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  • Twins Minor League Report (6/5): Gilmartin Shines, Again

    The Twins took an early four-run lead courtesy of an Oswaldo Arcia grand slam that nearly landed in the Target Field Plaza OUTSIDE of Gate 34. Unfortunately the home team, dressed handsomely in powder blue throwback uniforms, could not hold the lead as Correia and the bullpen let the lead slip away and the Twins failed to rally.


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    Thursday was a big day for the future of the organization with the Twins taking high school shortstop Nick Gordon fifth overall in the MLB draft, and then right hander Nick Burdi in the second round. Check out all the coverage on Gordon and Burdi here at TwinsDaily.com and check back all day on Friday as we continue to keep you up to date on the draft.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 6, Charlotte 7
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    Trevor May was tagged with the loss, despite a quality start. He struck out nine Charlotte Knights and walked just two. He surrendered three runs, all earned, breaking his streak of THIRTY consecutive innings without giving up an earned run, a streak that dates back to May 7. Matt Hoffman, who relieved May in the seventh inning, really struggled last night. He was lit up for four runs in an inning and a third, including a two-run home run in the eighth. Edgar Ibarra finished the final two outs of the eighth inning and almost picked up the win as the Red Wings rallied in the top of the ninth.

    The Red Wings put their first six hitters on base in the bottom of the ninth, including a three-run home run by Daniel Ortiz to pull the Red Wings within one, his second homer in as many days. After the Ortiz bomb, Charlotte's Donnie Veal came in and set down the next three Rochester hitters to record his third save. Veal was not the only Charlotte pitcher Rochester struggled with, as they recorded just three hits in the first eight innings against the Knights' starter Charlie Leesman. Brad Nelson, the Wings' DH, was 3-4 with a double, Wilkin Ramirez was 2-4 with and RBI and Daniel Ortiz was 1-3 with a home run, three RBIs and a walk. No other Red Wings hitters was on base more than once.


    Rock Cats Review
    New Britain 1, Akron 0
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    In a good old-fashioned pitchers duel, Sean Gilmartin led the Rock Cats with seven and a third innings of scoreless ball, with eight strikeouts and zero walks. (Are we fully on the Gilmartin bandwagon yet? He now has a 2.82 ERA, 68 strike outs and just 16 walks in 67 innings). Ryan O'Rourke earned a hold with two thirds of an inning, striking out both hitters he faced, and Cole Johnson recorded his fourth save of the season with a clean ninth inning.

    When you win 1-0, you do not need a lot of offense, which is good because the Rock Cats had just five hits, all from three players. Brad Boyer and Mike Kvansnicka were both 2-3, but Tony Thomas was the hero of the night with a seventh inning solo home run, his only hit of the night, providing all the offense the Rock Cats would need.

    Miracle Matters
    Fort Myers 4, Lakeland 3
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    Fort Myers starter Tim Shibuya went just four innings, giving up two runs (one earned) to go along with two Ks and zero walks. Steven Gruver and Brandon Peterson both pitched two innings of relief. Gruver gave up an earned run, and Peterson picked up the win thanks to a late Miracle rally. Tyler Jones entered in the ninth and struck out two Lakeland Flying Tigers to earn the save.

    Seven of the nine Miracle hitters picked up hits, but only Dalton Hicks had more than one (2-4). Adam Brett Walker II (1-4) and Tyler Grimes (0-1) both had an RBI, and Travis Harrison, playing as the DH, had two. But the real story of the night was Eddie Rosario. He was just 1-4, but in a tied game in the bottom of the seventh, Rosario raced home from third on an infield chopper, sliding in just ahead of the throw to give the Miracle the win.

    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 7
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    Fernando Romero pitched very well in his Cedar Rapids debut with five innings of two run ball. He struck out six, walked one, gave up seven hits and a solo home run. Josue Montanez struggled tonight, picking up the loss with one inning of dreadful pitching. He faced eight batters, walked two, gave up three hits and five earned runs. Alex Muren held the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers hitless the rest of the way but the damage was already done.

