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    It is a rarity when the Minnesota Twins get a win because of a home run. That was the case though for the hometown nine Thursday night. It was a rarity that occurred several times down through the Twins farm system as there were several big home runs. The Twins got four homers in their win over the Brewers. The Red Wings hit four home runs in their game. The Miracle got three home runs, including a huge, late-inning one. The Kernels had a significant home run in each game of their double header. Of course, youíre going to have to keep reading to find out the specifics.

    Check out what happened in the Twins minor league system on Thursday:

    Rochester Red Wings 13, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 10

    Box Score

    In his most recent starts, Kyle Gibson had done something that he had not done to that point. He put together two straight good starts. Could he make it a third? Well, he did extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 but after that, the wheels fell off. He gave up three runs in the third inning, and by the time his afternoon was over, he had given up six earned runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out six. Aaron Thompson got three outs. Anthony Slamaís 2013 struggles continued. He recorded just one out in the eighth inning and was charged with four runs (3 earned) on three hits and a hit batter. His season ERA is now 17.28. Michael Tonkin came on to make his AAA debut. He threw two pitches and gave up a two-run single before being replaced by Tyler Robertson who got the final two outs of the inning. Shairon Martis came on and gave up one hit in a scoreless inning.

    Fortunately, the Red Wing bats showed up on this day. Oswaldo Arcia ended an 0-14 stretch since his return to Rochester. He went 4-5 with his third double and fourth home run. Dan Rohlfing went 3-4 (and is now hitting .800 in his two AAA games!). Eric Fryer went 2-3 with two walks. Like the Twins, the Red Wings hit four home runs in this game. Along with Arcia, Clete Thomas (9th), Jeff Clement (7th) and Deibinson Romero (1st) each homered.

    New Britain Rock Cats 2, Richmond Squirrels 1

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    This game took less time than a Cedar Rapids rain delay tonight. The pitchers' duel was completed in two hours and 21 minutes. Pat Dean started and gave up one run on five hits in seven innings. He walked none and struck out three. Blake Martin struck out two in the 8th inning. AJ Achter came on for the 9th frame. He gave up two hits but no runs to record his second save.

    There was very little offense in this one. The Rock Cats had six hits. However, Danny Ortiz went 2-3 and drove in both runs.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 7, Bradenton Marauders 4

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    The Miracle continue finding ways to win. This was yet another come-from-behind win. Jason Wheeler got the start. The lefty gave up four runs (2 earned) on six hits. In seven innings, he walked two and struck out four. Ryan OíRourke is back from the DL and continues to play the role of Vulture. He came into the game with the team down a run. Immediately the Miracle came back. He threw two scoreless innings and improved his record to 5-0.

    Eddie Rosario went 2-4 with his 12th double. Angel Morales hit his fifth homer. Levi Michael hit his second homer. Down 4-3 going into the bottom of the 8th inning, the Miracle scored four runs that inning. The big blow was a three-run blast by Kennys Vargas. Vargas was 2-4 in the game and the Miracle are now 38-14.

    Looking at the box score, Miguel Sano was removed from the game and replaced by Stephen Wickens. Announcer Brice Zimmerman suspects it was because after the ball got away from the catcher after his second strikeout, Sano did not run down the line. This is similar to the reason Eddie Rosario was benched about a week ago. Doug Mientkiewicz and the Twins are (and should be) sticklers for doing things right, whether you are a star or not. It will be interesting to see if Sano plays on Friday.

    Game 1 - Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Clinton LumberKings 3

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    This was a comeback game in a couple of ways. First, after four innings, this game had a significant rain delay. Nearly three hours later, the teams returned to the field. Tyler Duffey threw four shutout innings before the delay. He had given up five hits, walked none and struck out five. When the game resumed, Steve Gruver came on. He gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He left the game with runners on and the team down 3-2. Alex Muren came on and threw one pitch. That was all he needed to get a ground ball double play.

    In the bottom of the 6th, Tyler Grimes launched a three-run homer to give the Kernels the lead. The timing made Muren a winner with that one pitch. David Hulbut relieved in the 7th to get the save.

    Byron Buxton went 2-3 with a walk and his 24th stolen base and was thrown out for the ninth time. Adam Walker added his fifth triple.

    Photo by Rinaldi Photos

    Game 2 - Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, Clinton LumberKings 2

    Box Score

    Hein Robb had to wait through that extended first game to make his Midwest League debut. The southpaw from South Africa went the first three innings. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. He was replaced by Tyler Jones who gave up a hit and three walks in two scoreless innings. Josue Montanez worked the final two innings and recorded a strikeout to end the game.

    Dalton Hicks hit a double and twice drove in Byron Buxton. However, it was yet another big home run that was the difference-maker. This time, it was Travis Harrison. The third baseman hit a deep home run to center field in the fourth inning to give the Kernels the 3-2 lead that they were able to hold on to. It was Harrisonís ninth home run of the year. The Kernels are now 33-19 after the double-header sweep.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/30): Power Surge started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      6 organizational wins outta 6 tries, a rather good day I say.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      It was a LONG friggin day at the ballpark in Cedar Rapids. But at least I don't have to get on a bus for Kane County in the morning like the Kernels do.

