It was Revenge of the Former Twins in Tuesday night’s Twins/White Sox game. Francisco Liriano got through six innings and gave up just two runs. Jesse Crain relieved him for a scoreless inning. And, AJ Pierzynski hit the big two-run homer in the top of the ninth off of Jeff Gray, and that was it. The Twins tried to come back, scoring one run in the bottom of the ninth, but Addison Reed closed out the 4-3 win for the White Sox. Denard Span had a four-hit game.
Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from the Tuesday games in the minor leagues.
ROCHESTER 10, COLUMBUS 8 (12 innings)
Chris Parmelee provided the power. Unfortunately, the Red Wings needed extra frames to pick up this win. Eric Hurley started and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in six innings. He struckout four. Daniel Turpen came in and threw two scoreless innings. He went out for the ninth but was charged with four runs on four this and a hit batter. Lester Oliveros came on to protect a three-run lead in the ninth and gave up a sacrifice fly followed by a two-run homer that tied the game. Deolis Guerra gave up a run on three hits in the 10th
. Caleb Thielbar got the final four outs, three of them on strikeouts.
Parmelee has been on fire of late. In this game, he was 3-6 with his ninth double and eighth and ninth home runs. He now has five home runs in the last six games. Brian Dinkelman went 3-4 with two walks and his tenth double. Eduardo Escobar was 3-6. Wilkin Ramirez went 2-6 with his ninth double and tenth home run. Tsuyoshi Nishioka was 2-6 with his 13th
NEW BRITAIN 2, BOWIE 1
Chris Colabello may have committed two errors, but his two run home run in the fourth inning was about it for the Rock Cats offense. In fact, Chris Herrmann was the only other Rock Cat hitter with a hit.
BJ Hermsen started for the Rock Cats and gave up only an unearned run in 5.1 innings. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out three. Jose Gonzalez came in and gave up a hit and a walk but got out of the sixth. Bruce Pugh recorded his sixth save with three no-hit innings. He walked two and struck out three.
FT. MYERS 4, DAYTONA 5
It was another rough one for Tom Stuifbergen in this game. The Dutch right-hander gave up five runs on ten hits in four innings. He walked one and struckout three. Ryan O’Rourke made his second Miracle appearance and for the second time, he threw two scoreless innings. AJ Achter pitched the final two innings and struck out three.
Levi Michael went 3-5. Steve Liddle went 1-3 with two walks. Danny Rams hit his fourth home run. Andy Leer went 0-0 with four walks in the game.
BELOIT 9, KANE COUNTY 4
David Hurlbut was great again and the offense exploded, giving the Snappers a nice win to start the homestand. Hurlbut threw seven scoreless innings. He gave up one run in the eighth frame. He left with two outs in the ninth inning and the score 9-2. DJ Baxendale came on and allowed the two inherited runners to score before he got the final out.
The Snappers bats got to face Royals top pick, Kyle Zimmer. They scored six runs in the second inning and chased him early. Kennys Vargas continues to rake. In this game, he was 2-3 with two walks and a home run. In nine games with the Snappers since his return, he now has six home runs to go with two doubles and one triple. On Wednesday, the powerful switch-hitter turns 22 years old.
In tonight’s game, he added his first single! Stephen Wickens was also 2-3 with two walks. He added his third double. Eddie Rosario made a triumphant return to the Snappers lineup after missing over a month after being hit in the face by a line drive in batting practice. He went 3-5 with his 21st
double, which still leads the team by two. Nate Roberts went 2-4 with a walk and his 16th
stolen base. Wang-Wei Lin went 2-5 with his 12th
double and three RBI. Miguel Sano went 0-1 with three walks.
This game was postponed by rain.
GCL TWINS 6, GCL RAYS 1
The Kyle Gibson Watch continues, and on Tuesday, he put in his best rehab performance, both in terms of success and length. Gibson worked the first three innings in this game. He gave up no runs and no hits. He did walk one batter, but he struck out seven. The other two outs came on ground balls. He may make one more GCL appearance before moving up to Ft. Myers.
Next on the mound for the GCL Twins was another rehabber. Andrew Albers gave up one hit over two scoreless innings. He struck out two. Gonzalo Sanudo came in and gave up one run on six hits in three innings. He walked none and struck out three. Gerardo Ramirez pitched a perfect ninth.
Aderlin Mejia went 2-4. Byron Buxton hit a two run triple, his second three-bagger of the short-season. Bryan Santy was 1-3 with a walk, his second double and two RBI.
Players of the Day for Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Hitter of the Day – Chris Parmelee
Pitcher of the Day – Kyle Gibson
A Look Ahead – Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Schedule
Rochester – No Game Scheduled
New Britain @ Bowie – LHP Blake Martin
Ft. Myers @ Daytona – RHP Madison Boer
Beloit vs Kane County – LHP Taylor Rogers
Elizabethton @ Bristol – RHP Ricardo Arevalo
GCL Twins vs GCL Rays – TBD
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