Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Twins Minor League Report (6/3): Wheeler Dealer

It's hard to believe the middle of the minor league season is fast approaching. This will mean the announcement of the mid-season All-Star Team rosters over the next few weeks. On Tuesday the Florida State League announced their teams and the Miracle have four players on the roster. 

Pitchers Jose Berrios, David Hurlbut and Brett Lee will be joined by outfielder Adam Brett Walker on the FSL South Division Team. Berrios, Hurlbut, and Lee have all been fantastic pitchers with each posting an ERA of under 2.40. Walker is the only position player in the group but he leads the FSL in home runs. 

In transaction news, Daniel Ortiz has been called up to Rochester from New Britain. You will have to read on to see how he did in his Triple-A debut. 

Rochester 5, Charlotte 2 
Rochester wanted to get their nine-game road trip started off on the right foot and it took a come from behind victory. The Wings found themselves trailing 2-1 in the top of the sixth before Deibinson Romero cracked a game-tying home run. He would also knock in the go-ahead RBI in the 8th inning as part of a three-run frame for Rochester. Eric Farris and James Beresford each had a couple hits including a double apiece. Daniel Ortiz went 0-for-4 after being called-up.

AJ Achter earned his second victory after the team received a strong start from Logan Darnell. He allowed two runs on five hits over 6.1 innings. Over his last 16 starts with Rochester, he has allowed three runs or fewer. Achter entered the game with a runner at second and one out but he got out of the jam to keep the game tied. He has stranded all 12 runners he has inherited this season. Ryan Pressly pitched a perfect ninth for his third save. 

The Wings have been hot lately winning 16 of their last 21 including four of their last five on the road. Rochester hasn't lost two straight contests since all the way back on May 12. 

New Britain 3, Akron 5
New Britain found themselves in an early hole and it took too long for their offense to get up and running in this one. Taylor Rogers pitched seven innings but he surrendered five runs on eight hits to suffer his fourth loss of the season. It was the first time he has been charged with a loss since his second start of the season on April 18th. Cole Johnson and Matthew Summers didn't allow a baserunner over the final two frames but it wasn't enough. 

Tony Thomas had a double and a run scored as part of a two-hit night. Reynaldo Rodriguez also had a double, his 16th of the season. The offense didn't record a hit until the fourth inning and the team was 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Overall, the team left five men on base. 

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Rochester. Coming into the night, the club had won five of their last six games. 

Fort Myers 8, Tampa 0
Miracle pitcher Jason Wheeler improved his record to 5-4 by throwing seven shutout innings. His ERA is down to 2.59 as he struck out five and walked two. It was his the third consecutive victory and he hasn't allowed a run over his last 16.2 innings of work. Mason Melotakis completed the shutout by pitching the last two frames without allowing a hit. 

The top of the order did all of the damage on the offensive side of the ball. The first four batters in the Miracle line-up all had multiple hit nights including three hit performances from Stephen Wickens and Adam Brett Walker. Eddie Rosario scored two runs and Jorge Polanco reached base in all five plate appearances. He finished 2-for-2 with a double, three runs scored, and three walks. 

With a St. Lucie loss to Dayton, the Miracle now have a 1.5 game lead in the Florida State League South Division with 12 games remaining in the first half.

Cedar Rapids (Scheduled Off Day)

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Jason Wheeler, Fort Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Deibinson Romero, Rochester Red Wings

Rochester @ Charlotte (5:05 CST)- Kris Johnson (Listen)
Rochester @ Charlotte (Game 2)- Scott Diamond
Akron @ New Britain (5:35 CST)- Tyler Duffey (Listen)
Lakeland @ Fort Myers (6:05 CST)- DJ Baxendale (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (7:05 CST)- Aaron Slegers (Listen)

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