As important as Monday was to the Twins organization because of the draft, there was another reason it was important. Kyle Gibson threw off of a mound for the first time since having Tommy John surgery. In a text message, he said that it "went really good!" He added that his "arm felt great!" For Gibson, it was another milestone passed on the way to getting back into some games later this summer!
Ben Revere and Jamey Carroll each had three hits. Josh Willingham hit his 11th
homer. Justin Morneau hit his 10th
homer, and Trevor Plouffe hit his seventh home run as the Twins topped the Royals 10-7. Congratulations to Cole De Vries on his first Major League win. He gave up five runs (4 earned) in five innings, but then Alex Burnett threw two scoreless innings. Jared Burton tossed a scoreless inning. Then after Jeff Gray made things interesting, Matt Capps came in for the final out for the save.
Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Monday:
ROCHESTER 2, COLUMBUS 1 (Completion of suspended game)
These teams tried to play on Sunday afternoon, but the game was delayed. They got it going but after two more rain delays, it was suspended. They played the game to completion. On Sunday, Nick Blackburn started and went 2.1 innings. Kyle Waldrop went the next 1.2 innings. Today, Deolis Guerra “started” the reactivity with three scoreless innings. Lester Oliveros gave up no runs on two hits in the final two innings for the win. Chris Parmelee was 2-4 with his fourth double. Sean Burroughs was 1-2 with two walks.
ROCHESTER 4, COLUMBUS 0 (Regularly scheduled game)
Liam Hendriks was the story in this game. After his tough start his previous time out, Hendriks threw a complete game, seven inning shutout. He gave up four hits, walked just one and struck out eight. Parmelee was 2-3 with his fourth home run. Wilkin Ramirez was 2-3 with his first homer. Danny Valencia hit his fifth double.
The Rock Cats did not have a game on the schedule on Monday.
FT. MYERS 3, DAYTONA 8
Miguel Munoz got the start for the Miracle. In just four innings, he gave up five runs (3 earned) on ten hits and a walk. He struck out two. Edgar Ibarra came in and gave up two runs on three hits in three innings. He walked none and struck out two. Dan Sattler came in for his first appearance in the Twins organization. He gave up one run on two hits. In two innings, he walked none and struck out two.
Danny Santana went 2-4 with his seventh double and fifth triple. Michael Gonzales was 2-3 with his sixth double. Josmil Pinto hit his 11th
BELOIT 8, WISCONSIN 9
The Snappers offense was big again on Monday. Unfortunately, they fell behind too quickly. Tim Shibuya started and gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. He struck out three. Ryan O’Rourke came in and gave up two runs on six hits in 2.1 innings. He walked none and struck out three. David Hurlbut threw two, one-hit innings, walking none and striking out four. Corey Williams pitched one scoreless inning.
Miguel Sano gave the Snappers as 3-1 lead after the first inning thanks to his 14th
homer of the year, a three-run blast. He also hit his 13th
double. Eddie Rosario and Drew Leachman each had two hits. Tyler Grimes was 2-3 with his 11th
Players of the Day for Monday, June 4, 2012
Pitcher of the Day – Liam Hendriks
Hitter of the Day – Miguel Sano
A Look Ahead – Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Schedule
Rochester vs Norfolk – LHP Matt Maloney
New Britain @ Akron - TBD
Ft. Myers @ Tampa – LHP Cole Nelson
Beloit – No Game Scheduled
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