The Twins lost 7-3 to the Royals. Chris Parmelee was the only Twins hitter with two hits. Parmelee joined the Twins on Saturday because Justin Morneau went on paternity leave that morning and got back to Minnesota in time to see his wife Krista give birth to a son. Congratulations to them. Scott Diamond was not at his best, especially early. He gave up four runs on ten hits in six innings. Sam Deduno will take on Royals newly acquired starter Jeremy Guthrie on Sunday. The winner wins the three game series.
Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from the Saturday games in the minor leagues.
This game was delayed for over an hour before they finally postponed it. The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sunday.
NEW BRITAIN 0, HARRISBURG 5
After scoring 13 on Friday, the Rock Cats managed just four hits in this game. Deibinson Romero was 2-3 while Aaron Hicks and James Beresford each singled. Hicks threw out a runner at home. Joe Benson threw out a runner at second base.
Logan Darnell started and gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out eight. Daniel Turpen then struck out three in three scoreless innings. He walked to and allowed one hit.
FT. MYERS 6, LAKELAND 5
Tom Stuifbergen started and gave four runs on ten hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out three. Clinton Dempster came on and gave up a run on two hits in 1.2 innings. Miguel Munoz struck out two in his inning of work. Michael Tonkin got the final four outs, two of them on strikeouts, for the save.
Danny Rams was 1-1 with a walk and a double before he left the game. Jhon Goncalves and Andy Leer each walked twice in the game.
BELOIT 2, GREAT LAKES 7
Steven Gruver was moved back into the starting rotation for the Snappers. The lefty gave up three runs on six hits in four innings. He walked none, hit two and struck out three. Tim Atherton then gave up four runs (2 earned) on four hits and a walk in 2.1 innings. Steve Evans came in and struck out five in 2.2 scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and walked two.
The Snappers had just five hits. Wang-Wei Lin had two of them. JD Williams walked and hit his second triple. He drove in both runs. Williams, Stephen Wickens and Tyler Grimes each struck out three times.
ELIZABETHTON 8, JOHNSON CITY 6 (completion of Thursday game)
Romy Jimenez hit over .300 both years that he played in the Dominican Summer League. Last year, he hit over .320 in the GCL but played in just eight games due to injury. Following game one on Saturday, he was hitting .393. He went 2-4 with his 10th
double and sixth home run. He also drove in six runs. Jhonthan Arias went 3-4 with his second double and first home run in the game. Candido Pimentel went 2-4 with a walk.
Remember that his game started on Thursday and Taylor Rogers started. By waiting to complete the game until Saturday, Rogers was able to continue. In total, he went six innings and gave up one run on three hits. He walked just one and struck out ten. Tyler Herr threw two scoreless innings, and DJ Baxendale pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
ELIZABETHTON 4, JOHNSON CITY 1
Hudson Boyd started this game and gave up just one run on five hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four. He may have stayed in longer, but there was a rain delay at that point. Corey Kimes came in and walked one in a scoreless inning. Kaleb Merck got the first two outs of the seventh, but he gave up a run and walked two. JT Chargois came in and got the save by getting the final out.
Elizabethton had just six hits. No player had more than one. The team scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The game-winning RBI was off the bat of Romy Jimenez who singled in Niko Goodrum. Josh Hendricks hit his third double.
GCL TWINS 1, GCL RED SOX 5
Kyle Gibson took another step with another inning pitched in this game. The rehabbing right-hander pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. Minnesotan Austin Malinowski pitched the next three innings. He gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two. J.O. Berrios came in and struckout three in three perfect innings. Gerardo Ramirez gave up three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings. Gonzalo Sanudo got the final two outs.
The Twins managed just six hits in this game. In his first plate appearance, Joel Licon was hit by a pitch and left the game. He was replaced by Kelvin Ortiz who proceeded to go 3-3 with his fifth double. Aussie infielder Logan Wade went 2-4 with his fourth double. Kelly Cross had the other Twins hit, his first home run.
Players of the Day for Saturday, July 21, 2012
Hitter of the Day Romy Jimenez
Pitcher of the Day Taylor Rogers
A Look Ahead Sunday, July 22, 2012 Schedule
Rochester @ Durham (DH) LHP Luke French RHP Jeff Manship
New Britain @ Harrisburg TBD
Ft. Myers @ Lakeland RHP Madison Boer
Beloit vs Great Lakes RHP Tyler Jones
Elizabethton @ Kingsport TBD
GCL Twins vs GCL Red Sox TBD
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