• Twins Minor League Report (7/27): Vargas Powers Miracle... Again

    On Saturday, Nick Blackburn was placed on the Rochester disabled list with an inflamed knee. Virgil Vasquez will make the start for him on Sunday. On the field, there were some good starts and a couple not-so-good starts. A couple affiliates came from behind to get wins. A couple homers by Kennys Vargas powered the Miracle to a win. Elizabethton doubled their pleasure against Johnson City.

    Check out what else happened in the Twins Minor League system on Saturday night:

    Rochester 4, Norfolk 2

    Box Score

    Logan Darnell was solid again in his Saturday start for the Red Wings. The lefty gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out eight. Cody Eppley came on and gave up a hit to the batter he faced. Edgar Ibarra came on and got two outs, extending his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 22.2 innings (between New Britain and Rochester). Michael Tonkin recorded the final four outs, two on strikeouts, for his sixth save.

    The Red Wings bats made short work of Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman. The hard-throwing righty topped out at 98 mph in his 4.1 innings of work. The Wings scored four runs on six hits and two walks off him. Eduardo Escobar went 2-4 with a double and a stolen base. Deibinson Romero was 2-4 with his ninth home run. James Beresford was 2-3 with a triple.

    What a month July has been for the Red Wings. With this win and a Pawtucket loss, the two teams are in a virtual tie at the top of the International League North Division. The Red Wings were 11 games behind the Red Sox on July 2nd!

    New Britain 3, Reading 12

    Box Score

    Miguel Sano sat out for the fourth straight game, and the Rock Cats looked like they needed more than just the ultra-talented prospect on this night. Former Gopher Seth Rosin held the Rock Cats to just one run over the first five innings. Danny Santana was 2-5 with his 20th stolen base. Eddie Rosario was 2-5 with his 11th double and third stolen base. Danny Ortiz went 2-5.

    DJ Baxendale had another rough start. He was charged with eight runs (7 earned) on ten hits and two walks in four innings. Blake Martin came on and gave up a run on a hit and a walk in an inning. He struck out two. BJ Hermsen and Ryan O’Rourke each threw a scoreless inning of relief. Cole Johnson then gave up three runs on two hits in his inning. He did strike out three.

    Ft. Myers 12, Clearwater 11

    Box Score

    This was a back and forth game for the Miracle, but in the end, they walked off with a win; they had to overcome a five-run deficit at one point. Tyler Duffey started and gave up seven runs (5 earned) on seven hits and three walks in just 3.1 innings. Chad Rodgers came on and got the final two outs of the fourth, but not before giving up a home run. Steven Gruver worked the next three innings. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two. Corey Williams gave up a hit in a scoreless inning. In the ninth, Zach Jones came on to hold a two-run lead, but he gave up two runs on a hit and a walk. He blew the save, but thanks to the Miracle winning in the bottom of the ninth, he also gets the win.

    JD Williams went 3-5 with a walk, his fifth stolen base and he scored the game-winning run. Kennys Vargas put on a show. He went 2-3 with three walks. He hit his 16th and 17th home runs, both three-run blasts. The six RBI was the most by a Miracle hitter in a game this season. Mike Kvasnicka went 2-5 with a walk and his seventh and eighth doubles. Stephen Wickens was 2-2 with a walk.



    Cedar Rapids 5, Clinton 2

    Box Score

    Tim Atherton gave up a run in the third and a run in the fourth. In six innings, the Australian right-hander gave up the two runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out eight. Hudson Boyd worked the next two innings, and allowed only a walk. Brian Gilbert came on to protect the three-run lead in the ninth and recorded the save.

    Max Kepler led the offense on this night. He was 2-3 with his fifth homer, a solo shot, a walk and two RBI. Adam Walker hit his 23rd double, a shot off the wall.

    Elizabethton 8, Johnson City 0

    Box Score

    The E-Twins doubled their pleasure on Saturday night. The team hit nine doubles and a home run and got great pitching for the win. Randy Rosario started and gave up six hits and no walks in seven shutout innings. He struck out nine. C. K. Irby gave up two hits but no runs in his inning. Kuo-Hua Lo pitched a scoreless inning.

