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    It was a big night for offense through most of the Twins farm system, but there were also some great pitching performances (seel below).

    Down 5-1 going through six innings, the Twins collected three unearned runs in the seventh inning. Cleveland’s All-Star closer Chris Perez came on and gave up three runs in the top of the 9th, two of them unearned. The Twins won 7-5 in unlikely fashion. Sam Deduno was back on the mound for the Twins. This time, he lasted just four innings and gave up four runs on five hits and five walks. He struck out three. Jeff Manship came on and gave up a run on two hits and two walks in his two innings. He struckout four. Tyler Robertson records his first major league win thanks to two scoreless innings, and Glen Perkins picked up his seventh save.

    Ryan Doumit led the offense with three hits, including two doubles. Ben Revere extended his hitting streak to 21 and is within one (maybe two) games of his .329 batting average being among league leaders. Brian Dozier and Jamey Carroll each had two hits. Tsuyoshi Nishioka got the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly.

    It was a highlight-filled night in the Twins farm system as well. Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Monday night of games in the minor leagues.

    ROCHESTER 1, EMPIRE STATE 3 (11 innings)

    Liam Hendriks was terrific again, but the Red Wings bats didn’t show up in this game. The Aussie right-hander went seven shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked two and struck out four. Kyle Waldrop came into the game for the eighth inning, but he gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Daniel Turpen pitched two scoreless frames. Bobby Lanigan gave up two unearned runs. He left with the bases loaded. Caleb Thielbar came in and gave up one hit that allowed the two inherited runners to score before getting the final two outs.

    The Red Wings managed just two hits. Brian Dinkelman singled and later scored on a Rene Rivera double.

    GAME 1 - NEW BRITAIN 8, BINGHAMTON 9

    It was a good offensive day for the Rock Cats, but the pitching and defense cost them this close game. Steve Hirschfeld started and gave up four runs on five hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out four. Bruce Pugh came in for the sixth frame and gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. Jose Gonzalez came in for the seventh, but he gave up three runs (1 earned) on one hit and two walks. Dakota Watts got the final out on a fielder’s choice, but two runs scored.

    Rene Tosoni led the offense. He went 3-4 with his seventh and eighth doubles. Oswaldo Arcia was 2-4 with his 11th double. Chris Colabello went 2-4 with his 32nd double. Nate Hanson was 2-3 with his fifth home run and four RBI. Aaron Hicks was 1-2 with a walk and his 12th home run.

    GAME 2 - NEW BRITAIN 8, BINGHAMTON 1


    In the second game, Andrew Albers made his first appearance since June 17, and he was masterful. The lefty gave up just one hit in five innings to improve to 4-2. He walked none and struck out five. Matt Hauser came in and gave up only a solo home run over the final two innings.

    Aaron Hicks led the offense. He went 2-3 with a walk and his 18th and 19th home runs. Chris Colabello was 2-4. Oswaldo Arcia had the big blast, a grand slam in the sixth inning. It was hit sixth Rock Cats home run. Deibinson Romero and Dan Rohlfing each doubled.

    FT. MYERS 22, JUPITER 5

    Maybe it was the presence of Carl Pavano, but something got into the bats of the Miracle, particularly Lance Ray.

    The Miracle scored their 22 runs on 20 hits. Lance Ray led the way. The outfielder from Kentucky went 4-6 with his 18th double, his 12th and 13th home runs and seven RBI. Steve Liddle was 4-5 with his second double and three RBI. Josmil Pinto was 3-4 with two walks and his 18th double. Angel Morales went 3-6 with his seventh double and sixth home run. Anderson Hidalgo had two hits. Danny Rams walked twice and drilled his fifth home run of the season. He drove in four runs. Levi Michael was 1-3 and walked three times.

    Carl Pavano made the rehab start. He gave up one run on two hits (one was a solo home run) in two innings. He walked none and struck out one. Madison Boer went the next 4.1 innings. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on four hits and two walks. Nelvin Fuentes worked the final 2.2 innings, giving up no runs on two hits and striking out three.

    BELOIT 5, WISCONSIN 3

    The Snappers bats were alive as well on Tuesday night. Nate Roberts led off and led the way with a 3-5 night in which he hit his 11th double, his second triple and stole his 18th base. Eddie Rosario was 2-3 with a walk and his eighth home run. JD Williams had two hits and stole his 17th base. Stephen Wickens went 2-4 with two stolen bases. Tyler Grimes was 2-3 with a walk. Miguel Sano hit his fourth triple.

    Tyler Jones made the start, and he went the first five innings for the Win. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on seven hits. He walked three and struck out three. Steven Gruver gave up a hit and a walk over two scoreless innings. Corey Kimes gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk. He struck out four.

    ELIZABETHTON 2, JOHNSON CITY 4

    Max Kepler led the offense on this day with his eighth and ninth doubles. Candido Pimentel went 2-4 with a walk and his sixth double. Josh Hendricks was 1-3 with a walk and his eighth double. Travis Harrison was 1-3 with a walk and his eighth double, as well.

