Monday, July 27, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (7/27): Super Slegers!

Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons
Winning has been a trend through out the Twins system this season. Entering play on Monday night, the Twins had the third highest winning percentage for any farm system. Twins affiliates have won 54.29% of their games and only trail the Astros and Mets for the top spot.

Did Minnesota's affiliated teams continue their winning ways? There were multiple double headers scheduled for Monday so you'll have to read on to find out.

Rochester 1, Toledo 2
Box Score
Pat Dean pitching a complete game and limited the Mud Hens to two runs but he didn't get enough run support and was handed his ninth loss of the season. He scattered nine hits and walked two while striking out one. It was his third straight start of seven innings or more while allowing two earned runs or fewer. He's taken the loss in three of those three previous starts.

The lone Rochester run came courtesy of a Reynaldo Rodriguez solo home run. Eric Farris matched Rodriguez with a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Jorge Polanco and Chris Herrmann both reached base twice with a pair of walks. The team only had three at-bats with runners in scoring position but they were held hitless.

With the loss, the Red Wings have lost five straight games and sit three games over .500. The club currently sits three games behind the Scranton/WB RailRiders for first place in the International League North Division.

Fort Myers 5, Lakeland 1 (7 Innings)
Box Score
Aaron Slegers earned his eighth victory after pitching a seven inning complete game. He allowed one earned run on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. It was his sixth straight start of pitching at least seven innings and allowing two earned runs or less. During that stretch, he has gone 4-1 while limiting opponents to one walk.

Michael Quesada drove in a pair of runs to help add to the Miracle lead. Engelb Vielma and DJ Hicks finished the game with two hits each including both having a double. TJ White went 2-for-3 with a run scored. The team had more than enough offense to back the stellar pitching performance by Slegers. 

Fort Myers 1, Lakeland 6 (7 Innings)
Box Score
After the strong pitching performance from Slegers in the first half of the double header, Chih-Wei Hu had a tough time on the mound. He allowed five earned runs on 10 hits while striking out six in less than five innings of work. Brian Gilbert, Tyler Jay, and Trevor Hildenberger put up zeros for the rest of the night but it was too big of a hole.

No Miracle batters had more than one hit and none of the team's hits were for extra-bases. Michael Quesada scored the lone run for the team. Engelb Vielma reached base two times and finished the double header 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a run, and a walk.

E-Twins E-Notes
E-Twins 0, Johnson City 4 (7 Innings)
Box Score
The E-Twins were held to three hits as no one on the team had more than one hit. Chris Paul reached base two times and cracked the team's lone extra-base hit, a double. AJ Murray, Alex Perez, and Manuel Guzman each reached base two times. The team went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base.

Alexis Tapia pitched into the sixth inning but took the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, while striking out nine and walking three. Tyler Stirewalt pitched 1.1 innings without allowing a run. He struck out one and didn't walk any. The loss dropped the E-Twins to four games under .500.

E-Twins 4, Johnson City 1 (7 Innings)
Box Score
The E-Twins struggled to get on the board in the first half of the double header but they found a way to scratch out some hits in the second half. LaMonte Wade had a pair of hits including a double to go along with two RBI. Alex Perez scored two runs and hit his fourth double of the season. The E-Twins two through seven hitters each had at least one hit and the team only left four men on base.

Onesimo Hernandez remained perfect on the season after throwing five innings of one run ball. He struck out four and walked one and the lone run was scored on a solo home run. CK Irby picked up his first save after pitching two scoreless innings to close out the contest.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 1 (Suspended- 2 Innings)
Box Score
The GCL Twins were scheduled for a double header but they weren't able to get through two innings of work before rain interrupted play. Lewin Diaz and Jermaine Palacios each drove in a run before the rain came a tumbling down. Look for a full report on both of these games when the rain finally stops falling in Florida. 

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Aaron Slegers, Fort Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Engelb Vielma, Fort Myers Miracle

Rochester @ Toldeo (6:00 CST) – RHP Jose Berrios
Chattanooga vs. Pensacola (6:15 CST) – LHP Brett Lee
Ft. Myers vs. Lakeland (6:05 CST) – RHP Ryan Eades
Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (6:30 CST) – RHP Keaton Steele
Elizabethton vs. Johnson City (6:00 CST) – TBA
GCL Twins vs. GCL Rays (11:00 am CST) – TBA
GCL Twins vs. GCL Rays (Completion of 7/27 Game)

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