Mitch Garver had hit two home runs on Friday to take over the organizational lead in home runs this season with four. In the Twins 7-1 win over the Royals on Saturday, Brian Dozier led off with his fourth homer. Then later in the afternoon, Adam Walker hit his fourth homer of the year. Of course, with the Twins three top pitching prospects starting on Saturday, there’s plenty of pitching to talk about as well.
The Twins put Josh Willingham on the disabled list officially on Saturday and recalled Michael Tonkin. AJ Achter was promoted to the Red Wings. Virgil Vasquez came off of the Red Wings disabled list and was sent to New Britain. Stephen Wickens, who has not yet played for the Rock Cats, was placed on the 7-day DL. He has a strained rotator cuff.
RED WINGS REPORT
Game 1 – Rochester 4, Lehigh Valley 3
Alex Meyer made his second start; he was not helped by his defense at all. A couple errors caused him to allow two unearned runs. In his 5.1 innings, he gave up three runs (1 earned) on six hits. He walked none, hit one and struck out five. Aaron Thompson came on and got the final five outs. He gave up just one hit and is credited with the win.
Offensively, James Beresford led the way. He went 4-4 with his second and third doubles, a stolen base and two RBI. His 7th inning double scored Chris Rahl with what proved to be the winning run. Danny Santana went 2-4 with his second double. For the IronPigs, Clete Thomas went 2-4.
Game 2 – Rochester 5, Lehigh Valley 1
The Red Wings got pitching and power in this game to win again. Eight Red Wings players had one hit. Five of those hits went for extra bases. In the second inning, Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run homer, his first in the Twins organization. In the third inning, Chris Parmelee hit a two-run homer, his first of the year. Wilkin Ramirez had a triple. Doug Bernier and Chris Rahl hit a double each.
Yohan Pino started game two and went four innings. He gave up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out five. Matt Hoffman made his first appearance of the season and struck one out in a perfect inning. Ryan Pressly walked one in his two innings. He struck out two.
James Beresford went 1-3 in the second game. He is now hitting .500, 14-28 on the season.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 4, Portland 10
On a day when the Twins top three starting pitching prospects took the mound for their team, a former Top 10 Twins prospect had a rough go of it out of the Rock Cats bullpen.
Matt Summers made his second start for the Rock Cats this season. The right-hander gave up three runs on six hits in five innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Then Adrian Salcedo entered the game in the sixth inning and was only able to record one out, on a strikeout. The flame-thrower gave up four hits, walked one, hit one and threw two wild pitched and was charged with six runs. Virgil Vasquez came on for his first outing of the season. He went 1.2 innings and gave up one run on three hits, walked one and struck out three. Lester Oliveros came on for one inning and gave up only one hit. He struck one out.
Nate Hanson is hitting .314 after going 2-4 in this game. Brad Boyer and Danny Ortiz each had an RBI double. Mike Kvasnicka also added his first double of the year.
Ft. Myers 4, St. Lucie 5 (10 innings)
The Miracle got a huge, late-inning hit, but it was all for naught as the team lost in extra innings. Down 3-1 going into the 8th frame, Adam Walker came up with two on and two outs. He launched his fourth home run of the season to give the Miracle a 4-3 lead. However, the Mets tied the game in the 8th and won it in the 10th.
JO Berrios started and gave up three runs in six innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out five. Steven Gruver gave up an unearned run in the seventh inning. However, he pitched to two batters in the 8th inning and one of them came on to score the tying run. Brian Gilbert got three outs in the eighth and ninth innings. He hit one batter and gave up one hit. He struck out two. Tim Shibuya came in for the 10th inning. He got one out, but gave up the winning run on two hits and a walk.
Jorge Polanco went 2-3 with two walks in the game (he is hitting .419). Walker went 2-5, and stole his first base of the season. Michael Gonzales got the Miracle on the scoreboard with a 2nd inning solo home run.
Cedar Rapids 5, Lansing 3
Kohl Stewart made his second start for the Kernels. He threw three perfect innings, the first, the second and the fourth. However, in the third inning, he gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. His day was done after the fourth inning with two strikeouts. In that third inning, three of the hits were on ground balls that touched an infielder’s glove. Josue Montanez came on and struck out three in two shutout innings.
Brandon Bixler threw a scoreless seventh inning, but the Kernels were still down 3-1 going into the 8th frame. With two on and two out, Tanner Vavra singled in both runners to tie the game at three. (Vavra had driven in the team’s first run with a groundout earlier.) Zach Larson hit the next pitch down the left field line. His fifth double scored Vavra all the way from first base and gave the Kernels their first lead.
Bixler began the bottom of the eighth inning, but the first batter walked. Brandon Peterson came on and got the next three batters out to maintain the one-run lead. In the top of the 9th, Bryan Haar led off with a triple off the top of the wall in left field, a throwing error allowed Haar to score the team’s fifth run. Peterson gave up two base runners in the 9th but got out of it without allowing a run for his first save of the year.
Joel Licon went 2-4 with a double. Vavra went 1-4 with his three RBI. He is hitting .417 on the year.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Brandon Peterson, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – James Beresford, Rochester Red Wings
Sunday's probable starters:
Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (12:35 CST) – Kris Johnson (Listen)
New Britain @ Portland (12:00 CST) – Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (12:00 CST) – Mason Melotakis (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Lansing (1:05 CST) – Felix Jorge (Listen)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Saturday games.