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Twins Minor League Report (7/17):

The Twins didn't lose today, and they haven't lost a baseball game for almost a week!
They return to the diamond on Friday, fresh off the All-Star fun in Minneapolis and riding a hot stretch, having won five of their last seven games.

With the All-Star games over in the minor leagues as well, we have a full slate of minor league action to discuss.

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Red Wings Report
Rochester 4, Norfolk 7
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The Red Wings struck first, scoring a run in the top of the first, but fell behind 3-1 before they hit again. They tied the game in the top of the third, but Norfolk scored four runs between the sixth and eighth innings, and walked away with a 7-4 win.

Yohan Pino, fresh after a return from pitching in the big leagues, pitched a stinker and was charged with his second loss of the year (9-2). Pinto made it just five innings. He gave up only three hits, but he walked seven and gave up a home run. He struck out six. Aaron Thompson pitched 1.1 scoreless before turning things over to Lester Oliveros. Oliveros finished the seventh inning, but was charged with an earned run. Michael Tonkin pitched the eighth and gave up an earned run as well.

The Red Wings scored their four runs on only five hits. Eric Farris, Wilkin Ramirez, Brad Nelson, Chris Rahl and Dan Rohlfin were all hitless on the night. James Beresford led the way, 2-4, with a home run and two RBIs. Deibinson Romero continues to look good, as he was 1-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Josmil Pinto was 1-3 with a walk and two strike outs. Pedro Florimon had the Red Wings' other hit.

Rock Cats Review
New Britain 1, Reading 4
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The Rock Cats were down early, giving up a run in the first and second innings, before scoring a run of their own in the top of the third. Reading added a run each in the sixth and eighth inning to finish off the Rock Cats 4-1. The Rock Cats had as many hits (two) as errors.

Virgil Vasquez, who pitched a complete game his last time out, was tagged with the loss after giving up seven hits, including a home run, in 5.2 innings. He was charged with three runs, all earned, walked two and struck out two. Jim Fuller finished the sixth for the Rock Cats, and pitched a scoreless seventh for good measure. Matthew Summers gave up a run in he eighth on a solo home run to finish the game.

Two hits. Three Walks. Ten strike outs. Not a great day for New Britain at the plate. Aaron Hicks was 1-2 with two walks and no strike outs, providing more than half of the Rock Cats' offense on the night. Kyle Knudson had the other hit, going 1-3.

Miracle Matters
Fort Myers 7, Daytona 5
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This was a back and forth game the Miracle did not lead until the seventh inning when they went ahead 6-5. They added an insurance run in the top of the ninth to seal the victory.

Ethan Mildren pitched only four innings, yielding six hits, five earned runs, two walks, a home run and he struck out two. He was making just his second start since being moved up from Cedar Rapids, taking his lumps as he adjusts to the new level. Brian Gilbert picked up a win with two scoreless innings, Steven Gruver earned his seventh hold of the year with his own two scoreless inning stretch, before Tyler Jones closed out the game with a scoreless ninth, earning his thirteenth save of the season.

The Miracle scattered ten hits and four walks around a pretty balanced attack. No one had more than two hits, and only two men failed to record a hit (Danny Santana (0-4) and Travis Harrison (0-4)) but they both worked a walk. Byron Buxton continues to hit well, going 2-5 with a solo home run and a single. He also struck out once. With Danny Santana rehabbing before returning to the Twins, Santana played center field while Buxton handled things in right. Niko Goodrum was 2-4 with two runs scored, two doubles and an RBI. Dalton Hicks was 2-5 with a double and a run scored.

Kernels Nuggets
Cedar Rapids 4, Lake County 3
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The Kernels built a 4-0 lead through the first six innings and hung on after a late inning rally brought the Captains within one.

Kohl Stewart, still working on a very strict pitch count, had one of his best starts of the year. He pitched five innings, struck out three, walked no one and gave up four hits. His ERA is now 2.42 and he's 3-5 after picking up the win on Thursday night. Jared Wilson pitched two scoreless innings to earn his second hold of the year. Hudson Boyd struck out two in his inning of work, but gave up a run after Claudio Bautista tripled with one out and scored on a Clint Frazier ground out. Nick Burdi pitched the ninth, struck out Nellie Rodriguez and then induced a ground out to record two quick outs, but then his control failed him. Burdi walked the next two batters and then threw a wild pitch that allowed both runners to advance. He gave up a two run single, and the next batter, Ivan Castillo singled as well, but the Kernels' defense caught Jon Murphy trying to go first to third to end the game.

Jason Kanzler was 3-4 with a triple and a run scored to lead the Kernels. Engelb Vielma was 2-3 with an RBI. No other Kernels had more than one hit or any extra base hits.

E-Town E-Notes
Elizabethton 2, Princeton 3
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Matt Batts pitched six scoreless innings, struck out three, walked no one and gave up just four hits. He did not earn a win because his bullpen gave up three runs and the Princeton Rays walked-off the Twins. Josue Montanez pitched a scoreless seventh, Keaton Steele gave up two in the eighth (blown save) and Cameron Booser earned the loss by giving up a run with two outs in the ninth.

The E-Town Twins spread five hits among five batters and only had one extra base hit, a double from Alex Real (1-4). Jeremias Pineda, Nick Gordon, Austin Diemer, and Pat Kelly also had hits.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 6, GCL Rays 2
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The Twins pitched a bullpen game, with Michael Theofanopoulos, Zach Tillery, and Miles Nordgren all pitching three innings. Theofanopoulos was the only pitcher to give up any runs and they were both unearned. The three combined for seven strikeouts and two walks.

Levi Michael played three innings in a rehab start, and was 1-1 with a double, an RBI and a sacrifice fly. Amaurys Minier was 2-3 with a double and a walk and Dubal Baez was 2-2 with a double and an RBI.

DSL Twins Notes
DSL Twins 4, DSL Orioles 3
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The DSL Twins scored their first three runs in the fifth inning, and then did not score again until the top of the 11th to earn an extra innings victory.

Jadison Jimenez pitched six innings of three hit ball, struck out six, walked one, and gave up two earned runs. Luis Hernandez pitched three innings, but gave up an eighth inning run and was charged with a blown save. Daulin Ramirez pitched the scoreless 10th and 11th innings to pick up the win.

The DSL Twins had 11 hits and walked five times and they were 5-12 with runners in scoring position. Jorge Andrade, the DH, was 2-6 with a run scored, but also struck out four times. Luis Arraez was 2-5 with a walk. Lewin Diaz was 2-4 with two walks and an RBI. Roni Tapia was 2-5 as well.

Twins Daily Minor League Players of the Day:
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day - Jason Kanzler, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Kohl Stewart, Cedar Rapids Kernels

Friday's Probables
Rochester @ Norfolk (6:05 Central) – Alex Meyer (Listen)
New Britain @ Reading (6:05 Central) – Pat Dean (Listen)
Ft. Myers @ Daytona (6:05 Central) – Brett Lee (Listen)
Lake County @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 Central) - Aaron Slegers (Listen)
Elizabethton @ Princeton (6:05 Central) - Felix Jorge (Listen)
GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (11:00 AM Central) - TBD
DSL Orioles @ DSL Twins (9:30 AM Central) - TBD


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