The Twins lost big to the Rangers, again. Maybe you’ve read this story before. The Twins starting pitcher (Brian Duensing on this day) puts the Twins way behind early in the game, and the offense isn’t able to catch up. Justin Morneau went 4-4 and homered for the 202nd
time in his career to pass Gary Gaetti for 6th
on the Twins all-time list. Pedro Florimon was 2-3 with a walk. Jamey Carroll went 2-4 with his 15th
double. Joe Mauer doubled for the 26th
time this year. The Twins lost for the fifth straight game, and for the 14th
time in their last 16 games.
Aside from the Beloit Snappers, it was not a great night for the Twins organization. Rochester, New Britain, Ft. Myers and Elizabethton lost. The GCL Twins played their final regular season game of the season. Had they won, they would have been in the playoffs. Unfortunately, they lost too. That means that most of the players from that team will be able to leave Ft. Myers before Tropical Storm Isaac arrives on Sunday night.
Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Saturday night:
ROCHESTER 3, BUFFALO 5
The story on this night was Kyle Gibson. He was making his first start for the Red Wings since last July and undergoing Tommy John surgery in September. In the first inning, Gibson struck out the first two batters he faced. He then gave up a seeing-eye single before striking out the third batter of the inning. In the second inning, he had strikeout, got the second out on a soft-line drive to second base, and got the third batter out on another strikeout. Unfortunately, Gibson struggled in the third frame. He gave up four runs on five hits before his evening was done. He threw 47 pitches, 32 for strikes. More important, his fastball was sitting before 90 and 93 mph with movement. His slider was very sharp, and he showed a very good changeup.
Deolis Guerra threw the next three innings. He gave up no runs on three hits. He walked none and struck out four. Daniel Turpen went the final two innings. He gave up one run on one hit and one walk. He struck out four.
Wilkin Ramirez remains one fire. He went 3-4 with his 13th
double and seventh stolen base. Matt Carson was 2-4 with his 24th
double. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4. Danny Lehmann was 1-2 with a walk.
Brian Dozier’s struggles with the bat continued. He is 0-20 in his last five game, and since his return to the Red Wings, he has just three hits in 41 at bats.
NEW BRITAIN 2, NEW HAMPSHIRE 4
The Rock Cats fell for the third straight game to New Hampshire. BJ Hermsen started for the Rock Cats. Big leaguer, Adam Lind, was the first batter he faced, and he hit a home run. Lind was 2-2 with a walk in the game. Hermsen went six innings and gave up four runs (3 earned) on six hits. He walked three and struck out four. Aaron Thompson struckout one in his inning. Dakota Watts walked one in his relief inning.
Deibinson Romero went 2-3 with a walk. Dan Rohlfing was 2-4 with his first triple. Nate Hanson got the Rock Cats on the scoreboard in the second inning when his 14th
double drove in Josmil Pinto. Chris Colabello doubled for the 37th
time this season.
FT. MYERS 2, PALM BEACH 4
Palm Beach scored one in the 2nd
inning, one in the 3rd
inning and one in the 4th
inning, and that was enough on this night. Cole Nelson got the start. The lefty gave up the three runs on nine hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out four. Ricky Bowen gave up three hits and a walk in two scoreless innings. He struckout three. Nelvin Fuentes struckout three over the next two innings. He gave up no runs on one hit and one walk. Michael Tonkin gave up one run on one hit in the ninth inning. He struckout two.
Lance Ray went 1-2 with three walks and his 21st
double. Levi Michael went 2-3 with a walk. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-4. Danny Santana went 2-5. Steve Liddle hit his second homer.
Remember that the Miracle’s game on Sunday was moved up due to tropical storm Isaac.
BELOIT 13, CEDAR RAPIDS 2
Miguel Sano got the night off. Eddie Rosario and Kennys Vargas combined to go 0-10 with five strikeouts. So, of course the Snappers scored 13 runs in Cedar Rapids. Nate Roberts went 3-6. JD Williams went 2-5 with a walk and his sixth homer. Drew Leachman went 2-5 with a walk and his fourth home run. Matt Koch went 1-3 with two walks and his 20th
double. Tyler Grimes was 1-3 with two walks and his fifth home run. Stephen Wickens went 1-3 with three walks.
Cole Johnson made the start. He went five innings and gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out one. Corey Williams struck out three and walked one over the next three innings. DJ Baxendale gave up two hits but no runs in his inning of work.
ELIZABETHTON 1, PULASKI 4
The E-Twins had a rare game in which they didn’t get much offense. Travis Harrison went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth home run. The team had just four more hits.
Ricardo Arevalo started and gave up three runs (2 earned) on three hits and two walks in five innings. He struckout just one. Travis Huber walked two in his scoreless inning of work. Andrew Ferriera walked the one batter he faced. Tyler Herr came on and gave up two hits and two walks but no runs in his two innings.
GCL TWINS 1 , GCL RED SOX 4
After winning on Friday night, the GCL Twins had a chance to make the playoffs with a win on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Twins came up just short. On the positive side, many of the players will be able to leave Ft. Myers before Tropical Storm Isaac gets there.
Felix Jorge started and gave up three runs in the first four innings. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out six. Kuo Hua Lo walked two and struck out one over the next two innings. Hung-Yi Chen gave up one run on two hits in his inning. Alex Muren then struck out one in a scoreless inning.
Aderlin Mejia finished a terrific season with another good game. He was 2-3 with a walk and his 12th
doubles. Bryan Haar was also 2-3. Jeremias Pineda went 1-3 with a walk and his 23rd
Players of the Day for Saturday, August 25, 2012
Pitcher of the Day – Corey Williams
Hitter of the Day – Wilkin Ramirez
A Look Ahead – Sunday, August 26, 2012 Schedule
Rochester @ Buffalo (DH) – RHP Esmerling Vasquez, TBD
New Britain @ New Hampshire – LHP Andrew Albers
Ft. Myers vs Palm Beach – RHP Matt Summers
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids – LHP Jason Wheeler
Elizabethton vs Princeton – RHP Hudson Boyd
GCL Twins – Season Over
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