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Posted by Steve Lein , 02 August 2014 · 539 views

In the majors, Minnesota Twins starter Yohan Pino ran into trouble in the seventh inning, and it led to four runs and a 6-4 Chicago White Sox lead. The Twins were able to make an immediate comeback with a three fun eighth inning however, punctuated by a two-RBI double off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia. They would add an insurance run in the ninth, courtesy of Danny Santana’s fifth home run, and Glen Perkins shut the door on the White Sox to pick up his 27th save on the year.

In the minors, one affiliate mounted a similar comeback, two games were finalized early due to rain, and another went 2-0 in a double-header with assistance from a monstrous bullpen. Check it out!

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 6, Louisville 3
Box score

Starting pitcher Mark Hamburger was making his third turn in the Rochester rotation on Saturday and left the game in line for the loss after five innings, with Louisville out front 3-2.

He’d take a no-decision for the game however, as the Red Wings added a run in the top of the sixth, two in the seventh, and a final insurance run in the eighth to take the victory from Louisville Bats.

For the game, Hamburger surrendered five hits, three walks and three runs (two earned), with three K’s. Aaron Thompson struck out the side in the sixth, Lester Oliveros went two scoreless innings with two hits allowed and three strikeouts, and Michael Tonkin picked up his seventh save with two strikeouts in the ninth.

The Rochester offense got multiple hit nights from the top four hitters in their lineup which included Eric Farris (2-5, R, RBI), James Beresford (4-5, 2 R’s, 2B, SB), Josmil Pinto (2-5, 2B, RBI), and Wilkin Ramirez (2-5, R, RBI), as well as Danny Ortiz (2-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB). It was the two runs in the seventh inning that gave the Red Wings the lead for good after run scoring singles from Pinto and Ramirez.

ROCK CATS REVIEW
Erie 3, New Britain 5
Box Score

Like the Twins, the Rock Cats came back in this one to take the victory, by pulling within one in the seventh, and taking the lead 5-3 with three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

It was a Brad Boyer double in the seventh that scored Stephen Wickens, which was followed by an RBI double from Eddie Rosario to bring in Boyer.

In the eighth inning, Aaron Hicks led off with a single, which was followed by a Tony Thomas single and Mike Gonzalez walk to load the bases with one out. Wickens then doubled to clear the pond, and the Rock cats wouldn’t look back. Rosario was 1-5 with two strikeouts in his first game in four days, Hicks was 1-2 with two walks. Wickens and Boyer each had two hits.

Starter Pat Dean went seven quality innings, scattering seven hits and two walks (one solo-HR), allowing three runs (two earned) with six K’s. Alex Wimmers picked up the win by pitching a perfect eighth inning, while Mason Melotakis and Ryan O’Rourke combined to finish the ninth. O’Rourke notched his fourth save.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 0, Lakeland 4 (Final after five innings)
Box Score

This game was shortened by rain, and ruled final after just four and a half innings innings with Lakeland as the home team.

There wasn’t much offense for the good guys, as Fort Myers had just one hit, a single from Travis Harrison, and one walk from Stuart Turner in the game up to this point. Lakeland starter Tanner Bailey struck out four in his five innings.

Miracle “Ace” Brett Lee was on the mound and had arguably his worst start of the season, yet his ERA rose to just 2.10. In four innings he allowed eight hits (three doubles), one walk and four earned runs with just one K.

KERNELS NUGGETS

After their rain postponement at Pohlman Field in Beloit last night, the Kernels had a double-header on Saturday. Stephen Gonsalves pitched the only inning for the Kernels on Friday, and will take the hill again on Sunday.

Game 1: Cedar Rapids 4, Beloit 2
Box score

After play resumed with a 0-0 in the second inning, it was Josue Montanez on the mound for the Kernels, and he pitched three innings, allowing three hits and three walks, but just one run with two K’s. Chris Mazza then pitched two innings, allowing a run of his own on three more hits and one walk, with three K’s. Collegiate closers Jake Reed and Nick Burdi finished the final three innings, with Reed tossing two scoreless with two strikeouts, and Burdi picking up his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth, including two more strikeouts.

