Thursday, August 13, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (8/13): Walker Attack!

Credit: Craig Gordon
During the zombie apocalypse, a walker attack is not a good thing but for fans of the Chattanooga Lookouts, an Adam Brett Walker attack is a terrific thing.

Besides Walker's strong night at the plate, there  were multiple strong pitching performances across the Twins system on Thursday. This wasn't the only piece of good news as big name prospects like Byron Buxton and Max Kepler continued to try and find ways to help their teams to win.

Which players had the biggest games on Thursday? You will have to read on to find out...

Rochester 3, Buffalo 0 (7 Innings)
Box Score
Pat Dean didn't allow a run as he pitched into the seventh inning for his ninth win of the season. It was his second time in his last three starts that he pitched six innings or more and didn't allow a run. Michael Tonkin was called on to get the final two outs and he recorded his 12th save.

On the offensive side of the ball, Xavier Avery had a big game after replacing Oswaldo Arcia after he was hit by a pitch. Avery finished the day 3-for-3 with a home run and all three of the team's RBI. James Beresford and Eric Fryer each picked up a pair of hits and Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Rochester 1, Buffalo 2 (7 Innings)
Box Score
Rochester jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but the club wasn't able to hold on for their second win of the day. Logan Darnell put his club in position to win as he limited the Bisons to one run in 5.1 innings of work. He struck out five and walked one. Mark Hamburger took the loss after allowing the go-ahead run during his 1.1 innings.

There wasn't much excitement on the offensive side of things. Byron Buxton was the lone Red Wings player with multiple hits. He went 2-for-4 with a steal but he struck out two times as well. Doug Bernier reached base twice and scored the team's only run.

Chattanooga 4, Tennessee 3
Box Score
Chattanooga scored a very important run in the bottom of the eighth innings as Tennessee would put two on the board in the ninth to make it a one run game. Brandon Peterson allowed both runs in the ninth inning but he had enough in the tank to get the final out and earn his second save. Brett Lee pitched into the eighth inning for his 4th victory. He struck out three and limited the Smokies to one earned run.

Adam Brett Walker collected his 25th and 26th doubles of the season as part of a three hit effort. Walker was part of the insurance run in the eighth as he ended up scoring the pivotal run on a Heiker Meneses single. Max Kepler continued his strong season as he is now one double shy of 30.

Fort Myers 0, Palm Beach 1
Box Score
Fort Myers had a hard time finding their offensive stroke on Thursday as the team was held to five hits. Engelb Vielma went 3-for-4 and Logan Wade had the team's only extra-base hit, a double. Mitch Garver finished going 1-for-4. Overall, the team went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Luke Westphal was very good on the mound. He scattered five Cardinals hits over seven innings and limited them to one run. He struck out five and walked none but it wasn't enough as he was charged with his fourth loss. Todd Van Steensel pitched two shutout frames to end the game.

Cedar Rapids 7, Lake County 6
Box Score
The Kernels used a four-run fifth inning to mount a come-from-behind victory and win their third straight rubber game. Eight of the nine Kernels hitters reached base at least once and seven of them recorded at least one hit. Rafael Valera went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Tanner English extended his hitting streak to a personal-best 12 games and also extended his on-base streak to a Kernels' season-high 23 games.

The bullpen was strong for the Kernels after starter Zach Tillery allowed five runs on 11 hits in four innings. Luke Bard earned the win and remains a perfect 7-0 on the season. He allowed one run across a pair of innings. Yorman Landa and John Curtiss shutdown the Captains the rest of the way for the club's 68th win.

E-Twins 5, Bristol 4
Box Score
Dereck Rodriguez improved his record to 5-1 as he did just enough to lead the Elizabethton to the victory. In seven innings, he allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out eight. His ERA sits at 1.75 for the season. Kuo Hua Lo picked up the save after tossing two shutout frames with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Travis Blankenhorn provided most of the offensive punch as he had three-run home run and drove in another run for a total of four RBI. Brad Hartong collected three hits including his fifth double. Jermaine Palacios and Daniel Kihle both had multi-hit efforts including a double for Palacios and a stolen base for Kihle.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 3, GCL Rays 10
Box Score
Both of these teams slugged it out for the first few frames but the GCL Rays had way too much firepower. Blake Schmit used a triple and a home run to drive in a pair of runs. Kerby Camacho knocked his first two doubles of the season and scored a run. Christian Cavaness also drove in a run and scored a run out of the lead-off spot.

Jose Martinez was charged with the loss after allowing six earned runs on nine hits. He struck out three and walked two. Andrew Vasquez and Luis Hernandez ran into some control issues later in the game as both pitchers combined for five walks and three earned runs.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Brett Lee, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Adam Brett Walker, Chattanooga Lookouts

Rochester vs. Scranton/WB (6:05 CST) – TBD
Chattanooga vs. Tennessee  (6:15 CST) – RHP Aaron Slegers
Fort Myers vs. Palm Beach (6:05 CST) – RHP Omar Bencomo
Cedar Rapids @ Fort Wayne (6:05 CST) – LHP Randy Rosario
Elizabethton @ Bristol (6:00 CST) – RHP Onesimo Hernandez
GCL Twins vs. GCL Red Sox (11:00 am CST) – TBA

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