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    Eric R Pleiss got a reaction from glunn in Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/27): Defense Fails in Minors   
    Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano ran out of magic on Thursday night as the pair lost for the first time while playing in the lineup together, snapping the Twins' longest winning streak since 2011. With September call-ups less than a week away, let's take a look at some of the action down in the minor leagues.RED WINGS REPORT
    Syracuse Chiefs @ Rochester Red Wings
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    The Red Wings pitching staff limited the Chiefs to just six hits while racking up thirteen strikeouts and not a single walk. Red Wings starting pitcher Michael Bowden picked up his tenth win of the year with seven scoreless innings. Bowden gave up five hits and struck out nine, bringing his season ERA down to 2.68. Bowden, a former first-round pick by the Red Sox, has pitched in parts of six MLB seasons, but hasn't been in the show since 2013. Mark Hamburger pitched the final two innings in relief. Hamburger gave up a hit and struck out four.
     
    The Red Wings did pretty well with the the sticks as well, notching nine hits, including multi-hit games from their one, two, and four hitters. Danny Santana led off and was 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Two-hitter James Beresford was 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Cleanup man Kennys Vargas was 2-4 with a run scored and a strikeout. Josmil Pinto picked up four RBIs with a grand slam in the first inning. Just Pinto's seventh homer of the year. Pinto was once a player the Twins had high hopes for but his defense hasn't been up to par at catcher, and as a DH his .229/308/.373 line is not impressive.
     
    Final: Chiefs 0, Red Wings 6
     
     
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
    Tennessee Smokies @ Chattanooga Lookouts
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    The Smokies pounded the Lookouts on Thursday night, taking a six-run lead before the Lookouts were on the board. D.J. Baxendale pitched the first five innings, giving up eight hits, four runs (all earned), a walk and three strikeouts. Brandon Peterson gave up a pair of unearned runs in the sixth on the back of two Lookouts errors, one each from Niko Goodrum and Levi Michael. Corey Williams pitched two strong innings of relief after the Lookouts were well out of the game, giving up one hit, struck out three and walked one. J.T. Chargois pitched the ninth, yielding a pair of hits and a run.
     
    The Lookouts struggled at the plate, especially at the top of the order as the first five hitters combined to go 1-16. Levi Michael and Jair Rodriguez had the best nights for Chattanooga. Both players had a pair of singles.
     
    Final: Smokies 7, Lookouts 1
     
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Bradenton Marauders @ Fort Myers Miracle
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    Miracle pitchers held the Marauders hitters from scoring until the top of the ninth and then hung on for dear life. Ethan Mildren got things started for the Miracle, pitching six shutout innings. Mildren gave up five hits, one walk, and he struck out three. Jake Reed picked up a hold, his second, with a scoreless inning (facing the minimum). Zach Jones gave up a pair of hits in the eighth, but escaped unharmed for his first hold of the year. Trevor Hildenberger gave up a pair of runs in the ninth but still earned his third save of the year thanks to a three-run cushion.
     
    The Miracle couldn't grab an extra base hit on Thursday night, but nine singles and a pair of sacrifice flies put them in the driver's seat. Zach Granite was 2-4 with a run scored, as was Engelb Vielma who added in a stolen base for good measure. Anderlin Meija was 0-2 but he had both of the Fort Myers sacrifice flies, driving in a pair of runs.
     
    Final: Marauders 2, Miracle 3
     
     
    KERNELS KORNER
    Kane County Cougars @ Cedar Rapids Kernes
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    The Kernels out-hit the Cougars 8-6 but were 0-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding twelve runners in the process. Alex Real had a nice night at the plate, 3-3 with a double and a HBP to reach four times. Real is a 2014 twenty-fourth round draftee out of New Mexico. The six-foot right-hander is hitting .270/315/.382 but has played just 54 games because he started the year serving a 50-game suspension for a positive PED test.
     
    Starter Randy Rosario took the loss to drop to 1-5 on the year. He pitched six innings of four-hit ball and gave up just one earned run. Rosario didn't help his own cause in the second inning earning an error on a missed catch which led to an unearned run. In the third a passed ball led to another unearned run. Yorman Landa gave up a pair of unearned runs in the eighth inning despite giving up just one hit, one walk and striking out three. Zach Tillery pitched the ninth, giving up a hit and recording a strikeout.
     
     
    Final: Cougars 5, Kernels 0
     
     
    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Kingsport Mets @ Elizabethton Twins
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    The Elizabethton Twins battled back from an early 3-0 defecit to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. Zander Wiel powered the offense with a 2-4 night with a double and two RBIs. Jermain Palacios also had a pair of hits with a double from the leadoff spot.
     
    Starter Eduardo Del Rosario gave up six hits, three runs, walked no one, struck out three and gave up a long ball over his four innings of work. Logan Lombana pitched three scoreless innings of relief and struck out five while walking one and giving up a pair of hits. Tyler Stirewalt pitched a clean eighth inning, but with the game tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth, he came back out for a second inning of relief and was tagged with the loss as three runs scored as Stirewalt unraveled. He gave up a double, an intentional walk, hit a batter, a fielder's choice that resulted in no outs, and a single before the damage was done. Then the Twins went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.
     
    Final: Mets 6, Twins 3
     
     
    GCL Twins
    GCL Rays @ GCL Twins
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    Matz Schutte struggled through 4.2 innings, giving up five hits, five runs, a walk and struck out six. He was replaced by Luis Hernandez who pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Andrew Vasquez gave up a pair of unearned runs in the eighth, walked three and struck out two. Hector Lujan finished the game, giving up a hit but otherwise putting up zeros.
     
    The Twins managed just five hits, with two coming from Roberto Gonzalez on a 2-4 night that included a run scored. Kolton Kendrick was 1-4 with a triple, two RBIs, a run scored and a pair of strike outs.
     
    Final: Rays 7, Twins 3
     
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Hitter of the Day - Alex Real, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Pitcher of the Day - Michael Bowden, Rochester Red Wings
     
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Syracuse @ Rochester - Paolo Espino vs. Taylor Rogers (9-11, 3.91)
     
    Chattanooga @ Birmingham - TBD vs. TBD
     
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers - TBD vs. Mat Batts (7-4, 2.54)
     
    Kane County @ Cedar Rapids - Josh Taylor vs. Sam Bibbons (7-3, 2.72)
     
    Kingsport @ Elizabethton - Nabil Crismatt vs. Onesimo Hernandez (5-1, 3,79)
     
    GCL Red Sox @ GCL Twins - TBD vs. TBD
     
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    Eric R Pleiss got a reaction from glunn in Article: Twins Minor League Report(8/3): Affiliates Swept!   
    David Price and the Blue Jays carved up the Twins on Monday afternoon and to make matters worse every affiliate in action on Monday night lost. All of the games were close, with only the Red Wings losing by more than one run, but outside of Elizabethton, there was not a lot of run scoring. Let's get to it.RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester Red Wings @ Gwinnett Braves
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    The Red Wings struck first, a solo home run in the second inning off the bat of Xavier Avery, to put the Rochester up 1-0. Unfortunately, Rochester had just four other hits the rest of the way. James Beresford, Danny Ortiz, Argenis Diaz and Chris Herrmann had the rest of the hits. Danny Ortiz was the only Red Wings player other than Avery to have an extra-base hit, a double. Danny Santana and Oswaldo Arcia were both 0-4, but neither dude struck out. What are the odds?!
     
    Jose Berrios pitched seven innings of three-run baseball. He gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out four. Unfortunately he also gave up a pair of long balls, a solo shot in the fourth and a two-run dinger in the sixth, both with two outs. Berrios was replaced by A.J. Achter, who pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, including a strike out.
     
    Final: Red Wings 1, Braves 3
     
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
    Chattanooga Lookouts @ Jackson Generals
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    The Lookouts had OWNED the Generals this year, holding a 10-1 record against Jackson going into the Monday evening contest. It seemed like the Lookouts would bring that winning attitude again on Monday night, scoring a run in the top of the first on a Jorge Polanco solo home run, but that was the last run the Lookouts scored on Monday, and they recorded just five hits on the evening. No Lookout hitter had multiple hits, though both D.J. Hicks and Stephen Wickens reached safely twice, both 1-3 with a walk. Kennys Vargas was 0-4 with three strikeouts. The big fella is hitting just .232 at AA, but he's still walking a fair amount so his OBP is still north of .350. He has 28 strikeouts in 28 games, which doesn't seem like nearly enough, but he did have a nice stretch of games in the middle of July where he went four games in a row without any whiffs.
     
