The Twins had a big victory tonight, 11-7, over the Tigers. Everyone except Erik Komatsu was involved in the hitting, and that's a great sign. It's tough not to be excited about Brian Dozier. True, it's a small sample size, but he has exceeded expectations so far, including a big 3-run home run early in tonight's game. But enough about the current Twins. Tonight's focus is about the Future Twins. All the minor league affiliates were in action tonight, and here's a recap of what transpired.
Rochester 4, Louisville 1
Jeff Manship got the start for the Red Wings tonight, and pitched well. In 5 innings, he only gave up 3 hits, while striking out 2 and walking 3. He picked up the win, and is 3-1 on the year. Matt Maloney allowed an unearned run in 1 inning of work, and allowed 1 walk and struck out 1 batter. New Red Wing Lester Oliveros was excellent out of the bullpen, going 3 innings, picking up the save (his first), striking out 4 and walking 1. Wilkin Ramirez had a great day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Pedro Florimon had a single and an RBI, Ben Revere contributed 2 hits, and Danny Valencia, Rene Tosoni and Rene Rivera all had singles.
Game 1: New Britain 0, New Hampshire 3
The story of the first game of this day on which the Rock Cats and Fisher Cats played two 7-inning double headers is that hits came at a premium for Hardware City. Chris Herrmann, playing left field today, was 1-for-3 with a double, his 11th of the season, and new Rock Cat Matt Rizzotti, demoted from AAA, had a single in 3 at-bats. That was it. 2 hits all afternoon. Steve Hirschfeld took the loss, and is now 2-4 on the season. But he pitched pretty well -- 6 innings, 3 runs, 3 strikeouts and 2 walks. He did, however, allow 8 hits and 2 solo home runs, which is what did him on this day when the offense couldn't muster anything. Blake Martin pitched a scoreless final inning.
Game 2: New Britain 6, New Hampshire 3
The Rock Cats salvaged a split of the double header tonight. Logan Darnell was decent on the mound, going 6 innings, giving up 3 runs. Importantly, though, he walked 1 and struck out 8. He did allow 2 solo home runs. Daniel Turpen picked up the save, tossing a scoreless 7th, allowing no hits and walking 1. New Britain had only 5 hits in this night cap, and Estarlin De Los Santos did the most damage, with a 3 run home run and a double. Matt Rizzotti also had a double, and Nathan Hanson and James Berersford each had singles. Joe Benson was 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts and a walk, and Aaron Hicks was 0-for-3 with three Ks.
Ft. Myers 1, Charlotte 3
The Miracle banged out 9 hits tonight, but it wasn't enough for a win. Jhon Garcia was charged with the loss tonight; he threw 5 innings, gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, struck out 4 and walked 4. Edgar Ibarra threw 3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, striking out 2, and Matthew Hauser threw a scoreless 9th. Oswaldo Arcia and Daniel Rohlfing each had a double, and Jairo Perez drove in Angel Morales for the only Miracle run. Daniel Santana, Daniel Ortiz and Morales each had 2 hits, as well.
Beloit 4, Quad Cities 2
Jason Wheeler had another solid start for the Snappers tonight, throwing 6 innings, and allowing only 2 runs on 7 hits, while striking out 5 and issuing no free passes. David Hurlbut picked up the win in relief, tossing scoreless 7th and 8th innings and striking out 2, and Ryan O'Rourke picked up his second save of the season allowing 1 hit and striking out 1 in the 9th. Beloit only had 5 hits tonight, but the Snappers made sure they counted. Catcher Matthew Koch hit a big 3 run home run in the 7th inning, and AJ Petterson of TwinsDaily (and, well, professional baseball) fame hit a solo shot in the 8th inning. It was the first home run of the season for both players. Congratulations! JaDamion Williams and Jonathan Goncalves each had singles, and Adam Bryant had a double.
Minor League Players of the Day for Wednesday, May 16
Hitter of the Day: Estarlin De Los Santos
Pitcher of the Day: Jason Wheeler
On Deck: Thursday, May 17
Rochester vs. Louisville -- RHP Daryl Thompson
New Britain vs. New Hampshire -- RHP David Bromberg
Ft. Myers @ Brevard County -- RHP Marty Popham
Beloit vs. Quad Cities -- RHP Matthew Summers
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