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    The Twins, who fell back to .500 with yesterday’s loss, have an off day before starting their National League west-coast road-swing. It’s two against the Padres and three against the Giants before starting a four-game home stand against the Rangers.

    Moving on to the farm…

    Red Wings Report
    ROCHESTER 4, TOLEDO 0
    Box Score

    The story of this game revolves around two players: Trevor May and Oswaldo Arcia.

    Trevor May appeared to being gearing up for the Show with his second straight shutout performance. This one went eight innings on 107 pitches, with six strikeouts. He allowed four hits and four walks. His ERA dropped from 4.11 to 3.35 and he’s also shutting down left-handed batters (who are batting only .185). If it were up to me – and no, no it isn’t – Trevor May would be joining the team next Monday to make his big-league debut at Target Field against the Rangers in place of Kevin Correia.

    While James Beresford and Deibinson Romero both had two-hit games that included doubles, the story, again, was Oswaldo Arcia. Arcia’s 3-run blast in the fourth inning was more than enough run support and it’s Arcia’s fourth jackjob in his last seven games. While many clamor for his promotion, remember there is clause that prohibits players from being called up within ten days of being optioned (unless there is injury). The Twins will likely use that time to continue to evaluate Chris Colabello (before swapping the players out for each other). Whether its right field or left, I’m hoping the Twins pick one to make Arcia’s permanent home.

    This game marks the seventh consecutive win for the Red Wings, who now find themselves only one game out of first in the International League North Division.

    Rock Cats Review
    NEW BRITAIN 10, RICHMOND 6
    Box Score

    The Rock Cats used a balanced offensively approach – and strung together two big innings – to take the win tonight at New Britain Stadium.

    Danny Ortiz homered and doubled, driving in two, while Brad Boyer also drove in two on a two-hit night. Tony Thomas scored three times, tripling and stealing a base in his two-hit performance. In all, only Nate Hanson, Brandon Waring and Mike Kvasnicka failed to get hits. Only Waring and Kvasnicka failed to drive in a single run. Kennys Vargas went 1-for-3, bumping his average up to .309 and also walked twice. While I’m not punching his ticket to Rochester anytime soon, Vargas should definitely get a big-league call-up in September.

    Tyler Duffey picked up his first AA win in his fourth start and while he hasn’t put up stand-out numbers, he’s barely walking anyone (none tonight and three total in 24.2 AA innings). His K/9 is 6.7, which leaves a little to be desired, but would you take 6.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB and 4 Ks from the starting pitchers on the Twins staff? Besides the runs… absolutely.

    Adrian Salcedo came in with two outs in the seventh and allowed an inherited run to score. He struck out two and allowed two hits, recording four outs. Dan Turpen gave up a run in the ninth and also struck out two.

    Miracle Matters
    FORT MYERS 2, DAYTONA 4
    Box Score

    After a slow start, Jose Berrios settled down to have arguably his best start as a professional. In seven innings, Berrios allowed five hits and three walks. Two runners came around to score. The highlight though: Ten strikeouts. Berrios’s ten strikeouts were the most he’s had since striking out 11 in August of 2012, his second start in E-town which was only the fourth of his professional career. It wasn’t enough for the win as Travis Harrison committed two errors to charge Brian Gilbert with two unearned runs in two innings to take the loss. Harrison was back at third base, which was obviously a struggle.

    Miracle play-by-play announcer Brice Zimmerman told TwinsDaily contributor Cody Christie today via Twitter that Berrios has “calmed down his fastball” and is getting better results at 93-94 than he was at 95-96. He also lauded the command that Berrios has shown on his off-speed pitches.

    Offensively, the team couldn’t muster much. Harrison and John Murphy each drove in a run. Adam Brett Walker doubled. Harrison stole his fourth base.

    Jorge Polanco got another hit, extending his hit-streak to 16 games. Polanco continues to start at shortstop, where he has 14 errors on the season.

    Eddie Rosario’s suspension is set to expire this weekend and he will join the Miracle. While his time in Fort Myers isn’t expected to be long, it will make this double-play combo an exciting (or maybe interesting is the better word) one to watch.

    Kernels Nuggets

    CEDAR RAPIDS 6, BELOIT 3
    Box Score

    A couple big nights on the offensive side for the Kernels leads the team to victory.

