Friday was a busy day in the Twins organization. Aside from the big league club needing 13 innings to score a win, there were seven minor league games on the day. Miguel Sano was out of the New Britain lineup again, but a source informed me that he had a tight hamstring. Also, Byron Buxton was out of the Ft. Myers lineup for the fifth straight game. He reportedly lost a toenail and is deemed day-to-day. Kohl Stewart was finally put on the GCL Twins 7-day disabled list with his cut foot. His teammate and fellow 2013 draft pick Stephen Gonsalves was promoted to Elizabethton after posting a 0.63 ERA in 14.1 innings with the GCL Twins. Catcher Bo Altobelli was promoted to Cedar Rapids. And, maybe you’ve heard, the Twins did select the contract of LHP Andrew Albers.
Check out what else happened in the Twins Minor League system on Friday:
Rochester 9, Lehigh Valley 5
It was the offense that picked up the Red Wings on this night. After going 0-4 in his AAA debut the previous night, Josmil Pinto went 3-4 with his first double. He was also hit by a pitch. Eric Farris went 3-5 with two RBI; he also stole his 15th
base. Chris Parmelee had a single and two walks. Eduardo Escobar doubled for the seventh time with the Red Wings and drove in three runs.
Virgil Vasquez got the start and recorded his fourth Red Wings win. He gave up one run on eight hits in 5.2 innings. He walked none and struck out two. Aaron Thompson came in and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out two. Shairon Martis gave up two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings. He walked none and struck out two to record his ninth save.
New Britain 9, Erie 6
Two hitters starred for the Rock Cats tonight, creating most of the team’s offense. Evan Bigley appears to be back and at 100% He homered on Thursday night. On Friday night, he was 3-4 with his second home run and three RBI. Angel Morales hit ninth, but he had a big night too. He went 2-3 with a walk, his fourth double and his fourth home run. He also drove in three runs.
Kyle Davies started for the Rock Cats and went seven innings to improve to 2-0. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out seven. Ryan O’Rourke came on and gave up two runs on three hits in the eighth inning. He struck out one. Dan Sattler came on and had a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save.
Ft. Myers 1, Tampa 2
Byron Buxton was out for the fifth straight game, and the Miracle offense really struggled. They had just four hits in this game and managed to strikeout 15 times. Darin Mastroianni went 1-2 before being replaced. Dalton Hicks was 1-3 with a walk.
Manuel Soliman was back on the mound to start. He gave up three hits in 3.1 scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out one. Adrian Salcedo came on and struck out three in 2.2 perfect innings. Tyler Duffey came out of the bullpen and worked the final two innings. He was charged with two runs on three hits and a walk; he struck out two and took the loss.
Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 6
As we’ve seen with many of the other affiliates, the offense had a tough day. It’s rare for the Kernels' offense to struggle. They had just six hits. Adam Walker, the July Minor League Hitter of the Month, went 2-4 and hit his 23rd
home run. Niko Goodrum drove in the other run.
Tim Atherton started for the Kernels. The Aussie right-hander gave up six runs (4 earned) on five hits and a walk in just three innings; he struck out two. Alex Muren came on and was perfect for three innings. He struck out four. Hudson Boyd walked one and struck out one in two scoreless innings.
Elizabethton 3, Bluefield 11
It was yet another rough night for the Elizabethton Twins. Randy Rosario started and gave up four runs on five hits and six walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out five. CK Irby came on and gave up two runs (1 earned) on one hit and one walk in 1.1 innings. Ryan Eades came on and gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings. Yes, he had two strikeouts, too. Andre Martinez’s struggles continued. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in his inning. He struck out two.
Zach Granite was 2-4 with a walk. Logan Wade was 2-4 with his second triple. Javier Pimentel was 2-4 with his ninth double. Ryan Walker went 2-4. Mitch Garver and Stuart Turner each hit a double.
Game 1 – GCL Twins 5, GCL Red Sox 3
Fernando Romero was terrific in the first game. He went five shutout innings and gave up just one hit. He walked one and struck out five. Luke Bard them came on and gave up three runs on two hits and a walk in 0.2 innings. Derrick Penilla got the final out but not before giving up a hit. Lester Oliveros came in and recorded the save. He walked one and struck out three in his rehab inning.
The GCL Twins managed just five hits. Chad Christensen hit his fifth double. Jorge Fernandez hit his sixth double. Jason Kanzler tripled.
Game 2 – GCL Twins 1, GCL Red Sox 2
It was a pitcher’s duel in Game 2. Leonel Zazueta went the first four innings. He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one. Reyson Zoquiel walked one in his inning. Josh Guyer gave up one hit in his inning.
Brian Navarreto went 2-3 and drove in the team’s lone run. Joel Polanco was 2-3 with his fifth double. Adonis Pacheco hit his fourth triple.
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