The Twins got multi-hit games from seven hitters and seven shutout innings (nine strikeouts) from Phil Hughes on their way to a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Joe Mauer and Kendrys Morales each had three hits, and Hughes improved to 7-2 on the season.
Following the game, the Twins optioned Josmil Pinto to Rochester where he’ll join the Red Wings in Lehigh Valley on Thursday. The Twins will be adding a catcher to their roster on Thursday or before the game on Friday. Also, you can expect to hear about several Twins draft pick signings on Thursday.
However, this is the Minnesota Twins Minor League Report, so let’s see what happened in the Twins farm system on Wednesday:
RED WINGS REPORT
No game scheduled.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 8, Reading 5
The Rock Cat bats powered their way to another win. Sam Fuld, in what likely was his final rehab game, went 3-5 with a walk and his second double. Brandon Waring hit his fourth and fifth home runs of the season. He also walked and was hit by a pitch. Matt Koch and Tony Thomas were both 2-4 with a walk. Kennys Vargas was 2-5 and drove in two runs.
Sean Gilmartin gave up a lot of hits but was able to limit the damage. In five innings, he gave up 11 hits but just four runs. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out six. Mark Hamburger came on and gave up one run over his two innings. He gave up a solo homer. Jim Fuller gave up two hits but no runs over two innings. Cole Johnson recorded his fifth save when he struck out two in a perfect inning.
Ft. Myers 7, Charlotte 6
The Miracle got yet another terrific start from JO Berrios. The offense supported him, and the team was able to hang on at the end for the win.
Berrios went six innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out seven. Steven Gruver struck out two over two perfect innings. With a five-run lead, Tyler Jones came on for the ninth inning. He was charged with four runs, all unearned, in the ninth, but was able to close the game for a one-run victory.
Stuart Turner gave the Miracle an early lead with a two-run homer in the second inning. Michael Gonzales was also 1-3 with a walk and a home run. He drove in three runs. The Miracle had just six hits but they also walked six times. Travis Harrison doubled for the 18th
time this season.
In his last nine starts, Berrios has been incredible. He has gone 6-1 with a 1.75 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, 11.5 K/9 and a 2.6 BB/9.
Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 4
This was a tight game throughout. The Kernels scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, then gave up three runs in the top of the ninth and barely hung on for the win.
Phenom Fernando Romero made the start and went four innings. He gave up one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out one. 46 of his 76 pitches were strikes. SD Buhr pointed out that his fastball was sitting between 91 and 96 mph. He was replaced by Brandon Bixler who struck out two over three perfect innings. Hudson Boyd pitched a scoreless eighth inning. However, he gave up three runs in the ninth inning and got just the first two outs. Todd Van Steensel recorded his sixth save by getting a fly out to left.
Mitch Garver went 3-4. Tanner Vavra and Bryan Haar each went 2-4. Jon Murphy was 2-3 with his second double. Jason Kanzler hit his sixth home run. Chad Christensen hit his third triple and drove in three runs.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – JO Berrios, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Brandon Waring, New Britain Rock Cats
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) – Yohan Pino (Listen
New Britain @ Reading (6:05 CST) – Virgil Vasquez (Listen
Charlotte @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Matt Tomshaw (Listen
Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) – Ryan Eades (Listen
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Wednesday games.
A quick reminder:
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