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    Itís shaping up to be a killer couple of days for Cedar Rapids. After the first two games of their four-game set with Peoria got rained out, the Kernels are forced to play double-headers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    In their two other double-headers this season, the Kernels have played to an all or nothing result. They have either swept or gotten swept by the opposition. This had left the club with a 2-2 record in double-header action this season.

    How would they fare tonight? Would they be the sweepers or the swept?


    TRANSACTIONS
    In the Cedar Rapids game, two Kernels were hurt and put on the Disabled List before game two. Listen to last night's Twins Hangouts to learn who the Kernels have promoted from Extended Spring Training. Also, Seth and Jeremy were joined early in the show by top left-handed pitching prospects, Stephen Gonsalves and Lewis Thorpe.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 6. Columbus 0 (6 innings- Rain)
    Box Score
    Rochester decided to have a home run party. The only requirement was that the batter couldn't of hit a home run yet this season at the Triple-A level. Eric Farris, Oswaldo Arcia, Deibinson Romero, and Chris Herrmann each met the criterion. They were all solo home runs except for Arica's two-run shot. After a two-hit effort, Farris now has a team leading 15 multi-hit games in 32 starts this season.

    Trevor May was pitching against another tough Trevor, Trevor Bauer. May gave up three hits and struck out six over six frames. It was the first time Bauer has lost this season and the win ended Rochester's eight game losing streak. The Red Wings have a season high five-game winning streak at home.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 4, Portland 2
    Box Score
    The Rock Cats turned to Taylor Rogers to continue their recent winning ways. The club had won back-to-back games coming into the night and Rogers did his best to continue the streak. He tossed six innings of one-run ball by striking out seven and walking three. Over his last two starts, he has pitched a minimum of six innings and allowed one earned run or less. It was also his third straight victory.

    Kennys Vargas and Reynaldo Rodriguez both had multi-hit nights and each scored two runs. It was the eighth double of the season for Vargas. Brandon Waring and Daniel Ortiz each added a double to help the Rock Cat offense. Waring's two-out double knocked in Rodriguez and Vargas and that hit made the difference in the game.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 6, Brevard County 0
    Box Score
    Jose Berrios, one of the Twins top pitching prospects, completed 6.1 innings of shutout ball by limiting Brevard County to three hits. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth and his eight strikeouts were a season high. Berrios might have been able to finish the seventh inning if not for a missed catch error by first baseman Mike Gonzales. Madison Boer and Brandon Peterson helped to complete the shutout by allowing only a hit each.

    The Miracle didn't need a ton of offense but they scored enough to get a comfortable lead. Travis Harrison is in the midst of a four game hitting streak and he knocked two doubles. Aderlin Mejia and John Murphy each collected two hits including a double apiece. Jorge Polanco scored two runs and he extended his hit streak to 11 consecutive games.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Peoria 3 (Game 1)
    Box Score
    The Kernels got out-hit 11 to two but the club held a two run lead heading into the fifth inning, when Peoria got their big inning. After allowing one run in the first, starting pitcher Ethan Mildren settled in before allowing three doubles and three runs in the top of the fifth. His record dropped to 0-2 despite having a 3.10 ERA after allowing two runs or less in every start prior to today.

    Jason Kanzler provided all the offense for the Kernels. With two outs in the fourth, he cracked his third double of the season to drive in two runs. He also swiped two bases to bring his season total to seven. Overall, there wasnít a ton of offense to speak of from Cedar Rapids.

    Note - In the first game, Engelb Vielma hurt his leg (specific injury not yet known) in his first at bat. Later in the game, Tanner Vavra and Jason Kanzler collided going for a pop up. Kanzler was put on the Disabled List with a concussion.

    Cedar Rapids 4, Peoria 6 (Game 2)
    Box Score
    A big five-run third inning doomed the Kernels and starting pitcher Josue Montanez. He was charged with five earned runs on four hits and his ERA is up to 8.74. It's been back-to-back rough starts for Montanez as he allowed eight earned runs in less than two innings in his previous appearance.

