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    Rain was a big part of the story in the Minnesota Twins farm system on Wednesday. On Thursday, two Twins' affiliates played double-headers, so there were a total of eight games to follow.

    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

    Box Score

    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

    Box Score

    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

    Box Score

    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

    Box Score

    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

    Box Score

    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.

    Photo by: Rinaldi Photos

    Game 1 – Elizabethton 5, Bristol 4

    Box Score

    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

    Box Score

    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

    Box Score

    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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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/11): Schedule Plus started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Seth, I am too tired to comment except to express my gratitude for the pleasure that you provide every time you post a minor league report.
    1. twinstalker's Avatar
      twinstalker -
      Ditto.
    1. Miles's Avatar
      Miles -
      Yup. Only 3 things I must do each day: eat, sleep, read the minor league report. Thanks to all of you that contribute to this!
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      Miles - Completely agree. This is reading that goes with my morning coffee every morning. Love it Seth, keep up the great work!
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      The Kernels game took 3 hours and 37 minutes to play last night. It's just dangerous to take that long to play a 9 inning game on $2 beer night.

      Dayton scored 13 runs on "just" 11 hits. Kernels pitchers walked 10 guys.

      Jim Ecker had the game story for MSR (click here for the link) and you can pretty much feel the frustration Jake Mauer is experiencing.

      "We get back in the game and we give it back, get back in the game and give it back," said Mauer. "It's not acceptable. We scored nine runs and we got pounded."

      "It's unfortunate. You waste a game when you score nine runs."

      "You've got to go out there and you've got to compete," he said. "It's your day. You just have to do it once a week. That's all we ask."

      "If it keeps going the way it is, we're going to have to make changes and get different guys up here."

      I will say this, though, it's fun to watch the Kernels hitters. The last two nights they've been fighting uphill, but they aren't getting cheated on their swings. Mike Radcliff's in town for this homestand and he's got to be impressed with what he's seeing of the hitters. Maybe not so much, so far, with the pitching.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Seth, I am too tired to comment except to express my gratitude for the pleasure that you provide every time you post a minor league report.
      Thank you!! I enjoy it, but last night was a full night of games. Ha!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      SDBuhr, I read Jim's article last night, so I'm glad you posted the link to it here. The quotes were quite telling, to say the least. It's not like Jake to go off like that too often, so you know it was likely heard loud and clear.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by SD Buhr View Post
      "If it keeps going the way it is, we're going to have to make changes and get different guys up here."
      How about Ryan Eades and Aaron Slegers?? I wonder if they would consider that. Though, I definitely like the idea of keeping their innings down the rest of this year pitching out of the bullpen, especially since both played on teams that went to the College World Series. Maybe just have them ready to start for the playoffs?!
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      I agree with Eades and Slegers. Limit thier innings so they can contribute in the playoffs for the Kernels. Maybe even Stewart if he happens to make it to E'Town and E'Town fails to make the playoffs (not likely with coach Smith). The Kernels have solid, but inconsistent pitching. When they are bad - they are bad. I agree with Coach Mauer when he questions thier ability to compete on a daily basis. Too many hitters counts for opposing hitters. Attack the Zone!!!

      On another note - I saw the Adam Brett Walker HR on Kernels Youtube Highlights and it was a missle. Got out Quick!! He also had three BB's - (Good for him). Announcer during game made it sound like he almost had another HR in his only out of the game. Harrison had 3 BBs as well. July 11, 2013 Highlights vs.Dayton - YouTube
    1. 108 Double Stitches's Avatar
      108 Double Stitches -
      Quote Originally Posted by SD Buhr View Post
      The Kernels game took 3 hours and 37 minutes to play last night. It's just dangerous to take that long to play a 9 inning game on $2 beer night.
      The outdoor barbaque closes at 8:30, it was only the bottom of the 5th.
      The official time of 3:37 minutes seems like an abreviated time, I thought
      it was 4 hours when I left. Maybe the game started late. I took a cat nap around inning 7 and the usher told me he felt the same way about the game.

