Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Bryan Haar Homers Twice
by, 06-29-2014 at 05:53 AM (246 Views)
When it rains, it pours. That was certainly the case Saturday in Minneapolis as the Twin Cities was drenched in yet another big rain storm. But it was also true down in Arlington where the Twins lost yet another road game to run their road losing streak to nine games. Kyle Gibson takes the hill on Sunday with a chance to send the Twins home on a positive note.
Matt Tomshaw, Fort Myers Miracle; Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson, http://www.captivephotons.com/
Red Wings Report
Rochester 1, Norfolk 2
The Red Wings were hard luck losers in a 13-inning home game on Saturday night. Alex Meyer returned to form tonight and pitched six innings of one run baseball. The run he gave up was a two-out home run to Xavier Paul in the top of the fourth. He shook off the home run and struck out the next two hitters he faced. All told, Meyer struck out three and only walked one. Edgar Ibarra pitched two perfect innings, and A.J. Achter followed that up with three perfect innings of his own to bring the Red Wings through the eleventh inning. Aaron Thompson gave up a single in the twelfth, but erased that with a double play and escaped the inning unscathed. Michael Tonkin came on in the thirteenth and gave up a one out single to Francisco Peguero. Peguero then stole second base, and advanced to third on the throw from Chris Herrmann. Peguero would score on a Michael Almanzar single to give the Norfolk Tide a lead.
The Red Wings could not counter in the bottom of the thirteenth, despite a leadoff single from Chris Rahl. Thirteen innings and only one run means the Wings struggled with the bats. They managed eight hits (in 44 at bats) and three walks, but outside of a Deibinson Romero double in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game to extra innings, they could not string any hits together and the Red Wings were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.
Rock Cats Review
New Britain 2, New Hampshire 6
The Rock Cats took an early 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the third, but Virgil Vasquez was touched up for three runs in the third on a two singles and two walks. Vasquez hung on to pitch 6.1 innings, yielding another earned run in the seventh. He struck out four and walked four before the bullpen took over. Ryan O'Rourke came on to limit the damage in the seventh but walked two and gave up two runs before being replaced by Matthew Summers who finished the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth.
Eduardo Nunez was 2-3 with a triple and a walk and is hitting .400 on his rehab stint. Aaron Hicks was 0-2 with a pair of walks and is hitting just .162/.289/.270 in 11 minor league games so far this year. Reynaldo Rodriguez and Mike Kvasnicka were both 2-4 and each pushed across a run. The Rock Cats were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven runners.
Fort Myers 3, Palm Beach 2
Matt Tomshaw pitched 7.1 innings, scattered nine hits, struck out five, walked one, and left the game down 2-1 in the eighth. Mason Melotakis finished off the eighth inning and Madison Boer picked up a win with a scoreless ninth inning thanks to some errant pitching in the bottom of the ninth from Dixon Llorens.
Down 2-1 entering the final frame, Nike Goodrum led off with a hit by pitch and Nate Roberts and Adam Walker followed up with walks to load the bases with no outs. Dalton Hicks struck out swinging, but Travis Harrison was hit by a pitch in the next plate appearance, scoring Goodrum and keeping the bases loaded. The Miracle won the game on an error after the catcher Dante Rosenberg failed to make a catch for a force out at home after Max Kepler hit the ball to the shortstop. On the night, the Miracle scored three runs despite only four hits, but took advantage of those late inning walks and HBPs.
Cedar Rapids 9, Clinton 5 (rain shortened)
Twins Daily's Seth Stohs is down in Cedar Rapids this weekend and has full coverage of the Kernels' rain shortened 6.1 inning game.
Since Seth has the full write up, I'll just give you the highlights. Ryan Eades picked up his fifth win despite giving up five runs (four earned) in five innings. He struck out five, gave up seven hits, including two home runs, and walked no one. Bryan Haar led the way offensively for the Kernels withseven RBI thanks to a grand slam and a three-run bomb.
Elizabethton 6, Bristol 0
Felix Jorge struck out three and walked three over five scoreless innings in his Elizabethton debut following a demotion from Cedar Rapids where he had a 9.00 ERA over 39 innings. Samuel Clay (1.0), C.K. Irby (2.0) and Dereck Rodriguez (1.0) held the Bristol Pirates scoreless the rest of the way as the Twins cruised to a win.
The 1-3 hitters combined to go 5-9 with two walks, four RBIs, and a home run. Tanner English was 2-4 with two RBI at the top of the order, and Nick Gordon (in as a DH) was 2-4 from the second spot in the order. Right Fielder Max Murphy was 1-2 with two walks, two RBIs and a home run from the three hole.
GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 4, GCL Red Sox 3
After Miguel Gonzalez surrendered three runs in the fifth the GCL Twins battled back to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh and hung on for the victory. The GCL Twins were paced by Dubal Baez who was 3-5 leading off, and Joel Polanco who was 2-5 with a home run and two RBIs.
Twins Daily Players of the Day
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day - Matt Tomshaw, Fort Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day - Bryan Haar, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Sunday's Probable Starters
Norfolk @ Rochester (12:05pm CT) – Logan Darnell (Listen)
New Britain @ New Hampshire Game 1 (12:35pm CT) – Pat Dean (Listen)
Palm Beach @ Fort Myers (3:05pm CT) - Jose Berrios (Listen)
Clinton @ Cedar Rapids (2:05pm CT) – TBD (Listen)
Bristol @ Elixabethton (5:00pm CT) – Derrick Penilla (Listen)
GCL Red Sox @ GCL Twins (11:00am CST) – TBD