Twins Minor League Report (6/5): Gilmartin Shines, Again
by, 06-06-2014 at 06:03 AM (447 Views)
The Twins took an early four-run lead courtesy of an Oswaldo Arcia grand slam that nearly landed in the Target Field Plaza OUTSIDE of Gate 34. Unfortunately the home team, dressed handsomely in powder blue throwback uniforms, could not hold the lead as Correia and the bullpen let the lead slip away and the Twins failed to rally.
(photo credit Scott Blanchette)
Thursday was a big day for the future of the organization with the Twins taking high school shortstop Nick Gordon fifth overall in the MLB draft, and then right hander taking Nick Burdi in the second round. Check out all the coverage on Gordon and Burdi here at TwinsDaily.com, and check back all day on Friday as we continue to keep you up to date on the draft.
Red Wings Report
Rochester 6, Charlotte 7
Trevor May was tagged with the loss, despite a quality start. He struck out nine Charlotte Knights and walked just two. He surrendered three runs, all earned, breaking his streak of THIRTY consecutive innings without giving up an earned run, a streak that dates back to May 7. Matt Hoffman, who relieved May in the seventh inning, really struggled last night. He was lit up for four runs in an inning and a third, including a two-run home run in the eighth. Edgar Ibarra finished the final two outs of the eighth inning, and almost picked up the win as the Red Wings rallied in the top of the ninth.
The Red Wings put their first six hitters on base in the bottom of the ninth, including a three-run home run by Daniel Ortiz to pull the Red Wings within one, his second bomb in as many days. After the Ortiz bomb, Charlotte's Donnie Veal came in and sent down the next three Rochester hitters to record his third save. Veal was not the only Charlotte pitcher that Rochester struggled with, they recorded just three hits in the first eight innings against the Knights' starter Charlie Leesman. Brad Nelson, the Wings' DH, was 3-4 with a double, Wilkin Ramirez was 2-4 with and RBI and Daniel Ortiz was 1-3 with a home run, three RBIs and a walk. No other Red Wings hitters were on base more than once.
Rock Cats Review
New Britain 1, Akron 0
In a good old fashioned pitchers duel, Sean Gilmartin led the Rock Cats with seven and a third innings of scoreless ball, with eight strike outs and zero walks (are we fully on the Gilmartin bandwagon yet? He now has a 2.82 ERA, 68 strike outs and just 16 walks in 67 innings). Ryan O'Rourke earned a hold with two thirds of an inning, striking out both hitters he faced, and Cole Johnson recorded his fourth save of the season with a clean ninth inning.
When you win one to nothing, you do not need a lot of offense, which is good because the Rock Cats had just five hits, all from three players. Brad Boyer and Mike Kvansnicka were both 2-3, but Tony Thomas was the hero of the night with a seventh inning solo home run, his only hit of the night, providing all the offense that the Rock Cats would need.
Fort Myers 4, Lakeland 3
Fort Myers starter Tim Shibuya we just four innings, giving up two runs (one earned) to go along with five Ks and three walks. Steven Gruver and Brandon Peterson both pitched two innings of relief. Gurver gave up an earned run, and Peterson picked up the win thanks to a late Miracle rally. Tyler Jones entered in the ninth and struck out two Lakeland Flying Tigers to earn the save.
Seven of the nine Miracle hitters picked up hits, but only Dalton Hicks had more than one (2-4). Adam Brett Walker II (1-4) and Tyler Grimes (0-1) both had an RBI, and Travis Harrison, player as the DH, had two. But the real story of the night was Eddie Rosario. He was just 1-4, but in a tied game in the bottom of the seventh, Rosario raced home from third on an infield chopper, sliding in just ahead of the throw to give the Miracle the 4-3, and the win.
Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 7
Fernando Romero pitched very well in his Cedar Rapids debut with five innings of two run ball. He struck out six, walked one, and gave up seven hits and a solo home run. Josue Montanez struggled tonight, picking up the loss with one inning of dreadful pitching. He faced eight batters, walked two, gave up three hits, and five earned runs. Alex Muren held the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers hitless the rest of the way, but the damage was already done.
The Kernels picked up nine hits, but were just 2-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Bryan Haar was 1-4 and had an RBI with the only Cedar Rapids extra base hit of the night, a double. Engelb Vielma was 2-5 with a strike out, Michael Quesada and Bo Altobelli were both 2-4, the other two Kernels with multi-hit games. Chad Christensen and Joel Licon had the other Kernel RBIs.
TwinsDaily Players of the Day
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Sean Gilmartin - New Britain Rock Cats
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day - Daniel Ortiz - Rochester Red Wings
Saturday's Probable Starters
Rochester @ Charlotte (6:05 Central) – Yohan Pino (Listen)
New Britain @ Binghamton (6:05 Central) – Virgil Vasquez (Listen)
Lakeland @ Ft. Myers (6:05 Central) – Jose Berrios (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (7:05 Central) – Ryan Eades (Listen)