Check out what happened in the Twins minor league system on Thursday:
Rochester Red Wings 4, Charlotte Knights 3
Rochester got another quality start from Andrew Albers. In six innings he gave up three runs on ten hits and one walk while striking out six. Then Aaron Thompson came on for his second Red Wings appearance. The lefty worked three perfect innings and struck out three for the save.
Brian Dinkelman led the offense. He went 3-3 with his sixth and seventh doubles. Doug Bernier was 2-3.
New Britain Rock Cats 1, Binghamton Mets 0
Lefty Logan Darnell pitched a tremendous game Thursday morning. In eight innings he yielded no runs, giving up six hits and one walk, and he struck out nine. His ERA dropped to 2.47. He has given up just one run in his past two starts (15 innings). Need innings? The 24-year-old Darnell, the Twins' 6th round pick in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky, has thrown 23 innings over his last three starts.
Michael Tonkin came on and pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save of the year.
There was very little offense from the Rock Cats. James Beresford raised his average to .346 by going 2-4, but Danny Ortiz’s sixth home run of the year was all the team needed. Twins Daily’s AJ Pettersen went 1-3. He now has a modest three game hitting streak and is hitting .375 in it.
Ft. Myers Miracle 6, Lakeland Tigers 1
The DJ Baxendale story continues to get better and better. On this night, the 22-year-old righty gave up only an unearned run over seven innings. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out four. It reduces his season ERA to 0.94. After being the choice for Pitcher of the Month of April, he has not yet allowed an earned run in 28 innings in May.
Nelvin Fuentes came on and struck out one in a scoreless inning. Then Corey Williams gave up a walk and a hit in a scoreless ninth inning.
Aderlin Mejia was a GCL all-star a year ago, the lone member of last year’s GCL Twins team to achieve that honor. He had been at extended spring training this spring, waiting for the Elizabethton season to begin. The Miracle had a need and Mejia was called up for a short time. Well, that short time has now become 13 games, and he is doing the job. He is hitting .360 after going 3-5 on Thursday. He also stole three bases and has seven on the year.
Angel Morales should soon be promoted to New Britain. He went 2-4 with his fourth home run and third stolen base. Kyle Knudson went 3-4 with his third double. Levi Michael went 2-5. Miguel Sano and Kennys Vargas each hit their 12th double. Sano stole his seventh base.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, Beloit Snappers 5
It was a rough one for Mason Melotakis. The lefty gave up five runs on seven hits. He walked four and struck out three in 4.1 innings. Alex Muren came on and got the next five outs. He walked two and struck out one. Josh Burris and David Hurlbut each gave up a hit and struck one out in his inning.
Byron Buxton went 2-4 with a walk, his 11th double, his 21st stolen base and his eighth caught stealing. Candido Pimentel was 2-4 with a walk and his eighth stolen base. JD Williams was 2-4 with his ninth stolen base.
Note also that the Twins Dominican Summer League schedule is about to get started. On Thursday, the Twins' team played an exhibition game against a Canadian national team.
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