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    Less than a week ago, the thought of pitching at Target Field had to be far from the mind of Cole DeVries. But on Tuesday evening, DeVries found himself making his home debut in front of a crowd full of family and friends. It can be nerve racking to pitch in front of the home crowd for the first time and it had to be even harder for the Minnesota native to be throwing so close to where he grew up.

    Throughout the contest, DeVries worked himself into some jams by walking batters but he always seemed to find a way to wriggle out of these sticky situations. In five innings on the mound, he gave up no runs on two hits with five walks and one strikeout. He wouldn't factor into the decision but it was a decent effort from the 27-year old rookie.

    It wasn't that long ago that DeVries was part of the Rochester Red Wings so let's see how some of his former teammates and the rest of the farm system faired on Tuesday night.


    A big top of the fourth inning helped to separate the Red Wings from the Knights in Charlotte tonight. Danny Valenica singled to start the frame and this was followed by back-to-back doubles from Chris Parmelee and Matt Carson. After a sacrifice fly from Clete Thomas, Michael Hollimon would smack his fifth home run of the year.

    In his first rehab start on his way back from the DL, Nick Blackburn threw 3.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on 68 pitches. Esmerling Vasquez would put up three straight scoreless frames to help the Red Wings stay in the lead. Casey Fien had to pitch almost two full innings to earn his eighth save of the year.

    Chris Parmelee and Michael Hollimon seemed to playing a game of "anything you can do, I can do better" with their performances at the plate. Both players had multiple extra-base hits in the contest with each player knocking in a couple runs. Hollimon managed two long balls while Parmelee had to settle for one home run.


    The Rock Cats were washed out on Tuesday night and their game with New Hampshire will have to be made up at a future date.


    Last year's first overall pick in the MLB Draft Gerrit Cole took the mound for Bradenton on Tuesday night and the Miracle had a tough time scoring on him. Cole pitched six innings and allowed a single earned run to cross the plate on a home run from Daniel Ortiz. Cole was not unhittable in this game but the Miracle failed to get more than two extra-base hit off of the young right-handed hurler.

    With the Miracle down by three runs in the ninth inning, the team mounted a mini-comeback to get the game within a run. Levi Michael hit his second home run of the year after Michael Gonzales had doubled to start the inning. The next three batters would be retired in order to end the hope for the Miracle. Jario Perez lead the Miracle with three hits in the game.

    When a starter gives up five runs in five innings and lowers his ERA, you know he came in with some rough outings. Madison Boer was the starter for the Miracle and his game might not have been great but it was better than some of his previous appearances. Kyle Waldrop pitched a scoreless inning of relief as he made his third rehab appearance.

    BELOIT 5, KANE COUNTY 4 (11 innings)

    The Snappers had a three-run lead when AJ Achter came into the game in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Snappers lead was gone by the time he exited the contest at the end of the ninth. Lucky enough for him, the team would come back in extra-innings to retake the lead and get their third straight victory.

    Beloit was helped out by home runs in the early innings of the game by Miguel Sano, Eddie Rosario, and Nate Roberts. For Sano, it was his second home run in the last two games after a recent dry spell from the home run department. Jonathan Goncalves had two doubles in the game and he has gone 7-for-13 in the last three games.

    Tyler Jones made the start for the Snappers and pitched four innings while only allowing one run to cross the plate. Tim Atherton was called on for the middle innings and he pitched three innings of hitless baseball with four strikeouts. The win went to David Hurlbut who pitched both extra frames by only allowing two runners to reach base.


    Players of the Day for Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Pitcher of the Day- Tim Atherton

    Hitter of the Day- Michael Hollimon


    A Look Ahead- Wednesday, May 30th Schedule

    Rochester at Charlotte- RHP Liam Hendriks
    New Britain at New Hampshire- LHP Andrew Albers
    Fort Myers at Bradenton- RHP Miguel Munoz
    Beloit at Quad Cities- RHP Tim Shibuya


    If you have any questions or comments on the Twins minor league system, leave them in the comments section and Seth or I will try to answer them.
    This article was originally published in blog: Tuesday's Trip through the Minors started by Cody Christie
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. mlhouse's Avatar
      mlhouse -
      Fun game, glad I stayed to the end. The Twins pitchers could not throw strikes. Cole did a pretty good job of working out of some jams, but the main problem he has is that he simply does not have an out pitch. Hitters can really work him over at the plate, and seemingly could foul 2-strike pitches off at will, until they worked out a walk. It was good to see him battle though and if he could just improve his 2-strike pitch 5% he could become a bottom of the rotation starter in the MLB. But, that elusie 5% is really hard to find. Further, the Oakland A's had about the most impotent lineup I have ever seen. Their hitters, at least in this game, were worse than every Twins hitter 1-9. Their top hitter was hitting .274, and most of them were .220 hitters or below.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Their top hitter has 5-6 more home runs than anyone the Twins have in their lineup. THey're not a good offense, but as we continue to see, apparently neither are the Twins. I have a hard time believing that the Twins offense isn't better than this.

      Last night, De Vries had no control of his curveball or slider. It's hard to throw 5 shutout innings with just one pitch. Then again, when he needed it, he was able to get the changeup over. It just shows that having four pitches if pretty important for a starter.
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