Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Stewart Pulled As a Precaution
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 7, Buffalo 2
Rochester was up six runs before Buffalo was able to crack into the run column. Pedro Florimon drove in three runs with a pair of doubles. Wilkin Ramirez hit his fourth home run as part of a two-hit night. Chris Colabello hit his third home run in his last nine games and he leads the team with nine homers.
Tyler Duffy made his second career Triple-A start and earned his second victory. In this game, he went six innings and allowed two earned runs as he struck out six. He has gone at least six innings in both outings. Lester Oliveros replaced Duffey and did well by striking out four in two innings. The last time he didn't strike out more than one batter in an appearance was all the way back on July 7th.
With the win, the Red Wings stay two games back in the wild card race with 13 games remaining in the season.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 3, Richmond 5 (Game 1-Completion from 8/18)
In a game that was started on Monday night, the Rock Cats didn't have enough in the tank to mount a comeback. Virgil Vasquez had started and did not allow a run in two innings before rain halted the game. Cole Johnson took over when the game resumed tonight. He allowed four earned runs over three innings and was served with his second loss. Adrian Salcedo did well to strike out five in three innings.
On the offensive side, Levi Michael and Kyle Knudson both had two hits including a double each. Knudson drove in two runs and it was Michael's first double since being promoted. Tony Thomas knocked in a run with his ninth double.
New Britain 5, Richmond 1 (Game 2- 7 Innings)
After having two hits in the first game of the night, Michael continued his hot hitting with three more hits in game two. Nate Hanson knocked in a run as part of a two- hit game. Tony Thomas and Matt Koch both went 2-for-3 with a run scored to help the Rock Cats avoid the doubleheader sweep.
Jason Adam threw four shutout innings to start the game. He struck out two and walked one. Daniel Turpen earned his fourth victory by pitching 1.1 innings and striking out three. Edgar Ibarra got into a little trouble in the seventh inning as he couldn't protect the shutout. Three straight one-out singles scored a run but he was able to leave two runners on base and finish the game.
Fort Myers 3, Bradenton 2
The Miracle were out-hit in this game but they squeaked across one more run than Bradenton to earn the win. Aderlin Mejia got things started at the top of the line-up. He went 3-for-5, his second straight multi-hit game. Niko Goodrum and Travis Harrison both drove in a run to help the cause.
Brett Lee joined teammate Matt Tomshaw in the double-digit win club. Over seven innings, he gave up 11 hits but was helped by three double plays turned behind him. Nick Burdi made his second appearance with the Miracle and he struck out one in an inning. Zack Jones earned his first save by pitching a perfect ninth.
Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 3
The Kernels had to scramble a little after starter Kohl Stewart was pulled early (see above). A big three-run eighth inning powered the club to their eighth straight victory. Mat Batts did some tremendous work out of the bullpen. He pitched five shutout innings by striking out six and walking none. It was his second victory with the Kernels.
Engelb Vielma and Tanner Vavra were hot at the back end of the Kernels line-up. They combined to go 7-for-8 in the game with three RBI and three runs scored. Vielma collected his first home run of the season and his first home run since joining the Twins organization in 2012. Chad Christensen went 3-for-5 with a double.
Elizabethton 7, Princeton 8
Elizabethton took a one run lead into the ninth but Princeton struck for a couple runs to take the lead and the game. Dereck Rodriguez took the loss and the blown save but only one of the runs he gave up was earned. Third baseman Blake Schmit had two throwing errors in the ninth. Michael Cederoth started and gave up four earned runs over four innings. He struck out five and walked two. CK Irby struck out five in two innings of relief work.
Tanner English and Alex Real both hit homers to pace the E-Twins offense. For Real, his home run was his first and he smacked his fifth double. Austin Diemer went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Will Hurt had three hits for the first time this season.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 5, GCL Orioles 6
The Twins scored five runs over the course of two innings but the Orioles came charging back with four runs in the next two frames. Rainis Silva had two doubles as part of a three-hit day and he drove in three runs. They were his seventh and eighth doubles of the season. No one else had more than one hit. Rafael Valera scored two runs without recording a hit.
Brandon Easton started and didn't allow an earned run in his three innings. The only runs scored against him came after a fielding error by Ruar Verkerk. Zach Tillery was charged with his third loss after surrendering four runs on six hits in three innings. Eduardo Del Rosario pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts to end the game.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Mat Batts, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Engelb Vielma, Cedar Rapids Kernels
WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Buffalo (6:05 CST) – Alex Meyer (Listen)
New Britain @ Richmond (6:05 CST) – TBD (Listen)
Ft. Myers @ Bradenton (5:30 CST) – Steven Gruver (Listen)
Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - Stephen Gonsalves (Listen)
Elizabethton- Scheduled Off Day
GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00am CST) – TBD
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