Quality pitching was a consistent theme throughout the Twins minor league system on Wednesday night as all four of the affiliate’s starters also put together quality starts. Danny Ortiz remains the hottest hitter in the Twins farm system, and there were some close games. So, continue reading to find out what’s going on down on the farm.
Twins Daily learned that a couple of minor leaguers had successful surgery on Wednesday. Cedar Rapids left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario had elbow surgery. Outfielder Jake Proctor, who was at Extended Spring Training, had shoulder surgery.
It was learned that Mark Hamburger’s suspension is over and he will be reporting to New Britain.
Dallas Gallant came off the reserve list and was sent to Extended Spring Training.
Eddie Rosario is due to come off of the DL and will play some games for the Miracle as early as today.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Syracuse 3
Alex Meyer’s first two starts of May were a struggle. However, he gave up just one run in 10.1 innings over his two previous starts. On Wednesday, it was more of the same for Meyer. He was perfect through three innings and ended up with a quality start. The right-hander went six innings and gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and three walks. He struck out eight. Ryan Pressly came on and was charged with one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out one. Aaron Thompson came on and gave up a hit and a walk but survived the ninth inning for his second save of the year.
Deibinson Romero led the offense by going 3-4 with his 13th double. Pedro Florimon was also 3-4 (and is now hitting .227). Eric Fryer went 2-4 with his sixth double and first triple.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
Game 1 – New Britain 9, Portland 8
With one out in the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday night, this game was suspended with the score already 5-5. The teams finished the game last night.
Pat Dean was charged with six earned runs on six hits and a walk. Dan Turpen came on and gave up one run over the next 2.2 innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out one. Cole Johnson threw the next three innings. He gave up one run on three hits, a walk and he struck out four. Lester Oliveros recorded the win on his 26th birthday. He worked the final two innings and gave up only one hit. He struck out four.
Danny Ortiz has been on fire! In this game, he was 3-5 with his second triple and two RBI. Nate Hanson went 2-4 with a walk and his 12th double. Tony Thomas was 2-4 with his 10th double. Reynaldo Rodriguez was 2-5 including his eighth home run. Kennys Vargas was 2-5.
Game 2 – New Britain 4, Portland 2
Through six innings, Taylor Rogers had not allowed a run and given up just three hits and two walks. His team had a 4-0 lead. He began the 7th inning, looking for a seven-inning complete game. However, he gave up a double, single, single and double and left the game with a 4-2 lead and a runners on second and third. Matt Summers came in and got a pop-up in the infield followed by a strikeout. Ryan O’Rourke came on and got a big strikeout to end the game. It was his first save of the season.
Rogers is now 5-3 with a 4.69 ERA. It was his seventh straight quality start. His final line was two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out five.
Corey Wimberly was the instigator at the top of the lineup. He went 3-4 with his 11th and 12th stolen bases. Danny Ortiz continued his stretch of dominance. He went 2-3 with his 14th double and all four RBI.
Ft. Myers 4, Clearwater 5 (11 innings)
The Miracle got a second straight great start, but the bullpen was unable to hold the lead and the Miracle fell in extra frames.
After Matt Tomshaw threw eight shutout innings the night before, unsung southpaw David Hurlbut gave up only an unearned run over his eight innings in this game. He gave up just four hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out a season-high 10 batters. Brian Gilbert took over in the 9th. Unfortunately, he recorded just two outs and gave up a big, three-run homer to tie the game. Steven Gruver came on to get the final out of the inning. He also pitched a scoreless tenth frame. However, he gave up a run in the 11th and took the loss.
Jorge Polanco went 2-4 with a first-inning triple, his second three-bagger of the year. Aderlin Mejia went 2-5. Adam Walker connected for his tenth home run of the season. It was a solo blast off rehabbing big leaguer Shawn Camp.
Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 2
Aaron Slegers had given up 21 runs over his previous three starts. On this night, he turned that around with a very strong outing. He gave up one run on three hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out four. Alex Muren then gave up three hits over two shutout innings. He walked none and struck out four. Todd Van Steensel gave up a solo homer in the 9th but that was the only hit as the Kernels picked up the win.
Jason Kanzler continues to hit very well. He went 2-4 with his fifth double and fourth triple. He drove in two runs as well. Bryan Haar went 2-4 with his ninth double. Michael Quesada was 2-3 with his sixth double and two RBI. Ryan Walker was 2-4 and drove in a run.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – David Hurlbut, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Danny Ortiz, New Britain Rock Cats
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Syracuse @ Rochester (10:05 am CST) – Logan Darnell (Listen)
New Britain @ Portland (10:00 CST) – Tyler Duffey (vs Henry Owens) (Listen)
Ft. Myers @ Clearwater (6:00 CST) – Jason Wheeler (Listen)
Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) – Ryan Eades (Listen)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Wednesday games.