Saturday was a very busy night in the Twins farm system. It started with the Minier Show in the afternoon. There were a ton of great performances and very exciting games throughout the Twins system. Vance Worley continued to pitch as we all hope. Taylor Rogers continued his tremendous run with the Miracle. The Rock Cats used a few big innings, but could they pull off a win? A couple former Gophers had a big day. So much to get to!
Check out what happened in the Twins farm system, Saturday in the minor league parks:
Rochester Red Wings 2, Louisville Bats 1
Chris Colabello provided Vance Worley with all of the offense the Red Wings' starter needed to help manager Gene Glynn to his 300th
career win. Worley worked nine innings and gave up only an unearned run on two hits and a walk. He struck out five. In his past three starts he has given up just one earned run in 23 innings. Overall in Rochester he is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA.
Doug Bernier went 2-4 with his 11th
double. Colabello went 2-4 including a two-run homer, his 16th
of the season.
New Britain Rock Cats 12, Akron Aeros 7
This game was pretty uneventful until the 8th
inning. Going into the eighth, the Rock Cats were down 3-0. They scored three in the top of the 8th
to tie the game, but gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Rock Cats then scored four runs in the top of the 9th
to grab a one-run lead. However, in the bottom of the ninth Akron scored a run to tie the game.
The game went to the 11th
inning. After three in the eighth and four in the ninth, the Rock Cats scored five runs in the top of the 11th
. Eddie Rosario singled in one run and Miguel Sano hit a two-run triple. That was followed by a two-run homer off the bat of Reynaldo Rodriguez.
The Rock Cats had 17 hits, with all nine starters getting at least one. Danny Santana and Eddie Rosario each went 3-6. Rosario stole his first AA base. Nate Hanson hit his 10th
doubles. Miguel Sano was 2-6 and his triple was his first with the Rock Cats. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his 19th
double and 11th
home run. Danny Ortiz also had two hits.
Virgil Vasquez went the first 5.2 innings. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on seven hits and two walks, striking out two. Edgar Ibarra got the next five outs. Dan Turpen came on and gave up three runs (2 earned) on one hit and four walks. Cole Johnson came on and got the final out of the 8th
. Matt Hauser entered the game for the ninth and gave up the run that tied the game. He then worked a scoreless tenth frame. AJ Achter came on to protect the five run lead in the 11th
, and he got all three batters he faced.
Ft. Myers Miracle 7, Jupiter Hammerheads 1
Taylor Rogers was given terrific run support, but on this night it wasnít all needed. The lefty improved to 6-1 with a 1.56 ERA since his late April promotion. On Saturday he went six innings and gave up one run on four hits. He uncharacteristically walked four while striking out two. Jose Gonzalez came on and walked one and gave up one hit in two scoreless innings. Ryan OíRourke worked a scoreless ninth.
Former Gopher Mike Kvasnicka missed the first two-plus months of the season due to a broken hamate bone in his hand. On Saturday, he went 2-4 with his second double, his first home run in the Twins organization and four RBI. Aderlin Mejia went 4-5 and is now hitting .351. Kennys Vargas had another two-hit game, including his 23rd
double. Andy Leer was 2-3 with a walk.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3
The Kernels brought their hitting shoes to the park. Their eight runs came on 18 hits. All nine starters had at least one hit and six had two or more.
Travis Harrison went 3-4 with a walk and his 20th
doubles. Dalton Hicks and Jorge Polanco each went 3-6. Adam Walker was 2-4. Niko Goodrum went 2-6 with his 14th
double. Byron Buxton went 2-5 with a walk and his ninth triple. He also stole his 32nd
base. Michael Quesada singled in the 9th, the last Kernel to get a hit, after previously walking twice.
Brett Lee was on the mound to start for the Kernels. The left-hander gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out three. Alex Muren came on and got all nine batters he faced. Tyler Jones came on for the ninth inning and walked one and struck out one before getting the final out.
Elizabethton Twins 6, Bristol White Sox 2
Yorman Landa is one of the talented starters from last yearís GCL squad. He began his 2013 campaign very well, working five innings and giving up just one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Ethan Mildren came on and gave up one hit in his inning. Brandon Peterson then struck out two in his inning. Lefty Austin Malinowski went the final two innings. He gave up an unearned run on one hit and three walks. He struck out two.
Kelvin Ortiz led the offense. The right fielder went 2-3 with a walk and a double. Rory Rhodes hit a home run and stole a base. Romy Jimenez went 1-3 with a walk and a double.
GCL Twins 4, GCL Red Sox 5 (11 innings)
Amaurys Minier was again the top story for the GCL Twins. After going 2-4 with a double and a home run on Friday, he went 2-3 with two walks, a single and a triple. 4-7 with two walks, a single, a double, a triple and a home run in two games! Chad Christensen went 2-5 with a double. Lance Ray (rehab) was 1-4.
Fernando Romero started and went the first three innings. He gave up two unearned runs. He didnít allow a hit, walked two, hit a batter and struck out four. Josh Guyer struck out three (and walked one) in a scoreless inning. Leonel Zazueta gave up one run on two hits and a walk and recorded just two outs. A rehabbing Bruce Pugh got the next four outs, one on a strikeout. Reyson Zaquiel recorded two outs. He walked one and struck out a batter. Damian Defrank gave up one run on six hits in 3.1 innings. In the 11th
, Jose Abreu came on and gave up the unearned, winning run.
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