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Twins Minor League Report (7/4): Free Baseball On 4th Of July

With a full slate of action on Tuesday, fans all across Twins Territory already were getting plenty of chances to watch baseball on Independence Day. Then three of those six games went into extra innings so the fans that made it out to the ballparks in Chattanooga, Tampa, and Fort Myers got free baseball to enjoy on the holiday. One of those games even ended with fireworks in the form of a walk-off home run for the good guys.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Jonathan Rodriguez)
To find out who the standouts on the Fourth of July were in the minors, and just how many extra innings those teams played, keep reading!


TRANSACTIONS

Before we get into the games, there were a few Independence Day transactions.

In Rochester, Justin Haley was sent on a rehab assignment to the Red Wings and made the start in their game. Outfielder Ryan Strausborger was promoted from Chattanooga and Kennys Vargas was optioned to AAA.

The Lookouts also got a pitcher on a rehab assignment, theirs in the form of Zack Jones, who also started the game for Chattanooga though under different circumstances than Haley.


RED WINGS REPORT
Pawtucket 3, Rochester 5
Box Score

The Red Wings got another multi-hit effort from Zack Granite, who went 2-4 with three RBI. He scored one of those with a single in the second inning, and his fourth inning single scored the other two and gave Rochester a 4-2 lead. They extended their lead to three in the fifth on a wild-pitch that allowed Mitch Garver to scamper home from third.

Justin Haley made the start for the Red Wings and went the first three innings in his first rehab appearance. He allowed a two-run home run in the third and four hits total while striking out three. Nik Turley came on in relief and went the next five innings. He allowed no runs on two hits and a walk, and added three K’s. Jake Reed pitched the ninth inning and picked up his second save for Rochester. He did allow a solo home run for the final score of 5-3, but also struck out the last two hitters of the game. It was Reed’s first run allowed at AAA.

Niko Goodrum scored two runs with a 1-2 day that included a walk. Bengie Gonzalez picked up the other RBI for the Red Wings with a single in the second inning that scored Kennys Vargas.


CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Tennessee 5, Chattanooga 6 (14 innings)
Box Score

Chattanooga jumped out to a 5-1 lead after five innings, but weren’t able to keep the Smokies at bay. They scored those five runs thanks to a T.J. White RBI single in the second inning, a Jonathan Rodriguez two-run homer in the fourth, and a two-RBI single off the bat of LaMonte Wade in the fifth.

Starter Kohl Stewart gave up a run in the top of the first after a giving up a one-out double, but that would be it for the Smokies against him. He went five innings, allowing four hits and one walk. He struck out one.

Relievers Matt Tracy and Paul Clemens each threw two innings, but the Smokies also tagged each of them for two runs to tie the game at five in the top of the eighth. Tracy’s runs came on three walks and double while Clemens’ came on four hits including three doubles. Both relievers also struck out two. Randy Rosario took over in the tenth, and went the next three scoreless and perfect innings while picking up two K’s. Luke Bard came on for the thirteenth inning and pitched a one-two-three frame.

Chattanooga had an opportunity in the bottom of the thirteenth as three two-out walks loaded the bases, but Levi Michael grounded out to end the inning.

Bard came back out in the fourteenth and again had a one-two-three inning, striking out the final two hitters of this one. Over his last eleven appearances and 17.2 innings pitched, Bard has allowed just one run on twelve hits and six walks, while striking out 30. #FreeBard

The Lookouts got another bases-loaded opportunity in the fourteenth after a Nick Gordon single and walks to Edgar Corcino and LaMonte Wade with two outs, and this time the day’s hero came through. Designated hitter Rodriguez knocked his fourth hit of the game, a single to score Gordon and walk it off after a long day. Rodriguez finished 4-6 with two runs scored, two doubles, his tenth home run, a walk, and three runs batted in.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 1, Tampa 2 (14 innings)
Box Score

Fort Myers fell behind 1-0 in the second inning when starter David Fischer gave up a solo home run. He was pretty good otherwise in his four innings however, allowing just one other hit with one strikeout. Michael Theofanopoulos went the next three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and a walk, with six K’s.

The Miracle tied the game at one in the top of the ninth inning thanks to an RBI single from Mitchell Kranson. His hit scored Jermaine Palacios who had singled to lead off the inning.

Sam Clay came on for Theofanopoulos in the eighth and brought the game into extra innings. He finished four scoreless innings and allowed one hit, walked three and struck out two. Position Player Pitcher Alert: Catcher Kevin Garcia was the next arm brought on to pitch and he made it two plus innings. He had the first two outs of the bottom of the fourteenth, but a solo home run ended the game for Fort Myers.

The Miracle lineup, despite the five extra frames, had just two at-bats in the entire contest with runners in scoring position and went 1-2. They had six singles after nine innings, and added three more singles for nine total hits on the game after fourteen innings. Max Murphy, Palacios and Kranson all had two hits.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Wisconsin 2, Cedar Rapids 1
Box Score

Cedar Rapids scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a sacrifice fly from Lewin Diaz, but that’s all the offense they would push across for the game as this one also turned into a pitcher’s duel.

