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    There are a lot of ways to win a ball game, but one of the most unlikely occurred in Rochester on Saturday night. A 29-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins eleven years ago got to play hero... twice. Another minor league free agent signing helped lead the New Britain Rock Cats to a big victory. A great way to get a win happened with the Ft. Myers Miracle: if your pitcher throws a complete game shutout, there is a good chance your team will win.

    Of course, life in the minor leagues can also teach us how to lose. We saw a couple of those on Saturday as well. Poor starting pitching and poor defense are often quick ways to a loss.

    Check out what else happened in the Twins Minor League system on Saturday:

    Rochester 7, Syracuse 6 (12 innings)

    Box Score

    Based on the final score alone, it might be hard to believe that this game, through nine innings was tied 1-1. The Chiefs opened it up with a big, five-run tenth frame. The Red Wings attempted a comeback, and Jeff Clement had the chance to play hero… twice. Well, to see how, you’ll just have to read below.

    PJ Walters started for Rochester, and was very good through five innings. He did not give up a run. However, in the sixth inning, his control eluded him. He issued three free passes in that frame, one of which drove in a run. Overall, he went 5.2 innings and gave up one run on three hits; he walked five, hit one and struck out three. Edgar Ibarra came on and continued his streak of scoreless innings and appearances. He got four outs, so he has now not given up a run in 20 appearances and 25.2 innings. Michael Tonkin gave up one hit through the eighth and ninth innings. However, Luis Perdomo came in to start the tenth. He got one out, but he walked one, hit one and gave up a hit and was charged with three runs because Cody Eppley allowed the inherited runners to score, plus two more.

    That brings us to the bottom of the 10th, Red Wings down 6-1. To that point, the Wings had just four hits. With two outs, Chris Parmelee cut the lead to 6-2 with an RBI single. Soon after, the bases were loaded, and Jeff Clement stepped to the plate. The unlikely happened: Clement launched a grand slam to tie the game at six.

    So, it was off to the 11th inning. Eppley stayed in the game, but after getting two outs, he had walked two more batters. Shairon Martis came in and got the final out of the 11th inning and pitched a scoreless 12th frame as well.

    With one out in the bottom of the 12th inning, Deibinson Romero walked for the third time. Eduardo Escobar came in to run for him. Who stepped to the plate? Jeff Clement, and he came through again. He doubled and Escobar scored the winning run.

    Aside from Clement, Josmil Pinto and James Beresford each had two hits in the game.

    New Britain 6, Erie 4

    Box Score

    Despite a 99 minute delay to the start of this game, the Rock Cat bats showed up right away. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first and the team held on for the rest of the game.

    Reynaldo Rodriguez again had a big game. The first baseman went 3-4 with his 24th double and his 15th home run. Danny Santana went 2-4 with his 18th double. Kyle Knudson went 2-3 with his second AA double.

    BJ Hermsen got a spot start. He tossed the first three innings and gave up three runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out two. Blake Martin came on and gave up one run on one hit in 1.2 innings. He walked two and struck out three. Dan Turpen went the next 1.1 scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and a walk and struck out two. Jose Gonzalez pitched a scoreless inning. Matt Hauser came on for the final two innings and struck out two.

    Ft. Myers 5, Tampa 0

    Box Score

    For the second time in his last four starts, lefty Taylor Rogers threw a complete game shutout. In his nine innings he gave up five hits, walked three and struck out seven.

    Photo by Linwood Ferguson/Ft. Myers Miracle

    Darin Mastroianni, in his second rehab game, was 3-5 with two doubles. Dalton Hicks was 3-4 with a walk. JD Williams was 2-4 with a walk and his eighth stolen base. Matt Koch went 2-5 with his 17th double. Mike Kvasnicka went 2-4.

    Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 5

    Box Score

    Going into the ninth inning, 2012 top pick Carlos Correia had the same number of hits (four) in the game as the Kernels did. It was also just one more than the number of errors the Kernels committed. Cedar Rapids got two singles in the ninth, but couldn’t come up with the big hit. Niko Goodrum had the lone extra base hit, his 20th double.

