The Twins lost to the Yankees and CC Sabathia on Tuesday night, but there was plenty to talk about in the minor league system. A Japanese import had a big game. An MVP from independent ball had a second straight big game. The Snappers played two, and the big man from the Dominican launched home run #5 on the young season, to keep up with Josh Willingham for the organizational lead! The minor leagues finished the day 3-2. Here is a look at the Twins minor league games from Tuesday and even more of the highlights:
ROCHESTER 4, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 2
Tsuyoshi Nishioka raised his batting average above .200 (to .208) with a 3-4 game in which he also walked and stole his third base of the season. Brian Dozier had an RBI double (his fifth).
Daryl Thompson started and gave up just one run on four hits in five innings. He walked and struck out three. Tyler Robertson struck out three in two scoreless frames. Anthony Slama made things interesting in recording his fourth save. In two innings, he gave up a run on three hits and three walks. He struck out three and did get the save.
NEW BRITAIN 6, PORTLAND 3
On Monday, Chris Colabello had a two-out, two-on, game-tying, 9th
inning home run, and then he had the big double in the Rock Cats five-run 11th
inning. On Tuesday, he was back at it. Colabello went 2-3 with his third and fourth home runs and he drove in three runs. Chris Herrmann and Diebinson Romero were each 1-3 with a walk.
David Bromberg made his first start of the season. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits in three innings. He walked two and struck out one. Bobby Lanigan threw three scoreless innings in relief. Deolis Guerra struck out two in two perfect innings. Lester Oliveros gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in the 9th
, but the Rock Cats had plenty of lead to maintain the lead and get the win.
FT. MYERS MIRACLE 0, JUPITER 4
The Miracle bats were silenced in this game. They managed just four hits. Angel Morales hit his second double.
Pat Dean started and gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out three. Jose Gonzalez and Caleb Thielbar each threw a scoreless inning of relief.
GAME 1 - BELOIT 2, KANE COUNTY 5
Miguel Sano launched his fifth home run of the season in Game 1 of the Snappers double header, but it wasnt enough. Madison Boer started and gave up three runs on nine hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out three. Bart Carter gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in the seventh. Danny Ortiz was 2-2. Eddie Rosario was 1-3 with his fifth and sixth stolen bases.
GAME 2 - BELOIT 3, KANE COUNTY 2
Jhonathan Goncalves was 3-3 with his third and fourth doubles. Eddie Rosario was 1-1 with two walks and his third double. Rory Rhodes was 1-1 with a walk. Matt Tomshaw started on the mound and gave up one run on four hits in three innings. He walked none and struck out four. AJ Achter struck out six in three perfect innings. Clinton Dempster gave up the tying run on two hits in the top of the 7th
In the bottom of the 7th
, Rhodes walked and AJ Pettersen pinch-ran for him. He was sacrificed to second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Following an intentional walk, Pettersen scored the game-winning run on another wild pitch.
Players of the Day for Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Hitter of the Day Chris Colabello
Pitcher of the Day AJ Achter
A Look Ahead Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Schedule
Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre RHP Cole DeVries
New Britain @ Portland RHP Steve Hirschfeld
Ft. Myers No Game Scheduled
Beloit vs Kane County LHP Steven Gruver
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