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Twins Minor League Report (5/26): Memorial Day in the Minors

Happy Memorial Day!

The Twins returned from their west coast trip fresh off a Giant sweeping. They were in action Monday afternoon against the Rangers. It marked the first game that Aaron Hicks played as only a right-handed batter. It also marked the first loss of Aaron Hicks’ career playing as only a right-handed batter.

After Sunday’s game, it was announced that both OF Josh Willingham and OF Oswaldo Arcia would be re-joining the Twins. Heading back to Rochester would be OF/1B Chris Colabello and C/OF Chris Herrmann. The Kernels also made a move, sending RP Yorman Landa to the DL and bringing P Chris Mazza up from extended spring training.Attached Image: images.jpg
No one was deserving of the picture, so you’re getting a bunch of the US flag instead.

Moving on to the farm…

Red Wings Report
Box Score

The Red Wings had 13 hits and pushed across ten runs in Monday’s victory. Chris Rahl hit his second home run. Deibinson Romero had two doubles. Only Dan Rohlfing failed to get a hit.

Trevor May didn’t have his best stuff today. It took him 107 pitches to get through five innings. He walked three and struck out three. While he allowed five hits, only one run scored and it was unearned.

The bullpen struggled. Matt Hoffman struck out three, but gave up two solo home runs. Michael Tonkin walked three and allowed a run. Aaron Thompson gave up a home run.

Rock Cats Review
Box Score

Not much to say about this one. Corey Wimberly doubled and Brad Boyer singled. That was all for the hitting.

Pitching-wise, Virgil Vasquez made a start and pitched six innings of four-hit ball. Unfortunately, four runs scored, though only two were earned. He struck out four and walked two.

DJ Baxendale made his second appearance (both out of the bullpen) since coming off the disabled list. This outing lasted two innings. He allowed one run on two hits. It should be noted that he threw only 21 pitches. (He threw 14 in his first outing.) It remains to be seen if Baxendale gets stretched out to return to the rotation or continues in his bullpen role.

Miracle Matters

The Miracle were off today and will be back on the field tomorrow.

Kernels Nuggets
Box Score

The Kernels comeback came up short, scoring three runs in the eighth off back to back home runs by Chad Christensen and Mitchell Garver. Bryan Haar got the Kernels on the board in the top of the fourth with a two-run home run of his own.

Those three hitters - the 3-4-5 batters in the lineup - had five of the team's eight hits. Engelb Vielma added a double. Garver also stole his fourth base of the season.

Kohl Stewart, who had been so good up until this point, left a lot to be desired today. He walked four in only 2.1 innings. He also gave up five hits which resulted in four runs (all earned). He struck out three.

Felix Jorge made his first relief appearances since starting his first eight games. He last 2.2 innings. He gave up a walk and three hits, which resulted in two earned runs. He struck out two. Jorge will be replaced in the rotation by Derrick Penilla.

Chris Mazza struck out three and walked one in two hitless innings. Mazza was making his season debut.

Alex Muren pitched one inning, allowing a hit.

HITTER: Deibinson Romero, Rochester Red Wings
PITCHER: Chris Mazza, Cedar Rapids Kernels

Rochester vs Syracuse (6:05 PM Central) – Scott Diamond (Listen)
New Britain at Portland (5:00 PM Central) – Pat Dean (Listen)
Fort Myers @ Clearwater (6:00 PM Central) – Matt Tomshaw (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (11:00 AM Central) – Derrick Penilla (Listen)

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