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  • Twins Minor League Report (5/17): Pitching is Punished

    The Minnesota Twins won their third game in a row on Saturday to push their record to over .500 on the season. Starting pitcher Samuel Deduno gave a quality start effort and Brian Dozier continued to provide the thump in the lineup, slugging his eleventh home run of the season. It was a 3-run shot in the fifth inning that gave the Twins just enough cushion.

    There was plenty offense for a few of the Twins affiliates' lineups on Saturday, but collectively their pitching didn’t provide them with the same help as Deduno did for the Twins.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Toledo 2, Rochester 9
    Box Score

    Logan Darnell made his second start for the Red Wings since returning from his one game cup of coffee with the Twins. His game didn’t quite qualify for the “quality start” moniker, but might as well have. Darnell lasted 5.2 innings, scattering six hits and two walks, while striking out eight. He was charged with two runs,one earned. When he ran into trouble in the sixth after a Diebinson Romero error, Matt Hoffman came on in relief and shut the door on the threat. He pitched the final 3.1 innings, striking out three while lowering his ERA on the season to 1.56.

    The Rochester lineup pushed two runs across in each of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings on their way to the blowout. Eric Farris and Romero each slugged a two-run homer, and Romero also added a triple and led the Red Wings with three RBI’s on the night. Farris, Romero, Dan Rohlfing, Eric Fryer, and Josh Willingham each had two hits. Oswaldo Arcia was hit by a pitch and walked twice, scoring two runs.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain played a double-header Saturday, making up their second of two postponed games with Harrisburg from the end of April.

    Game 1: New Britain 0, Harrisburg 5
    Box Score

    In Game 1, the Rock Cats ran into the Washington Nationals #2 rated prospect by MLB.com, A.J. Cole. He threw the seven inning complete game, allowing only four hits and zero walks, while striking out eight.

    Corey Wimberly had the only extra-base hit for New Britain, a double, and Brad Boyer stole two bases after his first inning single.

    Virgil Vasquez started for the Rock Cats, and allowed five earned runs on eight hits and two walks, though he did strike out nine, in his 4.2 innings. Jim Fuller finished the game with a perfect 1.1 innings.

    Game 2: New Britain 3, Harrisburg 9
    Box Score

    In Game 2, starter Matthew Summers had many of the same problems as Vasquez in the first. He finished five innings, but allowed all nine Senators runs on nine hits and three walks, with three K’s. He also allowed three home runs. Ryan O’Rourke pitched the final inning, allowing only a walk.

    Unlike the first game, New Britain did manage to send a few runners across home plate in this one. Kennys Vargas was 2-3 with an RBI and run scored, and Mike Kvasnicka was 2-2 with a walk and RBI. Reynaldo Rodriguez, Matt Koch, and Nate Hanson added doubles for the Rock Cats.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Daytona 11, Fort Myers 9
    Box Score

    The Miracle made a valiant effort in the bottom of the ninth, but a bases clearing double by Adam Brett Walker II to score Jorge Polanco, Dalton Hicks, and Max Kepler were their final runs before Daytona shut the door on the comeback.

    The offense for the Miracle was led by Walker II and Kepler, who each had three hits, including the aforementioned double by Walker II in the ninth and a triple from Kepler in the second. Hicks also collected three RBI’s with a home run in the fifth inning, his second of the year. As a team, the Miracle had thirteen hits, including six extra base hits, but even that was not enough to keep pace with the Cubs.

    Daytona knocked around starter Jason Wheeler to the tune of six runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks, including three doubles before he left the game after 2.2 innings. Relievers Tim Shibuya, Mason Melotakis, Brandon Peterson, and Madison Boer didn’t fare much better. Collectively they allowed the other five runs on ten hits and three walks in their 6.1 innings. Melotakis and Peterson each struck out three in two innings apiece.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 7
    Box Score

    The Kernels struck first, scoring a run in each of the opening two frames, but Burlington was quick to strike back at starter Ryan Eades. After getting one run back in the bottom of the second, the Bees added three in the third after three consecutive hitters slugged extra base hits (double, triple, double). Eades did recover to record the next five outs with strikeouts, but the extra base hit bug would come back to bite Eades in the fifth and end his night. Overall in five innings, he allowed all seven of Burlington’s runs on nine hits, with two walks and seven K’s. Brandon Bixler pitched the sixth and seventh innings, striking out two and walking two, while Hudson Boyd finished the game for the Kernels.

