Twins Minor League Report (8/5): Saturday In The (Minor League) Parks
Image courtesy of Unknown (Photo of Cedar Rapids Kernels at Field of Dreams Movie Site)Find out everything and more that happened happened in the Twins system on Saturday.
Let’s start with the transaction of the day:
- As you know, Kyle Gibson was added back to the Twins roster. It was Zack Granite returning to the Red Wings.
- Shane Carrier is returning to Cedar Rapids. The outfielder who received strong consideration for July Minor League Hitter of the Month began the season with the Kernels. He returned to Elizabethton where he has raked.
- For the GCL Twins, Edgar Herrera was activated from the disabled list. He had been out with a broken hamate.
Rochester 4, Syracuse 9
The Red Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. However, they gave up five in the bottom of the inning and were unable to come back.
David Hurlbut made the start. The southpaw gave up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits. He struck out four and walked none. Hurlbut pitched to three batters in the fourth, but he was unable to record an out. DJ Baxendale came on to replace him. He allowed one inherited runner to score and one more. He was charged with one run on one hit and one walk over three innings. He struck out four. Mason Melotakis came in and worked the final two innings. He gave up one run on four hits. He struck out four without walking anyone.
Mitch Garver got things going right in the first inning when he knocked his 16th home run. Garver went 3-5 in the game. Kennys Vargas was 2-4 with his fifth and sixth doubles. Niko Goodrum was also 2-4. Byungho Park, Daniel Palka and Engelb VIelma each had a double in the game. Zack Granite was 0-5 in his return to the Wings.
Chattanooga 3, Jackson 14
Kohl Stewart was on the mound, and he actually pitched fairly well. Unfortunately, the Lookouts bullpen - which has been so strong all season - had a hiccup, a really big hiccup. The offense had plenty of base runners. While they had just five hits, they also walked seven times.
Stewart gave up just one run on five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out five. When he left the game, the Lookouts had a 2-1 lead. However, Raul Fernandez came on for the seventh. He got two outs and was charged with four runs (three earned) on four hits. He walked two and struck one out. Randy Rosario was charged with seven runs on four hits and three walks in 0.2 innings. Luke Bard got the final two outs of the eighth inning and the three ninth inning outs. He was charged with two runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out three.
Max Murphy, Ryan Walker, Carlos Paulino and Travis Harrison each had one hit and walked once. Harrison hit his 20th double. Andy Wilkins walked twice.
Ft. Myers 10, Jupiter 4
The Miracle had a much-needed offensive outburst. Jaylin Davis went 3-4 with three runs scored. He also threw out a runner at the plate. Nelson Molina went 2-3 with a walk and his seventh double. Mitchell Kranson drove in two runs. Brent Rooker had the big hit, though. The 2017 pick hit a grand slam. It was his third homer with the Miracle, and his tenth as a pro.
Randy LeBlanc made the start for the Miracle. He went three innings and gave up just one run on three hits and three walks. He struck out two. Anthony McIver was tasked with the next three innings. He gave up five hits, but no runs, and struck out two. Keaton Steele gave up three hits but no runs in his two innings. Alex Robinson got the ninth. He gave up three runs on two hits and two walks, though he did strike out two.
Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 6
The Kernels made the road trip from Cedar Rapids to Appleton, Wisconsin. On their way, the team stopped by Dyersville, Iowa, to check out the Field of Dreams movie site. It’s a must-see for baseball fans, a bucket list item, if you will.
Anthony Marzi was on the mound for the Kernels. The lefty gave up two run (one earned) on six hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out six. Max Cordy came in and was charged with three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out two. Hector Lujan pitched an inning and gave up a solo home run.
Not much offense for the Kernels on this night. Hank Morrison hit his sixth double. Joe Cronin went 1-2 with a walk. The big hit came off the bat of the newest Kernel, Jordan Gore. The shortstop hit his first Kernels homer, a two-run shot. He had one homer in Elizabethton shortly before being called up to the Midwest League.
Elizabethton 3, Burlington 4
The E-Twins have been the comeback team through the year, but on this night, they took the one-run loss.
Akil Baddoo led the offense. He went 3-5 with his fourth and fifth doubles. Carson Crites went 3-4 with his eighth double. Kolton Kendrick was 1-3 with a walk and his fourth double.
Bailey Ober made the start for the Twins. He gave up one run on two hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out six. Blair Lakso came on and threw two scoreless innings despite giving up a hit and walking two. He struck out two. Rickey Ramirez gave up one run on two hits and a walk over his two innings. Jose Martinez threw the ninth and gave up one run on one hit.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 12, GCL Red Sox 4
This was a strong all-around game for the Twins, a good way to end their work week. They got offense and solid pitching on their way to a big win.
Jean Carlos Arias led the offensive attack. He went 3-3 with a walk, his fourth double and his third home run. He drove in two runs, and he is now hitting .330 on the season. After a slow start, he’s really come on. In his last 16 games, he’s hit .386.
Alex Robles went 2-2 with a walk and two runs driven in. He is hitting .342 on the year. Edgar Herrera made his first appearance in the States. After three years in the Dominican Summer League, he came to the States. Unfortunately, he broke his hamate bone and missed two months. He went 1-2 with two RBI in his first game. Taylor Grzelakowski made his Twins debut. He was signed last week from the USPBL. In this game, he DHd and batted sixth. He went 1-4 with a walk and two RBI.
Michael Kohn made another rehab appearance. He gave up one hit over a scoreless first inning. He struck out one. Landon Leach came on for his second pro appearance. He worked three innings and gave up one run on four hits. He struck out three without issuing a walk. He was happy with the performance.
“It felt great! Better than the last outing. Felt a lot more comfortable and had a good pace. I haven't thrown this amount of innings in a while, so it was good to see how I did, and it went really well. Can't wait to get back out there again.”
Next up was recently-signed Kevin Marnon. He was charged with three unearned runs on three hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out two. Derek Molina recorded a save. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three over three innings.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Kohl Stewart, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jean Carlos Arias, GCL Twins
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Syracuse (12:05 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers
Jackson @ Chattanooga (1:15 CST) - RHP Zack Littell
Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (10:05am CST) - RHP Sean Poppen
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (1:05 CST) - LHP Charlie Barnes
Burlington @ Elizabethton (5:05 CST) - TBD
GCL Twins - No Game Scheduled
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games.