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Twins Minor League Report (6/22): The Streak Continues

With a 6-5 win on Sunday, the Minnesota Twins swept the Chicago White Sox! That’s always fun. Phil Hughes had his worst start of the season for the Twins, but he was credited with the win thanks to enough offense and a spectacular job by the bullpen.

There were some really good games in the Twins minor leagues on Sunday, several were one-run games. Continue reading to find out what happened in the Twins farm system on Sunday:

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RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 2, Buffalo 3
Box Score

The Red Wings saw plenty of former Twins players in this loss at Buffalo. PJ Walters started for the Bisons and gave up one run on six hits and two walks in five innings. Former Twins draft pick John Stilson went the next two innings and gave up one run. Bobby Korecky reduced his season ERA to 0.45 and claimed his 9th save with a scoreless ninth inning. Darin Mastroianni went 0-4 in the game, leading off and playing right field.

Now to the Red Wings. Doug Bernier had a big game at the plate. He went 4-5 with a double and now he’s hitting .307. Chris Colabello went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth double. Chris Rahl added two hits.

Sean Gilmartin started for the Red Wings. The left-hander gave up three runs on five hits and two walks in 5.2 innings, earning the loss He struck out four. Michael Tonkin gave up a hit over 1.1 scoreless innings. Aaron Thompson pitched a perfect eighth inning.

ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 5, Reading 3
Box Score

Tyler Duffey started and led the Rock Cats to their 11th straight win. The righty went 7.1 innings and gave up three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six. Adrian Salcedo walked one in one inning. Ryan O’Rourke came on and struck out the final two batters. Since May 17, the lefty reliever has accumulated seven innings in 11 games and given up no runs on just two hits and one walk and has struck out 12.

The Rock Cats got five hits and walked six in this game. Aaron Hicks went 1-3. Kyle Knudson went 2-3. Brandon Waring hit his 16th double. Nate Hanson walked twice. Stephen Wickens went 1-3 with a walk.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 4, Charlotte 3
Box Score

Jorge Polanco broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the 9th and Tyler Jones closed it out in the bottom of the inning. Polanco went 2-5 with his 12th double. Lance Ray was 2-5 with his sixth double. Stuart Turner went 2-4 with his fifth homer.

Matt Tomshaw got the start on Sunday. The lefty went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He walked two, hit one and struck out three. Madison Boer struck out three in two scoreless innings. He gave up a hit and walked two. Mason Melotakis, getting the win despite blowing the save, gave up a run on two hits and a walk in his inning. Tyler Jones gave up only a hit in the ninth to record his ninth save.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Game 1 – Cedar Rapids 5, Kane County 0
Box Score

Chad Christensen had a big game for the Kernels. He went 2-2 with two walks, hit his seventh home run and drove in three runs. Zach Granite went 2-4. Mitch Garver was 1-2 with a walk, was hit by a pitch and added his 17th double.

Ryan Eades threw four shutout innings. He gave up two hits and walked four while striking out one. Alex Muren gave up one hit over two scoreless innings, earning the win. Todd Van Steensel hit a batter in a scoreless seventh inning, completing the shutout.

Game 2 – Cedar Rapids 2, Kane County 3
Box Score

Tied at one going into the seventh inning, Alex Swim drove in Mitch Garver to give the Kernels a 2-1 lead. Hudson Boyd came in for the bottom of the seventh. The first batter he faced hit a home run to tie the game. A walk, a single, and another walk loaded the bases before Jacob Hannemann singled in the winning run.

Fernando Romero started and gave up one run on one hit in three innings. He walked two and struck out two. Jared Wilson followed with three scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and one walk and struck out three. Boyd threw the seventh and earned the loss.

Alex Swim tied the game at one in the fifth inning with a double that scored Jason Kanzler who was 1-2 and stole his 11th base.


E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 2, Pulaski 0
Box Score

Rookie League ball is always interesting. Box scores are typically not as clean as they are when you move up the system. This game is a good example of that.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning. Brian Navarreto singled up the middle. He was replaced by speedy Jonatan Hinojosa as a pinch runner. Three wild pitches later, and the E-Twins had a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 8th, the first two batters walked. Following a fielder’s choice, a wild pitch gave the team a 2-0 lead.

Felix Jorge dominated Appy League hitters a year ago. This spring, he really struggled in the Midwest League and was recently sent down to extended spring. His first start with the E-Twins this season was just like 2013. The righty threw five shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four. Kuo Hua Lo worked two innings, yielding one hit and no walks and struck out two. Jake Reed came on and threw two scoreless innings for his first pro save. He struck out two.

Since going 4-5 in his debut, Nick Gordon has gone 1-13 and is now hitting .278.

GCL TWINS TAKES


The GCL Twins do not have games on Sunday.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Duffey, New Britain Rock Cats
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Chad Christensen, Cedar Rapids Kernels

MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Buffalo (6:05 CST) – Alex Meyer (Listen)
Altoona @ New Britain (5:35 CST) – Virgil Vasquez (Listen)
Ft. Myers @ Charlotte (5:30 CST) – JO Berrios (Listen)
Cedar Rapids – No Game Scheduled (Listen)
Pulaski @ Elizabethton (6:00 CST) – TBD (Listen)
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (11:00am CST) – No Game Scheduled.


Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Sunday games.
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