Minor League Game Updates

8 Aug

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It was a busy weekend, so I wanted to provide a quick review of the minor league scoreboards throughout the weekend and on Monday. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail or comment.

Before we start, be sure to tune in to Twins Minor League Weekly at 10:00 tonight (Monday)!!!

ROCHESTER RED WINGS

On Friday night, the Red Wings fell 4-1 at Norfolk. Kevin Slowey started and gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out six. Chuck James gave up one run on one hit in 1.1 innings. Kyle Waldrop came in and gave up a run on two hits in 0.2 innings. Jake Stevens walked one in a scoreless inning. Aaron Bates went 2-4 with the lone RBI. Justin Morneau went 0-4.

Saturday, the team lost 9-1. Liam Hendriks gave up eight runs (7 earned) on eight hits and a walk in two innings. Jake Stevens then gave up one run on four hits in three innings. Dusty Hughes, Carlos Gutierrez and Jim Hoey each threw a scoreless inning. Chase Lambin went 2-4. Justin Morneau was 1-4 with a bloop single.

On Sunday, the Red Wings beat Norfolk 8-0. Andy Baldwin threw seven shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out one. Cole DeVries then gave up just one hit in two scoreless innings. Justin Morneau went 3-5 with a double and four RBI. Michael Hollimon went 2-4 with a walk, his sixth double and third home run. Luke Hughes went 2-5. Dustin Martin hit his 11th home run.

On Monday night, the Red Wings were in Durham and lost 6-5. Eric Hacker started and gave up six runs (3 earned) on ten hits. In four innings, he walked one and struck out six. Chuck James struck out three in two scoreless innings. Carlos Gutierrez gave up two hits and no runs in 1.2 innings. Dusty Hughes got the final out. (Note – from @RocRedWings via Twitter: “As an aside…Dusty Hughes has been nasty lately. Last 9 inn, 4 hits, 0 runs 12 so” )

NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS

Friday night, the Rock Cats lost 6-0 to Akron. Dennis Suarez gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks in seven innings. Dakota Watts pitched a scoreless inning. The offense managed just five hits. Joe Benson hit his 25th double, and Nate Hanson hit his 12th double.

On Saturday, the Rock Cats pulled out a 4-3 win. Andrew Albers started and gave up two runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out four. Deolis Guerra struck out two in two scoreless innings. Tyler Roberts recorded his 12th save .He gave up a run on two hits in two innings. Joe Benson went 3-4 with his 10th homer. Yangervis Solarte went 2-3 with a walk. Brian Dozier went 2-3 with a walk and his tenth stolen base. Chris Herrmann was 1-3 with two walks and his tenth double.

On Sunday, the team fell to Akron 10-0. Brian Dozier was 3-4 with his 14th and 15th doubles. Chris Herrmann went 1-3 with a walk, his 11th double, and his eighth stolen base. Bobby Lanigan gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings. Matt Schuld gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in his inning. Steve Hirschfeld and Brett Jacobsen each threw a shutout inning.

The Rock Cats had a much-needed day off on Monday.

FT MYERS MIRACLE

On Friday, the Miracle lost a hitter’s duel 10-12 to Bradenton. Aaron Hicks ended a 2-48 slump with a 3-5 game with his 26th double, fifth home run and four RBI. (so yes, at game’s end, he was still in a 5-53 slump) Angel Morales went 2-4 with his fourth and fifth doubles. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-3 with a walk. Steve Liddle was 2-5 with his 15th double. Josmil Pinto was 2-5. Logan Darnell started and gave up ten runs (9 earned) on 12 hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out four. Ricky Bowen gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits in three innings. He struck out six. Matt Tone with a scoreless inning.

On Saturday, the Miracle beat Palm Beach 6-0. Edgar Ibarra started and threw five shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked three and struck out two. Alex Wimmers recorded his first save. He threw four scoreless frames and gave up just two hits, walked one and struck out six. Steve Liddle went 2-4 with his second homer. Oswaldo Arcia went 2-5 with his eight double. Estarlin de Los Santos went 2-4 with his third double. James Beresford, Jhonatan Goncalves, and Dan Rohlfing each had two hits.

