Twins Minor League Report (8/10): The Return of JO
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs (photo of Dalton Hicks)TRANSACTIONS
There are a few transactions from Sunday that we’ll address here:
- Jonatan Hinojosa has been promoted to Cedar Rapids.
- Darren Wolfson reported via Twitter that “2nd round pick Nick Burdi is heading to Ft. Myers.
- Wolfson also was informed that the Twins have had four offers between $1-1.5 million from overseas teams for Red Wings lefty Kris Johnson, but the Twins have said no.
- Jeff Johnson is hearing also that Bryan Haar is heading to Ft. Myers.
Rochester 0, Indianapolis 10
For the second time in the last two weeks, Rochester faced Pirates ace Gerrit Cole making a rehab start. Cole was definitely on his game. He gave up just one hit over six shutout innings, though he recorded just three strikeouts.
James Beresford had another multi-hit game. He was 2-4. Dan Rohlfing had the lone extra base hit, his 17th double. The team had just five hits in the game.
Kris Johnson had a tough start. The lefty was charged with seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks in just three innings. Stephen Pryor then went two shutout innings. Michael Tonkin then gave up three runs on four hits in just one inning. Lester Oliveros struck out two in a perfect inning. Aaron Thompson then threw a scoreless inning despite two hits.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 4, Erie 2
A dozen days ago, Twins fans (and likely front office and teammates) had a bit of a scare when JO Berrios had to leave a game with an injury. Fortunately, by the next day, we learned that he just had a stiff shoulder. He would miss a start, but things could have been much worse.
On Sunday afternoon, Berrios returned to the mound for the Rock Cats. He went four innings and gave up one run on two hits. He walked one, hit one and struck out two. He threw 65 pitches. Adrian Salcedo came, threw three shutout innings and picked up the win. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out one. Cole Johnson gave up one run on two hits and two walks over the final two innings. It was his eighth save of the year.
Brandon Waring led the offense. He was 2-4 with his 13th home run. Brad Boyer went 2-4 with his third double. Kyle Knudson went 2-3 and drove in three runs. Eddie Rosario (15) and Nate Hanson (18) each hit a double in the game.
Ft. Myers 9, Palm Beach 1
Aaron Slegers made his second Miracle start and improve to 2-0 with six strong innings. He gave up just one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out four. Brian Gilbert, Madison Boer and Alex Muren each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
The Miracle had plenty of offense from plenty of sources. Dalton Hicks led the way. He went 3-5 with his 20th and 21st doubles and three RBI. Aderlin Mejia went 3-5 as well. Niko Goodrum went 2-4 with a walk, his 16th double and he also stole his 27th base. Max Kepler went 2-4 with his 14th double. Tyler Grimes also had two hits. Travis Harrison walked twice. Byron Buxton went 1-4 with a walk and his sixth stolen base.
Cedar Rapids 4, Kane County 7 (15 innings)
After collecting five hits in the two previous games, Joe Mauer was not in the lineup for the Kernels on Sunday, likely headed to Houston to join the Twins. However, Ricky Nolasco made his second rehab start for the Kernels. He gave up three runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out six. He got eight groundballs to just one fly ball. He will likely rejoin the Twins and start this coming weekend.
After he pitched nearly six innings, the Kernels played another nine innings, finally falling in the 15th inning. Brandon Bixler replaced Nolasco and gave up one run on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. Jake Reed pitch two more scoreless innings. He has now thrown 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings. Jared Wilson gave up just one hit over three scoreless innings. Chris Mazza worked two scoreless innings. However, in the 15th frame, he was charged with all three runs and took the loss. Hudson Boyd got the final out.
In 15 innings, the Kernels had ten hits. Alex Swim went 2-6 with his ninth double. Ryan Walker also had two hits. Mitch Garver walked three times and hit his 23rd double. Michael Quesada hit his 11th double.
This game was postponed by rain.
GCL TWINS TAKES
The GCL Twins do not play games on Sundays.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Aaron Slegers, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Dalton Hicks, Ft. Myers Miracle
MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Indianapolis (6:05 CST) – Logan Darnell (also completion of a game suspended previously)
New Britain – No Game Scheduled
Ft. Myers @ Palm Beach (5:35 CST) – Matt Tomshaw
Cedar Rapids – No Game Scheduled.
Elizabethton @ Bristol (DH starting at 5:00 CST) – Felix Jorge, Derrick Penilla
GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00am CST) – TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Sunday games.
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