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    I was at the Rock Cats game this evening. It wasn't a great game for New Britain -- not nearly enough offense, and our pitchers had some trouble keeping the ball down. Terry Ryan was in attendance. I spoke to him for a few minutes, and it sounds like he plans to follow the team through its upcoming weekend series in New Hampshire, as we get closer to the date when a few players on this team might get a call-up to Minnesota (or, if the Rock Cats make the playoffs, after their playoff stint ends). Ryan was scoring the game and taking furious notes, but he was very nice in person and willing to chat between innings. Here's a rundown of tonight's minor league action:
    ROCHESTER 0, LEHIGH VALLEY 1
    Nick Blackburn (hey, remember him?) started for Rochester tonight, and went 7 innings. He gave up 1 run on 7 hits, striking out 2 and walking 2. Anthony Slama had a solid performance, going 2 scoreless innings, striking out 3 and walking 1.

    The Red Wings mustered only 4 hits all night. Evan Bigley had 2 singles in 3 at-bats, and Chris Parmelee and Wilkin Ramirez also singled.

    Here's the link to the box score.

    NEW BRITAIN 2, PORTLAND 7
    I went to tonight's game. The Rock Cats didn't look very good. Lucas French started, and gave up 4 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 1. He didn't miss many bats tonight. Blake Martin tossed 1 inning, and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits. He struck out 1 and walked 1. Aaron Thompson was effective, tossing 2 scoreless innings and allowing 3 hits.

    In addition to the shaky starting pitching, New Britain didn't get nearly enough offense. I liked what I saw from Josmil Pinto -- he hit a no-doubt homer to left field in the 4th inning, after walking in his first AA plate appearance. Oswaldo Arcia had a nice line drive double down the right field line, and also struck out and walked. Chris Colabello, Deibinson Romero and Rene Tosoni also singled.

    Here's the link to the box score.

    FT. MYERS 1, BRADENTON 2
    Tom Stuifbergen took a tough, tough loss tonight. He tossed a complete game, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, striking out 3.

    As with the Rock Cats, there wasn't enough Mircale offense to get the job done tonight. Daniel Ortiz was 2-for-3 with a double, Daniel Santana had 2 singles, and Daniel Rams and Kyle Knudson each singled.

    Here's the link to the box score.

    BELOIT 6, PEORIA 9
    This game went 12 innings, until Peoria scored 3 runs in the top half to take what proved to be the final lead of the game. Tyler Jones went 5 innings in his start, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, but he did strike out 8. Corey Kimes tossed 2 and 1/3 innings, and also gave up 3 runs on 3 hits. Kimes walked 3 and struck out 1. Taylor Rogers was very effective in relief, going 2 and 2/3 innings and allowing 2 hits, striking out 2. Tim Atherton worked 1 and 2/3 innings out of the pen, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Corey Williams worked a scoreless 1/3 of an inning, walking 1 and striking out 1. Snappers pitchers walked 10 hitters this evening.

    Wang-Wei Lin was 2-for-7, JaDamion Williams was 2-for-5 with a walk and 3 Ks, Eddie Rosario had a single and 3 Ks in 6 at-bats, Kennys Vargas was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a K, and Drew Leachman, Matthew Koch, and TwinsDaily's own Adam Pettersen all singled. Rosario, Pettersen, and Stephen Wickens all stole bases tonight, as well.

    Here's the link to the box score.


    ELIZABETHTON 3, GREENEVILLE 4
    Angel Mata went 4 and 1/3 innings in his start today, giving up 4 runs on 3 hits. He struck out 3, walked 5, and allowed 2 home runs. Joshua Burris went 2 and 2/3 innings, and allowed only 1 hit while striking out 5. Great performance from him. Tyler Herr tossed 2 scoreless frames, striking out 3 and walking 1.

    Byron Buxton had a great day, going 3-for-5 with a triple and a stolen base. Candido Pimentel and Max Kepler each doubled (Kepler with an RBI), and DJ Hicks, Romy Jimenez and Travis Harrison all singled.

    Here's the link to the box score.

    GCL TWINS 2, GCL ORIOLES 0
    Andre Martin got the start, and went 4 innings. He allowed only 3 hits, struck out 5 and walked 1. Sam Gibbons also tossed 4 innings, giving up only 1 hit, striking out 1 and walking 1. Felix Jorge tossed the final frame, striking out 1, as well.

    Joel Licon had the big hit today, a 2-run homer that accounted for all of the Twins' runs. John Murphy doubled, and Aderlin Mejia and Bryan Harr both singled.

    Here's the link to the box score.
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    Players of the Day for Wednesday, August 22

    Pitcher of the Day: Tom Stuifbergen


    Hitter of the Day: Byron Buxton


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    Schedule for Thursday, August 23

    Rochester vs. Lehigh Valley --- RHP Shairon Martis
    New Britain @ New Hampshire --- RHP Steven Hirschfeld
    Ft. Myers vs. Bradenton --- LHP Pat Dean
    Beliot vs. Peoria --- ???
    Elizabethton @ Pulaski --- RHP Jose Berrios
    GCL Twins vs. GCL Orioles --- ???
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    Thanks for reading, and please leave any questions or comments.
    This article was originally published in blog: Wednesday's Twins Minor League Daily started by Twins Fan From Afar
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. Cap'n Piranha's Avatar
      Cap'n Piranha -
      TFFA--it seems like the Cats have been in a bit of a tailspin lately, what are the chances they make the playoffs?
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Right now, the Rock Cats are tied with the Reading Phillies for the second, and final, playoff spot in their division. The Trenton Thunder have a 5 game lead over both New Britain and Reading, but have been having a rough go lately, too. In fact, all 3 teams at the top of the division have been scuffling.

