The Twins (meaning, Ricky Nolasco) gave up nine early runs. However, they attempted the comeback and got the score to 9-7 before it ended. Chris Colabello and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins. Glen Perkins was named to his second All-Star game, and Kurt Suzuki will play in the mid-summer classic for the first time in his career.
The biggest news in the Twins farm system is that Byron Buxton returned to game action for the Ft. Myers Miracle. He led off, played centerfield and got a couple of at-bats. We also learned the Twins will soon make a decision on whether Trevor May will pitch in the Futures Game. It's a busy minor league report today, so let's get started with some transactions.
Mark Hamburger was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
JO Berrios and Lance Ray were promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain. (per Bryce Zimmerman, Mason Melotakis was also promoted to AA.)
Ethan Mildren and Todd Van Steensel were promoted from Cedar Rapids to Ft. Myers.
Chih-Wei Hu and Jake Reed were promoted from Elizabethton to Cedar Rapids.
RED WINGS REPORT
Game 1 - Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 1
After playing 16 innings on Saturday night, Kris Johnson gave the Red Wings just what they needed on Sunday afternoon in the first of two. The left-hander threw all seven innings to record his eighth win of the season. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out five.
Brad Nelson hit his fourth and fifth home runs of the season to lead the offense. Wilkin Ramirez homered for the third time. Danny Ortiz went 2-3 with his fourth double.
Game 2 - Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 1
The Red Wings put a six on the board in the bottom of the first inning and won by the same score as they did in the first game. The big hit in that first inning was a three-run home run from Nate Hanson. Deibinson Romero added his 24th double while Dan Rohlfing doubled for the 14th time.
On the mound, the recently-added Mark Hamburger got the starting nod. He gave up one run on five hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four. Ryan Pressly went the last two innings. He gave up three hits, but no runs, while striking out two.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 1, Portland 6
Taylor Rogers was strong again on Sunday, but the Rock Cats bats couldn't muster much offense off of Red Sox top pitching prospect Henry Owens. The Rock Cats managed just five hits. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-3 with a walk and his 26th double. Tony Thomas hit his fifth triple.
Rogers gave up just two runs on eight hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out four. Dan Turpen came on and gave up four runs on three hits and a walk in the 8th inning.
Ft. Myers 10, Charlotte 5
Byron Buxton led off and played centerfield. He made a tremendous catch at the warning track in center early in the game. With the bat, he went 0-2, but most important, he stayed healthy. He was replaced in the lineup in the third inning by Max Kepler who went 1-1 with two walks and a three-run double. Jorge Polanco went 3-5 with his fourteenth and fifteenth doubles. Adam Walker went 3-4 with a walk. Dalton Hicks was 2-5 with his second triple. Niko Goodrum walked three times.
DJ Baxendale started and gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five. Steven Gruver came on and gave up a run on three hits in two innings. Tyler Jones recorded his 11th save by working two shutout innings.
Cedar Rapids 2, Beloit 3
On this day, Aaron Slegers was much better than his line score would indicate. He went seven innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked none and struck out two. However, he started the eighth inning and both hitters reached base. He was replaced, but the runners still came in to score. Todd Van Steensel gave up two hits over two scoreless innings.
Bryan Haar led the offense. He went 3-4 with his 16th double and his fourth triple. Jason Kanzler went 2-4.
Elizabethton 7, Bluefield 12
It was not a good start for the E-Twins. Literally. Derrick Penilla started and gave up nine runs (6 earned) on six hits and two walks. He recorded just one out before Sam Clay came into the game. He gave up three runs (two earned) on one hit and two walks, in 0.1 innings. Randy LeBlanc came on and gave up only an unearned run on two hits over 4.1 innings. Josue Montanez came on and gave up one run on three hits an a walk. Kuo Hua Lo gave up two runs on five hits in two innings.
The E-Twins bats did show up. Tyler Kuresa went 3-4 with a walk and three doubles, to double his double total on the season. Jorge Fernandez went 3-5. Nick Gordon went 2-4 with a walk. Max Murphy went 2-5 with his fourth double and fourth home run.
GCL TWINS TAKES
No Game Scheduled.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Kris Johnson, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Tyler Kuresa, Elizabethton Twins
MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Buffalo @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Sean Gilmartin
New Britain @ New Hampshire (DH @ 5:05 CST) – TBD
Ft. Myers - No Game Scheduled
Cedar Rapids - No Game Scheduled
Bluefield @ Elizabethton (6:00 CST) – Michael Cederoth
GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00am CST) – TBD
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