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Happy Birthday–August 4

Jake Beckley (1867)
Dolf Luque (1890)
Chick Galloway (1896)
Ski Melillo (1899)
Bill Hallahan (1902)
George Caster (1907)
Tuck Stainback (1911)
Luke Easter (1915)
Don Kolloway (1918)
Dallas Green (1934)
Frank Kostro (1937)
Ray Oyler (1938)
Cleon Jones (1942)
Johnny Grubb (1948)
Roger Clemens (1962)
B. J. Surhoff (1964)
Matt Merullo (1965)
Troy O'Leary (1969)
Bob Howry (1973)
Eric Milton (1975)
Scott Linebrink (1976)

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Minor Details: Games of 8/2

Rochester 7, Buffalo 3 in Rochester.  The Red Wings scored four in the first and cruised to the win.  Rene Tosoni had three singles and a double.  Toby Gardenhire had two hits and drove in four.  Eric Hacker lasted the necessary five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out five.  Dusty Hughes struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk.

Erie 6, New Britain 5 in Erie (12 innings).  Evan Bigley singled, doubled, and homered.  Brian Dozier had two singles and a double, driving in three and raising his average to .307.  Yangervis Solarte also had two singles and a double, raising his average to .329.  Bobby Lanigan worked 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks.  Tyler Robertson struck out two in two perfect innings.  Deolis Guerra struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up a hit.  Spencer Steedley started the twelfth and retired neither man he faced, taking the loss.

Ft, Myers.  No game scheduled.

Kane County 6, Beloit 2 in Beloit.  The Cougars hit four home runs while the Snappers were held scoreless until the ninth.  Manuel Soliman allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six in six innings.  Bart Carter allowed no hits and no walks, striking out two in two shutout innings.

Elizabethton 9, Johnson City 3 in Elizabethton.  The Twins scored seven in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie.  Matt Parker and Max Kepler each singled and doubled.  Eddie Rosario had two hits.  Miguel Sano tripled and drove in three.  Todd Van Steensel struck out six in six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and no walks.  Cesar Ciurcina got his first win of the year, allowing an unearned run on three hits in two innings.

GCL Twins 4, Rays 3 at Twins.  The Rays scored three in the first, but the Twins got four in the fifth.  Jorge Polanco had four hits.  Drew Leachman had two hits.  Starter Nathan Fawbush allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three in three innings.  Kyle Wahl got the win, allowing just two walks while striking out two in two innings.  Markus Solbach and Luis Nunez each gave up two hits in two shutout innings, with Nunez getting the save.

DSL Diamondbacks at Twins.  Postponed.

Minor Details: Games of 8/1

Bufflao 9, Rochester 6 in Rochester.  The Bisons scored three in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie.  Mike Hollimon and Jeff Bailey each singled and homered.  Chase Lambin singled and doubled.  Andrew Baldwin allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and no walks in six innings to take the loss.  The Red Wings made two errors, leading to five unearned runs.

New Brtain.  No games scheduled.

Lakeland 11, Ft. Myers 2 in Ft. Myers.  The Flying Tigers scored six runs in the first two innings.  The Miracle had six hits, all singles.  Edgar Ibarra surrendered six runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out four in two innings.  Alex Wimmers struck out five in four innings, but also allowed five runs on five hits and a walk.  Ricky Bowen pitched two shutout innings, giving up one hit.

Cedar Rapids 5, Beloit 4 in Cedar Rapids (11 innings).  Randal Grichuk hit a two-out walk-off homer off Nelvin Fuentes.  Daniel Santana had two hits.  Lance Ray hit his eleventh home run.  Ryan O'Rourke gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks in six innings.  Jose Gonzalez worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks.

Elizabethton 4, Johnson City 2 in Elizabethton.  The Twins scored four in the fifth and it was all they needed.  The Twins had only five hits but drew six walks.  Starter Derek Christensen worked four shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out five.  Cole Johnson got the win despite allowing a run on three hits and two walks in two innings.  Madison Boer worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

GCL Rays 6, Twins 2 at Rays.  The Rays scored four in the first.  The Twins out-hit the Rays 8-5 but issued eight walks.  Phillip Chapman singled and tripled.  Starter Angel Mata lasted only two-thirds of an inning, yielding four runs on four walks and a hit.  Mark Trau and Marcus Limon each went two shutout innings, with Trau just giving up a walk and Limon allowing a walk and two hits.

DSL Padres 10, Twins 6.  The Twins were behind 8-1 after seven, then scored five in the eighth to make it look better.  Ronald Jimenez and Felix Gallardo each had two hits.  Starter Melcaides De La Cruz worked four innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk to take the loss.

Minor Details: Games of 7/31

Rochester 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 in Rochester.  The Red Wings hit a pair of three-run homers.  Chase Lambin singled, tripled, and hit a three-run homer.  Mike Hollimon had two singles and a double.  Jeff Bailey singled and hit a three-run homer.  Denard Span was 1-for-5, closing out his rehab stint with an average of .205.  Liam Hendriks threw seven strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits while walking none.  Jim Hoey struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings to get the save.

Bowie 12, New Britain 8 in New Britain.  The Rock Cats led 6-5 after five, but the Baysox scored three in the sixth and three more in the eighth.  Yangervis Solarte had two doubles and a single, raising his average to .326.   Deibinson Romero singled and homered, his tenth, and drove in three.  Joe Benson singled and doubled.  Brian Dozier and Chris Parmelee each had two hits.  Deinys Suarez allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks in five innings.  Andrew Albers took the loss, surrendering three runs on four hits in two innings.

Lakeland 9, Ft. Myers 4 in Ft. Myers.  The Flying Tigers scored four in the second and were never threatened.  Josmil Pinto singled and tripled.  Starter Jhon Garcia lasted only 1.2 innings, surrendering five runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks.  Matt Hauser pitched two scoreless innings of relief, giving up one hit.

