Twins Minor League Report (4/13): Kernels Road Sweep
The four minor league affiliates played afternoon games. They also went .500 on the day. Two affiliates won, two lost.
So, why follow the Twins Minor League affiliates? Well, there are many reasons, however, here is a big one. Two weeks into the season and we have already seen the Twins make a half-dozen transactions. The Twins are not afraid to call people up, so get to know them early!
Monday, the Twins have a day off but all four Twins affiliates will be in action.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 2, Lehigh Valley 3
Kris Johnson gave up two runs in the first inning and another in the second before settling down. Those would be the only runs the IronPigs scored, but on this day it was enough for a win. Johnson went five innings. He gave up the three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two. Deolis Guerra gave up just one hit over the next two innings. AJ Achter made his first appearance with the Red Wings this year. He had a walk and a strikeout in a scoreless inning.
Eric Farris went 2-3 in the game. Wilkin Ramirez went 2-4. Dan Rohlfing added a double and an RBI.
Clete Thomas went 2-2 with two walks and a double for Lehigh Valley.
The loss ended a six game winning streak for the Red Wings. Deibinson Romero extended his hitting streak to eight games.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 6, Portland 3
This was just a good game for the Rock Cats. They didn’t have a big inning. Instead, they scored in five of the nine innings. They got good pitching as well and came away with their fourth win of the year.
Nate Hanson led the way. He went 3-5 with two doubles (5 on season) and two RBI. Danny Ortiz was also 2-5 with his third double and he also stole two bases. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his third and fourth doubles in five at-bats. Corey Wimberly had two hits. He added a stolen base.
Sean Gilmartin recorded his first win in the Twins organization. The lefty gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out three. Cole Johnson came in and gave up one run on one hit and a walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out two. Ryan O’Rourke struck out the one batter he was asked to face. Lester Oliveros got his second save with another 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Ft. Myers 4, St. Lucie 5
The Miracle drove across the state of Florida on Friday with a 6-1 record. After falling to the Mets for the third straight game on Sunday, they are now 6-4. Things just started out on the wrong foot for Mason Melotakis. He gave up three runs in the first, two in the third and another in the fourth. In all, he gave up six runs (4 earned) on eight hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out four. Two more Jorge Polanco errors created the two unearned runs. He now has six errors in the team’s ten games.
David Hurlbut came on in the fifth inning and gave up two hits and a walk in three shutout innings. Madison Boer gave up one hit in his inning.
Like last Sunday, it took some time for the Miracle bats to get a hit. In the sixth inning, Jorge Polanco singled to left for the team’s first hit. Later in the same inning, Michael Gonzales drove him in with a single of his own. Those were the team’s lone hits in the game. The second run scored that inning on an error.
Cedar Rapids 6, Lansing 2
Felix Jorge made the start for the Kernels on Sunday. He gave up two runs on three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three. Yorman Landa came in and gave up one hit in a scoreless inning. Alex Muren then gave up one hit in two shutout innings. Christian Powell ended the game with a perfect inning.
Zack Larson got things going in the first inning with an RBI double, his sixth double of the year. He later added an RBI single and also stole a base. Chad Christensen was also 2-4 with his first triple. Bryan Haar went 1-3 with a walk and his third home run.
It was a series sweep for the Kernels on the road. They return home for a six-game series in which they will play games Monday through Saturday.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Sean Gilmartin, New Britain Rock Cats
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Nate Hanson, New Britain Rock Cats
MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Pawtucket @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
New Britain @ New Hampshire (5:35 CST) – Pat Dean (Listen)
Ft. Myers @ Charlotte (5:30 CST) – Alex Wimmers (Listen)
South Bend @ Cedar Rapids (1:05 CST) – Aaron Slegers (Listen)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Sunday games. A quick reminder:
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