    On the mound the Lookouts received a nice performance from D.J. Baxendale (pictured above) who was saddled with a tough luck loss to fall to 4-3. Baxendale pitched seven innings and gave up just four hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out two. He threw just 85 pitches and set down the side in order in the seventh, but was not given a chance to pitch any deeper into the game. J.T. Chargois pitched a clean eighth inning in relief, recording three straight ground balls.
     
    Final: Lookouts 1, Generals 2
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
    SCHEDULED OFF DAY
     
    KERNELS KORNER
    SCHEDULED OFF DAY
     
    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Elizabethton Twins @ Johnson City Cardinals
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    Down 9-3 in the top of the eighth inning, the E-Town Twins put up a five spot to crawl within one run, but could not score the tying run in the ninth and fell to 19-21 on the season. Leadoff hitter Jermain Palacios was 2-5 with a pair of doubles and a pair of RBIs and still could not claim to have had the best night for the Twins. That honor goes to cleanup hitter Chris Paul, who was 2-5 with a double, a home run (of the two-run variety) and FOUR RBIs. A.J. Murray (2-5), and Brad Hartong (2-4) also had multi-hit nights for the Twins.
     
    Twins starter Miles Nordgren gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings before giving way to Nate Gercken. Gercken gave up six runs, all earned, in two innings, including a pair of Cardinals home runs. Kuo Hua Lo pitched the eighth, facing the minimum and picking up a strikeout to boot.
     
    Final: Twins 8, Cardinals 9
     
    GCL Twins
    GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles
    POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Hitter of the Day - Chris Paul, Elizabethton Twins
    Pitcher of the Day - D.J. Baxendale, Chattanooga Lookouts
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Rochester @ Gwinnett - Michael Bowden (7-3, 2.27) vs. Sugar Ray Marimon
     
    Chattanooga @ Jackson - Jason Wheeler (2-2, 3.38) vs. TBD
     
    St. Lucie @ Fort Myers - TBD vs. TBD (Chih-Wei Hu's rotation spot)
     
    Dayton @ Cedar Rapids - Tejay Antone vs. Keaton Steele (2-3, 3.88)
     
    Elizabethton @ Johnson City - Andro Cutura (2-1, 1.03) vs. Ramon Santos
     
    Gulf Coast @ Orioles (Double Header) - TBD vs. TBD, TBD vs. TBD
     
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    Eric R Pleiss got a reaction from glunn in Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/23): Berrios Pitches Into The Eighth   
    The Twins finally won a game thanks to a three-run dinger from Trevor Plouffe and a spectacular eight-inning start from Ervin Santana. The Twins return home this weekend to face a red-hot Yankees team.RED WINGS REPORT
    Gwinnett Braves @ Rochester Red Wings
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    Jose Berrios earned his first Triple-A win with a seven-plus inning start. He gave up just four hits, struck out one and walked two. Berrios faced two batters in the eighth, giving up a single and hitting a batter before being lifted for Caleb Thielbar. The Red Wings used four pitchers to get through the eighth inning: Berrios, Thielbar for a third, Alex Meyer for a third and Aaron Thompson for a third. A.J. Achter pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the game.
     
    Eric Farris picked up yet another hit for the Red Wings,and now has hits in eleven of his last twelve games. Reynaldo Rodriguez led the way with a 3-4 afternoon including a double and an RBI. Jemese Beresford was 2-4 with an RBI of his own. Danny Ortiz provided the rest of the Red Wings runs on a two-run shot in the sixth inning.
     
    The Red Wings lead the International League North Division at 53-46, a half-game ahead of second place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Wings head out on the road for 18 of their next 21 games, where they've played below .500 ball so far this year.
     
    Final: Braves 0, Red Wings 4
     
     
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
    Tennessee Smokies @ Chattanooga Lookouts
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    Lookouts starter D.J. Baxendale had one of his best starts of the year on Thursday night. In front of the home crowd at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, Baxendale threw seven innings of two-hit, one-run baseball. Baxendale walked five and struck out three. The lone run he gave up came in the top of the first after he had given up a lead-off walk to start the game. Unfortunately for Baxendale, Jake Reed showed up in the eighth inning and things went haywire. Reed gave up three runs on four hits and a walk before getting out of the inning. After the damage was done in the eighth, the Lookouts turned to another D.J., this time D.J. Johnson, in the ninth to finish the game. Johnson faced the minimum and struck out two.
     
    After Baxendale gave up the run in the first the Lookouts came right back and evened the score on a Max Kepler single that scored Levi Michael who had doubled at the start of the game for the Lookouts. After those two hits in the first, the Lookouts had eight more, but stranded ten men and could not take advantage of their opportunities. Levi Michael was 2-5, including that leadoff double. Travis Harrison was 2-4 with a double of his own. Kennys Vargas was 0-4 with four strike- outs and now has eleven strikeouts in his last four games to go along with just two hits.
     
    Final: Smokies 4, Lookouts 1
     
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers @ Tampa Yankees
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    Jason Kanzler hit his seventh home run of the year in the seventh inning as the Fort Myers Miracle defeated the Tampa Yankees 7-5. Kanzler was 1-4 on the evening. Ryan Walker was 2-4 with a walk and an RBI, and Mitch Garver was 2-5 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Logan Wade also had a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored.
     
    Mat Batts came into Thursday's game with a 1.66 ERA and after he gave up three earned runs in just over five innings (5.1), he left with his ERA a third of a run higher at 1.96. Batts struck out six and walked just two, but he gave up six hits (five singles and a double). Batts was replaced by Nick Burdi who threw a wild pitch, allowing a run to score to even the game at 3-3. The wild pitch earned Burdi a blown save, but the Miracle went out and put up a four spot in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh Burdi picked up a pair of strike outs, threw another wild pitch, and escaped a two-on, two-out jam by inducing a ground ball to second. Todd Van Steensel pitched the eighth and ninth, giving up a run on three hits. He also struck out two.
     
    Final: Miracle 7, Yankees 4
     
     
    KERNELS KORNER
    Wisconsin Timber Rattlers @ Cedar Rapids
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    Kernels' starter Zach Tillery faced twenty batters but didn't make it out of the fourth inning, lifted after just 3.2 innings. He gave up nine hits and five runs, all earned. He struck out one batter and did not walk anyone. Michael Theofanopoulos, owner of the longest name in the history of the world, earned a victory with 3.1 scoreless innings in relief. He walked two and struck out four. Jared Wilson earned his first save of the year, the two inning variety, with a pair of scoreless innings on an 80 degree night in Cedar Rapids.
     
    Brian Navarreto led the Kernels with three hits on a 3-4 night that included a double and a strikeout. Navarreto had the misfortune of hitting at the bottom of the lineup, so despite an extra base hit and a pair of singles, he did not have an RBI or a run scored. Nick Gordon was 2-3 with a double, two walks, an RBI and a run scored. Tanner English hit his fifth home run of the year, his only hit on the night.
     
    Final: Timber Rattlers 5, Kernels 6
     
     
    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Princeton Rays @ Elizabethton
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    Trailing 1-0 headed to the bottom of the ninth inning, with just three hits so far in the game, the E-Town Twins rallied for a pair of runs for a walk-off victory. Down to their last out with no one on base, the Twins' Travis Blankenhorn walked and was replaced by a pinch runner, Manuel Guzman. Pinch hitter Amaurys Minier then doubled home Guzman to even the score at one. After a pitching change, Ariel Montesino singled on a ground ball to right. With two outs Minier was running on contact and came home to score the winning run!
     
    Those ninth inning theatrics occurred after a strong pitching performance from the Twins' starter Andro Cutura who went six innings, gave up four hits, walked three and struck out three. He was replaced by C.K. Irby who pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, but all six outs he recorded were via strikeout. Onesimo Hernandez pitched the top of the ninth and was credited with the win for a scoreless inning of relief
     
    Final: Rays 1, Twins 2
     
    GCL TWINS NOTES
    GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles
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    Williams Ramirez continues his domination of the Gulf Coast League. The right-hander gave up just one hit over 5.1 shutout innings. He walked two and struck out seven. It is his third straight start where he has worked at least five innings and give up no runs on just one hit. He is now 3-0 with a 0.34 ERA with the GCL Twins this year. He will turn 23 in early August, nearly two years older than the average GCL player.
     
