Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Twins Minor League Report (6/10): Shibuya Flirts with No-No

The Twins took care of business in Toronto on Tuesday night and most of the teams in the minor leagues were able to follow their lead. It didn't take long for Kendrys Morales to remember how to hit and Brian Dozier is putting himself into the All-Star conversation at second base.

Minnesota is in the mix for the playoffs and many of their minor league affiliates are fighting for first half titles. Every win is important so let's jump down on the pond to check out the action.

Rochester 7, Gwinnett 4 
James Beresfor, Deibinson Romero, and Chris Collabello all had multiple hit games to lead the Red Wings to their 37th team victory. Romero and Colabello each had two doubles and Colabello added two RBI. Pedro Florimon cracked his second home run of the year to pace the Red Wings. Overall, Rochester pounded out eleven hits and seven runs to end a two-game losing streak.

Trevor May started the game but he only lasted 5.1 innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits. I praised him in earlier in the week during my midseason Twins top prospect rankings so it figures that he would have a little bit of a rough start. Ryan Pressly and Aaron Thompson each earned a hold for combining to pitch 2.2 scoreless innings.

Wilkin Ramirez extended his career-long hit streak to 12 games. He is hitting .333 with 10 RBI during that stretch. The Red Wings finished their nine-game rod trip with a 6-3 record.

New Britain 5, Reading 4
Box Score
It took a come from behind victory but these Cats were able to claw their way back into the game. New Britain scored in the top of the ninth inning to separate themselves from the Reading Phillies. Tony Thomas was the lone New Britain hitter with more than one hit. Sam Fuld and Kennys Vargas both added home runs to help the cause.

Rock Cats starter Tyler Duffey tossed six strong innings by scattering five hits and two earned runs. He struck out three and walked two. Matthew Summers surrendered the lead but his teammates bailed him out. Lester Oliveros picked up his third win by tossing 1.1 scoreless innings and striking out three. His ERA currently sits at and eye-popping 0.68. 

Fort Myers 10, Charlotte 0
The story of this game was Mr. Tim Shibuya. He flirted with a no hitter for a large chunk of this game before allowing a couple of hits. He tossed seven shutout frames on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts. His record improved to 4-2 with relief help from BJ Hermsen and Alex Wimmers.

On the offensive side of the ball, it was the Stephen Wickens show. He knocked the sixth grand slam of the year for the Miracle as part of a 2-for-4 night. He collected five RBI, hit a double, and scored two runs along the way. Four other Miracle hitters collected two walks to help the team stay alive in innings.

Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 6
Bryan Haar collected his 23rd extra-base hit of the year on a double in this game but it wasn't enough to help the Kernels to victory. Tanner Vavra and Chad Christensen each tallied two hits but the rest of the team didn't follow their lead. The Kernels committed two defensive errors on the night and are now 1-6 against the Bandits this year.

Aaron Slegers got beat around over 4.2 innings as he allowed five total runs with three of them being unearned. This had to be frustrating. He was charged with six hits but he struck out three and walked one for his third loss of the season. Josue Montanez and Chris Mazza were not charged with a run for the rest of the game. Montanez struck out six over 2.2 frames.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Tim Shibuya, Fort Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Stephen Wickens, Fort Myers Miracle

Rochester- Scheduled Off Day
New Britain @ Reading (6:05 CST)- Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
Charlotte @ Fort Myers (6:05 CST)- Jose Berrios (Listen)
Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST)-  Fernando Romero (Listen)

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