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    Thursday, the Twins organization made the catcher shuffle. Josmil Pinto was promoted to Rochester with Kyle Knudson moving up to New Britain and Jairo Rodriguez moving back up to Ft. Myers. We also learned that Wilkin Ramirez will continue his rehab in New Britain while Darin Mastroianni will stay in Ft. Myers and play some games with the Miracle. The big news Thursday is that Aaron Hicks and Scott Diamond have been sent to Rochester with Oswaldo Arcia heading back to the Twins. The Twins will also need a starting pitcher by Tuesday, with speculation leading toward Andrew Albers.

    Here is more about that and other minor league topics on last night’s Twins Minor League Weekly. Travis was joined by Jim Crikket and they discussed in great detail many of the players who have spent time in Cedar Rapids this season.

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

    Rochester 2, Lehigh Valley 3

    Box Score

    Logan Darnell started for the Red Wings. The lefty went the first 5.2 innings and gave up three runs on 11 hits. He walked two and struck out three. Edgar Ibarra came on and went 1.2 scoreless innings. Cody Eppley gave up one hit and got one strikeout.

    Ibarra Update - Edgar Ibarra has now pitched 24.1 innings in 19 appearances without allowing a run.

    The Red Wings managed just six hits. Jermaine Mitchell went 2-3 with a walk and his 15th double. Chris Parmelee went 1-2 with a walk. Josmil Pinto made his AAA debut and went 0-4, grounding into two double plays.

    New Britain 9, Akron 5

    Box Score

    The Rock Cats bats showed up, and DJ Baxendale was the beneficiary. The right hander gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk in 6.1 innings. He struck out three. Jose Gonzalez got the next five outs, two of them on strikeouts. Dakota Watts gave up one hit in a scoreless inning.

    Danny Ortiz remained hot. He went 3-4 with his 11th home run and drove in three runs. Evan Bigley went 2-3 with a walk, his fourth double and his first home run. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his 13th and 14th home runs and drove in five runs.

    Ft. Myers, Daytona

    This game was cancelled due to inclement weather.

    Cedar Rapids 3, Burlington 2

    Box Score

    David Hurlbut returned to the Kernels' starting rotation. The left-hander went the first 3.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits. He walked none and struck out five. Brandon Bixler came on and gave up one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out one in 1.2 innings. Madison Boer then walked one and struck out four in 1.2 innings. Brian Gilbert finished the game with two strikeouts in two innings.

    The Kernels had just six hits. Travis Harrison went 2-3 with a walk and his 26th double. He also stole his first base of the season. Niko Goodrum hit his second home run, of the inside-the-park variety.

    Elizabethton 2, Bluefield 4

    Box Score

    The E-Twins fell back under .500 with this loss. It’s unusual to see the Twins struggling so much, especially with the bats. On this night, Zach Granite had a single and a walk. Ryan Walker walked twice.

    Hein Robb started and gave up three runs (2 earned) on seven hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out five; he did hit one batter. Austin Malinowski came on and gave up one run on four hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out four. Andrew Ferreira walked two and struck out five in two shutout innings.

    GCL Twins 3, GCL Rays 2

    Box Score

    Jason Kanzler went 2-4 with his first double, and later, his first walk-off hit as the GCL Twins won a one-run game. Zach Larson went 2-4. Brian Navarreto hit his fifth double. Darin Mastroianni went 0-2 with a walk and stole a base.

    Jared Wilson started and gave up two runs (1 earned) on six hits and a walk in three innings; he struck out three. Chih-Wei Hu struck out five over three, one-hit, scoreless innings. Tyler Stirewalt gave up two hits, also over three innings. He struck out three.

    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 (8/1): Rock Cats Power Bats started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Good morning Seth, I have to wonder if Baxendale's arm is starting to tire? He gave up only one run on five hits through six innings last night. In the seventh, he got one out while allowing three hits and his only walk...with all four scoring.

      The ETon Twins are the team many of us thought they would be this year. Gone are all the sluggers of recent years. With only one hitter batting over .275 average, they struggle scoring a lot of runs. On the other hand their pitching staff is wonderful as several of last year's young guns for the GCL Twins continue pitching very well. I guess the Twins emphasis on pitching over position players the past couple drafts is beginning to be felt!
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Madison Boer then walked one and struck out four in 1.2 innings.

      So, he faced 6 guys and only one of them put the ball in play. Me like. Let's run with this reliever thing on him.
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