The Twins started their three-game series at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati against the Reds with a 5-4 win. Ben Revere and Ryan Doumit each had four hits, and the Twins got another four shutout innings from their bullpen to hold the win for Nick Blackburn who went the first five innings.
Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Friday:
ROCHESTER 3, CHARLOTTE 0
The Red Wings recorded their sixth shutout of the season on Friday night. Sam Deduno went the first six innings. He gave up just one hit, walked two and struck out eight. Kyle Waldrop gave up one hit and struck out one over the next two innings. Tyler Robertson got the first two outs of the ninth inning on strikeouts, but he also gave up a hit and walked a batter. Casey Fien came in and got the final out for his ninth save of the season.
Pedro Florimon went 2-2 with three walks and his seventh double. Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 3-4. Danny Valencia was 2-5 with his tenth double.
Deduno missed five to six weeks of time with injury, but since his return, he has been terrific. In three starts, he is 1-0 with a 1.66 ERA. In just 13.2 innings, he has given up just one run.
Pedro Florimon has been doing quite the job in the last two games as the team’s leadoff hitter. He is 4-5 with five walks. In other words, he has reached base nine out of ten plate appearances. Going back to his past three games, he is 6-9 with five walks and a double in each game.
NEW BRITAIN 9, RICHMOND 8
Evan Bigley led the Rock Cats to a big, high-scoring win. The outfielder went 4-5 with his 14th
double, his ninth home run and three RBI. Chris Colabello was 2-5 with his 16th
double. Chris Herrmann went 2-4 with a walk and his 18th
BJ Hermsen got the start and wasn’t helped by his defense. In 6.1 innings, he gave up six runs but just two were earned. He gave up eight hits, of which two were home runs, walked none and struck out two. Edgar Ibarra came n and gave up one run on two hits and two walks in 1.1 innings. Dan Sattler came on and gave up one run on one hit and one walk in 1.1 innings. He was credited with the Win.
When Oswaldo Arcia was called up to New Britain, Mark Dolenc was released and Bigley was told that his playing time would likely be lessened. In four games since then, Bigley is 10-16 with two doubles and two home runs.
FT. MYERS 7, ST. LUCIE 8 (5 innings – Rain)
The St. Lucie Mets used the long ball to top the Miracle in this high scoring, five inning game which was shortened by rain. Marty Popham started and gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. He struck out eight and gave up one homer. Miguel Munoz came in and threw 1.2 innings. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on three hits and two walks. In the bottom of the fifth, he allowed a three-run home run that tied the game and seven, and then the next batter hit a homer that ended the game.
Levi Michael went 2-3 with his fifth double. Josmil Pinto hit a grand slam in a five-run second innings. It was his sixth home run of the year. Danny Ortiz hit his fourth triple since joining the Miracle in early May.
Kyle Knudson went 0-3 in his first game with the Miracle. Then he got to enjoy the All Star break. He came back and had three hits in three straight games. Last night, he was 1-2. That’s 10 hits in his last 16 at bats.
BELOIT 7, CEDAR RAPIDS 0
The Twins saw enough in David Hurlbut that they drafted him twice, once out of high school and then last year after a mediocre collegiate career as a LOOGY at Cal-State Fullerton. It’s nights like Friday night that make fan’s appreciate a scout that saw enough in him to suggest drafting him. The lefty improved to 3-0 with seven one-hit, no-run innings. He walked three and struck out four. Tim Atherton came in and pitched a perfect eighth frame, striking out one. Corey Williams got the ninth inning and walked one and struck one out in a scoreless innings.
Nate Roberts went 2-3 with a walk, his fourth double and his third stolen base. Drew Leachman went 2-4 with a walk. Steve Liddle and Tyler Grimes each hit a double.
ELIZABETHTON 5, BURLINGTON 6
This is a game that wasn’t decided until the final pitch. Angel Mata started for the E-Twins and gave up two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings. He walked four and struck out two. Luis (Daniel) Ortiz came in and gave up two runs (1 earned) on one hit and two walks. The lefty struck out two. Brett Lee went the next 1.2 innings and gave up only a walk. Tyler Herr pitched a scoreless innings despite one hit. Mason Melotakis came in to protect a one-run lead in the ninth. The lefty got two outs, but gave up two runs (1 earned) on one hit and two walks to take the loss.
Rory Rhodes continued his hot streak by going 2-4 with a double. Jorge Polanco went 2-4. Travis Harrison hit his first pro home run (and committed his second and third pro errors). Stephen Wickens hit a double. Max Kepler went 1-4. He is now 1-17 (.059) on the young season.
GCL TWINS 3, GCL RED SOX 4 (7 innings – Rain)
Byron Buxton made his professional debut on Friday afternoon. The Twins top pick went 0-4. He flew out to center twice and to left once. He also took a called third strike in the game. Bryan Haar went 2-3 with his third double. Jose Ramirez went 2-3 with his first triple. Dereck Rodriguez hit his first double.
Randy Rosario started for the Twins and gave up just one hit, one walk and no runs in four innings. He struck out five. Markus Solbach gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in his inning. Chris Mazza threw the seventh inning and gave up two unearned runs on two hits and a walk. The game was called after seven innings due to rain.
Players of the Day for Friday, June 22, 2012
Pitcher of the Day – David Hurlbut
Hitter of the Day – Evan Bigley
A Look Ahead – Saturday, June 23, 2012 Schedule
Rochester vs Charlotte – LHP Luke French
New Britain @ Richmond – LHP Logan Darnell
Ft. Myers @ Jupiter – RHP Tom Stuifbergen
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids – LHP Steven Gruver
Elizabethton @ Danville – RHP Hudson Boyd
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles – LHP Austin Malinowski
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