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Twins Minor League Report (8/6): Late-Inning Losses

Kevin Correia posted his fifth quality start in his last seven games, but Glen Perkins blew the save in the ninth and Anthony Swarzak gave up a Seth Smith home run in the tenth. The Twins lost 5-4. The Twins will now head to Oakland to start a four-game series.
Two Twins affiliates had the day off on Wednesday, but there was still plenty of action in the Twins farm system. Here is the Minor League Report for Wednesday:
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Rochester had no game scheduled Wednesday.

New Britain 5, Akron 6
Box Score

The Rock Cats went into the bottom of the ninth, holding on to a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately, a solo homer followed by a single, a sacrifice bunt and a single led to a loss.

Virgil Vasquez started and gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings. He didn’t allow a walk and struck out six. Ryan O’Rourke struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning. Cole Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Johnson came out for the ninth inning and gave up the two runs on three hits to take the loss.

Down 4-3 going into the sixth, Brandon Waring and Mike Gonzales hit back-to-back home runs to give the Rock Cats the lead. It was Waring’s 12th home run, and Gonzales’ second with the Rock Cats and 11th overall this season. Eddie Rosario and Tony Thomas each had two hits. Jorge Polanco hit a two-run double early in the game.

The Rock Cats are now 55-60 on the season.

Ft. Myers 5, St. Lucie 6
Box Score

The Miracle held a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. Unfortunately, five unearned runs came across the plate, and the team lost 6-5.

Matt Tomshaw made the start. The left-hander gave up six unearned runs on ten hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out two. Todd Van Steensel pitched the final two innings. He gave up no runs on two hits and two walks and he struck out two.

Levi Michael went 2-5 and knocked his first home run of the year. Adam Walker went 2-3 with a walk. Travis Harrison went 1-3 and walked twice. Tyler Grimes, playing at third base on this night, went 1-2 with two walks. Dalton Hicks had a two-run double early in the game. Byron Buxton went 0-5 and is now 2-19 in his last five games.

Cedar Rapids 1, Wisconsin 6
Box Score

Joe Mauer played six innings at first base for the Kernels in his second rehab game. He went 0-3 in the game and is now 1-6 in his two rehab games. He is scheduled to have Thursday off and will then play in Cedar Rapids this weekend. Mitch Garver went 2-3 with a walk. Tanner Vavra went 3-4 and stole his sixth base.
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Chih-Wei Hu started and was very good through three shutout innings. However, he was charged with six earned runs in the fourth inning. In all, he gave up six hits, walked two and struck out two. Brandon Bixler threw two shutout innings. Josue Montanez struck out three over two scoreless innings. Nick Burdi came on for the ninth and struck out two and walked one. He was clocked at 101 mph.

The Kernels are 57-58 overall this season, but this is the first series they have lost in a month, according to the team.


Elizabethton did not have a scheduled game on Wednesday.

GCL Twins 2, GCL Red Sox 3
Box Score

For the third time in two days, the GCL Twins lost a one-run game to the GCL Orioles. They fall to 14-27 on the season.

Lefty David Hurlbut made his first appearance on the mound in about two months. He gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in three innings. Seth Wagner came in and worked the next five innings. He gave up just one run on four hits. He didn’t walk any and struck out one. Trevor Hildenberger worked a perfect ninth inning.

Corey Wimberly and Zach Granite continued their rehab stints in this game. They were the top two hitters in the lineup and each went 1-4 in the game. Rainis Silva went 2-4. TJ White played in his second game and collected his first professional hit.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Seth Wagner, GCL Twins
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Tanner Vavra, Cedar Rapids Kernels

Rochester @ Indianapolis (6:05 CST) – Sean Gilmartin
New Britain @ Akron (6:05 CST) – Tyler Duffey
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (6:35 CST) – Ethan Mildren
Kane County @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) – Mat Batts
Danville @ Elizabethton (6:00 CST) – TBD
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (11:00am CST) – Brandon Easton

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

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Paul Pleiss
Aug 07 2014 01:57 AM

Lots of tough losses across Twins Territory. Hopefully tomorrow turns out better for everyone taking the field.

Wonder if we'll see any roster moves today before the weekend?  Bit of a trip from Indy (where the Wings are) to Oakland.

Wonder if we'll see any roster moves today before the weekend?  Bit of a trip from Indy (where the Wings are) to Oakland.


I'm confident there will be. I'm less confident it will be what we want to hear... but I'm hopeful.

Maybe should have made the move yesterday after the game.  Don't see the reasoning behind taking a player (Colabello, for arguments sake) all the way out to Oakland just to send him back to Indy.


 Twins starter for Sat. still TBD.  When did Kris Johnson pitch last?  I'm with you, got a bad feeling about this. 

Aug 07 2014 10:19 AM

I'd really like to see Levi Michael continue to improve and climb the organizational ladder.


Mauer not-crushing Midwest League pitching gives me pause...

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