Monday, August 24, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (8/24): Darnell Deals, Kernels Explode

Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons
Rochester left-handed pitcher Pat Dean was awarded the International League Pitcher of the Week on Monday. On Wednesday night, he tossed his league-leading third shutout and fourth complete game. He became the franchises first pitcher with three shutouts in a season since Rick Krivda in 1997.

Dean wasn't the only Twins pitcher to be honored this week. Sam Gibbons of the Cedar Rapids Kernels took home top honors in the Midwest League. In his lone start this week, Gibbons allowed one hit in eight shutout innings with twelve strikeouts and and no walks. He had been perfect through 5 2/3 innings before an infield single broke up the no-hitter and perfect game.

Did any other players make their case to win next week's Player of the Week award? You'll have to read on to find out.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 9, Syracuse 0
Box Score
Behind a massive offensive outburst and some superb pitching by Logan Darnell, the Red Wings were able to shutout the Chiefs for the team's 67th win. Darnell pitched a complete game shutout while limiting the opposition to five hits and striking out nine. It was his first victory since July 3rd but it was only his third start since joining the rotation.

Five players in the Rochester line-up had three hits apiece and the team collected 20 hits overall. Danny Ortiz was part of the three hit parade and two of his three hits were for extra-bases. The line for Ortiz could have looked even better but he was thrown out at home twice in the game. Argenis Diaz had the team's other extra-base hit, a double, and he drove in a pair of runs. Kennys Vargas was the lone hitter in the Red Wings batting order that failed to get a hit (0-for-6). 

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 4, Tennessee 2 (7 Innings)
Box Score
With the game tied in the bottom of the sixth frame, Adam Brett Walker stepped to the plate with the chance to play the hero. Max Kepler had just tied the game with a single that scored Jorge Polanco. Walker put the Lookouts in the lead with a two-run home run, his 28th long ball of the season. After being held without a home run for seven games, Walker homered in two straight contests.

David Hurlbut picked up his ninth victory after allowing two earned runs across six innings. He struck out four and walked three. It was his third straight start where he's gone at least six innings and allowed two runs or less. J.T. Chargois earned his tenth save with a perfect seventh inning including a strikeout.

Chattanooga 1, Tennessee 4 (7 Innings)
Box Score
Greg Peavey had the Lookouts locked into a 1-1 tie after four innings but he gave up three runs over the next pair of innings to see that tie disappear. Peavey finished by allowing three earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 5.1 innings. Corey Williams finished off the game with 1.2 scoreless innings in his second appearance since being promoted from Fort Myers.

Niko Goodrum was the only hitter with multiple hits as he finished the night 2-for-3 with a run scored. Levi Michael smacked his 11th double of the season while DJ Hicks had the team's lone RBI. After homering in two straight games, Adam Brett Walker went 0-for-2 with a walk.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 3, Jupiter 10
Box Score
Fort Myers sent former first round pick Kohl Stewart to the mound on Monday but he couldn't do enough to help his team to victory. The defense behind Stewart did him little help as the Miracle committed a whopping five defensive errors. Stewart finished the night allowing seven runs (four earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks across 5.2 innings.

In his first appearance since being sent back from Chattanooga, Alex Muren had a rough night on the mound by allowing three earned runs in one inning. Brian Gilbert and Tyler Jay stopped some of the bleeding in the late innings. Jay struck out two in his inning of work.

There wasn't a single batter with more than one hit for the Miracle and none of the team's hits were for extra-bases. Mitch Garver drove in all three runs and Zach Granite scored two of the team's three runs. Engelb Vielma reached base twice and scored a run.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 23, Peoria 3
Box Score
Cedar Rapids didn't want to be outdone by their counterparts in Rochester so the club put on their own offensive clinic down in the Midwest League. The team jumped out to an early 5-0 in the first and added another 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth. Overall, the team pushed across 23 runs and clubbed an eye-popping 27 hits. It got so bad that the Chiefs used multiple position players as pitchers in the game.

When a team collects this many hits it's hard to know where to start with summarizing the night. Sean Miller lead the team with five hits and he scored four runs. TJ White went 4-for-7 with a double and a triple. He tied with Edgar Corcino with five runs driven in. All but two batters in the line-up had three hits or more and every batter had a hit and scored a run.

