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    Back to write-up for tonight:

    Box Score

    Another night with very little offense, but, more importantly, another win for the Red Wings. Tonight's win was their 5th consecutive and, impressively, gets them over .500 on the season.

    I remember there being lots of panic and disappointment when they started the season 2-11. People questioning why Rochester re-upped with the Twins. People saying the Twins wouldn't support them now that they had them signed for two more seasons. To you people, well... you can finish that sentence for yourselves.

    Tonight's win came courtesy of a walk-off error. Eric Farris hit a routine groundball to the second baseman, who booted it. Brian Dinkelman scored. Game over.

    There wasn't many offense highlights to speak of... Of the team's five hits Ray Olmedo had the only extra-base hit: a double. Eric Farris stole two bases.

    Logan Darnell made his second AAA start. The southpaw went seven innings, striking out four. He scattered five hits and two walks, allowing only one run.

    Luis Perdomo recorded four outs and was credited with the win, despite giving up the go-ahead run in the top half of the 10th inning.

    Cole De Vries was placed on the DL before the game with a right elbow strain. Vance Worley will pitch tomorrow at 1:05 ET.

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    The Rock Cats have climbed back to one game within .500 and are in the Eastern League playoff mix, only two games behind Portland for the wild card spot.

    The biggest hit of the game was delivered in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Danny Santana lined a ball off pitcher Matt Barnes' hand and forced him to leave the game. That set the tone early as the Rock Cats hit their way to a 9-0 lead before giving up four runs late.

    The top four batters in the order combined to go 8-for-19. All four - Santana, Eddie Rosario, Nate Hanson and Josmil Pinto- had two hits and each doubled. Rosario and Pinto homered. It was Rosario's 1st in AA; Pinto's 13th.

    Miguel Sano went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and a walk.

    D.J. Baxendale made his AA return and was excellent. He was clearly on a pitch-limit (he threw 55), but you wouldn't know it since he completed five innings. He allowed only three hits and struck out one. This was the pitcher the Rock Cats expected to see, not the one they saw before he was shut down with a shoulder issue.

    B.J. Hermsen gave up four runs (three earned) in two innings. Last year's organizational pitcher of the year will probably find himself left off the 40-man roster this winter.

    Edgar Ibarra finished the game. He allowed a hit in two innings. Ibarra was named a replacement pitcher for the Eastern League All-Star Game (presumably for A.J. Achter, who was promoted to AAA).

    The Rock Cats have not named their starter for tomorrow's 1:00 pm ET game, but it would appear to be Tom Stuifbergen's day.

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    The Miracle dropped the game and fell to only 25 games over .500 on the season.

    Levi Michael led the offensive charge tonight. He homered, singled and walked in four plate appearances. Since missing time following an on-field collision, Michael has returned to collect four multi-hit games in the six he's played. People have been disappointed in the former first-round pick who has battled injuries and put up suspect numbers in a year-plus at Fort Myers. But if you squint hard enough you can see a Nick Punto/Brian Dozier love-child in there, and that guy - as messy as it sounds - can be a productive player at the Major League level.

    Byron Buxton went 1-for-5 and watched his batting average drop 25 points (from .400 to .375).

    Manuel Soliman took his turn in the rotation (which is still confusing) and went 4.1 innings. He had a WHIP of nearly 3 (9 hits, 3 walks) and didn't strike out any on the way to giving up 5 runs.

    Chad Rogers allowed a homer in 2.2 innings and Adrian Salcedo gave up a hit in an otherwise quiet inning.

    Matt Summer will make the 1 PM ET start tomorrow.

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    The Kernels were aided by a mistake-prone Clinton defense, but the offense only mustered seven hits. Two singles by J.D. Williams and D.J. Hicks and three singles by Joel Licon provided all the offense.

    Travis Harrison committed his 18th error of the season.

    Tim Atherton held his own, striking out five in five innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk.

    Caleb Brewer was a mess. Madison Boer kept the Kernels in the game. Alex Muren got one out before giving up the walk-off winner. (Some would think Boer has earned his chance to move back up to Fort Myers.)

    Lefty Mason Melotakis, fresh off his first save of the season last Monday, will start the 2 PM CT game n Clinton, Iowa.

    Box Score

    It looks like the Twins just had a thing with shutting out the Blue Jays Saturday.

