Twins Minor League Report (7/18): Dobnak Dominant, Balazovic Bumpy
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (Randy Dobnak)TRANSACTIONS
RHP DJ Baxendale reinstated from the IL with Rochester.
RHP Kohl Stewart recalled by Minnesota from Rochester.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 9, Norfolk 4
Rochester’s bottom three batters in the line-up combined for eight hits on the way to a convincing win. Tomas Telis and Jimmy Kerrigan both had two doubles. Ronald Torreyes had three big hits including a three-run home run to seal the deal in the ninth inning. The Red Wings didn’t even take full advantage of their opportunities because the club left 12 men on base and went 5-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
In a bullpen game, Preston Guilmet started and allowed three runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings. Carlos Torres was the next man up and he held Norfolk to one run over three innings. From there the bullpen went into shutdown mode. D.J. Baxendale, Cody Allen and Cody Stashak combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings to end the game. Allen allowed three walks, but he was able to escape without any damage. Stashak pitched a perfect ninth.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 0, Mississippi 1
The Blue Wahoos offensive out-hit the Braves 7 to 2, but Mississippi was able to come up with the one big hit in the game. Randy Dobnak pitched a complete game on 90 pitches (65 strikes) and struck out nine. In the bottom of the fifth, he surrendered a lead-off double and that runner would end up being the only score of the game.
Pensacola had four opportunities with runners in scoring position, but none of them were successful. The club also failed to record any extra-base hits. Alex Kirilloff went 2-for-4 and he has multiple hits in three of his last five games. Trevor Larnach and Lewin Diaz both went 1-for-4.
Ft. Myers 4, Tampa 5
Jordan Balazovic seemed to be cruising before running into trouble in the fourth inning as Tampa would score five runs with only three of them being earned runs. Ryan Costello committed a fielding error at first base with two outs that allowed another two runs to score. Balazovic struck out four and walked one in 4 2/3 innings.
Tyler Watson was impressive as he kept Fort Myers within striking distance. He pitched 4 1/3 shutout innings with two strikeouts and two walks. It was his first appearance all season where he didn’t allow an earned run. Fort Myers had held Tampa scoreless for 20 straight innings in the series before the fourth inning in this one.
The Miracle tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the fourth as Ryan Jeffers (walk) and Costello (single) both reached to start the inning. After Jose Miranda grounded into a double play, Trey Cabbage hit a triple and he ended up scoring on the play after an error by the center fielder to make the score 5-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, some of the same names were involved in a crooked inning. Jeffers was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a Costello double. Miranda drove in Jeffers with a sacrifice fly and Andrew Bechtold added another sacrifice fly later in the inning.
Cedar Rapids 5, Lake County 4
Cedar Rapids scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to improve to 14 games over .500 on the season. The Kernel’s took the lead in a unique way as well. Originally the official scorer gave Spencer Steer a straight steal of home for what turned out to be the winning run. Eventually, it was changed to a run via balk. In the game, Steer went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two doubles. He’s been on fire since being promoted from E-Town going 6-for-16 with three extra-base hits.
Gabe Snyder, playing in his second professional game in his home state, also had a good day at the plate. He reached base three times and hit his tenth home run of the season. He is tied with Chris Williams and Jared Akins for the team-lead in homers. Cedar Rapids clinched their eighth straight series victory over Lake County.
On the mound, Luis Rijo did just enough to put the Kernels in position to win. He allowed four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and a walk. J.T. Perez and Rickey Ramirez combined for three shutout innings to close the door.
Elizabethton 2, Greeneville 6
This game started as a pitcher’s duel with neither arm surrendering a run until the fifth inning. However, the wheels came off for Andriu Marin in that inning as he allowed five runs and he wasn't be able to finish the frame. Overall, he allowed five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. He collected 13 total outs and eight of them came via the strikeout. Ryan Shreve gave up one run on four hits in 1 2/3 innings with a couple of strikeouts. Steven Cruz struck out four in two perfect innings.
With one out in the seventh, Kidany Salva singled to try to start the rally. After a strikeout, Rueben Santana singled to put a runner in scoring position with two down. Charles Mack knocked in both baserunners with a single of his own and the E-Twins were on the board, but it wouldn’t be enough.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
TD Pitcher of the Day- Randy Dobnak, Pensacola (8.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 9 K, BB)
TD Hitter of the Day- Ronald Torreyes, Rochester (3-for-5, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Fort Myers) – 1-4, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 2-4
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) – 1-4
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 0-4, 3 K
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Fort Myers) – 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 1 BB
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL) – No game
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – Injured list
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Fort Myers) – Did not pitch
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – Did not pitch
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 1-6, 2 RBI, 3 K
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Fort Myers) – 0-2, 2 R, BB
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) – 1-2, 2B, R, BB
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) – 1-4, R, RBI, BB, K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – Did not play
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Fort Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did not pitch
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL) – Did not play
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) – Injured list
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Gwinnett (6:05 CST) – RHP Drew Hutchison (1-1, 6.84 ERA)
Pensacola @ Mississippi (6:35 CST) – RHP Charlie Barnes (2-2, 3.40 ERA)
Fort Myers @ Florida (5:00 CST) – RHP Blayne Enlow (2-2, 2.80 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Lake County (6:00 CST) – RHP Andrew Cabezas (4-5, 3.66 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Greeneville (5:30 CST) – TBD
GCL Twins vs. GCL Red Sox (11:00 AM CST) – TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Thursday’s games.