Friday, July 26, 2013

Twins Minor League Report (7/26): Albers Does It Again

The story of Miguel Sano's benching after a slow home run trot has certainly taken on a life of it's own. There have been multiple websites and media outlets that have picked up the tale. He wouldn't play again on Friday and it will be interesting to see when he gets back on the field. He can be a difference maker to the Rock Cats offense and the team wants to try and get back to the .500 mark. Sano can help to make that happen.

Sano might be getting a lot of the attention for the Twins farm system but the guys actually on the field need some support as well. There were some great performances through multiple levels of the farm system on Friday night. It all starts in Triple-A with the man on the mound...

Rochester Red Wings 5, Norfolk Tides 2
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For the second time in his career, Andrew Albers tossed a complete game shutout and it helped propel the Red Wings into sole possession of the Wild Card lead. Before a leadoff homer by Luis Exposito in the 7th inning, Albers had stretched his scoreless streak to 13.1 innings and his earned run-less streak to 18.1 innings. He is the first Red Wings starter to win 11 games since Brian Duensing in 2007.

Oswaldo Arcia continued his hot hitting since being sent down. He hit his third home run in eight games and he has hit safely in seven of those contests. He finished the night 2-for-4 and he is batting .478 (11-23) with three home runs, two doubles, and six RBI since his demotion.

Deibinson Romero was in the middle of quite the run at the plate as well. He reached base safely in eight straight at-bats until a flyout in his last at-bat on Friday. During that streak, he went 5-for-5 with a home run, a double, and three walks. He was 3-for-4 on Friday with three singles.

New Britain Rock Cats 2, Reading Fightin' Phillies 7
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The Rock Cats out hit the Phillies on this night but a victory was still well out of reach. New Britain left nine men on base and the team went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The Phillies were also able to pound out three home runs against the Rock Cats pitching staff while New Britain only had one extra base hit.

Miguel Sano was out of the line-up again after he "pimped" a home run earlier this week. This left the offense in the hands of the other men on the team. Danny Santana collected his sixth triple of the season. Eddie Rosario and Adam Pettersen each had two hits.

Pat Dean took the loss in this game after throwing seven innings and giving up four runs. He struck out eight and walked one but he did give up two home runs. It was the third straight loss for Dean but it was the first time he has pitched more than four innings in his last three starts.

Fort Myers Miracle 7, Clearwater Threshers 3
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Byron Buxton showed why he considered by many to be the best prospect in baseball. He belted two triples on the way to 2-for-3 night at the plate. He scored a run and drove in two runners. Anderlin Mejia also helped out the offense and extended his hitting streak to 14-games. The bottom three in the Miracle batting order provided some offensive punch. J.D. Williams, Andy Leer, and Levi Michael each had a double and a run batted in.

Jason Wheeler picked up his eighth win of the season by tossing five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits. Wheeler got into a little trouble in the sixth as he hit a batter and gave up three straight hits. The Threshers scored two runs and the bullpen took over from there. Nelvin Fuentes and Tyler Jones pitched four shutout innings to close the door on another Miracle victory.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Peoria Chiefs 2
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The Kernels used a six-run seventh inning to slip past the Chiefs on Wednesday night. It took awhile for the offense to wake up as the club had one hit through six frames. Niko Goodrum and Jorge Polanco led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. Adam Walker hit a sac fly to tie the game. Eventually, Joel Licon hit a two-out double to plate two more runs. Jonathan Murphy would cap the big inning with a two-run single.

Kernels starter Brett Lee went five innings and allowed one earned run on six hits. He walked one and struck out four. Tim Shibuya earned the victory in relief by throwing two innings and giving up one hit with three strikeouts. It was the first victory of the year for Shibuya since he moved up from Elizabethton. David Hurlbut pitched two hitless innings to end the game.

Elizabethton Twins 1, Johnson City 3
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Hein Robb did his best to keep the E-Twins in this game but the offense wasn't there to back him up. He pitched into the eighth inning for the first time all season by scattering eight hits and three earned runs. He struck out eight batters and walked one but two home runs were tough to overcome. Andre Martinez recored the other two outs of the game on strikeouts.

The E-Twins were held to five hits and the team struck out nine times. Rory Rhodes led the offense with a 2-for-4 night after being held hitless in his last four games. Stuart Turner, Romy Jimenez, and Tanner Vavra added the other hits of the game but they were all singles. Six runners were left on base and the team only batted with a runner in scoring position four times.

GCL Twins 3, GCL Red Sox 7
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Jonathan Hinojosa was the lone member of the Twins to collect two hits in this game. He went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Engelb Vielma scored two runs out of the leadoff spot. Alex Swim and Joel Polanco each added their fourth doubles of the season.

Plenty of pitchers saw action in this game. Leonel Zazueta started and went three innings by allowing one run on three hits. Luke Bard pitched in relief and he was only asked to get the first two outs of the fourth inning. Brandon Easton took his third loss of the season by giving up four runs on five hits in a little over an inning of work. Fernando Romero had some control issues as he walked four men over 2.2 innings.

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