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    With last night's loss, the Twins failed to win a series for the first time in 2013. Things didn't go much better tonight for Minnesota as the club fell to the Kansas City Royals. It was the first time the team had been swept in 2013 and the Twins only scored five runs in the series.

    Miguel Sano hit his first home run of the year on Tuesday evening. He has only been held hitless in one game so far this year and he was hitting .421 entering play today. The Miracle had a 5-0 record entering play tonight and new manager Doug Mientkiewicz has to be pleased with his team performance. How long can they keep it going is another question.
    Two of the best pitching prospects in the Twins organization were suppose to be on the mound in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Both Kyle Gibson and Trevor May were scheduled to make their second starts of the season and each man was looking for his first win.

    Let's see how things went on a wet Wednesday night in the minor leagues.

    Rochester Red Wings --, Scranton/WB RailRiders -- (Postponed)
    Kyle Gibson didn't get to take the mound on Wednesday due to inclement weather. The game will be made up on Monday, June 17 as part of a doubleheader at PNC Field. The first game will be scheduled for 5:35 pm (Eastern Time) with the second game following shortly after.

    Rochester was trying to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. On Tuesday, Chris Colabello cranked a solo home run to break a 1-1 tie in the ninth inning. Anthony Slama closed the door in the ninth inning for his first save of the year and the 101st of his career.

    The Red Wings will now travel to Pawtucket to open a four-game series with the Red Sox beginning on Thursday night.

    New Britain Rock Cats 17, Harrisburg Senators 5
    Boxscore
    The Rock Cats found themselves in a tight contest with the Senators before back-to-back four run innings put the club out in front for good. A rain delay wasn't even enough to slow down the Rock Cats offense as the team pounded out 17 hits and 17 runs including 15 runs in the last four innings.

    Reynaldo Rodriguez and Josmil Pinto each had two home runs. Rodriguez finished the game going 3-for-5 with two bombs, a two-bagger, and four RBI. It was quite the game for Rodriguez considering he didn't have a hit so far this season. Daniel Ortiz, Danny Lehmann, and Nate Hanson joined the mash party as New Britain pounded out seven home runs in the game.

    Trevor May started for New Britain and gave up two earned runs on four hits including one long ball. It took him 82 pitches to get through four innings so he wasn't exactly being efficient. He struck out seven batters and walked three. May was replaced by Edgar Ibarra who three two perfect innings and struck out four.

    New Britain starts a four game series at Portland tomorrow night. The club sits one game over .500 and they will try to continue to play winning baseball.



    Fort Myers Miracle 7, Jupiter Hammerheads 6 (10 innings)
    Boxscore
    The Miracle found themselves in an early 4-0 hole and this could have spelled trouble but the team was able to complete the comeback. The win improved the Miracle to 6-0, the club's best start since 2006.

    In the bottom of the tenth inning with two outs, a pitch hit Kyle Knudson with Jonathan Goncalves already on first base. The next batter was Stephen Wickens and he sent the fans home happy with a line drive single to center field.

    Miguel Sano went 2-for-5 in the game with his third double of the year. With a double and a triple, Angel Morales had his first multi-hit contest of 2013. Kenny Vargas and Jonathan Goncalves added two hits of their own while Goncalves rocked his first home run.

    Tom Stuifbergen pitched six innings and only allowed one earned run. Sano had two errors in the first inning and this caused a few unearned runs to score. Corey Williams earned his first blown save and Adrian Salcedo picked up his first win out of the bullpen. He struck out two of the four batters that he faced in the 10th inning.

    The Miracle will finish out their series with the Hammerheads tomorrow night. The team looks to remain unbeaten on the season before heading out on the road for a weekend series with Charlotte.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels -- , Wisconsin Timber Rattlers -- (Double Header- Postponed)

    For the second day in a row, the Kernels game against the Timber Rattlers was postponed. The team was supposed to have a double header today but it was too cold in Wisconsin to be playing baseball.

