Let's hope there is more champagne in Morneau's near future... and also that none of the corks hit him in the head.
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Tonight was a very significant night for the Rochester Red Wings. It's also a big night for Josmil Pinto, as he is with the Twins and will make his big-league debut soon.
Let's look at how the four minor league teams did tonight:
ROCHESTER RED WINGS 6, BUFFALO BISONS 5
The Red Wings did nearly everything possible to blow this game late, but instead held on to win (and eliminate Buffalo from Wild Card contention). The Red Wings currently find themselves a half-game behind Norfolk, who is playing here.
If Norfolk loses, the Red Wings pull into a tie for the Wild Card, but have the tiebreaker. If Norfolk wins, the Red Wings will have to make that one-game disadvantage up in the next two days.
P.J. Walters gave up two runs early, but settled down and made it six innings. Aaron Thompson gave up an unearned run and Shairon Martis allowed the Bisons to battle back (and get the go-ahead run in scoring position with two outs) before Michael Tonking recorded the final out.
Aaron Hicks was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a stolen base. Eric Fryer homered and Eduardo Escobar, Chris Parmelee and James Beresford all added doubles.
Pat Dean looks to keep the Red Wings in the hunt tomorrow night at 6:05 ET.
NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS 4, READING PHILLIES 5
Reading scored a 9th inning run to win a game that no one actually knew was going on. So you better read about it here...
Trevor May pitched and was solid. He struck out 10 in seven innings, scattering four runs on six hits and a walk. Matt Hauser gave up the run to pick up the loss.
Miguel Sano was busy. He tripled, was hit by a pitch, grounded into a double play and committed an error.
Eddie Rosario got two hits, including a double. Angel Morales hit his 5th AA home run.
Stuart Turner made his AA debut and collected two singles.
Kyle Davies pitches tomorrow at 6:35 ET.
FORT MYERS MIRACLE 2, BRADENTON MARAUDERS 3
The Miracle's bullpen blew a save, allowing three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
David Hurlbut scattered nine hits over 7.1 innings, but only allowed two runners (inherited by Tyler Jones) to score. He struck out six. Tyler Jones finished the inning, but not before allowing a run of his own to score as well. he took the loss.
Byron Buxton had a hit and scored a run out of the 3-hole. Kennys Vargas had the only extra base hit for the team (his 33rd double).
Tomorrow afternoon (12:05 ET) is the Miracle's regular-season finale. Their playoffs start Tuesday.
CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 5, CLINTON LUMBERKINGS 0
Lots of offense from the Kernels tonight, led by leadoff hitter Jonathan Murphy. Murphy had two hits, including a triple and scored two runs. Tyler Grimes, Mike Gonzales and Bo Altobelli all had two-hit games and an RBI as well. Gonzaelez hit a long home run.
After returning to the lineup with a bang last night, Niko Goodrum took today's game off.
Tim Shibuya went the distance today. He struck out six. He allowed four hits and only walked one.
The Kernels have set their playoff rotation and it looks like this: Brett Lee in Game 1, Tim Shibuya in Game 2, and Tim Atherton in Game 3. It was believed that Jose Berrios would be one of the guys in the rotation, but it was reported earlier today that he wouldn't be included. Nothing specific to report, as it appears that Berrios is completely healthy, but has worn down later in the year.
The Kernels have two more games at Clinton before starting their playoffs. Tim Atherton starts tomorrow at 2:00 CT.