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Minor Details: Games of 7/9

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 9, Rochester 0 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Yankees scored three each in the first, second, and fourth.  Trevor Plouffe had half of the Red Wings’ four hits, raising his average to .310.  Delmon Young was 0-for-2 with a walk.  Eric Hacker surrendered all nine runs on ten hits and two walks in 3.1 innings.  Jake Stevens worked 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out five while giving up three hits and no walks.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6, Rochester 4 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings).  A five-run third gave the Yankees all the runs they needed.  The Red Wings out-hit the Yankees 13-9.  Delmon Young singled and doubled.  Nate Roberts, Trevor Plouffe, and Aaron Bates each had two hits, with Plouffe raising his average to .314 and Bates raising his average to .332.  Starter Thomas Diamond surrendered five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five in 2.2 innings.  Kyle Waldrop struck out three in 2.1 scoreless innings.

Binghamton 7, New Britain 6 in New Britain (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Mets scored all of their runs in the fourth inning.  Brian Dozier had two hits, raising his average to .314.  Bobby Lanigan allowed all seven runs on five hits and four walks in 3.2 innings.  Tony Davis struck out three in two shutout innings.

Binghamton 9, New Britain 5 in New Britain (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Mets again put together a big inning, this time scoring six in the third.  Chris Parmelee singled and hit his eighth home run.  Chris Herrmann had two hits.  Deinys Suarez was charged with all nine runs, but only four were earned, as the Rock Cats made four errors.  Suarez allowed seven hits and four walks in 3.1 innings.  Tyler Robertson pitched 2.2 scoreless innings.

Ft. Myers 4, Brevard County 1 in Brevard County.  The Miracle scored two in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie.  Josmil Pinto singled and doubled.  Oswaldo Arcia hit his second home run.  Logan Darnell worked seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks.  Andrew Albers pitched two shutout innings for his fourth save.

Clinton 8, Beloit 5 in Beloit.  The LumberKings had four two-run innings.  Jairo Perez hit two home runs and scored three times; he now has eight homers and is hitting .404.  Tobias Streich singled and homered and Daniel Santana had two hits.  Starter Blayne Weller pitched four innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk.  Andrei Lobanov took the loss, surrendering six runs on six hits and two walks in just 2.2 innings.  Michael Tonkin worked 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out two.

Elizabethton 3, Greeneville 2 in Elizabethton.  Niko Goodrum broke the tie by circling the bases to lead off the eighth, hitting a double and coming the rest of the way around on a throwing error.  Tyler Koelling hit a two-run homer, his fourth.  David Hurlbut went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six.  Bart Carter worked two shutout innings to get the win, striking out four.  Madison Boer had a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

GCL Twins 2, Red Sox 1 at Red Sox (11 innings).  The Twins scored the winning run on a walk, an error, and two infield outs.  Julio Torres had three of the Twins’ six hits.  Starter Hein Robb lasted three shutout innings, giving up one hit and two walks.  Marcus Limon gave up three hits in 2.1 scoreless innings.  The win went to Tyler Herr, who allowed an unearned run on a hit and two walks while striking out three in two innings.  Matthew Tomshaw pitched a perfect eleventh to get the save.

DSL Twins 7, Orioles 5.  The Twins scored all of their runs in the first two innings, building a 7-2 lead.  Joel Polanco had three hits.  Ernesto Ciprian hit a three-run homer and drove in four.  Yorman Landa gave up two unearned runs on a hit and three walks in two innings.  Francisco Nunez struck out six in 3.2 scoreless innings to get the win, giving up two hits and two walks.  Jose Vasquez gave up a run on a hit and two walks while striking out two in two innings to get the save.  Nineteen walks were issued in the game, twelve of them by Twins pitchers.

Happy Birthday–July 10

Jimmy McAleer (1864)
Bobby Lowe (1865)
John Heydler (1869)
Wayne Blackburn (1914)
Paul Pryor (1927)
Gene Alley (1940)
Hal McRae (1945)
Bob Bailor (1951)
Andre Dawson (1954)
Buddy Groom (1965)
Lee Stevens (1967)
Marty Cordova (1969)

For some odd reason, John Heydler does not appear to be a member of the Hall of Fame. 

Umpire Paul Pryor is an alumnus of the author's alma mater, the University of South Dakota.

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Minor Details: Games of 7/8

Lehigh Valley 9, Rochester 5 in Rochester.  The IronPigs scored two in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie and never looked back.  Jeff Bailey singled, doubled, and homered, collecting all four Red Wings RBIs.  Nate Roberts had two hits.  Delmon Young was 0-for-4.  Andrew Baldwin surrendered six runs on eight hits and three walks in 5.1 innings.