The Miracle/Palm Beach game on Sunday was postponed by rain. The team’s played a double header on Monday.

The Miracle got some big hits and won Game 1 7-2. Matthew Tomshaw came up and threw three shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked none and struck out one. Clinton Dempster gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits in two innings. He struck out three. Matt Hauser got the Win. He threw two scoreless innings. Dan Rohlfing went 2-4. Estarlin de Los Santos hit his first home run. The biggest hit came off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia. He hit a grand slam, his fourth homer with the Miracle.

The Miracle got big hits in Game 1, but they got no-hit in Game 2. Tyler Lyons, the Cardinals’ ninth round pick in 2010 from Oklahoma State, went all seven innings. Obviously he gave up no runs and no hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Pat Dean started for the Miracle. He went just 2.2 innings and gave up ten runs (6 earned) on nine hits, three of which were homers. He walked two and struck out four. Matt Tone then struck out three in 3.1 hitless innings.

BELOIT SNAPPERS

On Friday, the Snappers won 4-3 over Kane County. BJ Hermsen made, what he hopes to be, his final Snappers start. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk in 7.2 innings. He struck out six. Bart Carter came in and gave up just one hit over 3.1 scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked none. Nelvin Fuentes pitched a scoreless inning. Danny Santana was 3-5 with his 15th double and 24th stolen base. Lance Ray went 2-6 with his 12th home run. Michael Gonzales went 2-5 with his 22nd double.

Saturday, the Snappers fell 6-3 to Quad Cities. Jairo Perez was 2-4 with his 14th double. Tyler Grimes was 2-4. Ryan O’Rourke gave up six runs on 12 hits and a walk in six innings .He struck out eight. Blayne Weller threw two scoreless, one-hit innings, and Jose Gonzalez pitched a 1-2-3 frame.

Sunday, the Snappers topped Quad Cities 8-2. Danny Ortiz went 3-4 with hit 29th double and tenth home run. Tyler Grimes was 2-4 with his second double. Michael Gonzales and Lance Ray each went 2-4. Manuel Soliman gave up two runs on six hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out four. Nelvin Fuentes struck out three in two hitless innings. Adrian Salcedo gave up a hit in one scoreless inning. Madison Boer made his first Snappers appearance and threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Snappers and Quad Cities game was postponed by rain.

ELIZABETHTON TWINS

On Friday, E-Town lost 7-4 to Kingsport. Tim Shibuya started and gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. Cole Johnson gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out three. Tim Atherton pitched a scoreless inning in his first Appy League appearance. JD Williams went 2-3 with two walks and his seventh double.

AJ Pettersen returned to the E-Twins on Saturday and the team won 7-0 over Pulaski. Derek Christensen threw five shutout innings. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out three. Steven Gruver struck out two in two scoreless innings. Steven Evans struck out two in a scoreless inning. Matt Summers struck out the side in the ninth. Matt Parker went 3-4. Roy Larson was 2-5 with his first homer. Max Kepler went 2-4 with a walk. Miguel Sano was 2-4, and JD Williams hit his first home run.

On Sunday, the E-Twins got a big 11-3 win over Pulaski. Todd Van Steensel improved to 4-2. He gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings .He struck out five. 3rd round pick Corey Williams made his professional debut and gave up one run on three hits and a hit batter in two innings. He struck out two. Tim Atherton struck out three in two scoreless innings. Kennys Vargas went 3-5. Niko Goodrum went 2-4 with his sixth double. Matt Parker hit his first home run. Tyler Koelling hit his fifth long ball, and Miguel Sano hit his tenth homer.

