It was a night of debuts in the Twins system Tuesday. Aaron Hicks finally made his first ever appearance in a AAA game as he started rehab from his hamstring injury. Logan Darnell also made his AAA debut. Matt Summers replaced Darnell in the Rock Cats rotation and started Tuesday. And likely, the debut you were most looking forward to came in Palm Beach as Byron Buxton played his first game for the Miracle. How did their debuts go, and how was 2013 draft pick Tanner Mendonca in his professional debut?
Check out what happened in the Twins farm system on Tuesday:
Rochester Red Wings 3, Indianapolis Indians 5
Aaron Hicks made his AAA debut on Tuesday night in Indianapolis. He made out in his first at-bat, but had a single, a double and an RBI single in his next three plate appearances. Following the double, he attempted to score from second base on a passed ball. He was out, but that indicated his hamstring was at 100%. It will be interesting to see how he is able to come back on Wednesday after running in this game. He was the teamís DH, so he will still need to get some time in the outfield before he is fully ready to come back.
Hicks had three of the Red Wings five hits in this game. Jeff Clement hit his 12th
home run of the season.
Logan Darnell made his first AAA start. He gave up a solo home run in the first inning to Josh Harrison before posting a 1-2-3 second frame. He got the first two outs of the third inning, then he walked the next two batters. He was taken out with what play-by-play man Josh Whetzel guessed was a blister. In total, he gave up one run on two hits. He walked three and struck out two in just 2.2 innings. Luis Perdomo replaced him and went the next 2.1 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Aaron Thompson gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out two. Cody Eppley pitched a scoreless inning.
New Britain Rock Cats, Altoona Curve
The game was suspended after two innings with the score of 3-0 Rock Cats. Matt Summer didnít give up a run in his AA debut in those two frames. Curt Smith hit a three-run homer in the 2nd
. The game will continue Ö
Ft. Myers Miracle 4, Palm Beach 5
Byron Buxton was the big story of this game. Baseballís best prospect made his much-anticipated Miracle debut. As he had with the Kernels, he hit leadoff and played center field. He singled in his second at-bat, but was subsequently thrown out attempting a steal. He was 1-5 in the game. Mike Kvasnicka continues to hit well; in this game, he was 2-3 with a walk and his third home run. Jhon Goncalves hit his ninth double.
Jason Wheeler had a rough one. The lefty gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks in four innings. Ryan OíRourke came on and went three scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out two. Jose Gonzalez worked a scoreless eighth inning.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Burlington Bees 4
With Buxton promoted, it was Max Kepler taking over in center field for the Kernels. He has taken up some of the offensive slack produced by Buxton's promotion. On this night, he got a chance to play hero. Having doubled earlier in the game, Kepler came up in a tied game in the 8th
inning, and launched a two-run homer that proved to be the game winner. Through five games, he is now hitting .318 with a 1.011 OPS. He is 7-22 and has four doubles and home run. Nice to make a good first impression!
Jorge Polanco added his ninth triple and drove in three runs. JD Williams was 1-2 with a walk. Dalton Hicks knocked his 23rd
Mason Melotakis was on the mound for the Kernels. The lefty went the first six innings and was charged with four runs (3 earned). He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out five. Tim Atherton came on to start the seventh. He got two outs and walked two. Kaleb Merck went the final 2.1 innings and it was 7 up, 7 down with three strikeouts.
Elizabethton Twins 8, Greeneville Astros 4
The offense showed up Monday, and the E-Twins improved to 5-1 on the season. Rory Rhodes went 3-5 with his third double. Mitch Garver was 2-5 with his second and third doubles. Zach Granite was 2-3 with a walk, a triple and his first pro stolen base. Romy Jimenez was 2-5 with a triple. Javier Pimentel went 2-5.
Tanner Mendonca made his first pro start; he went the first three innings and did not allow a run. He gave up two hits, walked three and struck out three. Tim Shibuya came on in relief and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in four innings. He improved to 2-0. Carson Goldsmith gave up two runs on three hits in the final two innings.
GCL Twins 6, GCL Rays 5
You take the good, you take the bad. You take them both and there you have it, life in the minor leagues. In the GCLís first two games, Amaurys Minier went 4-7 with a double, triple and home run. On Tuesday, he went 1-5 with four strikeouts. In his last two games, he has gone 1-9 with seven strikeouts. Even for the most talented players, it is a process and is about development.
Joel Polanco went 2-4 with a triple and two RBI. Will Hurt went 2-2 with a walk. Chad Christensen was 2-5. Lance Ray went 0-4 with two strikeouts in his rehab game.
Chih-Wei Hu started and gave up four runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. He walked none and struck out four. Jose Abreu came on and went the next 2.2 innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one. Josh Guyer picked up the save. He went the final two innings and gave up one run on two hits and a walk, striking out four.
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