The Twins needed 15 innings and six relievers to work nine scoreless innings, but a Denard Span two-out single gave the Twins a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The hit was Denard Span’s fourth of the game. Jamey Carroll also had four hits to raise his batting average to .259. Joe Mauer was 3-4 but had to leave the game after an RBI single tied the game at four in the 7th
inning. He cleared his hamstring able to play before the game, but after a collision with Rickie Weeks at home, he was clearly affected by a leg/quad contusion. He had two RBI hits after that, but could not run at all. Justin Morneau and Brian Dozier each had two hits in the game. Ben Revere had two hits and at least three terrific plays on defense. Trevor Plouffe was 2-5 and walked two more times.
Nick Blackburn gave up four runs in six innings, the big blow was a three-run homer off the bat of Corey Hart. The big story in this game was the bullpen. Alex Burnett pitched the 7th
. Jared Burton pitched the 8th
. Glen Perkins pitched the ninth and tenth. He was playing the role of closer with Matt Capps unable to pitch. Brian Duensing pitched a scoreless inning, and he likely would have gone longer, but there was a 42 minute rain delay. Jeff Gray came in and provided three innings of scoreless baseball. Anthony Swarzak was not supposed to pitch, but he was given the 15th
inning and did not allow a run and got the win.
The Twins have Monday off before starting a stretch of six inter-league home games (in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati). Enough about the big league club. Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Sunday:
ROCHESTER 7, LOUISVILLE 4
The Red Wings got off to a great start in this game. In the first inning, with two runners on, Matt Carson hit a three-run homer. Clete Thomas came up next and hit his fourth homer of the year. Carson came up in the 6th
inning and hit another homer, his fourth of the year. In all, Carson was 3-4 and drove in four runs. He also stole his sixth base of the season. Rene Rivera was 3-4 with his fifth double. Pedro Florimon went 2-4 with his fourth double.
Sam Deduno made his second start since his return from injury. He went 3.2 innings and gave up one run on two hits. He walked four and struck out six. Casey Fien went 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings, striking out two. Deolis Guerra gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He struck out two. (Guerra has given up two or more runs in five of his past seven experience.) Kyle Waldrop got the save by recording the final five outs.
NEW BRITAIN 3, ERIE 4
The Rock Cats made a last-inning comeback, but it fell just short. Down 4-1 in the 9th
with the bases loaded, Nate Hanson was hit by a pitch. The next batter was Chris Herrmann who hit a sacrifice fly to cut the Erie lead to one, but the next batter grounded out to end the game.
Andrew Albers made the start and gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out four. Bobby Lanigan struck out two in two perfect innings. Bruce Pugh struck out one in a perfect ninth.
Nate Hanson went 2-4 with his first home run in addition to his RBI hit-by-pitch. James Beresford went 2-4. Estarlin de Los Santos went 1-3 with a walk.
FT. MYERS – All Star Break
The Miracle will return to game action on Monday in Jupiter.
BELOIT 2, BURLINGTON 6
This game was tied at two going into the eighth inning. Unfortunately, Burlington scored four runs after that point. Matt Summers gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks in 7.1 innings. He struck out two. Ryan O’Rourke came in and gave up two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings. He walked none and struck out four.
The Snappers offense managed just five hits in this game. Nate Roberts drove in both runs. The top six hitters in the lineup combined to go 1-22 while the bottom three hitters went 4-9. JD Williams went 2-3 with his 12th
double. Steve Liddle hit his first double since returning to the lineup. On the other side, Miguel Sano went 0-4 with four more strikeouts.
Players of the Day for Sunday, June 17, 2012
Hitter of the Day – Matt Carson
Pitcher of the Day – Casey Fien
A Look Ahead – Monday, June 18, 2012 Schedule
Rochester @ Indianapolis – TBD
New Britain – No Game Scheduled
Ft. Myers @ Jupiter - TBD
Beloit – All Star Break
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles – RHP Kuo Hua Lo
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