Ain't no sunshine when the Twins are on
It's not warm when they play
Ain't no sunshine when the Twins are on
And they've been gone for way too long
I'm not sure they know how to play.
On a less depressing note...
Transaction round-up for today:
Rochester fills the spot vacated by Deduno by activating #FreeAnthonySlama. If Anthony Slama was a cat, he'd be on his last life. The Red Wings will also need to create a roster spot to make room for recently-optioned Oswaldo Arcia.
Last night, the Miracle activated RP Chad Rodgers and DL'd Kyle Davies. The cause, per the team, is right shoulder impingement. Davies was placed on the DL nearly two years ago with the same issue. If LL Cool J was a Miracle fan, I don't think he'd be calling this a comeback.
The Kernels activated Tyler Jones and sent Josh Burris back to EST.
To the farm we go...
Rochester Red Wings 2, Charlotte Knights 4
The Twins and Red Wings essentially swapped pitchers for the day and the Red Wings pitcher, Pedro Hernandez, had a better performance than Samuel Deduno did for the Twins.
Hernandez managed to start the game with five shutout innings before running into trouble in the 7th. He finished with 6.2 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits and a walk. He struck out seven. It will be interesting, going forward, to see if the Twins have Hernandez shift to a bullpen role, though tonight's start was plenty encouraging.
Luis Perdomo blew a save, though he wasn't charged with any runs.
Chris Herrmann had two hits and a stolen base. Clete Thomas hit a solo home run. Thomas returned last night after missing two weeks with a groin injury. That injury probably kept Aaron Hicks in the major leagues.
Kyle Gibson (3-5, 3.25) will look to bring some consistency to the mound tomorrow at 7:05 ET.
New Britain Rock Cats vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats
The game was suspended in the middle of the fourth with the Fisher Cats leading 3 to 2. The game will be completed at 5:05 ET and game two will begin at 7:05 ET with Pat Dean (1-5, 6.25) on the hill.
Fort Myers Miracle 6, Charlotte Stone Crabs 5
Full disclosure: I'm a little embarrassed that I never realized - until this very moment - that there were two affiliated baseball teams from "Charlotte". I realize that they are two franchises in two different states, but I'm shocked that I have never gotten the two confused. Weird.
Kennys "Big Spoon" Vargas hit his 9th home run of the season. It was described as a mammoth shot. He also hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to secure the win. (FYI - I'm trying to get the Big Spoon nickname to stick because I watched him play last year in Beloit with someone (bigger than I) who shall remain nameless and who had a Grade A Mancrush on Vargas. I'm sure you can connect the remaining dots.)
Current Seth mancrush, Aderlin Mejia, had four hits to improve his batting average to .400. Angel Morales was 2-for-2 plus two walks. (New Britain, please.) Miguel Sano had two hits, including a run-producing double. Stephen Wickens added two hits.
Jason Wheeler worked a solid six innings. He scattered 10 hits and two walks, allowing two earned runs (four total) while striking out four.
Zack Jones blew the save for the Miracle by giving up three walks and a hit in the ninth inning. He also struck out two and picked up the win when the Miracle won on the walk-off.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Beloit Snappers 5
The Kernels were swept by the Snappers and their five game lead in the Western Division has been cut to two games. Pohlman Field continues to scream "Home Field Advantage!"
Tyler Duffey gave up five runs in five innings. He struck out four and walked two. The bullpen combo of Steven Gruver and Tim Atherton combined to pitch three scoreless innings
Offensively, everybody contributed with hits, but the team was only able to string them together enough to get four runs. Byron Buxton had one hit (.318). Jorge Polanco is batting .311. Niko Goodrum and Adam Walker both had two hits. Catcher Tyler Grimes had a triple.
Candido Pimentel (9), Buxton (22) and Goodrum (4) all had stolen bases.
Jose Berrios (3-1, 2.86) takes the ball at 6:35 for the Kernels tomorrow night.
Feel free to post your questions and/or comments below.
Aaannnddd... shameless self-promotion, I'll be making my radio debut (and maybe my last appearance ever, if I suck) on the Gleeman and the Geek radio show this Sunday to talk any and all things draft. So you may also mock and ridicule me in the comments below, if so inclined.