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Twins Minor League Report (8/22): Hit Parades

Posted by Steve Lein , 23 August 2014 · 684 views

The Minnesota Twins pounded the Detroit Tigers on Friday night TWENTY to six, courtesy of twenty hits including nine for extra bases and four home runs. Eduardo Escobar was a double short of the cycle (which makes no sense…) and 5-6, Kennys Vargas had two doubles, and Oswaldo Arcia smashed his fourth home run (did it hit the Target Center?!) in his last six games. Danny Santana and Trevor Plouffe (back-to-back after Arcia’s vs. Detroit infielder Andrew Romine) also went bombing. Good stuff.

In the minors, a few affiliates also pounded out a bunch of hits, but were quite able to put as many crooked numbers on the scoreboards. Check it out!

(apologies in advance for the brevity, but I’m writing this way too early on Saturday morning and Twins Daily has this Pub Crawl thing today…maybe I’ll see you there?)


Game 1: Syracuse 2, Rochester 4
Box Score

Rochester outhit Syracuse 16-6 in the first game of the double-header, but managed just four runs. Fortunately this was plenty, as the bullpen patched together 8.1 innings of one-run baseball after the postponement to Kris Johnson’s start yesterday.

A.J. Achter pitched the first 3.1 innings, and was followed by Stephen Pryor who picked up his first win with the Twins organization. Lester Oliveros (how is he not back on the Twins yet?!) and Michael Tonkin finished the game with 2.1 scoreless innings. Oliveros has now struck out forty-six hitters in thirty innings with Rochester.

On offense, Josmil Pinto was had four singles in five at-bats, Chris Herrman added three singles, and James Beresford two. Eric Farris was 3-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Game 2: Syracuse 7, Rochester 0 (7 innings)
Box score

In the seven inning game two, it was Logan Darnell on the mound, and he wasn’t able to make it through five innings. He allowed six earned runs on six hits and two walks in four innings, including two home runs. He struck out five.

Deolis Guerra allowed a run in two innings, and struck out three.

The Red Wings managed only three hits in this one as they were blanked on the scoreboard, and two of them came off the bat of Farris.

New Britain 2, Altoona 7
Box Score

Reynaldo Rodriguez (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Brandon Waring (2-3, BB) each had two hits, but Jorge Polanco (1-3, RBI) was the only other hitter in the lineup who tallied one.

Adrian Salcedo made the start and got knocked around for two runs in the first and second innings, including surrendering the nineteenth home run of the season for Altoona slugger Stetson Allie. Daniel Turpen pitch three innings of relief, but gave up three runs in the sixth, his last inning of the night. Ryan O’Rourke went two scoreless innings to finish the game, walking two.

Fort Myers 5, Charlotte 2
Box Score

Matt Tomshaw picked up his team leading eleventh win, as he tossed seven innings of two run baseball. He scattered seven hits, walked no one, and struck out five. Brandon Peterson and Zack Jones pitched scoreless frames, each striking out two. Jones tallied his second FSL save of the year.

Leadoff hitter Aderlin Mejia was 4-5 and stole his 21st base, and Jason Kanzler went 3-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored, and his 10th stolen base in just nineteen games with the Miracle. Travis Harrison picked up two RBI’s with his 31st double of the year in the third inning.

Cedar Rapids 8, Burlington 2
Box score

The Kernels four runs in the second inning would be enough, but also added three in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Logan Wade paced the offense by going 2-4 with a triple and three RBI. Max Murphy was 2-3 with a double. J.D. Williams added a double and Jonatan Hinojosa added another triple to the offensive effort.

Ryan Eades was solid on the mound, pitching six innings and allowing just one earned run. He scattered five hits and struck out two. Jared Wilson allowed three hits and a run in 1.1 innings, while Chris Mazza finished the game by striking out all five men he faced.

Elizabethton 4, Pulaski 10
Box Score

Despite outhitting the Mariners 14-8, the Twins were unable to scratch together a victory, as four errors led to seven unearned runs in the eighth inning, which they started with a 4-3 lead.

Felix Jorge was quality in his start, lasting 6.2 innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits, with six K’s. Cameron Booser had a rough go of it in the eighth inning, as two of the errors were his own. He did strike out two. Sam Clay recorded the final out for the Twins with a K.

Jorge Fernandez (2-4, RBI), Tyler Kuresa (2-4), Trey Vavra (2-4, RBI), Alex Real (2-5), and T.J. White (2-4) all tallied multiple hits for the Twins. Brian Navaretto added the only extra base hit on the night with a double in the ninth.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Red Sox 3, GCL Twins 4 (11 innings)
Box Score

The Twins were able to walk this one off in extra innings, as a Jarrard Poteete single brought home Nelson Molina. They stole this one as the Red Sox outhit them 16-5 in the game.

Bubal Baez (2-5, 2B), and Poteete (2-5, 2B, 3 RBI) had two hits. Molina scored two of the four Twins runs.

Miles Nordgren made the start, but ten hits and three earned runs ended his night after 4.2 innings. But it was Jhon Silva, Eduardo Del Rosario, and Trevor Hildenberger who combined to toss 7.1 scoreless innings to salvage a team win. Silva struck out three in 3.1 innings

The GCL Twins did have a second game scheduled, a makeup of a postponement from August fifteenth, but it was again unable to be played.

Pitcher – Matt Tomshaw, Fort Myers Miracle (7.0 IP, 2 ER’s, 7 H’s, 5 K’s)
Hitter – Jason Kanzler, Fort Myers Miracle (3-4, 3 R’s, 2B, 3B, RBI)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Rochester – Game 1: Mark Hamburger (3-4, 4.50 ERA), 3:35PM CST
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Rochester – Game 2: Sean Gilmartin (2-4, 4.36 ERA)
New Britain @ Altoona – Virgil Vazquez (6-6, 4.09 ERA), 5:00 PM CST
Fort Myers @ Charlotte - TBD, 5:00 PM CST
Cedar Rapids @ Burlington – Chih-Wei Hu (6-1, 2.20 ERA), 6:30PM CST
Elizabethton @ Pulaski – Derrick Penilla (4-4, 4.01 ERA), 6:00PM CST
GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox – Game 1: TBD, 9:00AM CST
GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox – Game 2: TBD
DSL Orioles @ DSL Twins – TBD, 9:30AM CST