Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Twins Minor League Report (5/20): Tremendous Pitching Trio

Minnesota starts into a West Coast swing of baseball action on Tuesday. The club will play two games in San Diego before heading up the coast for a weekend series in San Francisco. This means some late night baseball action for Twins Territory, as most of the team's games won't be starting until 8:00 pm or later.

The Twins have won each of their last three series including two out of three from Boston and Detroit. If the Twins want to continue to be relevant in the AL Central, they will need to continue to win series. The Tigers are out to an early lead in the division and they are playing at a very high level.

Down in the minor leagues, there were three very strong starts by pitchers in New Britain, Fort Myers, and Cedar Rapids. Were their teams able to pick up the victory? You'll have to read on to find out!

Rochester 0, Toledo 3 
Box Score
The loss by Rochester ended a seven-game winning streak and a 10-game home winning streak. It was the third time the Red Wings have been shutout this season and Toledo has done it twice to them. Scott Diamond started and lasted seven innings while giving up three runs on six hits. He tied his season high in strikeouts with six and he hasn't allowed a walk in the last 13.1 innings.

James Beresford went 1-for-4 in the game and extended his hitting streak to seven games. He also has a 13-game home hitting streak in front of the Frontier Field faithful. Doug Bernier started at first base and he has now started at six different positions (1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, and RF) for the Wings this season. Pedro Florimon had two hits and his sixth error in the field.

New Britain 7, Richmond 2
Daniel Ortiz powered the Rock Cats past the Flying Squirrels on Tuesday night. Ortiz went 3-for-4 with two doubles and it was his second consecutive multi-hit game. The first four hitters in New Britain's line-up all had multi-hit games and they combined to go 9-for-15 with three doubles and five runs scored. Overall, the team went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position and this certainly helped the pitching staff on this night.

Sean Gilmartin had plenty of run support and he didn't necessarily need it all. Over 8.0 innings, he allowed two runs on four hits and he struck out a season high nine batters. It was his first win since May 2nd and it was the first time he had pitched more than 6.2 innings this season. Lester Oliveros pitched a perfect ninth innings with a strikeout.

Fort Myers 7, Dunedin 2
Box Score
A four-run fourth inning helped the Miracle to break open a tie game. Travis Harrison started the frame with a double and Dalton Hicks followed that up with a walk. A few pitches later Niko Goodrum drove in both base runners with triple. Adam Brett Walker knocked in Goodrum with a single and a few batters later he scored on a Jonathan Murphy single. The Miracle were up 5-1 and they didn't look back.

To cap off a solid day of starting pitching by Twins minor leaguers (Cedar Rapids played an afternoon game), Matt Tomshaw went seven frames by allowing two runs on five hits. Both of the runs scored against him were home runs but they were solo-shots to keep his team in the game. He struck out four and walked one. Madison Boer pitched two shutout innings to end the game. He allowed one hit and stuck out two.

Cedar Rapids 4, Beloit 2  
Box Score
JD Williams played the hero in this game as his pinch-hit, two run single in the bottom of the eighth turned out to be the difference in the game. Bryan Santy had a good day at the plate as he went 2-for-3 with his third double of the season. He also scored two of the team's four runs. Ivory Thomas and Carlos Avila each went 2-for-2 at the dish.

Kohl Stewart didn't figure into the decision but he was outstanding on the mound. He tossed six frames and allowed one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked one. It was the first time he has pitched at least six innings since April 25th and it was only the second time all year he made it that far into a game. His ERA is down to 2.21 for the season over 40.2 innings.

Alex Muren picked up his first win of the season by allowing one run in two innings of relief work. He struck out three and didn't walk any. Todd Van Steensel earned his second save by pitching a scoreless ninth frame.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Sean Gilmartin, New Britain Rock Cats
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Daniel Ortiz, New Britain Rock Cats

Rochester- Scheduled off day 
Richmond @ New Britain (5:35 CST)- Pat Dean (Listen)
Fort Myers @ Dunedin (5:30 CST)- David Hulbut (Listen)
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST)- Felix Jorge (Listen)

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