    Stephen Pryor came in and gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out four. He has now pitched 9.2 innings over seven rehab appearances in the GCL. One would think he needs to be assigned to a full-season affiliate soon. Max Cordy struck out two in a perfect inning.
     
    The Twins managed just three hits in this game. Dalton Hicks appears ready to head back to Chattanooga. In his rehab game, he went 1-2 with two walks and his third double.
     
    Final: Orioles 1, Twins 0
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Pitcher of the Day - J.O. Berrios, Rochester Red Wings
    Hitter of the Day - Nick Gordon, Cedar Rapids Kernels
     
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Rochester @ Columbus Clippers - Greg Peavey (1-4, 4.68) vs. Will Roberts
     
    Chattanooga @ Tennessee Smokies - Jason Wheeler (1-1, 3.09) vs. Ryan Williams
     
    Tampa Yankees @ Fort Myers - Dietrich Enns vs. Kohl Stewart (4-5, 3.26)
     
    Beloit Snappers @ Cedar Rapids - Joey Wagman vs. Randy Rosario (1-1, 1.15)
     
    Elizabethton @ Kingsport Mets - Samuel Clay (0-1, 5.68) vs. Darwin Ramos
     
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    Eric R Pleiss got a reaction from glunn in Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/9): Arcia And Vargas Go Deep   
    Mike Pelfrey did not pitch great for the Twins on Thursday night and was a victim of his own efficiency as a low pitch count had him in the game into the eighth inning, despite a well-rested Twins bullpen after a midweek sweep of the Royals. Pelfrey ran into trouble in the eighth and the Tigers scored a pair of runs and the Twins failed to respond. The Twins are now just 2-8 against Detroit this year.RED WINGS REPORT
    Buffalo Bisons @ Rochester Red Wings
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    Nearly 4,000 fans at Rochester's Frontier Field watched an exciting back and forth game featuring one of the Twins' best minor league starters of the year (Tyler Duffey), and a strong bullpen performance from three relievers who have all logged innings with the Twins in 2015. Duffey started and went 6.2 innings. He walked one, struck out four, and gave up three runs (two earned). Tyler Duffey was tagged for six hits, including a home run from the Bisons number nine hitter, Jonathan Diaz. Duffey exited with the game tied, and Aaron Thompson picked up his first AAA win of the year pitching just two-thirds of an inning. He walked one and struck out one. Alex Meyer came out next, pitching 0.2 of an inning. He gave up a hit. A.J. Achter closed the game, picking up his fourteenth save of the season. He gave up a hit, a walk, and he struck a batter out in the ninth.
     
    The Red Wings spread seven hits among seven different hitters. Jorge Polanco hit leadoff and was 1-3 with a pair of RBIs, driving in the winning run. He's hitting .400 at Rochester but he's already committed six errors. Oswaldo Arcia was 1-3 with a run scored and a pair of RBIs, and a strikeout while hitting his sixth home run in his past nine games.
     
    Final: Bisons 3, Red Wings 4
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
    Mississippi Braves @ Chattanooga Lookouts
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    The Lookouts scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead, but did not score again until the ninth, making things interesting, but ultimately they could not come back against the Braves. Alex Wimmers gave up six runs (all earned) on nine hits, a pair of walks, and a home run in 4.2 innings. He struck out just two. Wimmers' ERA is now over 5. Brandon Peterson recorded four outs while giving up one hit. Scott Atchison, D.J. Johnson and J.T. Chargois each pitched an inning to end the game without giving up any runs.
     
    The Lookouts had plenty of base runners; they tallied ten hits and six walks as a team, but left ten runners on base, despite going 4-10 with runners in scoring position. Stephen Wickens was 2-4 with two runs scored, a double and a walk. Kennys Vargas hit his first AA home run of the year, picking up two RBIs, and he walked. Mike Gonzales and Heiker Menenses also had a pair of hits each. Adam Brett Walker had two RBIs on a 1-4 night with a walk and a strike out.
    Final: Braves 6, Lookouts 5
    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers Miracle @ Jupiter Hammerheads
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    Ryan Eades has been pitching very well over the past several weeks; he hasn't given up more than three runs since the middle of May. He continued that trend on Thursday night, turning in seven innings of three hit baseball. He struck out four and walked no one. He's now 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA. After Eades' night was done, Dallas Gallant picked up a hold with a scoreless eighth, and Todd Van Steensel recorded his 11th save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
     
    Thanks to Eades strong start, the Miracle bats did not have to do a lot of work, which is a good thing because despite scattering eight hits, the Miracle were just 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Five of the Miracle hits came from Ryan Walker (2-4) and Tanner Vavra (3-4 with a triple) near the back of the lineup. Mitch Garver (1-3) and Logan Wade (0-3) each had an RBI. Garver's RBI double was the game winner, scoring Jason Kanzler all the way from first base.
     
    Final: Miracle 2, Hammerheads 1
     
    KERNELS KORNER
    Cedar Rapids Kernels @ Beloit Snappers
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    Ethan Mildren pitched well enough to pick up a win, but the Kernels bats didn't come alive until late in the game, giving the win to Randy LeBlanc. Mildren pitched six innings, gave up three earned runs, struck out five, and walked two. He has a 1.46 ERA since his demotion to Cedar Rapids. LeBlanc pitched two scoreless innings, six up, six down, and struck out two. Trevor Hildenberger pitched the ninth, picking up his eleventh save of the year.
     
    Down 4-3 in the top of the ninth, the Kernels exploded for three runs to earn the come from behind victory. With two outs in the ninth, the Kernels were still down 4-3, but they had runners on second and third with Nick Gordon at the plate. Gordon singled on a line drive to left, scoring a pair of runs. Gordon then stole second base and scored the winning run on an Edgar Corcino single. Corcino's game winner was part of a big 4-5 night from him. Nick Gordon was 2-5 with those two RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
     
    Final: Kernels 6, Snappers 4
     
    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Elizabethton Twins @ kingsport Mets
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    This seasaw game saw the teams combine for sixteen runs, twenty-three hits and six errors over eleven innings. Elizabethton scored three runs in the top of the eleventh to earn the extra-innings victory. Andro Cutura gave the Twins six strong innings, striking out six, walking none, and giving up just two runs (one earned). Tyler Stirewalt was credited with a seventh inning blown save after he gave up four runs on four hits, plus a walk in just 0.2 of an inning. Jose Abreu pitched 2.1 scoreless innings before the Twins went to C.K. Irby in the tenth. Irby pitched a scoreless tenth, but gave up a run in the eleventh and was lifted for Onesimo Hernandez, who faced one batter, struck him out, and earned a save.
     
    LaMonte Wade led the way for E-Town. The centerfielder was 3-5 with two runs scored, a home run, two RBIs and two walks. Tyler Kuresa was 2-5 in the DH role before being lifted for a pinch runner late in the game. Rainis Silva also had a pair of hits, 2-5 with a run scored, two RBIs and a walk.
    Final: Twins 9, Mets 7
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Hitter of the Day - LaMonte Wade, Elizabethton Twins
    Pitcher of the Day - Ryan Eades, Fort Myers Miracle
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Rochester @ Syracuse Chiefs (Game 1) - Taylor Rogers (7-5, 3.04) vs. TBD
    Rochester @ Syracuse Chiefs (Game 2) - TBD vs. P.J. Walters
     
    Mississippi Braves @ Chattanooga - Jason Hursh vs. Brett Lee (0-2, 4.70)
     
    Clearwater Threshers vs. Fort Myers - David Whitehead vs. Mat Batts ( 3-2, 2.01)
     
    Cedar Rapids @ Kane County Cougars - Zach Tillery (5-3, 2.31) vs. Ethan Elias
     
    Elizabethton @ Kingsport Mets - Samuel Clay (0-0, 4.05) vs. Audry German
     
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    Eric R Pleiss got a reaction from glunn in Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/2): Miguel Sano Debuts   
    Miguel Sano made his MLB debut on Thursday evening and (of course) picked up his first career hit via an infield single in the top of the ninth inning at Kauffman stadium in Kansas City. He's a huge young man, just starting his (hopefully) huge MLB career. Oh, and the Twins won thanks to a spectacular eight-inning shutout from Kyle Gibson capped by a Glen Perkins save.RED WINGS REPORT
    Red Wings vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs
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    Rochester and Lehigh Valley were scoreless through four and a half innings before the IronPigs broke through and scored a pair of runs on the Red Wings starter, Greg Peavey. Peavey dropped to 0-2 and was charged with the loss. He pitched five innings, struck out five, walked two and gave up a pair of earned runs. He was replaced by Caleb Thielbar who couldn't hold things together and gave up four earned runs in the sixth on three hits and three walks. Cole Johnson pitched a pair of innings to finish the game, giving up an earned run, striking out one and walking one.
     
