Twins Minor League Report (5/24): Garver Powers Wings
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photos of Mitch Garver, Fernando Romero)Find out everything and more that happened happened in the Twins system on Wednesday, starting with the transactions of the day.
Check out the transactions through the minor league system on Wednesday:
- Following their afternoon game on Wednesday, the Kernels announced that Tyler Beardsley was placed on the disabled list with right elbow bursitis. Also, OF Shane Carrier was sent down to extended spring training with OF Hank Morrison coming up to Cedar Rapids from EST.
Rochester 5, Durham 6
Mitch Garver got things going early for the Red Wings with his third home run of the season. The solo homer gave them a 1-0 lead. Aaron Slegers gave up two in the top of the third inning. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Red Wings put together a rally. RBI doubles from Matt Hague, Niko Goodrum and Mitch Garver gave the Red Wings the lead. In the seventh, Niko Goodrum hit a sacrifice fly to score Engelb Vielma and give them a 5-2 lead.
Aaron Slegers was strong again on this night. The right-hander went six innings and gave up just two runs on six hits. He struck out five without allowing a walk. Alan Busenitz came on and pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He started the eighth frame and got two outs. He left the game with a runner on first base. Buddy Boshers came on and gave up an RBI double. Boshers exited, replaced by Drew Rucinski. He gave up a run-scoring single followed by a two-run homer, and the Red Wings were down 6-5, then game’s final score. Alex Wimmers pitched a perfect ninth inning.
Mitch Garver led the offense. He went 3-4 with his seventh double and third home run. Matt Hague was 2-5 with his sixth double. Byungho Park went 2-3 with a walk and his sixth double.
Chattanooga 2, Montgomery 0
The Lookouts got tremendous pitching through this shutout. Fernando Romero started and threw six scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out five. Luke Bard came on and struck out four over the next two innings. He gave up two hits and walked one. John Curtiss recorded his eighth save, had two strikeouts in the ninth and kept his ERA for the year at 0.00.
There wasn’t a lot of offense for the Lookouts either in this game. In fact, they scored both of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Ryan Walker singled and Nick Gordon doubled him to third. Edgar Corcino came up and singled in both runs. The double was Gordon’s 12th of the season. TJ White went 1-2 with a walk and his third double.
Ft. Myers, Dunedin (Postponed)
Rain forced the postponement of Wednesday night’s game in Dunedin. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday.
Cedar Rapids 2, Clinton 3
The Kernels played a matinee game at home against Clinton on Wednesday. Clark Beeker put together another quality start. The right-hander gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits. He struck out two without a walk.
However, when he left, the Kernels were down 2-0. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Lopez doubled. Ben Rortvedt struck out, but the ball eluded the catcher and he reached first base. They took advantage of that wild pitch when Aaron Whitefield tripled to score both runs and tie the game.
Alex Robinson came on and put two zeroes on the board. He struck out three. But after getting the first out of out the ninth, he gave up a walk and a single. Hector Lujan came on and gave up a single to load the bases. He then got a ground ball. Jermaine Palacios fielded the ball, threw to second base for the force out, allowing the lead runner to score. The throw was made to first base where the runner was safe, but when a second runner tried to score, he was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Lopez led the offense. He went 3-4 with his third double. Ariel Montesino was 2-5. Lewin Diaz hit his 17th double. Whitefield’s two-run triple was his third of the season.
It was an early game, and it came to an end early for manager Tommy Watkins who was ejected in the first inning for the first time as a manager. He was arguing an out call on an attempted steal of second by Ariel Montesino.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Fernando Romero, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Mitch Garver, Rochester Red Wings
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Durham @ Rochester (10:05 a.m. CST) - RHP Nick Tepesch (GAME POSTPONED BY RAIN)
Montgomery @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - RHP Ryan Eades
Ft. Myers @ Dunedin (DH at 4:05 CST) - RHP Brady Anderson
Clinton @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Eduardo Del Rosario
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Wednesday’s games.