With that, check out what happened in the Twins minor league system on Sunday:
Rochester Red Wings 6, Charlotte Knights 5
The Red Wings got a very nice win. Andrew Albers started, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, with four strikeouts in six innings. Aaron Thompson gave up one run on three hits in 1.1 innings. Shairon Martis then retired one batter. Tyler Robertson came on and recorded his first save by getting the final four outs, two of them on strikeouts.
Antoan Richardson continues to be an on-base machine. He went 2-2 with two walks and his sixth stolen base. Deibinson Romero went 2-4 with a walk and his first stolen base. Clete Thomas and Brian Dinkelman each hit his eighth double. Oswaldo Arcia walked three times on Saturday and twice more on Sunday.
New Britain Rock Cats 5, Bowie Baysox 4
Logan Darnell gave up four runs on ten hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out six. He improved to 5-4 with a 2.76 ERA. Though it wasn’t his best performance, he continues to rack up innings. In his last five starts, he has thrown 37 innings. Dan Turpen came on and struck out two in two perfect innings for his first save.
In the fifth inning, Mark Sobolewski's second Rock Cat home run cut his team's deficit to 3-2. Josmil Pinto’s three-run sixth inning home run, his ninth, gave the Rock Cats a 5-3 lead. Nate Hanson was 2-4.
Ft. Myers Miracle 8, Palm Beach Cardinals 1 (6 innings)
The rain and the Miracle won on Sunday. With two outs in the bottom of the 6th, the game was called. Fortunately, the Miracle bats had gotten off to a very fast start and the team had a big lead when the game was called.
The Miracle scored five runs in the top of the first. Eddie Rosario singled in a run. Kennys Vargas doubled in two. That was followed by a two-run homer by Matt Koch, his second. In the second inning, the Miracle scored three more runs. Vargas doubled in another run. Koch and Jairo Rodriguez each singled in a run. Vargas now has 17 doubles. Rosario and Levi Michael were both 2-3.
Taylor Rogers was named the Twins minor league player of the week and he was also the recipient of the early run support. Rogers went all 5.2 innings. He gave up one run on six hits; he walked none and struck out one. He is now 5-1 with a 1.35 ERA since his promotion to the Miracle.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 2, Kane County 3 (10 innings)
The story of this game, both good and bad, was Niko Goodrum. In the third inning, Goodrum came to the plate in a tied game and gave the Twins a 2-0 lead with a two-run single. He proceeded to steal second base. The next batter, Jorge Polanco, singled to left. Goodrum rounded third and attempted to score. The ball beat him by plenty to the plate. There was a collision and Goodrum went down; he was on the ground for quite some time. His neck was secured, he was put on a back board and left the park in an ambulance. Before leaving, he did wave to the crowd. Niko went through some tests at the hospital and was then released. He will be put on the disabled list with a concussion. A corresponding move will likely be made early Monday morning according to manager Jake Mauer.
From a team standpoint, that was about it for the offense. In fact, they didn't score again. Tyler Grimes and Dalton Hicks were each 2-3 with a walk. Michael Quesada went 2-4 with his third double.
Hudson Boyd started for the Kernels. The right-hander made a quality start., finishing six innings. He gave up two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out six. One of Kane County's runs came on the 8th home run of the season for 1B Dan Vogelbach. Interestingly, Vogelbach and Boyd were teammates at Bishop Verot High School in Ft. Myers. They had both committed to the University of Florida but in 2011 Boyd was drafted 55th overall by the Twins, and Vogelbach was selected by the Cubs with the 68th overall pick. They both joined the ranks of the professionals.
Josue Montanez came on and threw two scoreless innings. He walked one and gave up two hits. Tyler Jones pitched a scoreless ninth, but he gave up a run in the 10th to take the loss.
DSL Twins, DSL Reds
(Game Postponed by Rain)
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