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    There were a lot of standout performances on Friday night. Four starting pitchers provided Quality Starts for their teams. Strange for the Twins organization, one of them even had double-digit strikeouts, if you can believe that. Ten Twins minor leaguers had at least three hits on this day as well. Unfortunately, three of the Twins affiliates lost games in the last inning. But another team ended a poor steak in fine fashion.

    The highlight of the night was the performance of a possibly overlooked Twins prospect in New Britain. It isnít every day when a player has five hits in a game. But, Rosario didnít just slap his way to five hits. He went 5-5 with two doubles and a home run. With Buxton, Sano and Arcia around, Rosario is known to prospect followers, but he is often overlooked. He shouldnít be.

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

    Rochester Red Wings 6, Indianapolis Indians 7

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    The offense and Scott Diamond did their jobs on this night, but one bad inning cost the Red Wings an important game in the standings. Scott Diamond was impressive for the second straight outing. After throwing a complete game in his previous start, Diamond gave up only an unearned run over eight innings. He gave up nine hits, walked two and struck out three.

    The Red Wings got contributions from most in the lineup. Eric Farris went 3-4 with his 22nd stolen base. Chris Parmelee went 3-5 with his first stolen base. James Beresford went 3-5. Jeff Clement went 2-5 with his 24th double and his 16th home run. Josmil Pinto went 2-4 with his fifth double. Antoan Richardson went 2-5.

    That brings us to the 9th inning. Edgar Ibarra came in to start the inning. He had gone 26 games and 31.1 innings without giving up a run. All good things much come to an end. He gave up a single to lead off the inning. Then, after a fly out, he gave up another single. He walked a batter to load the bases. At that point, he was replaced by Shairon Martis. Martis gave up a single that scored the first run off of Ibarra in 31.2 innings. The bases were still loaded, and Martis gave up a grand slam to #9 hitter Lucas May to tie the game. He gave up one more run to take the loss. So, Ibarra was charged with three runs in the inning, and Martis was charged with the other three. Amazingly, coming into the game, the Red Wings had been 58-0 on the season when leading after eight innings.

    New Britain Rock Cats 1, Bowie Bay Sox 8

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    The story of this game was the bat of Eddie Rosario. Unfortunately, the story of the end of the game was a lack of control, and it cost the Rock Cats on this night. The Rock Cats fell behind early, but a Rosario single tied the game in the 8th. However, the bottom of the 9th didnít go so well for the Rock Cats bullpen. Matt Hauser pitched a scoreless eighth inning, but he walked the leadoff batter of the ninth. It was followed by a sacrifice bunt. Ryan OíRourke came on and issued another walk. He threw a wild pitch, and Jeff Smith chose to intentionally walk the batter to load the bases. The infield came in and OíRourke coaxed a grounder to first base. Reynaldo Rodriguez threw home for the force out. With two outs, Dakota Watts came in to the game. He walked the lone batter he faced, bringing in the winning run for Bowie.

    DJ Baxendale started and was charged with six runs (5 earned) on six hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out six. Daniel Turpen came on and was perfect for two innings before Hauserís scoreless eighth frame.

    Eddie Rosario had one of those games that batters want to have. He went 5-5 and hit his 16th and 17th doubles, his fourth home run (12th overall) and drove in four runs, including the two runs he drove in in the 8th that tied the game at six each. Danny Ortiz went 2-5 with his 12th home run. Danny Santana also went 2-5 and stole his 26th base.

    Game 1 - Ft. Myers Miracle 9, St. Lucie Mets 8 (10 innings)

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    I have to assume that ten innings and three hours and 41 minutes is not what the Miracle and Mets were hoping for in Game 1, but thatís exactly what happened. Jason Wheeler got the start. The left-hander from Loyola Marymount gave up four runs, just one earned, on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three. Nelvin Fuentes, another lefty, came on and gave up three runs on two hits and three walks in the sixth inning. Steve Gruver, the third left-hander of the game, gave up one run on two hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out two. Right-hander Tyler Jones came on and walked two in the ninth, but he struck one out, gave up no runs, and got the win.

    Mike Kvasnicka and Levi Michael led the way. Kvasnicka went 3-4 with a walk, his eighth homer and three RBI. Levi Michael went 3-4 with his fourth home run. Stephen Wickens went 2-4 with his 17th and 18th home runs. Byron Buxton went 2-3 with two walks and his seventh (16th overall) triple. (According to Miracle play-by-play man Brice Zimmerman, he was hitting .411 over his previous 24 games following this game.) Jairo Rodriguez added two hits.

    Game 2 - Ft. Myers Miracle, St. Lucie Mets

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    The Miracle didnít get a lot of offense, but they got enough to sweep this doubleheader. Coming into the day, the Miracle had gone 4-14 in their past 18 games.

    The Miracle had just three hits in the game. Byron Buxton was 1-1 with two walks. AJ Pettersen was hit twice, once in the shoulder and once on the helmet. Pettersen scored on a Stephen Wickens RBI double. After a Buxton walk, Wickens came around to score on a Dalton Hicks single. Buxton scored on a ground out by Kennys Vargas ground out. All three Miracle runs scored in the third inning.

    Matt Summers made the Miracle start. He gave up just two runs on two hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out five batters. Zack Jones came in for the 7th inning. He had a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts for his 13th save.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 2, Quad Cities River Bandits 3

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    Hudson Boyd has had many more downs than ups in his first full season as a professional, but on Friday night, he had arguably his best start of the year, providing the Kernels with a Quality Start. In seven innings, he gave up three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out four. Brian Gilbert gave up a hit in a scoreless eighth frame.

