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    On Tuesday, the Cedar Rapids Kernels had the day off. So did Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario. Sano and Rosario got their first days off due to minor injuries. The Red Wings played the longest game in the Twins organization so far this year, 16 innings. The Rock Cats bats definitely got going. And, the Miracle got a nice pitching performance to make up for the loss of their top two hitters.

    Jairo Rodriguez was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Fr. Myers. Bryan Santy was sent back to Extended Spring Training. Here is what happened on Tuesday.

    Rochester Red Wings 8, Toledo Mud Hens 7 (16 innings)

    Box Score

    Let’s jump right to the 16th inning. With the score knotted at five apiece and one out, Ray Olmedo doubled and scored the go-ahead run on a Doug Bernier single. Soon after, Chris Colabello, who was previously 0-7 with three strikeouts and two errors, hit a two-run homer, his eighth of the year, to give the team an 8-5 lead.

    In the bottom half of the inning, Virgil Vasquez made just his second career relief appearance. He got the first two outs quickly before issuing a walk to Quinton Berry. Following the ever-annoying “Defensive Indifference,” Nick Castellanos singled him in to cut the lead to two runs. The next batter, Jordan Lennerton, singled as well. Avisail Garcia singled in Castellanos to cut the lead to one. With the tying run at third base, Vasquez got a strikeout to end the game.

    Ray Olmedo led the offense. He had three doubles in seven at bats. Doug Bernier was 3-6 with three RBI. Joe Benson was 2-6 with a walk and two doubles. Evan Bigley and Eric Farris were each 2-7.

    The Red Wings used nine pitchers in the game. PJ Walters put together a quality start. He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out eight. Rafael Perez threw another 1-2-3 inning. Luis Perdomo gave up a run in the eighth inning on two hits while striking out two. Tyler Robertson got two outs, one via strikeout. Dan Turpen got three outs, one on a strikeout. Michael O’Connor got just one out and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits. Shairon Martis came on and threw 3.2 innings of one-hit ball and he struck out four. Caleb Thielbar, in earning the win, got four outs, three on strikeouts; he walked two and gave up a hit. Virgil Vasquez came on and recorded the save despite giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in the 16th.

    Kyle Gibson returns to the mound to face Toledo on Wednesday night.

    New Britain Rock Cats 6, Portland Sea Dogs 5

    Box Score

    The Rock Cats bats definitely were working in this game. Danny Santana went 3-5 with his fourth and fifth doubles. Josmil Pinto was 3-5 with his seventh double, raising his average to .347. Antoan Richardson was 2-5 with his sixth double. Jhon Goncalves was 2-5 with his fifth double. Dan Rohlfing went 1-2 with two walks. Mark Sobolewski hit his first home run. AJ Pettersen was hit by a pitch and walked. In four games with the Rock Cats he has been hit by a pitch four times.

    BJ Hermsen, getting the win, was the beneficiary of the great run support. He gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. Edgar Ibarra gave up one run on one hit and one walk in one inning. He struck out two. Bruce Pugh gave up one hit over two scoreless innings. Aaron Thompson recorded his second save with a 1-2-3 inning.

    New Britain plays a morning game on Wednesday (9:35 a.m. central time) and will send Pat Dean to the mound.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 4, Tampa Yankees 2

    Box Score

    No Miguel Sano? No Eddie Rosario? No problem on this night as the Miracle topped the Yankees 4-2. Sano thinks that he will miss two games after being hit on the elbow by a pitch a night earlier. Rosario was also out with a minor injury and is expected to return to the lineup quickly. It was the first game either of them has not played in this season.

    Jason Wheeler put together the best start of his season. The lefty worked seven strong innings. He gave up one run on four hits. He struck out five and walked none. Chad Rodgers came on for the eighth inning. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two. Zack Jones struck out the side in the ninth inning to record his sixth save.

    Aderlin Mejia had a nice game. He went 1-2 with two walks, his second double and his first stolen base. Kennys Vargas went 2-4.

    Also at 9:35 a.m., the Miracle will send Matt Summers to the mound to face Tampa again.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels

    No game scheduled. On Wednesday night, the Kernels will begin a series in Quad Cities. Brett Lee will take the mound.

    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/7): Long Night in Toledo started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      What's up with the score from the Ft. Myers game? If the final was 4-2 Miracle, why does it read 8-2 Yankees?
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Good morning Seth, and thanks for doing these every day...they are appreciated.

      Couple corrections, the Miracle won, 4-2, but the score above has Tampa Bay winning 8-2. Also, the box score link for New Britain is to the game on May 5. Up late doing this, eh?

      Is great seeing Benson beginning to hit well, at .286 the last ten games. I know there was talk that his wrist was bothering him late in spring training and early at Rochester, do you how much of an effect it had?

      Also, Josmil Pinto appears to be for real. After his break-out year last year, he is hitting even better early this year. Where do you see him a year or two down the road? What have you heard about what role the Twins may see him filling on the big club?

      Thanks again Seth!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Roger, I've made those corrections. Thanks for pointing those out. I'm getting pretty old now, so I generally fall asleep before finishing them.

      I guess there was some tendonitus with Benson's wrist early in the season, and I'm sure the cold would not be good for that. He wasn't getting very consistent playing time at that time. Since playing more often, he's been pretty good.

      Pinto can hit. We'll see if he can sustain this, but I would expect him to stay in New Britain all year, and if he's still hitting like this at the end of the minor league season, he could be up in September.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      I know Seth, I usually don't make it thru home games that take over 2.5 hours.

      Where do you see Pinto fitting in for the Twins a few years down the road? Will he be the guy who splits catrching with Mauer when he is down to 80 games a year with the rest of the time at 1st/DH? Or do you see him more of a better backup, but not starter, than Butera was?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I think he can be a right-handed version of what Ryan Doumit was last year... except just DH and catching.
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