Twins Minor League Report (4/14): Miracle Bats Bust Out
Image courtesy of William Parmeter (photo of Ben Rortvedt)Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Sunday, starting with the transactions of the day
- Infielder Drew Maggi promoted from Pensacola to Rochester.
- Infielder Joe Cronin promoted from Cedar Rapids to Pensacola.
- Hunter Lee promoted from extended spring training to Cedar Rapids.
Each Sunday, the Twins announce their minor league hitter and pitcher of the week. This week, the awards went to:
Pitcher of the Week: Devin Smeltzer
Hitter of the Week: Travis Blankenhorn
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester, Lehigh Valley
Rains postponed this game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader in July.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 4, Jacksonville 3
A three-run bottom of the sixth inning gave the Wahoos a lead that they were able to hold on to the rest of the way.
Tanner English got the team on the scoreboard first. He hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning. He added a single later in the game. Luis Arraez went 2-for-3 with a walk. Brian Schales went 2-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. The big hit of that sixth inning was a double off the bat of Jimmy Kerrigan.
Andro Cutura started and gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out two batters. Sean Poppen came on and struck out four batters over two scoreless innings. Ryan Mason recorded his second save with two scoreless innings that included three strikeouts.
Ft. Myers 12, Clearwater 7
The Ft. Myers offense has generally been struggling early this season. On Sunday, they broke out. All of them broke out. The Miracle had 21 hits, and all nine starters had at least two hits.
Ben Rortvedt, batting ninth, led the offense. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and his first home run of the year. Trevor Larnach went 3-for-5 with a walk. Akil Baddoo and Royce Lewis were each 2-for-5 with a walk. Travis Blankenhorn extended his hitting streak to nine games as he went 2-for-5 with his third double. Ryan Costello went 2-for-5 and added his first homer of the year. Jose Miranda went 2-for-6. Michael Helman broke out a bit as he went 2-for-4 with a walk.
Charlie Barnes was the recipient of the great run support. The left-hander gave up five runs on six hits over the first 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four. Hector Lujan came on and gave up two unearned runs on two hits over 2 1/3 innings. Jacob Blank, called up on Saturday from extended spring training, made his first Miracle (and first full-season) appearance. He got one out, but he walked two batters. Alex Phillips came on and got the final two outs.
Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 6
It was a rough start for right-hander Andrew Cabezas in his second Midwest League start. The deliberate right-hander found himself in a lot of full counts. Because of it, he threw a lot of pitches. In just four innings, he gave up six runs on three hits. However, he walked five and hit two others. He did strike out five batters as well. Zach Neff came on. The lefty struck out five over three scoreless innings. Jose Martinez worked the final two innings without giving up another run.
Michael Davis had a bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the ninth to drive in a run. Hunter Lee hit a sacrifice fly to score Jacob Pearson. But that’s where the rally ended.
The Kernels offense mustered just six hits in the game. Gabe Snyder had two of them. Andrew Bechtold singled to extend his hitting streak to five.
Jeff Johnson from The Gazette in Cedar Rapids wrote his game story and included quotes from Gabe Snyder about his recent promotion to the Kernels.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Sean Poppen, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Ben Rortvedt, Ft. Myers Miracle
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, BB, 2 R, 2 K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 3-5, BB, R, RBI, K
#5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No Game
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Rained Out
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, BB, R, 2 RBI, K, SB(2)
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Play
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 4-5, 2-2B, HR(1), 2 R, RBI
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, BB
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - Rained Out
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 2-6
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Syracuse @ Rochester (5:05 CST) - LHP Justin Nicolino (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
Pensacola @ Biloxi (6:35 CST) - RHP Jorge Alcala (2-0, 1.80 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) - RHP Randy Dobnak (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids* (6:35 CST) - RHP Luis Rijo (0-1, 3.66 ERA)
- The game is at Cedar Rapids, but Quad Cities will be the home team on the scoreboard. Quad Cities ballpark (Modern Woodmen Park) remains surrounded by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Sunday’s games.
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