Another day… another Chris Colabello home run. Colabello often speaks of only worrying about things that are in his control. He can’t control when Terry Ryan will call him up, but he can control his approach at the plate. And frankly, his numbers have to be making Mr. Ryan consider ways to get him back on the Twins roster. I’m thinking Ryan is happy to have Colabello putting up the kinds of numbers that make him think of changing the major league roster.
Two other players launched homers to put themselves in a tie for third place in the organization in home runs. There were a couple very strong pitching performances, but there were also a couple pitchers who would like a mulligan. Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Thursday:
Rochester 7, Pawtucket 6
Chris Colabello was at it again on Thursday night. He went 2-5 with his 24th home run, a majestic blast estimated at 450 feet to straight-away center. Jermaine Mitchell went 2-3 with two walks and his 14th double. Eric Farris went 2-4 with his third home run.
Logan Darnell’s most recent start was tremendous. This one wasn’t as good. Through the first four innings, he gave up just one run. However, he gave up five runs in the fifth inning without recording an out. Overall, he was charged with six runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out four in four innings. Aaron Thompson came on and gave up one hit over the next 2.2 innings. Cody Eppley got the next four batters out. Shairon Martis came on and pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his fifth save.
New Britain 2, Trenton 0
Lefty Pat Dean was terrific. He threw 7.2 scoreless innings: he allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four. Dakota Watts came on and got the final four outs, two on strikeouts, to complete the shutout.
As you would expect from such a low-scoring game, there was not much offense. Miguel Sano hit his fourth double. Jordan Parraz went 2-2 with a walk and his second stolen base.
Game 1 – Ft. Myers 1, Jupiter 6
The first game is the completion of a game that had been suspended in the fifth inning on Wednesday. Kyle Davies started the game and went the first five innings. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on four hits and three walks. He struck out four. Matt Tomshaw came on when the game resumed. The southpaw gave up three runs on five hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Kennys Vargas provided the offense. He went 2-4 with his 14th home run of the year.
Game 2 – Ft. Myers 2, Jupiter 6
Taylor Rogers was activated from the disabled list and made the start. He gave up six runs on five hits and four walks in just two innings. Adrian Salcedo threw three innings and gave up one hit. Ryan O’Rourke worked the final two innings and gave up one hit.
Again, there was not much offense for the Miracle. Aderlin Mejia went 2-4 with his 13th stolen base. Stephen Wickens hit his third homer of the year.
Cedar Rapids 9, Dayton 13
The Kernels fell behind early, attempted a comeback, but fell short. Josue Montanez had been terrific in his previous two starts. This one didn't go as well. The lefty gave up ten runs (9 earned) on seven hits and six walks in four innings. He struck out three. Hudson Boyd came on and gave up an unearned run on a hit and two walks in three innings. He struck out three. Madison Boer pitched the game’s final two innings. He gave up two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out two.
Jonathan Murphy went 3-5. Fellow Jacksonville U alum Adam Walker went 1-2 with three walks and his 14th home run. Jorge Polanco had two hits, including his 23rd double. Jeremias Pineda and Tyler Grimes each went 2-4. JD Williams added his eighth home run. Travis Harrison walked three times.
Game 1 – Elizabethton 5, Bristol 4
Rain on Wednesday created this double-header. Earlier in the day, these games looked uncertain, but the weather finally did cooperate.
Felix Jorge proved human in this start. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on six hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out six. Ethan Mildren walked two in a scoreless inning. Dallas Gallant then struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning, gaining the win when the Twins came from behind with two runs in the final inning.
Javier Pimentel went 2-3 with his sixth double. Zach Granite was 2-3 with a walk. Kelvin Ortiz hit his first home run. Dereck Rodriguez hit his sixth double, and Ryan Walker hit his third double.
Game 1 – Elizabethton 6, Bristol 11
It was a doubles day for Dereck Rodriguez; he went 2-3 with his seventh and eighth doubles. Romy Jimenez went 2-3. Bryan Haar hit his fourth triple. Bryan Santy and Carlos Avila each hit his first double of the year.
Josh Burris made the start. He gave up six runs on three hits in three innings. He walked six and struck out five. Carson Goldsmith gave up three runs on one hit and three walks and recorded just one out. The out he got was a strikeout. Andre Martinez finished that inning by getting the final two outs, though he did walk two. Twins fifth-round pick Aaron Slegers made his first professional appearance with a perfect inning. Austin Malinowski gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits in his inning, while striking out three.
GCL Twins 6, GCL Orioles 2
Damian Defrank started and gave up one run on four hits and two walks in three innings. He struck out two. Then Stephen Gonsalves came on and was impressive. In three scoreless innings he held the Orioles hitless, walked one and struck out three. Josh Guyer worked a scoreless inning, though he gave up one hit and walked one. Markus Solbach gave up an unearned run over his two innings.
Joel Polanco went 2-3 with a walk. Jason Kanzler was 2-4 with his fourth double. Evan Bigley’s rehab continues. Here he had a triple and three RBI.
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