Many of the Twins minor league affiliates celebrated Independence Day early with offensive explosions. The Red Wings and the Miracle had men up and down their line-ups knock in runs to help their clubs to come out victorious.
There were a few minor league news and notes that took place on Wednesday afternoon. Catcher Danny Lehmann was released by the club after spending time on the disable list this season. He had only played 18 games this season and he was a career .229/.317/.301 hitter.
It was also announced that Chris Colabello and Andrew Albers will represent the Red Wings at the Triple-A All-Star Game. Colabello was the overall leader in the online fan balloting and he will start at first base for the International League squad.
The Red Wings had some fireworks on the field on the day before the Fourth of July. Brian Dinkelman, Chris Colabello, and Deibinson Romero all hit home runs. Every batter in the Rochester line-up recorded a hit and some of the men had six chances at the plate.
Doug Bernier had the most hits as he went 3-for-6. Chris Herrmann had a very good game by collecting two hits in four trips to the plate. He had his ninth double and his third triple. Colabello continued his remarkable season by knocking his 21st home run.
In one of his best pitching performances of the year, Andrew Albers tossed seven strong frames. He allowed one solo home run but that was the only run scored on the night. The Bisons had five hits and Albers struck out six men.
New Britain Rock Cats 1, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6
Miguel Sano continued some of his struggles at the Double-A level. He went 0-for-4 on this night but he struck out three times. The defensive side of the ball wasn't much better as he committed his sixth error since his promotion. It wasn't only Sano that struggled on Wednesday night because the rest of the offense didn't help the team.
Danny Santana was the lone Rock Cats with two hits. Nate Hanson hit his 14th double of the season and scored a run. Daniel Ortiz continued his powerful season by knocking his 22nd double. The team went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and there were nine runners left on base.
Virgil Vasquez was making his second start at Double-A since being demoted from Rochester. He tossed six innings and gave up four earned runs. AJ Achter did a good job in relief by tossing a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout.
Fort Myers Miracle 11, Bradenton Marauders 5
The Miracle pounded out 21 hits and the club had no problem coming out victorious. Fort Myers scored three runs in the sixth inning and they topped that in the seventh by scoring six runs. It's hard to know where to start with the offensive explosion.
Byron Buxton went 3-for-5 with a double but he did strikeout two times. The three hit game raised his batting average to .400 since being promoted to Fort Myers. Every batter in the Miracle line-up had a double except for Kennys Vargas. Jhon Goncalves, Mike Kvasnicka, and Candido Pimentel all went 3-for-5 in the game.
Taylor Rogers benefited from the offensive explosion on the mound. He pitched into the seventh inning and limited the Marauders to three runs on nine hits. He struck out three batters and only gave up one walk. Corey Williams recorded the final four outs of the game and collected three strikeouts.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 2, Beloit Snappers 8
Beloit, the former Twins affiliate, has turned into a tough team for the current Twins affiliate to beat. Cedar Rapids fell again to the Snappers and there wasn't much offense for the Kernels. Beloit scored runs in five different innings to come out with an easy win.
Max Kepler continued his hot start to the season by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. JD Williams had the only extra base hit with his 11th double of the year. Jorge Polanco scored a run and had two hits. The club went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position so some offensive opportunities were missed.
Christian Powell started the contest and pitched 5.2 innings. He gave up 10 hits and six earned runs. Allowing two home runs didn't help him on the way to his second loss of the year. Hudson Boyd and Caleb Brewer only gave up one earned run in the last 2.1 innings. They combined to strikeout three and gave up four hits.
Elizabethton Twins --, Johnson City Cardinals --
Inclement weather might have been the only thing that could have stopped the E-Twins from winning. Their game with the Johnson City Cardinals got postponed due to some weather issues. The club has a 10-2 record and they will look to continue their winnings ways over the holiday weekend.
GCL Twins 8, GCL Rays 2 (6 Innings-Rain)
Nick Blackburn returned to the mound for the first time and got some decent results. He threw four innings and scattered seven hits. The Rays scored both of their runs off of Blackburn and he had one strikeout. Leonel Zazueta pitched the fifth inning and he struck out two batters.
Joel Polanco lead the offense with a 2-for-3 day. He hit his first double of the season and knocked in two runs. Amaurys Minier knocked in three runs to help stretch the lead. Adonis Pacheco added his second double of the season.