Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Twins Minor League Report (5/13): Berrios Baffles

It's shaping up to be a killer couple of days for Cedar Rapids. After the first two games of their four-game set with Peoria got rained out, the Kernels will be forced to play double-headers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In their two other double-headers this season, the Kernels have played to an all or nothing result. They have either swept or gotten swept by the opposition. This left the club with a 2-2 record in double-header action this season.

How would they fare tonight? Would they be the sweepers or get swept?

Rochester 6. Columbus 0 (6 innings- Rain)
Rochester decided to have a home run party. The only requirement was that the batter couldn't of hit a home run yet this season at the Triple-A level. Eric Farris, Oswaldo Arcia, Deibinson Romero, and Chris Herrmann each. They were all solo home runs except for Arica's two-run shot. After a two-hit effort, Farris now has a team leading 15 multi-hit games in 32 starts this season.

Trevor May was pitching against another tough Trevor, Trevor Bauer. May gave up three hits and struck out six over six frames. It was the first time Bauer had lost this season and the win ended Rochester's eight game losing streak, a season long skid. The Red Wings have a season high five-game winning streak at home.

New Britain 4, Portland 2
The Rock Cats turned to Taylor Rogers to continue their recent winning ways. The club had won back-to-back games coming into the night and Rogers did his best to continue this streak. He tossed six innings of one-run ball by striking out seven and walking three. Over his last two starts, he has pitched a minimum of six innings and allowed one earned run or less. It was also his third straight victory.

Kennys Vargas and Reynaldo Rodriguez both had multi-hit nights and each scored two runs. It was the eighth double of the season for Vargas. Brandon Waring and Daniel Ortiz each added a double to help the Rock Cat offense. Waring's two-out double knocked in Rodriguez and Vargas and that hit made the difference in the game.

Fort Myers 6, Brevard County 0
Jose Berrios, one of the Twins top pitching prospects, completed 6.1 innings of shutout ball by limiting Brevard County to three hits. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth and his eight strikeouts were a season high. Berrios might have been able to finish the seventh inning if not for a missed catch error by first baseman Mike Gonzales. Madison Boer and Brandon Peterson helped to complete the shutout by allowing a hit each.

The Miracle didn't need a ton of offense but they scored enough to get a comfortable lead. Travis Harrison is in the midst of a four-game hitting streak as he knocked two doubles. Aderlin Mejia and John Murphy each collected two hits including a double apiece. Jorge Polanco scored two runs and he extended his hit streak to 11 consecutive games.

Cedar Rapids 3, Peoria 4 (Game 1)
The Kernels got out hit 11 to two but the club held a two run lead heading into the fifth inning. This is when Peoria got their big inning. After allowing one run in the first, starting pitcher Ethan Mildren settled in before allowing three doubles and three runs in the top of the fifth. His record dropped to 0-2 despite having a 3.10 ERA after allowing two runs or less in every start prior to today.

Jason Kanzler provided all of the offense for the Kernels. With two outs in the fourth, he cracked his third double of the season to drive in two runs. He also swiped two bases to bring his season total to seven steals. Overall, there wasn't a ton of offense to speak of from Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids 4, Peoria 6 (Game 2)
A big five-run third inning doomed the Kernels and starting pitcher Josue Montanez. He was charged with five earned runs on four hits and his ERA is up to 8.74. It's been back-to-back rough starts for Montanez as he allowed eight earned runs in less than two innings during his previous appearance.

Bryan Haar clocked his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot. The long ball gave Cedar Rapids an early lead but it wasn't enough. Haar finished the double-header going 4-for-6 with three runs scored. Bo Altobelli added two hits and an RBI in this game.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Jose Berrios, Fort Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Bryan Haar, Cedar Rapids Kernels

Columbus @ Rochester (6:05 CST)- Scott Diamond
Portland @ New Britain (5:35 CST)- Tyler Duffey
Fort Myers @ Brevard County (9:35 CST)- David Hulbut
Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (5:05 CST)- Kohl Stewart
Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (30 min. after Game 1)- Felix Jorge 

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