Binghamton at New Britain.  Postponed.  Will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Ft. Myers 5, Brevard County 4 in Brevard County.  The Miracle scored three in the eighth to overcome a 4-2 deficit.  Nick Romero had four hits.  Jon Goncalves had two hits.  Tom Stuifbergen allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings.  Edgar Ibarra struck out three in two shutout innings to get the win.  Matt Hauser worked a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Beloit 4, Peoria 1 in Peoria (10 innings).  The Chiefs scored in the first, the Snappers got one in the third, and there things stood until the tenth, when four singles, an error, a walk, and a hit batsman plated three runs.  Jairo Perez singled and doubled to bring his average back to .400.  Wang-wei Lin had two hits.  Adrian Salcedo gave up just one run on six hits and two walks in 6.2 innings.  Clinton Dempster struck out three and allowed just a walk in 2.1 scoreless innings to get the win.  Jose Gonzalez pitched the tenth to get his eighth save.

Greeneville 9, Elizabethton 4 in Elizabethton.  The Astros scored six in the first three innings, highlighted by a four-run fourth.  Nick Lockwood singled and doubled.  Tyler Koelling hit a three-run homer.  Cesar Ciurcina lasted only 1.1 innings, surrendering five runs on five hits and three walks.  The only relief pitcher to distinguish himself was Nicholas Alloway, who struck out three in two perfect innings.

GCL Twins 5, Red Sox 1 at Twins.  Jorge Polanco’s two run double highlighted a four-run eighth that broke a 1-1 tie.  Wander Guillen had two hits, raising his average to .351.  Starter Ricardo Arevalo gave up only a walk in three shutout innings, striking out five.  Mark Trau struck out three in two shutout innings, and Markus Solbach also pitched two shutout innings to get the win.

DSL White Sox 2, Twins 1 at White Sox.  The White Sox scored in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie.  The Twins drew nine walks, but failed to take advantage by getting only four hits.  They were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded twelve.  Starter Randy Rosario gave up a run on two hits and two walks in three innings.  Sterling Bonilla struck out four in 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk.  Edgar Martinez took the loss, allowing no hits in 1.2 innings but walking two batters and uncorking a wild pitch.  The winning run scored on a sacrifice fly.

Where They Stand

Minnesota is 39-47, fourth in the AL Central, eight games behind Cleveland.  The Twins won their last game and are 7-3 in their last ten games.

Rochester is 34-52, sixth in the IL North, 15.5 games behind Lehigh Valley.  The Red Wings have won two in a row and are 4-6 in their last ten games.

New Britain is 45-39, third in the EL East, 4 games behind New Hampshire.  The Rock Cats have won two in a row and are 4-6 in their last ten games.

Ft. Myers is 6-8, fifth in the FSL South, 2.5 games behind St. Lucie, Bradenton, and Palm Beach.  The Miracle lost its last game and is 6-4 in its last ten games.

Beloit is 8-6, tied for second in the ML West, 1 game behind Kane County.  The Snappers won their last game and are 4-6 in their last ten games.

Elizabethton is 9-8, second in the AL West, 3 games behind Johnson City.  The Twins have won three in a row and are 5-5 in their last ten games.

The GCL Twins are 8-8, tied for second in the GCL South, 0.5 games behind the Orioles.  The Twins won their last game and are 5-5 in their last ten games.

The DSL Twins are 22-11, tied for first with the White Sox in the B. C. B. C.  The Twins lost their last game and are 7-3 in their last ten games.

This Week in Twins Transactions

Delmon Young was sent to Rochester on a rehab assignment.
Jake Stevens was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
Jeff Manship was activated from the disabled list by Rochester.
Anthony Slama was placed on the seven day disabled list by Rochester.
Kevin Slowey was promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain on his rehab assignment.
Bruce Pugh was sent from New Britain to Ft. Myers.
Dakota Watts was promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain.
Joe Benson was sent to the GCL Twins on a rehab assignment, then was activated from the disabled list by New Britain.
Kyle Knudson was placed on the seven day disabled list by Beloit.
Matthew Summers was assigned to Elizabethton.
Stephen Wickens was activated by the GCL Twins
Kelvin Mention was transferred from the seven day disabled list to the sixty day disabled list by the GCL Twins.

