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Twins Minor League Report (6/21): And Then There Were Six

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Friday marked the start of our daily minor league reports needing to cover six teams. The GCL Twins began their season with a matinee against the Red Sox in Ft. Myers. It wasnít a great night for the affiliates, but there were still plenty of good performances worthy of noting. Kennys Vargas has been terrific all year, and it hasnít slowed down at all since Miguel Sano moved up to New Britain. Sano added to his home run total. Chris Colabello continues to rake.

What else happened? Keep reading to find out what happened in the Twins farm system on Friday:

Rochester Red Wings 0, Louisville Bats 3

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The Red Wings were beaten by former #3 overall pick Greg Reynolds. The team managed just two hits. That said, Chris Colabello went 1-2 with two walks.

Cole De Vries gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out seven. His ERA went down to 8.82. Luis Perdomo came on and struck out three and walked just one in three scoreless, hitless innings.

New Britain Rock Cats 4, Akron Aeros 13

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It was a rough night for a couple of Rock Cats pitchers. Tom Stuifbergen started and gave up eight runs on eight hits and two walks in just 3.1 innings. BJ Hermsen came on and gave up four runs on five hits and two walks in just 1.2 innings. AJ Achter struck out two in his innings. Dakota Watts made his second appearance of the season and gave up just an unearned run on two hits in his inning. Bobby Lanigan gave up one hit in his inning.

Danny Ortiz went 3-4 with his 19th double. Nate Hanson was 3-5. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-4 with his third triple and his 10th home run. Miguel Sano was 1-3 with his second Rock Cats home run. Danny Santana went 2-4.

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Ft. Myers Miracle 3, Jupiter Hammerheads 8

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The Miracle also did not get good pitching or defense. Tyler Duffey went the first 5.1 innings. He gave up six runs (5 earned) on nine hits and two walks. He struck out five. Chad Rodgers came on and gave up just two unearned runs in 3.2 innings. He gave up four hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

Kennys Vargasís hot streak continued as he went 2-3 with a walk. Matt Koch was 2-4 with his 12th double. Jon Murphy hit his sixth double. Mike Kvasnicka hit his first triple.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3

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The Kernels replaced lefty Hein Robb in their six-man rotation with lefty Josue (pronounces Ho-sway) Montanez. He started on Friday night and gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in three innings. Tim Atherton came on and threw four shutout innings. He gave up two hits and struck out three. Kaleb Merck got the save. He gave up three hits in two innings.

Byron Buxton went 1-3 with two walks and two stolen bases. Thatís 31 on the year. Dalton Hicks went 2-5 with his 22nd double. Max Kepler went 1-4 with a walk. His first hit was a double. Tyler Grimes hit his fifth home run. Travis Harrison walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

Elizabethton Twins 2, Bristol White Sox 4

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In Game 2 of their season, the E-Twins managed just three hits. Jake Proctor had a triple. Kelvin Ortiz went 1-2 and was hit by a pitch twice. He also stole a base.

Josh Burris started. After going 7-0 last year out of the Elizabethton bullpen, he took a loss in his first start of the 2013 season. He gave up three runs, but just one was earned. The error was his own throwing error. Kuo Hua Lo gave up four hits, but no runs, in three innings. Miguel Gonzalez gave up a hit and walked one in a scoreless inning. He struck out two. Carson Goldsmith came on and gave up one run on two hits and two walks in his inning. Andre Martinez pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.

GCL Twins 6, GCL Red Sox 4

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A five-run inning helped the GCL Twins to a win in their season opener. The big hit came off of the big bat of 17-year-old Amaurys Minier. The bonus baby came through with a big, three-run homer in his third at bat of the day. In his second at bat, he had already hit a double. In all, he was 2-4 on the day. Not a bad debut. Jorge Fernandez hit a triple. Engelb Vielma and Jonatan Hinojosa each walked twice and stole two bases.

Australian Lewis Thorpe started and gave up two runs on five hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out four. Chih-Wei Hu came on and walked one and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Miguel Gonzalez gave up a hit and walked one in a scoreless inning. He struck out three. Markus Solbach gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits in one inning. He struck out two.

Two players got into the game on rehab assignments. Madison Boer picked up the save. He gave up two hits, but he struck out two, in the ninth inning. Also, Lance Ray went 0-3 with a walk.


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