The Twins took a break from their schedule on Monday. They open a six-game home stand on Tuesday by welcoming the Boston Red Sox for three games.
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Moving on to the farm…
Red Wings Report
ROCHESTER 1, TOLEDO 2
When the Red Wings left Rochester after last Sunday's game, they were riding high: Winners of their last three and five of their last six. They were about to embark on a eight-games-in-eight-days road trip. Instead of leaning on hot hitters and shut down pitching, the Red Wings instead come home with their tail fully between their legs... and also without a handful of players now playing for the parent club.
Outscored 45-11 over these eight games, including today - all of which were losses - the Red Wings are now 16-20.
Today's game started at 10:35 locally on the East Coast and involved a 44-minute delay. The result was still the same: an eighth straight loss, though the one-run deficit was the closest of the road trip. The offense provided four extra base hits: all doubles (Oswaldo Arcia, Eric Farris, Wilkin Ramirez, Eric Fryer) and got the lone run on an Arcia sacrifice fly that scored Fryer. This run ended a scoreless drought that lasted 18 innings and also tied to game in the top of the eighth inning. The only other notable offense game from Farris (a single, the only other hit of the game) and stolen bases by both Farris and Pedro Florimon, who didn't start after committing three errors in his first three games back in AAA.
With runners in scoring position, the Red Wings went 0-for-9.
Kris Johnson provided the Red Wings with a pretty decent start. He only allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings. Not as solidly, though, he allowed six hits and four walks. He struck out five and now has an ERA of 2.45, which should place him in the Top 15 of the International League once he qualifies (which he now should).
Ryan Pressly put in a solid 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball and struck out three.
Aaron Thompson came in for the bottom of the ninth. He proceeded to give up a leadoff double and commit a throwing error on the ensuing sacrifice bunt attempt. With runners on the corners and nobody out, Thompson got a shallow fly to left field for the first out. He was less fortunate with the next batter, who hit a walk-off single to center to end the game.
The Red Wings will be back home tomorrow looking to right their ship.
Rock Cats Review
New Britain enjoyed an off day on Monday.
FORT MYERS 8, BREVARD COUNTY 2
Matt Tomshaw threw six innings of shutout baseball to pick up his second win and the team’s 21st
win of the season on Monday night. Tomshaw allowed five hits and two walks, to go along with two strikeouts, to drop his ERA to 2.31.
Mason Melotakis allowed a two-run home run and also struck out two in two innings. Brian Gilbert made his return from the DL and struck out two in a not-so-easy-inning where he allowed two hits and hit a batter.
Offensively, the combo of Jonathan Murphy and Aderling Mejia led the charge. With three hits apiece, the two had over half of the team’s 11 hits and drove in exactly half of the eight runs that were scored. In addition to Mejia’s first home run of the season, Stuart Turner also added his first of the year.
Tyler Grimes and Murphy added doubles, while Murphy also stole a base.
The Miracle improved to 21-16 and trail St. Lucie by only one game.
The Kernels scheduled doubleheader was washed out. The games will be made up as doubleheaders on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
HITTER: Aderling Mejia, Fort Myers
PITCHER: Matt Tomshaw, Fort Myers
Rochester vs Columbus (6:05 PM Central) – Trevor May (Listen
New Britain vs Portland (5:35 PM Central) – Taylor Rogers (Listen
Fort Myers @ Brevard County (5:35 PM Central) – Jose Berrios (Listen
Cedar Rapids vs Peoria (5:05 PM Central) – Ethan Mildren and Josue Montanez (Listen