Max Murphy led the offense with a 2-4 game including an RBI, while Bryan Haar and J.D. Williams added doubles to the effort. Logan Wade and Chad Christensen each reached base via a walk, and stole second base. Wade’s was just his second stolen base of the year in 49 games with Cedar Rapids, but also his second straight game with one. Christensen’s was his team leading twenty-fourth of the year.

Game 2: Cedar Rapids 5, Beloit 2
Box Score

A three-run home run from Bryan Haar in top of the eighth inning broke the tie and made the score 5-2 Kernels before Beloit failed to tie the game in the bottom half to make it the second game on the day that was finalized early.

Haar was 3-5 in this one with two runs scored and a walk to go along with the go-ahead home run, while Jon Murphy added a multi-hit effort by going 2-3. Max Murphy and Michael Quesada tallied the two other RBI’s for Cedar Rapids.

Matt Batts took the mound for the Kernels and struckout seven in five innings. He gave up just three hits, one walk and one run. Jared Wilson pitched two innings of relief, allowing a solo home run, but striking out four. Dallas Gallant picked up his fourth Midwest League save of the year by striking out the side in the ninth.

BONUS CRAZY STAT: If you combine the last 10 appearances from the three-headed-bullpen monster of Nick Burdi, Jake Reed, and Dallas Gallant for the Kernels, you get the following numbers:

37 innings pitched, just 19 hits and 8 walks allowed, 5 runs (3 earned) scored, and SIXTY-THREE STRIKEOUTS. That’s a 0.73 ERA, 15.32 K/9IP, and a sub .170 batting average against. Wowzers…

E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 4, Kingsport 0
Box Score

Elizabethton received seven shutout innings courtesy of starter Sam Gibbons, who allowed just two hits and one walk, while racking up seven K’s. Randy Leblanc pitched the final two innings and kept the shutout intact despite allowing three hits. He struck out one.

Gibbons seven scoreless innings matched his season high from June 26th, when he allowed just one hit and one walk against Burlington.

The Elizabthton offense scored two runs in the first and two runs in the fourth on their way to the victory. Tyler Kuresa led the way with three RBI’s on groundout and single. He was 1-4 on the game. Leadoff man Jermias Pineda (2-4, 2 R’s) and two-hole hitter Nick Gordon (2-4, R) added multiple hit nights. Tanner English was 1-2 with two walks and stole his first base of the season.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 4, GCL Red Sox 3
Box Score

The GCL Twins scored all four of their runs in the sixth inning to take the lead, when they sent eight men to the plate. An Amaurys Minier double scored one and a Rafael Valera fielder’s choice scored another before Joel Ramirez brought home the final two with a single.

They held on for the win despite a threat with runners on second and third from the Red Sox in the eighth and two hits in the ninth.

Six pitchers took the mound for the Twins, including starter David Hurlburt who left in the second inning after allowing a single and recording one out. Callan Pearce finished the second with a hit, walk, and strikeout. Zack Jones allowed two runs in one-third of an inning, before Josh Guyer was able to provide a break for the bullpen, throwing five innings with just one run allowed (unearned) on four hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Seth Wagner and Trevor Hildenberger combined to finish the final 1.2 innings, each allowing one hit and totaling three K’s.

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher – Three-Headed-Bullpen Monster (4IP, 0 R’s, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s), Cedar Rapids Kernels
Hitter – Bryan Haar (2 games, 4-6, 3 R’s, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB’s), Cedar Rapids Kernels

SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Louisville – Alex Meyer (6-4, 3.05 ERA), 5:05PM CST
Erie @ New Britain – TBD, 12:35 CST
Fort Myers @ Lakeland – TBD, 12:00PM CST
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit – Stephen Gonsalves (1-0, 0.00 ERA), 2:00PM CST
Johnson City @ Elizabethton – Felix Jorge, 5:00PM CST