    The Red Wings were down 6-0 before they scored a run of their own in the top of the seventh, and then gave that run right back in the bottom of the inning. Leading off for Rochester, Aaron Hicks was 3-4 with a walk and an RBI. He should be ready to be back in Minnesota at any time. Oswaldo Arcia was 2-5 with a double. and he's hitting .261, but he had three more strikeouts on Thursday. No other Red Wings hitter had more than one hit, and no one else had an extra base hit.
     
    Final: Red Wings 1, IronPigs 7
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
     
    POSTPONED
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Miracle vs. Palm Beach Cardinals
    Box Score
     
    Chih-Wei Hu gave up just a single run (earned) in five innings but was tagged with the loss as the Miracle hitters were shut out. Hu struck out three, walked three and gave up four hits. He was replaced by the recently demoted Nick Burdi who pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts. And Dallas Gallant pitched the eighth to finish the game, recording a strikeout and giving up zero hits or walks.
     
    The Miracle gave up only four hits, and they tallied only four hits of their own. Engelb Vielma and Aderlin Mejia both had doubles, but no Fort Myers hitter had multiple hits and the Miracle never had back-to-back hits on Thursday night. Alex Swim and Marcus Knecht each had a single. The Miracle hitters did not have any walks and combined for four strikeouts.
     
    Final: Miracle 0, Palm Beach 1
     
    KERNELS KORNER
    Kernels vs. Burlington Bees
    Box Score
     
    The Kernels had thirteen hits and scored six of their eight runs before the fourth inning on Thursday night. Edgar Corcino (2-5), Max Murphy (3-5), Jorge Fernandez (2-4, and Rafael Valera (3-5) all had multiple hits. Only Tanner English (0-4) and Pat Kelly (0-4) were held hitless. Valera had three RBIs, and Murphy had three runs scored.
     
    Ethan Mildren picked up his second win for the Kernels, moving to 2-0 on the season with a 0.48 ERA in a Kernels' uniform. He pitched seven innings of three-hit baseball, walked two, struck out three and gave up a home run. He was replaced by Brandon Bixler who pitched the final two innings, giving up three hits and a run. He struck out three as well.
    Final: Kernels 8, Burlington 2
     
    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Twins vs. Greenville Astros
    Box Score
     
    In what was almost a mirror image of the Kernels' gave, the E-Twins lost 8-2 and picked up only four hits (to go along with four errors). The Twins spread their hits out among Manuel Guzman, Alex Perez, LaMonte Wade and Rainis Silva.
     
    Andro Cutura was charged with the loss after four innings of two hit, three runs (one earned) baseball. He struck out three and walked two. Alex Robinson pitched two innings and struck out SIX. C.K. Irby (who might be related to Andrew W. K.) pitched 1.1 innings, but yielded five runs (two earned), giving up four hits, walking three and striking out one. He was replaced by Josh Guyer who pitched 0.2 innings to finish the game. He gave up a hit, struck out two, and walked one.
    Final: Twins 2, Astros 8
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Hitter of the Day - Aaron Hicks - Rochester Red Wings
    Pitcher of the Day - Ethan Mildren - Cedar Rapids Kernels
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
    Rochester @ Lehigh Valley - Jose Berrios (0-0, -.--) vs. Severino Gonzalez
     
    Birmingham @ Chattanooga (Game 1) - Myles Jaye vs. David Hurlbut (3-3, 6.53)
    Birmingham @ Chattanooga (Game 2) - Time Crabbe vs. Alex Wimmers (5-1, 4.41)
     
    Fort Myers @ Palm Beach - Ryan Eades (5-1, 2.92) vs. Nick Petree
     
    Cedar Rapids @ Burlington - Jared Wilson (5-2, 3.41) vs. Justin Anderson
     
    Greenville @ Elizabethton - Jun Garcia vs. TBD
     
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    The Twins enjoyed an off-day on Thursday and traveled to Milwaukee for a three-game border-battle with the Brewers, starting on Friday evening.
     
    It was announced on Thursday that the Fort Myers Miracle will host the 2016 Florida State League All-Star Game.RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester @ Pawtucket PawSox
    Box Score
     
    Ervin Santana ran his record to 2-0 with a seven-inning, 97-pitch outing. Santana struck out three, walked two and gave up seven hits, including a pair of home runs. Santana was relieved by Logan Darnell who pitched 0.2 of an inning, and Mark Hamburger who got just one out. A.J. Achter earned his ninth save despite giving up a pair of runs in the ninth inning.
     
    Red Wings hitters Reynaldo Rodriguez and Wilkin Ramirez each hit a home run on Thursday night, a three-run shot for Rodriguez, a solo dinger for Ramirez. Rodriguez was 2-4 on the night with a pair of runs scored and those three RBIs. James Beresford reached three times, scored twice and he was 2-3 with a walk. Oswaldo Arcia continues to struggle, he was 0-4 with a strikeout and is now hitting just .183 in AAA this season.
     
    Final: Red Wings 6, PawSox 5
     
     
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
    Chattanooga @ Montgomery Biscuits
    Box Score
     
    Despite building a 4-0 lead after an inning and a half, the Lookouts were blown out by the Montgomery Biscuits 12-7. The Biscuits scored six runs in the bottom of the second, three more in the third, and one each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. David Hurlbut, the Lookouts starter, lasted just 2.1 innings, giving up nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits, a walk, and a strike out. Madison Boer pitched 1.2 innings, gave up one run, and was replaced by Nick Burdi, who gave up a run in each inning he pitched, including a solo home run. Tim Shibuya finished the game with two innings of one-hit ball. On the evening the Lookouts gave up fourteen hits, four walks and a single dinger.
     
    The Lookouts tried to come back from being down seven runs with a run in the sixth and two more in the eighth, but despite multi-hit nights from Levi Michael, Adam Brett Walker and Heiker Meneses, they could not get the job done. Miguel Sano and Adam Brett Walker both had home runs for the Lookouts. Stuart Turner added a triple and Levi Michael and Max Kepler each had a double. Chattanooga had plenty of additional scoring chances, but left seven men on base and were 3-10 with men in scoring position. Jorge Polanco committed his fifteenth error of the season, another throwing error.
    Final: Lookouts 7, Biscuits 12
     
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers @ Charlotte Stone Crabs
    Box Score
     
    Miracle starter Aaron Slegers went seven innings, gave up just five hits and a single unearned run. He struck out eight and walked none. Despite that strong performance, the Miracle hitters didn't put any runs on the board until after Slegers was out of the game, so he was left without a decision. Corey Williams vultured a win with a scoreless eight inning when the Miracle scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth. D.J. Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth to earn just his second save of the year.
     
    Miracle hitters were stymied for most of the game, but put together two runs (one earned) in the top of the ninth inning thanks to an Engelb Vielma walk, an Alex Swim triple and a passed ball. The Miracle collected just three hits on the evening, one from each of Chad Christensen, Alex Swim and Engelb Vielma.
     
    Final: Miracle 2, Stone Crabs 1
     
     
    KERNELS KORNER
    Quad Cities River Bandits @ Cedar Rapids
    Box Score
     
    Cedar Rapids rallied late, then gave up the lead in the top of the ninth, only to walk-off the River Bandits in the bottom of the frame to move to 42-29. Felix Jorge was going to be on the hook for the loss, leaving after six innings of two-run (one earned) baseball. He struck out five, but walked three and was down 2-0 when he left the contest. Brandon Bixler pitched a pair of scoreless innings and Luke Bard pitched the top of the ninth. Bard gave up a run, on three hits and a walk, and was charged with a blown save (his first of the season), but then claimed rights to a win when the Kernels rallied in their last at-bat.
     
    The Kernels pushed across the winning run in the ninth thanks to a leadoff single from Jorge Fernandez, who was quickly lifted for pinch runner Tanner English. English moved to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt from Brian Navarreto and then took third on a Pat Kelly groundout. With two outs and a man on third, Edgar Corcino singled to right field and English had an easy trot in for the winning run. Nick Gordon was 1-4 with a run scored. Zach Larson was 1-4 with a pair of RBIs. Corcino hit leadoff for the Kernels, was 3-5 with that RBI and one strikeout. If you're unfamiliar with Corcino, don't be alarmed, he's a 23 year-old MiLB journeyman who has played in the minors and independent baseball since 2009. Corcino is playing in affiliated ball for the first time in three years, after playing as high as AAA in 2012 for the Detroit Tigers' Toledo Mud Hens.
     
