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  • Twins Minor League Report (4/13): Kernels Road Sweep

    For the third straight game, the Minnesota Twins got a quality start, and for the third straight game, they got a win. Still, it took some late-inning dramatics, but the team goes into a Monday off-day with a .500 record (6-6). Raise your hand if you saw that coming. Just 150 games to go!

    The four minor league affiliates played afternoon games. They also went .500 on the day. Two affiliates won, two lost.

    So, why follow the Twins Minor League affiliates? Well, there are many reasons, however, here is a big one. Two weeks into the season and we have already seen the Twins make a half-dozen transactions. The Twins are not afraid to call people up, so get to know them early!

    Monday, the Twins have a day off but all four Twins affiliates will be in action.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Lehigh Valley 3
    Box Score

    Kris Johnson gave up two runs in the first inning and another in the second before settling down. Those would be the only runs the IronPigs scored, but on this day it was enough for a win. Johnson went five innings. He gave up the three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two. Deolis Guerra gave up just one hit over the next two innings. AJ Achter made his first appearance with the Red Wings this year. He had a walk and a strikeout in a scoreless inning.

    Eric Farris went 2-3 in the game. Wilkin Ramirez went 2-4. Dan Rohlfing added a double and an RBI.

    Clete Thomas went 2-2 with two walks and a double for Lehigh Valley.

    The loss ended a six game winning streak for the Red Wings. Deibinson Romero extended his hitting streak to eight games.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 6, Portland 3
    Box Score

    This was just a good game for the Rock Cats. They didn’t have a big inning. Instead, they scored in five of the nine innings. They got good pitching as well and came away with their fourth win of the year.

    Nate Hanson led the way. He went 3-5 with two doubles (5 on season) and two RBI. Danny Ortiz was also 2-5 with his third double and he also stole two bases. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his third and fourth doubles in five at-bats. Corey Wimberly had two hits. He added a stolen base.

    Sean Gilmartin recorded his first win in the Twins organization. The lefty gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out three. Cole Johnson came in and gave up one run on one hit and a walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out two. Ryan O’Rourke struck out the one batter he was asked to face. Lester Oliveros got his second save with another 1-2-3 ninth inning.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 4, St. Lucie 5
    Box Score

    The Miracle drove across the state of Florida on Friday with a 6-1 record. After falling to the Mets for the third straight game on Sunday, they are now 6-4. Things just started out on the wrong foot for Mason Melotakis. He gave up three runs in the first, two in the third and another in the fourth. In all, he gave up six runs (4 earned) on eight hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out four. Two more Jorge Polanco errors created the two unearned runs. He now has six errors in the team’s ten games.

    David Hurlbut came on in the fifth inning and gave up two hits and a walk in three shutout innings. Madison Boer gave up one hit in his inning.

    Like last Sunday, it took some time for the Miracle bats to get a hit. In the sixth inning, Jorge Polanco singled to left for the team’s first hit. Later in the same inning, Michael Gonzales drove him in with a single of his own. Those were the team’s lone hits in the game. The second run scored that inning on an error.



    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 6, Lansing 2
    Box Score

    Felix Jorge made the start for the Kernels on Sunday. He gave up two runs on three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three. Yorman Landa came in and gave up one hit in a scoreless inning. Alex Muren then gave up one hit in two shutout innings. Christian Powell ended the game with a perfect inning.

    Zack Larson got things going in the first inning with an RBI double, his sixth double of the year. He later added an RBI single and also stole a base. Chad Christensen was also 2-4 with his first triple. Bryan Haar went 1-3 with a walk and his third home run.

    It was a series sweep for the Kernels on the road. They return home for a six-game series in which they will play games Monday through Saturday.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Sean Gilmartin, New Britain Rock Cats
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Nate Hanson, New Britain Rock Cats

    MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Pawtucket @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
    New Britain @ New Hampshire (5:35 CST) – Pat Dean (Listen)
    Ft. Myers @ Charlotte (5:30 CST) – Alex Wimmers (Listen)
    South Bend @ Cedar Rapids (1:05 CST) – Aaron Slegers (Listen)

    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Sunday games. A quick reminder:
    Thanks to the Twins win over the Royals on Sunday, it means that on Monday you can get 50% off a Large or Extra Large pizza when you use the “TWINSWIN” promotion code at PapaJohns.com.
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Looks like Kepler got his first SO of the year today. At least he is doing a good job making contact. You would think that his outs will start becoming hits. I would love to hear from someone who has seen him play this year and know what kind of outs he is making.
      Kepler looks to do OK in the some of the advanced stats, but not great in some of the traditional metrics. It will be interesting to follow.

      Mejia got another single and another walk today, I keep waiting for him to struggle, but...he just keeps on getting on base. As the season progresses, if he keeps on getting OB, I wouldn't mind him getting some AB in the lead-off position. He needs to use his speed more effectively and steal bases.
    1. Old Twins Cap's Avatar
      Old Twins Cap -
      Beaten by Clete Thomas. Oh the indignity!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Old Twins Cap View Post
      Beaten by Clete Thomas. Oh the indignity!
      He's always been an ok replacement player in the big leagues, and a pretty solid AAA guy. No surprise there.
    1. ericchri's Avatar
      ericchri -
      I thought it had been determined that it was actually Jorge Felix, not Felix Jorge, or am I just imagining that? I realize he's been thought of as Felix Jorge pretty much his entire time in the organization, and I guess he's listed that way on the official roster. It's just a little jarring every time I see it.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by ericchri View Post
      I thought it had been determined that it was actually Jorge Felix, not Felix Jorge, or am I just imagining that? I realize he's been thought of as Felix Jorge pretty much his entire time in the organization, and I guess he's listed that way on the official roster. It's just a little jarring every time I see it.
      I just gave in to convention... His FB account and a couple others have told me it is Jorge Felix, but all baseball people say it is Felix Jorge. So, I'll go with that until something changes.
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