    Hein Robb started and gave up four runs (3 earned) on four hits in 2.1 innings. He walked three and struck out two. Chris Mazza came in and threw 2.2 scoreless innings, give up one hit and striking out two. Luis Nunez walked two in two scoreless innings. Christian Powell pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

    GCL TWINS 3, GCL RAYS 4

    Kyle Gibson made what could be his final rehab start on Monday. He gave up one run on three hits in three innings. He walked one and struck out four. His first appearance came on July 10th, and he gets 30 days to rehab before needing to be activated. The assumption, from me, would be that he will be activated and pitch for the Ft. Myers Miracle. In nine rehab appearances, he pitched 14.2 innings. He gave up four runs on nine hits. He walked four and struck out 16.

    Andre Martinez came in and faced two batters. He gave up a hit and a walk before being replaced by Gonzalo Sanudo. The lefty went five innings and gave up only one hit. He struckout four. Melciades de la Cruz struck out two in the final inning to record his fourth save.

    Jeremias Pineda went 3-5 with his 16th stolen base. Bryan Santy went 3-4 with his fourth double.

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    Players of the Day for Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    Hitter of the Day – Lance Ray



    Pitcher of the Day – Liam Hendriks



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    A Look Ahead – Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester vs Empire State – RHP Shairon Martis
    New Britain @ Binghamton – TBD
    Ft. Myers vs Jupiter – LHP Pat Dean
    Beloit @ Quad Cities – LHP Matt Tomshaw
    Elizabethton @ Johnson City – LHP Brett Lee
    GCL Twins vs GCL Orioles – TBD

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    If you have any questions or comments on the Twins minor league system, players, teams, etc., leave them in the Comments and I’ll try to answer them!
    This article was originally published in blog: Tuesday Night Twins Minor League Report started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      I keep expecting Gibson to pitch for the Miracle and then I see his name in the GCL box score
    1. ShaeTwins's Avatar
      ShaeTwins -
      The update said that this was likely to be Gibson's last start in the GCL, which is a nice step forward. Slow and steady. Don't want any setbacks.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Don't want any setbacks, and they are given 30 days, so with such a young, higher ceiling prospect like Gibson, you do it the right way and progress slowly. I'm curious how his pitch counts will work once he moves up.
    1. 2and31guy's Avatar
      2and31guy -
      In the Rochester game, Thielbar actually came in and struck out the first batter and had the second batter at two strikes before giving up the hit.

      Being a new listener to minor leagues games, I will have to say they are quite entertaining to listen to and watch through milb.com. Don't know if it is normal, but it seems to me that there are quite a few extra inning games that have been occuring in AAA over this season. A few timely hits, or timely pitches, would lessen these, but I guess when the Major club moves players around due to injury and performance so much, it is tough to get into a groove at any level of baseball.
    1. Mave's Avatar
      Mave -
      Sorry for a minor correction, but in game 2 Hicks hit his 18th and 19th doubles, not home runs. I got really excited when I read he went from 12 homers in game one to 19 in game two!
    1. y2jjj54's Avatar
      y2jjj54 -
      I think the twins should call up Liam Hendriks, I know he has struggled in MLB but he seems to have mastered AAA. This would be a good year to let him learn how to get out major league hitters.
    1. Head First's Avatar
      Head First -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2and31guy View Post
      In the Rochester game, Thielbar actually came in and struck out the first batter and had the second batter at two strikes before giving up the hit.

      Being a new listener to minor leagues games, I will have to say they are quite entertaining to listen to and watch through milb.com. Don't know if it is normal, but it seems to me that there are quite a few extra inning games that have been occuring in AAA over this season. A few timely hits, or timely pitches, would lessen these, but I guess when the Major club moves players around due to injury and performance so much, it is tough to get into a groove at any level of baseball.
      That MiLB.TV really is a good deal. I had it for a month, but summer was coming and I just didn't have the time anymore. With playoffs coming up I might have to consider purchasing it again.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Why don't they move Pineda up to Eliz?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Why don't they move Pineda up to Eliz?
      I'm surprised they moved Buxton up rather than Pineda. Pineda should probably be moved up to Beloit.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I'm surprised they moved Buxton up rather than Pineda. Pineda should probably be moved up to Beloit.
      a few things you have to consider in this. Really. Pineda lived a whole 5 months of his life in the US so far. I am not sure that he knows how to speak English yet. Throwing him to Beloit WI or (even worse) Elizabethton, TN might be a scarring experience... Really. You gotta think about that stuff too
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I'd agree with that with 16-17 year olds, but Pineda would have several other Spanish-speaking players in ET or Beloit.

      I'm not worried about his age since he signed so late. They can push him more next spring if they choose. Not a big deal.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I'm surprised they moved Buxton up rather than Pineda. Pineda should probably be moved up to Beloit.
      Either move involves possibly hurt feelings and eyebrows (and second-guessing questions raised). Age-wise, Pineda should move, but playing the same position, this thing will all work itself out by itself next season.

      Question? Do either or both of these guys play fall/winter ball?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Question? Do either or both of these guys play fall/winter ball?
      They likely will both go to the Twins Instructional League. Buxton won't play winter ball. Pineda could play in the DWL a little bit, maybe.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I'd agree with that with 16-17 year olds, but Pineda would have several other Spanish-speaking players in ET or Beloit..
      Seth, it's not the language. It is the culture. And if you don't believe me ask any Twins' dominican prospect who made it about that.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      Seth, it's not the language. It is the culture. And if you don't believe me ask any Twins' dominican prospect who made it about that.
      That'll always be an issue until it's done... But again, there are other Dominicans on these other teams to help.
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