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    There are certain days where you can’t help but get a little bit excited about the day’s games. Sunday was one of those days. The top three Minnesota Twins pitching prospects were making their 2014 debuts. Alex Meyer (Twins Daily’s #3 Twins Prospect) made his first AAA start. JO Berrios (#6 Twins Prospect) made his Florida State League debut for the Miracle. 2014 top pick Kohl Stewart (#4 Twins Prospect) made his first Cedar Rapids start. All three of them pitched well in their season debuts.


    Following the Rochester game, the team announced that Chris Herrmann had been promoted to Minnesota. What is the other half of the transaction? According to Twins Daily’s reporter in Rochester Chris Fee, Red Wings manager Gene Glynn said he “hadn’t heard about a move other than Herrmann so far.”



    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 6, Buffalo 8 (13 innings)
    Box Score

    It took a couple of days, but the Red Wings were finally able to play their second game of the season. Alex Meyer did not disappoint in his much-anticipated AAA debut. He began his day by striking out the first batter he faced, Anthony Gose. On the day, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out six. Aaron Thompson came in and gave up two runs on two hits in his innings. Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but gave up a run on three hits and a walk in the eighth. Edgar Ibarra got the final two outs of that inning, one on a strikeout. Michael Tonkin came on and gave up just one hit over the next two innings. Deolis Guerra came on and threw two perfect innings. However, in the 13th, Guerra gave up a leadoff single to Matt Tuiasosopo. Brooks Raley came on to face Juan Francisco, and Francisco launched his second very long home run of the game.

    Doug Bernier provided the big hit for the Red Wings, a long three-run homer early in the game. He was 2-6 on the day. James Beresford went 3-6. Eric Farris and Chris Parmelee each had two hits.

    Interesting note from Josh Whetzel, play-by-play man for the Red Wings: the two winning pitchers for Buffalo in the two games they've played have been former Twins Liam Hendriks and Bobby Korecky. Today, Korecky threw four shutout innings of relief. Additionally, the save in both games went to Neil Wagner, a Minnesota native who pitched in college at NDSU.

    Here were some of Meyer's post-game thoughts (courtesy Chris Fee):



    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 3, Richmond 13
    Box Score

    For the second straight game, the Rock Cats fell behind early. Matt Summers was charged with three runs in the second, two in the third and three more in the fourth. He gave up eight runs (though just five were earned) on nine hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out four. AJ Achter came on and gave up just one hit over three scoreless innings. He walked none and struck out four. Adrian Salcedo then threw two scoreless innings and struck out one.

    Three former Minnesota Gophers players were in the lineup for the Rock Cats on this day. Kyle Knudson led the way, going 3-4 and driving in both the team’s runs. Nate Hanson had a double and Mike Kvasnicka added a single and a walk. The trio had five of the team’s seven hits in this game.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 0, Jupiter 2
    Box Score

    Well, the Miracle won’t go undefeated this season. That’s no surprise, right? What is surprising was that the potent offense could be shut out. Hammerhead starter did not allow a base runner until the 14th batter of the game, when Max Kepler walked. Two batters later, Niko Goodrum walked. However, they were unable to score in the fifth inning. John Murphy led off the 6th inning with a single to break up the no-hitter. AJ Pettersen followed with a single, but the Miracle were again unable to score. They didn’t have another runner until Adam Walker singled with two out in the ninth.

    JO Berrios made the start for the Miracle. The right-hander gave up two runs on five hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out four. Radio man Brice Zimmerman reported that he was hitting 95 mph on the radar gun. Steven Gruver gave up three hits but no runs in two innings. Madison Boer came on for the ninth inning and walked one in a scoreless inning.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 4, Clinton 2
    Box Score

    Certainly the excitement of this game was that it was the first start for 2013 first-round pick Kohl Stewart. The talented right-handed did not disappoint, though things did not start out well. After a groundout, Stewart gave up a single, followed by a triple and a run-scoring ground ball and the Kernels were down 2-0. However, Stewart gave up only those two runs over five innings. He gave up just one walk and hit one batter. In the third inning, he was hit by a line drive in the back of the leg. He made the play and obviously stayed in the game. Reports from Cedar Rapids, including from Steve Buhr, reported that the radar gun showed 94 a couple times, which means he hit 96 a couple times.

    Yorman Landa gave up one hit and walked one over his two innings. He struck out two. Josue Montanez gave up two hits, but no runs, in an inning. Hudson Boyd came on for the save and pitched a one, two, three ninth.

    The Kernels scrapped. They scored one in the first inning on a Bryan Haar double scoring Joel Licon. In the second, they tied the score on Mitch Garver’s first home run. In the seventh, Logan Wade broke the tie with his first homer of the season. The team added an insurance run in the eighth when Engelb Vielma blooped in a single to score Jeremias Pineda and give the team a 4-2 lead.

    Mitch Garver went 2-2 with two walks and the home run. Logan Wade was 2-4 including his homer. Zach Granite went 2-5.



    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – JO Berrios, Ft. Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Mitch Garver, Cedar Rapids Kernels

    MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Scranton/Wilkes Barre @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Kris Johnson
    Harrisburg @ New Britain (5:35 CST) – Sean Gilmartin
    Ft. Myers – No Game Scheduled
    Cedar Rapids – No Game Scheduled


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Sunday games. A quick reminder:
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    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Yesterday was why I subscribed to Milb. Being able to watch Myer and follow Stewart was very interesting. Will be interesting to see how Stewart and Berrios progress. Also how the Twins treat their starts. For example, when there are a few days of rain will the starts of these two be given priority? Don't know if teams do these kinds of things for those they have identified as having particular potential.

      Also how many very good starts before either might he moved. I know I'm getting ahead but how the Twins handle these two will be really interesting. Particularly, with Stewart, who now for the first time is just a baseball player, and could prove to be over matched for his current assignment. Again, I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but you know the Twins have already thought about the possibilities.
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Be patient with minor leaguers. You should expect players to improve as the season goes on.
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