    The Kernels picked up nine hits but were just 2-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Bryan Haar was 1-4 and had an RBI with the only Cedar Rapids extra base hit of the night, a double. Engelb Vielma was 2-5 with a strike out, Michael Quesada and Bo Altobelli were both 2-4, the other two Kernels with multi-hit games. Chad Christensen and Joel Licon had the other Kernel RBIs.

    Twins Daily Players of the Day
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Sean Gilmartin - New Britain Rock Cats
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day - Daniel Ortiz - Rochester Red Wings

    Saturday's Probable Starters
    Rochester @ Charlotte (6:05 Central) Yohan Pino (Listen)
    New Britain @ Binghamton (6:05 Central) Virgil Vasquez (Listen)
    Lakeland @ Ft. Myers (6:05 Central) Jose Berrios (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (7:05 Central) Ryan Eades (Listen)
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. pierre75275's Avatar
      pierre75275 -
      Well...is it time to start cutting the chaff in the organization yet? I am thinking it is time to let KC and Diamond seek their fortunes elsewhere. And Promote Gilmartin and May
    1. Eric R Pleiss's Avatar
      Eric R Pleiss -
      Quote Originally Posted by pierre75275 View Post
      Well...is it time to start cutting the chaff in the organization yet? I am thinking it is time to let KC and Diamond seek their fortunes elsewhere. And Promote Gilmartin and May
      Diamond probably gets squeezed out of the Rochester rotation before too long, but I'm not sure that the Twins are ready to cut bait on Correia yet. Certainly they want to find a way to make room for Meyer and May, but I don't see either of those guys up with the Twins before they reach 100 inning in Rochester. They Twins have time to be patient, and they love to talk about consistency, and handling adversity. So I don't think any moves are imminent.
    1. Emjcee's Avatar
      Emjcee -
      In a spot start situation for the Miracle, i'm not sure much more than "just four innings" was being asked of Tim Shibuya. He and the rest of the bullpen were being asked to give the team a chance to win, and they did just that. 3 runs (2 earned), 7 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts...not too shabby.

      In addition, I believe you mixed up the Lakeland starter's line with Tim Shibuya's.
    1. Vzltwins's Avatar
      Vzltwins -
      Rosario didn't score on a chopper. It was a sac fly.
    1. Eric R Pleiss's Avatar
      Eric R Pleiss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vzltwins View Post
      Rosario didn't score on a chopper. It was a sac fly.
      Vzl,
      I was working off a newspaper report, thanks for the update. I'll edit as appropriate.
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      Gilmartin is looking like a nice prospect now. Former first round pick that just took a little longer to develop possibly? I'd really like to see him come up and pitch in Rochester as soon as possible. He got owned there last year but I remember something about him saying he was pitching hurt. His K rate is about 1.5 per nine higher than his career average. Hopefully something clicked and it's not just an aberration. Sounds like his ceiling isn't all that high but as a former high draft pick I'd love to see him get more of a shot.
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      Also, I wonder if the Twins should move Diamond to the bullpen. Maybe he bumps up his fastball a click or two and becomes our next Duensing? Cheap loogy. He has a full season of showing he can get major leaguers out, not sure what changed or maybe he was just very lucky.
    1. slash129's Avatar
      slash129 -
      How about Ortiz getting promoted and not missing a beat so far? How long until he cracks the top 20 Twins prospects on MLBPipeline?
    1. TRex's Avatar
      TRex -
      Quote Originally Posted by slash129 View Post
      How about Ortiz getting promoted and not missing a beat so far? How long until he cracks the top 20 Twins prospects on MLBPipeline?
      Because he has been so streaky in the past, I think we need to see him go into, and come out of, a slump before we know if he has turned the corner.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eric R Pleiss View Post
      The Twins have time to be patient, and they love to talk about consistency, and handling adversity. So I don't think any moves are imminent.
      I guess that is why they are insistent about staying with Correia. He certainly is consistent. Personally, I feel it is well past the time to cut bait and move on with the future in mind. Correia is the past, probably won't even be remembered as a Twin. Same with Pelfrey, even with the remaining year and a half....... think Mike Lamb. Think Puig and the spark. Nolasco......... they are stuck with. Think Barry Zito.
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