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The Twins got a Quality Start from Jason Marquis, but the bullpen struggled mightily and in the end, it was too much Felix Hernandez as the Mariners topped the Twins 7-0. The King went eight shutout innings against the Twins and allowed just one hit, a ground ball single between first and second base in the fourth inning.

It was the third time in their last four games that the Twins have been shutout. Earlier in the day, the Twins did announce that Justin Morneau’s wrist was not getting better and he will be put on the Disabled List. Check out the Rochester report below to see a couple of Red Wings coming up to the Twins on Monday.

Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Thursday:

GAME 1 - ROCHESTER 2, BUFFALO 1


PJ Walters gave the Red Wings exactly what they needed in Game 1 on Saturday. He was able to pitch all seven innings. Even better, he gave up just one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out seven. And as a bonus, he improves to 3-1 with the win.

The team needed the great pitching performance because the offense managed just six hits in the game. Matt Rizzotti picked up his fourth double. Brian Dozier collected the game-winning RBI with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 5th inning.

GAME 2 - ROCHESTER 5, EMPIRE STATE 0


The second game became a bullpen game. Brendan Wise started and threw three scoreless innings. He gave up three this, walked two and struck out two. Deolis Guerra came in and struck out four over 2.1, one-hit innings. Tyler Robertson got the second out of the sixth inning. Anthony Slama came in and got the final out of the 6th inning and three outs in the 7th to record his seventh save. He walked one and struck out two.

Darin Mastroianni was the leadoff hitter and went 2-3 with a walk and his first double. He also stole his eighth base. He also played run producer in this game with four RBI. Aaron Bates was 2-3 with his fourth double. Ray Chang walked twice.

Since their eight-game losing streak ended, the Red Wings have now won four games in a row and can enjoy an off day on Sunday.
Following the game, according to the Rochester Baseball Observer, manager Gene Glynn informed Scott Diamond and Brian Dozier that they were being promoted to the Twins.

NEW BRITAIN 5, PORTLAND 0


David Bromberg appears to be back in a role the suits him and the results have been tremendous. Bromberg made another start and threw five more scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out five. Caleb Thielbar threw two innings and gave up just one hit. Luis Perdomo struck out two in two scoreless innings.

The Rock Cats got a big, two-run triple off the bat of Estarlin de los Santos. Danny Lehmann went 1-1 with two walks and an RBI. Aaron Hicks went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.

More On Bromberg – Bromberg started the season by giving up nine runs in his first two innings. Since then, he has thrown 15 innings and given up just one run.

More Bad News – It was announce that Alex Wimmers has a partial tear in his UCL, and that they will attempt to rest and then rehab it.

FT. MYERS 3, LAKELAND 4 (11 innings)


Last start, Adrian Salcedo was hit in the face by a one-hopper and broke his nose. He still made his next scheduled start. The righty went five innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He walked none and struck out two. (It is also great to see zero walks because in his pre-broken nose start, he walked five and had as many walks as strikeouts on the season) Nelvin Fuentes came in and gave up one run on two hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out three. Edgar Ibarra came in and was terrific, but he still gets the loss. He gave up one run (in the 11th) on three hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out five.

Danny Santana went 2-5. Danny Ortiz was 2-4.

BELOIT 4, KANE COUNTY 7


The Snappers played a double header in Cedar Rapids on Friday night, drove almost four hours back to Beloit, and then played an early-afternoon game on Saturday.

Tim Shibuya was on the mound to start. He gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk. He struck out. Unfortunately, two of the three hits were home runs. He did leave with the lead. Ryan O’Rourke came in and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. Corey Williams pitched the ninth and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk.

Jairo Rodriguez went 2-2 with two walks. Tyler Grimes was 2-4 with his eighth double. Drew Leachman went 2-4 with his first stolen base. Miguel Sano was 1-4 with a walk and his eighth double.

Sano is on fire with the bat of late, but his glove has gone quite cold of late. In this game, he committed three errors and now has ten errors on the season.

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Players of the Day for Saturday, May 5, 2012

Pitcher of the Day – PJ Walters
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Hitter of the Day – Darin Mastroianni
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A Look Ahead – Sunday, May 6, 2012 Schedule

Rochester – No Game Scheduled
New Britain vs Portland – RHP BJ Hermsen
Ft. Myers vs Lakeland – RHP Marty Popham
Beloit vs Kane County – LHP Jason Wheeler

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