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Twins minor league report (8/15): Southpaws supreme

The Twins acquired Tommy Milone recently, but left-handed pitching is always in demand. On Friday night, a couple of the top left-handed pitching prospects were on display.

In New Britain, Taylor Rogers made his second start following a short DL stint. In Cedar Rapids, Stephen Gonsalves put together his best start of the season. Each of those pitchers was also given plenty of run support. In Rochester, a handful of guys with significant playing time with the Twins powered the Red Wings offense.
Rain in Southwest Florida caused a couple of postponed games, but here is the Minor League Report for Friday:
Image courtesy of Justin Rinaldi, Rinaldi Photos
Rochester 4, Syracuse 6
Box Score

The Red Wings displayed some power early, but Kris Johnson had a rough start. The left-hander gave up six earned runs on nine hits and two walks in 6.2 innings. Stephen Pryor struck out four over the final 2.1 innings. He gave up no hits and walked two.

Chris Colabello hit his eighth home run. Josmil Pinto went 2-4 with his 15th double and his sixth home run. Pedro Florimon went 2-4 with his second triple. Aaron Hicks went 2-4 and stole a base.

New Britain 5, Harrisburg 1
Box Score

In his second start since coming off of the DL, Taylor Rogers was back in fine form. He improved to 9-6 with five shutout innings. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out eight. Adrian Salcedo struck out five in two scoreless innings. Dan Turpen then gave up one run on five hits in two innings. He struck out four. In case you were counting, that’s 17 strikeouts by Rock Cats pitchers.

Mike Gonzales went 3-4 with a walk and his second double. Jorge Polanco went 2-4 with his fourth and fifth stolen bases. Corey Wimberly went 2-3 with his fourth triple. Eddie Rosario hit his 16th double and Nate Hanson hit his 19th double.

Ft. Myers, Palm Beach
Box Score

This game was postponed due to rain. The Miracle are playing their home games in the short term at JetBlue Stadium due to renovations at Hammond Stadium.

Cedar Rapids 11, Peoria 0
Box Score

The Kernels returned home and put together a nearly perfect outing for their fans. It all started on the mound, and Stephen Gonsalves was terrific. The lefty gave up just three hits over seven shutout innings. He walked none and struck out five. Jared Wilson and Dallas Gallant each worked a scoreless inning to complete the shutout.

The Kernels bats also showed up. All nine starters had at least one hit, and the team scored runs in each of the first six innings. Chad Christensen went 3-5 with his 21st double and his 27th stolen base. Jonatan Hinojosa went 2-5 with his first double and triple, and he drove in four runs. Ryan Walker went 2-3 with his seventh double. Alex Swim added two hits. JD Williams was 1-1 with a walk and his second triple. He was also hit by a pitch twice. Mitch Garver doubled for the 25th time this season.

Elizabethton 3, Greeneville 5
Box Score

This was a solid game with the exception of four E-Town errors. Sam Gibbons started and gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out three. Randy LeBlanc gave up three runs (one earned) on one hit and a walk in two innings. Keaton Steele threw a perfect inning.

Jorge Fernandez went 2-4 with his fifth double. Trey Vavra went 2-4. Tanner English was 1-3 with two walks. Brian Navarreto hit his fifth double. Nick Gordon went 0-5 with three strikeouts and he stole his eighth base.

GCL Twins, GCL Red Sox
Box Score

This game was postponed due to rain.


Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Stephen Gonsalves, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Josmil Pinto, Rochester Red Wings


Syracuse @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Logan Darnell
Harrisburg @ New Britain (DH at 5:05 CST) – JO Berrios, Virgil Vasquez
Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (DH @ 4:05 CST) – Matt Tomshaw, Aaron Slegers
Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) – Lewis Thorpe
Johnson City @ Elizabethton (5:00 CST) – Felix Jorge
GCL Red Sox @ GCL Twins (DH @ 9:00am CST) – TBD

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

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Peoria @ Beloit (6:35 CST) – Lewis Thorpe

Beloit? sheesh! :)

Do you know where I can find the probable starters for Cedar Rapids for next week? 

I am thinking road trip.


Peoria @ Beloit (6:35 CST) – Lewis Thorpe

Beloit? sheesh! :)


Corrected... something about old habits?

Do you know where I can find the probable starters for Cedar Rapids for next week? 

I am thinking road trip.



We know it's Thorpe tonight and Eades tomorrow (Sunday)... they haven't announced after that.

New Britain 1, Harrisburg 5


This score is reversed.

Aug 16 2014 11:21 AM

This score is reversed.

Harrisburg 5, New Britain 1? :)

Some video of Gonsalves on Friday night. One inning of work. The quality is even less than my normal substandard levels since I wasn't in my normal seats behind home plate and had to deal with a lot of folks moving up and down the aisle.


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