    Cedar Rapids was off to a very good start with a 4-1 record so it is disappointing that they haven't been able to play the last couple of days. Hopefully, the team can get in some action tomorrow as they head back to Iowa to play the Clinton LumberKings.
    This article was originally published in blog: Wet Wednesday in the Minors started by Cody Christie
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Will Fort Meyers every lose?
      Sano had 2 errors today in the same inning, leading to 4 runs. - One fielding, one throwing.
      IF he can't stick at 3B his status as a prospect goes down. Still a fantastic hitter with amazing power but he will fall in the Rankings due to positional value.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      I don't think Sano's status as a prospect is really tied to his position much. It seems that most rankers I've seen already thought that he was unlikely to stick at third and still ranked him highly so I don't think a position shift would cause a fall in the rankings. His ranking is about his bat.
      It would be great for the Twins if he could stick at 3rd. But, if his bat gets anywhere close to its ceiling, I don't think it'll matter too much which position he plays.
    1. Han Joelo's Avatar
      Han Joelo -
      I was listening on the radio when Sano made the errors. Stuiffie was getting hit hard and then finally had a grounder that should've been an out and Sano bobbled it. Very next hitter and Sano fields cleanly but airmails the throw to first.

      However, an inning or two later, he made what sounded like a quick reaction/medium hard fielding play, maybe to his right, and then threw a total strike to first to nail the hitter. With that arm, I love the potential at third. Hell, if Miguel Cabrera can do it...
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      If they won't promote him until his glvoe is ready, we lose years of HRs and watching Parmalee man first.....or RF.
    1. Steve Penz's Avatar
      Steve Penz -
      Why does Josmil Pinto not draw more attention?

      His line last year between Ft. Myers and NB was .295/.362/.844. He hit 14 homeruns and only played in 117 games. He is 24 and still in AA so that is a minor knock but some develop later. Hermson and Rohlfing have gotten some attention lately without super impressive numbers. It seems strange that Pinto would not grab more attention. The twins seem to have locked into at catcher, FB, DH rotation which I like because it seems to keep folks healthy and keep their bats active in the lineup. For next season could he be a solid contender to take the part the Doumit currently plays. Doumit could be a valuable trade piece this year if a front running team has a catching need.

      Thoughts anybody?
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Pinto
      He is on the 40 man roster so clearly the twins like him. His previous years were not amazing so he didn't jump on many people's radar. But if he repeats his performance from last year he will get a lot of notice.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Quote Originally Posted by Han Joelo View Post
      I was listening on the radio when Sano made the errors. Stuiffie was getting hit hard and then finally had a grounder that should've been an out and Sano bobbled it. Very next hitter and Sano fields cleanly but airmails the throw to first.

      However, an inning or two later, he made what sounded like a quick reaction/medium hard fielding play, maybe to his right, and then threw a total strike to first to nail the hitter. With that arm, I love the potential at third. Hell, if Miguel Cabrera can do it...
      Two things: First, he didn't airmail it to first he airmailed it to home, which was a force play. Second, he made a play that anyone should make, it's just that when he does everyone including the announcer is surprised, and I'm not sure that throw to Vargas was a strike. I know Vargas dug at least one from him on the bounce. He's got miles to go before he can even be considered at 3rd base.
    1. TwinsFanInPhilly's Avatar
      TwinsFanInPhilly -
      From what I have heard he has already come miles, so it is not a foregone conclusion that he won't be able to continue to grow as a fielder. And isn't he one of the youngest players in the league? Why gripe about not promoting his faster?
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      Clearly his glove's not ready for the next level, but let's wait awhile before declaring that his bat is. Early indications on that are great, but it's early.
    1. Steve Penz's Avatar
      Steve Penz -
      Quote Originally Posted by birdwatcher View Post
      Clearly his glove's not ready for the next level, but let's wait awhile before declaring that his bat is. Early indications on that are great, but it's early.
      A nice thing I see is that if his performance merits going to AA before the end of this summer, it is not like the fielding is harder. The pitching he will see will jump in quality but the grounders will not come any harder.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I agree birdwatcher. I'll be watching Sano's strikeout numbers this year. I'd like that K% to at least stay the same, and ideally improve a little bit. I think there's little question that Sano will likely move up to New Britain for the second half, probably along with Rosario, where he will again be the youngest player in the league.
    1. TwinsAce's Avatar
      TwinsAce -
      One thing nice about Sano being in High-A is that Doug is the manager. I'd imagine he is faced with at least part of the task of getting Sano to use the glove better.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Quote Originally Posted by TwinsAce View Post
      One thing nice about Sano being in High-A is that Doug is the manager. I'd imagine he is faced with at least part of the task of getting Sano to use the glove better.
      And his batting gloves less
    1. mudcat14's Avatar
      mudcat14 -
      What's the prognosis on Pinto's defense behind the plate? A solid year at AA/AAA this year could certainly put him in line for a spot behind Mauer if he's not a Matt LeCroy on D.
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