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Minor Details: Games of 5/20

Rochester 5, Gwinnett 2 in Gwinnett.  Aaron Bates singled and homered, Brian Dinkelman singled and doubled, and Ray Chang and Chase Lambin each had two hits.  Andrew Baldwin struck out eight in 6.2 innings to get the win, giving up one run on seven hits and two walks.  Jim Hoey struck out two in a perfect ninth for the save.

New Hampshire 6, New Britain 2 in New Britain.  The Fisher Cats scored two in the third and two in the fourth to build a four-run lead.  Yangervis Solarte had two hits, raising his average to .362.  Bobby Lanigan lasted only four innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits and a walk.  Spencer Steedley struck out three in a scoreless inning.

Ft. Myers 7, Brevard County 2 in Ft. Myers.  The Miracle scored three in the sixth to put away the victory.  Brian Dozier had a triple and two singles, raising his average to .322.  Aaron Hicks singled and doubled.  James Beresford drove in three runs.  Kane Holbrooks got the win, pitching five innings and giving up one run on four hits and three walks.  Brad Tippett worked two perfect innings of relief.

Kane County 4, Beloit 3 in Beloit (13 innings).  The Snappers scored single runs in the eighth and ninth to tie the game at two, and scored one more in the tenth to tie it at three, but ultimately fell short.  The winning run scored on a walk, a single, a wild pitch, and two more walks.  Wang-wei Lin had two doubles and a single.  Lance Ray singled and doubled.  Pat Dean struck out five in six innings, walking none and giving up a run on five hits.  Jose Gonzalez pitched two shutout innings.  Ryan O’Rourke started the thirteenth and took the loss.  Cougar pitchers struck out seventeen Snappers.

Happy Birthday–May 21

Fred Dunlap (1859)
Eddie Grant (1883)
Earl Averill (1902)
Hank Johnson (1906)
Mace Brown (1909)
Monty Stratton (1912)
Larry Napp (1919)
Ed Fitz Gerald (1924)
El Tappe (1927)
Moe Thacker (1934)
Barry Latman (1936)
Kent Hrbek (1960)
Bryce Florie (1970)
Tom Martin (1970)
Chris Widger (1971)
Josh Hamilton (1981)
Matt Wieters (1986)

El Tappe had a twin brother, Mel Tappe, who played in the minors.

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This Week in Twins Transactions

Delmon Young was reinstated from the disabled list.
Jose Mijares was placed on the fifteen day disabled list.
Anthony Swarzak was recalled from Rochester to Minnesota.
Phil Dumatrait was recalled from Rochester to Minnesota.
Rene Tosoni was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester.
Jim Hoey was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester.
Jason Repko was assigned to Rochester on injury rehab.
Steve Holm was designated for assignment, then outrighted to Rochester.
Yorman Bazardo was placed on the seven day disabled list by Rochester (sore right forearm).
Steve Singleton was sent from Rochester to New Britain.
Ryan Mullins was promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain.
Daniel Osterbrock was sent from New Britain to Ft. Myers.
Danile Osterbrock was placed on the seven day disabled list by Ft. Myers (shoulder injury).
Logan Darnell was promoted from Beloit to Ft. Myers.
Pat Dean was promoted from Elizabethton to Beloit.
Ben Tootle was activated from the disabled list by Beloit.

Where They Stand

Rochester is 15-23, sixth (last) in the IL North, 8 games behind Lehigh Valley.  The Red Wings have lost two in a row and are 3-7 over their last ten games.

New Britain is 23-14, second in the EL East, 1 game behind New Hampshire.  The Rock Cats have lost one in a row and are 8-2 over their last ten games.

Ft. Myers is 23-18, second in the FSL South, 2 games behind St. Lucie.  The Miracle has won three in a row and is 4-6 over its last ten games.

Beloit is 21-19, tied for third in the ML West, 8.5 games behind Burlington.  The Snappers have lost two in a row and are 4-6 over their last ten games.

This Week in ex-Twins

Atlanta organization sends Jose Lugo from Gwinnett (AAA) to Mississippi (AA), then promotes him back to Gwinnett the next day.
Boston reinstates Dennys Reyes from the inactive list.
Florida organization (AA Jacksonville) releases Erik Lis.
Dodgers purchase the contract of Juan Castro from Albuquerque (AAA).
Yankees promote Carlos Silva from Tampa (A) to Trenton (AA), then promote him from Trenton to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).
St. Louis places Nick Punto on the fifteen day disabled list.
San Diego sends Orlando Hudson to Tucson (AAA) on a rehab assignment, then activates him from the disabled list.
San Diego recalls Pat Neshek from Tucson (AAA). 

He’s still around?  Arizona selects the contract of Sean Burroughs from Reno (AAA).

Minor Details: Games of 5/19

Gwinnett 7, Rochester 3 in Gwinnett.  The Braves scored five runs in the first two innings.  Scott Diamond allowed all five (four earned), giving up six hits and three walks in 2.1 innings.  Kyle Waldrop struck out six in 3.2 perfect innings.  Ray Chang and Steve Holm each singled and doubled.  Brian Dinkelman had two hits.

Harrisburg 3, New Britain 1 in Harrisburg (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  A two-run third made the difference.  Liam Hendriks pitched a complete game, allowing one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out six.  The Rock Cats made two errors, both in the third inning, and had only three hits.

New Britain at Harrisburg (Game 2).  Postponed.

