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    If you are a real baseball junkie, Thursday was a great day of baseball. The Twins organization played EIGHT baseball games yesterday. The Twins played two (lost both), the Red Wings played one (squandered a great pitching performance), the Rock Cats played two (split a double header), the Miracle played one (a lopsided loss) and then Kernels played two as well (swept both sides of a double header). With so much baseball action on Thursday, we will get right to it!


    (Bare Antolos/Rochester Red Wings)

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Louisville 2, Rochester 1
    BOX SCORE

    In their last eight games, the Red Wings pitchers have struck out 94 hitters in just 71.0 innings. Alex Meyer was a big part of that stretch, owning 22 of those Ks in just 12.1 innings. On Thursday, Trevor May took his turn and struck out 11 Louisville hitters over six full innings (giving up two earned runs on just three hits). Perhaps even more exciting for May and Twins fans is that he rebounded from a poor outing the week before and he only walked a single batter last night. The bullpen did their job and held the Bats scoreless in the final three frames, but the Red Wings offense could not find a way to break through a strong performance from Louisville's Josh Smith, who lowered his ERA to 2.20 on the night.

    The Red Wings tallied only three hits, so there are not a lot of strong offensive performances to discuss. Chris Parmelee extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest in the International League this season, and could match his longest career hitting streak with a hit tomorrow. Parmelee also drew a walk and was one of two Red Wings hitters that reached base multiple times. James Beresford was the other man on base more than once, and he managed a hit and two walks, and scored the lone run of the evening. Oswaldo Arcia played the entire game at DH going 1-4 with two strikeouts as he continues to rehab from his wrist injury.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    Game 1 - New Britain 6, Harrisburg 3
    BOX SCORE

    In the first game of the double header (two seven inning games) the Rock Cats came out on top, thanks to a quality start from Taylor Rogers (six innings pitched, three earned runs, one strike out) and a perfect inning from Lester Oliveros.

    First basemen Reynaldo Rodriguez led the day with three RBIs on a 2-4 night, all three ribbies coming via a three run homer in the first inning to put the Rock Cats on top. Kennys Vargas was 1-3 with two runs scored and two RBI on a homer of his own in the fifth. Right fielder Mike Kvasnicka provided the rest of the offense with a solo home run of his own. Brandon Waring, featured on the most recent Talk to Contact podcast, was 1-4.

    Game 2 - New Britain 3, Harrisburg 4
    BOX SCORE

    The Rock Cats out-hit the Senators, and the Senators committed three errors (in a seven inning game) and the Rock Cats still could not find a way to win. Tyler Duffy surrendered a late run, pitching for six full innings, struck out five batters and his ERA sits at just 1.50 this spring. Cole Johnson came in and blew the save, giving up three unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh, recording just a single out.

    Kenny Wilson was 2-4 with a run scored and Nate Hanson was 2-3 with an RBI but other than those two guys, a pretty underwhelming performance from he rest of the Rock Cats team.

    Rock Cats manager Jeff Smith was ejected for the third time this year, undoubtedly frustrated as the Rock Cats are now just 7-17 in this young season.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 2, Palm Beach 8
    BOX SCORE

    The Miracle had nine hits, but Jose Berrios only made it through five innings, giving up four runs, three earned. He recorded four strike outs, two walks, and gave up six hits. Mason Meloakis came in and made things worse, surrendering four earned runs over 1.2 innings. Madison Boer closed out the game with 1.1 innings, giving up just one hit and he struck out two Palm Beach Cardinals.

    The Miracle were just 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position and they left nine men on base. This was a game of missed opportunities. Aderlin Mejia who is hitting over .400 went 1-5 with a double and a strike out. Mike Gonzales and Adam Brett Walker II were both 2-4 but there was not much going on with this Miracle team.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Game 1 - Kane County 2, Cedar Rapids 5
    BOX SCORE

    A ho-hum performance from the Kernels pitching staff last night. Starter Josue Montanez did not give up an earned run, but gave up a couple unearned runs and pitched only four innings. Yorman Landa picked up the win with two scoreless innings in relief and Brandon Peterson picked up the save.

    The Kernels one through five hitters collected all seven of their hits, with Ivory Thomas, Joel Licon, Bo Altobelli and Engelb Vielma all hitless at the bottom of the order. Mitch Garver led the way with a 2-3 night with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI. Zach Larson was the other big contributor, going 2-3 with a run scored.

