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  • Twins Minor League Report (5/16): Buxton Blasts Kernels to Win

    All four Minnesota Twins minor league affiliates played on Thursday night. Two of them won in dramatic, walk-off fashion. One was a two-run single, and one was a lot more dramatic than that. One of the other Twins affiliates won with shutout, just the way you write it up: Starter goes seven, dominant reliever with a strong eighth and another dominant reliever with a scoreless ninth inning. As of today, the Twins have a new organizational home run leader, so youíll want to check that out. See, thatís the beauty of following an entire organization. The Twins had an off-day, and yet we are able to follow four games that matter to the organization and likely to most Twins fans.

    Rochester Red Wings 6, Durham Bulls 5

    Box Score

    The Red Wings entered the bottom of 9th inning down a run. Eric Farris led off with a walk. Doug Bernier came on and was asked to bunt. He got the bunt down and beat the throw to first for a single. Antoan Richardson walked to load the bases. Ray Olmedo came up and knocked in two runs with a single to right to end the game.

    Olmedo was 2-5 in the game. Jeff Clement went 1-2 with two walks and his fourth homer. Chris Colabello went 2-3 with a walk and the organization-leading 11th home run of the year.

    Samuel Deduno was very good in his third Red Wings start. Through six innings, he gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. He began the 7th with his eighth strikeout. However, he then gave up an infield single and a walk. Both runners scored- these runs are credited to Deduno- when Tyler Robertson came in and gave up three straight hits. He was replaced by Dan Turpen who got the final outs on a double play. He gave up an unearned run in the 8th. Rafael Perez came in, walked two and struck out one in the 9th inning and he earned his first win of the season.

    New Britain Rock Cats 2, Bowie Baysox 8

    Box Score

    Overall, it wasnít a very good night for the Rock Cats. Trevor May started and never really found it in this one. He gave up five runs on nine hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out three. He gave up runs in three of the four innings he pitched. Jose Gonzalez came on and gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in 1.1 innings. Bobby Lanigan gave up two hits over the next 1.2 scoreless innings. Michael Tonkin walked one and struck out one in his scoreless inning.

    Deibinson Romero went 2-4 with his first double of the year. He had two of the four hits for the Rock Cats. Josmil Pinto walked twice. Danny Ortiz had two outfield assists, one at second base and one at third.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 2, Dunedin Blue Jays 0

    Box Score

    Taylor Rogers was the story in this game. The left-hander worked the first seven innings. He gave up five hits and no runs. He walked one and struck out eight. Cole Johnson came in and struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning. Corey Williams struck out one in a perfect ninth to record the save.

    Miguel Sano had an interesting day. He was 1-1 with a walk and was also hit by two pitches. He stole his fifth base. He also committed his 10th error. Drew Leachman and Aderlin Mejia went 2-4. Angel Morales went 2-4 with his 11th double. Jonathan Murphy went 2-3 with his third double.

    The Miracle improved to 28-10. They are 5.5 games ahead of the second place St. Lucie Mets.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 7, Burlington Bees 6

    Box Score

    Down 6-3 heading into the bottom of the 9th, the Kernels had their 6, 7 and 8 hitters due up. Travis Harrison led off by being hit by a pitch. Michael Quesada flew out to the wall in left field. Candido Pimentel doubled Harrison to third base. Tyler Grimes came on to pinch hit; he was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Byron Buxton came up and ended the game with a walk-off grand slam.



    Buxton went 2-5 in the game, and in addition to the home run, he stole his 16th base. Michael Quesada went 2-4 with his first double and his first home run. Pimentel and Jeremias Pineda each hit a double.

    It was a rough game for the defense. The Kernels committed three errors. Two of them came in the span of two batters in the sixth inning. Mason Melotakis started and worked the first six innings. He gave up four runs, one of which was earned, on three hits. He walked one and struck out three. Tim Atherton came on and gave up two unearned runs on one hit and one walk in two innings. He struck out four. Manuel Soliman gets the win. He walked one in a scoreless ninth frame.

    If youíre near the Twin Cities, youíre just about four hours from getting to see Byron Buxton, Adam Walker and the Kernels. On Friday night, Tyler Duffey will start for the team. These Kernels are 27-12, and four games ahead of Quad Cities in their division.

    You wanted video... here you go:




    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/16): Buxton Blasts Kernels to Win started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Here's the Buxton walk-off video if you haven't seen it. Really, really hard not to be very excited with this young man.

      Byron Buxton Walk Off Grand Slam - YouTube
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      He's some kind of player.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Actually, the Kernels had four errors, rather than 3. All 4 spread across the 6th and 7th innings, leading to 5 unearned runs.

