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Twins Minor League Report (7/18): Extra, Extra

The Twins lost their first game after the All-Star game to the Tampa Bay Rays. On Saturday, Phil Hughes will take on David Price in the second game of the series.

There were some interesting games throughout the Twins farm system. Two games went into extra innings, and one of them involved the Ft. Myers Miracle who played almost two-full games worth of innings. However, two of the Twins top prospects each had big days at the plate for the Miracle, who had 23 hits. Alex Meyer was on the mound for the Red Wings on this night. Trevor May will finally make his return to the mound on Saturday.

Friday was the deadline for signing 2014 draft picks. Reportedly, the Twins did not sign any more of their draft picks. They were able to sign their first 17 draft picks and 29 of their 40 selections.

Without further ado, here is the Minor League Report for Friday night:

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 2, Norfolk 3
Box Score

The Red Wings held a 2-1 lead going into the ninth, but they were unable to hold it and lost in the final inning. There was pretty solid pitching in the game though. Alex Meyer made his first start of the second half. He went six innings and gave up one run on three hits. He walked four and struck out four. Ryan Pressly came in and tossed scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth frames. However, he also came out for the ninth. He gave up two hits to start the inning and then issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Lefty Aaron Thompson came in and immediately gave up a two-run single that ended the game.

James Beresford went 2-4. Deibinson Romero was 1-3 with a walk. Josmil Pinto was also 1-3 with a walk. His hit was his fourth double.

ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 6, Reading 3
Box Score

Pat Dean was on the mound for the Rock Cats in this game and earned his seventh win. In six innings, the lefty gave up three runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out three. Adrian Salcedo gave up a hit and a walk and recorded four outs. Ryan O'Rourke came on to get the next two outs, one of them coming via a strikeout. Mason Melotakis came in for the ninth. He struck out two and was credited with his first save.

Tony Thomas led the offense. The Eastern League all-star went 2-4 with his 20th double and his sixth home run. Aaron Hicks went 2-5 with his sixth double. Mike Kvasnicka remained warm, launching his ninth homer of the year.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 7, Daytona 11 (17 innings)
Box Score

This was a long game... a really long game! And both teams used a lot of pitchers. The Miracle used a lineup's worth of pitchers as nine guys took the mound in this one. Brett Lee started and went the first five innings. He was a little wild. He gave up just one run on four hits, but he walked six batters. BJ Hermsen came on and gave up one run on three hits in an inning. He struck out two. Todd Van Steensel started the seventh inning and got just two outs. He gave up three runs on two hits and two walks. Madison Boer got the final out of the seventh and also pitched the eighth. He gave up one run on two hits. Tyler Jones gave up one run in the ninth, though he struck out three. Alex Wimmers came on and struck out three in two perfect innings. Brandon Peterson then struck out six (and walked two) over three scoreless innings. Steven Gruver then worked out of a jam in the 15th with a double play ball. Brian Gilbert pitched a scoreless 16th inning despite giving up two hits. Gilbert came back for the bottom of the 17th inning. He gave up two hits and intentionally walked the next batter to set up a force at each position. However, Rock Shoulders (!) of the Cubs launched a long grand slam to end the game.

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The Miracle had 23 hits in the game, but there were several times where one more hit would have ended the game much earlier. Byron Buxton led off and went 4-6 with two walks and was hit by a pitch. He hit his third homer. Batting second was Jorge Polanco. He went 5-8 with a walk and his sixth homer. Nate Roberts played for the first time in over a week. He went 2-3, both doubles, before being taken out of the game. Aderlin Mejia was 3-7. Niko Goodrum, Max Kepler and Tyler Grimes each added two hits.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 6, Lake County 5 (11 innings)
Box Score

It took a couple of extra frames, but the Kernels came away with a victory in the bottom of the 11th. With one out, Logan Wade doubled. He moved to third on an infield single by Chad Christensen. The third baseman made a great play to keep it in the infield. Mitch Garver ended the game 0-6, but his ground ball was enough to score Wade from third on a close play at the plate. According to Steve Buhr, who was in attendance, a brief rhubarb broke out.

Chad Christensen led the way with a 4-5 night. He hit his 16th double. Logan Wade went 3-5 with a walk and his 10th double. Jason Kanzler has now hit in seven straight games after this 2-5 night (with his 14th steal). Kanzler has had multiple hits in six of those seven games. Alex Swim extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single, an he also reached on a three base error.

Aaron Slegers got the start on the mound. In 6.2 innings, he gave up four runs, but just one of them was earned. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out five. Brandon Bixler gave up one run on one hit in 1.1 innings. He struck out two. Dallas Gallant threw two scoreless innings and he struck out five batters. Jake Reed came in for the 11th and didn't allow a run.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 4, Princeton 2
Box Score

Felix Jorge made the start in this game. He gave up two runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. He walked two and struck out seven. CK Irby gave up just two hits over 2.1 scoreless innings. He struck out two. Dereck Rodriguez came on and earned the save with two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, hit a batter and struck out two.

Jeremias Pineda went 2-3 with his first home run. Max Murphy continued to rake. He went 2-3 with a walk and his seventh home run.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 4, GCL Red Sox 2
Box Score

Wins have been infrequent for the Twins GCL squad this season, but they got some solid performances. Josh Guyer started. He gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in three innings. He struck out four. Alexis Tapia went the next three innings. He didn't allow a run. He gave up one hit and walked a batter. He struck out five. Seth Wagner recorded the next five batters. Trevor Hildenberger got the final four outs, two of them on strikeouts.

Manuel Guzman went 2-5 with his fourth stolen base. Dubal Baez went 2-5. Joel Ramirez went 1-2 with two walks and his fourth stolen base.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Brandon Peterson, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jorge Polanco, Ft. Myers Miracle

SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Norfolk (6:05 CST) – Trevor May
New Britain @ Reading (DH at 4:35 CST) – Taylor Rogers, JO Berrios
Ft. Myers @ Daytona (6:05 CST) – DJ Baxendale
Ft. Wayne @ Cedar Rapids (5:05 CST) - Lewis Thorpe
Burlington @ Elizabethton (5:00 CST) – Derrick Penilla
GCL Red Sox @ GCL Twins (10:00am CST) – TBD


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


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