      After the game, Jake Mauer was quick to credit the grounds crew (which actually included almost every member of the Kernels front office staff) for being able to get the tarp on the infield as quick as they did. It was crazy how quickly the storm hit after the last out of the 4th inning. Sheets of rain and EXTREMELY high winds. It took most of that 3 hour delay to get the standing water off the warning tracks so it was safe for the players to play. If they hadn't gotten the tarp on the infield, there's no way the game resumes.

      Since the two teams don't play again this half of the season, the four innings of work by Duffey would have been wasted and the games would not have been made up.
    1. Carneal&Gordon's Avatar
      Carneal&Gordon -
      6-0 on the day, love it!
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      These reports are just great, Seth, so thanks to all you guys. The combined records of our two A-ball teams is 71-33!! With Kepler, Bard, and Chargois out of action. And even though the top two clubs have only a half-dozen legitimate prospects between them, they're still only about a combined ten games under .500.

      Perhaps the field staff at Rochester gave Ryan some sound advice when they recommended promoting Deduno and Walters and holding Gibson back.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      So Rosario was benched for a lack of hustle? I'm not saying that's wrong, I just thought those in the know were intimating it was due to off-field issues.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      So Rosario was benched for a lack of hustle? I'm not saying that's wrong, I just thought those in the know were intimating it was due to off-field issues.
      Yeah, he didn't run out a ground ball. Like I said, that's the kind of stuff they can't let those guys get away with. It also is good for mientkiewicz to make the point that the stars won't be treated any differently. That isn't always the case. It should be.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by SD Buhr View Post
      It was a LONG friggin day at the ballpark in Cedar Rapids. But at least I don't have to get on a bus for Kane County in the morning like the Kernels do.

      After the game, Jake Mauer was quick to credit the grounds crew (which actually included almost every member of the Kernels front office staff) for being able to get the tarp on the infield as quick as they did. It was crazy how quickly the storm hit after the last out of the 4th inning. Sheets of rain and EXTREMELY high winds. It took most of that 3 hour delay to get the standing water off the warning tracks so it was safe for the players to play. If they hadn't gotten the tarp on the infield, there's no way the game resumes.

      Since the two teams don't play again this half of the season, the four innings of work by Duffey would have been wasted and the games would not have been made up.
      Buxton tweeted during the rain delay that he had never seen 80 mph winds. Sounds like it was just crazy, but good that they got both games in.

      What were your thoughts, in person, of Hein Robb? He was so young and so raw when the Twins signed him as a 16-year-old from South Africa (yet he was a 16-year-old on their WBC team and pitching in games!). Left-handed and breathing?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by birdwatcher View Post
      Perhaps the field staff at Rochester gave Ryan some sound advice when they recommended promoting Deduno and Walters and holding Gibson back.
      For all the overreaction by a lot of fans, the Twins were not wrong in saying that Gibson was being inconsistent. Walters and Deduno had been pitching well. Also, the Twins have to make decisions on Walters and Deduno for the short and longer term. They have earned another try, and both have responded well so far.

      As Terry Ryan said yesterday with Judd and Dubay, there's no question that Gibson has the highest ceiling. There's no question that he's going to come up and contribute for a long time.

      All I can say is, good for Deduno and Walters. I like when those types, guys who have put in their dues for a long time can come up and succeed. Walters is pitching as well as he was last year before his injury. Deduno is what he is and yet, he has that ability to get outs a lot. I also enjoy seeing his emotion, watching him wear his emotions on his sleeve.
    1. pioneers3's Avatar
      pioneers3 -
      I was at the Miracle game last night, and I am positive Sano got pulled because he didn't run out the drop 3rd strike. If he hustles at all he is on first base.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by pioneers3 View Post
      I was at the Miracle game last night, and I am positive Sano got pulled because he didn't run out the drop 3rd strike. If he hustles at all he is on first base.
      Thanks for the verification.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Buxton tweeted during the rain delay that he had never seen 80 mph winds. Sounds like it was just crazy, but good that they got both games in.

      What were your thoughts, in person, of Hein Robb? He was so young and so raw when the Twins signed him as a 16-year-old from South Africa (yet he was a 16-year-old on their WBC team and pitching in games!). Left-handed and breathing?
      It would be unfair to judge Robb based on last night. He coasted through the first inning 1-2-3 with a routine fly ball to CF and a couple of ground outs. Then he got hit in the back of his left (pitching) shoulder with a rocket off the bat of the first guy he faced in the 2nd. He got the runner at first (not really, but the ump felt sorry for him or something and called the guy out) and got the next hitter to ground out, too. After that, he got lit up pretty good for the next 1.1 innings (4 hits, 3 for extra bases).

      His fastball started the game in the high 80s and dropped a couple of ticks after he got hit in the shoulder. Seemed to throw a lot of change ups after that.

      We're probably spoiled a bit by the other SPs the Twins have sent through CR this year already. Most of them pumping low to mid 90s. A year ago, compared to the guys the Angels sent to CR to fill out their rotation, Robb might have been a top of the rotation guy.

      Let's see what he does after a couple more starts.
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