Thursday, August 15, 2013
Twins Minor League Report (8/15): Stewart Sets Career Highs
Outfielder Aaron Hicks has been dealing with a nagging injury. Rochester put him on the 7-day disabled list with a right heel bruise. Since he hadn't appeared in a game for a couple days, the move is retroactive to August 13th. In his six games after being demoted, Hicks was hitting .227/.320/.227 with no extra base hits.
Here's a look at what happened throughout the day on Thursday in the Twins minor league system.
Rochester Red Wings 4, Buffalo Bisons 2
PJ Walters was coming off of his poorest outing of the season (2 IP, 7 R, 9 H) so it was important for him to get back on track. He tossed seven innings to pick up the win and this happened even after he had a shaky start at the beginning of the game. He scattered six hits and allowed two earned runs with three walks while striking out four. It was his fourth start of the season where he pitched at least seven innings.
Darin Mastroianni was optioned to Rochester on Thursday and he used the opportunity to break out of an 0-for-15 slump. He had a two-single in the top of the third. The Red Wings used some clutch hitting and a Bisons error to score three runs in the fifth inning. Eric Fryer scored two runs in the game and hit his third home runs of 2013. Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Edgar Ibarra and Michael Tonkin were great in relief of Walters. Ibarra pitched a perfect eighth inning and struck out two of the hitters that he faced. Michael Tonkin earned his 10th save by allowing one hit and striking out one in the ninth. Rochester relievers have picked up saves in 26 of their last 27 opportunities since the beginning of June.
New Britain Rock Cats 3, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9
The Rock Cats pitching staff couldn't buy a break in this game as the Fisher Cats pounced on them. New Hampshire scored nine runs on 16 hits. It took New Britian until the eighth inning to get on the board. This was too little, too late for the Rock Cats.
Trevor May started for New Britain and the results were so-so. He failed to get out of the sixth inning and he was charged with four earned runs on 10 hits. He was able to strike out 10 batters and he was still hitting in the low 90s with his fastball even after throwing over 100 pitches. His last three starts have been less than six innings, which isn't exactly where he needs to be.
Danny Santana had multiple hits for the third time in his last four games. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Daniel Ortiz added two hits and an RBI. Dan Rohlfing was the only other hitter with an extra-base hit, his 13th double of the year.
Fort Myers Miracle 5, St. Lucie Mets 3
Fort Myers ended their three game skid with a victory over the Mets. It looked a little scary in the early going as the club fell behind 3-0 after a couple innings. A big four run fifth inning helped to separate the Miracle and the bullpen pitched in with six shutout frames.
Byron Buxton was held to one hit but he was still able to score two runs and steal his 15th base of the season. His single stretched his hitting streak to nine games. Jhon Goncalves and Dalton Hicks both got two hits including a double for each of them. Hicks had an impressive night at the plate with two walks and two RBI. Levi Michael knocked his fourth triple. Stephen Wickens was also able to extend his hit streak to 10 games.
Matt Tomshaw got hit around and he was pulled out of the game after three innings. Luckily the bullpen was ready to perform. Tyler Duffy earned the victory after throwing three shutout frames with two strikeouts. Adrian Salcedo pitched two innings and only gave up one hit. Zach Jones struck out the side in the ninth but he did get into a little trouble with two walks.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Beloit Snappers 5
Adam Walker sent the fans home happy in Cedar Rapids with a walk-off double. Jonathan Murphy had started the inning with a single and Niko Goodrum followed this with a hit by pitch. Jorge Polanco tried to bunt to advance the runners but the Snappers got the lead runner at third. Walker stepped up to the plate and cracked his 28th double of the year.
The bullpen for the Kernels was outstanding. Tim Shibuya, Brandon Bixler, and Brian Gilbert combined for five shutout innings. There were no hits in the last five frames and only one batter reached base. Miguel Sulbaran made his first start since being acquired from the Dodgers for Drew Butera. He lasted four innings by giving up seven hits and four earned runs.
Elizabethton Twins 4, Johnson City Cardinals 0
Three different E-Twins pitchers combined for a two hit shutout of the Cardinals. Kuo Hua Lo pitched the first five innings and gave up both of the hits. He struck out five and walked two and the victory was his first of the year. Luke Bard got into a little trouble with a couple of walks in his inning of work but he didn't give up a hit. Austin Malinowski was terrific in three strong innings by striking out six and never having a base runner reach against him.
A two-run first inning helped to put the E-Twins on top for good in this one. Rory Rhodes went 2-for-3 and he helped to keep a couple of innings alive. Stuart Turner knocked in a couple of runs with his single. There were no extra base hits for the E-Twins but it didn't matter with the way the pitching staff was throwing.
GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 6
Kohl Stewart set careers highs in strikeouts (5 Ks) and innings pitched (4 IP) but it wasn't enough for the GCL Twins to get back to their winning ways. In their last eight games, the club has lost seven. The defense behind Stewart was full of some holes as there were three errors. Three runs would be scored with Stewart on the mound but he was only charged with one earned run on five hits.
Ivory Thomas knocked in two runs as part of a 2-for-5 day. He added his second double of the year. Jason Kanzler notched his fourth triple of the season and he finished the day 2-for-4. Chad Christensen, Adonis Pacheco, and Ryan Tufts all had two hits and Nelson Molina scored two runs as the number nine hitter.