Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Stewart Pulled As a Precaution

The big story of the night was star pitching prospect Kohl Stewart being pulled very early in his start by the Cedar Rapids training staff. His fastball usually sits in the mid-90s but he was topping out anywhere from 88-90 mph. The Twins have come out and said they removed him for precautionary reasons. With not many games left in the minor league season, it would be surprising to see Stewart on the mound again in 2014.

With Stewart out of the game early, would the Kernels be able to continue their recent winning streak? Read on to find out.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 7, Buffalo 2
Box Score
Rochester was up six runs before Buffalo was able to crack onto the scoreboard. Pedro Florimon drove in three runs with a pair of doubles. Wilkin Ramirez hit his fourth home home run as part of a two-hit night. Chris Colabello hit his third home run in his last nine games and he leads the team with nine home runs.

Tyler Duffy made his second career Triple-A start and he earned his second victory. In this game, he went six innings and allowed two earned runs as he struck out six. He has gone at least six innings in both outings. Lester Oliveros replaced Duffey and did well by striking out four in two innings. The last time he didn't strike out more than one batter in an appearance was all the way back on July 7th. 

With the win, the Red Wings stay two games back in the Wild Card race with 13 games remaining in the season.

ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 3, Richmond 5 (Game 1-Completion from 8/18)
Box Score
In a game that was started on Monday night, the Rock Cats didn't have enough in the tank to mount a comeback. Virgil Vasquez has started before the rain got in the way. He didn't allow a run over two innings. Cole Johnson took over when the game resumed. He allowed four earned runs over three innings and was served his second loss. Adrian Salcedo did well to strike out five in three innings.

On the offensive side of things, Levi Michael and Kyle Knudson both had two hits including a double each. Knudson drove in two runs and it was Michael's first double since being promoted. Tony Thomas knocked in a run with his ninth double of the season.

New Britain 5, Richmond 0 (Game 2- 7 Innings)
Box Score
After having two hits in the first game of the night, Michael continued his hot hitting with three more hits in game two. Nate Hanson knocked in a run as part of a two hit game. Tony Thomas and Matt Koch both went 2-for-3 with a run scored to help the Rock Cats avoid the double header sweep.

Jason Adam threw four shutout innings to start the game. He struck out two and walked one. Daniel Turpen earned his fourth victory by pitching 1.1 innings and striking out three. Edgar Ibarra got into a little trouble in the seventh inning as he couldn't protect the shutout. Three straight one-out singles scored a run but he was able to leave two runners on base and finish the game.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 3, Bradenton 2
Box Score
The Miracle were out hit in this game but they squeaked across one more run to end up victorious. Aderlin Mejia got things started at the top of the line-up. He went 3-for-5, his second straight multi-hit game. Niko Goodrum and Travis Harrison both drove in a run to help the cause.

Brett Lee joined teammate Matt Tomshaw in the double digit win club. Over seven innings, he gave up 11 hits but he was helped out by three double plays turned behind him. Nick Burdi made his second appearance with the Miracle and he struck out one in an inning. Zack Jones earned his first save by pitching a perfect ninth.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 3
Box Score
The Kernels had to scramble a little after starter Kohl Stewart was pulled early (see above). A big three-run eighth inning powered the club to their eighth straight victory. Mat Batts had to do some tremendous work out of the bullpen. He pitched five shutout innings by striking out six and walking none. It was his second victory of the season.

Engelb Vielma and Tanner Vavra were hot at the back end of the Kernels line-up. They combined to go 7-for-8 in the game with three RBI and three runs scored. Vielma collected his first home run of the season and his first professional home run after being in the Twins organization since 2012.  Chad Christensen went 3-for-5 with a double.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 7, Princeton 8
Box Score
Elizabethton took a one run lead into the ninth but Princeton would strike for a couple runs to take the lead. Dereck Rodriguez took the loss and the blown save but only one of the runs he gave up was earned. Third baseman Blake Schmit had two throwing errors in the ninth. Michael Cederoth started and gave up four earned runs over four innings. He struck out five and walked two. C.K. Irby struck out five in two innings of relief work.

Tanner English and Alex Real both hit homers to pace the E-Twins offense. For Real, his home run was his first of the season and he smacked his fifth double. Austin Diemer went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Will Hurt had three hits for the first time this season.  

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 5, GCL Orioles 6
Box Score
The Twins scored five runs over the course of two innings but the Orioles came charging back with four runs in the next two frames. Rainis Silva had two doubles as part of a three hit day and he drove in three runs. It was his eighth double of the season. No players had more than one hit. Rafael Valera scored two runs without recording a hit.

Brandon Easton started and didn't allow an earned run. The only runs scored against him came after a fielding error by Ruar Verkerk. Zach Tillery was charged with his third loss after surrendering four runs on six hits in three innings. Eduardo Del Rosario pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts to end the game.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Mat Batts, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Engelb Vielma, Cedar Rapids Kernels


WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Rochester @ Buffalo (6:05 CST) – Alex Meyer (Listen)
New Britain @ Richmond (6:05 CST) – TBD (Listen
Ft. Myers @ Bradenton (5:30 CST) – Steven Gruver (Listen)
Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - Stephen Gonsalves (Listen)
Elizabethton- Scheduled Off Day
GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00am CST) – TBD 

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