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Twins Minor League Report (7/18): Rogers Pitches Gem

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The All Star breaks are all over, and there was a full schedule in the Twins minor league system on Thursday. A couple of old college teammates helped the Kernels provide most of the organization’s offense on the day. A couple of now-former Twins were on the mound. However, on this day, Taylor Rogers stole the show with one of the best pitching performances by a Twins pitcher this season. See below for more.

Also last night, I was a guest on Twins Minor League Weekly podcast and answered several questions on players throughout the Twins farm system, so check that out here. Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Thursday:

Rochester 4, Syracuse 11

Box Score

The pitching wasn’t good and the offense managed just five hits on this night. Logan Darnell got the start and in just 1.2 innings, he was charged with six runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out one. Luis Perdomo came on and went the next 1.1 innings. He gave up four runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one. AJ Achter came on and provided the team with three shutout innings. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out two. Blake Martin came on and one run on three hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out two. Edgar Ibarra then made his AAA debut. He walked one and struck out one I a scoreless inning.

Deibinson Romero had just one hit, but it was a three-run homer. It was his sixth homer of the year. Chris Parmelee batted third and played first base. He was 1-3 with a walk. Eduardo Escobar went 0-3. He batted seventh and played second base.

New Britain 3, Binghampton 4

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Nick Blackburn made his second start for the Rock Cats. He gave up one run on three hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two. Ryan O’Rourke came in for his AA debut. He struck out two in his first inning and then struck out the side in his second inning. It was a pretty impressive debut! He turned over a 3-1 lead to closer Matt Hauser. Unfortunately, the right-hander gave up three runs on three hits and two walks and recorded just two outs. BJ Hermsen came on to get the final out.

Josmil Pinto went 3-4 and drove in a run. Eddie Rosario went 2-4 with his second Rock Cats home run and two RBI.

Ft. Myers 1, Dunedin 0

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Taylor Rogers was the story in this one. The lefty out of Kentucky who was taken by the Twins in the 11th round of the 2012 draft was tremendous on this night. He faced just 30 batters in a complete game shutout. He gave up just one hit, walked two and struck out eight. He improved to 8-3 and dropped his Miracle ERA to just 2.63 with the performance.

Rogers needed to throw every shutout inning because the Miracle bats were quiet. They managed just five hits. In the sixth inning, JD Williams doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Byron Buxton.

Cedar Rapids 9, Lake County 7

Box Score

The Kernels have continued to lose great hitters to Ft. Myers, but they have so many that they’re still scoring like crazy. Jonathan Murphy led the way in this game. The outfielder went 3-5 with his third double and first home run with the Kernels. He drove in three runs. His college teammate, Adam Walker, went 2-5. Jorge Polanco went 2-3 with a walk and two runs driven in.

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Josue Montanez started and went the first six innings. He gave up five runs (3 earned) on seven hits, three of which were home runs. He walked three and struck out six. Hudson Boyd came on and gave up two runs on three hits over two innings. He walked none and struck out two. Madison Boer gave up two hits and a walk, but no runs, in the ninth inning for the save. He struck out two.

Game 1 – Elizabethton 2, Bristol 1

Box Score

Rained out a night earlier, the E-Twins had a double header on Thursday. Of course, Game 1 included a rain delay of nearly an hour and a half.

Felix Jorge returned to form in the first game. The hard-throwing righty gave up one run on five hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out six. He was replaced by Carson Goldsmith who struck out two in a scoreless inning. Brandon Peterson struck out two in a perfect seventh for the save.

The E-Twins managed just three hits in this game. In the sixth inning, a Bryan Haar sacrifice fly scored Carlos Avila with the team’s first run to tie the game. Zach Granite then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Game 2 – Elizabethton 2, Bristol 1

Box Score

Josh Burris started the second game. He gave up two runs on three hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out five. Ethan Mildren gave up one hit in a scoreless fifth inning. In the sixth, Aaron Slegers came on and gave up one hit in a scoreless inning. He struck out one. Andrew Ferreira pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.

Javier Pimentel went 2-3 in the game with his first two triples of the season. The first plated the first two runs of the game for the E-Twins. Bryan Santy went 3-3. Bryan Haar went 2-4 with his third double and fourth home run.

GCL Twins 4, GCL 4 (Game Suspended in 7th by Rain)

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This game was not completed, but enough happened that we’ll discuss where it is at. Lewis Thorpe went the first four innings. He gave up three runs on four hits. He walked none and struck out six. Sam Gibbons came on and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out one. Derrick Penilla then gave up one run on one hit and one walk in one inning. Yes, he had one strikeout. And then the rains came.

Amaurys Minier hit his third triple. Brian Navaretto hit his fourth double.

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