Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Tomshaw Twirls Gem

On Tuesday it was announced that New Britain Rock Cats outfield Daniel Ortiz was selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of May 19th-May 25th. Over six games, he hit .480 with four doubles, a triple, and two home runs. He had at least one hit in all six games and he post back-to-back three hit nights earlier in the week. During the last week, Ortiz lead the league in slugging percentage (.960), OPS (1.460) and tied for the league lead in extra-base hits (7)

Would Ortiz's hot hitting continue this week? Read on to find out.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 2, Syracuse 10 
Box Score
Syracuse must have been sick of losing to Rochester. Coming into the game the Red Wings had beat the Chiefs in three straight games and outscored them 24-10.

Scott Diamond is not making it easy for Rochester to win the games he starts. After giving up seven runs in 3.1 innings, his ERA is up to 7.51 and his WHIP is the highest in the International League. He hasn't won a start since May 2 and he's given up five runs or more in four of his nine starts. Yohon Pino, Deolis Guerra, and Edgar Ibarra did their best to clean up the mess as they combined to give up three earned runs over the last 5.2 frames.

There wasn't much to speak of on the offensive side of the ball. Chris Herrmann and Chris Colabello made their return to the Rochester line-up after being sent down on Monday. Herrmann went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Colabello went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Chris Rahl had the lone extra-base hit, a double that scored two runs.

ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 5, Portland 5 (2 Innings-Suspended)
Box Score
The Rock Cats didn't get very far into their game with the Sea Dogs but there was plenty of action. New Britain got on the board early with a big five-run first inning. Daniel Oritz continued his hot hitting ways with two hits including a triple. Reynaldo Rodriguez cracked a two-run home run, his eighth of the season.

Pat Dean got beat up in the rainy weather as he allowed five runs on six hits in 1.1 innings. He walked one and struck out one. The game is scheduled to be completed on Wednesday as part of a double-header.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 11, Clearwater 3
Box Score
Matt Tomshaw twirled eight shutout innings and faced just one batter over the minimum. He was able to get around his two walks and three hits because of three double plays turned behind him. It was his fourth straight win in May and he has only allowed two earned runs so far this month. Brandon Peterson had a strikeout as he closed out the ninth inning to preserve the shutout.

Stuart Turner put together a very impressive night at the plate. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI. It was his second consecutive multi-hit game and he's hit safely in eight of his last ten games. Five other hitters in the Miracle line-up had two hits or more. Max Kepler scored three runs and Niko Goodrum added a double.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 16, Beloit 5  
Box Score
The Kernels exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning and 16 runs, a season high, over four innings to pound the Beloit Snappers. Every Kernels starter had a hit besides JD Williams and he still scored three runs and had an RBI without recording a hit. Surprisingly, there was only one extra-base hit out of the 16 total hits for Cedar Rapids. Mitch Garver went 3-for-5 with 4 RBI and Ivory Thomas hit a pinch-hit three run homer to cushion the lead.

Jake Mauer was able to use a variety of pitchers in the late innings since his club scored so many runs. Derrick Penilla started things for Cedar Rapids and he went four shutout frames while walking three and striking out two. It was only his second start of the season and it was the most inning he has pitched this year. Brandon Bixler picked up the win but he was charged with five runs in less than three innings. Jared Wilson and Hudson Boyd combined to shutout the Kernels in the last 2.1 innings.

The Kernels improved to 4-2 against the Snappers this season. After the series win, the Kernels won't face the Snappers again in the first half. The two teams meet-up again in August

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Matt Tomshaw, Fort Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Stuart Turner, Fort Myers Miracle

SUNDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
Syracuse @ Rochester (6:05 CST)- Alex Meyer (Listen)
New Britain @ Portland- Taylor Rogers (Listen)
New Britain @ Portland (5:00 CST)- Competition of 5/28 Game 
Fort Myers @ Clearwater (12:00 CST)- David Hulbut (Listen)
Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST)- Aaron Slegers (Listen)

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