All four Twins full-season affiliates won on Thursday. Two of the the teams scored double-digit runs. The top two prospects added to their home run totals, while their top pitching prospect was on the mound early in the morning. So much to write about, so let’s get to the Minor League Report for Thursday, April 25! (And be sure to look to adopt another prospect today too!)
Rochester Red Wings 10, Syracuse Chiefs 7
The Red Wings had a 7-2 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning. Shairon Martis worked the first five innings and gave up two runs on five hits. He walked none and struck out four. Caleb Thielbar entered and gave up five runs on five hits and a walk and was able to record just one out. Daniel Turpen came on and got the final two outs of the sixth and worked a perfect 7th frame as well. Luis Perdomo struck out two in the final two innings.
Then, the Wings lost their big lead and their offense responded. They scored one run in each of the 7th, 8th and 9th innings. Doug Bernier led the offense. He was 5-5 with his first double and four RBI. Brian Dinkelman went 4-5 with his first three doubles of the season. Joe Benson went 2-4 with his first triple. He scored four runs and stole his third base.
New Britain Rock Cats 4, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1
The Rock Cats had an early morning wake up call Thursday. They played a game scheduled to start a 10:35 a.m. Eastern Time. Likely not everyone was awake. The Rock Cats sent Alex Meyer to the mound against the Fisher Cats. The right-hander improved to 2-0 with six solid innings. He gave up one run on eight hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Aaron Thompson replaced him and gave up no runs in the 7th and 8th innings. He yielded three hits. Michael Tonkin recorded his third save with a scoreless ninth.
Dan Rohlfing led the offense. He went 3-4. Jhon Goncalves was 2-3 and is now hitting .304 with the Rock Cats. Josmil Pinto was 2-4.
Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3
DJ Baxendale was the Twins' 10th round pick last summer. He is off to a terrific beginning of his career as a starter with the Miracle. On this night, he improved to 3-0 with six strong innings. He gave up two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out five. Dakota Watts entered the game next, making his first appearance of the season. The hard-thrower gave up two hits and a walk but no runs in his inning. Corey Williams recorded a two-inning save (his fifth). He gave up one run on two hits and struck out one.
Eddie Rosario led the offense with a 3-4 day. Levi Michael was activated before the game. He batted second and was the DH. He went 2-4 with two triples. Kennys Vargas was 2-4. Miguel Sano launched his eighth home run of the month and of the year. Drew Leachman singled for his first Miracle hit.
AJ Pettersen went 2-4 with his fourth double. The double came in the first inning and extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 16, Great Lakes Loons 7
It was another offensive explosion for the Kernels. Byron Buxton led the way again. The top pick went 3-5 with a walk, his third and fourth doubles, his third home run and five RBI. Niko Goodrum went 2-4 with two walks and his first home run. Adam Walker was 2-6 with his third double, his third home run and four RBI. Jorge Polanco went 2-4 with a walk and his first triple. Tyler Grimes walked three times. JD Williams was 1-3 with two walks. Travis Harrison hit his eighth double.
Brett Lee made the start for Cedar Rapids. The lefty gave up four runs (3 earned) on seven hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out one. Tyler Jones went the next 2.2 innings. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on three hits. He walked none and struck out two. Matt Tomshaw returned from the disabled list and worked 1.2 scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and walked one while striking out two.
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