    Bryan Haar led the offense. He was 3-5 with his fifth, sixth and seventh doubles. Rory Rhodes was 3-5 with his eighth double. Javier Pimentel went 3-5 with his eighth double. Mitch Garver went 2-5 with his fifth and sixth doubles. Jake Proctor returned to the E-Twins lineup and hit a double. Logan Wade was 2-4 and hit his second home run.

    GCL Twins, GCL Red Sox


    Postponed by Rain.


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    Comments 8 Comments
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      Seriously, a four game suspension for watching an obvious home run leave the ballpark... that's stupid
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      By no means did Baxendale pitch well, but he also suffered from some poor defense in my eyes. In the first inning, there was a deep fly ball to center (a little right center) that seemed to me like it should have been caught, but Parraz couldn't get there I guess. Maybe he was shading too far to left center, but it sure seemed like the ball should have been caught. It was in the air for quite a while.
      There was also a pop foul that should have been caught. It was a long run for Bigley no doubt, but he got there - just didn't catch it.
      In the fifth, Baxendale got a ground ball to second with the bases loaded and no outs. Rosario uncorked a really bad throw home. 2 runs scored on the play and left runners on second and third with still no outs. Things continued to unravel from there.

      It was very disappointing not to see Sano in action. I'm ok with disciplining the guy, but this seems to be getting a little excessive. Did he kick somebody's dog or something?
      Overall, the team looked very 'bleh' on the field with little energy. I guess that comes with losing so many games in a row. They definitely need a lift.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Though I've heard he doesn't always look this good, Max Kepler looked like a Gold Glove 1B last night: A tough diving stop to his right, two tougher diving stops to his left (which saved at least a run) and a good dig on a sharp ground ball to end the game. Oh, he also homered and had an RBI single vs a lefty.
    1. Major Leauge Ready's Avatar
      Major Leauge Ready -
      Quote Originally Posted by troyhobbs View Post
      Seriously, a four game suspension for watching an obvious home run leave the ballpark... that's stupid
      I would tend to agree if the benching was based on this single action. However, there have been other incidents reported and it would seem likely we don't know everything that goes on. Let's not assume everyone is incompetent, at least not when we only know part of the story.
    1. goulik's Avatar
      goulik -
      It's already been reported in numerous places that not only has this been an issue for Sano before, he did a little extra here against a former team mate that he had an infamous confrontation with just two weeks before the ex team mate was cut, he then told the manager he would do what he wanted and did not respond well when Ryan tried to talk to him about it... Yeah he earned a sit down. I just hope he's learning
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Though I've heard he doesn't always look this good, Max Kepler looked like a Gold Glove 1B last night: A tough diving stop to his right, two tougher diving stops to his left (which saved at least a run) and a good dig on a sharp ground ball to end the game. Oh, he also homered and had an RBI single vs a lefty.
      I disagree. A 1-game suspension for showboating on a HR, another game for pissing-off the manager, and an indeterminate number of games for pissing-off Ryan.
    1. savvyspy's Avatar
      savvyspy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Major Leauge Ready View Post
      I would tend to agree if the benching was based on this single action. However, there have been other incidents reported and it would seem likely we don't know everything that goes on. Let's not assume everyone is incompetent, at least not when we only know part of the story.
      This team has proven itself time and time again they are one of the most incompetent organizations in professional sports. A four game suspension for showboating is asinine.

      This is another case of this organization forcing a top prospect to do things the "Twins Way". Basically they aren't satisfied until they break these guys down until they are meek opposite field singles hitters who don't show their true talent until they are traded to another organization.

      Just get him back In the lineup and turn the page on this non story. The front office acting like overbearing parents only makes them look foolish.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Amazes me that people think that the 4 game Benching (not suspension) is just because of the home run trot.

      The front office and the Rock Cats manager are absolutely in the right. Doesn't mean it has to mean anything further, but it had to be done.
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