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Twins Minor League Report (5/16): Buxton Blasts Kernels to Win

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All four Minnesota Twins minor league affiliates played on Thursday night. Two of them won in dramatic, walk-off fashion. One was a two-run single, and one was a lot more dramatic than that. One of the other Twins affiliates won in shutout fashion, just the way you write it up. Starter goes seven, dominant reliever with a strong eighth and another dominant reliever with a scoreless ninth inning. Also, the Twins now have a new organizational home run leader as of today, so youíll want to check that out. See, thatís the beauty of following an entire organization. The Twins had an off day, and yet we are able to follow four more games that matter to the organization and hopefully to most Twins fans.

Rochester Red Wings 6, Durham Bulls 5

Box Score

The Red Wings entered the bottom of 9th inning down a run. Eric Farris led off with a walk. Doug Bernier came on and was asked to bunt. He got the bunt down and beat the throw to first for a single. Antoan Richardson walked to load the bases. Ray Olmedo came up and knocked in two runs with a single to right to end the game.

Olmedo was 2-5 in the game. Jeff Clement went 1-2 with two walks and his fourth homer. Chris Colabello went 2-3 with a walk and the organization-leading 11th home run of the year.

Samuel Deduno was very good in his third Red Wings start. Through six innings, he gave up just two runs on four hits and a walk. He began the 7th inning with his eighth strikeout. However, he gave up an infield single and a walk after that. Both runners scored when Tyler Robertson came in and gave up three straight hits. He was replaced by Dan Turpen who got the final outs on a double play to end the seventh. He gave up an unearned run in the 8th. Rafael Perez came in and walked two and struck out one in the 9th inning, but he is credited with his first win of the season.

New Britain Rock Cats 2, Bowie Baysox 8

Box Score

Overall, it wasnít a very good night for the Rock Cats. Trevor May started and never really found it in this one. He gave up five runs on nine hits in just four innings. He walked two and struck out three. He gave up runs in three of the four innings he pitched. Jose Gonzalez came on and gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in 1.1 innings. Bobby Lanigan gave up two hits over the next 1.2 scoreless innings. Michael Tonkin walked one and struck out one in his scoreless inning.

Deibinson Romero went 2-4 with his first double of the year. He had two of the four hits for the Rock Cats in the game. Josmil Pinto walked twice. Danny Ortiz had two outfield assists, one at second base and one at third.

Ft. Myers Miracle 2, Dunedin Blue Jays 0

Box Score

Taylor Rogers was the story in this game. The left-hander worked the first seven innings. He gave up no runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Cole Johnson came in and struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning. Corey Williams struck out one in a perfect ninth to record the save.

Miguel Sano had an interesting day. He was 1-1 with a walk and was also hit by two pitches. He stole his fifth base. He also committed his 10th error. Drew Leachman and Aderlin Mejia went 2-4. Angel Morales went 2-4 with his 11th double. Jonathan Murphy went 2-3 with his third double.

The Miracle improved to 28-10. They are 4.5 games behind St. Lucie.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 7, Burlington Bees 6

Box Score

Down 6-3 heading into the bottom of the 9th, the Kernels had their 6, 7 and 8 hitters due up. Travis Harrison led off by being hit by a pitch. Michael Quesada flew out to the wall in left field. Candido Pimentel doubled Harrison to third base. Tyler Grimes came on to pinch hit, but he was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Byron Buxton came up and ended the game with a walk-off Grand Slam.

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Buxton went 2-5 in the game, and besides the home run, he stole his 16th base. Michael Quesada went 2-4 with his first double and his first home run. Pimentel and Jeremias Pineda each hit a double.

It was a rough game for the defense. The Kernels committed four errors. Three of them came in the span of two batters. Mason Melotakis started and worked the first six innings. He gave up four runs, but just one was earned, on three hits. He walked one and struck out three. Tim Atherton came on and gave up two unearned runs on one hit and one walk in two innings. He struck out four. Manuel Soliman gets the win. He walked one in a scoreless ninth frame.

If youíre near the Twin Cities, youíre just about four hours from getting to see Byron Buxton, Adam Walker and the Kernels. On Friday night, Tyler Duffey will start for the team. These Kernels are 27-12, and four games ahead of Quad Cities in their division.


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