    Final: River Bandits 3, Kernels 4
     
     
    E-TOWN E-NEWS
    Elizabethton @ Bluefield Blue Jays
    Box Score
     
    The Twins lost 4-1 in a game that lasted just one hour and fifty-nine minutes. Miles Nordgren was charged with four unearned runs in the first inning, and the Twins held the Blue Jays scoreless for the rest of the game. Nordgren pitched five innings, gave up those four runs, struck out three and walked none. Kuo Hua Lo pitched two scoreless innings of relief, struck out four and walked none. Logan Lombana pitched the eighth for the Twins, giving up a walk, a hit and he struck out a batter.
     
    Despite holding the Blue Jays scoreless for seven innings, the Twins managed just five hits of their own, to go along with seven strikeouts. Tyler Kuresa was 2-4, A.J. Murray was 1-3 with a solo home run and Austin Diemer was 2-3. The rest of the Twins team was held hitless and went a combined 0-26.
     
    Final: Twins 1, Blue Jays 4
     
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Hitter of the Day - Edgar Corcino, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Pitcher of the Day - Ervin Santana, Rochester Red Wings
     
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Charlotte @ Rochester - Erik Johnson vs. Pat Dean (5-6, 3.22)
    Chattanooga @ Montgomery - Alex Wimmers (5-1, 4.31) vs. TBD
     
    Charlotte @ Fort Myers - TBD vs. Chih-Wei Hu (4-1, 2.17)
     
    Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids - Joshua James vs. Ethan MIldren
     
    Pulaski @ Elizabethton - TBD vs. Brandon Easton (0-0, -.--)
     
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    The Twins walked-off the St. Louis Cardinals to split a four-game home-and-home series with the NL Central leaders. Big things happened in the Minnesota Twins farm system as well. Max Kepler is white hot right now, and his team reached a milestone in Chattanooga. Today's Twins Minor League Report.RED WINGS REPORT
    Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders @ Rochester
    Box Score
     
    Scranton (home of one of the world's finest paper companies) scored seven runs (ONLY ONE EARNED), all charged to Red Wings starter Jason Wheeler in the third inning of Thursday night's game in front of 4,431 fans at Frontie Field in Rochester, NY. Wheeler took the loss and dropped to 1-7 on the season, surviving for just 2.2 innings before being lifted for Alex Meyer. Meyer went four innings out of the pen, struck out two, gave up four hits, and was charged with two unearned runs. Logan Darnell came into the seventh, finished up the frame for Meyer, plus the eighth inning. Darnell was charged with one unearned run on a hit, a walk and two strike outs. Mark Hamburger pitched a third of an inning, and Ryan O'Rourke finished the ninth and closed the door on a game that saw the Red Wings give up NINE unearned runs.
     
    Danny Santana was just 1-5 from the leadoff spot, but his lone hit was a triple. Reynaldo Rodriguez provided most of the Red Wings offense. He was 3-3 with a run scored, a double, a home run and FIVE RBIs. Eric Fryer also had three hits on a 3-4 night with two runs scored and a walk.
     
    Final: RailRiders 10, Red Wings 7
     
     
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
    Jacksonville Suns @ Chattanooga
    Box Score
     
    Pitching in front of 2,534 friendly faces at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, TN, David Hurlbut earned his third win of the year with seven innings of five-hit baseball. He gave up three runs (two earned) walked one, struck out four, and gave up a home run. Zach Jones pitched an ugly eighth, giving up a pair of runs, and just to make things little more interesting, J.T. Chargois gave up a run in the ninth (and earned himself a save).
     
    Despite a poor outing form the bullpen the Lookouts held on to win thanks to eight early runs, clinching the Southern League first half title. Max Kepler went 3-4 with two runs scored and a pair of triples. The young German is now hitting .341 on the year and could be in line for a promotion to Triple-A Rochester. Adam Brett Walker was the only other Lookouts hitter with multiple hits, going 2-3 with a run scored and a pair of RBIs, with a home run and a walk.
     
    The win clinched a spot for the Lookouts in the Southern League Playoffs.
     
    *With three hits on Thursday (following four-hit games on Tuesday and Wednesday), Max Kepler is now 11-14 in his last three games, and 16-25 (.640) in his last seven games.
     
    Final Score: Suns 6, Lookouts 8
     
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Daytona Tortugas @ Fort Myers
    Box Score
     
    AAaron Slegers pitched six scoreless innings to the delight of the 2,941 fans at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, FL. Slegers struck out five, walked two, and gave up just two hits to earn a win and even his record at 4-4. D.J. Johnson pitched a pair of scoreless innings and Alex Muren pitched a rocky ninth, giving up a run. The Miracle held on for the win.
     
    The Miracle were 3-9 with runners in scoring position and knocked off the Dayton Tortugas thanks to some timely hitting from Marcus Knecht. Knecht was 3-3 with a run scored, an RBI and a walk. What a night! The cause was aided by a 2-4 night at the plate from Mitch Garver, who also had an RBI.
     
    Final score: Tortugas 1, Miracle 4
     
    KERNELS KORNER
    Burlington Bees @ Cedar Rapids
    Box Score
     
    Keaton Steele pitched nine scoreless innings for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in front of a home crowd of 4,173 fans at Perfect Game Field and still didn't factor into the decision as the Kernels ultimately fell in eleven innings. Steele gave up just six hits, struck out seven and walked nobody. Michael Theofanopoulos pitched a scoreless tenth but ran into trouble in the eleventh, giving up a couple of runs thanks to an error and a wild pitch.
     
    When you don't score any runs in an eleven inning game, there isn't a lot to talk about for the guys with the bats. The Kernels managed just five hits off of five different Bees pitchers. Nick Gordon had a pair of singles and was the only Kernels hitter with multiple hits. The other three hits came from Tanner English (1-5), Max Murphy (1-3) and Pat Kelly (1-4).
     
    Final Score: Bees 2, Kernels 0
     
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Hitter of the Day - Max Kepler, Chattanooga Lookouts
    Pitcher of the Day - Keaton Steele, Cedar Rapids Kernels
     
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Louisville @ Rochester - Keyvius Sampson vs. Taylor Rogers (6-4, 3.23)
    Jacksonville @ Chattanooga - Austin Brice vs. Alex Wimmers (4-1, 4.84)
    Fort Myers - OFF
    Cedar Rapids @ Clinton - Zach Tillery (4-1, 2.13) vs. Zack Littell [ZACH/K ATTACK!!!]
     
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    Eric R Pleiss got a reaction from glunn in Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/18): Kepler Triples Twice; Lookouts Clinch   
    The Twins walked-off the St. Louis Cardinals to split a four-game home-and-home series with the NL Central leaders. Big things happened in the Minnesota Twins farm system as well. Max Kepler is white hot right now, and his team reached a milestone in Chattanooga. Today's Twins Minor League Report.RED WINGS REPORT
    Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders @ Rochester
    Box Score
     
    Scranton (home of one of the world's finest paper companies) scored seven runs (ONLY ONE EARNED), all charged to Red Wings starter Jason Wheeler in the third inning of Thursday night's game in front of 4,431 fans at Frontie Field in Rochester, NY. Wheeler took the loss and dropped to 1-7 on the season, surviving for just 2.2 innings before being lifted for Alex Meyer. Meyer went four innings out of the pen, struck out two, gave up four hits, and was charged with two unearned runs. Logan Darnell came into the seventh, finished up the frame for Meyer, plus the eighth inning. Darnell was charged with one unearned run on a hit, a walk and two strike outs. Mark Hamburger pitched a third of an inning, and Ryan O'Rourke finished the ninth and closed the door on a game that saw the Red Wings give up NINE unearned runs.
     
    Danny Santana was just 1-5 from the leadoff spot, but his lone hit was a triple. Reynaldo Rodriguez provided most of the Red Wings offense. He was 3-3 with a run scored, a double, a home run and FIVE RBIs. Eric Fryer also had three hits on a 3-4 night with two runs scored and a walk.
     
    Final: RailRiders 10, Red Wings 7
     
     
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
    Jacksonville Suns @ Chattanooga
    Box Score
     
    Pitching in front of 2,534 friendly faces at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, TN, David Hurlbut earned his third win of the year with seven innings of five-hit baseball. He gave up three runs (two earned) walked one, struck out four, and gave up a home run. Zach Jones pitched an ugly eighth, giving up a pair of runs, and just to make things little more interesting, J.T. Chargois gave up a run in the ninth (and earned himself a save).
     