      I feel for Dalton Hicks day, his day looked real frustrating, more from the results than from the effort. Aside from hitting the other teams pitcher, he had a critical throwing error because he tried to turn 2 with the bases loaded, throwing behind the runner and the ball ended up in left. The next play,.. play hit to same position, but he took the easy out at first. Earlier he came up just short on dive for a ball that ended up as a double. Lot of effort and mostly just bad results to show for it.
    1. 108 Double Stitches's Avatar
      108 Double Stitches -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789 View Post
      Announcer during game made it sound like he almost had another HR in his only out of the game.
      Yeah, he hit a ball to almost straight away center that the CF caught up with. It really wasn't that close to being a HR in that part of the park, but it was hit a long way.

      The 3 walks sound impressive, but Delmon Young might have walked 3 times the way pitchers were approaching the strike zone last night. From both teams.
    1. Legend of the Arctic's Avatar
      Legend of the Arctic -
      I agree with the fother posters about how great this feature is. Could I offer one suggestion, though? I think it would be great if you always included Buxton and Sano's stat lines in the write ups. It would save me the trouble of checking the Ft Myers and New Britain box scores, and I'm sure there are plenty of other people who, like me, are wondering about those two.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by SD Buhr View Post
      The Kernels game took 3 hours and 37 minutes to play last night. It's just dangerous to take that long to play a 9 inning game on $2 beer night.

      Dayton scored 13 runs on "just" 11 hits. Kernels pitchers walked 10 guys.

      Jim Ecker had the game story for MSR (click here for the link) and you can pretty much feel the frustration Jake Mauer is experiencing.

      "We get back in the game and we give it back, get back in the game and give it back," said Mauer. "It's not acceptable. We scored nine runs and we got pounded."

      "It's unfortunate. You waste a game when you score nine runs."

      "You've got to go out there and you've got to compete," he said. "It's your day. You just have to do it once a week. That's all we ask."

      "If it keeps going the way it is, we're going to have to make changes and get different guys up here."

      I will say this, though, it's fun to watch the Kernels hitters. The last two nights they've been fighting uphill, but they aren't getting cheated on their swings. Mike Radcliff's in town for this homestand and he's got to be impressed with what he's seeing of the hitters. Maybe not so much, so far, with the pitching.
      A somewhat amazing, but all-too-familiar story. Although Cedar Rapids is #4 in W-L overall in the Midwest League, they rank 12th in ERA, at 4.22. In hitting, the Kernels are #1 in BA, OBP, SLG, and of course, OPS.

      Going up the organization, we all know the Ft Myers has the highest winning percentage in all of baseball at .640 (55-31). And again, they are leading the FSL in BA, OBP, SLG and of course, OPS. But the pitching staff is still just middle of the road, ranking 5th in ERA (3.62 in a "pitchers league") out of 12 teams in the League.

      New Britain is ranked 6th in OPS, as well as 6th in ERA (4.03), in a 12-team league, and that's with the addition of some very good arms added to the roster in 2013.

      Rochester is ranked 11th in a 14-team league in ERA (4.44) and 8th in OPS (.736).


      Going down the organization, although not necessarily statistically significant yet, but worth mentioning that both E-Town and the GCL Twins are ranked 3rd in their respective leagues in ERA.

      Bottom line, Jake Mauer's complaint is justified, there's much work left to do in acquiring and developing arms if the Twins hope to be relevant and competitive again.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      How about Ryan Eades and Aaron Slegers?? I wonder if they would consider that. Though, I definitely like the idea of keeping their innings down the rest of this year pitching out of the bullpen, especially since both played on teams that went to the College World Series. Maybe just have them ready to start for the playoffs?!
      I've been curious what the Twins would do with Eades this summer. I know conventional wisdom is they want to use college pitchers out of the pen after drafting them to limit their innings, but I seem to recall that Eades didn't really get abused this spring like some major college arms.

      I know I looked up Slegers at one point, too, but I don't recall what I found out (and I'm feeling too lazy to do the research again).

      The Kernels have Lee, Atherton, Melotakis and Berrios starting the last 4 games of this homestand, beginning tonight. I'd be shocked if those four guys don't give Mauer and the team much better starts than has been the case the last 2 nights.
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