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Just a brief update today before giving the minor league scoreboard and highlights from the last two days. I will be on the Paul Allen Show at 10:20 on KFAN, its affiliates and www.KFAN.com, so be sure to check that out.
Danny Valencia came up with another big hit on Wednesday after his game winning hit on Tuesday, and the Twins cut Cleveland’s lead in the AL Central to five games again. The Tigers, who come to Target Field tonight for the start of a four game series, are also tied with Cleveland, five games ahead of the Twins, so these would be big games to win. The Tigers DFAd Brandon Inge, he of the .483 OPS, yesterday and acquired Wilson Betemit from the Royals to play 3B.
Here are the minor league update:
Rochester Red Wings
On Tuesday, the Red Wings beat Durham 3-2. Liam Hendriks impressed in his AAA Debut. He gave up two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out three. Kyle Waldrop got the next four outs without allowing a runner. Jim Hoey recorded his fifth save despite a walk and a hit in his inning. Denard Span went 1-3. Jason Kubel went 1-2 with two walks. Rene Tosoni was 2-4 and drove in all three runs for the team.
Kevin Slowey started and had one bad inning in the seven that he pitched. He gave up two home runs in the 3rd inning, a grand slam and a solo homer. But those were the only five runs he gave up. He gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Dusty Hughes got one out and gave up one run on one hit. Kyle Waldrop got the next five outs and gave up just one hit. Jim Hoey came in for the 10th and gave up a solo home run to take the loss. Jason Kubel went 3-5 with his first home run for the Red Wings. Chase Lambin went 2-5 with his 17th double and third triple. Denard Span had a scheduled day off.
Singleton Signs – The Twins released infielder Steve Singleton on Saturday. On Tuesday, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies organization. On Wednesday, he traveled to Philadelphia and was driven to Lakewood, home of the Blue Claws. It is the Phillies Low-A affiliate, but it is just a starting place for him. He will likely move up to AA quickly and could wind up playing for the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs by the end of the year.
New Britain Rock Cats
On Tuesday, the Rock Cats lost 7-5 to Richmond. Steve Hirschfeld started and gave up five runs (4 earned) on nine hits. In 6.1 innings, he walked one and struck out four. Spencer Steedley gave up two runs on three hits over the next 1.1 innings. He struckout two. Dakota Watts struck out two over the next 1.1 innings. Deibinson Romero went 2-3 with a walk and his seventh home run. Nate Hanson went 2-5. Chris Parmelee hit his 22nd double.
For the second straight day, the Rock Cats lost 7-5 to Richmond. Deibinson Romero went 2-4 with his 15th double and eighth home run. Joe Benson went 2-2 with two walks and his sixth home run. Brian Dozier went 1-3 with two walks and two stolen bases. Blake Martin went five shutout innings. He gave up four hits and walked one. Andrew Albers went 1.2 innings and gave up one run on two hits and a walk. Deolis Guerra gave up one run on two hits in 1.1 innings. Brett Jacobson then came in and gave up five runs on three hits and three walks and recorded just two outs. Tyler Robertson got a strikeout for the final out.
Ft. Myers Miracle
Tom Stuifbergen won his fourth game of the year. He gave up four runs (two earned) on nine hits. In six innings, he walked none and struck out seven. Matt Hauser got the three-inning save and struck out three. Ramon Santana was 3-4 with hit 12th and 13th doubles. Aaron Hicks went 3-5 with his 25th double. James Beresford was 3-5.
On Wednesday, the Miracle beat Dunedin 6-5. Ramon Santana went 2-4 with his third home run. Dan Rohlfing went 2-5 with his fourth double and first stolen base. Steve Liddle was 2-3 with a walk. Josmil Pinto went 2-4. James Beresford was 1-3 with two walks and his second stolen base. Logan Darnell started and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out four. Alex Wimmers came in and gave up no runs on two hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out four. Ricky Bowen walked two in one scoreless inning. Clinton Dempster gave up one run on two hits and a walk in his inning. Bruce Pugh recorded his 12th save. He gavce up one run on two hits in one inning. He struck out two.
After not playing on Tuesday, the Snappers traveled to Great Lakes where on Wednesday, they lost 10-5. Adrian Salcedo started and gave up five runs (4 earned) on nine hits. In five innings, he walked none and struck out two. Nelvin Fuentes came in and walked two and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Blayne Weller didn’t get any outs, but he gave up five runs (3 earned) on four hits and a hit batter. Sam Spangler then worked a scoreless inning. Wang-Wei Lin went 3-4 with his 19th double. Reggie Williams went 1-2 with two walks. Lance Ray was 1-3 with a walk and his 26th double.
It was a rough one for the E-Twins on Tuesday night. The team lost 18-4 to Bristol in large part due to giving up 12 runs in the 6th inning. Matt Bashore started and went the first 2.2 innings. He gave up four runs (2 earned) on three hits. Cesar Ciurcina then gave up five runs on five hits and three walks in just 2.1 innings. Nick Alloway gave up seven runs (2 earned) on three hits and three walks. He got just two outs. Derek Christensen gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. Steve Evans pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Matt Summers struck out the side in the 9th. Miguel Sano went 3-4 with his fourth and fifth home runs. Matt Parker went 3-3. Max Kepler and Nick Lockwood each went 2-5. Eddie Rosario hit his seventh home run.
For the second straight night, the E-Twins were beaten handily by Bristol. This time, it was a score of 14-3. David Hurlbut gave up six runs (3 earned) on eight hits. In 4.1 innings, he walked two and struck out eight. Derek Christensen gave up four runs on two hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. He struck out three. Steven Gruver gave up three runs on three hits in his two innings. Madison Boer came in and gave up a run on two hits in his inning. Of course, he still struck out three. Kennys Vargas went 3-4. Miguel Sano hit his sixth home run (3rd in the last two games), and Eddie Rosario hit his eighth home run.
Tuesday, the GCL Twins topped the Orioles 4-2. Ricardo Arevalo went the first four innings and gave up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four. Markus Solbach gave up three hits but no runs in two innings. Gerardo Ramirez threw two scoreless innings. Gonzalo Sanudo struck out two in a scoreless inning. Romy Trinidad went 2-5 with a double. Josh Hendricks went 2-4 with a walk. Michael Quesada hit his third double.
On Wednesday, the GCL Twins topped the Rays 13-8. Hein Robb started and gave up six runs (4 earned) on six hits and a walk. In three innings, he walked one and struck out three. Kyle Wahl struck out three in two scoreless innings. Nathan Fawbush gave up two runs on three hits in his inning. Nick Cicio struckout three in two scoreless innings. Marcus Limon struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth frame. Stephen Wickens went 3-5 with his second double. Javier Pimentel went 2-6 with his second and third doubles. Romy Trinidad was 2-6. Philip Chapman went 2-4 with his eighth double. The hitting star was Kelvin Ortiz who went 2-4 with a walk, his third double and his first home run.
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