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  • Twins Minor League Report (4/26): Kernels/Rock Cats Hang On

    Phil Hughes worked seven quality innings and the Twins evened their series with the Detroit Tigers. On Sunday, it will be Kyle Gibson taking the mound for the Twins opposite Justin Verlander. Oswaldo Arcia began his rehab. Scott Diamond was back on the mound. After being rained out on Friday, the Rock Cats played two games in Virginia. A couple of powerful hitters hit home runs. And, there is a doubles-machine down in Cedar Rapids that Twins fans will want to learn more about.

    TRANSACTIONS

    Early on Saturday afternoon, we learned the ‘other’ transaction in Cedar Rapids. Jonatan Hinojosa was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a PED.

    According to Baseball America, the Twins signed Dutch Deol, a 21-year-old outfielder from California who is yet to get out of the rookie leagues.



    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Pawtucket 6
    Box Score

    Scott Diamond’s last start was at least somewhat encouraging. On Saturday, things did not go well for him. He gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out three. His ERA is back above ten at 10.35. He was replaced by Edgar Ibarra who didn’t allow a run in 1.2 innings despite giving up three hits and walking two. AJ Achter came on and struck out two of the four batters he faced and got out. Ryan Pressly came in for the ninth inning and gave up three runs on two hits and two walks. He did strike out two batters.

    Oswaldo Arcia made his first rehab appearance, DH'ing and batting fifth. He batted three times and went 3-3, all singles. Danny Santana went 3-5 with his seventh double. Doug Bernier went 2-5 with his fifth double. He’s hitting .380. Deibinson Romero went 2-3 with a walk.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    Game 1 – New Britain 5, Richmond 4
    Box Score

    If you look at Sean Gilmartin’s line in this game, it doesn’t look that great. The lefty was charged with four runs on six hits in 6.2 innings. He walked one and hit one batter. He struck out seven. However, into the seventh inning, he had given up just one run on four hits (and the hit batter). In that final inning, he gave up a hit and a walk before giving up a three-run homer to Tyler Graham that cut the Rock Cats lead to 5-4. Lester Oliveros came on and hit the first batter he faced on an 0-2 count. Oliveros then threw to first in a pickoff attempt, but the ball was thrown wide and the potential game-tying runner advanced to third base. On the next batter, Brandon Waring made a lunging backhand catch at third base and used his strong arm to get the runner at first in a close play to finish off the win.

    The Rock Cats plated two runs in the third and two more runs in the fourth inning. In the top of the 7th inning, AJ Pettersen had a leadoff bunt single. He stole second, and with two outs, Nate Hanson singled him in to give the Rock Cats a 5-1 lead. It proved to be a very big insurance run.

    Kennys Vargas went 3-4 with a double and an RBI. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-3 with his second homer of the year. Nate Hanson drove in two runs.

    Game 2 – New Britain 2, Richmond 5
    Box Score

    Pat Dean was charged with five runs in five innings, but only one of the runs was earned. He gave up eight hits, walked two and struck out four. He gave up three runs in the second inning. He went out for the sixth inning and was charged with two more in that inning. Cole Johnson got the three outs in the sixth inning. He walked one and struck out two.

    The Rock Cats had just four hits in the game. Kennys Vargas hit his third home run, a two-run shot that made the score 3-2 in the top of the sixth.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 4, Palm Beach 9
    Box Score

    David Hurlbut made his second start since replacing Mason Melotakis in the rotation. He went five innings and gave up two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out three. Tim Shibuya came in for the sixth inning. It was a rough one. He gave up six runs on eight hits and a walk. Brian Gilbert pitched two innings. He walked three but gave up no runs or hits. Steven Gruver pitched the ninth. He gave up one run on two hits.

    The Miracle were shut out through the first eight innings. They scored four runs in the ninth frame. Adam Walker went 2-4 with his fifth home run. In his return to the Florida State League, Aderlin Mejia went 2-3 with a walk. Dalton Hicks hit a two-run double in the ninth inning as well.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 7, Clinton 6
    Box Score

    Felix Jorge started for the Kernels and was very good. However, things got very interesting late, but Hudson Boyd was able to close the door and secure a Kernels win. They are now back over .500 at 11-10 on the season.

    Jorge went the first six innings and gave up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Josue Montanez pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He came out for the eighth and gave up two runs. He left the game with runners at first and third and nobody out. Hudson Boyd came in and got two outs before issuing a walk to load the bases. He gave up a two-run single to cut the lead to one, but he got the final out of that inning. He had one base runner in the ninth, but was able to record the save.

    Zack Larson led the offense. He went 4-5 with his eighth and ninth double. He drove in two runs. Tanner Vavra went 2-5 with his fifth double. Mitch Garver was 2-4 with a walk. Ivory Thomas had a single and a walk in his first Kernels game.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Felix Jorge, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Kennys Vargas, New Britain Rock Cats

    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Charlotte @ Rochester (12:05 CST) – Logan Darnell (Listen)
    New Britain @ Richmond (12:35 CST) – Virgil Vasquez (Listen)
    Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (3:05 CST) – Alex Wimmers (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (2:00 CST) – Aaron Slegers (Listen)


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Saturday games.


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    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Don't Feed the Greed Guy's Avatar
      Don't Feed the Greed Guy -
      Arcia's three singles have to be the story of the day. I'd like to see him create change in the Twins lineup sooner, rather than later. Arcia/Kubel/Colabello should be DHing. Pinto needs to be behind the plate and batting out of the catcher spot in the lineup.
    1. MidwestMeat's Avatar
      MidwestMeat -
      Good to see Danny Santana getting his bat going the last couple of weeks. If he continues to trend upward what is his avg/obp threshold where the decide they have to give him a look?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by MidwestMeat View Post
      Good to see Danny Santana getting his bat going the last couple of weeks. If he continues to trend upward what is his avg/obp threshold where the decide they have to give him a look?
      It'll be his defense that will hold him back or get him up here. He won't hit much better than Florimon or Escobar right away (most likely), but if he can make the routine plays, he'll get a shot.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Pinto needs to play as often as possible - was my stance before the year started. Now definitely so. That OBP would be better served higher in the lineup as well. Colabello is likely going to continue to fall. It may sound starnge, but I actually see Pinto hitting even better than he is now.
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