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Twins Minor League Report (6/4): Gibson and Baxendale make their pitches

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It was a big day for a couple of the Twins pitching prospects, and one of their top offensive prospects added to his organization-leading home run total. It was also a day in which there were several transactions. Twins Daily has learned the following (though there could be more coming):

RHP Tom Stuifbergen has been promoted from Ft. Myers to AA New Britain. Meanwhile, RHPs Tyler Duffey and Manuel Soliman will move up to the Miracle. Finally, 2012 8th round pick RHP Christian Powell will join the Cedar Rapids Kernels from Extended Spring Training. Also, a second pitcher will be joining the Kernels. The pitcher was released by another organization a week ago and signed by the Twins. Check out the Minor League Movement forum for more. ‘Tis the season for transactions!!

With that, check out what happened in the Twins minor league system on Tuesday:

Rochester Red Wings 4, Gwinnett Braves 3

Box Score

Kyle Gibson was back on the mound for the Red Wings. The lanky right-hander gave up some base runners but really put together a nice game. He went six innings and did not allow a run in the first five. He gave up two in the sixth frame. Overall, he went six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four. He left with a 4-2 lead. Luis Perdomo came in for the seventh inning and got just two outs. He gave up one run thanks to three walks. Aaron Thompson got the save by getting the final seven outs. He gave up just one hit, walked one and struck out two.

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Eric Fryer went 2-4. He had the game’s biggest hit, a bases-clearing double. Antoan Richardson was 2-5 with his seventh and eighth stolen bases. Doug Bernier was 2-3 with a walk. Chris Colabello was 1-3 with two walks and his 18th double. He also stole his first base of the year.

New Britain Rock Cats 4, Richmond Flying Squirrels 1

Box Score

DJ Baxendale had a rough first appearance in Double-A last week. The beauty of baseball can be that you get a chance to redeem yourself. Baxendale did just that on Tuesday night. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out seven. Bobby Lanigan came on and got just one out. He gave up a walk and a hit. Edgar Ibarra came on and got the final two outs without the inherited runners scoring. Matt Hauser came on for the ninth inning and recorded his first Rock Cats save.

The Rock Cats got three hits from Danny Santana. They scored two runs in the first inning on ground balls by Josmil Pinto and Danny Ortiz. In the second frame, they scored runs on a sacrifice fly by Mark Sobolewski and on a ground out by James Beresford.

Ft. Myers Miracle 2, Brevard County Manatees 3

Box Score

The Miracle bats were kept quiet most of this game. Jason Wheeler started for the Miracle. He gave up three runs on nine hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out six. Ryan O’Rourke was brought in, and he struck out two in two scoreless innings. Zack Jones pitched a perfect ninth and struck out one.
The Miracle had seven hits and walked five times. However, only Matt Koch had more than one hit. He was 2-4. Miguel Sano knocked his 14th homer run and stole his eighth base.

Cedar Rapids Kernels

The Kernels had a scheduled day off.

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