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Saturday in the Parks

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The Twins lost the second game of the Target Field series against the Brewers. Be sure to check out the article by Twins Daily’s Parker Hageman who was on the scene and filed a very nice story on the game.

Starting on Tuesday, this Twins minor league report will be expanding. On Monday, the Twins Gulf Coast League team will be playing their first game. Will it be the professional debut of first round pick Byron Buxton? Late on Saturday night, the Elizabethton Twins players and coaches boarded a bus and started their trek to Tennessee. By the time you read this on Sunday morning, the bus may soon be arriving in Elizabethton after an estimated 13 hour drive. I believe I have the E-Twins roster and plan to write up a season preview for the team tomorrow.

Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Saturday day:

ROCHESTER 5, LOUISVILLE 11

Unfortunately for the Red Wings, this game got out of control pretty quickly. Matt Maloney got the start. The lefty gave up nine runs (8 earned) on eight hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. Three of the hits went for home runs, including a homer by Corky Miller and a rehabbing Scott Rolen. Brendan Wise came in and gave up one run on four hits over the next 2.1 innings. Kyle Waldrop gave up one run on a hit and two walks in two innings.

JR Towles led the offense by going 2-3 with a walk and his 12th double. Clete Thomas hit a two-run homer in the 9th, his fourth with the Red Wings.

NEW BRITAIN 1, ERIE 4

BJ Hermsen was back on the mound for the Rock Cats on Saturday. The right-hander gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out just one. Daniel Turpen came in and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and walked two batters, but he also struck out two. Luis Perdomo struck out one in a perfect ninth frame.

Nate Hanson had another strong game. He was 2-4 with his tenth double. Rene Tosoni also had two hits. Chris Herrmann went 1-3 with a walk.

FT. MYERS – All Star Game

The midseason All Star game for the Florida State League was played on Saturday night. Josmil Pinto started at catcher for the south squad and batted seventh. He was 0-1 in his one plate appearance. Oswaldo Arcia entered the game as a replacement and went 0-2. Danny Santana played shortstop the last half of the game. He was 0-1 but walked once, scored two runs and stole two bases.

Ricky Bowen came in to pitch the eighth inning and went 1-2-3. He was the winning pitcher in the game.

BELOIT 3, BURLINGTON 11

Things definitely got started poorly for the Snappers in this game. Jason Wheeler was on the mound, and he gave up seven runs (just four earned) on seven this in five innings. He walked two and struck out three. He was hurt by errors, to be sure. Tim Shibuya came in and gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits in two innings. Bart Carter gave up two runs on four hits in his inning. He struck out two. Clinton Dempster then pitched a perfect ninth inning.

Adam Bryant led the offense. In four at bats, he had a single, his tenth double and his second triple of the season.
On Sunday, the first 500 fans in Beloit will get a Miguel Sano Wobblehead!

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Players of the Day for Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hitter of the Day – Adam Bryant
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Pitcher of the Day – Ricky Bowen
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A Look Ahead – Sunday, June 17, 2012 Schedule

Rochester @ Indianapolis – RHP Sam Deduno
New Britain vs Erie – LHP Andrew Albers
Ft. Myers – All Star Break
Beloit vs Burlington – RHP Matt Summers

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