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Twins Minor League Report (8/25): Sano Homers Twice

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On Sunday, there was some terrific starting pitching in the Twins minor league system. Of the six starters, none gave up more than two runs and they all went at least five innings. The Miracle have found a way to turn around their slide. They had won just four of their last 18 games, but now they have won four in a row. Another day, another Cedar Rapids win. They have won 82 games this year in their first year as a Twins affiliate. One more win, and this yearís team will have more wins than any of the Kernels 20 years with the Angels. If the season ended today, the Red Wings would be in the playoffs, but they are trending in the wrong direction. Oh, and Miguel Sano and some of the Twins top prospects had an impressive day too.

See what else happened in the Twins farm system on Sunday.

Rochester Red Wings 8, Indianapolis Indians 5 (10 innings)

Box Score

The Red Wings were swept in a four game series against Indianapolis. It was their fifth straight loss yet, somehow, they still maintain a one-game lead over Norfolk for a playoff Wild Card spot.

Kyle Gibson made his return start with the Red Wings. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four. Aaron Thompson pitched the sixth and gave up one run on two hits. Shairon Martis struck out two over two shutout innings. Michael Tonkin pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance since being sent back. After pitching a scoreless ninth inning, he was charged with four runs in the top of the 10th inning and recorded just one out. Edgar Ibarra got the final two outs.

James Beresford was 2-3 and his two-run single in the bottom of the ninth tied the game at four. Darin Mastroianni went 1-3 with two walks. Jared Mitchell went 2-5.

New Britain Rock Cats 7, Bowie Bay Sox 4

Box Score

Pedro Hernandez was very good in this game, and Miguel Sano helped power the Rock Cats to a victory. Hernandez worked the first six innings. He gave up one run on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out two. Dan Sattler started the seventh and got just two outs. However, he gave up three runs on four hits and two walks. Matt Hauser came in and got the final out of the seventh before working perfect eighth and ninth innings too. He struck out two.

Miguel Sano got a couple of pitches to his liking. He went 2-3 with a walk. He hit his 32nd and 33rd home runs and drove in four runs, giving him 99 RBI on the season. He was also hit by a pitch, but it was on a full count. Eddie Rosario went 2-5 with his 18th double. Kyle Knudson went 2-4 with his fourth double. Danny Ortiz went 2-4. Danny Santana stole his 27th base.

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Game 1 - Ft. Myers Miracle 5, St. Lucie Mets 1

Box Score

JD Williams provided the offense, and Taylor Rogers won for the 11th time with the Miracle. Williams went 3-4 with his fourth and fifth doubles and his first home run. He drove in four runs. Levi Michael went 2-2 with a walk, his 14th double, and he also stole his 19th base. Byron Buxton went 2-2 with his eighth triple. Matt Koch went 2-3.

Taylor Rogers was charged with only an unearned run in six innings. He gave up four hits, walked four and struck out three. Tyler Jones came on and struck out one in a scoreless seventh.

Game 2 - Ft. Myers Miracle 8, St. Lucie Mets 2

Box Score

The second game was much like the first game. The Miracle got a very solid start, and this time, it was Stephen Wickens, and a bunch of walks, that provided the offense. Wickens went 3-4 with his 20th and 21st doubles. He also stole his 17th base. Dalton Hicks went 1-2 with two walks and drove in another run. JD Williams, Byron Buxton and Kennys Vargas each walked two times. Mike Kvasnicka doubled for the 13th time.

Lefty David Hurlbut got the start and went the first six innings. He gave up two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out four. Adrian Salcedo gave up one hit in a scoreless seventh inning.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 9, Peoria Chiefs 1

Box Score

Again, the equation looks pretty much the same; strong starting pitching and plenty of offense. Tim Shibuya gave up only an unearned run on three hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out two. Brett Lee came on and struck out one in a perfect inning. Alex Muren gave up two hits in a scoreless inning.

Ryan Walker led the way going 3-5 with his first double. Tyler Grimes was also 3-5. Travis Harrison was 2-4 with a walk. Michael Gonzales went 1-2 with a walk and his seventh double. Adam Walker was 1-3 with two walks. Bo Altobelli and Michael Quesada each added a double.

In a scary situation, Max Kepler was a late scratch due to a freak accident near the indoor batting cage. Check out Jim Eckerís story of what happened and how long Kepler could be out.

Elizabethton Twins 0, Princeton 2

Box Score

The E-Twins certainly got the good starting pitching part of the equation, but they got no offense. They managed just three hits in the game. They walked twice and struck out 14 times.

Stephen Gonsalves started and gave up one run on three hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out nine. Carson Goldsmith came on and gave up one run on three hits in two innings. Luke Bard struck out one in a perfect inning.

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