Eduardo Del Rosario made the start for the Kernels and went seven strong innings. He allowed just one run on a solo home run, three hits total, walked none and struck out six. The game was tied 1-1 when he left after those seven innings, and Max Cordy pitched a scoreless eighth before a leadoff walk in the ninth allowed the Timber Rattlers to manufacture the go-ahead run.

The lineup for Cedar Rapids collected just six hits and was led by Diaz (2-3, RBI) and Ben Rortvedt (2-3, 2B) who each had two. Lean Marrero added a triple in the fifth inning but was left stranded. As a team they were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left only five men on base.


E-TWINS E-NOTES
Princeton 6, Elizabethton 2
Box Score

Twins Daily’s 2016 Short Season Pitcher of the Year, Huascar Ynoa, made the start for the Twins and went the first five innings. They were of the scoreless variety as he allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out three.

Elizabethton scored the first run of the game in the second inning when Andrew Cosgrove singled in Andrew Bechtold, who had picked up his first double of the year a batter earlier. The Twins made the score 2-0 for their starter in the bottom of the fifth when Jose Miranda led off the inning with his second Appalachian League home run.

Bryan Sammons came on in relief of Ynoa for the sixth inning, and an error led to an unearned run to make the score 2-1. Sammons added a scoreless seventh inning and struck out three in his outing.

In the eighth, Blair Lakso was summoned to keep the lead but it wasn’t meant to be. With one out there was an errant throw on a steal attempt, then a walk, single, wild pitch, two-run double, and RBI single ended his outing with the score 5-2 Princeton. Jared Finkel came on and got the last out of the inning with a K and he finished the game with another frame, but gave up an insurance run in the ninth on three singles.

Down 6-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Twins did their best to mount a comeback by loading the bases with two-outs for Brent Rooker. Unfortunately his ground ball to third didn’t find a hole and dropped Elizabethton to 8-5 on the season.

Miranda finished his day 2-5 with the home run, Bechtold was 1-3 with a double, a run scored, and walk, and Matt Albanese added a double to lead the offensive effort. As a team they were 2-8 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base.


GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 6, GCL Rays 4 (10 innings)
Box Score

The GCL Twins jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning thanks to a Benjamin Rodriguez triple that scored Akil Baddoo and Victor Tademo who had reached base via a walk and hit by pitch, respectively. They made it 3-0 in the third as Royce Lewis drew a walk to lead off the frame and stole second base before Rodriguez singled him in. In the fifth Rodriguez delivered again with a single to score Alex Robles, who had doubled earlier in the inning.

The Twins would need all those Rodriguez runs batted in as the Rays finally got to the bullpen of the Twins in the eighth inning. Zack Jones had started the game for his first rehab appearance, and stuck out two in the first inning. Jordan Balazovic then came on and went the next five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out six. Matt Jones pitched a scoreless seventh inning before running into a heap of trouble after a strike three got away from the catcher and put a runner on. Four more singles and a hit batter scored four runs to tie the game before Austin Bizzle came one and struck out the two hitters he faced to end the threat. Jose Burmudez brought the game into extra innings with two scoreless frames, including the tenth which started with a runner on second base under the new rules.

In the bottom of the tenth, Lewis started on second base for the Twins as he was the last out of the ninth inning. He didn’t have to do much running, as Baddoo launched his first home run of the season in walk-off fashion to give the Twins the 6-4 win and bring on the fireworks.



Despite just six hits as a team, thanks to Rodriguez and Baddoo the Twins made the most of them by getting four of those with runners in scoring position.


TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Pitcher of the Day – Eduardo Del Rosario, Cedar Rapids Kernels (7.0IP, ER, 3 H’s, 6 K’s)
Hitter of the Day – Jonathan Rodriguez, Chattanooga Lookouts (GW-single in fourteenth inning. 4-6, 2 R’s, 2 2B’s, HR, BB, 3 RBI)


WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Pawtucket @ Rochester, Game 1 (3:35PM CST) – RHP Dillon Gee (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Pawtucket @ Rochester, Game 2 (TBD) - TBD
Tennessee @ Chattanooga (6:15PM CST) - TBD
Fort Myers @ Tampa (6:00PM CST) – RHP Sean Poppen (0-0, -.-- ERA)
Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – LHP Evan Sanders (0-1, 11.25 ERA)
Princeton @ Elizabethton (6:00PM CST) – RHP Moises Gomez (0-0, 14.29 ERA)
GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00AM CST) - TBD


Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!


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15 Comments

Nice to see another decent outing from Stewart. Not spectacular, but given what he was doing earlier in the season, these last two outings have me encouraged.

 

Also good to see Jones getting back out there. His AA numbers after coming back last year were pretty nice and hopefully he'll be able to keep that going.

