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Twins Minor League Report (7/20): Summer's Night

There were post-game fireworks at Target Field on a beautiful night for baseball. Let's take a look at what happened around the club's affiliates.

ROCHESTER RED WINGS 1, SYRACUSE CHIEFS 7

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This was the first of a few, from the Twins' perspective, relatively action-free games.
Oswaldo Arcia returned to AAA and homered. He also walked once and struck out once. Jeff Clement and Drew Butera both doubled.
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Liam Hendriks pitched 5.1 innings. He allowed ten hits and two walks, striking out three. The seven runs against him were all earned.

Shairon Martis struck out three in 1.2 innings. Michael Tonkin allowed two hits, but pitched a scoreless eighth.

It was also announced today that Nick Blackburn has joined the Red Wings. They have not officially made a move, but with the recent losses of Worley and Hernandez, the Red Wings need another starter.

Andrew Albers (9-4, 3.11) pitches tomorrow at 5 pm ET against Syracuse.

NEW BRITAIN ROCKCATS 2, BINGHAMTON METS 10
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Miguel Sano was 1-for-4 with a double and three strikeouts. Sano also hit a long, towering flyball that went just foul. The fact that Terry Ryan says his glove is in front of his bat right now, is encouraging. The bat will come around.

Josmil Pinto was 2-for-4 and is knocking on Rochester’s door (or waiting for the Twins to trade a catcher, I guess). Eddie Rosario was 0-for-4 with 3 K's and an error.

Nate Hanson homered.

Such is the life for Trevor May. He threw 103 pitches (only 58 strikes) but didn’t make it out of the 4th inning (3.2). He struck out six, but walked three. He threw two wild pitches and hit a batter. He allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits. Not the type of game the Twins want to see, especially as people start to wonder if May is ready for a promotion to Rochester.

Bruce Pugh (1.1 IP, 3 BB, K, ER), Jose Gonzalez (2 IP, 3 H, 2 R) and Matt Hauser (IP, 3 H, 3 ER) all struggled to keep Binghamton off of, and from running around, the bases. Only BJ Hermsen had a scoreless appearance.

Pat Dean (5-9, 4.61) is on the hill tomorrow at 6:35 ET.

FORT MYERS MIRACLE 3, DUNEDIN BLUE JAYS 1 (10 innings)
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The Miracle were able to pull out an extra innings win thanks to a two-run, zero-hit 10th inning.

Byron Buxton was 0-for-5 with four K's, but his 10th inning fielder's choice (in which he beat out a double play) allowed an insurance run to score. That came after J.D. Williams hit a bases-loaded (thanks to three walks) dribbler that resulted in an error and allowed the go-ahead run to score.

Offensively, though, the game was a struggle: DJ Hicks was 0-for-5 with 3 K's. Kyle Knudson was 0-for-4 with 2 K's. Kennys Vargas did have a double for the team’s only extra-base hit.

Matt Summer certainly threw a gem. He completed eight innings allowing an unearned run on three hits and three walks. He struck out six and got 11 outs on the ground (compared to three in the air). Summers has been phenomenal since being returned from New Britain. With the injuries in AAA, it would be surprising if Summers didn’t get to head back to New Britain and get another chance.

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Chad Rodgers pitched a scoreless ninth (to get the win) and Zack Jones struck out the final batter in the 10th to secure his 11th save.

Kyle Davies (1-3, 4.01) matches up against Brevard County at 5:05 ET tomorrow.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 0, FORT WAYNE TINCAPS 1
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The Kernels managed nine hits, but only went 1-for-9 with RISP and left 13 runners on base.

Jonathan Murphy continued his hot play, collecting two hits and walking once. Niko Goodrum and Adam Walker also had two-hit games. Walker doubled, but didn’t homer today. (Wuss.)

Tim Atherton made his fourth start after spending the previous year and a half in the Beloit/Cedar Rapids bullpen. He certainly looked the part of starter tonight. The Aussie pitched seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball. He walked no one and struck out nine. Atherton is the oldest pitcher on the staff who has been with the team all season (Shibuya and Gallant were injured, Brewer was a MiL FA), so I’m curious to see if he remains with the club for the rest of the year. I view Atherton similarly to Manuel Soliman in a “let’s give them some innings to see what they’ve got” way. Tonight, Atherton had some stuff.

Caleb Brewer pitched a shutout eighth inning.

Mason Melotakis (7-3, 3.83) faces Fort Wayne tomorrow at 2:05.

ELIZABETHTON TWINS 2, DANVILLE BRAVES 3
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Another one-run game in the Twins system; this one didn’t go the Twins way.

Former Twins-draftee Jared Dettmann pitched really well for the Braves affiliate today.

The Twins managed eight hits. Three of them came off the bat of leadoff hitter Zach Granite. Granite and Dereck Rodriguez, who had two hits, each drove in a run. Tanner Vavra also had two hits. Granite stole his 8th base of the season.

Hein Robb scattered five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out six and allowed only one run, leaving the game with the E-Twins in a position to win.

Austin Malinowski opened the sixth and didn’t fare well. He retired only one batter, but allowed two hits, two walks and two runs. He threw a wild pitch and left his relief, Brandon Bixler, with two runners on. Bixler, on the other hand, shined. He struck out all five batters he faced, with four of them going down swinging(!).

Brian Gilbert, another 2013 draftee, pitched two innings, facing the minimum six batters.

GCL TWINS 2, GCL RED SOX 3 (10 innings)
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The GCL affiliate also didn’t get a lot of offensive output in today’s extra-innings loss.

Noted prospect Amaurys Minier went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He was replaced in the 7th inning in what appeared to a move to upgrade the defense.

Chad Christensen, who has manned all four corners at times this year, played LF, collected a hit and stole a base.

Engelb Vielma has really taken ahold of the everyday SS job. Today he was 1-for-4 with a run scored. He also stole his fourth base and committed his sixth error.

Zach Larson, who has clearly been the club’s best player through the season’s first 25 games, came in as a pinch-hitter and was intentionally walked. It will be interesting to see how Larson is handled over the next month. Will the Twins try to get him to E-Town to give him a chance to break next year with a full-season squad?

Today’s game was Fernando Romero’s and Leonel Zazueta’s turn to piggyback. Romero went the first four, giving up a run on three hits and a walk. He struck out four. Zazueta also gave up one run on three hits and a walk. He struck out one in his two innings.

A collection of pitchers finished the game, including a rehabbing Dan Sattler (one K in 1 IP) and Tyler Stirewalt (loss, 5 outs, 3 K's).

Miguel Gonzalez, one of the Twins bigger international signees in 2011, continues to work every two to three days out of the bullpen. He struggled in his 1/3 of an inning today. He allowed a double to the first batter he faced, sending an inherited runner to third. Before walking the next batter, he balked in the winning run. He got his only out on a swinging strikeout.

If you’re in the Fort Myers area next week, Kohl Stewart is scheduled to pitched Monday and Stephen Gonsalves is scheduled to go on Tuesday.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.



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