      I posted a video I took of Buxton's home run at Knuckleballs, if you care to check that out, too.

      Knuckleballs ? Kernels Video: Buxton Walkoff Grand Slam
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Couldn't be happier for this guy. Even in terms of maturity, he seems to act beyond his age.

      What a jack though, he absolutely victimized that pitcher!
    1. Zephrin's Avatar
      Zephrin -
      Wow. There have only been something like 26 "ultimate grand slams" in the history of MLB (about as many times as there are Perfect Games in MLB history). Rare, exciting and very cool - regardless of the affiliate level it occurred at.
    1. Cap'n Piranha's Avatar
      Cap'n Piranha -
      The other thing worth mentioning is that Colabello's jack was off Chris Archer, the Ray's #4 prospect, and #43 in all of baseball (according to MLB.com). That means Colabello has hit his 3 homers in the past two days off of the #3 and #4 (and #42 and #43) prospects for the Rays. Pretty impressive.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Nice work by Mr. SD Buhr! Buxton's slam send Kernels past Bees
    1. Siehbiscuit's Avatar
      Siehbiscuit -
      I will be in Cedar Rapids on Sunday afternoon. Is Berrios pitching by chance?
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Quote Originally Posted by Siehbiscuit View Post
      I will be in Cedar Rapids on Sunday afternoon. Is Berrios pitching by chance?
      Per MiLB.com--yes Berrios will be pitching...you got lucky. I check scheduled starters pretty regularly cause my adopt-a-prospect (Brett Lee) is on roster and pitches (like all Kernel starters) about once a week. (Lee goes Monday).
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Piranha View Post
      The other thing worth mentioning is that Colabello's jack was off Chris Archer, the Ray's #4 prospect, and #43 in all of baseball (according to MLB.com). That means Colabello has hit his 3 homers in the past two days off of the #3 and #4 (and #42 and #43) prospects for the Rays. Pretty impressive.
      Impressive indeed!

      That video of Buxton is FUN.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DAM DC Twins Fans View Post
      Per MiLB.com--yes Berrios will be pitching...you got lucky. I check scheduled starters pretty regularly cause my adopt-a-prospect (Brett Lee) is on roster and pitches (like all Kernel starters) about once a week. (Lee goes Monday).
      FYI

      According to the Kernels website
      : Duffy pitches tonight (Friday) and Berrios pitches tomorrow (Saturday) and Tomshaw pitches on Sunday - with Lee again Monday. That seems to be the correct order. OFF TUESDAY and Then they go with Boyd and Meloatakis to start Beloit series next Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      How long do they ride Boyd as a starter, and not move him to reliever? If he can be a MLB reliever, isn't he better off personally moving to that sooner, rather than later?
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      With all of the improvements in our prospects accross the board. I'd like to see our list of top 25-30 prospects as of now as several have moved up the rankings. Pinto, Baxendale, Walker, Goodrum, Collabello plus all of the names Sano, Meyer, Buxton, future is definately looking bright.
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Buxton(CF), Mauer(C), Sano(3B), Colabello(1B), Adam Walker(LF), Rosario(2B), Arcia(DH), Jorge Polanco(SS), Hicks(RF). Bench: Josmil Pinto(C), Kepler, Danny Santana (infielder), Daniel Ortiz(outfielder). This roster would give me all the confidence in the world. However they really need to work on the defense though. After that we just need to add some impressive arms to the rotation?
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
      ...top 25-30 prospects as of now as several have moved up the rankings. ...Collabello...
      You do realize that Colabello is only 6 months younger than Joe Mauer, don't you? He might be a semi-useful player right now, but generally when we talk prospect we're talking about someone with projected future development.

      I'd love to see him get a shot like Seth's old teammate Chris Coste, and maybe he can hit enough to hang around for a little bit. Coste had the advantage of being a catcher, so he didn't have to hit as much to keep a job (although it seems to me he did pretty well.)

      Colabello has only played 2 games in the OF this year, so he appears to be limited to 1B/DH, which puts him behind Morneau and Mauer at 1B (and Parmelee, althogh that is becoming less of an obstacle every day) and Doumit, Mauer, Willingham, and Arcia at DH. If he gets a chance (and that's no guarantee, although it looks likely that he will get the call at some point) he had better come out hitting, because he probably is only going to get one shot, and he will be on a short leash.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Wow, hard to believe that as well as they have done that the Kernels and Miracle are only 4 and 5.5 games apart from the second-place teams in their divisions. Must be quite the start these teams are having.
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