    Mason Melotakis started for the Kernels. The lefty gave up four runs (2 earned) on eight hits. He walked none and struck out five. Dallas Gallant came on and gave up one run on one hit and one walk in his inning. He struck out two. Tim Shibuya pitched the final three innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out two.

    Elizabethton 6, Bluefield 14

    Box Score

    It was not a good start for Tanner Mendonca. He gave up eight runs (5 earned) on five hits and three walks in just two innings. The three earned runs came in the first inning because of a throwing error by Mendonca. He was replaced by Kuo Hua Lo who gave up two runs on three hits over the next three innings. He hit two batters and struck out five. Carson Goldsmith came on and got two outs. He gave up one run on one hit and one walk. Andrew Ferreira retired the four batters he faced. Brandon Peterson then gave up three runs on four hits and a walk over the final two innings. He struck out three.

    Lead off man Zach Granite went 3-5. Mitch Garver went 2-4 with his tenth double and four RBI. Rory Rhodes went 2-5 with his ninth double.

    GCL Twins 10, GCL Red Sox 8

    Box Score

    Amaurys Minier returned to the GCL lineup for the first time since leaving the July 24th game with a quad injury. He had just one hit in the game, but it was his sixth home run. Jason Kanzler was 2-5 with his second double. Zach Larson was 2-5 with his sixth double. Adonis Pacheco was 1-2 with two walks.

    Alex Wimmers had a rough start in his rehab. The righty gave up eight runs (5 earned) on nine hits in three innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out two. Brandon Easton came on and worked the next three innings, giving up no runs on one hit. He walked none and struck out four. Miguel Gonzalez gave up one hit and one walk in his two innings. He struck out four. Jose Abreu came on to earn his fourth save. He walked one and struck out one in the ninth inning.

    Thanks for checking out today’s Twins minor league report. Please feel free to discuss, comment or ask questions.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (8/3): Rochester Wins in Dramatic Fashion started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Sounds like an amazing AAA game. Thanks for the reporting, Seth.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Talk about a thriller in Rochester! New Britain has put together a nice little winning streak after a terrible July.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Ft. Myers and Cedar Rapids clinched playoff spots in the first half of their seasons, and are both playing well in the 2nd half as well, even with promotions and such. Rochester went from 11 games back on July 2nd to taking their division lead by the end of the month. As of today, they would be a playoff team.

      As mentioned, New Britain is playing a little better now. Elizabethton is the team that has been almost a given to make the playoffs most years. However, this year, they're struggling. The Big Three have been mostly good, but not as consistent, and I think because of the focus on pitching in the last couple of drafts, they don't have the offense they typically have.
    1. Head First's Avatar
      Head First -
      Was that the first stint for Wimmers in his rehab?
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      Who would you say right now is in line for a September call up?
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      I have an observation and question Seth.

      Taylor Rogers continues the string of very good lefties out of UK (Albers, Darnell and Rogers), with a right handed Alex Meyer mixed in. Looking at UK's roster, I see several freshmen lefties who will be draft eligible in 2015. Perhaps the most intriguing is 6'9, 280 pound Chase Mullins. Then there is Kenosha, Wisconsin native Sam Mahar, who will be draft eligible next year. He had a fine freshman season in 2012 before missing all of 2013 with an arm injury. He was Wisconsin's gatorade player of the year a couple years ago...will he be the next lefty the Twins grab out of UK?

      I see that Wimmers has now made a few rehab starts. The first couple were ok, before yesterday's rough outing. Do you see the Twins adding him to their 40-man roster in November? If they don't, do you see someone drafting him and stashing him on their roster as a 13th pitcher for a year?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      The Kentucky lefty thing is pretty crazy. If nothing else, we know that the Twins will (and have) scouted the University of Kentucky. I'm sure they've been aware of the two you mentioned for 3-5 years.

      As for Wimmers, I'm just not certain. My initial thought was that they would have to add him, but that is somewhat contingent upon him having come back and shown health by season's end. To this point, it's been mixed results.
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