Monday night was a full night in the Twins minor league system, and each team provided impressive highlights. For Rochester, it was LHP Logan Darnell. For New Britain, pick between Miguel Sano and Danny Ortiz. For Ft. Myers, how about Dalton Hicks? Maybe Tyler Duffey? For Cedar Rapids, of course it was Adam Walker. Zach Granite gets the nod for Elizabethton. You can pick between Zach Larson, Chad Christensen and Amaurys Minier for the GCL picks, but you won’t pick their defense.
Find out what those players did and how the minor league games went Monday night:
Rochester 3, Lehigh Valley 1
Logan Darnell has certainly experienced good and bad in his short time with the Red Wings. On this night, he was very good. The lefty went six shutout innings and gave up just four hits. He walked none and struck out two, needing only 65 pitches. Aaron Thompson came in and gave up one run on three hits in his two innings. Shairon Martis came on and pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save of the season. It was also Darnell’s first AAA win.
Oswaldo Arcia remained hot in his return to the Red Wings. He went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth double. Chris Parmelee went 2-4.
Game 1 – New Britain 4, Portland 5
Danny Ortiz continues to be overlooked as a prospect, but he was very good in this game. He went 3-3 with his 23rd
double and his ninth home run. AJ Pettersen went 2-3 with his fourth double. Jordan Parraz hit his eighth home run. Miguel Sano was 1-2 with two walks.
BJ Hermsen got a spot start in the front end of the double-header. He falls to 1-7 after giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. Matt Hauser came on and gave up one run on two hits over 3.1 innings. He didn’t issue a walk and struck out five.
Game 2 – New Britain 3, Portland 8 (9 innings)
They needed a couple extra innings to decide the second game of the double- header. In the end, after five runs in the top of the ninth, there was no miracle comeback for the home team. DJ Baxendale made the start and threw well. In six innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out four. Jose Gonzalez got the first two outs of the seventh. Cole Johnson got the final out of the seventh and worked a scoreless eighth frame. However, both batters he faced in the ninth hit solo home runs. He was replaced by Ryan O’Rourke who gave up three runs on three hits and a walk before getting out of the inning.
Angel Morales went 2-3 with his third home run. Miguel Sano was 1-4, as he hit his ninth Rock Cats home run (and 25th
overall, taking over the organizational lead from Chris Colabello).
Ft. Myers 10, Brevard County 3
The Miracle offense exploded in this game. Dalton Hicks led the way. He went 3-4 with the second home run since his promotion, three RBI and two walks. Stephen Wickens went 3-4 with a walk and three RBI. Matt Koch was 2-5 with a walk and three RBI. Jhon Goncalves was 2-4 with a walk. Aderlin Mejia and former Gopher Mike Kvasnicka each added two hits.
Tyler Duffey put together another quality start. He went the first seven innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high ten batters. Nelvin Fuentes came on and threw two scoreless innings; he walked one and struck out one.
Cedar Rapids 11, Ft. Wayne 4
The Kernels also put up big offensive numbers, though that happens on a nearly nightly basis. Speaking of things that happen on nearly a nightly basis, Adam Walker had another big game and hit another home run. The outfielder went 3-5 with his 22nd
double and his 22nd
home run. He drove in three runs to give him 88 RBI for the season. Michael Gonzales went 3-4 with a walk and his first double. Jorge Polanco went 3-5 with a walk. Max Kepler was 2-5.
JO Berrios was on the mound and pitched well for the win. In six innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on eight hits and a walk; he struck out four. Tim Shibuya came on and gave up a run on two hits in his inning. Alex Muren walked one in a scoreless inning. Dallas Gallant walked one and struck out one in his inning.
Elizabethton 3, Danville 3 (Game suspended after five innings)
This rain-shortened game began poorly. Tanner Mendonca started and recorded just two outs. He gave up three runs on one hit and five walks. The two outs came on strikeouts. Andrew Ferreira went the next 3.1 innings without allowing a run. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out five. Austin Malinowski struck out two in the final inning.
Zach Granite went 2-3 with his second double and second triple.
GCL Twins 6, GCL Rays 13
Pitching and defense win, right? Well, in this game, it was defense that cost the GCL Twins a win. The teams combined for ten errors- unfortunately, eight were by the Twins. Alex Wimmers got the start. He gave up one run on five hits in 3.1 innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four. Brandon Easton got the final two outs of the fourth frame, but not before giving up six runs; three were earned. Derrick Penilla pitched the fifth and was charged with three runs (two earned) on three hits. Kohl Stewart came on and pitched the next two innings. He gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out two. Reyson Zoquiel gave up an unearned run in his inning. Josh Guyer didn’t give up a run in his inning despite a hit and two walks.
Zach Larson went 3-4 with a walk. Chad Christensen went 3-5 with his fourth double. Amaurys Minier went 2-5 and launched his fifth home run of the season.
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