"When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail." - Benjamin Franklin
On Wednesday the Twins made sure it was known that they were not happy with Aaron Hicks and his level of preparation at the major league level. On Thursday, the Twins squandered a great start from Phil Hughes (the Talk to Contact Pitcher of the Week
). But then Hicks bailed out the Twins with a 10th inning victory, with a walk off double to defeat the Red Sox.
Down in the minor leagues, things did not go quite as well for the Twins affiliates.
Red Wings Report
Rochester 5, Columbus 4
The Red Wings had a big first inning and then held on for the victory thanks to a special outing from Alex Meyer. Meyer picked up his second win of the season, pitching five innings of no-hit baseball before reaching his pitch limit. Meyer struck out seven Clippers hitters, but he also struggled with command and issued four free passes. His ERA now stands at 3.79 and he has 49 strikeouts in 40.1 innings in 2014. Deolis Guerra entered the game in the sixth and stretched the no- hitter into the seventh inning before being tagged for three runs (two earned). Ryan Pressly picked up a hold, but pitched only two-thirds of an inning and gave up two hits and a run. Aaron Thompson picked up his first save of the season, striking out the side to end the game.
The Red Wings were led to victory by a first inning grand slam from cleanup hitter Deibinson Romero, his only hit of the game. Oswaldo Arcia was the DH last night and went 2-4 with a double, a strike out and two runs scored. His average at AAA is now .298. Chris Herrmann had another big night, 3-4 with a double, and is now 12-26 with a home run, a triple and three doubles since being demoted a week ago. Also of note, the Red Wings' center fielder, Eric Farris, extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Rock Cats Review
New Britain 5, Portland 13
The Rock Cats gave up TWENTY hits and committed two errors in the loss to the Sea Dogs, snapping the Rock Cats' four game winning streak. Sean Gilmartin pitched five innings and was charged with only one earned run, but defensive miscues led to two unearned runs. He left the game with the score tied at three. Adrian Salcedo was the second man up for the Rock Cats and was tagged with his fifth loss of the season (0-5). Salcedo pitched just 1.1 innings, giving up five runs, all earned, on six hits, including the go-ahead two run home run from Portland's biggest star, Mookie Betts, who had three hits and extended his reached base safely streak to 65 games. Cole Johnson came in next and gave up just his third run of the season in 1.2 innings of work. Ryan O'Rourke pitched the ninth and gave up four more runs to close out a mostly forgettable day from the New Britain bullpen.
Reynaldo Rodriguez was 3-4 with a strikeout and a walk, extending his hitting streak to a season-high ten games. Kennys Vargas extended his own hitting streak to five games with a 1-3 performance with two walks, and he has now hit safely in 20 of the last 23 Rock Cats games. Brad Boyer also reached base three times for the Rock Cats with two hits and a walk. Vargas and Daniel Ortiz both had doubles, the Rock Cats' only two extra base hits of the evening.
Fort Myers and Brevard County
Heavy rain forced the cancellation of the series finale between the Miracle and the Manatees. The Miracle return home on Friday to begin a four-game series with the Daytona Cubs.
Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 6
Not much happening on either side of the ball last night for the Kernels. Felix Jorge started for the Kernels and picked up the loss (2-4) after 4.1 innings in which he was tagged with five runs (four earned). He walked four batters and struck out just two. His ERA now sits at 8.80. Yorman Landa pitched 2.1 innings of relief, surrendering one run and Jared Wilson closed out the game in the ninth, striking out the side.
Offensively, the Kernels managed just four hits, all coming in the first four innings. The best performance of the night came from Bo Altobelli, who was 1-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. After the fourth inning, Burlington reliever Alfonso Alcantara came in and pitched five innings of no-hit baseball to finish off the Kernels.
TwinsDaily Players of the Day
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Alex Meyer, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day –
Reynaldo Rodriguez, New Britain Rock Cats
Friday's Probable Starters
Columbus @ Rochester (6:05pm Central) – Mike Pelfrey (Listen)
New Britain @ Harrisburg (6:00pm Central) – Pat Dean (Listen)
Daytona @ Fort Myers (6:05pm Central) – Alex Wimmers (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:30pm Central) – Aaron Slegers (Listen)
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