    Despite a poor outing form the bullpen the Lookouts held on to win thanks to eight early runs, clinching the Southern League first half title. Max Kepler went 3-4 with two runs scored and a pair of triples. The young German is now hitting .341 on the year and could be in line for a promotion to Triple-A Rochester. Adam Brett Walker was the only other Lookouts hitter with multiple hits, going 2-3 with a run scored and a pair of RBIs, with a home run and a walk.
     
    The win clinched a spot for the Lookouts in the Southern League Playoffs.
     
    *With three hits on Thursday (following four-hit games on Tuesday and Wednesday), Max Kepler is now 11-14 in his last three games, and 16-25 (.640) in his last seven games.
     
    Final Score: Suns 6, Lookouts 8
     
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Daytona Tortugas @ Fort Myers
    Box Score
     
    AAaron Slegers pitched six scoreless innings to the delight of the 2,941 fans at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, FL. Slegers struck out five, walked two, and gave up just two hits to earn a win and even his record at 4-4. D.J. Johnson pitched a pair of scoreless innings and Alex Muren pitched a rocky ninth, giving up a run. The Miracle held on for the win.
     
    The Miracle were 3-9 with runners in scoring position and knocked off the Dayton Tortugas thanks to some timely hitting from Marcus Knecht. Knecht was 3-3 with a run scored, an RBI and a walk. What a night! The cause was aided by a 2-4 night at the plate from Mitch Garver, who also had an RBI.
     
    Final score: Tortugas 1, Miracle 4
     
    KERNELS KORNER
    Burlington Bees @ Cedar Rapids
    Box Score
     
    Keaton Steele pitched nine scoreless innings for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in front of a home crowd of 4,173 fans at Perfect Game Field and still didn't factor into the decision as the Kernels ultimately fell in eleven innings. Steele gave up just six hits, struck out seven and walked nobody. Michael Theofanopoulos pitched a scoreless tenth but ran into trouble in the eleventh, giving up a couple of runs thanks to an error and a wild pitch.
     
    When you don't score any runs in an eleven inning game, there isn't a lot to talk about for the guys with the bats. The Kernels managed just five hits off of five different Bees pitchers. Nick Gordon had a pair of singles and was the only Kernels hitter with multiple hits. The other three hits came from Tanner English (1-5), Max Murphy (1-3) and Pat Kelly (1-4).
     
    Final Score: Bees 2, Kernels 0
     
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Hitter of the Day - Max Kepler, Chattanooga Lookouts
    Pitcher of the Day - Keaton Steele, Cedar Rapids Kernels
     
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Louisville @ Rochester - Keyvius Sampson vs. Taylor Rogers (6-4, 3.23)
    Jacksonville @ Chattanooga - Austin Brice vs. Alex Wimmers (4-1, 4.84)
    Fort Myers - OFF
    Cedar Rapids @ Clinton - Zach Tillery (4-1, 2.13) vs. Zack Littell [ZACH/K ATTACK!!!]
     
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    Eric R Pleiss got a reaction from glunn in Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/4): Poor Hitting All Around   
    Ricky Nolasco could not throw 100% in his pre-game bullpen and was placed on the disabled list, clearing the way for Tommy Milone to start Thursday's game against the Red Sox. The Twins won the game late, thanks in part to a Joe Mauer bunt (of course), and managed to escape Boston with a split.
     
    Here is a look at what happened throughout the Minnesota Twins minor league system on Thursday, June 4.RED WINGS REPORT
    Pawtucket Paw Sox @ Rochester
    Box Score
     
    Taylor Rogers pitched an eight-inning gem on Thursday night in front of a crowd of 4,196 at Frontier Field. Rogers earned his fifth win of the year with eight innings of six hit baseball. He walked one, struck out three, and gave up just a single run. His season ERA now sits just above three at 3.09. Michael Tonkin, fresh from an MLB stint early in the week, picked up his sixth save with a perfect ninth, including a strike out.
     
    The Red Wings struck out twelve times against Paw Sox pitching, led by a miserable 0-3 performance from Kennys Vargas that included three strikeouts. Recently demoted Oswaldo Arcia chipped in a pair of strikeouts as well en route to his 0-4 night. Josmil Pinto, the other bat Twins fans have been clamoring for, was 0-4 with two strikeouts of his own as well. What a night! IT wasn't all bad, James Beresford and Eric Fryer (hitting eighth and ninth respectively) were both 2-3 with a run scored. I have no idea how the Red Wings scored any runs, but they clustered their hits together when it mattered to pull out a victory.
     
    Final: Pawtucket 1, Red Wings 4
     
     
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
    Chattanooga @ Tennessee Smokies
    Box Score
     
    The Lookouts committed more errors (2) than runs scored (1) on Thursday night. They also managed to strike out nine times and walked just once, and earned just four walks. No Lookouts hitter had multiple hits. Byron Buxton continued to slide with an 0-4 night with a pair of strikeouts. Adam Brett Walker was 0-4 with two strikeouts of his own as well. Max Kepler was also 0-4, but managed just one strike- out. The lone bright spot in the Lookouts lineup came from Mike Gonzales who was 1-3 with a solo home run.
     
    On the bump, Chattanooga pitchers struck out only one Tennessee hitter over eight innings. Lookouts starter Greg Peavey pitched into the seventh, but was pulled with one out. He was charged with three runs (two earned), he did not walk a batter, and had the Lookouts' lone strikeout. Zack Jones finished the seventh for Chattanooga, but gave up a pair of runs. Time Shibuya pitched the eighth and gave up a run as well. Not much doing in a pretty quick game at Smokies Park, finished in 2:13.
     
    Final Score: Chattanooga 1, Tennessee 6
     
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Bradenton Marauders @ Fort Myers
    Box Score
     
    Three Miracle hitters had a multi-hit night, and the Miracle picked up ten hits as a team, but couldn't put the bat on the ball when it mattered, going just 3-13 with runners in scoring position. Bradenton, on the other hand, was 8-20 with runners in scoring position and seemed like they were able to score at will, picking up runs in six different innings. Engelb Vielma, hitting leadoff, was 2-5 with a double. Mitch Garver was 2-3 with a walk and a run scored, and Marcus Knecht was 2-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs to pace with Miracle.
     
    Kohl Stewart dropped to 1-4 with a five inning, ten hit, five run (four earned) performance. He walked two and struck out three. His ERA this year is 3.92. Stewart gave way to Brian Gilbert, who pitched two effective innings before turning the ball over to Corey Williams in the eighth, who gave up a run, and Luke Westphal in the ninth, who gave up another.
     
    Final score: Bradenton 7, Fort Myers 3
     
     
    KERNELS KORNER
    Cedar Rapids @ South Bend Cubs
    Box Score
     
    The Kernels fell short of a come from behind victory on Thursday night in South Bend, Indiana. Starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez, making his Midwest League debut, was tagged for four runs in the first inning, but the Kernels rallied and were within striking distance most of the evening. Rodriguez lasted just three innings, he struck out one, walked four, and gave up those four early runs. Michael Theofanopoulos also threw three innings. He fared slightly better than Rodriguez, striking out four, but giving up a pair of earned runs on four hits. Michael Caderoth pitched a clean seventh and Cameron Booser gave up a hit and recorded a strike out in the eighth. Booser's ERA is down to 0.74 after Thursday's game.
     
    The Kernels had just seven hits, but three of them went for extra bases, including a pair of doubles from Kernels' cleanup hitter Jorge Fernandez. Fernandez was 2-4 with two doubles, a run scored and a strike out. Nick Gordon had a pair of hits as well, going 2-3 with a run scored and a stolen base (his 13th of the year). The Kernels squandered a few opportunities to score runs, going just 1-8 with runners in scoring position,
     
    Final Score: Cedar Rapids 4, South Bend 6
     
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Hitter of the Day - Jorge Fernandez, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Pitcher of the Day - Taylor Rogers, Rochester Red Wings
     
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Pawtucket @ Rochester - Zeke Spurill vs. Pat Dean (5-3, 2.36)
    Chattanooga @ Tennessee - Brett Lee (AA Debut) vs. Ivan Pineyro
    Fort Myers @ Bradenton - Chih-Wei Hu (2-0, 2.29) vs. Jayson Aquino
    Cedar Rapids @ South Bend - Keaton Steele (2-0, 2.70) vs. Jake Stinnett
     
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    I don't even know what this means.
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    Here's a good place to find it... ha!  
     
