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Twins Minor League Report (6/4): Red Wings Sweep

It was a busy day throughout the Twins organization. The Twins returned home to play the second half of their two-at-home, two-on-the-road series with the Brewers. Oswaldo Arcia had a three run homer and an RBI single that gave the Twins their final lead, the one they were able to hold on to.

The Rochester Red Wings played two games and each of the other affiliates played as well. The Ft. Myers Miracle put Max Kepler on the disabled list.

After four Miracle players (Adam Walker, Brett Lee, JO Berrios, David Hurlbut) were named to the Florida State League All-Star game on Tuesday, the Midwest League named its All-Stars on Wednesday. Three members of the Kernels were named to the team: Bryan Haar, Yorman Landa and Kohl Stewart.

Thursday is Day 1 of the Draft, and Twins Daily is certainly your place to discuss. Come back at 6:00 (central time) tonight for a special Twins Hangouts Draft special with Jeremy Nygaard, Seth Stohs and guest John Bonnes. Then at 9:00 central time, we will have a special draft show live on KFAN, so be sure to check that out.

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Without further ado, here is what happened in the Twins farm system on Wednesday night:

RED WINGS REPORT
Game 1 – Rochester 7, Charlotte 5
Box Score

It was, by far, the worst start of the season for lefty Kris Johnson, but the Red Wings bats bailed him out and helped him improve to 6-2. Johnson gave up five runs on four hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out four. Michael Tonkin struck one out over two perfect innings for the save.

The Red Wings used power to score five runs in the second inning. Dan Rohlfing hit his first home run of the year, a three-run blast. Two batters later, Doug Bernier hit a two run homer, his third of the year. Rohlfing and Bernier each had one more hit. Eric Farris went 2-4 with a walk and his ninth double. Chris Colabello went 1-2 with two walks.

Game 2 – Rochester 9, Charlotte 5
Box Score

Scott Diamond started the second game. He was given a 5-0 lead, but he gave up solo homers in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings. However, the Red Wings added four more runs in the 5th and held on. Diamond improved to 3-6 on the season. He went five innings and gave up just the three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out three. Deolis Guerra pitched the sixth inning and gave up one run on two hits and a walk. Aaron Thompson gave up one run on one hit and a walk in the seventh frame.

Danny Ortiz went 0-4 on Tuesday in his first game with the Red Wings. His second AAA game was in Game 2. He went 2-3 with his first home run and four runs driven in. Brad Nelson went 3-4. James Beresford was 2-3 with a walk and his tenth double. Deibinson Romero went 1-1 and was walked three times.


ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 6, Akron 9
Box Score

It’s safe to say that there wasn’t a pitcher’s duel in New Britain on Wednesday night. Tyler Duffey made the start for the Rock Cats. He gave up six runs on ten hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out five. Mark Hamburger came on and gave up three runs (1 earned) on four hits in two innings. He struck out two. Ryan O’Rourke, Jim Fuller and Lester Oliveros each pitched a scoreless innings. O’Rourke struck out two. Fuller struck out three and Oliveros struck out one.

Reynaldo Rodriguez continued his torrid streak. He went 3-4 with his 17th and 18th doubles. Nate Hanson also had three hits in the game. Mike Kvasnicka went 2-4. Brandon Waring added a two-run double, his 12th two-bagger of the year. Tony Thomas added his 12th double of the year as well.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 3, Lakeland 10
Box Score

DJ Baxendale was returned to Ft. Myers to get some innings under his belt. He began the season with New Britain, but an arm injury cost him more than a month. He returned but was pitching out of the Rock Cats bullpen. The team decided to send him back to the Miracle to stretch him out. Last year, he began the season with the Miracle and in nine starts went 7-0 with a 1.10 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP.

On this night, he was terrific through three innings, but then things turned for him. In total, he gave up six runs on six hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out four. Alex Wimmers, also now a bullpen arm, gave up four runs (2 earned) on six hits and a walk in three innings. He did strike out six. Madison Boer gave up a hit and a walk in one scoreless inning.

Eddie Rosario led the offense, going 3-4. Following his 1-11 start, he is now hitting .308 in his short stint with the Miracle. Niko Goodrum went 2-4. Adam Walker, Travis Harrison and Stuart Turner each collected a double.


KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 6
Box Score

There were some fireworks in the middle innings, and unfortunately the Kernels lost on a walk-off home in the bottom of the 9th.

Aaron Slegers started and gave up four runs on five hits in seven innings. He walked one, hit two and struck out five. Brandon Bixler pitched a scoreless eighth inning. In the ninth, he gave up a single and the walk-off home run.

Engelb Vielma went 2-4 with a walk and his seventh double. Chad Christensen went 2-4 with his ninth double. Mitch Garver went 2-3 with two walks.

In the 6th inning, Slegers hit a batter before giving up a home run to Clint Coulter. At that time, things got interesting. The next batter was almost hit by a pitch and took exception. The benches cleared. Catcher Michael Quesada was ejected. So was Twins roving minor league hitting instructor Bill Springman. Two members of the TimberRattlers were ejected as well.


TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Jim Fuller, New Britain Rock Cats
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Reynaldo Rodriguez, New Britain Rock Cats

THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Charlotte (6:05 CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
Akron @ New Britain (5:35 CST) – Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
Lakeland @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Tim Shibuya (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (7:05 CST) – Fernando Romero (Listen)


Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Wednesday games.
 [/HR]A quick reminder:

Thanks to the Twins win over the Brewers Wednesday, it means that on Thursday you can get 50% off a Large of Extra Large pizza when you use the “TWINSWIN” promotion code at PapaJohns.com.


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