Cedar Rapids 6, Beloit 1 in Cedar Rapids.  The Kernels scored three in the first to take control.  Reggie Williams had three hits.  Adrian Salcedo allowed five runs on eight hits and no walks in five innings.

Johnson City 10, Elizabethton 6 in Elizabethton (10 innings).  The Twins led 4-0, fell behind 6-5, tied it in the sixth inning, but lost in the tenth.  Kennys Vargas had four hits, raising his average to .308.  JaDamion Williams had two singles and a double, raising his average to .373.  Max Kepler had two hits.  Jairo Rodriguez homered.  Tim Shibuya allowed six runs (five earned) on ten hits and two walks while striking out six in five innings.  Cesar Ciurcina pitched the tenth, surrendering all four runs in taking the loss.

GCL Twins.  No game scheduled.

DSL Twins.  No game scheduled.

Happy Birthday–August 1

Frank Grant (1865)
Joe Shaute (1899)
George Sisler, Jr. (1917)
George Bamberger (1923)
Masaichi Kaneda (1933)
Pedro Cisneros (1939)
Tony Muser (1947)
Milt May (1950)
Pete Mackanin (1951)
Greg Gross (1952)
Dave Anderson (1960)
Gregg Jefferies (1967)
Shigetoshi Hasegawa (1968)
Brian Bohanon (1968)
Kevin Jarvis (1969)
Adam Jones (1985)

The son of the Hall of Famer, George Sisler, Jr. was a long-time minor league executive, winning the Minor League Executive of the Year award three times.  He served as International League president from 1965-1976 and is a member of the International League Hall of Fame.

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Minor Details: Games of 7/30

Rochester 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 in Rochester.  The Red Wings scored in five of the eight innings they batted.  Aaron Bates had three hits to raise his average to .327.  Mike Hollimon, Jeff Bailey, and Toby Gardenhire each had two hits.  Rene Rivera had two hits.  Kevin Slowey struck out eight in eight innings, giving up only an unearned run on five hits and no walks.

Bowie 1, New Britain 0 in New Britain.  The Baysox scored the only run of the game in the fourth.  The only Rock Cat with a hit was Joe Benson, who went 2-for-2 with two walks and stole two bases.  Blake Martin worked 5.2 innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks.  Spencer Steedley threw two shutout innings, giving up two hits.

Ft. Myers 9, Lakeland 2 in Ft. Myers.  A five-run fourth gave the Miracle all the runs it needed.  James Beresford had two singles and a double.  Anderson Hidalgo singled and hit a grand slam.  Jon Goncalves had two hits.  Logan Darnell went seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks while striking out six.  Ricky Bowen struck out three in two innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits.

Beloit 10, Cedar Rapids 5 in Cedar Rapids.  The Snappers had a pair of three-run innings, the second and the sixth.  Reggie Williams had four hits, raising his average to .327.  Tobias Streich had three hits.  Lance Ray singled and doubled, driving in three.  Jairo Perez had two hits to get his average back to .352.  Daniel Ortiz hit his ninth home run.  B. J. Hermsen pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk.  Blayne Weller worked two shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out two.

Danville 3, Elizabethton 2 in Elizabethton.  The Twins were down 2-0 after three and a half and scored in the fourth and fifth to tie, but a sixth-inning Braves run decided matters.  Eddie Rosario singled and doubled to raise his average to .318.  Niko Goodrum had two hits.  David Hurlbut allowed all three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six in 5.2 innings.

GCL Red Sox 4, Twins 2 at Twins.  A two-run fifth gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.  Jacob Younis had two of the Twins' four hits.  Starter Hung Yi Chen worked three innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk to take the loss.

DSL Reds at Twins.  Postponed.

Happy Birthday–July 31

Joe Sugden (1870)
Laughing Larry Doyle (1886)
Art Nehf (1892)
Allen Russell (1893)
Elmer Riddle (1914)
Curt Gowdy (1919)
Hank Bauer (1922)
Vic Davalillo (1936)
John Vukovich (1947)
Dave Dombrowski (1956)
Leon Durham (1957)
Mike Bielecki (1959)
Scott Bankhead (1963)
Ted Barrett (1965)
Gabe Kapler (1975)

No players with connections to the Minnesota Twins appear to have been born on this day.

Where They Stand

Minnesota is 50-56, fourth in the AL Central, 6 games behind Detroit.  The Twins are on a one game winning streak and are 5-5 in their last ten games.

Rochester is 41-65, sixth in the IL North, 20.5 games behind Lehigh Valley.  The Red Wings are on a one game losing streak and are 4-6 in their last ten games.

New Britain is 55-51, fourth in the EL East, 2.5 games behind New Hampshire.  The Rock Cats are on a two game winning streak and are 6-4 in their last ten games.

Ft. Myers is 14-21 in the second half, sixth in the FSL South, 5.5 games behind St. Lucie and Bradenton.  The Miracle is on a nine game losing streak and, of course, is 1-9 in its last ten games.

Beloit is 16-17 in the second half, fourth in the ML West, 4 games behind Kane County and Quad Cities.  The Snappers are on a one game losing streak and are 3-7 in their last ten games.

Elizabethton is 20-17, second in the AL West, 4 games behind Johnson City.  The Twins are on a two game losing streak and are 2-8 in their last ten games.

GCL Twins are 17-17, second in the GCL South, 4 games behind the GCL Orioles.  The Twins are on a one game losing streak and are 5-5 in their last ten games.

DSL Twins are 31-21, tied for second in the B. C. B. C., 3 games behind the DSL Orioles.  The Twins are on a one game losing streak and are 4-6 in their last ten games.