Weather was again a factor in the Twins farm system. Of course, it appears that the Red Wings get rained out whenever Alex Meyer is scheduled to pitch. His first start was pushed back twice by weather, and he was supposed to start on Friday night for Rochester but it was rained out as well. As Rochester Democrat and Chronicle writer Jim Mandelaro noted on twitter
, “Nine days into the season, the Red Wings have as many wins (4) as games postponed.”
Of course, that lines up a replay of last Sunday’s pitching matchups highlighting the Twins top pitching prospects. Matt Summers will get the start in New Britain, and in the second Red Wings game Yohan Pino will throw. Top prospect Alex Meyer will start in game one for the Red Wings. JO Berrios will pitch in St. Lucie. Kohl Stewart will make the start in Lansing for the Kernels. In the matchups below, I will include the links where you can listen to these games live.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester, Lehigh Valley
Alex Meyer is scheduled to pitch, so of course weather has become a factor and his start will move to Saturday after Friday’s game was postponed.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 2, Portland 11
Taylor Rogers was back on the mound for the Rock Cats in this game. He had another rough first inning but settled down. He gave up five runs in the first, but just one more over the next three innings. In four innings, he gave up six runs (5 earned) on eight hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Cole Johnson and Ryan O’Rourke each threw a scoreless inning. BJ Hermsen pitched the seventh inning and gave up five runs on four hits and a walk. Jim Fuller was perfect in the eighth.
Tony Thomas led the offense. He was 2-4 with two doubles. Kennys Vargas hit his second home run of the season, a solo homer in the ninth frame. Corey Wimberly walked twice.
Ft. Myers 3, St. Lucie 6
Lefty Brett Lee made his second Miracle start. In his first game, he was one out from a quality start. In this game, he got the final out of the sixth inning and gets the quality start. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out four. Matt Tomshaw pitched a scoreless seventh inning but was charged with three runs (2 earned) in the eighth to take the loss.
Niko Goodrum went 2-4 with his fourth double. He also drove in two runs. He now has 10 RBI in eight games. Jorge Polanco was 1-1 with two walks and was also hit by a pitch.
Cedar Rapids 10, Great Lakes 7
This game went back and forth through the night. Lansing scored three in the bottom of the 8th
inning to take a one-run lead, but Mitch Garver hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at seven. Zach Larson singled in the go-ahead run and Chad Christensen singled in two insurance runs. Hudson Boyd came on for the ninth and struck out two in a perfect inning for his second save.
The hitting hero again for the Kernels was Mitch Garver who, besides the game-tying sacrifice fly, hit two solo home runs, his third and fourth of the year. Jeremias Pineda went 2-3 with a walk and a triple. Chad Christensen went 2-4. Jason Kanzler went 2-5 with a triple after going 3-5 in his first Kernels game.
Lefty Randy Rosario was very good in his second outing. He threw four shutout innings before giving up two in the fifth inning. In total, he gave up four hits, walked one and struck out two. Ethan Mildren made his first appearance with the Kernels since his call up on Monday. He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out three. Yorman Landa pitched the eighth inning, and it didn’t go so well. He gave up three runs on two hits and three walks in the inning. He did strike out one. Again, Boyd got the save with his two-strikeout ninth.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Randy Rosario, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Mitch Garver, Cedar Rapids Kernels
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (4:35 CST) – Alex Meyer, Yohan Pino (Listen
New Britain @ Portland (12:00 CST) – Matt Summers (Listen
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) – JO Berrios (Listen
Cedar Rapids @ Lansing (1:05 CST) – Kohl Stewart (Listen
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games.
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