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  • Twins Minor League Report (8/22): Playoff Races Heat Up

    Because they clinched playoff berths in the first half, Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers are trying to finish strong and preparing for the playoffs. However, Rochester and Elizabethton are still fighting for a spot in the playoffs as well. After tonightís game, the Red Wings are now a half-game behind Pawtucket. However, they are two games ahead of Norfolk for the Wild Card. On Thursday, the E-Twins won for the 12th time in 13 games (and 14th of their last 16). They are now just 1.5 games out of the lead in the division, and just one game behind the Wild Card team. Of course, New Britain and the GCL Twins are out of playoff contention. By the way, the Arizona Fall League rosters are expected to be announced next Tuesday.

    See what else happened in the Twins farm system on Thursday.

    Rochester Red Wings 1, Indianapolis Indians 6

    Box Score

    The Red Wings had the opportunity to hit against one of baseballís biggest pitching prospects, Jameson Taillon. The right-hander went six innings and gave up just one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out three.
    Pat Dean got the start for the Red Wings. The lefty gave up three unearned runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. He didnít walk a batter and struck out four. AJ Achter came on and gave up an unearned run on two hits in 1.1 innings. Aaron Thompon gave up one run in the eighth inning. He allowed one hit and walked one. Shairon Martis pitched the ninth and gave up one run on two hits. He struck out two.

    Jeff Clement hit his 22nd and 23rd doubles in four at bats. Antoan Richarson walked twice and stole his 23rd base.

    New Britain Rock Cats 1, Bowie Bay Sox 8

    Box Score

    BJ Hermsen fell to 1-10 on the season, but he put in his best performance of the year. He went six innings and gave up two runs (1 earned) on six hits. He didnít walk any or record a strikeout. Blake Martin came in to start the 7th inning. He got the first two outs but was charged with two runs on a hit and three walks. Jose Gonzalez got the final four outs, two on strikeouts. However, he gave up four runs on three hits and a walk.

    The Rock Cats managed just six hits in the game. Danny Santana went 2-4 and hit his second home run. Danny Ortiz went 2-3. Miguel Sanoís time with the Rock Cats has certainly been streaky. After an 0-4 on Thursday night, he is now 4-34 over his past nine game. Of course, two of those four hits were doubles and another was a home run.



    Ft. Myers Miracle, Charlotte Stone Crabs


    Game canceled due to weather. It will not be made up.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 1, Quad Cities River Bandits 7

    Box Score

    JO Berrios spent a little over a week on the Disabled List, but he returned to action on Thursday night. He started out well, but overall, he went 4.2 innings and gave up five runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out four. Christian Powell was charged with two unearned runs in 2.1 innings. He gave up four hits and walked two. Dallas Gallant pitched a scoreless inning.

    Adam Walker went 2-4 with his 30th double of the season. Bo Altobelli and Tyler Grimes each went 2-4.

    Elizabethton Twins 6, Pulaski 3

    Box Score

    On Thursday, the E-Twins won for the 12th time in 13 games (and 14th of their last 16). They are now just 1.5 games out of the lead in the division, and just one game behind the Wild Card team.

    Kuo Hua Lo went the first 4.1 innings. He was charged with two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three. Luke Bard picked up the win. He finished the fifth and pitched the sixth as well. He walked two and struck out win. Carson Goldsmith gave up one run on two hits in the seventh inning. He struck out three. Aaron Slegers got his second save. He gave up two hits, but struck out three.

    Ryan Walker went 2-5, the only Twins bat with more than one hit. Zach Larson hit his first Appy League home run. Logan Wade hit his first triple.

    GCL Twins 7, GCL Orioles 4

    Box Score

    Sam Gibbons got the start for the Twins and threw five shutout innings. He gave up four hits, didnít walk any, and struck out two. Brandon Easton came on and gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings. He struck out one. Josh Guyer struck out one in a perfect inning. Cameron Booser recently signed as a non-draft free agent and made his professional debut on Thursday. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits in one inning. He struck out one.

    Ryan Tufts led the offense by going 3-4 with a walk and his second double. Ivory Thomas was 2-3 with two walks. Alex Swim hit his sixth double. Jonatan Hinojosa hit his fifth triple.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (8/22): Playoff Races Heat Up started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Zach Larsen sure has made an impression on me this year
      Good Power, Looks to have decent speed, Looks to have a decent eye - but his SO are up in his short time at E-town And he still 19, so looks to improve.

      He's no Byron Buxton, but so far so good in his 2nd year in the system.
    1. twinstalker's Avatar
      twinstalker -
      Larsen is the one rookie-ball hitter I've noticed stats-wise. Not to be a downer, and perhaps this is obvious, but this type of guy, with all his production, is still extremely unlikely to be anything ever. I find that dis-spiriting.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinstalker View Post
      Larsen is the one rookie-ball hitter I've noticed stats-wise. Not to be a downer, and perhaps this is obvious, but this type of guy, with all his production, is still extremely unlikely to be anything ever. I find that dis-spiriting.
      This is probally true of 95% of all players in the minors. Most guys don't make it. Injuries, life, and talent get in the way.

      But its still fun to watch as guys work torward their dreams.
    1. markos's Avatar
      markos -
      Does anyone know where/when Alex Meyer is pitching next? I think I heard somewhere that he is already with the New Britain team.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Quote Originally Posted by markos View Post
      Does anyone know where/when Alex Meyer is pitching next? I think I heard somewhere that he is already with the New Britain team.
      Correct. He's with the Rock Cats on the road now. Not sure when his first start will be.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Seth, can you please hold off on the death of the GCL Twins for two more days. They are three back of the Red Sox and play them today and tomorrow. If they can take two, they would be one game back with four to go. I don't know who has the tiebreaker, but they have a chance to pull this out...however, they cannot lose either today or tomorrow.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      today's game against the Red Sox just finished... The Twins lost 2-0.
    1. Lonestar's Avatar
      Lonestar -
      What's the scouting report on Sam Gibbons?
    1. apollo_tsg's Avatar
      apollo_tsg -
      Not much to say about last nights Kernels game

      Berrios did not look good at all, the box score shows he had decent early innings but it sure looked like he was struggling to get each out, the 5th inning was as ugly as the box score shows.

      Gonzales lack of mobility and complete indecision on a play in the 5th could have potentially stopped the flood of runs from happening. After that it looked like the bad news bears out there.

      I knew it was going to be a long night when both relievers – Powell and Gallant missed the catcher when warming up – as in completely missed.

      Hitting – lots of base runners wasted
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