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/seth-stohs-and-jeremy-nygaard-and-cody-christie/minnesota-twins-prospect-handbook-2015/ebook/product-21948998.html
     
    Tall, thin, fastball 90-91, touches 94-95, good breaking ball, improving change.
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    I don't even know what this means.
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    Eric R Pleiss got a reaction from glunn in Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/30): The Stars Shine Bright   
    I just do not understand how baseball works. The Twins got all over perennial Cy Young candidate Chris Sale on Thursday night en route to trouncing the Chicago White Sox 12-2. Sale was out after just three innings and he had given up nine runs, the most in his career. Trevor May gave up just a pair of runs despite scattering ten hits, but couldn't finish the sixth inning.Down in the minor leagues it was a little bit of a mixed bag on Thursday evening. Aaron Hicks, Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano all had notable performances, as well as a great pitching performance from Chih-Wei Hu. But Nick Burdi struggled again, and Dalton Hicks and Adam Brett Walker II combined to go 0-9 with seven strikeouts.
     
    RED WINGS REPORT
     
    Columbus Clippers @ Rochester
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    At home at Frontier Field, in front of just shy of 4,000 fans, Mark Hamburger and the Rochester Red Wings came back from an early deficit to move to 12-8 on the season. The Red Wings chased the Clippers' starter Jordan Cooper after 3.2 innings, sending him to his first defeat of the season, surrendering nine hits and four runs (three earned). Those nine hits were part of a season high outburst of 17 hits for Rochester. Hamburger gave up three early runs (two earned) but hung around to finish the sixth, throwing 110 pitches, but just 65 for strikes. Hamburger walked three and struck out six and gave up just five hits. Lester Oliveros, who many have been clamoring to have join the Twins' bullpen, worked two innings of relief, striking out four, but he walked two and gave up a run. Ryan O'Rourke pitched the ninth to finish the game for the Red Wings.
     
    It was a pretty balanced attack from the Rochester hitters with eight of nine starters picking up at least one base hit, and seven of nine picking up two or more. Aaron Hicks led off for the Red Wings and extending his hitting streak to 11 games by going 3-5, bringing his average up to .310 on the year. Eddie Rosario had three hits of his own, 3-5 with a pair of RBIs. How nice would those two look in the Twins outfield right now?! Despite the season-high 17 base hits, the Red Wings managed just two extra-base hits, a double apiece from Reynaldo Rodriguez and James Beresford. Rochester was 7-18 with men in scoring position and still managed to strand twelve runners.
     
    Final Score: Clippers 4, Red Wings 8
     
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
     
    Jacksonville Suns @ Chattanooga
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    Former first-round draft pick Alex Wimmers had the start for Chattanooga on Thursday evening and pitched well through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth, giving up three runs and leaving with two outs in the sixth. His line for the night included eight hits, two walks, four strikeouts and four earned runs. Wimmers was replaced by D.J. Johnson who held the Suns scoreless through the seventh. Nick Burdi came on in the eighth, but struggled again, giving up two runs. He struck out one and walked one. Burdi's ERA is now 10.13, fairly disappointing for a guy who many suggested could slot right into the Twins bullpen before the end of 2015. Those two runs gave Burdi the loss on the evening, his third of this young season. Dallas Gallant pitched a perfect ninth to finish the game.
     
    Byron Buxton continues to heat up, he went 2-4 with a triple and a walk, plus two stolen bases. Miguel Sano was 1-3 with a solo home run and a walk, but he also had a pair of strikeouts. In all, the Lookouts struck out thirteen times, including four for Dalton Hicks as part of an 0-5 night and three from Adam Brett Walk as part of his 0-4 night.
     
    Final Score: Suns 6, Lookouts 4
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
     
    Charlotte Stone Crabs @ Fort Myers
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    Chih-Wei Hu continues to impress every time out. On Thursday night in Fort Myers he mowed down the Stone Crabs, struck out eight, walked two, and gave up two runs (just one earned) on four hits. Hu is now 3-0 on the season and his ERA is down to 1.50. Todd Van Steensel pitched two scoreless innings of relief and struck out four to pick up his second hold of 2015. J.T. Chargois gave up a hit, a walk, an unearned run, struck out a batter and earned his second save of the year, throwing 19 pitches in the ninth.
     
    The Miracle scored five runs, all earned, on just eight hits despite being 0-9 with runners in scoring position and stranding 10 runners. In the first inning the Miracle scored a run without any hits thanks to a couple walks, a groundout and an eventual sac fly from Mitch Garver. Niko Goodrum hit his third home run of the year, a two-run round-tripper off of German Marquez in the third inning. Right fielder Chad Christensen had a perfect night for Fort Myers, going 3-3 with a double.
     
    Final score: Stone Crabs 3, Miracle 5
    KERNELS KORNER
     
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities River Bandits
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    The Kernels could not figure out how to attack the River Bandits pitching, picking up just four hits on the evening. The trio of Brock Dykxhoom, Jose Montero and Joshua James kept the Kernels guessing all night long. No Kernels hitter had multiple hits and only Max Murphy (1-3 with a double and a walk) reached safely twice. Shortstop of the future, Nick Gordon, was 0-3 with a strike out and a walk. Zach Granite, Cedar Rapids' leadoff hitter, was 1-4 and extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a first inning double.
     
    Kernels starter John Curtiss only made it through the fourth inning. He gave up six hits, three earned runs, struck out four and served up a pair of home runs. Samuel Clay and Zach Tillery each pitched two innings of relief and both gave up only one hit. Clay, however, also walked three hitters and was charged with an earned run.
     
    Final Score: Kernels 2, River Bandits 4
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Hitter of the Day - Byron Buxton - Chattanooga Lookouts
    Pitcher of the Day - Chih-Wei Hu - Fort Myers Miracle
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Norfolk @ Rochester - Mike Wright vs. Pat Dean (2-0, 0.90)
     
    Jacksonville @ Chattanooga- Jake Esch vs. Tyler Duffey (0-2, 3.16)
     
    Fort Myers @ Charlotte - Ethan Mildren (0-2, 5.28) vs TBD
     
    Clinton @ Cedar Rapids - Daniel Missaki vs. Stephen Gonsalves (2-0, 0.90)
     
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    The Twins were off on Thursday, so a lot of people spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the heck Torii Hunter was doing when he scampered towards home plate on Wednesday night, attempting a straight steal of home. If that doesn't do it for you, you can get your baseball fix from the newest Talk to Contact podcast featuring TwinsDaily's own Jeremy Nygaard talking about the MLB draft and the Twins' payroll.RED WINGS REPORT
     
    Rochester @ Syracuse Chiefs
     
    The Red Wings and Chiefs were postponed due to inclement weather.
     
     
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
     
    Chattanooga @ Mississippi Braves
    Box Score
     
    Byron Buxton had the night off, which likely ruffled the feathers of a few of the 2,735 packed into Trustman Park in Pearl, Mississippi, but the Braves came away with the victory, so the home crowd went home winners. Max Kepler replaced Buxton in center field and went 0-4 on the evening. The only real bright spot for Chattanooga was Mike Gonzales, we picked up a pair of hits, including a seventh inning solo home run to knot the game at two-two. The Lookouts had just six hits on the evening, none from their second ranked prospect, Miguel Sano, was was 0-3 with a walk and a strike out. Sano is now hitting just .163 but retains an OBP well above .300 thanks to AA pitchers giving him nearly a free pass a game.
     
    Greg Peavey, a name all but the most die-hard Twins fans might not be familiar with (2014 Rule 5 draftee from the Triple-A portion of the draft), started for the Lookouts but failed to make it through the sixth inning. Over 5.2 innings, Peavey gave up a pair of runs, walked four, struck out four, and surrendered five hits. Peavey left the game with the Lookouts trailing 2-1 but was left out of the decision after that Gonzales homer. Cole Johnson, a former 44th rounder out of Notre Dame, came on in relief to close out the sixth without issue. Johnson came back out for the seventh and ran into trouble, giving up three runs before being bulled for Dallas Gallant with two outs. Gallant quickly retired the side and pitched a perfect eight for good measure.
     
