Minor-league notes: Ex-Cat Darnell pitches complete game; 3 RBI for Reed

dvarney@herald-leader.comJune 29, 2014 

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Minnesota Twins pitcher Logan Darnell delivers against the Cleveland Indians in the sixth binning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

MARK DUNCAN — AP

Former University of Kentucky star Logan Darnell gave up one run on nine hits and pitched a complete game in Triple-A Rochester's 8-1 victory against Norfolk on Sunday in New York.

Darnell, a Minnesota Twins prospect, had three strikeouts and improved to 4-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 14 starts this season.

"I had a couple outings where I didn't think I pitched my best," Darnell said, according to a report on the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper's website. "But getting back in the strike zone will help the problems I've had."

After averaging a walk an inning in his past three outings, he only had one Sunday.

"This is the Logan Darnell that we know," Wings Manager Gene Glynn told the Democrat & Chronicle. "To pitch nine innings at any level is really impressive."

Darnell made his major-league debut earlier this season when the Twins were short on bullpen depth and he pitched three shutout innings, giving up no hits and striking out one against the Cleveland Indians on May 6.

AJ Reed (UK) was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three RBI in short-season Class A Tri-City's 6-4 win at Connecticut.

Reed, a second-round pick by the Houston Astros earlier in June, is batting .245 in 14 games. His 12 walks and one hit-by-pitch give him a .385 on-base percentage.

Lance Ray (UK) went 2-for-5 with a run-scoring single in Class A Advanced Fort Myers' 5-2 loss to Palm Beach. Ray, an outfielder in the Twins' organization, is batting .341 with six RBI in 13 games.

Trevor Gott (Tates Creek, UK) made his fifth straight scoreless appearance since being called up to Double-A San Antonio.

The San Diego Padres propsect struck out two of the three batters he faced in a 7-2 win at Springfield. Gott has given up two hits, walked two and struck out six in 52⁄3 innings.

Austin Cousino (UK) was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and his seventh stolen base of the season in short-season Class A Everett's 4-3 loss to Hillsboro. The Seattle Mariners prospect is batting .316 in 14 games.

Terrence Dayleg (WKU) was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, an RBI double and three runs scored in Double-A Jacksonville's 12-6 win at Pensacola.

Playing in his six game since getting promoted from Class A Advanced Jupiter, the Miami Marlins prospect has a .421 batting average (8-for-19) with seven RBI.

Ryan Wright (U of L) hit a three-run homer in the Blue Wahoos' loss.

Ian Tompkins (St. Xavier, WKU) pitched 12⁄3 innings of relief and earned his firt minor-league win when rookie-level Burlington defeated Greeneville 11-0.

Tompkins, a Kansas City Royals draftee, gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three. He hasn't given up a run in either of his appearances for the team.

■ Former University of Louisville closer Nick Burdi had a rocky minor-league debut in Class A Cedar Rapids' 7-4 loss to Clinton. The second-round draft pick by the Twins walked all four batters he faced, and all four of them scored.

Mauricio Ramos hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Class A Lexington Legends a 3-2 win over the Augusta GreenJackets on Sunday night.

■ Former Lexington Legend Nick Tropeano improved to 6-4 with a 2.38 ERA after earning the victory in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 10-3 win against Omaha. The Houston Astros prospect gave up three runs and struck out nine in eight innings.

Dennis Varney: (859) 231-3514. Twitter: @ExCats.

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