only 2 hits, 3 walks, and he struck out 2. Michael Tonkin got the save, his fourth, by pitching the last 2 1/3 innings, giving up 1 hit and 1 walk with 4 K's.

Andy Leer, the 2B for the Miracle, had two hits and an RBI. Nobody else on the Miracle had more than one hit, but Josmil Pinto made his hit count, hitting a HR in the 6th that pulled the Miracle within 2 of St. Lucie. Just like New Britain, the Miracle were helped by the error in this game, St. Lucie had 3 errors and only 2 of their runs were earned.


A close game in the Twins system that didn't go the Twins way. Jason Wheeler got the start for the Twins and took the loss. Usually reliable, he gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in the first, but he would give up only 3 hits and a walk through the next 7 innings, but it still wasn't enough. He also had 10 K's. DJ Baxendale pitched a perfect 9th, striking out the side.

The only offense the Twins managed was a HR by Kennys Vargas. They had 4 walks and 5 other hits besides the HR, but the Snappers couldn't put anything together. Miguel Sano was 1-4 with his 22nd double and 2 K's. Rosario was 1-4 with a single. Unusually, the Snappers catcher, Matthew Koch, was caught stealing home. The Snappers were also 0-7 with RISP.


Angel Mata started for the E-Twins. He went 4 2/3, giving up all 5 runs (4 earned) on the strength of 3 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 5 and took the loss. Josh Burris took over the next 2 1/3, only giving up 1 hit and walked 2, but also struck out two. Tyler Herr pitched the 8th and pitched perfectly, striking out one. Luke Bard took the 9th and gave up 1 hit and struck out two.

Unfortunately, the E-Twins were unable to get anything going offensively until the 8th. Before that, Danville pitchers Lucas Sims, Eduardo Castillo, and Rafael Briceno gave up exactly 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 HBP. Jorge Polanco provided the E-Twins's offense tonight, with a 2-run shot off of Alex Wilson, his 2nd of the year with Quesada on 1st after another HBP. The only other Twins with hits were Travis Harrison, who singled, and Rory Rhodes, who singled and walked twice. The E-Twins were also 0-8 with RISP.


In a meeting of the lowest minor league affiliates of the MLB Teams, the Twins again came out on top, again in a come from behind fashion, but not quite as dramatic as with 2 outs in the top of the 9th.

The game was looking dicey in the 1st, as the Sox scored 4 of their 5 runs against starter Austin Malinowski. His line was over after 2 1/3. He gave up 4 runs (only 2 earned) on 4 hits and one walk. He also struck out 2. J.O. Berrios took over at that point. He lasted 2 2/3, enough to get the win. He gave up 1 run (earned) on 3 hits, a walk, and struck out 6 men. Hung Yi Chen pitched the next three innings, giving up no runs, hits, or walks, and he struck out 3. Alex Muren earned the save, giving up a hit and striking out one and allowing no runs.

The Twins were led by several men tonight, including Byron Buxton, John Murphy, and Bryan Santy. Byron was 2-4 with a triple and a HR, as well as 2 RBI's, 3 runs, a walk, and a strikeout. Buxton's average is now up to .214. Murphy went 1-4 with a double, but drove in 3, and scored a run. Santy went 2-3 with 2 singles, an RBI and a K.

Hitters of the Day: tie between Evan Bigley (AAA) and Aaron Hicks (AA).
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Pitchers of the Day: tie between the Red Wings and Jason Wheeler

Wheeler pitched a good game, but got no run support

Esmerling Vasquez picked up where Walters left off and won the game for AAA Rochester

P.J. Walters pitched two perfect rehab innings in AAA

Rochester @ Toledo--???
New Britain vs. Altoona--B.J. Hermsen (8-5, 3.20 ERA)
Beloit vs. Wisconsin--David Hurlbut (4-5, 2.78 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie--Tom Stuifbergen (4-4, 5.40 ERA)
Elizabethton vs. Danville--Hein Robb (2-2, 2.81 ERA)
GCL Twins off day

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