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    I know the picture doesn't fit, but for what might be the last time, let's give #33 another cover photo. This from a happier time.

    Let's hope there is more champagne in Morneau's near future... and also that none of the corks hit him in the head.

    If you want to weigh in on the trade and it's reactions. Go here.

    Tonight was a very significant night for the Rochester Red Wings. It's also a big night for Josmil Pinto, as he is with the Twins and will make his big-league debut soon.



    Let's look at how the four minor league teams did tonight:

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 6, BUFFALO BISONS 5
    Box Score

    The Red Wings did nearly everything possible to blow this game late, but instead held on to win (and eliminate Buffalo from Wild Card contention). The Red Wings currently find themselves a half-game behind Norfolk, who is playing here.

    If Norfolk loses, the Red Wings pull into a tie for the Wild Card, but have the tiebreaker. If Norfolk wins, the Red Wings will have to make that one-game disadvantage up in the next two days.

    P.J. Walters gave up two runs early, but settled down and made it six innings. Aaron Thompson gave up an unearned run and Shairon Martis allowed the Bisons to battle back (and get the go-ahead run in scoring position with two outs) before Michael Tonking recorded the final out.

    Aaron Hicks was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a stolen base. Eric Fryer homered and Eduardo Escobar, Chris Parmelee and James Beresford all added doubles.

    Pat Dean looks to keep the Red Wings in the hunt tomorrow night at 6:05 ET.

    NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS 4, READING PHILLIES 5
    Box Score

    Reading scored a 9th inning run to win a game that no one actually knew was going on. So you better read about it here...

    Trevor May pitched and was solid. He struck out 10 in seven innings, scattering four runs on six hits and a walk. Matt Hauser gave up the run to pick up the loss.

    Miguel Sano was busy. He tripled, was hit by a pitch, grounded into a double play and committed an error.

    Eddie Rosario got two hits, including a double. Angel Morales hit his 5th AA home run.

    Stuart Turner made his AA debut and collected two singles.

    Kyle Davies pitches tomorrow at 6:35 ET.

    FORT MYERS MIRACLE 2, BRADENTON MARAUDERS 3
    Box Score

    The Miracle's bullpen blew a save, allowing three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

    David Hurlbut scattered nine hits over 7.1 innings, but only allowed two runners (inherited by Tyler Jones) to score. He struck out six. Tyler Jones finished the inning, but not before allowing a run of his own to score as well. he took the loss.

    Byron Buxton had a hit and scored a run out of the 3-hole. Kennys Vargas had the only extra base hit for the team (his 33rd double).

    Tomorrow afternoon (12:05 ET) is the Miracle's regular-season finale. Their playoffs start Tuesday.

    CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 5, CLINTON LUMBERKINGS 0
    Box Score

    Lots of offense from the Kernels tonight, led by leadoff hitter Jonathan Murphy. Murphy had two hits, including a triple and scored two runs. Tyler Grimes, Mike Gonzales and Bo Altobelli all had two-hit games and an RBI as well. Gonzaelez hit a long home run.

    After returning to the lineup with a bang last night, Niko Goodrum took today's game off.

    Tim Shibuya went the distance today. He struck out six. He allowed four hits and only walked one.

    The Kernels have set their playoff rotation and it looks like this: Brett Lee in Game 1, Tim Shibuya in Game 2, and Tim Atherton in Game 3. It was believed that Jose Berrios would be one of the guys in the rotation, but it was reported earlier today that he wouldn't be included. Nothing specific to report, as it appears that Berrios is completely healthy, but has worn down later in the year.

    The Kernels have two more games at Clinton before starting their playoffs. Tim Atherton starts tomorrow at 2:00 CT.

    If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (8/31): Red Wings Keep Fighting started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      10 Ks and 1 BB is not too shabby a ratio for May.

      Looks like Hicks finally woke out of his somnolent send-down when he heard who the Twins got in return for Morny!
    1. ericchri's Avatar
      ericchri -
      Interesting that Stuart Turner will end the year in AA. Seems like he's played fairly well this year. Not amazing with the stick, but not Butera bad, either. Only a couple games, really, but it seems they've been pleased with his play for him to get that call.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Does someone know what the tie breaker is in the minors? If Rochester and Norfork tie, how is that settled? One game playoff? Head to head record?

      Is Turner in AA for a reason? Was it just that they needed a place to put him to get a few more at bats this season, or is it possible he starts next season in New Britian? He has thrown out 32% of potential base stealer. I am fine with the aggressive promotion if that is what it is. It isn't something I'm used to season, but maybe I haven't noticed this kind of thing happen in the past.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Leaving Berrios out is a good call. He seems to really be fighting it. I was thinking they would have shut him (and Gibson) down a couple of starts ago, but the more they pitch this year the more they will be comfortable throwing next year. I just hope neither Tweeks something in the finally couple days.
    1. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
      Hosken Bombo Disco -
      Love the photo

      You are recognizing that the Morneau trade is the news of the day.. this is a trade that will be compared against every lineup Gardenhire draws up the rest of the year, a trade that will be rightly held up against every transaction Terry Ryan makes heading into next season.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chance View Post
      Does someone know what the tie breaker is in the minors? If Rochester and Norfork tie, how is that settled? One game playoff? Head to head record?
      Head to head, which Rochester owns. They end up tied, the Red Wings get in.

      Quote Originally Posted by Chance View Post
      Is Turner in AA for a reason? Was it just that they needed a place to put him to get a few more at bats this season, or is it possible he starts next season in New Britian? He has thrown out 32% of potential base stealer. I am fine with the aggressive promotion if that is what it is. It isn't something I'm used to season, but maybe I haven't noticed this kind of thing happen in the past.
      With Pinto going from AAA to MLB, the Red Wings needed Rohlfing. That opened up a spot for a catcher. They weren't going to take from Fort Myers and Cedar Rapids as they prepare for the playoffs. Turner is the next best guy. I envision him starting next year in CR, but could move up to FM.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco View Post
      Love the photo
      The photo was actually supposed to be Morneau and Guerrier popping champagne, but it wouldn't display properly.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Thanks Jeremy.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      The photo was by our friend Betsy Bissen. She's tremendous.

      Turner is advanced, but he'll start next year, probably, in Ft. Myers.
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