    Ryan Walker, who joined the Kernels less than a week ago, pounded out four hits from the leadoff position. He tripled, drove in a run and scored three. The star of the night, though, was Cedar Rapids native Chad Christensen. Christensen hit his first and second home runs of the year. He drove in four and crossed home plate three times. He also stole his 10th base of the season.

    Christensen (right) caught pondering life as a professional ballplayer by well-known sniper/Knuckleballs blogger Jim Crikket.

    Josue Montanez notched his first victory of the year (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) and was relieved by fireballer Yorman Landa. Landa struggled with control (three walks), but allowed only one hit in two innings. He struck out one.

    Hudson Boyd aka Lil' Broxton earned save number six. He walked one and gave up three hits in two innings. He struck out two.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    HITTER: Chad Christensen, Cedar Rapids
    PITCHER: Trevor May, Rochester

    TUESDAY’S PROBABLES:
    Rochester vs Toledo (12:05 PM Central) – Scott Diamond (Listen)
    New Britain vs Richmond (5:35 PM Central) – Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
    Fort Myers @ Dunedin (5:30 PM Central) – Matt Tomshaw (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids vs Peoria (12:05 PM Central) – Kohl Stewart (Listen)
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      I think it May be time to replace Correia too.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson View Post
      I think it May be time to replace Correia too.
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    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Wow, he's on quite a roll now. To quibble, four walks is probably too much, but he went eight innings, while Meyer seems like a six inning guy

      i think we have a better chance of winning with. May and Meyer than Correia and Pelf, plus the experience would be great and create some buzz around the team
    1. HansGruber's Avatar
      HansGruber -
      Good to see May is on a roll. Seems like the type of guy who will have better results in the MLB. I think May should get the first nod considering his time spent at the higher levels but it should be mentioned, it was only a couple weeks ago everyone wanted Meyer promoted immediately. It will be interesting to see how the Twins handle this situation if May continues to excel while KC and Pelf continue being terrible.

      While on the subject, Arica being optioned looks to be another example of questionable roster moves this season. He really did not have much to prove in the minors and though he struggled in the first week of the season he can be one of the lineups better hitters. The hot starts for Kubel and Colabello appear to be mirages and I am ready to throw in the towel on either one.
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      If they choose one to lose it has to be Kubel. I still think Colabello is a work in progress with some upside. I appreciate all Kubel has done for the Twins, but I fear his career is over.
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ncgo4 View Post
      If they choose one to lose it has to be Kubel. I still think Colabello is a work in progress with some upside. I appreciate all Kubel has done for the Twins, but I fear his career is over.
      If they are going to keep Santana on the roster, DFA Fuld or move him to the 60-day as he doesn't seem to be progressing that well. They also have Florimon and Frkyer to DFA
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by HansGruber View Post
      While on the subject, Arica being optioned looks to be another example of questionable roster moves this season. He really did not have much to prove in the minors and though he struggled in the first week of the season he can be one of the lineups better hitters.
      He also hadn't been able to play more than two games without having a flare up in his wrist... but bashing the Twins decision makers is more fun.
    1. jmlease1's Avatar
      jmlease1 -
      Wait until May gets past "Super 2" status to bring him up. Yes, he's pitching well, but the walks are still an issue that he should be working on, and frankly it's a problem that will almost certainly be exacerbated in MLB. No reason to cost the franchise service time on a pitcher with a bright future who still has something to work on. I'm looking forward to seeing him, but the walks will hurt a lot more in The Show. I'm fine with him working on it for a few more starts in AAA.
    1. chamoman's Avatar
      chamoman -
      Remember following minor league pitching two years ago? No Meyer, no May, no Lew Thorpe, no Kohl Stewart, no Gonçalves, Kyle Gibson was out, Berrios wasn't drafted until June, Felix Jorge, Landa, and Rosario were in the GCL, and Fernando Romero was in the DSL. BJ Hermsen was minor league pitcher of the year.

      Now, Berrios--9.3 K/9 at A+ at age 19--strikes out 10 in a game in the FSL and is pitcher of the day runner-up to someone with a 9.8 K/9 at AAA, the second-lowest BB/9 of his minor league career, lowest WHIP of his minor league career, and the lowest hits/9 of his minor league career. And these are arguably the third-/fourth- and fifth-/sixth-highest rated pitching prospects in the Twins' minor leagues.