 

Plus, with Burdi and Jay out, it'll be nice for us to have another name to add to Curtiss, Reed, Bard, etc. list when complaining about Falvine sticking with Belisle and Breslow for too many months.

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Rortvedt? Wow! Not sure what has happened there but he has been hitting and shows no signs of slowing down thus far. (Hope I didn't just curse him there). I know he's young and is at least a couple years away, but it sure is nice to see a potential top prospect in the system...to go along with Garver...who is a catcher.
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terrydactyls1947
Jul 05 2017 09:19 AM
Please explain why Lewis starts an inning at second base because he made the last out in the prior inning. Is this a millenial thing of rewarding negatives or an attempt to speed up games?

 

Please explain why Lewis starts an inning at second base because he made the last out in the prior inning. Is this a millenial thing of rewarding negatives or an attempt to speed up games?

 

An attempt to speed up the game. 

Rortvedt's been great. Feels like I update this tweet every few days, and I posted this after his first of two hits yesterday...

 

 

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I think Baddoo is quickly becoming my favorite non-top prospect. I think he could really jump up these rankings in a year. 

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bluechipper
Jul 05 2017 12:31 PM

Jonathan Rodriguez has had a nice first year in the Twins system. He's too old to be a prospect, but he provides some quality organizational depth.

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Bob Sacamento
Jul 05 2017 01:11 PM

 

I think Baddoo is quickly becoming my favorite non-top prospect. I think he could really jump up these rankings in a year. 

Baddoo is a legit prospect, he just gets lost in the shuffle with all the Twins recent upper draft picks, but remember Akil was taken 74th overall just a year ago out of HS.  The kid has a serious power/speed combo package.  I was a little shocked he started the year in the GCL as he looks ready for more of a challenge

 

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Bob Sacamento
Jul 05 2017 01:23 PM

 

Please explain why Lewis starts an inning at second base because he made the last out in the prior inning. Is this a millenial thing of rewarding negatives or an attempt to speed up games?

 

 

An attempt to speed up the game. 

 

I was at the game, sitting with the scorekeeper and a few of the Twins' pitchers when this took place and I was a little befuddled by it as well.  But as the scorekeeper put it, thru 9 innings it's already taken 3 hrs and 15 minutes and the Rays only brought XX pitchers. I asked the scorekeeper if there was any rule on who could be the runner, and he said he knows of no rule on who can be the runner.  

 

What I learned from it, don't do what the Rays did and that was trying to bunt over the man on second and it resulted in a quick out at third and before you knew it the top half of the 10th was over.  That's when it became apparent in my mind, well you throw Lewis out there on second and all you need is a basehit and he scores.  In the end it didn't matter as Baddoo parked the ball over the rightfield wall.

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Baddoo is a legit prospect, he just gets lost in the shuffle with all the Twins recent upper draft picks, but remember Akil was taken 74th overall just a year ago out of HS.  The kid has a serious power/speed combo package.  I was a little shocked he started the year in the GCL as he looks ready for more of a challenge

 

I would almost guess that he'll be the one to move up to E-Town when Rooker moves up.

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I would almost guess that he'll be the one to move up to E-Town when Rooker moves up.

Seth, I see that Rooker is 3-28, with 10 K's, and 2 BB´s  in his last six games. Have they found a hole in his swing?

 

I was at the game, sitting with the scorekeeper and a few of the Twins' pitchers when this took place and I was a little befuddled by it as well.  But as the scorekeeper put it, thru 9 innings it's already taken 3 hrs and 15 minutes and the Rays only brought XX pitchers. I asked the scorekeeper if there was any rule on who could be the runner, and he said he knows of no rule on who can be the runner.  

 

I was basing this on my knowledge of both amateur tournament rules I've participated in and the World Baseball Classic rules, which have runners on first and second starting in the 11th.

 

It has always been the last hitter(s) in the lineup who gets put on base.

 

Although I can't find any specific link to the rule wording I am sure that is the case after scanning some other GCL box scores. It is always the last place in the lineup to make an out that starts at 2B. It is not a strategic thing where you can plug anyone in.

I was basing this on my knowledge of both amateur tournament rules I've participated in and the World Baseball Classic rules, which have runners on first and second starting in the 11th.

It has always been the last hitter(s) in the lineup who gets put on base.

Although I can't find any specific link to the rule wording I am sure that is the case after scanning some other GCL box scores. It is always the last place in the lineup to make an out that starts at 2B. It is not a strategic thing where you can plug anyone in.


Correct. It is the player who made the last out the previous inning.
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Seth, I see that Rooker is 3-28, with 10 K's, and 2 BB´s in his last six games. Have they found a hole in his swing?


Yes. It's called not being able to just sit on one pitch the entire at bat(fastball). That's all he did in college this past year which is why his numbers jumped so much

 

Yes. It's called not being able to just sit on one pitch the entire at bat(fastball). That's all he did in college this past year which is why his numbers jumped so much

So you think the pitchers in the SEC, like Faedo, only threw him fastballs?

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