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Friday Night Minor League Lights

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It was another exciting night in the Twins minor league system. Find out how the Elizabethton Twins did in the decisive Game 3 in their Appalachian League semi-final against Danville. How did Kyle Gibson do in his second start for Rochester? Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks had strong games, but see how Chris Herrmann got to play hero for the New Britain Rock Cats. It was a busy night in the Twins farm system.

The Twins game in Kansas City scheduled for Friday night was postponed because of massive rainfall caused by the overland rains for the storm formerly called Tropical Storm and Hurricane Isaac. The teams are scheduled to play two games on Saturday, the first starting at 3:10. It is also possible that rain will again alter the new schedule. The Twins will send Cole De Vries and Liam Hendriks to the mound. Esmerling Vasquez is expected to have his contract selected and start for the Twins on Sunday. PJ Walters is also expected to be taken off of the 60 Day Disabled List.

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

ROCHESTER 5, BUFFALO 8


Kyle Gibson made his second start for the Red Wings. The right-hander gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. He struck out five. He increased his workload to 68 pitches. Daniel Turpen came in and walked all four batters that he faced. He was replaced by Luis Perdomo who got a ground out, but an error caused three of the four runs charged to Turpen to be unearned. Perdomo went 2.1 innings without allowing a run. Anthony Slama struckout five in two innings. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk to increase his ERA to 1.32. Deolis Guerra struckout two in his scoreless inning.

Michael Holliman went 2-3 with a walk. Brian Dinkelman was 2-4 with a walk. Wilkin Ramirez hit a solo homer in the 9th, his 14th of the season for the Red Wings.

NEW BRITAIN 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3


The Rock Cats are holding on to some slim odds that they could get the final playoff spot in the Eastern League. In this game, the big names showed up.

Andrew Albers started on the mound and gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out six. Aaron Thompson went 1.1 innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. He struck out two. David Bromberg went an inning and gave up a hit and two walks but no runs. Bruce Pugh got two outs, and when he left the mound at the end of the top of the 9th, the game was tied at three.

The Rock Cats took an early lead. Aaron Hicks doubled to lead off the first. Two batters later, Oswaldo Arcia hit his ninth homer. Two innings later, Hicks singled and stole second before Arcia singled him in. In the bottom of the 9th with two outs, Hicks walked and Chris Herrmann doubled, scoring Hicks with the winning run.

Herrmann was 3-5 with his 24th double. Hicks went 2-4 with a walk, his 21st double and his 32nd stolen base. Arcia was 2-4 with hit ninth homer and three RBI.

FT. MYERS 1, CHARLOTTE 4


The long Miracle season is coming to an end. Cole Nelson started and gave up four runs (2 earned) on six hits in six innings. He walked three and struckout four. Clinton Dempster came on and gave up no runs despite two hits and two walks in two innings. Michael Tonkin gave up two hits in a scoreless ninth frame.

Danny Ortiz went 2-4. Steve Liddle hit his fifth home run. Kyle Knudson went 2-4 with his 10th double.

BELOIT 10, WISCONSIN 4


The Snappers fell behind 4-0 after three innings before scoring ten unanswered runs. Jason Wheeler made the start. The lefty gave up three runs on eight hits. In five innings, he walked one and struckout four. Corey Kimes came in and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out one. Corey Williams recorded his 17th save. He struckout four in two perfect innings.

Down 4-3 going into the 8th inning, an intentional walk to AJ Petterson loaded the bases. Miguel Sano came off of the bench (after missing four straight games with a sprained ankles) and delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly. Ninth-hitter Tyler Grimes came up and drilled a three-run homer that gave the Snappers a 7-4 lead. The Snappers added three more runs in the ninth inning.

Jairo Rodriguez went 2-3 with his 11th double. Eddie Rosario and Drew Leachman were each 2-5. Wang-Wei Lin was 1-1 with two walks. Tyler Grimes went 2-4 with a walk, his seventh home run and four RBI. The 7-8-9 hitters in the Snappers lineup (Pettersen, Rodriguez/Sano-PH/Koch, Grimes) combined for nine of the team’s RBI.

ELIZABETHTON, DANVILLE


Elizabethton and Danville played in Elizabethton. The winner advanced to the Appalachian League championship series against Burlington. The losing team’s season would be over. To find out who won, click here!

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Players of the Day for Friday, August 31, 2012

Hitter of the Day – DJ Hicks

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Pitcher of the Day – Andrew Albers

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A Look Ahead – Saturday, September 1, 2012 Schedule

Rochester @ Syracuse – TBD
New Britain vs New Hampshire – LHP Luke French
Ft. Myers vs Charlotte – RHP Miguel Munoz
Beloit vs Quad Cties – TBD
Elizabethton @ Burlington – RHP Angel Mata
GCL Twins – Season Over

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