Twins Minor League Report (6/1): Palka Powers Lookouts, Romero Deals Again
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs (photos of Daniel Palka, Fernando Romero)That was the short story. Continue reading if you would like just a little bit more information from your Minor League Report. In case you missed it, late on Monday night, Miguel Sano went on the DL and Max Kepler was promoted to the Twins.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 0, Indianapolis 2
With one out in the 9th, James Beresford cracked a solid single to center field to break up Indianapolis’s no-hit bid. Jorge Polanco singled right after, but the Red Wings were unable to score and fell 2-0.
Pirates top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow was on the mound for Indy. He worked five no-hit innings, striking out three and walking four. And then the rains came and there was a delay. Cory Luebke came on and struck out five batters in two innings. Trey Haley struck out the side in the eighth. Jorge Rondon pitched the ninth to pick up the save, though he couldn’t hold the no-hitter.
Logan Darnell started and worked the five, pre-rain delay innings for the Red Wings. He gave up one run on two hits. He struck out three without issuing a walk. Marcus Walden came on following the delay. He gave up a run on a hit and a walk over two innings. He struck out two. Dan Runzler worked a perfect ninth.
After going 19-10 in May, the Red Wings begin June with a loss and fall to 29-24 on the season.
Chattanooga 7, Birmingham 4
The Lookouts pushed four across in the second inning, added two more in the eighth and held on to a 7-4 win in Birmingham.
In the second inning, Daniel Palka launched a two-run homer to give the team a 2-0 lead. Several batters later, Levi Michael’s first double of the year scored two more to put the Lookouts up 4-0.
Nick Greenwood was in control from there. The left-hander gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four without issuing a walk. Jake Reed came on for the eighth inning and gave up two runs on three hits. Trevor Hildenberger got the ninth inning and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to drop his AA ERA to 1.06 and record his sixth save as a member of the Lookouts.
The Lookouts scored two in the eighth inning, the big hit being Leonardo Reginnato’s second triple of the year. In the ninth, Palka gave the team another insurance run with his second homer of the day and ninth of the season. Zach Granite went 2-5 in the game. Meanwhile, TJ White and Mitch Garver each had a single and a walk. White stole his sixth base.
With the win, the Lookouts improved to 24-28 on the season.
Ft. Myers , St. Lucie
This game was postponed due to a massive amount of rain in a hurry. They will play a doubleheader on Thursday.
Cedar Rapids 8, Beloit 2
Fernando Romero was back on the mound for the Kernels, making his third start. The powerful right-hander gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out five. It was his first quality start since 2013 in the GCL He is now 3-0 after three starts in his return from Tommy John surgery. Michael Cederoth came out of the bullpen and, despite a hit and two walks, threw two shutout innings. Kuo Hua Lo was given the ninth inning and he retired the side in order.
AJ Murray led the offense. He went 3-5. Daniel Kihle was 2-4 with a walk. Brad Hartong went 2-5 in the game with his third double. Jermaine Palacios went 1-3 with two walks. Sean Miller had a single to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
The win gives the Kernels their 30th win of the year. They are now 30-22.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Fernando Romero, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Daniel Palka, Chattanooga Lookouts
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Indianapolis (6:05 p.m. CST) - LHP Tommy Milone
Chattanooga @ Birmingham (7:05 CST) - LHP David Hurlbut
St. Lucie @ Ft. Myers (DH starting at 3:05 CST) – RHP, Keaton Steele, RHP Felix Jorge
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (7:00 CST) – RHP Dereck Rodriguez
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Wednesday games.