Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Twins Minor League Report (7/10): Stewart Impresses

The New Britain Rock Cats didn't have a game on Wednesday evening but multiple players from their team were taking part in the Eastern League All-Star Game. New Britain was also the host city for the event and there were plenty of ESPN personalities at the event since it is so close to the headquarters of the four letter network.

Danny Santana started the game at shortstop and was the leadoff hitter for the Eastern Divison. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Josmil Pinto was the only player on his team with multiple hits. He played the whole game at DH and he went 2-for-4 with a double. Daniel Ortiz started the game in center field but he was held hitless in two plate appearances.

Trevor May was asked to pitch the second inning in front of the hometown crowd. He faced the eight-nine-one hitters for the West squad so it wasn't exactly the meat of the order. He recorded all three men in order with a fly out, a line out, and a strike out looking.

Rochester Red Wings 5, Scranton/WB RailRiders 1
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Chris Colabello continued his tremendous season with his 23rd home run of the season. His 3-run shot put the Red Wings out on top in the first inning and the club didn't look back. It was his second home run in as many nights. He finished the day 2-for-5 and he was the only Rochester hitter with multiple hits.

On the mound, Liam Hendriks looked like the vintage Triple-A Hendriks from previous seasons. He threw eight shutout innings by striking out six and walking two. In his last three starts, he has averaged 7.1 innings and he has a 0.81 ERA. There have been some rough moments for Hendriks this season but he seems to be finding a better groove.

Derek Jeter was on a rehab assignment and he lead-off for the RailRiders. He started the game at shortstop and ended up going 0-for-3 in the game. Hendriks was even able to strike out Jeter looking in the sixth inning. Jeter also had some tough defensive moments at shortstop.

Fort Myers Miracle 0, Jupiter Hammerheads 3 (Suspended- 5th Inning)
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Inclement weather forced the game between the Miracle and the Hammerheads to be suspended. The game was stopped in the bottom of the fifth inning with a runner at first and Andy Leer batting. The plan is to complete the game on Thursday starting at 5:05 pm and this will be followed by Thursday's regularly scheduled game. Look for a full report on both games at Twins Daily tomorrow.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Dayton Dragons 12
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It was a rough night for Kernels pitchers. Christian Powell started the game and got knocked around over three innings. He surrendered six earned runs on nine hits. Caleb Brewer also had a tough night as he gave up five runs on four hits in two innings of relief.

Dalton Hicks hit his 28th double of the year and he knocked in two runs in the game. JD Williams did a good job out of the leadoff spot by going 3-for-5 and he scored two runs. Travis Harrison added two hits. Max Kepler had a rough night as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. It was the first time since June 29 that he struck out more than once in a game.

Elizabethton Twins --, Bristol White Sox -- (Postponed)

Rain got in the way of this game between the Twins and the White Sox. The game will be made up on Thursday as part of a doubleheader. After getting out to a fast start out of the gate, the E-Twins have struggled so far this week. The club has lost three games in a row but they still have a 12-6 overall record and they sit at the top of the Appalachian League's West Division.

GCL Twins 1, GCL Orioles 2 (10 Innings)
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The GCL Twins couldn't find enough offense to pull out the victory but there were some positives from this game. First round pick Kohl Stewart made his second professional appearance. He tossed three shutout inning with only one hit allowed. Four Orioles were victim to a Stewart strikeout and he didn't walk a batter.

Stewart didn't start the game because Brandon Easton was asked to begin the day on the hill. He pitched the first three innings and scattered two hits. One seemed to be his magic number today as he allowed one run, had one walk, and struck out one batter.

There wasn't a ton of offense to brag about. The team managed four hits in ten innings of baseball. Zach Larson had his fourth double of the season. Brian Navarreto was responsible for the lone run with a solo home run in the second inning.