Keaton Steel was the beneficiary of the massive offensive backing. He settled into a nice rhythm on the mound and finished the night by allowing two earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts across six innings. Zach Tillery allowed one run in two innings of work.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 2, Greeneville 3
Box Score
The E-Twins held two different leads in this contest but weren't able to come up with the big hit to push their lead far enough ahead. Andro Cutura pitched into the sixth inning and allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits. He struck out five and walked two while lowering his season ERA to 1.13. Nate Gercken took the loss, his third, as he allowed the game winning run to be scored in his two plus innings of work.

All of the E-Twins offense came from the top of the line-up. Outside the top three hitters, no one else was able to collect a hit. Alex Perez went 2-for-4 with a run scored but he committed two defensive errors. Jermaine Palacios had the team's only extra-base hit, his 11th double, and LaMonte Wade reached base twice. Zander Wiel didn't have a hit but he was credited with the team's only RBI.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 0, GCL Rays 2
Box Score
The Twins offense struggled to find any offense punch in this contest. Only two members of the line-up managed hits and the team went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Ruar Verkerk went 2-for-3 before being lifted for a pinch runner in the late innings. Bryan Haar picked up one hit in three trips and he's hitting .300 for the season.

Jose Martinez was charged with his sixth loss but he didn't allow an earned run in four innings of work. He struck out four and walked one but the offense didn't do him any favors. Williams Ramirez and Hector Lujan combined to finish off the last two innings with Lujan allowing a run in the Rays last trip to the plate.

GCL Twins 1, GCL Rays 1 (Suspended)
Box Score
This game was supposed to be a make-up of a game played in the middle of July but rain interfered with its completion. The two teams will try and finish the contest on Tuesday. Look for a full report at Twins Daily when this game is completed.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Logan Darnell, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – TJ White, Cedar Rapids Kernels

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Syracuse (6:05 CST) – LHP Pat Dean
Chattanooga vs. Tennessee  (6:15 CST) – LHP Brett Lee
Fort Myers vs. Jupiter (6:05 CST) – LHP Luke Westphal
Cedar Rapids vs. Peoria (6:35 CST) – RHP Felix Jorge
Elizabethton @ Greeneville (6:00 CST) – TBA
GCL Twins vs. GCL Rays (11:00 am CST) – TBA
GCL Twins vs. GCL Rays (Completion of Today's 2nd Game)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (8/13): Walker Attack!

Credit: Craig Gordon
During the zombie apocalypse, a walker attack is not a good thing but for fans of the Chattanooga Lookouts, an Adam Brett Walker attack is a terrific thing.

Besides Walker's strong night at the plate, there  were multiple strong pitching performances across the Twins system on Thursday. This wasn't the only piece of good news as big name prospects like Byron Buxton and Max Kepler continued to try and find ways to help their teams to win.

Which players had the biggest games on Thursday? You will have to read on to find out...

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 3, Buffalo 0 (7 Innings)
Box Score
Pat Dean didn't allow a run as he pitched into the seventh inning for his ninth win of the season. It was his second time in his last three starts that he pitched six innings or more and didn't allow a run. Michael Tonkin was called on to get the final two outs and he recorded his 12th save.

On the offensive side of the ball, Xavier Avery had a big game after replacing Oswaldo Arcia after he was hit by a pitch. Avery finished the day 3-for-3 with a home run and all three of the team's RBI. James Beresford and Eric Fryer each picked up a pair of hits and Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Rochester 1, Buffalo 2 (7 Innings)
Box Score
Rochester jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but the club wasn't able to hold on for their second win of the day. Logan Darnell put his club in position to win as he limited the Bisons to one run in 5.1 innings of work. He struck out five and walked one. Mark Hamburger took the loss after allowing the go-ahead run during his 1.1 innings.

There wasn't much excitement on the offensive side of things. Byron Buxton was the lone Red Wings player with multiple hits. He went 2-for-4 with a steal but he struck out two times as well. Doug Bernier reached base twice and scored the team's only run.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 4, Tennessee 3
Box Score
Chattanooga scored a very important run in the bottom of the eighth innings as Tennessee would put two on the board in the ninth to make it a one run game. Brandon Peterson allowed both runs in the ninth inning but he had enough in the tank to get the final out and earn his second save. Brett Lee pitched into the eighth inning for his 4th victory. He struck out three and limited the Smokies to one earned run.