    The Kernels managed only six hits in the game and were led by Chad Christensen and Bo Altobelli each of whom had two. Altobelli had the only extra-base hit with a double in the seventh inning. Mitch Garver and Bryan Santy knocked in the runs for Cedar Rapids.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher – Logan Darnell, Rochester Red Wings (5.2IP, 1ER, 8K’s)
    Hitter – Diebinson Romero, Rochester Red Wings (2-5, 3B, HR, 2 R’s, 3 RBI)

    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Toledo @ Rochester – Kris Johnson (2-2, 2.45 ERA), 12:05PM CST
    New Britain @ Harrisburg – TBD, 1:00PM CST
    Daytona @ Fort Myers – Brett Lee (3-1, 2.84 ERA), 3:05PM CST
    Cedar Rapids @ Burlington – Ethan Mildren (0-2, 3.72 ERA), 2:00PM CST

    The Twins continued to win and you continue to save. Get a half price large or extra-large pizza on Sunday at PapaJohns.com by using the promo code TWINSWIN.
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Eades has a weird line today
      5 IP 7 strike outs 2 walks. 1 hr
      4 ground outs.
      1 hr
      But 9 hits.

      I'm starting to wonder about the quality of the defense in Cedar Rapids.
      I haven't seen them play at all but....thats a lot b of balls that dropped for a hit. Usually when a guy gets 7 SO he has stuff good enough to limit runs. I wonder what's going on down there
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Eades has a weird line today
      5 IP 7 strike outs 2 walks. 1 hr
      4 ground outs.
      1 hr
      But 9 hits.

      I'm starting to wonder about the quality of the defense in Cedar Rapids.
      I haven't seen them play at all but....thats a lot b of balls that dropped for a hit. Usually when a guy gets 7 SO he has stuff good enough to limit runs. I wonder what's going on down there
      Pretty hard to blame the defense when a guy gives up 6 extra base hits. If they were all seeing eye singles, then maybe.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brooks View Post
      Pretty hard to blame the defense when a guy gives up 6 extra base hits. If they were all seeing eye singles, then maybe.
      I agree, it's far more likely a function of just one bad outing by Eades.

      That said, his overall May numbers are deteriorating- which begs the question- Why? In breaking down the intrinsic differences, his BABIP rose from .350 to .390 from April to May, with his May BABIP-IFB sitting at .400, and all this while his GB% has actually had a huge uptick- going from 31%. to 43% and his LD% and OFB% have dropped month over month. His K/9 has actually improved, by better than one K/9: from 8.20 in April, to 9.42 in May.

      To be bluntly honest, the crew behind him performed poorly in E-Town last year, and maybe as a group, they just aren't very good in the field. Combine that with Eades pitching in some bad luck, I think you get a decent inference on what's happening down there. I wait for JC to straighten this all out.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      It's impossible to know without being there. There are extra base hits that would be outs at higher levels as well in the lower levels of the minor leagues.
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      It's impossible to know without being there. There are extra base hits that would be outs at higher levels as well in the lower levels of the minor leagues.
      Perhaps, but I think you'd be going out on quite a limb to think that 6 XBH's were all the result of sloppy defense.
      Kohl Stewart pitches with the same defense behind him, and he's allowed half as many hits as Eades, in nearly as many innings.
      Eades was also a college pitcher, who was facing one of the most punchless lineups from one of the worst farm systems in baseball.
      He should be downright dominating a lineup like that, period. There isn't any way to sugarcoat it.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brooks View Post
      Perhaps, but I think you'd be going out on quite a limb to think that 6 XBH's were all the result of sloppy defense.
      Kohl Stewart pitches with the same defense behind him, and he's allowed half as many hits as Eades, in nearly as many innings.
      Eades was also a college pitcher, who was facing one of the most punchless lineups from one of the worst farm systems in baseball.
      He should be downright dominating a lineup like that, period. There isn't any way to sugarcoat it.
      Im not really defending Eades. I agree he could be doing better, but its a weird line he put out. He struck guys out, kept walks down, and got some ground outs.
      But gave up 9 hits and 7 runs. It seems weird to me.
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