Twins Minor League Report (4/17): All is Wells
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Lachlan Wells)RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester - OFF DAY
The Red Wings will kick off a three-game set at Gwinnett on Tuesday night. The starter has not yet been announced. It would appear to be David Hurlbut’s turn in the rotation, but the club could throw Jose Berrios out there on regular rest.
Chattanooga 0, Biloxi 5 (6 innings; rain-shortened)
The clouds opened up and the Lookouts were saved from having to finish Monday’s game.
Kohl Stewart gave up three runs (zero earned) in four innings. The unearned runs are somewhat misleading because he did walk four batters. He also threw two wild pitches. Throwing errors by shortstop Nick Gordon and second baseman Engelb Vielma did not help his cause. Randy Rosario gave up two runs on four hits in two innings. Each pitcher struck out a single batter.
Nick Gordon picked up two hits to improve his average to .300. Ryan Walker and Jose Gonzalez each singled.
The Lookouts drop to 5-6.
Fort Myers 2, Florida 1
Lachlan Wells threw a gem on Monday evening. The offense gave him just enough to win. And the bullpen held on for the save.
Wells, who came into the game with a loss despite only allowing one earned run in his previous start, wasn’t going to pick up his second. He struck out eight and only allowed three hits. His ERA dropped to 0.64.
Trey Vavra provided all the runs with one swing of the bat, drilling a two-run home run (his first homer) in the seventh inning. Daniel Kihle hit his third double of the season. Chris Paul and Nelson Molina singled.
Michael Theofanopoulos picked up his first save of the season. He pitched two innings, striking out three and giving up a solo home run in the ninth inning.
The Miracle improves to 4-8 on the season.
Cedar Rapids 8, Peoria 2
There was plenty of offense for the Kernels tonight, led by the two-home run game of centerfielder Aaron Whitefield.
Coming straight from the GCL, where he hit .298 with two home runs and 31 stolen bases, Whitefield has flashed surprising power. On Monday night, Whitefield got four hits, including the two home runs and drove in three runs. He also stole a base, his second of the season.
Lewin Diaz (first) and Jaylin Davis (second) contributed to the home run parade. Jermaine Palacios, who struggled last year, hit three singles and improved his batting average to .351. He also walked twice to improve his on-base percentage to .400. Mitch Kranson’s two hits drove his average up to .357.
In the midst of all that offense, starting pitcher Clark Beeker won’t get mentioned enough. He went 7.2 innings, striking out nine. He gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk. Colton Davis struck out two on his way to securing the final four outs.
The Kernels are now 6-5.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Lachlan Wells, Fort Myers Miracle
Hitter of the Day – Aaron Whitefield, Cedar Rapids Kernels
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Gwinnett (6:05 CST) - TBA
Chattanooga vs Biloxi (6:15 CST) - TBA
Fort Myers vs Florida (5:35 CST) - RHP Dereck Rodriguez (0-1, 4.38 ERA)
Cedar Rapids at Peoria (6:30 CST) - RHP Tyler Beardsley (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games.