Adam Brett Walker collected his 25th and 26th doubles of the season as part of a three hit effort. Walker was part of the insurance run in the eighth as he ended up scoring the pivotal run on a Heiker Meneses single. Max Kepler continued his strong season as he is now one double shy of 30.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 0, Palm Beach 1
Box Score
Fort Myers had a hard time finding their offensive stroke on Thursday as the team was held to five hits. Engelb Vielma went 3-for-4 and Logan Wade had the team's only extra-base hit, a double. Mitch Garver finished going 1-for-4. Overall, the team went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Luke Westphal was very good on the mound. He scattered five Cardinals hits over seven innings and limited them to one run. He struck out five and walked none but it wasn't enough as he was charged with his fourth loss. Todd Van Steensel pitched two shutout frames to end the game.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 7, Lake County 6
Box Score
The Kernels used a four-run fifth inning to mount a come-from-behind victory and win their third straight rubber game. Eight of the nine Kernels hitters reached base at least once and seven of them recorded at least one hit. Rafael Valera went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Tanner English extended his hitting streak to a personal-best 12 games and also extended his on-base streak to a Kernels' season-high 23 games.

The bullpen was strong for the Kernels after starter Zach Tillery allowed five runs on 11 hits in four innings. Luke Bard earned the win and remains a perfect 7-0 on the season. He allowed one run across a pair of innings. Yorman Landa and John Curtiss shutdown the Captains the rest of the way for the club's 68th win.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
E-Twins 5, Bristol 4
Box Score
Dereck Rodriguez improved his record to 5-1 as he did just enough to lead the Elizabethton to the victory. In seven innings, he allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out eight. His ERA sits at 1.75 for the season. Kuo Hua Lo picked up the save after tossing two shutout frames with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Travis Blankenhorn provided most of the offensive punch as he had three-run home run and drove in another run for a total of four RBI. Brad Hartong collected three hits including his fifth double. Jermaine Palacios and Daniel Kihle both had multi-hit efforts including a double for Palacios and a stolen base for Kihle.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 3, GCL Rays 10
Box Score
Both of these teams slugged it out for the first few frames but the GCL Rays had way too much firepower. Blake Schmit used a triple and a home run to drive in a pair of runs. Kerby Camacho knocked his first two doubles of the season and scored a run. Christian Cavaness also drove in a run and scored a run out of the lead-off spot.

Jose Martinez was charged with the loss after allowing six earned runs on nine hits. He struck out three and walked two. Andrew Vasquez and Luis Hernandez ran into some control issues later in the game as both pitchers combined for five walks and three earned runs.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Brett Lee, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Adam Brett Walker, Chattanooga Lookouts

FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Scranton/WB (6:05 CST) – TBD
Chattanooga vs. Tennessee  (6:15 CST) – RHP Aaron Slegers
Fort Myers vs. Palm Beach (6:05 CST) – RHP Omar Bencomo
Cedar Rapids @ Fort Wayne (6:05 CST) – LHP Randy Rosario
Elizabethton @ Bristol (6:00 CST) – RHP Onesimo Hernandez
GCL Twins vs. GCL Red Sox (11:00 am CST) – TBA

Monday, August 10, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (8/10): Awards, Awards, Everywhere!

Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons
Monday means another week's worth of honors handed out by each league in the minors. The Twins were well represented this week as three position players took home top honors.

Minnesota's Opening Day DH isn't exactly where he'd like to be but the Southern League recognized his outstanding play. In seven games, Kennys Vargas went 10-for-23 with a double, two triples, and three home runs. He showed remarkable patience by drawing seven walks and he also drove in 10 runs.

Tanner English has been on a tear through the Midwest League. Over the last six games, he went 13-for-25 with five doubles and a triple. He's hit .315/.383/.490 since the All-Star break. He ranks third overall in the Midwest League with 35 stolen bases and second overall in runs scored.

LaMonte Wade was a ninth-round pick by the Twins back in June and he's already making his mark in the Appalachian League. Across six games this week, he went 8-for-22 with a pair of homers and a double. He coaxed eight walks on the way to scoring eight runs. Only four Apply League players have more than his seven home runs.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester --, Buffalo -- (Postponed)
Rochester gave in Buffalo was postponed on Monday night due to rain. The team was already scheduled for a double-header on Tuesday to makeup a postponed game from 5/31. This means the teams will play another double-header on Thursday. Five games in three days between the two teams tied for second place in the International League North. Sounds like some exciting baseball should be on the docket.

Byron Buxton was also reinstated from the disabled list and officially optioned to Triple-A. He had five hits in 12 at-bats for Rochester on rehab assignment. The move stops his service-time clock and it also uses up one of Buxton's three minor league option years. 

