Monday, April 27, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (4/27): All Good In Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Jones earned a save in Double-A tonight
After fast starts for most of the minor league affiliates, things have come back down to earth over the last week. Cedar Rapids, Fort Myers, and Chattanooga have all lost multiple games in a row with the Lookouts in the midst of losing six of their last seven games. Top prospect Jose Berrios was on the mound to try and end that streak tonight.

Rochester has been picking up some of the slack with a nice little stretch of four wins in their last five games. This includes a two-game win streak to start this week. Would this trend continue or would the Red Wings fall victim to the rest of the losing happening on the farm?

Rochester 6, Columbus 1
Box Score
A strong pitching performance from Taylor Rogers and a trio of home runs from Doug Bernier, Reynaldo Rodriguez, and Brock Peterson helped Rochester push their latest winning streak to three games. Rogers allowed one earned run on two hits over eight strong frames, the first time he reached the eighth all season. He walked four and struck out four on route to his second win. AJ Achter finished the game with a perfect ninth including two punch outs.

The Bernier and Rodriguez homers were part of a four run fifth inning that put Rochester up for good in the game. Peterson's knock, his team leading fourth of the year, was part of a two run eighth. Eddie Rosario went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Jose Martinez lead the team with three hits including his third double.

Outfielder Wilkin Ramirez, who is currently on the disabled list, was with the team on Monday. He has been rehabbing from a pulled muscle injury and he will likely rejoin the team in the near future.

Chattanooga 5, Tennessee 3
Box Score
Jose Berrios made his fourth start of the season on Monday night and he tried to help the Lookouts get back to their winning ways. He did his best to put his team in position to win by throwing six innings of two hit ball. The only run he allowed was on a solo home run. Berrios danced around a season high four walks but his five strikeouts helped get out of some jams.

Berrios left with 4-1 lead and things got a little dicey with Nick Burdi on the mound. The first batter he faced coaxed a walk and the next batter hit a home run. He'd get out of the inning with two pop outs, a single, and a strikeout. Jake Reed and Zack Jones combined to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth to preserve the win.

Stephen Wickens drove in two runs and reached base three times to help power the offense. Byron Buxton had multiple hits for the second time in the last three games. Max Kepler collected his first triple of the year and Levi Michael scored a pair of runs.

Fort Myers 5, Palm Beach 4 (11 innings) 
Box Score
This was the fifth meeting between these two clubs this season and the Miracle had yet to find a way to beat the Cardinals. It took an extra-inning affair and a come from behind win but the Miracle finally found a way to come out victorious.

Luke Westphal made his third start and last four innings while giving up four runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked one. The Miracle Bullpen was masterful. Alex Muren, Brian Gilbert, J.T. Chargois, and Tim Shibuya combined to toss eight shutout innings with all but Chargois throwing multiple frames. Shibuya picked up his first win of the season.

Alex Swim started the rally in the 11th inning with a one-out single. The Miracle then used three consecutive walks from Mitch Garver, Niko Goodrum, and Marcus Knecht to score the winning run. Knecht and Bryan Haar had matching 2-for-5 lines with a double each. Swim and Chad Christensen both collected three hits.

Cedar Rapids- Scheduled Off Day

The Kernels are in the midst of a three game losing streak in which they were swept by Kane County. Cedar Rapids entered the day with an 11-7 record. That mark was good enough for second place, two games back, in the Midwest League Western Division.

Zack Granite currently leads the team in batting average (.364), OBP (.485), and OPS (.958). Trey Vavra leads the team in home runs (3) and slugging percentage (.589). Granite and Vavra are tied for the team lead with four doubles. Nick Gordon leads the team in triples (2) and RBI (15). Tanner English has stolen seven bases while Granite is not far behind with six steals.

Stephen Gonsalves, Mat Batts, and Jared Wilson lead the team's starters with two wins each. Gonsalves leads starters with a 0.90 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 20 IP. Cameron Booser leads the team with two saves and an eye popping 15 strikeouts in eight innings pitched. Felix Jorge has also been impressive with 24 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched with a 1.50 ERA.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Taylor Rogers, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Stephen Wickens, Chattanooga Lookouts


Rochester vs Columbus (5:35 CST) – RHP Alex Meyer
Chattanooga @ Mississippi (6:05 CST)- RHP Greg Peavey
Ft. Myers vs Palm Beach (6:05 CST) – RHP Aaron Slegers
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (11:00 am CST) - RHP Jared Wilson

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Monday games.

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