    E-Town scored their three runs on 13 hits. Javier Pimentel (2-for-4) doubled and drove in a run. Kelvin Ortiz (3-for-5) doubled. Mitch Garver (1-for-4) tripled. Romy Jimenez and Zach Granite both had two-hit games.

    The team was a collective 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Frustrating.

    The pitching made up for it, though.

    Yorman Landa struck out three in five innings and in three games has an ERA of 0.60. Tim Shibuya and Brian Gilbert combined to complete the shutout.

    GCL TWINS 8, GCL RED SOX 2 (Completion of 7/5 game: BOX SCORE)

    Stephen Gonsalves made his professional debut yesterday. He gave up two hits, two walks and struck out three in two innings.

    Adonis Pacheco was 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI. Brian Navaretto had two hits, including a double. Amaurys Minier continued his hot-and-cold season, going 0-for-5 with 2 Ks and a throwing error.

    GCL TWINS 6, GCL RED SOX 5 (8 INNINGS, scheduled for seven: BOX SCORE)

    Adonis Pacheco, who was hot in game one, stayed so. He went 2-for-4 with three runs scored; his third, the most important, coming as the result of a walk-off home run.

    Engelb Vielman, who has been the primary SS, is now hitting over .300. He went 3-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI.

    Evan Bigley had two doubles in rehab (can you say ready?) and Will Hurt added two singles.

    Speaking of Hurt, last year he got off to a historically poor star, getting his first hit in game 10 and starting his career 1-for-33. Nelson Molina, this year's 11th round pick, is giving Hurt a run for his money. Through 8 games, Molina is 0-for-23. On the bright side, he has struck out only four times. The report was that he's hitting the ball hard but "right at guys". That would make sense with a BABIP of .000. That's a number that's got to improve.

    Lewis Thorpe struck out six in three innings, but gave up two runs on five hits. "The Thorpedo" (as I'll call him) has struck out a ton of batters (20 in 13 innings), but has given up 12 hits. He's given up only two walks, which is very encouraging. A guy to watch for sure.

    The GCL affiliate is off tomorrow.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/6): Lots of Free Baseball started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Great article, especially the description of Levi Michael.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      I was/am a huge naysayer of the AAA line up/roster at the start of the year. I thought the team looked terrible. It took MVP type numbers from Colabello and Bernier is having his best season since joining the INT league as well as an influx of new pitchers to get to .500. But for me the guy who must get a lot of the credit is the manager Gene Glynn. He is able to keep this roster of players interested in motivated.

      Was the nature of Baxendale's injury reported?
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Was the nature of Baxendale's injury reported?
      Shoulder inflammation.
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      I am certainly impressed with Gene Glynn's performance, I think he's warned a big league job just like Bruno
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      "...if you squint hard enough you can see a Nick Punto/Brian Dozier love-child in there..."

      Indeed, that's one messy love-child. Question is, why did the Twins spend a first-round draft pick on a guy that projects as maybe another Nick Punto? Wasn't Levi Michael supposed to be a little more of a love-child mix of Punto and Dustin Pedroia?

      As for the love-child thing...maybe these guys should all just agree to be friends.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Hope that Thorpe blooms in a good prospect.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      " Question is, why did the Twins spend a first-round draft pick on a guy that projects as maybe another Nick Punto? Wasn't Levi Michael supposed to be a little more of a love-child mix of Punto and Dustin Pedroia?

      As for the love-child thing...maybe these guys should all just agree to be friends.
      I won't touch the love-child thing...Levi was a low (30) first round pick. He was 20 years old when he was drafted out of UNC...I am sure somebody in the Twins org. thought he had Pedroia potential even though it is not apparent now...that is the thing with drafting kids...it is not a science.

      My adopt a prospect Stephen Gonsalves turns 19 tomorrow (7/8). Most experts I read project him to be a mid-rotation southpaw--think Diamond. Obviously someone in Twins org thought he could be better...who is right...wait 2 or 3 years.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      To any Australian, the Thorpedo is Ian Thorpe.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      To any Australian, the Thorpedo is Ian Thorpe.
      I know, mate, but that Thorpedo hasn't won an Olympic Medal since 2004... so that copyright has expired.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Who is this Jermaine Mitchell.....
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      Who is this Jermaine Mitchell.....
      The next Erik Komatsu?
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