Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Sano's Big Day

MLB made it official on Wednesday afternoon.

Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton are the "future" and they will both be participants in this year's MLB Futures Game. This game features some of the best talent in the minor leagues from each organization. The teams are broken up into a World Team and a US Team so Sano and Buxton will be on opposite squads.

Because of some rainouts on Tuesday, there were a ton of games in the Twins system on Wednesday. Let's see who else is part of the Twins future.

Rochester Red Wings 9, Indianapolis Indians 7
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It took a whole lot of offense and some nail biting in the late innings but the Red Wings were still able to pick up their 40th win of the season. The win also assured the team of their first winning month of the year and their first winning month since last July.

Chris Colabello continues to destroy the International League. He went 2-for-4 with his team leading 18th home run. So far this season, he is hitting .369/.437/.663 with Rochester. Jeff Clement added two hits and his seventh double. Doug Bernier and James Beresford had two hits apiece. Colabello, Clement, and Beresford each had two RBI.

After going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his first Triple-A game, Aaron Hicks wasn't as lucky in game two. He played in center field for the first time on his rehab assignment. He went 0-for-2 with an RBI and a walk. He was pulled early from the game.

Rochester's starter Cole De Vries pitched through five innings and kept the team in the game. He allowed four runs on eight hits including a home run. Cody Eppley ran into some trouble in the late innings as he gave up three earned runs in a little over an inning of work. Shairon Martis had to pitch the last 1.2 innings for his fourth save.

New Britain Rock Cats 9, Altoona Curve 2 (Completion of 6/25)
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The transition to Double-A hasn't been the easiest for Miguel Sano and the hits have been few and far between. After going 1-for-3 with a home run, maybe it was a sign of some good things to come. He has been hitting the ball hard but pitchers have been careful with him.

Curt Smith had a fantastic day at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Nate Hanson only had one hit but he made it count with a triple and two RBI. Josmil Pinto punched his 17th double and he came around to score.

Matthew Summers had been the starter on Tuesday before the rains came. Bobby Lanigan picked up the game on Wednesday and he would earn his third win. He threw three innings and gave up three hits. Dakota Watts and Matt Hauser didn't allow an earned run in the last four innings.

New Britain Rock Cats 6, Altoona Curve 3 (7 innings)
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With his home run earlier in the day, something must have clicked for Sano. He went 2-for-4 in the second game of the day with a double and a triple. Out of his nine hits at Double-A, six of them have been for extra bases. Between the two games, he went 3-for-7 with three extra-base hits.

Tom Stuifbergen earned his second win with the Rock Cats. Over five innings, he spread out eight hits and limited Altoona to three earned runs. He struck out two batters and walked one. Edgar Ibarra finished off the last two innings while allowing one hit and securing his second save.

Daniel Ortiz went 2-for-4 with his third triple. Jordan Parraz hit a two-run home run to cap off a six-run first inning for New Britain. This huge first inning would be all the runs the Rock Cats would need. The club went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position and the win brought the team back to within two games of the .500 mark.

Fort Myers Miracle 3, Jupiter Hammerheads 5
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The Byron Buxton era in Fort Myers isn't off to the best start. The club hasn't won in his first two games since his promotion. He got his first RBI at the High-A level in this contest. Buxton went 1-for-4 and he's had at least one hit in each game.

Tyler Duffy was making his fourth start since being called up from Cedar Rapids. He made it through six innings but he got knocked around for 12 hits and five earned runs. He struck out two batters and he didn't issue any walks. It was his third loss and he given up five runs in his last two starts. Corey Williams threw two innings in relief and he struck out four.

Candido Pimentel was the lone Fort Myers hitter with more than one hit. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Mike Kvasnicka hit his fourth home run and it was only his 14th game. The Miracle will finish up their road trip with a three-game series against Jupiter.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Burlington Bees 2
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In the month of May, Jose Berrios had yet to earn a victory but that streak came to an end on Wednesday. Last year's supplemental first round pick tossed seven outstanding innings. He struck out nine batters and didn't allow a walk. The Bees scored two runs off of him on five hits. In his last ten starts, it was the first time Berrios made it through seven innings of work.

Max Kepler continues to do his best to replace the offense lost with Buxton's promotion. Kepler hit his second home run in as many nights. Dalton Hicks went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Niko Goodrum and Jorge Polanco each added a double to their impressive numbers this season. 

The Kernels improved to 46-28 with the win. Since the All-Star Break at the beginning of last week, the club is a perfect 6-0. They will look to continue that streak in the second game of the series against Burlington. 

Elizabethton Twins 5, Princeton Rays 4
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The E-Twins pounded out 15 hits and the club needed everyone of them to improve their record to 6-1. Bryan Haar went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season. With three hits in the game, Bryan Santy had his first multi-hit game. Dereck Rodriguez, Javier Pimentel, and Ryan Walker all had two hits.

Felix Jorge pitched 5.2 strong innings by allowing one hit. He struck out six, walked three, and earned his first win. Austin Malinowski had a tough time finding the plate with three walks and his three runs allowed helped to keep the Rays in the game.

Dallas Gallant and Brandon Peterson finished off the last 2.1 innings. They limited the Rays to three hits and no runs. Each of these players struck out a batter and they have yet to allow a run this season.

GCL Twins 5, GCL Orioles 4
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Scoring two runs in each of the first two innings put the GCL Twins ahead but the GCL Orioles would claw their way back into the game with a three-run eighth inning. The Twins turned out to have just enough offense to win their third game of the year and the club is now one game over .500.

Mexican pitcher Leonel Zazueta made his second appearance of the year and his first start. He threw four shutout innings by scattering three hits and striking out two. He didn't walk a batter but he wouldn't figure into the decision.

Bruce Pugh got hit around a little in his inning of work. He was charged with all three runs but he did strike out three batters. German born pitcher Markus Solbach earned his first professional victory with two scoreless innings of relief.

Zach Larson hit a two-run home run to help the Twins to their early lead. Adonis Pacheco went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. Alex Swim added two hits of his own. Overall, the team left six runners on base and they went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

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