      New Britain has 4 games coming up this weekend with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who are in last place in the division, so that's a good chance for NB to make up some ground. Thereafter, though, they play a 4 game series on the road against Trenton, which will be tough.

      Bottom line: I think their chances are still good. It helps that these top 3 teams are all having a rough time. If Trenton continues to scuffle, it's basically going to be a 3 team race for 2 playoff spots, and I like those odds.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Good luck to Josmil Pinto, hoping he rips it up in AA the rest of the season.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      What is the status of Aaron Hicks and Hernandez, the pitcher the Twins acquired for Liriano? Both left Tuesday's games with injuries, I believe.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Joe Benson has been out the last several games. He's got a knee injury and there is a decent chance that he misses the rest of the season. Tough year for a really hard working, good guy.

      Aaron Hicks was out of the lineup last night. Mainly it was just a day off, but he was also resting a sore Achilles.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      After the Hicks injury, manager Jeff Smith said he'll "be fine." I would hope he's back in the lineup soon.

      Still digging on Hernandez.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      The Pedro Hernandez injury is not believed to be serious... not sure how to take that.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      I heard the same last night -- Aaron Hicks is basically fine, but it made sense to give him a night of rest.
      For what it's worth, Arcia was fine in center field.
    1. gmarais66's Avatar
      gmarais66 -
      Can anyone tell me why, in the Elizabethton box score, under the "Batting" section, they list Romy Jimenez as "Trinidad, R"?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by gmarais66 View Post
      Can anyone tell me why, in the Elizabethton box score, under the "Batting" section, they list Romy Jimenez as "Trinidad, R"?
      He was formerly known as Romy Trinidad, but due to paternal/maternal sir name kind of stuff, he is now going by Romy Jimenez. And I do not understand why milb.com mixes and matches his names. They generally say Jimenez in the box score, but down in the details, they say Trinidad.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Good to see Pinto homer after a MUCH-deserved promotion. What do guys think about his defense as a catcher?

      GREAT to see Stuifbergen pitching well. Too many pitchers with lost seasons or 3/4 seasons. I have much more confidence in the long-term success of Stuifbergen than I do of Hermsen.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      What the heck is with pitchers that the Twins have ditched down to AAA suddenly acting like they are King Felix (blackburn and Hendriks), and then up here, acting like how we've seen them over the last few years (they can't pitch their way out of a paper bag).
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I'm sure some of it is mental and some of it is tougher hitting.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      What the heck is with pitchers that the Twins have ditched down to AAA suddenly acting like they are King Felix (blackburn and Hendriks), and then up here, acting like how we've seen them over the last few years (they can't pitch their way out of a paper bag).
      I think that's the precise definition of a AAAA pitcher.
    1. Mauerzy4Prez's Avatar
      Mauerzy4Prez -
      Quote Originally Posted by Twins Fan From Afar View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      What the heck is with pitchers that the Twins have ditched down to AAA suddenly acting like they are King Felix (blackburn and Hendriks), and then up here, acting like how we've seen them over the last few years (they can't pitch their way out of a paper bag).
      I think that's the precise definition of a AAAA pitcher.
      Hendricks is 23 years old. You might have an argument with Blackie, but it is way too soon to say the jury is out on Liam.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      The Pedro Hernandez injury is not believed to be serious... not sure how to take that.
      In other words, he's out for the season.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      The Pedro Hernandez injury is not believed to be serious... not sure how to take that.
      In other words, he's out for the season.
      He is out for the year. They aren't going to rush him back.
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      The Pedro Hernandez injury is not believed to be serious... not sure how to take that.
      In other words, he's out for the season.
      He is out for the year. They aren't going to rush him back.

      They have to wait the required 14 days before they can put him on the DL. (It might only be 6 days for the minors.)
    1. Falcon25's Avatar
      Falcon25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mauerzy4Prez View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Twins Fan From Afar View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      What the heck is with pitchers that the Twins have ditched down to AAA suddenly acting like they are King Felix (blackburn and Hendriks), and then up here, acting like how we've seen them over the last few years (they can't pitch their way out of a paper bag).
      I think that's the precise definition of a AAAA pitcher.
      Hendricks is 23 years old. You might have an argument with Blackie, but it is way too soon to say the jury is out on Liam.
      Thank God someone acknowledges the fact that Hendriks is a 'pup' and has capacity to still learn and be coached!!! Being Australian and 23 (through no fault of his own) means he his probably somewhere between 2000 and 3000 hours behind USA players. As Seth and a number of bloggers point out he is ahead of schedule!!!! Let's hope he can learn and continue to improve. One thing I am lead to believe through ttalking to his minor league coaches (Ft Myer, New Britain and Rochester) is that he won't take short cuts and he will work as hard as anyone to make it happen!!!
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Which is why I would've brought up Vasquez for a longer looksee. Hendriks is still in the mix, but the Twins need to tryout others for 2012.
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