This Week in Ex-Twins

Arizona organization (AAA Reno) activates David Winfree from the disabled list.
Cubs purchase the contract of Ramon Ortiz from AAA Iowa.
White Sox organization (AAA Charlotte) places Michael Restovich on the seven day disabled list.
Dodgers place Casey Blake on the fifteen day disabled list.
Yankees organization (AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) releases Bartolo Colon.
Yankees organization (AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) places Mike Lamb on the seven day disabled list.
Oakland assigns Grant Balfour to Sacramento (AAA) on a rehab assignment, then activates him from the disabled list.
Pittsburgh assigns Joe Beimel to Bradenton (A) on a rehab assignment, then sends him to Altoona (AA).
San Diego promotes Bobby Kielty from San Antonio (AA), where he was on a rehab assignment, to Tucson (AAA).

Minor Details: Games of 7/7

Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 4 in Rochester.  Chase Lambin hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie.  Lambin was 3-for-3; he also singled, doubled, and walked, scoring three times.  Delmon Young and Steve Singleton each had two hits.  Scott Diamond pitched seven innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on ten hits and a walk.  Dusty Hughes worked a scoreless eighth, walking two, to get the win, and Jim Hoey struck out the side in the ninth to get his second save.

New Britain 4, New Hampshire 3 in New Hampshire (12 innings—completion of suspended game).  Chris Herrmann’s two-out single brought in Yangervis Solarte with the winning run.  Seven Rock Cats had one hit each.  Blake Martin worked four shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out three.  Tony Davis got the win with two shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.  Ex-Twins Yohan Pino and Bobby Korecky each pitched for the Fisher Cats, with Korecky taking the loss.

New Britain 5, New Hampshire 2 (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Rock Cats scored all of their runs in the seventh inning.  Evan Bigley had two hits.  Steve Hirschfeld struck out five in six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks to get the win.

St. Lucie 5, Ft. Myers 1 in St. Lucie.  The Mets scored three in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.  Jon Goncalves had two doubles.  Aaron Hicks singled and doubled.  Pat Dean allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits in six innings.  He struck out five and walked none.

Beloit 10, Peoria 4 in Peoria.  The Snappers scored four in the fourth to take a commanding 8-3 lead.  Andy Leer had two singles and a double.  Lance Ray singled and homered.  Jairo Perez singled and doubled, bringing his average back up to .396.  Wang-wei Lin had two hits.  B. J. Hermsen gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings.

Elizabethton 9, Kingsport 7 in Kingsport.  The Twins built a 9-3 lead after five, then held on.  Roy Larson had two two-baggers.  Tyler Koelling singled and homered, driving in three.  Miguel Sano singled and tripled, raising his average to .310.  Rory Rhodes, Matej Hejma, and Justin Parker each had two hits.  Starter Pedro Guerra struck out six in 3.2 innings, but also allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits.  He walked none.  The win went to Bart Carter, who struck out two in 1.2 scoreless innings.  Madison Boer struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.

GCL Orioles 3, Twins 1 (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Orioles scored single runs in the third, fourth, and sixth.  Drew Leachman singled and tripled.  Hung Yi Chen struck out four in three innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and no walks.  Cole Johnson took the loss, as he gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks while striking out four in four innings.  The Twins made four errors.

GCL Twins 3, Orioles 1 (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings).  A two-run third provided all the runs the Twins needed.  Aderlin Mejia and Jorge Polanco each had two hits, with Mejia raising his average to .368.  Starter Bobby O’Neill pitched three shutout innings, giving up just one hit.  Matthew Tomshaw got the win, striking out two in two shutout innings.  Luis Nunez worked the last two innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out three to get the save.

DSL Diamondbacks 14, Twins 4 at Diamondbacks.  The Diamondbacks scored five in the first and ten in the first four.  Dubal Baez and Pedro Estaba each had two hits.  Starter Javier Vargas faced six batters and did not retire any of them, giving up three hits and a walk and hitting two.  He was charged with all five first inning runs.  Each of the four relief pitchers allowed at least one run as well.  The Twins made three errors, walked eight batters, and hit four.

Happy Birthday–July 8

Hank O'Day (1862)
Ivey Wingo (1890)
Clint Brown (1903)
Salty Parker (1912)
Antonio Ramirez Muno (1927)
Hector Lopez (1929)
Al Spangler (1933)
Darrell Brandon (1940)
Ken Sanders (1941)
Jim Ollom (1945)
Lerrin LaGrow (1948)
Alan Ashby (1951)
Terry Puhl (1956)
Bob Kipper (1964)
Jerome Walton (1965)
Bobby Ayala (1969)
Danny Ardoin (1974)

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to AMR’s daughter.

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