Kyle Gibson has done a great job of late at proving those who believed in him right. On Wednesday afternoon in Fenway Park, Gibson threw seven more shutout innings, increasing his streak to 22 consecutive innings. However, it wasn’t enough as the Twins fell 2-1 in ten innings to the Red Sox.
Let’s check out what happened in the Twins farm system on Wednesday:
RED WINGS REPORT
Game 1 - Rochester 4, Pawtucket 9
Sean Gilmartin made his Rochester debut on Tuesday night. He went 3.1 innings and gave up two unearned runs on six hits. He walked none and struck out two. That’s when the rains came and the game was suspended until Wednesday night. Scott Diamond took over on the mound. The lefty went the next 2.1 innings. He gave up one unearned run on three hits. Deolis Guerra came on and was charged with four runs (2 earned) on three hits and recorded just one out. AJ Achter came on and got the next three outs. However, he was uncharacteristically wild. He gave up two runs on four walks and struck out two. Edgar Ibarra threw the final two innings. He didn’t give up a run, though he allowed three hits and walked two. He struck out three.
Dan Rohling led the offense. He went 2-3 with a walk and his tenth double. Eric Farris was 2-5 with his 11th double and two RBI. Deibinson Romero doubled for the 18th time. Chris Herrmann hit his second triple.
Game 2 - Rochester 1, Pawtucket 4
Another start for Alex Meyer, and again he was unable to eat many innings due to high pitch counts. He needed 78 pitches just to get through three innings. He gave up no runs on two hits. He walked two and struck out four. Ryan Pressly came in and threw three shutout innings. He gave up a hit, walked one and struck out two. Michael Tonkin came in for the seventh inning. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on three hits, a walk and a hit batter. Aaron Thompson came in and got the final two outs of the inning, but not before walking two batters.
There wasn’t much offense for the Red Wings in this one. Wilkin Ramirez went 2-3 with his 16th double. Dan Rohlfing was 1-2 with a walk and his 11th double.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 5, Harrisburg 4
Down 4-3 after eight innings, the Rock Cats scored two to take the lead. The runs were driven in by Mike Kvasnicka with a bases loaded single. He was 2-3 with two walks. Kennys Vargas went 3-5 with his 13th double. Tony Thomas went 3-4 with a walk and his 13th double.
Virgil Vasquez made the start for the Rock Cats. He went 6.2 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits (two home runs) and two walks. Matt Summers came on and got four outs, two on strikeouts. Lester Oliveros struck out two in the ninth for his tenth save of the season.
Ft. Myers 5, Bradenton 0
Doug Mientkiewicz is in his second season as the Miracle manager. For the second straight season, he has led his squad to a first-half title. It took until the final game of the first half, but the Miracle win on Wednesday night means they will be in the playoffs again. A year ago, they clinched with about eight games to go. This year it was a little more difficult.
DJ Baxendale made the start for the Miracle. He went six shutout innings. He gave up just four hits, walked none and struck out five. Matt Tomshaw came on in relief and did what he’s done all season: throw up a few zeroes. He threw three scoreless innings for his second save of the year.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Stuart Turner stepped to the plate and hit his fourth home run of the season to give the Miracle a 1-0 lead. Turner went 2-3 in the game, adding his eighth double. Stephen Wickens and Lance Ray each went 2-4 with a double. Travis Harrison also had two hits.
All Star Break.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – DJ Baxendale, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Mike Kvasnicka, New Britain Rock Cats
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Pawtucket @ Rochester (12:05 CST) – Logan Darnell (Listen)
New Britain @ Harrisburg (6:00 CST) – TBD (Listen)
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) – TBD (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30 CST) – Aaron Slegers (Listen)
Elizabethton @ Greeneville (6:00 CST) - Stephen Gonsalves
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Wednesday games.
CEDAR RAPIDS / TWINS WEEKEND
Consider a trip to Cedar Rapids for the series against Clinton June 27-30. It is their Twins Weekend, and they have several fun events. Check out www.kernels.com for more information or to order tickets.
Friday, June 27
- Friday Mug Club Drink Special
- Autism Action Jersey Night - fans can bid on jerseys and take players' jerseys home that night.
- Halfway to Christmas - (Santa, Mrs. Claus and reindeer will be there)
- Post game fireworks
- Stadium Snow Globe giveaway
Saturday, June 28
- Twins Night - Rod Carew, Twins organist Sue Nelson and TC Bear will be there.
- Post game fireworks
Sunday, June 29
- Post game run the bases
- Autographs from Kernels on field after the game
- Play bingo for a chance to win Twins tickets