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    In what may have been his final start with the Twins, starter Francisco Liriano threw his first clunker in over two months. The lefty gave up home runs to Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios and could not complete three innings. The Twins got plenty of base runners. Denard Span had three hits, and Brian Dozier had two. The Twins grounded into five double plays in the game though which ended several scoring opportunities. Brian Duensing and Alex Burnett were very good in relief. Ryan Doumit did his best to keep up with Beloit's Kennys Vargas tonight. The big question now is whether tonight's pitching performance by Liriano affected the return they could get for him. We shall find out.

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from the Monday games in the minor leagues. Liam Hendriks was back on the mound for Rochester. Two players made their returns with the GCL Twins this morning. And yes, Kennys Vargas is mentioned again.

    ROCHESTER 0, DURHAM 4


    For the first time this year, Liam Hendriks gets “credited” with a Loss for the Red Wings. Yet, he pitched pretty well. The Aussie right-hander gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. He walked three and struckout six batters. Caleb Theilbar came in and gave up two runs on three hits (including a home run) in an inning. Kyle Waldrop threw a scoreless inning in relief.

    The Red Wings showed very little offense. They had just six hits in the game and Ray Chang had two of them. Clete Thomas and Pedro Florimon each hit a double. Thomas stole a base, and he also threw out a runner at home.

    NEW BRITAIN 1, BINGHAMTON 8


    Aaron Thompson started for the Rock Cats. The lefty gave up four runs (2 earned) on eight hits (two home runs) and a walk in five innings. Edgar Ibarra came in and gave up three runs on two hits (both home runs) and a walk. He struck out three. Dakota Watts was charged with an unearned run on one walk in 1.2 innings.

    The Rock Cats managed just four hits in the game. Oswaldo Arcia was 2-4.

    FT. MYERS 5, CHARLOTTE 4


    Jhon Goncalves has only been back in the Florida State League, but his speed helped the Miracle to a win on Monday night. The outfielder was 3-4 after singling to lead off the bottom of the ninth. He advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt and a ground out. With two outs, and two strikes on Danny Ortiz, the pitcher threw a high fastball that bounced off the catcher’s glove, allowing Goncalves to sprint home from third base with the winning run. Anderson Hidalgo was also 3-4. He hit his eighth double, his third home run and drove in two runs.

    Pat Dean started. He gave up four runs on 10 hits in seven innings. He walked none and struck out three. AJ Achter came on and threw two scoreless innings for his first Miracle win.

    BELOIT 3, GREAT LAKES 0


    Matt Tomshaw returned to the starting rotation and threw very well. The lefty worked the first four innings, giving up just two hits. He walked none and struck out six. Cole Johnson worked the next three scoreless innings. He gave up three walks, walked none and struck out one. Zach Jones recorded his first save, striking out four in two innings.

    Nate Roberts continues to lead the way for the Snappers out of the leadoff spot. He went 2-4 with his first triple and 14th stolen base. Kennys Vargas hit his third home run (in his second game) and later he was intentionally walked. Miguel Sano had a rough one. He went 0-4 with four strikeouts.

    ELIZABETHTON 3, JOHNSON CITY 0


    Angel Mata started for the E-Twins and he threw five shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out nine. Christian Powell came in and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up three hits but walked none and struck out three. He was credited with his first professional win. Tyler Duffey struckout two in a scoreless eighth inning. As he did in college, he handed the ball over to JT Chargois who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save.

    Travis Harrison went 2-3 with a walk. (and yes, his 17th error of the short season) Jorge Polanco and Jhonathan Arias each doubled. Max Kepler and Niko Goodrum combined to go 0-8 with five walks, but each stole his fourth base of the year.

    GAME 1 – GCL TWINS 1, GCL ORIOLES 4


    There were a couple of returns in this game. Alex Wimmers made a start for the first time since his April debut with the New Britain Rock Cats. He has been rehabbing a partially torn UCL. On this day, he gave up three runs on four hits and a walk and recorded just two outs. Kuo Hua Lo came on and struck out two over 4.1 one-hit innings. Alex Muren came in and gave up one run on two hits and a walk in two innings.