    Bryan Haar clocked his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot. The long ball gave Cedar Rapids an early lead but it wasn't enough. Haar finished the double-header going 4-for-6 with three runs scored. Bo Altobelli added two hits and an RBI in this game.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Jose Berrios, Fort Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Bryan Haar, Cedar Rapids Kernels

    WEDNESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Columbus @ Rochester (6:05 CST)- Scott Diamond
    Portland @ New Britain (5:35 CST)- Tyler Duffey
    Fort Myers @ Brevard County (9:35 CST)- David Hulbut
    Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (5:05 CST)- Kohl Stewart
    Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (30 min. after Game 1)- Felix Jorge

    Since the Twins beat the Red Sox on Tuesday night thanks to a walk-off homer from Chris Parmelee, you can get 50% off your online order at PapaJohns.com on Wednesday using the code "TWINSWIN".
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Thanks for the report. Nice to see the very good starts from Berrios and May. I have to admit that I've been skeptical of Vargas' prospect status, but am very encouraged by what he has done in AA so far.
      It seems to me that May is going to be a very inconsistent starter, with some pretty ugly starts and some pretty dominant starts. I'm wondering how Twins management feels about that. It has been suggested that his best fit might be in the bullpen, but I think he has much more value as a starter. Even if his starts are frustratingly inconsistent, he can still provide a lot of innings over the course of a season and has ace-like upside for any given start.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      The back to back doubleheaders are not the worst of it for the Kernels. Two more players left game 1 with injuries (Vielma hamstring, Kanzler concussion) leaving Jake Mauer with just one bench player for the rest of the night. That makes 9 players who have been on the DL already, including 7 currently on the list.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      1 bench player? That should get the minor leaguers used to what they'll face in MN I guess! Nine guys that have seen the DL, ugh. That's just bad luck, up and down the system.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      1 bench player? That should get the minor leaguers used to what they'll face in MN I guess! Nine guys that have seen the DL, ugh. That's just bad luck, up and down the system.
      Yeah it really is dumb bad luck. A lot of fluke injuries. Last night, Vielma twisted weird coming out of the batters box and pulled a hammy. Kanzler's head collided with Vavra's foot on a fly ball they were both going for (and Vavra held on to).

      And yeah, you can't rule out the Kernels using some infielders in the outfield, which is very Twins-like these days, isn't it?
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      As far as May goes I guess I would rather have an inconsistent starter than an inconsistent reliever.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Two really good starts, one bad start....I'd take that ratio every day from a starter.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      I've always been skeptical of Berrios because of his size and feared he wouldn't continue to dominate as he faced tougher competition.

      I'm very happy to be wrong thus far.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      This is for Wednesday's probably starters...not Sunday...correct(?). Sorry to ask, Parker's article mentions Bartlett, released long ago, so woke up in a time-warm thinking it was May 14th, but reading things that may be think March 27th.
    1. bear333's Avatar
      bear333 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pitz View Post
      Thanks for the report. Nice to see the very good starts from Berrios and May. I have to admit that I've been skeptical of Vargas' prospect status, but am very encouraged by what he has done in AA so far.
      It seems to me that May is going to be a very inconsistent starter, with some pretty ugly starts and some pretty dominant starts. I'm wondering how Twins management feels about that. It has been suggested that his best fit might be in the bullpen, but I think he has much more value as a starter. Even if his starts are frustratingly inconsistent, he can still provide a lot of innings over the course of a season and has ace-like upside for any given start.
      Thankfully, the Twins acquired Hughes and Nolasco this year, allowing them to be patient with their starting pitching prospects. Unlike last year, where they would call up any body that might work. This could bode well for pitchers like Mays, who won't be rushed now.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      I've always been skeptical of Berrios because of his size and feared he wouldn't continue to dominate as he faced tougher competition.

      I'm very happy to be wrong thus far.
      Berrios looked bigger this spring than last to me. Looks like he's still growing. Good to see some success from him this year.
    1. Wyorev's Avatar
      Wyorev -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Two really good starts, one bad start....I'd take that ratio every day from a starter.
      I think I would take that ratio two out of three days.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Rosario has only 14 games left of his suspension!
      I would hope he is down in EST getting in game shape
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