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MiLB Notes 8-17-08

  • The Red Wings played host to the Blue Jays AAA affiliate Syracuse  this evening and it turned into a rough night for the offense as they were two hit by Sky Chiefs southpaw, 22 year old Brett Cecil who went seven innings, striking out six. Cecil has moved quickly through the Blue Jays system this season with stops at the Jays A+ and AA affiliates and handled the Wings easily last night before handing the game off to reliever Jonah Bayliss who closed the game out with a pair of shutout innings. Both hits for the Wings came off the bat of Howie Clark who singled twice. On the mound for the Red Wings Philip Humber got the start and pitched well, going eight innings while allowing just two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three.
  • This afternoon New Britain played the Akron Aeros, Cleveland's AA club. On the mound for the Aeros was 24 year old Steven Wright and the Rock Cats didn't provide a friendly host for him as they cranked out eight hits, and two homeruns over his five frames before tacking on three more runs against a trio of Aeros relievers. Regular second baseman Steve Tolleson played short and went 3-5 with a double. Dustin Martin played center field and had a triple and homerun, Dave Winfree singled and hit his 18th homerun, a grand slam. Danny Valencia also continues to display power and an ability to move quickly as one of the Twins couple solid 3rd base prospects going 2-5 with a double and his 5th homerun. Outfielder Brandon Robertss who has been on the rehab track went 2-3 with a pair of singles and a walk. Kyle Aselton got the start going six solid innings allowing just six baserunners on two hits and four walks while striking out a pair and allowing his lone run on a solo shot by the rehabbing Victor Martinez. Reliever Jose Mijares pitched another scoreless frame in the 8th to help close the game out.
  • Down in Flordia, the Mircale took on the Sarasota Reds and laid down and offensive beat-down pounding out 16 hits and drawing three walks to plate 15 runs. Most of the damage was done early against Sarasota starter Rafael Gonzalez and reliever Logan Ondrusek. By the time the fifth inning was closed out the Twins had scored 14 times, helped by Juan Portes who went 1-2 with a homerun and walk. The offense was led by a heart-of-the-order comprised of Steven Singleton who went 4-5 with a pair of doubles, Daniel Berg who went 3-6 with a triple, and first baseman Johnny Woodward who went 3-4 with a homerun and walk. Shortstop Garrett Olson and catcher Danny Lehmann each chipped in by going 2-5 with a double. On the bump for the Miracle was Matthew Fox who pitched seven shutout innings allowing six hits and a pair of walks while striking out six and pushing his record to 7-6. 2008 first rounder Carlos Gutierrez came in and pitched a scoreless frame, walking one.
  • Beloit squared off against the Cedar Rapids Kernels this afternoon, eventually succumbing in 13 innings. The Kernels were paced by seven innings of brilliant relief by their bullpen which was closed out by three great innings from 22 year old lefty Naldy Calderon who struck out three. On the mound for the Snappers was Michael McCardlell who struck out eight in just five innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits and a pair of walks. Ben Revere singled and tripled in his six at-bats, and left fielder Andrew Schmiesing, and third baseman Chris Cates both had a pair of singles. Catcher Greg Yersich had three hits, all singles.
  • Both the E-Twins and the GCL club had the day off which I'm sure the players appreciated.
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