    Byron Buxton returned to the GCL team in this game. He was the team’s DH and hit third. His hamstring was tested. He was 1-2 with a walk and a triple. Kelvin Ortiz walked twice and stole his fifth base. Aderlin Mejia went 1-2 with a walk.

    GAME 1 – GCL TWINS 1, GCL ORIOLES 2


    After managing just five hits in game one, the Twins had just one hit, a Logan Wade single, in game two.

    Yorman Landa started and threw five shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out two. Melciades de la Cruz then gave up two runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter in his inning to take the loss.

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    Players of the Day for Monday, July 23, 2012


    Pitcher of the Day – Angel Mata



    Hitter of the Day – Anderson Hidalgo



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    A Look Ahead – Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester vs Syracuse – RHP Shairon Martis
    New Britain vs Binghampton – LHP Blake Martin
    Ft. Myers @ Charlotte – RHP Matt Summers
    Beloit – No Game Scheduled
    Elizabethton @ Kingsport – LHP Corey Kimes
    GCL Twins vs GCL Orioles (DH) – TBD

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    If you have any questions or comments on the Twins minor league system, players, teams, etc., leave them in the Comments and I’ll try to answer them!
    This article was originally published in blog: Monday Night in the Minors started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Honest mistake I'm sure, but you wrote Miguel Sano went 0-4 with 4 walks (instead of 4 strike outs).
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Last 4gms Miguel 0-17 w/10Ks ouch.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      HI Seth
      Any Reports on how Wimmer's arm felt afterwards?
      Do we know if he got a 2nd opinion on his injury? (if not he should've)

      Also what happened to your podcasts? Did you stop doing that blog talk radio garbage? (I hope that site is impossible to figure out and finding archives are not easy)
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      If Wimmers injures his elbow in the near future and has to get TJ surgery I will not be surprised but I will be beyond upset with the Twins for delaying what seems inevidable.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      I have to really stop the hype on Sano at this point. This has actually become worrisome. BUT, here is my crazy thinking . . . what if the Twins just promoted him to Fort Myers now (roughly) anyway? A new environment again, getting him used to where he will be anyway next year, etc. etc. I really think that some of the psychological issues are lost on the Twins minor league adminstration. As a stud prospect starting new at some place the next year seems quite different than getting even one month in at that place ahead of time. you know? I hope the Twins are smart here and promote Sano and Rosario (when he is back soon) to Fort Myers (throw Anderson Hidalgo and Danny Santana up to NBR--as a make it or break it for Hidalgo and a welcome to 2013 for Santana).
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by righty8383 View Post
      Honest mistake I'm sure, but you wrote Miguel Sano went 0-4 with 4 walks (instead of 4 strike outs).
      Thank you! I made that change... very different. Ha!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
      I have to really stop the hype on Sano at this point. This has actually become worrisome. BUT, here is my crazy thinking . . . what if the Twins just promoted him to Fort Myers now (roughly) anyway? A new environment again, getting him used to where he will be anyway next year, etc. etc. I really think that some of the psychological issues are lost on the Twins minor league adminstration. As a stud prospect starting new at some place the next year seems quite different than getting even one month in at that place ahead of time. you know? I hope the Twins are smart here and promote Sano and Rosario (when he is back soon) to Fort Myers (throw Anderson Hidalgo and Danny Santana up to NBR--as a make it or break it for Hidalgo and a welcome to 2013 for Santana).
      I would say it's highly unlikely that Sano gets promoted to Ft. Myers for a month to end this season for a couple of reasons. 1.) It wouldn't help his strikeout situation, unless you just think that a new environment will be a cure-all. 2.) Beloit is in the playoffs at the end of the season, and Sano should play in that. Rosario too. 3.) The defense needs so much work. 4.) and probably most importantly, I will be going to Beloit for games Aug 2-5, so I don't want him to move up until at least August 6th... That's only a little selfish, right?
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I don't get the promote Sano thing... everyone was on them for not doing it when he got off to a hot start (forgeting the whole SSS issues)... and they still say it even though he obviously has some things to work on. He's 19 and holding his own in that league. I woudln't be surprised in the least if he repeats it next season. He is taking a ton of walks to go with the Ks which tells me he's being pitched around to an extent... the fact that he's taking the walks is a good thing as I'm guessing he's letting a lot of called strikes go by... Time should cure some of this as he gets a better batters eye.
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