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Twins Minor League Report (4/24): Polanco's Big Day

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The Twins were powered to a win by some clutch hitting from Sam Fuld and a 3-run dinger from Aaron Hicks. Nolasco was not great, but he pitched well enough for the Twins to escape with a victory to climb a game over .500 for the seconds time this year.

The Twins are back home tomorrow to begin a weekend series against the Detroit Tigers.

Rochester 8, Pawtucket 1
Box Score
The Redwings raced out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a couple of first inning walks issued by Pawtucket's Anthony Ranaudo. The Twins would eventually tack on six more runs, highlighted by a four-run fourth inning. Danny Santana was 3-4 with a 2B and a BB, and Wilkin Ramirez, Brad Nelson, and Eric Farris all had two hits and two RBI to match. Chris Parmelee extended his hitting streak to a Red Wings season high 9-games.

Wings lefty Kris Johnson picked up the win with 6 strong innings, giving up just 3 hits and a single, unearned, run. He walked four Red Sox batters, but had six Ks as well. Johnson is now 2-2 and his ERA is just 2.86. Another lefty, Matt Hoffman came into the game in the 7th and picked up a rare three inning save, fanning for hitters. Hoffman's best outing of the year lowered his ERA to just 1.17.

The Red Wings look for a series win tomorrow with Trevor May on the mound.

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Also of note, from A.J. Achter, the Red Wings went to Dave & Busters tonight.

The @RocRedWings cleaned house at Dave & Buster's tonight. pic.twitter.com/vHBCVfllDo

— A.J. Achter (@ajachter35) April 25, 2014

New Britain 3, New Hampshire 5
Box Score
Despite an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Rock Cats didn't have enough offense to overcome three errors and fell to a New Hampshire team that tallied 11 hits. The top of the Rock Cats lineup was just 1-15, with no walks and 5 strike outs, not exactly the production you're looking for from your 1, 2, and 3 hitters. Kennys Vargas was the bright spot for the Cats, he was 1-3 with a Double, an RBI, and a run scored.

Taylor Rogers pitched 6 full innings (his longest outing as a Rock Cat) and left with a no decision despite giving up 9 hits and 3 earned runs. Adrian Salcedo took the loss allowing two late runs to score, and Lester Oliveros mopped up in the 8th and 9th, giving up just 1 hit and picking up a couple of more strike outs.

The Rock Cats begin a seven-game road trip tomorrow, beginning in Richmond, VA with lefty Sean Gilmartin on the hill.

Ft. Myers 9, Jupiter 6
Box Score
The Miracle scored all 9 of the runs in the second inning after falling into an early 0-2 deficit. Ft. Myers sent 12 men to the plate in that inning, including a grand slam from Jorge Polanco and a two-run bomb from Mike Gonzales. Polanco was the hero of the day, and the only Miracle hitter with multiple hits, going 4-2 with that grand slam and he's now hitting .333 on the year.

Brett Lee picked up the W for the Miracle, helped out by his offense because he gave up four runs (two earned) and walked a couple of Hammerhead hitters. Madison Boer picked up his second save of the young season with a 1-2-3 9th inning, lowering his already impressive ERA to 1.29

Cedar Rapids @ Peoria
The Kernels were rained out on Thursday night in Peoria, IL, the final game for a four-game series against the Chiefs. The Kernels luck out as the game will be made up at a later date IN CEDAR RAPIDS (as the Kernels are not due back in Peoria during the first half of the Low-A season).

The Kernels remain on he road this weekend, at the Clinton, IA Lumberkings. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Kris Johnson, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day - Jorge Polanco, Ft. Myers Miracle

Rochester @ Pawtucket (5:15 p.m. CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
New Britain @ Richmond (6:05 p.m. CST) – Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (6:05 p.m. CST) – Jose Berrios (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:30 p.m. CST) – Kohl Stewart (Listen)

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Thursday games.

Also, since the Twins beat the Rays 6-4 yesterday (Thursday), you can get 50% off a L or XL pizza from PapaJohns.com if you use the 'TWINSWIN' promo code.

Updated 04-24-2014 at 09:44 PM by Eric R Pleiss

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  1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
    Big day tomorrow for pitchers...milb.tv app will be on fire
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