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 6, Mobile 5 (16 Innings)
Box Score
The Lookouts played well into the night as both clubs tried to gain the upper hand in this back and forth contest. Chattanooga jumped out to a first inning lead after Jorge Polanco lead off the inning with a triple. It took a two-out infield single from Kennys Vargas but the run scored. The offense would go silent until the seventh inning when the club plated three runs after three singles and a hit by pitch started the inning.

Tim Shibuya would be long gone before a decision was handed out in this one. He went four shutout innings by striking out two. Alex Murne pitched three big shutout innings in the late stages of the game to keep zeros on the board. Alex Wimmers earned his seventh victory after two shutout innings of work even though he had to escape a bases loaded jam.

Over five hours after the game started, Niko Goodrum drove in the winning run. He had been 0-for-5 on the night with a pair of walks before the big hit. Max Kepler was the lone starting player to not pick up a hit in the contest.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 8, St. Lucie 4
Box Score
Fort Myers used a balanced attack to pound out eight runs on 14 hits. Four batters collected multiple hits including a three hit, three RBI night from Aderlin Mejia. Tanner Vavra collected a pair of doubles and scored two runs. Marcus Knecht smacked his fourth triple on his way to reaching base three times.

Mat Batts started and scattered four runs on seven hits. Over five innings, he struck out five and walked three for his six victory. Jake Reed and Nick Burdi combined for four scoreless innings of relief. Burdi was perfect across two frames including three strikeouts.

The Miracle scored six of the eight runs with two outs and eight of the nine batters in the order registered at least one hit. David Wright, on MLB rehab assignment, finished the night 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
E-Twins 3, Greeneville 5 (7 Innings)
Box Score
Elizabethton saw their two-run lead disappear over the last two innings including two unearned runs in the last frame. Jose Abreu threw a wild pitch and shortstop Manuel Guzman had a throwing error that turned into the final two runs. Andro Cutura got the no-decision after lasting four innings and allowing one earned run.

The E-Twins were limited to two hits on the offensive side of the ball. Jermaine Palacios hit his sixth double and scored a run. Kamran Young drove in two runs with his fifth home run of the season. The team didn't have many other opportunities as they went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring positions.

E-Twins 3, Greeneville 2 (7 Innings)
Box Score
It looked like the E-Twins were on their way to being swept in their double header before the offense decided to wake up in the bottom of the seventh inning. After two walk to start the frame, Nelson Molina used a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Jermaine Palacios ground out for the second out but Daniel Kihle saved the day with a single.

Nate Gercken allowed both runs and he was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning. He struck out seven and walked two. Anthony Mciver earned his second win after collecting the last seven outs and only allowing one hit.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 11, GCL Rays 3
Box Score
The GCL Twins capitalized on some wild pitching in the bottom of the second inning to score eight runs on two hits. There were six walks, two hit by pitches, two fielding errors, and two wild pitches. It sounds like it was quite the circus of an inning.

Both Christian Cavaness and Robert Molina went 2-for-4 including a double, the team's lone extra-base hit, for Cavaness. Every batter in the line-up scored at least one run. Roberto Gonzalez reached base three times and scored two runs.

Eduardo Del Rosario improved to 3-0 on the season after tossing five innings of one-run ball. He struck out four and didn't walk any as his ERA improved to 1.46. Luis Hernandez and Andrew Vasquez each pitched two frames and combined to allow a pair of runs. 

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Eduardo Del Rosario, GCL Twins
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Aderlin Mejia, Fort Myers Miracle

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Buffalo (4:35 CST) – LHP Taylor Rogers
Rochester @ Buffalo (Game 2) – RHP Tyler Duffey
Chattanooga vs. Mobile (6:15 CST) – LHP David Hurlbut
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) – LHP Stephen Gonsalves
Cedar Rapids @ Lake County (6:00 CST) – RHP Keaton Steele
Elizabethton @ Greeneville (6:00 CST) – TBA
GLC Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00 am CST) – TBA

Friday, July 31, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (7/30): The Power of Kepler

Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons
On the eve of the trade deadline, there have already been a lot of top prospects that have changed organizations over the last few days. The Twins have been holding steady with their young core of players but that could change at some point in the next handful of hours.

Some of the Twins minor leaguers were doing their best to show off their talents in what could be their last appearance in a Twins affiliated jersey. Check out all of the action below.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 3, Pensacola 0
Box Score
Max Kepler cranked two solo-home runs and that was more than enough to back a solid outing by Jason Wheeler. Kepler finished the game going 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair a runs and RBI. Wheeler pitched eight shutout innings with six strikeouts and no walks.

