Twins Minor League Report (7/4): Rijo, Poppen Dominate on Mounds
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Luis Rijo)Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Thursday, starting with the transactions of the day.
- The Twins announced that LHP Andrew Vasquez had been outrirghted from the team’s 40-man roster to the Red Wings.
- The Kernels announced that OF Tyler Webb had been added to their roster with infielder Estamy Urena released.
Rochester 11, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 1
This was a great all-around game for the Red Wings. They got strong pitching and the team scored its 11 runs on 20 hits. All nine Red Wings had at least one hit. Seven of the nine had at least two hits. The top two hitters, Nick Gordon and Drew Maggi each had three hits while the team’s #3 hitter, Jake Cave, had four hits. Gordon, Cave and Zander Wiel each hit a double. Cave added a triple.
Sean Poppen was the beneficiary of the run support, but he was really good too, to improve to 5-0 with the Red Wings. The right-hander gave up just one run over seven innings of work. Gabriel Moya and Andrew Vasquez each threw a scoreless inning as well.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 5, Birmingham 8
The Blue Wahoos clawed back after falling behind early to force an extra inning, but the game ended in the tenth on a three-run walk off home run.
Caleb Hamilton led the offense with a single, his 12th double and his second triple of the year. Alex Kirilloff also had two hits in the effort. Joe Cronin was 3-for-4 in the game.
Griffin Jax started and gave up four runs on eight hits over the game’s first six innings. His ERA jumped to 2.04 on the season. Anthony Vizcaya gave up a run over his two innings to bump his ERA up to 0.86 since joining Pensacola. Zack Weiss worked a scoreless ninth but gave up the home run in the bottom of the 10th.
Ft. Myers , Palm Beach
The Miracle game was postponed by rain.
Cedar Rapids 4, Burlington 2
The Kernels got another great start from Luis Rijo and a huge home run and held on for another win.
Luis Rijo went the first seven innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out ten. He needed just 71 pitches and 56 of them were strikes. Jose Martinez gave up two runs in the ninth but they held on for a 4-2 win.
Jared Akins provided the big hit for Kernels. His sixth-inning home run came with two runners on base and gave the Kernels a 3-0 lead. It was his ninth home run of the season. Gilberto Celestino went 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple.
E-Twins 6, Kingsport 2
The E-Twins powered their way to this victory on Thursday. Alex Isola got things going with his first pro home run, a two-run shot in the second inning. In the seventh frame, Willie Joe Garry hit his first professional homer. Albee Weiss added his fourth of the 2019 season. Those three homers accounted for 60% of the E-Twins hits in this game.
Ben Gross made the start. The Duke right-hander gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits over the first six innings. He walked one and struck out four batters. Stephen Cruz struck out two batters over his two scoreless innings, and Nathan Hadley struck out two in the ninth inning.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 4, GCL Braves 5
The Twins got out to an early lead with a three-run first inning, but were unable to hold the lead.
Jeferson Morales had the big first-inning hit with a two-run homer. The Twins had just three hits. Keoni Cavaco (3rd) and Jesus Feliz (2nd) each doubled.
Niklas Rimmel started and gave up just one run on two hits over the first five innings. The German right-hander walked two and struck out four batters. Niall Windeler came on for his pro debut. He gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in his inning. Bradley Hanner gave up one run on four hits over the final three innings.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Luis Rijo, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jake Cave, Rochester Red Wings
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - Rained out
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 2-5, RBI
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - Rained out
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, BB, 2K
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) -Rained out
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - 1-2, 2B(3), R, RBI
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 2-6, RBI
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Rained out
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Rained out
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 3-6, 2B(20) 2 R, 2 RBI, K
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - Rained out
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 1-5
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 0-3, K, R
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did not play
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 0-0 (just came in as last-inning defensive replacement)
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 1-5, 2B(13), RBI
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre (DH @ 5:05 CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart (5-4, 5.64 ERA), LHP Lewis Thorpe (3-4, 5.71 ERA)
Pensacola @ Birmingham (7:05 CST) - TBD
Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (DH @ 4:30 CST) - RHP Blayne Enlow (3-2, 3.09 ERA), LHP Tyler Watson (1-4, 4.56 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:35 CST) - RHP Josh Winder (6-1, 2.40 ERA)
Kingsport @ Elizabethton (5:30 CST) - RHP Andriu Marin (1-1, 4.00 ERA)
GCL Red Sox @ GCL Twins (11:00 CST) - TBD
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