Sunday, July 19, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (7/19): Lots of Losing

Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons
There wasn't too much to be happy about across Twins Territory on Sunday.  The big league club got destroyed out in Oakland and four of the team's five minor league affiliates were also unsuccessful in their attempt at victory. 

Even with not such positive outcomes in the win-loss column, there were still some strong performances at multiple levels. To see who fared well through all the losing, keep reading.

Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 2
Box Score
Greg Peavey picked up his first win since being promoted from Double-A at the end of last month and the bottom half of the batting order provided enough offense for the club's 51st win. Peavey tossed six frames while allowing two earned runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked three. Michael Tonkin and Logan Darnell combined for three perfect innings to close out the win.

Rochester got off to a slow start in this one as they were being no-hit through four innings but they combined to go 4-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Eric Farris, Argenis Diaz, and Carlos Paulino all had two hits as they batted seven through nine in the order. Diaz drove in two runs and scored two runs while Paulino drove in three and threw out a runner from behind the plate.

With the win, Rochester improved to seven games over .500 as the club leads the International League North Division by one game over the Scranton/WB RailRiders. The Red Wings next opponent, the Gwinnett Braves is two games under .500 and seven games out of first in the IL South Division.

Chattanooga --, Biloxi -- (Postponed- Rain)
Rain postponed this game before a pitch could be thrown. The two clubs will not meet again during the regular season so the game will not be made up. The Lookouts won three of the four games in the series before tonight's cancellation.

Fort Myers 2, Jupiter 3
Box Score
Jupiter pounded out 10 hits to slide by Fort Myers. Nick Burdi took the loss after allowing two runs in two innings of work. Stephen Gonsalves started the game and pitched five inning of one-run ball with two strikeouts and two walks. Brian Gilbert pitched two shutout innings to end the game.

TJ White was the lone Miracle batter with multiple hits as he went 2-for-4. Mitch Garver kept the team in the game with a solo home run , his seventh of the year. Alex Swim collected a pinch hit double but that runner would be one of nine runners left on base by the club.

Fort Myers has lost seven of their last nine game but the club is surprisingly only four games out of first place in the Florida State League South Division. The Miracle will look to get back on track as they start a new series against the last place Jupiter Hammerheads on Monday.

Cedar Rapids 1, Quad Cities 5
Box Score
Luke Westphal took the loss but it wasn't because of his performance on the mound. He went six strong innings while allowing two runs, one earned run, with four strikeouts and two walks. At one point, the southpaw retired nine straight batters. Chris Mazza got beat around for three runs on four hits to see any chance of a comeback disappear.

Edgar Corcino reached base three times as part of a 2-for-3 effort. Tyler Kuresa scored the lone run of the game for the Kernels. The only extra-base hit came off the bat of Pat Kelly, his eighth double of the season. Nick Gordon saw his 17-game hitting streak come to an end after going 0-for-4. Overall, the team left five runners on base and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

The Kernels have lost six of their last eight and they sit 8 games behind Kane County for first place in the Midwest League Western Division.

E-Twins E-Notes
E-Twins 3, Burlington 13
Box Score
The E-Twins found themselves in a very tight game before the B-Royals pounded out eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tyler Stirewalt and Jose Abreu surrendered all eight runs in the inning with seven of the eight runs being earned. Cody Stashak started and finished with six innings, two earned runs, five strikeouts, and three walks.

It wasn't all bad for the E-Twins. Amaurys Minier went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Daniel Kihle reached base three times in four trips and hit his first triple. LaMonte Wade scored a run and knocked his third triple of the season. It wouldn't be nearly enough as the team was sent to a double-digit loss for the first time all season.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Greg Peavey, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Amaurys Minier, Elizabethton Twins

Rochester vs. Gwinnett (6:05 CST) – LHP Taylor Rogers
Chattanooga vs. Montgomery (6:15 CST) – LHP David Hurlbut
Ft. Myers vs. Jupiter (6:05 CST) – TBA
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (1:00 CST) – TBA
Elizabethton @ Burlington (6:00 CST) – RHP Dereck Rodriguez
GLC Twins vs. GCL Orioles (11:00 am CST) – TBA

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