Twins Minor League Report (8/26): Elizabethton Clinches Playoff Spot Again
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Jonathan Rodriguez)Incredibly, there were no transactions in the organization on Saturday. That has certainly been an unusual thing throughout this season.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 6, Buffalo 3
Left-hander David Hurlbut improved to 9-8 with another solid performance. He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out three. He now has a 3.55 ERA on the season. Alex Wimmers gave up one run over the next two innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two. Jake Reed got the final four outs to record his fifth save for the Red Wings. He gave up a hit and a walk but gave up no runs to reduce his ERA to 1.98.
J.B. Shuck went 3-4. Leonardo Reginnato went 2-3 with a walk and his 13th double. Levi Michael and Niko Goodrum went 2-4 in the game.
Chattanooga 10, Jackson 2
Zack Littell was back on the mound for the Lookouts. He went six innings and gave up just two runs. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five to improve to 4-0 since joining the Lookouts. It pushes his overall season record to a remarkable 18-1. Anthony McIver struck out two over two scoreless innings. He gave up a hit and a walk. Keaton Steele worked the ninth. He gave up a hit and a walk, but no runs to end the game.
The offense provided plenty of support for Littell. Jonathan Rodriguez reached a couple of milestone season numbers. He hit his 30th double and his 20th home run. Andy Wilkins hit his 10th home run, a three-run shot. LaMonte Wade went 3-5 with his 19th double and third triple. Max Murphy was 2-4 with his 11th double.
Ft. Myers, Charlotte
Rain was the winner of the day in Ft. Myers on Saturday. They will attempt to play two on Sunday afternoon.
Cedar Rapids 0, Quad Cities 1
There was very little offense down in Davenport on Saturday night. Let’s start with the positive. Tyler Wells was on the mound and very good again. He went six innings and gave up just one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out four. Max Cordy worked the final two innings without allowing a base runner. He struck out three.
However, the Kernels were unable to muster much offense. They had just three hits. Ben Rortvedt’s 15th double was their lone extra-base hit. They walked once and the team struck out a combined 16 times.
Elizabethton 5, Greeneville 2
The E-Twins are heading back to the playoffs, clinching a spot on Saturday night with just over a week left in the season. Twins 2017 tenth-round pick Mark Contreras led the way. He hit his ninth double and his fourth home run. Roberto Molina’s second home run drove in two runs. Later, Akil Baddoo added a solo shot, his third E-Twins homer.
Brusdar Graterol started and recorded his second win. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out six. Melvi Acosta came out of the bullpen to work the final four innings. He gave up a run on four hits. He struck out four.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins, GCL Red Sox
For the second straight day, the GCL Twins and Red Sox were rained out. They carry a large lead into what will be a busy final regular-season week of the year. These two games will be made up as part of doubleheaders next Friday and Saturday to close out the regular season.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - (You Vote) Zack Littell, Chattanooga Lookouts, or Tyler Wells, Cedar Rapids
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Mark Contreras, Elizabethton Twins
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Buffalo @ Rochester (12:35 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers
Chattanooga @ Jackson (2:05 CST) - RHP Dereck Rodriguez
Charlotte @ Ft. Myers (DH at 1:00 CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe, RHP Randy LeBlanc
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (1:15 CST) - RHP Tyler Beardsley
Elizabethton @ Greeneville (6:00 CST) - RHP Nick Brown
GCL Twins - No Game Scheduled
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