The Twins attempted to come from way behind on Saturday but fell to the Tigers 12-9. Injuries were the story. Trevor Plouffe hurt his oblique. He was replaced at third base by Eduardo Nunez, who later pulled his hamstring. Because of these injuries, the Twins will have Pedro Florimon in Detroit on Sunday, ready to play if either Plouffe or Nunez needs to go on the disabled list.
In the minor leagues, there were some impressive performances by hitters. One hitter put himself in the spotlight and showcased his skills at an All-Star game. At least eight players had three hits or got on base four times. Even better, all three affiliates that played got a win.
Below you’ll find what happened in the Twins farm system on Saturday:
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 11, Lehigh Valley 1
The Red Wings got off to a fast start and never really looked back in this blowout of the IronPigs. The team scored two runs in the first inning and a Josmil Pinto grand slam in the second frame further got things going on the right note.
Wilkin Ramirez went 3-5 with his 12th
doubles. Deibinson Romero went 3-5 with his 16th
double. Chris Colabello went 2-2 with two walks. Pinto added a single to his grand slam. Chris Rahl hit his third home run and drove in three runs.
Logan Darnell was uncharacteristically wild, and yet he pitched out of some jams. The lefty went five innings. He gave up only an unearned run on three hits. He walked five batters and struck out four. AJ Achter came on and continued his dominance. He struck out three in three shutout innings. That puts him at 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings. He did give up one hit which ended a stretch of ten innings without yielding a hit. Aaron Thompson pitched a scoreless ninth.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
Game 1 – New Britain 3, Trenton 2
This game began on Friday night but was suspended due to weather late in the game. It finished on Saturday in walk-off fashion. Down 2-1 going into the bottom of the 9th
inning, Nate Hanson and Kennys Vargas walked. Reynaldo Rodriguez singled to load the bases. That brought Brandon Waring to the plate. The veteran singled to left which scored Hanson with the tying run and Vargas with the winning run. Waring finished 2-4 with his 14th
double. Rodriguez was 2-4 and gave the Rock Cats their first run of the game with his ninth home run.
Virgil Vasquez started the game and went six innings. He gave up one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out six. Adrian Salcedo gave up a hit and walked two but didn’t allow a run in the 7th
inning. Matt Summers got the eighth frame. He gave up a run on two hits. Cole Johnson pitched the ninth and struck out two in a perfect inning.
Game 2 – New Britain 4, Trenton 3
It has been a season of ups and downs for lefty Pat Dean, but on Saturday night, it was definitely a good day. Dean gave up just one run on five hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out three. Mark Hamburger gave up a run on two hits in his two innings. Lester Oliveros recorded his ninth save. He gave up one run in the ninth but held on.
It was surprising to see Jairo Rodriguez start this game as the team’s designated hitter. It was even more surprising to see that he went 3-4 with the bat. It is most surprising that he stole a base. Mike Kvasnicka went 2-4 with his ninth and tenth doubles. Kennys Vargas went 2-4 with his 11th
Florida State League All Star Game
Most of the Miracle team was able to take a second straight day off. Four members of the team were named to the Florida State League All Star game. David Hurlbut and Brett Lee didn’t play in the game. JO Berrios and Adam Walker both did, and both performed like stars.
JO Berrios was the starter for the South team. He gave up one hit and one walk, but he struck out two in the first inning.
Adam Walker put on a show before the game and then during the game. He participated in the annual Home Run Derby and demolished baseball after baseball to win the competition. In the game, he batted fifth and played right field. He went 3-5 with a double and a solo home run. He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Cedar Rapids 7, Burlington 6
This game went back and forth, right up to the final batter of the game, but the Kernels came through with the win. Kohl Stewart was pushed ahead a day, likely to allow him to be able to pitch an inning in the Midwest League All-Star game on Tuesday. The young right-hander threw four shutout innings. He gave up six hits, walked three and struck out three. Josue Montanez gave up three runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter in three innings. Brandon Bixler gave up one run on one hit and a walk in his inning. That brings us to the ninth inning.
Hudson Boyd came in to protect a 6-4 lead, but he gave up home runs to the first two batters he faced to tie the game. He managed to keep the game tied. So, the game went to the bottom of the ninth. The first two batters got on which brought Jason Kanzler to the plate. Kanzler laid down a perfect bunt in an attempt to advance the runners. However, a poor throw got by the first baseman and allowed the winning run to score.
Ryan Walker led the offense. He went 3-4 with his third and fourth triples. Engelb Vielma went 3-5. Jon Murphy went 3-4. Chad Christensen went 2-5 with his sixth home run. Jason Kanzler was 2-5.
Jake Mauer missed the final inning as he was ejected earlier in the game.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Pat Dean, New Britain Rock Cats
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Adam Walker, Ft. Myers Miracle
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Lehigh Valley @ Rochester (12:05 CST) – Kris Johnson (Listen
Trenton @ New Britain (12:35 CST) – Taylor Rogers (Listen
Ft. Myers– All Star break (Listen
Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 CST) – Ethan Mildren (Listen
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Saturday games.