Monday night, the E-Twins lost 6-3 to Pulaski. Marcus Limon started and gave up only an unearned run on four hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out four. Cesar Ciurcina gave up five runs (3 earned) on six hits and a walk in just 1.1 innings. Nick Alloway then struck out four in 2.2 scoreless innings. Rory Rhodes went 3-4 with his sixth and seventh doubles. AJ Pettersen and Matej Hejma were 2-4. Eddie Rosario went 2-5. Kennys Vargas and Niko Goodrum each doubled.

GCL TWINS

On Friday, the GCL Twins lost 8-6 to the GCL Red Sox. Hung-yi Chen gave up four runs on eight hits in four innings. Mark Trau walked two in a scoreless inning. Tyler Herr gave up three runs on five hits and two walks in his two innings. Josue Montanez gave up a run on three hits in two innings. He struck out four. Kelvin Ortiz went 3-5 with his fifth double. Steven Wickens went 2-4 with his fifth double. Josh Hendricks and Jorge Polanco each had two hits.

On Saturday, the GCL Twins lost 4-3 to the Red Sox. Angel Mata gave up no runs in 3.1 innings. However, he gave up five hits and five walks and struck out three. Gerardo Ramirez then gave up an unearned run on one hit in 2.2 innings. He walked none and struck out four. Markus Solbach gavef up three runs on two hits and a walk in two innings. Kelvin Silvania went 2-4. Jorge Polanco hit his first home run. Candido Pimentel went 1-1 with two walks.

The GCL Twins typically do not play games on Sundays.

On Monday, the GCL Twins lost 3-1 to the Rays. Nathan Fawbush gave up two runs on two hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out four. Kyle Wahl gave up a run on three hits in two innings. Luis Nunez struck out two in two scoreless innings. The Twins managed just five hits. Kelvin Silvania then went 2-3.

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7 Responses to “Minor League Game Updates”

  1. mike wants wins August 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Seth, great, detailed writeup. You really do love these guys. Thanks for all the info.

  2. Dome Dog August 9, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Seth, are the Twins in trouble for the next few years as far as the pitching staff goes? It seems like they’ve been much more “miss” than “hit” with their pitching prospects in the past few years. And if Gibson needs TJ surgery, that seems like a really big blow in my mind. He was one of the few guys that you could seriously consider as a top half of the rotation guy in the next few years. It really seems like their best prospects (i.e. highest upside) are in class A or rookie ball, and optimistically we won’t see them until 2014 at the VERY earliest. Just seems like we may have missed a window of contention with Nathan and Morneau (and even Mauer to an extent)succumbing to injuries the last couple of years and even if they come back healthy next year, the are much closer to the end of their careers than the prime of their careers (in my opinion at least). Is there any realistic hope (in the form of minor league “cavalry”)in the next couple of years?

  3. mike wants wins August 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Why is Benson in AA still? He is better at everything other than stolen bases and OF range, than Revere was in AA. We KNOW they don’t promote from AA, so the longer he’s there, the longer until he is in the majors. Their philosophy is not working. Span is the last player they drafted and developed that is a legit MLB hitter/fielder. They really need to look at what they are doing.

    • DH in Philly August 10, 2011 at 7:42 am #

      Way better at striking out too. Thats a skill set that only enlarges as you face MLB pitching.

      • mike wants wins August 10, 2011 at 9:14 am #

        True, but there is no reason to still be in AA.

  4. Dome Dog August 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more with you Mike. Does it really hurt a prospect to push them a little too fast? So they don’t succeed and you have to demote them for a while until they develop more. Big deal. If that shakes their confidence so much that they never make it to the big leagues, then in my opinion they never would have made it/succeeded in the bigs anyway. My hope is that Benson, Dozier, Hendricks, and Gutierrez all show legit signs and/or establish themselves in the big leagues at some point next year. Probably a bit too ambitious I’m sure.

  5. mike wants wins August 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Benson does strike out too much. But, his rate per at bat is it’s lowest ever this year. Hopefully that can continue. He needs to get it under 25%. Right now it is at 26%. I’d like that closer to 20%, assuming he maintains his power and OF defense.

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