    Final Score: Lookouts 2, Braves 5
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
     
    Fort Myers @ St. Lucie Mets
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    In front of 1,259 fans at Tradition Field in St. Lucie, Florida, Chih-Wei Hu moved his record to 2-0 with six innings of five-hit baseball against the Mets. Hu struck out four, walked none, and gave up just a single home run, a first inning home run to the St. Lucie leadoff hitter Champ Stuart Stuart owes Kernel's centerfielder Jason Kanzler a beer after the game for the assist on the home run, bouncing from Kanzler's glove over the wall as Kanzler crashed into the padding. After Hu left the game, Todd Van Steensel pitched two perfect innings that included four strike outs. Madison Boer earned earned his first save of the year, but he had to work for it. He gave up a run and three hits before sending the Mets to the showers.
     
    Losers of their last three games, the Miracle rallied from the first inning deficit to tie the game in the fourth before taking the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth innings. Aderlin Mejia and Engelb Vielma both had a pair of hits and an RBI but Mejia earns hitter of the game honors for me as he reached base a third time with a base on balls. Fort Myers had plenty of opportunities to score more runs, but were just 3-13 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight men on base and striking out ten times.
     
    Final score: Miracle 4, Mets 2
     
    KERNELS KORNER
     
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
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    Six hits and three runs was plenty of offense for the Kernels as Stephen Gonsalves shut down the Timber Rattlers for seven innings and Trevor Hildenberger slammed the door shut with two shutout innings to earn his first save of the young season. Gonsalves was absolutely brilliant, giving up just a single hit and a single walk, and he fanned eleven of the twenty-four batters he faced. At one point Gonsalves retired ten consecutive batters. Gonsalves has been nearly unhittable this season, he has fanned 30 in just 20 innings spread over three starts and his ERA is just 0.90. Hildenberger kept Wisconsin guessing as well, adding in another pair of strike outs.
     
    Cedar Rapids' number nine hitter, Jonatan Hinojosa was the only batter from either team to collect multiple hits, finishing the night two for three with a couple of singles. Brian Navarreto provided the game's only extra base hit, his first double of the year. Without much in the way of a hitting display, this game went quickly, just 2:07 in front of a mid-week day game crowd of 476 at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, WI.
     
    Final Score: Kernels 3, Timber Rattlers 0
     
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Hitter of the Day - Mike Gonzales, Chattanooga Lookouts
    Pitcher of the Day - Stephen Gonsalves, Cedar Rapids Kernels
     
     
    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Syracuse @ Rochester - Scott McGregor vs. Mark Hamburger (0-1, 9.35)
    Chattanooga @ Mississippi - D.J. Baxendale (2-0, 0.00) vs. Ryan Weber
    Fort Myers @ St. Lucie - Ethan Mildren (0-2, 5.79) vs. Logan Taylor
    Kane County @ Cedar Rapids - Brent Jones vs. Michael Caderoth (0-1, 4.50)
     
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    That's my fault. I added the team name for the players of the day. I don't know why I put "Theo" with Chattanooga. I chatted with him in Cedar Rapids like 3 days ago. I'm not the smartest person ya'll will ever meet.
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    The Twins surprised everyone and won on Thursday afternoon, taking two out of three against the Royals to win their first series of the year. Down on the farm, things did not go as well with every affiliate in action taking the loss.RED WINGS REPORT
     
    Rochester 7, Pawtucket PawSox 8
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    Despite seven runs on twelve hits, the Red Wings lost to the PawSox in the bottom of the ninth when Ryan Pressly, working in his third inning of the evening, gave up a one out home run to Pawtucket's Bryce Brentz. Pressly, who entered the game with two outs in the sixth, was charged with a blown save and a loss. Red Wings' starter Taylor Rogers was lucky to escape without a decision after giving up five runs, all earned, in six innings. Rogers struck out seven, but he also walked three and gave up two long balls. Logan Darnell came on the start the sixth and put two men on base before yielding to Pressly who gave up a double, allowing both inherited runners to score and tagging Darnell with two earned runs.
     
    Twelve hits and seven walks led to plenty of scoring opportunities for the Red Wings, who failed to tally an extra-base hit and left ten runners on base despite going 4-10 with runners in scoring position. Reynaldo Rodriguez was 3-4 with a walk and an RBI to pace Rochester. Eddie Rosario (2-4), Josmil Pinto (2-2, 3BB), and Jose Martinez (2-4) all collected two hits. Pinto is now hitting .417, including six hits in his last seven at-bats, plus those two walks. He has to be wondering how much longer it will be until he is back with the Minnesota Twins.
     
     
    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
     
    Birmingham Barons @ Chattanooga
     
    POSTPONED - Jose Berrios will have an extra day of rest as the Lookouts were rained out tonight in Chattanooga.
     
     
    MIRACLE MATTERS
     
    Tampa Yankees 7, Fort Myers 6 (10 innings)
    Box Score
     
    Down 6-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the Miracle rallied for four runs on a Logan Wade grand slam to send the game into extra innings. Aaron Slegers, Fort Myers' starter, went just 5.2 innings, surrendering six runs, four earned. He walked one batter and struck out five. Madison Boer finished the sixth for Slegers and pitched two more scoreless innings after that to get the Miracle through the eighth. With the game now tied, Todd Van Steensel pitched 1.2 scoreless innings before yielding to Brandon Peterson, with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the tenth. Peterson quickly got ahead of Angelo Gumbs 0-2 on a pair of breaking balls and then balked in a run when he dropped the ball while he was standing on the rubber, before eventually striking out Gumbs to retire the side.
     
    The Miracle were aided by four Tampa errors, but Engelb Vielma and Alex Swim managed to go 0-10 at the top of the order, leaving Fort Myers to manufacture runs without their table setters on base. Logan Wade's grand slam was part of his 2-4 night and was the punctuation mark on the night for the Miracle hitters. Marcus Knecht was the only other Miracle hitter with multiple hits, 2-4 with a double, a walk, and an RBI. Niko Goodrum finished the night 1-4 with a single and two walks. With a runner on second in the bottom of the tenth, Max Kepler was caught looking to end the game. Kepler, DHing on Thursday night, ended 1-5 with a walk and two strike- outs.
     
    KERNELS KORNER
     
    Peoria Chiefs 3, Cedar Rapids 1
    Box Score
     
    A quick ballgame on Thursday in Iowa, lasting just two hours and five minutes. Kernels' starter John Curtiss cruised through five innings, but gave up three runs in the sixth inning to take the loss. The Kernels now need a win tomorrow night to avoid being swept at home by the Chiefs. Curtiss scattered ten hits, struck out six and walked just a single batter. His ERA now sits at 4.63 on the young season. Michael Theofanopoulos pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, and C.K. Irby finished the game with an interesting ninth, walking two and striking out two.
     
    There was not a lot of offense for the Kernels against Peoria's Austin Gomber, who struck out eight Cedar Rapids batsmen and yielded just a single run on an RBI single by Zack Larson in the bottom of the third. That Larson RBI gave the Kernels their first lead of the series against the Chiefs, but the Kernels did not have the hits to keep pace. Zach Granite was the bright spot for Cedar Rapids, going 3-4 with a double, raising his season average to .458 while extending his hitting streak to five games.
     
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
     
    Hitter of the Day - Josmil Pinto, Rochester Red Wings
    Pitcher of the Day - Michael Theofanopoulos, Cedar Rapids Kernels
     
     
    THURSDAY'S PROBABLES
     
    Rochester @ Pawtucket - Jason Wheeler (0-1, 2.70) vs. Henry Owens (0-0, 1.42)
     
    Birmingham @ Chattanooga - Mike Recchia (0-0, 5.40) vs. Jose Berrios (1-0, 1.42)
     
    St. Lucie @ Fort Myers - Marcos Molina (0-0, 3.) vs. Chih-Wei Hu (0-0 3.60)
     
    Peoria @ Cedar Rapids - Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0, 0.00) vs. Stephen Gonsalves (1-0, 1.50) On the most recent episode of the Talk to Contact podcast, Seth Stohs identified Gonsalves as his pick to be the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
     
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    Cody Christie only votes for MVP's on pennant winning teams, too.  #SICKBURN
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    Is Todd Van Steensel the best name in the organzation right now? Zach Granite is pretty good too, but TVS takes the cake for me.
     
    -P
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    What did you folks think of the slight alteration to my usual format this week?  I tried to pick out a key player on each team and give a little more info.  Yay or nay?
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    Hu pitched well, no doubt about that, but I think with the Twins' phobia of letting MiLB pitchers go deep into games, what Tomshaw did was more noteworthy, so I gave him the nod.  
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