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    The All-Star breaks are all over, and there was a full schedule in the Twins' minor league system Thursday. A couple old college teammates helped the Kernels provide most of the organization’s offense on the day. Also, a couple now-former Twins were on the mound. However, on this day, Taylor Rogers stole the show with one of the best pitching performances by a Twins pitcher this season. See below for more.

    Also last night, I was a guest on Twins Minor League Weekly podcast and answered several questions on players throughout the Twins farm system, so check that out here. Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system Thursday:

    Rochester 4, Syracuse 11

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    The pitching wasn’t good and the offense managed just five hits on this night. Logan Darnell got the start and in 1.2 innings, he was charged with six runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out one. Luis Perdomo came on and went the next 1.1 innings. He gave up four runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one. AJ Achter came on and provided three shutout innings. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out two. Blake Martin came on and yielded one run on three hits and a walk in two innings; he struck out two. Edgar Ibarra then made his AAA debut. He walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning.

    Deibinson Romero had just one hit, but it was a three-run homer. It was his sixth homer of the year. Chris Parmelee batted third and played first base. He was 1-3 with a walk. Eduardo Escobar went 0-3. He batted seventh and played second base.

    New Britain 3, Binghampton 4

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    Nick Blackburn made his second start for the Rock Cats. He gave up one run on three hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two. Ryan O’Rourke came in for his AA debut. He struck out two in his first inning and then struck out the side in his second inning. It was a pretty impressive debut! He turned over a 3-1 lead to closer Matt Hauser. Unfortunately, the right-hander gave up three runs on three hits and two walks and recorded just two outs. BJ Hermsen came on to close out the inning.

    Josmil Pinto went 3-4 and drove in a run. Eddie Rosario went 2-4 with his second Rock Cats home run and two RBI.

    Ft. Myers 1, Dunedin 0

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    Taylor Rogers was the story in this one. The lefty out of Kentucky who was taken by the Twins in the 11th round of the 2012 draft was tremendous. He faced just 30 batters in a complete game shutout. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out eight. He improved to 8-3 and dropped his Miracle ERA to 2.63.

    Rogers needed every inning to be a shutout inning since the Miracle bats were so quiet. They managed just five hits. In the sixth inning, JD Williams doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Byron Buxton.

    Photo by Linwood Ferguson/Ft. Myers Miracle

    Cedar Rapids 9, Lake County 7

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    The Kernels have continued to lose great hitters to Ft. Myers, but they have so many that they’re still scoring like crazy. Jonathan Murphy led the way in this game. The outfielder went 3-5 with his third double and first home run with the Kernels. He drove in three runs. His college teammate, Adam Walker, went 2-5. Jorge Polanco went 2-3 with a walk and two runs driven in.

    Photo by Cedar Rapids Kernels

    Josue Montanez started and went the first six innings. He gave up five runs (3 earned) on seven hits, three of which were home runs. He walked three and struck out six. Hudson Boyd came on and gave up two runs on three hits over two innings. He walked none and struck out two. Madison Boer gave up two hits and a walk, but no runs, in the ninth inning for the save. He struck out two.

    Game 1 – Elizabethton 2, Bristol 1

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    Rained out a night earlier, the E-Twins had a double header on Thursday. Of course, Game 1 included a rain delay of nearly an hour and a half.

    Felix Jorge returned to form in the first game. The hard-throwing righty gave up one run on five hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out six. He was replaced by Carson Goldsmith who struck out two in a scoreless inning. Brandon Peterson struck out two in a perfect seventh for the save.

    The E-Twins managed just three hits in this game. In the sixth inning, a Bryan Haar sacrifice fly scored Carlos Avila with the team’s first run to tie the game. Zach Granite then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

    Game 2 – Elizabethton 2, Bristol 1

    Box Score

    Josh Burris started the second game. He gave up two runs on three hits in four innings; he walked four and struck out five. Ethan Mildren gave up one hit in a scoreless fifth inning. In the sixth, Aaron Slegers came on and gave up one hit in a scoreless inning, striking out one. Andrew Ferreira pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.

    Javier Pimentel went 2-3 with his first two triples of the year; the first plated the two E-Twins runs. Bryan Santy went 3-3. Bryan Haar was 2-4 with his third double and fourth home run.

    GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 4 (Game Suspended in 7th by Rain)

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    This game was not completed, but enough happened that we’ll mention the highlights in the rain-suspended game. Lewis Thorpe went the first four innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He walked none and struck out six. Sam Gibbons came on and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out one. Derrick Penilla then gave up one run on one hit and one walk in one inning. Yes, he had one strikeout. And then the rains came.

    Amaurys Minier had his third triple. Brian Navaretto hit his fourth double.

    Thanks for checking out today’s Twins minor league report. Please feel free to discuss, comment or ask questions.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/18): Rogers Pitches Gem started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      It seems like Achter is breezing through the minors. Does he have a good chance of making the MLB team soon? Perhaps a Jared Burton or Brian Duensing trade would open up a spot for him.
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Achter? Breezing through the minors? Are you sure? Look at his ERA.
    1. iceslick's Avatar
      iceslick -
      Did you look at how many innings he has pitched for that ERA?

      6 innings in AAA. I believe the original op was refrencing his dominance last year and good numbers at AA this year.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Pretty good draft last year when Rogers and Baxendale (11 and 12) become top pitchers in the system a year after the draft.
    1. AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS's Avatar
      AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS -
      Look here more innings that could have gone to a prospect but they go to....nick blackburn....

      Keep it up Rosario! You to Adam Walker!
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Is that an eye patch Rodgers is wearing? How cool would that be if he made it to the majors.
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      Is that an eye patch Rodgers is wearing? How cool would that be if he made it to the majors.
      I too thought it was, but alas, it is not.
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