    Game 2 - Kane County 4, Cedar Rapids 5
    BOX SCORE

    The second game of the night was a back and forth battle, and multiple runs were scored in almost every inning.

    Kohl Stewart was on the hill for the Kernels, he pitched 5.2 innings and gave up three runs, but only one was earned. He struck out four Cougars to go along with just two walks. Not Stewart's best outing of the year, but another encouraging outing from one of the Twins prized Minor League possessions.

    Engelb Vielma picked up two hits in the night cap, but he continues to struggle at the bottom of the lineup, now hitting just .200. Logan Wade was 2-4 with two doubles and two runs batted in to lead the way for the Kernels. DH Bryan Santy also picked up two ribbies with a two run bomb in the fourth inning.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Trevor May, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Logan Wade, Cedar Rapids Kernels

    MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Louisville @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Scott Diamond (Listen)
    New Hampshire @ New Britain (5:35) – Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
    Ft. Myers @ Palm Beach (5:35 CST) – David Hurlbut (Listen)
    Kane County @ Cedar Rapids (5:00 CST) – Felix Jorge (Listen)


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Thursday games here.
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      I gotta admit, I wish Stewart was dominating A ball just a bit more. And I say that realizing he has a sub 1.000 whip, 2.81 era and is about 3 years younger than the avg pitcher in the midwest league.
    1. Lonestar's Avatar
      Lonestar -
      Nice outing by Trevor May.

      I like that you gave credit to the opposing pitcher (Josh Smith) by name.
    1. TRex's Avatar
      TRex -
      I agree… somewhat! Strikeouts would be great, but isn't his performance about what you expect if they are trying to limit the use of his best pitch (the wipeout slider)? I think after his last (great) start, he said he only threw a 'couple' of sliders.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by gunnarthor View Post
      I gotta admit, I wish Stewart was dominating A ball just a bit more. And I say that realizing he has a sub 1.000 whip, 2.81 era and is about 3 years younger than the avg pitcher in the midwest league.
      A lot of HS players don't even start in A- ball either.... between all of that and the fact that he's not really using his slider, I'd say not bad. He's still getting Ks, just not getting a K/9 rate around 9. I'd imagine as he works the slider in more that you'll see that climb a bit.
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      A lot of HS players don't even start in A- ball either.... between all of that and the fact that he's not really using his slider, I'd say not bad. He's still getting Ks, just not getting a K/9 rate around 9. I'd imagine as he works the slider in more that you'll see that climb a bit.
      I am very pleased, he graduated high school less than a year ago and was never 100% dedicated on baseball. I anticipate he will get gradually better over the next few years, so a 2.81 ERA is a good starting point.

      His K numbers are not great at 6 per 9, but he is allowing only 4.9 hits per 9 with 2.1 BB per 9. Going back to last year, he has not allowed a HR in 45 IP.
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      I rather Stewart's minor league numbers suffer by not throwing his best pitch to develop as a player.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      I rather Stewart's minor league numbers suffer by not throwing his best pitch to develop as a player.
      Exactly and this, I suspect, is what's going on. Throwing a bunch of sliders for out-pitches would make his Class A stats look better, but do little to prepare him to be a better MLB pitcher. Locating his fastball and other pitches better is more important than making sure his Ks per inning stats look good.
    1. Siehbiscuit's Avatar
      Siehbiscuit -
      No worries with Stewart either. He could go all Dylan Bundy and tell the coaches and FO to screw themselves and just strike everyone out and not develop the secondary stuff, but Stewart is working on his weaknesses and becoming a pitcher, not just a thrower.

      Also, I have noticed areas where the younger guys like Stewart and Berrios are struggling is getting LH hitters out. Obviously, SSS, but Slegers and Eades have seen far more LH bats while in college are faring much better in their respective splits. Berrios is STRUGGLING against LH so far. Stewart not terribly, but there is a noticeable split.
    1. Eric R Pleiss's Avatar
      Eric R Pleiss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lonestar View Post
      Nice outing by Trevor May.

      I like that you gave credit to the opposing pitcher (Josh Smith) by name.
      Thanks. Trying to find my rhythm here on Twins Daily. Appreciate the feedback.
    1. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
      Paul Pleiss -
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