The Rochester Red Wings and the Cedar Rapids Kernels each had the day off on Tuesday. The Red Wings made the long trek back up north from Virginia. The Kernels didn’t play, but they were still in the news. The Twins found out that they received LHP Miguel Sulbaran from the Dodgers as the Player to be Named Later in the Drew Butera trade. He has pitched for Great Lakes in the Midwest League throughout this year and will report to the Kernels. Sulbaran pitched in 23 games for Great Lakes, making 16 starts. In total, he was 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. In 92.2 innings, he allowed 89 hits, walked 27 and struck out 85. He is just two months older than JO Berrios.
Speaking of Berrios, he was put on the Disabled List with a right elbow contusion. I talked with three people familiar with the situation. In his most recent start, he was hit by a line drive in the elbow. However, by the next day, he appeared to be much better. The Twins decided to be cautious, as they should with such a talent, and put him on the Disabled List. One other person told me that the plan was actually to shut him down for a week or two in an attempt to manage his innings and help him be strong for the Midwest League playoffs.
In other transactions, lefty David Hurlbut was promoted to Ft. Myers to take the spot of righty Cole De Vries, who was promoted to New Britain.
There were actually several games to talk about, and the Twins now have their first 30 home run hitter of the season. See what else happened in the Twins farm system on Tuesday.
Rochester Red Wings
No Game Scheduled.
Game 1 - New Britain Rock Cats 4, New Hampshire 5
Miguel Sano homered for the 30th
time this year (14th
with the Rock Cats), but it wasn’t enough in Game 1. Danny Santana went 2-4. Reynaldo Rodriguez added his 19th
home run and drove in two runs.
DJ Baxendale went all seven innings. Unfortunately, he was charge with five runs and just one was earned. He gave up eight hits (and three of those went for home runs). He walked one and struck out six.
Game 2 - New Britain Rock Cats 6, New Hampshire 5
In the second game, the Rock Cats found themselves down 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth. Kyle Knudson led off with a double. He scored when the next batter, Angel Morales, doubled. After a sacrifice bunt, Eddie Rosario doubled in the tying run. Understandably, Miguel Sano was intentionally walked. However, a wild pitch advanced Rosario to third, and Sano stole second. New Hampshire decided to walk powerful Reynaldo Rodriguez. However, the fourth pitch was wild and Rosario scored the winning run.
Knudson was the one Rock Cats hitter with more than one hit. He was 2-3 and the double was his third. Rosario was 1-3 with a walk and his 14th
double. Reynaldo Rodriguez added his 26th
Matt Hauser made his first start of the year in this bullpen game. He was able to go four innings. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on four hits and a walk. He struck out four. Daniel Turpen came on and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. Dakota Watts gave up one hit over two innings to get the Win.
Ft. Myers Miracle 4, St. Lucie 5
Lefty David Hurlbut was promoted from Cedar Rapids and made his Miracle debut. He made less than a handful of starts this season, pitching primarily out of the Kernels bullpen. But, he made the start tonight for Ft. Myers. He began with three scoreless innings. However, he gave up three runs in the fourth. He gave up eight hits, didn’t walk anyone, and struck out four. Nelvin Fuentes came on and struck out three in two scoreless innings. He walked one. Corey Williams got the final two innings. He gave up a big two-run homer in the seventh that proved to be the game’s decider. He gave up the two runs on three hits, no walks and struck out two.
Byron Buxton is back to .300 for the Miracle after a 3-4 night. He drove in two runs. Dalton Hicks went 2-4 with his third home run. It was a solo shot. The RBI gives him a combined 97 RBI on the season between Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers.
Cedar Rapids Kernels
No Game Scheduled.
Elizabethton Twins 6, Danville Braves 3
It was a good all-around game for the E-Twins. They got a good start from lefty Hein Robb. He gave up one run on five hits in five innings. He did walk four while striking out five. Andre Martinez came on and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked three and struck out two. Ryan Eades came on and pitched the final two innings. He gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out three.
Javier Pimentel was the offensive hero. He was 3-4 with his 11th
double and three RBI. Tanner Vavra was 1-2 with a walk and two RBI. Zach Granite extended his hitting streak to eight games.
GCL Twins 3, GCL Orioles 1
Righty Alex Meyer returned to the mound for his second rehab appearance. This time, he was able to go three shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out two. He was replaced by Jared Wilson who was charged with one run on three hits in three innings. He walked three and struck out two. Chih-Wei Hu came on and struck out one over two scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit. Tyler Stirewalt got the save. He didn’t give up a run despite allowing two hits and walking one.
Alex Swim went 2-4 with an RBI. Adonis Pacheco was 1-2 with two walks.
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