      I know this has been said in the past, but it bears repeating: TR and Co. make some puzzling roster decisions and player moves, but credit where credit is due for recognizing the organization's biggest weakness and addressing it head on.
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      Quote Originally Posted by chamoman View Post
      Remember following minor league pitching two years ago? No Meyer, no May, no Lew Thorpe, no Kohl Stewart, no Gonçalves, Kyle Gibson was out, Berrios wasn't drafted until June, Felix Jorge, Landa, and Rosario were in the GCL, and Fernando Romero was in the DSL. BJ Hermsen was minor league pitcher of the year.

      Now, Berrios--9.3 K/9 at A+ at age 19--strikes out 10 in a game in the FSL and is pitcher of the day runner-up to someone with a 9.8 K/9 at AAA, the second-lowest BB/9 of his minor league career, lowest WHIP of his minor league career, and the lowest hits/9 of his minor league career. And these are arguably the third-/fourth- and fifth-/sixth-highest rated pitching prospects in the Twins' minor leagues.

      I know this has been said in the past, but it bears repeating: TR and Co. make some puzzling roster decisions and player moves, but credit where credit is due for recognizing the organization's biggest weakness and addressing it head on.
      I agree with this. And, I think they need to keep addressing it head on. Pitchers are the most valuable commodity to have. You can always trade pitchers for hitters but not always the other way around. Draft pitchers early always, I my opinion. That's why I'm all in on the Nola, Toussaint, Holmes, Aiken, bandwagon
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HansGruber View Post
      Good to see May is on a roll. Seems like the type of guy who will have better results in the MLB. I think May should get the first nod considering his time spent at the higher levels but it should be mentioned, it was only a couple weeks ago everyone wanted Meyer promoted immediately. It will be interesting to see how the Twins handle this situation if May continues to excel while KC and Pelf continue being terrible. .
      I am anxious to see May as well but it goes against the grain to hope Correia continues to do poorly just so May gets his chance. Keep in mind that Darnell did well and is doing well also so it is hard to pick May over him. 4 walks in the minors feels like the equivalent of 5 or 6 walks in the majors so I would like that number to come down. I have never seen him play but in build and stuff May feels like Phil Hughes 1.0. Hughes is doing awesome now but it has taken him a while. Pelfrey had a very good start and if his velocity and command produce a couple more good starts at Rochester he might be the guy they exchange with Correia if Correia struggles. My prediction is that Correia has a quality start tonight which will put off any action for a couple more times through the rotation.
    1. HansGruber's Avatar
      HansGruber -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      He also hadn't been able to play more than two games without having a flare up in his wrist... but bashing the Twins decision makers is more fun.
      I generally give the front office the benefit of the doubt but they've made a few questionable moves early this season, even if they are minor in the grand scheme of things. I thought Arcias flare up occurred once but I could be mistaken. He certainly hasn't shown it to be a problem at the plate. Your explanation still leaves questions. For example, why is he continuing to play if his wrist is still a problem and why the need to option him? They could have shut him down and began rehab when he was fully healthy.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jmlease1 View Post
      Wait until May gets past "Super 2" status to bring him up.
      Chances are May isn't going to be a superstar and will end up back in the minor anyway. Super-2 clocks should never matter with pitchers, in my opinion.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Chances are May isn't going to be a superstar and will end up back in the minor anyway. Super-2 clocks should never matter with pitchers, in my opinion.
      Absolutely right. Especially for guys like May, it should be No Consideration, whatsover. But also for the better prospect pitchers. Cingrani, Bundy, Stroman, Price, Cole. Some made it on their first call-up, some didn't. The only way to find out if they're truly ready is to get them up throwing to major leaguers, if they stick, they can be game changers.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Free agency should be handled a little differently, though. If a guy would break camp as a #4 or #5 starter, it would make sense (given the likely off days anyway) to keep him down for two weeks (and miss two starts) to gain a year of service time (something the Marlins failed to do with Fernandez).
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Personally, I want Correia to do really well for the next month or two so we can trade him for at least a decent low level prospect (I have no illusion of getting someone great for him).
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