Ft. Myers 4, Brevard County 3 in Ft. Myers.  Brian Dozier hit a two-run single with two out in the bottom of the tenth.  Josmil Pinto had three hits and Dozier had two.  Matt Schuld gave up just one unearned run on four hits and two walks in 7.1 innings.  Jhon Garcia allowed an unearned run in the top of the tenth on a hit and two walks to get the win.  The Miracle made three errors.

Wisconsin 6, Beloit 1 in Wisconsin (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Timber Rattlers scored three in the second to take the lead for good.  Adrian Salcedo allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings.  The Snappers had only five hits.

Wisconsin 4, Beloit 3 in Wisconsin (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Snappers scored all their runs in the first inning.  The Timber Rattlers tied it with a three-run third and scored one more in the fourth.  Lance Ray singled and doubled, collecting two of the three Snapper hits.  They also made three errors.  Starter Michael Tonkin gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks in three innings.  Ben Tootle took the loss, giving up the fourth-inning run but nothing else in three innings.  He allowed two hits.

Happy Birthday–May 20

Walt Burnham (1860)
Joe Harris (1891)
George Grantham (1900)
Pete Appleton (1904)
Hal Newhouser (1921)
Herman Wedemeyer (1924)
Tom Morgan (1930)
Ken Boyer (1931)
Sadaharu Oh (1940)
Bobby Murcer (1946)
Ralph Bryant (1961)
David Wells (1963)
Todd Stottlemyre (1965)
Ramon Hernandez (1976)
Jayson Werth (1979)
Austin Kearns (1980)

Outfielder Herman Wedemeyer played for Class C Salt Lake City in 1950.  He was a star running back in the All-America Football Conference, and later appeared in over 300 episodes of Hawaii Five-O, playing Sergeant Edward "Duke" Lukela.

Right-hander Tom Morgan was with Washington at the end of 1960, appearing in fourteen games with them.  On January 31, 1961, before the franchise played a game in Minnesota, he was sold to the Los Angeles Angels.

Outfielder Ralph Bryant was drafted by Minnesota in the thirteenth round of the January draft in 1981, but he did not sign.

There do not appear to be any other major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins born on this day.

We would like to wish a very happy birthday to hungryjoe.

Minor Details: Games of 5/18

Gwinnett 4, Rochester 0 in Gwinnett.  Kyle Gibson allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk in 5.1 innings.  Chuck James struck out three in a scoreless inning.  The Red Wings got only three hits, all singles.

New Britain at Harrisburg.  Postponed.  Game will be made up as part of a doubleheader this evening.

Ft. Myers 6, Brevard County 5 in Ft. Myers.  The Miracle took a 3-0 lead after one, fell behind 5-3 after three, tied it in the sixth, and won it in the bottom of the eighth.  Brian Dozier had three hits, two of them doubles.  Steve Liddle had three hits.  Aaron Hicks singled and doubled.  Tom Stuifbergen lasted only three innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits and a walk.  Andrew Albers threw three shutout innings.  Blake Martin got the win with 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out four.  Dakota Watts came in with the tying run on second and struck out the only man he faced to get the save.

Wisconsin 1, Beloit 0 in Wisconsin (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Timber Rattlers had only two hits, but one of them was a home run.  B. J. Hermsen pitched a complete game, walking two and striking out one.  The Snappers had five hits.

Beloit 4, Wisconsin 2 in Wisconsin (Game 2—8 innings—scheduled 7 innings).  The winning rally came on two hit batsmen, a walk, and two singles.  Jamaal Hawkins singled and doubled.  Michael Gonzales had two hits.  Starter Ryan O’Rourke pitched three innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk.  Matt Hauser got the win with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.  Jose Gonzalez struck out the side in the eighth to get the save.

Minor Details: Games of 5/17

Rochester 7, Gwinnett 6 in Gwinnett.  The Red Wings led 4-0 after two, fell behind 5-4 after five, but came back to win.  Rene Tosoni had three hits.  Jason Repko homered and singled.  Brian Dinkelman had a pair of doubles.  Starter Eric Hacker gave up all five of his runs in the fifth; his line was five runs on four hits and five walks in 4.1 innings.  Carlos Gutierrez got the win with 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out three.  Kyle Waldrop came in with the tying run on second and struck out the only man he faced to get the save.

New Britain 4, Harrisburg 1 in Harrisburg.  The Rock Cats scored all of their runs in the eighth.  Evan Bigley had two hits.  Steve Hirschfeld got the win, going seven innings and giving up one run on six hits and no walks.  He struck out seven.  Cole DeVries threw two shutout innings of relief to get his ninth save.

Ft. Myers 6, Daytona 5 in Daytona.  The Miracle scored three in the third and three in the fourth to build a 6-1 lead, then hung on.  Ramon Santana had three doubles and drove in three.  Aaron Hicks singled and homered.  Anderson Hidalgo had two doubles.  Logan Darnell got the win in his FSL debut, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in five innings.  Bruce Pugh allowed a run in the ninth but still got the save.

Beloit 7, Wisconsin 0 in Wisconsin.  Beloit scored three in the fourth and was never challenged.  Manuel Soliman struck out eleven in six innings, giving up two hits and three walks.  Clinton Dempster struck out three in two innings, and Jose Gonzalez fanned two in a perfect ninth.  Nate Roberts singled and tripled, scoring three times.  Jamaal Hawkins and Michael Gonzales each singled and doubled.