Sunday, May 4, 2014

Twins Minor League Report (5/3): Pino's Still Perfect

Something clearly hadn't been right with Mike Pelfrey in his recent starts and the Twins finally did something about it on Saturday morning. Pelfrey was placed on the disabled list with a left groin strain. Sam Deduno will take Pelfrey's spot in the rotation after he has continued to pitch well out of the bullpen.

Danny Santana is the man taking Pelfrey's spot on the active roster. The Twins plan to use him in a variety of roles especially since the club already has two other shortstops on the roster. Santana is one of the top prospects in the Twins system and he was hitting .268/.311/.381 with seven doubles in 24 games at Rochester.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 2, Louisville 0
Yohan Pino took it to his former team on Saturday afternoon. He tossed his second complete-game shutout of the season as he scattered three hits over nine innings. After throwing nine innings, Pino is in the midst of a 15 2/3 scoreless inning streak. In that streak he has limited opponents to seven hits with no walks and 17 strikeouts. His ERA is down to 0.84 and he has a perfect 5-0 record even though he hasn't been in the starting rotation for the entire season. 

Chris Parmelee went 0-for-2 with a couple walks to snap a career-high 15-game hitting streak. Wilkin Ramirez collected a couple hits and scored a run. Doug Bernier and Deibinson Romero both added a double while James Beresford had a single to increase his hitting streak to five games. 

ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 6, New Hampshire 5 (12 innings)
New Britain had their backs against the wall at multiple points of this game. New Hampshire scored a run in the top of the tenth inning to take their first lead of the day. Kennys Vargas kept the team alive with a solo-shot in the bottom of the inning. In the twelfth inning, the Fisher Cats scored again to jump out on top. Cory Wimberly singled to start the bottom of the inning. A couple batters later, Tony Thomas, who was a late inning pinch runner, sent the fans home happy with a walk-off two run bomb.

Pat Dean started the game for the Rock Cats. He pitched seven strong frames while limiting New Hampshire to three runs on nine hits. His five strikeouts were his second highest total of the season. The bullpen trio of Cole Johnson, Ryan O'Rourke, and Jim Fuller didn't allow an earned run after Dean's departure.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 3, Palm Beach 10
The Miracle pitching staff had a rough night. Alex Wimmers started and was all over the place with his control. He allowed four walks in only 3.2 innings. Palm Beach tagged him for six runs (three earned runs) on six hits. Brian Gilbert walked as many batters as Wimmers in only two innings of work. Madison Boer was charged with three earned runs over the last couple of innings.

Levi Michael offered a positive note in a rough game. He went 4-for-5 with a triple a run scored, and a RBI. It was his fifth straight game where he as registered multiple hits. Travis Harrison went 0-for-1 but he knocked in one of the team's three runs with a sacrifice fly. Stuart Turner hit his third double of the year.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 3, Peoria 0
Box Score
While the Miracle pitching staff had their troubles on Saturday, the Kernels compiled a strong performance. Aaron Slegers picked up his third win of the year after he threw seven scoreless frames. He struck out six and walked two. Alex Muren pitched the eighth innings and didn't allow a base runner.

The Kernels recorded four doubles on the offensive side of the ball to defeat Peoria for the first time this season. Chad Christensen went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Engelb Vielma added two hits of his own and scored two of the three runs for Cedar Rapids. 

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Yohan Pino, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Levi Michael, Fort Myers Miracle

SUNDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
Louisville @ Rochester (12:05 CST)- Alex Meyer
New Hampshire @ New Britain (12:35 CST)- Virgil Vasquez
Bradenton @ Fort Myers (3:05 CST)- Jason Wheeler
Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 CST)- Ryan Eades

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