JT Chargois finished off the shutout with a scoreless ninth frame. He walked one and allowed a hit but he used a pair of timely strikeouts to finish with his eighth save. Shannon Wilkerson collected a pair of his out of the lead-off spot. Kennys Vargas and Levi Michael both went 1-for-3 and Michael stole his 11th base.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 4, Daytona 0
Box Score
The Miracle pitching staff had a no hitter into the seventh inning and they finished the game with one hit allowed. Steven Gonsalves earned his fifth victory and lowered his ERA to 2.11 after five hitless frames. He struck out eight and walked three. Of his eight strikeouts, six were swinging. Trevor Hildenberger allowed the lone hit but he did strikeout three in two innings of work. Brian Gilbert and Nick Burdi struck out five of the six batters they faced to finish the game.

Much like Chattanooga, Fort Myers didn't need a ton of run support but they got a pair of solo home runs off the bats of Mitch Garver and Logan Wade. For both players it was their third home run of the year with the Miracle. Tannner Vavra reached base three times and Zach Granite and Chad Christensen both had multi-hit nights.

Over the last 20 innings, the Miracle have held opponents without a run. The last time an opposing team scored was the seventh inning on July 28.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 9, Clinton 5
Box Score
Cedar Rapids used a four-run fourth inning to help pace themselves to the win. It was the team's third straight series win and every Kernels hitter except one recorded at least one hit in the series finale.

Ethan Mildren was credited with the victory even though he allowed three runs on five hits in less than two innings out of the bullpen. Jared Wilson had an unconventional save as he pitched almost three innings. Zack Tillery got a no-decision after not allowing a hit in the first three innings and finishing with two runs allowed on two hits.

Nick Gordon scored a couple runs and hit his 16th double. Alex Real and Austin Diemer both hit two-run home runs. Brett Doe drove in three runs as part of a two hit night. Rafael Valera was the lone starter that didn't collect a hit. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

E-Twins E-Notes
E-Twins 13, Johnson City 4
Box Score
Elizabethton jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the end of the second inning on their way to a 16-hit effort. Every player in the line-up had at least one hit and six of the nine hitters collected multiple hits. AJ Murray went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and four RBI. Alex Perez drove in three runs and scored three runs. LaMonte Wade only had one hit but it was his fifth home run of the season.

Samuel Clay pitched five shutout innings for his first win of the season. He struck out seven and walked none. Nate Gercken got into a little trouble and allowed three runs to score in three innings. Jose Abreu allowed one run in the ninth on a pair of hits.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 5 (7 Innings)
Box Score
All the other Twins affiliates seemed to be on fire but the GCL Twins must not have gotten the memo from the rest of the organization. They were swept in as part of a regularly scheduled game and a postponed game from earlier in the month.

In the regularly scheduled game, the Twins held a 1-0 lead going into the final innings. However, Callan Pearce allowed three runs on three hits to take the loss. Miguel Gonzalez started and pitched three shutout innings before turning it over to the bullpen.

The Twins combined for five doubles but the team was only 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Kolton Kendrick reached base three times including a double and a run scored. Luis Arraez went 2-for-4 with a double. Lewin Diaz knocked his sixth double of the season.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 7 (7 Innings)
Box Score
The Twins left nine runners on base and eight of those runners were in scoring position. Rowan Ebersohn and Roni Tapia each went 2-for-3. Ebersohn's double was the lone extra-base hit for the club. Luis Arraez finished 1-for-3 with a steal.

Jovani Moran started but didn't make it out of the first inning. He allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout. Moises Gomez finished off the first frame and pitched another three scoreless innings to keep the game close. Rich Condeelis took the loss after allowing five runs in 0.1 innings. Matz Schutte collected the last five outs and limited the Rays to two hits.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Jason Wheler, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Max Kepler, Chattanooga Lookouts

FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Syracuse (6:05 CST) – LHP Taylor Rogers
Chattanooga vs. Pensacola (6:15 CST) – LHP David Hurlbut
Ft. Myers @ Daytona (6:05 CST) – RHP Kohl Stewart
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30 CST) – LHP Randy Rosario
Elizabethton vs. Burlington (6:00 CST) – RHP Cody Stashak
GLC Twins vs. GCL Red Sox (10:00 am CST) – TBA
GLC Twins @ GCL Red Sox (Make-up of 7/24 PPD) – TBA

Monday, July 27, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (7/27): Super Slegers!

Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons
Winning has been a trend through out the Twins system this season. Entering play on Monday night, the Twins had the third highest winning percentage for any farm system. Twins affiliates have won 54.29% of their games and only trail the Astros and Mets for the top spot.

Did Minnesota's affiliated teams continue their winning ways? There were multiple double headers scheduled for Monday so you'll have to read on to find out.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 1, Toledo 2
Box Score
Pat Dean pitching a complete game and limited the Mud Hens to two runs but he didn't get enough run support and was handed his ninth loss of the season. He scattered nine hits and walked two while striking out one. It was his third straight start of seven innings or more while allowing two earned runs or fewer. He's taken the loss in three of those three previous starts.

The lone Rochester run came courtesy of a Reynaldo Rodriguez solo home run. Eric Farris matched Rodriguez with a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Jorge Polanco and Chris Herrmann both reached base twice with a pair of walks. The team only had three at-bats with runners in scoring position but they were held hitless.

With the loss, the Red Wings have lost five straight games and sit three games over .500. The club currently sits three games behind the Scranton/WB RailRiders for first place in the International League North Division.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 5, Lakeland 1 (7 Innings)
Box Score
Aaron Slegers earned his eighth victory after pitching a seven inning complete game. He allowed one earned run on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. It was his sixth straight start of pitching at least seven innings and allowing two earned runs or less. During that stretch, he has gone 4-1 while limiting opponents to one walk.

Michael Quesada drove in a pair of runs to help add to the Miracle lead. Engelb Vielma and DJ Hicks finished the game with two hits each including both having a double. TJ White went 2-for-3 with a run scored. The team had more than enough offense to back the stellar pitching performance by Slegers. 

Fort Myers 1, Lakeland 6 (7 Innings)
Box Score
After the strong pitching performance from Slegers in the first half of the double header, Chih-Wei Hu had a tough time on the mound. He allowed five earned runs on 10 hits while striking out six in less than five innings of work. Brian Gilbert, Tyler Jay, and Trevor Hildenberger put up zeros for the rest of the night but it was too big of a hole.

No Miracle batters had more than one hit and none of the team's hits were for extra-bases. Michael Quesada scored the lone run for the team. Engelb Vielma reached base two times and finished the double header 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a run, and a walk.

E-Twins E-Notes
E-Twins 0, Johnson City 4 (7 Innings)
Box Score
The E-Twins were held to three hits as no one on the team had more than one hit. Chris Paul reached base two times and cracked the team's lone extra-base hit, a double. AJ Murray, Alex Perez, and Manuel Guzman each reached base two times. The team went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base.

Alexis Tapia pitched into the sixth inning but took the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, while striking out nine and walking three. Tyler Stirewalt pitched 1.1 innings without allowing a run. He struck out one and didn't walk any. The loss dropped the E-Twins to four games under .500.

E-Twins 4, Johnson City 1 (7 Innings)
Box Score
The E-Twins struggled to get on the board in the first half of the double header but they found a way to scratch out some hits in the second half. LaMonte Wade had a pair of hits including a double to go along with two RBI. Alex Perez scored two runs and hit his fourth double of the season. The E-Twins two through seven hitters each had at least one hit and the team only left four men on base.

Onesimo Hernandez remained perfect on the season after throwing five innings of one run ball. He struck out four and walked one and the lone run was scored on a solo home run. CK Irby picked up his first save after pitching two scoreless innings to close out the contest.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 1 (Suspended- 2 Innings)
Box Score
The GCL Twins were scheduled for a double header but they weren't able to get through two innings of work before rain interrupted play. Lewin Diaz and Jermaine Palacios each drove in a run before the rain came a tumbling down. Look for a full report on both of these games when the rain finally stops falling in Florida. 

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Aaron Slegers, Fort Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Engelb Vielma, Fort Myers Miracle

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Toldeo (6:00 CST) – RHP Jose Berrios
Chattanooga vs. Pensacola (6:15 CST) – LHP Brett Lee
Ft. Myers vs. Lakeland (6:05 CST) – RHP Ryan Eades
Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (6:30 CST) – RHP Keaton Steele
Elizabethton vs. Johnson City (6:00 CST) – TBA
GCL Twins vs. GCL Rays (11:00 am CST) – TBA
GCL Twins vs. GCL Rays (Completion of 7/27 Game)