    The Kernels had nine hits, but only Adam Walker had a multi-hit game. The talented right fielder went 3-4 in the game. Shortstop Ryan Walker, the Twins 18th round pick this June, was called up to the Kernels on Friday and debuted by going 1-3 in the game.

    Elizabethton Twins 2, Pulaski 3 (11 innings)

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    The E-Twins came into the day one game back of the wild card. However, the two teams ahead of them won, which means they end this day two games out of a playoff spot with just seven games to play.

    Felix Jorge made the start for the Twins. He gave up two earned runs on six hits over the first six innings of the game. He walked two and struck out 11. Ethan Mildren worked the next three innings and did not allow a run. He gave up just one hit, walked two and struck out three. Austin Malinowski came on and pitched a scoreless tenth inning. However, with one out in the 11th, he allowed the game-winning run for Pulaski.

    The E-Twins managed just six hits in the game. Stuart Turner had three of the hits, including his third home run of the season which drove in both of the teamís runs. Mitch Garver went 2-5. Tanner Vavra had the other hit, a single.

    GCL Twins 0, GCL Red Sox 2

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    The GCL squad got some good pitching, but the bats did absolutely nothing. They managed just three hits in the game and only worked one walk.

    Jared Wilson started and gave up one run on four hits and a walk in four innings. He walked four. For the second time, Deolis Guerra pitched in a rehab game. He pitched a perfect inning, striking out one. Seth Wagner gave up an unearned run on one hit and one walk in two innings. Jose Abreu struck out one in a scoreless inning.

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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (8/23): Rosario Really Rakes started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Why didn't Rosario hit for the cycle? Man alive, he's terrible.
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Was at the Rock Cats game last night. Points:

      1)The play where the Baysox scored their third and fourth runs was straight out of Little League....swinging bunt, two overthrows in the infield, two runs in and batter winds up on third. Rosario got an error, but it was an over zealous play trying to throw the runner from first going to third.

      2)Sano had a number of checked swings in the game, called out on strikes once, and once visibly shaking his head on a checked swing called a swing by the home plate ump. The ump visibly nodded his head that yes, it was a swing. (It wasn't. Sano was right.). It seems like Sano is working on laying off breaking pitches that he is clearly getting more of.

      3)Rosario and Sano both had nice plays in the infield; Rosario ranging to his right to get a ball up the middle and making a quick string throw, and Sano aggressively charging across in front of Santana to take a medium hopper to short. He didn't field it totally cleanly, as it bobbled in his glove, but he corralled it and made a strong throw.

      Fun game. Rosario can make some solid contact! (Although Sano's single, with a huge amount of spin on it dropping it in front of the left fielder, was probably the hardest hit ball of the night.)
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      That was just heartbreaking for the Red Wings last night - losing a 5-run lead in the 9th. A solid start from Diamond wasted, at a time when they can't afford to throw away games like that.
    1. Legend of the Arctic's Avatar
      Legend of the Arctic -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Why didn't Rosario hit for the cycle? Man alive, he's terrible.
      He's not terrible. He just doesn't want to get benched for hitting a "showoff double."
    1. Jeff A's Avatar
      Jeff A -
      Don't take this the wrong way. I'm not suggesting the Twins should do this. I'm just curious. If the Twins were to decide on September 1 to move Sano and Rosario back to Class A so they could play in the FSL or ML playoffs, is there any rule that says they couldn't?

      Again, I'm not saying they should. If everybody did stuff like that, it would make a mockery of the minor league playoffs, plus you run the risk of getting somebody hurt for no reason. I'm just wondering if there's any rule against it.
    1. apollo_tsg's Avatar
      apollo_tsg -
      Not much to say about lastnights kernels game. Lots of hits with not much to show. The new ss looks like he might not be 100 pounds...but he can swing the bat and had surprising pop for as thin as he is.

      One strange thing I noticed, after the game we stayed for the fireworks - the qc bandits team came out and sat in the visitors dugout for the show, they had all changed into their normal clothes. I had seats next to the dugout at home plate so I could see inside. I was a bit surprised to see 4 or 5 of their young players wearing other teams hats and shirts... Marlins, cin, and mil are the 3 I remember. The manager was in there as well. I understand how every player likely grew up liking a specific team but to display that and to do it at the ballpark is a bit odd I thought.
    1. apollo_tsg's Avatar
      apollo_tsg -
      One last thing max Kepler played so I got to see him in action. He had been doing the 1st base coach the other 2 games. He is full on a professional at what he does. If he is not in the field or getting ready to bat he stands next to the hitting coach (who is non-stop working the scouting book and telling jake about the current batter). I get the feeling his is the prototypical "Twins type" for sure.
    1. LewFordLives's Avatar
      LewFordLives -
      Does anyone know if Alex Meyer is pitching tonight for NB? On their website they still list the starter as TBD.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff A View Post
      it would make a mockery of the minor league playoffs
      I know I shouldn't laugh, because the players probably all go all-out when they get their chance at this. Still... I smiled. Aisle seat, please.
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Quote Originally Posted by LewFordLives View Post
      Does anyone know if Alex Meyer is pitching tonight for NB? On their website they still list the starter as TBD.
      I dont know but he last pitched Monday. Lew Ford definitely Lives....starting in RF for Bowie...
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