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    The game was a struggle for Kyle Gibson on Tuesday night. The Rays pounced on him for seven runs and he was saddled with his first loss of this young season. David Price pitched nine strong innings and showed why he is one of the best pitchers in baseball.

    The good thing is that it appears as if Brian Dozier is going to continue to hit a lot of home runs this season. Chris Colabello also seemed comfortable at the plate as he collected his second home run. He also saw 20 pitches over his four at-bats while no other Twins player saw more than 14.

    Rochester 7, Pawtucket 5
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    The Red Wings offense was very balanced as six different men had an RBI in the game and most of the damage came in a six-run seventh inning. Chris Parmelee extended his hit streak to a season-long seven games. Eric Harris went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Chris Rahl hit his fifth double and Wilkin Ramirez hit his second triple of the season. The team went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

    Logan Darnell started for Rochester and pitched five strong innings. He allowed two earned runs on three hits including six strikeouts and two walks. Yohan Pino did some fantastic work in relief by striking out nine hitters in only four innings of work.

    With their 10th win of the season, the Red Wing matched their win total from last April. The team hasn't had a winning month of April since 2007 and they currently sit with a record of 10-8.

    New Britain 2, New Hampshire 1
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    This low scoring affair saw the Rock Cats squeak out their fifth victory of the season. Virgil Vasquez didn't pick up a decision in this game but he pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits on only 84 pitches. It was his first start of the season after being used in relief in his first two appearances this year. Jim Fuller allowed the only run scored by New Hampshire but he ended up "earning" his first win of the season.

    It was a doubles party for New Britain as Tony Thomas, Reynaldo Rodriguez, and Brandon Waring all collected a two-bagger. Rodriguez had a multiple hit game for the fourth time in his last seven games. Anderlin Mejia didn't join the doubles party but he had two hits and he scored a run. Because of some bad weather and poor play, this was New Britain's first victory since April 13th.

    Fort Myers 1, Jupiter 5
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    The Miracle couldn't get to Jupiter starter Scott Lyman as he tossed six scoreless frames. Jason Wheeler got hit around over 4.2 innings as the Miracle starter. He allowed five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Tyler Jones and Mason Melotakis combined to pitch the last 3.1 innings without allowing a hit.

    Levi Michael was the lone Miracle batter with more than one hit. He went 2-for-4 and he has three multiple hit games out of the last eight. Travis Harrison cracked his first triple since 2012 in the rookie leagues. Max Kepler knocked in Harrison with a single to score the only run of the game.

    Cedar Rapids 1, Peoria 4
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    In three out of his four starts this season, Ryan Eades has allowed three runs or fewer but the Kernels continued struggle to find ways to support his efforts. Tonight Eades tossed 5.2 innings of two-run baseball with five strikeouts. It was his third loss of the season. Josue Montanez took over for Eades and allowed one run over the last 2.1 frames.

    Chad Christensen did his best to keep the Kernels in the game as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. He was also the only batter in the line-up that didn't strikeout at some point in the contest. Tanner Vavra had the only extra-base hit for Cedar Rapids, his fourth double of the season. The team left six men on base and went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Virgil Vasquez, New Britain Rock Cats
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Chad Christensen, Cedar Rapids Kernels

    Rochester @ Pawtucket (5:15 CST)- Alex Meyer
    New Hampshire @ New Britain (5:35 CST)- DJ Baxendale
    Jupiter @ Fort Myers (6:05 CST)- Tyler Duffey
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (11:00 CST)- Ethan Mildren
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. AScheib50's Avatar
      AScheib50 -
      Are they going back to using Mason Melotakis out of the 'pen? Or is the plan to let him start some games this year too?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by AScheib50 View Post
      Are they going back to using Mason Melotakis out of the 'pen? Or is the plan to let him start some games this year too?
      It's a good question. He's made two starts and two relief appearances this year (since a relief appearance in his first outing of the year due to being a late starter in a 6-man rotation). The last two have been bullpen. I suspect he'll make some more starts. I think he could/will be a dominant reliever soon.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I'd move him to the bullpen full time, it is really his best shot to be a MLB player. But the team is slow to do that, in hopes that somehow these guys would become starters, when it is pretty clear they are not.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      My last day at the fields this morning and nothing going on at all. Buxton drove out as I drove in. All done here til next year.
    1. jimv2's Avatar
      jimv2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      My last day at the fields this morning and nothing going on at all. Buxton drove out as I drove in. All done here til next year.
      Thanks for all your efforts, HH. Your posts are always informative and insightful.
    1. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
      Paul Pleiss -
      Cody Christie once admitted to drinking Coors Light, on purpose. I suspect he was drinking them last night when he gave the pitcher of the day to someone not named Yohan Pino. Seven scoreless innings is great for Vasquez, for anyone really, but a pitcher who strikes out 9 in 4 innings of work? I'll take that!
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