The Twins and Blue Jays sat in a rain delay of nearly two hours before getting their game going just after 9:00 central time. Although the game should be done and I should be sleeping, it is a good competitive game thus far, so I will be up for a while. There were some good performances on Friday night, and there were some poor performances on Friday night.
In player news, Kyle Waldrop’s rehab in Ft. Myers has been successful to this point. He pitched in seven innings over seven games with the Twins Extended Spring Training squad. He was even able to pitch on back-to-back days earlier this week. He will begin an official rehab stint now with the Ft. Myers Miracle before evaluating what the next steps will be.
Congratulations to Darin Mastroianni on his first big league hit and two RBI.
Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Friday:
ROCHESTER 2, SYRACUSE 8
The Red Wings needed to go to Jeff Manship to make another spot start thanks to losing 60% of their starting rotation over the past week. Manship has been very good in relief for Rochester, but on this night, he struggled as a starter. He gave up six runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out one. Esmerling Vasquez gave up one run on two hits and two walks in 1.1 innings. Brendan Wise gave up just one run over the final three innings. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out two.
Ben Revere is definitely on a hot streak. In this game, he was 2-4 to raise his average to .319. JR Towles went 2-3 with his sixth double of the season. Aaron Bates was 1-2 with two walks in the game.
NEW BRITAIN 4, READING 1
We have been pointing out the stats a lot in the last week, but David Bromberg added more to his incredible recent streak. In this game, he threw six shutout innings. He gave up only a fifth inning single. He walked four and struck out seven. Lester Oliveros came in and threw two perfect innings. Daniel Turpen pitched the ninth. He gave up a run on a hit, but he walked none and struck out two.
As good as the Rock Cats pitching was, the Phillies’ affiliate was just as good. The Rock Cats managed just three hits in the game and didn’t get their first one until the 7th
inning. In the 7th
, Evan Bigley singled in Chris Colabello.
Wilkin Ramirez led off the 8th
inning with his third home run of the week for the Rock Cats. It gave the team a 2-1 lead. An Aaron Hicks walk was followed by a double from Chris Herrmann and an intentional walk of Colabello to load the bases. Deibinson Romero was walked to add an insurance run. Later, a wild pitch gave the Rock Cats the lead that they were able to hold.
As you recall, Bromberg started the season in the Rock Cats bullpen. In his first three appearances, he gave up nine runs in just two innings. Since that time, he has made four starts and two relief appearances. In those six games, he has thrown 21 innings, given up eight hits, walked eight and struck out 22 batters.
FT. MYERS 5, DUNEDIN 8
The Miracle lost the series finale against the Blue Jays. Marty Popham started and gave up six runs (5 earned) in 5.2 innings. He gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out four. Jose Gonzalez struck out three in 1.2 scoreless innings. Matt Hauser struck out two in his inning, but not before giving up two runs.
Josmil Pinto led the offense. He went 3-4 with his third home run and two RBI. Levi Michael added a two-run single.
BELOIT 2, PEORIA 6
The world of social media sure was curious when we saw the Snappers Friday afternoon lineup and noticed that 3B Miguel Sano was not in it. It was his 19th
birthday. Had he been promoted to Ft. Myers. Soon after, we were able to learn that he had not been promoted and was just getting a day off, his first of the season.
The offense missed him. Jhonathan Goncalves was 2-3 with a walk. Wang-Wei Lin was 2-5. Jairo Rodriguez hit his first home run of the year.
Jason Wheeler has been one of the best starting pitchers in the organization to this point, but it was a tough start for him on Friday. The lefty gave up six runs (5 earned) on nine hits and two walks in five innings. Ryan O’Rourke came in and struck out three in two scoreless innings. David Hurlbut struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning.
Players of the Day for Friday, May 11, 2012
Pitcher of the Day – David Bromberg
Hitter of the Day – Josmil Pinto
A Look Ahead – Saturday, May 12, 2012 Schedule
Rochester @ Syracuse – RHP Daryl Thompson
New Britain vs Reading – RHP BJ Hermsen
Ft. Myers @ Charlotte – LHP Pat Dean
Beloit @ Clinton – RHP Matt Summers
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