Twins Minor League Report (8/1): Cabbage, Rodriguez Lead to Strong Day in Minors
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs (Dereck Rodriguez and Trey Cabbage)RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester - OFF DAY
Trevor Plouffe’s rehab assignment will start on Tuesday and Adalberto Mejia will make his Red Wings debut on Thursday. It also appears likely that newly-acquired Pat Light will join the Rochester bullpen.
Chattanooga 8, Mobile 3 (completion of suspended game from Sunday)
Sunday’s game resumed on Monday and it was a hit parade. Both teams collected 12 hits, but the seven extra-base hits the Lookouts had did more damage than the three Mobile amassed.
Mitch Garver’s lone hit - a three-run third-inning home run - blew the game open. Zach Granite had three more hits - he’s up to .296 - including a double. Leo Reginatto and Engelb Vielma also both had two-hit games. Vielma had a triple and a double, Travis Harrison (two RBIs), Edgar Corcino and Stuart Turner (one RBI) added doubles.
Back to Vielma, who played third base tonight, for a second. He’s battled hamstring issues for most of the season and has been limited to only 69 games, but he’s batting .444 (16-for-36) in his last 11 games with six walks and six strikeouts. He’s up to .295 and might be setting himself up to compete for the shortstop job next season. He hasn’t been piling up the stolen bases of last year when he had 35, but adding him to a bottom of the order that already includes the speedy Byron Buxton would be fun to watch.
Omar Bencomo picked up today (for Aaron Slegers who pitched two innings of shutout ball yesterday) and went four innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. Bencomo struck out two. Raul Fernandez allowed a hit in two innings. Mason Melotakis pitched the ninth and gave up two runs on four hits. He also struck out two.
Chattanooga 0, Mobile 2 (7 innings)
The Lookouts turned right around and put up a goose-egg in the second half of the doubleheader.
They did get a strong start from Kohl Stewart, who pitched a six-inning complete game. He struck out only three, but also only gave up four hits and two walks. He allowed two runs, but only one was earned. He didn’t have great command, though, throwing only 55 strikes in 87 pitches.
The offense didn’t carry a lot of hits into game two. Granite, Ryan Walker, Garver and Jairo Rodriguez were the only Lookouts to get hits and all were singles. The lineup struck out 10 times in 24 at-bats.
The Lookouts are 56-51 on the season.
Fort Myers 11, Clearwater 6
Another game where both teams collected lots of hits. Another game where the Twins affiliate put up more extra-base hits and more runs.
T.J. White collected two singles and a double. He scored three times and drove in a run. Daniel Kihle drove in four runs on 2 hits. Nick Gordon had a single and double to increase his average to .304 and drove in two more runs. Joe Maloney (double), Chris Paul and A.J. Murray all had two-hit games. LaMonte Wade hit his third triple as member of the Miracle.
Keaton Steele pitched six innings and picked up the win (5-9 on the season). He allowed eight hits and two walks which resulted in three runs (two earned). He struck out six. Nick Anderson retired five batters, but allowed one of his two inherited runners to score. He allowed three runs on four hits, striking out one. John Curtiss picked up his second save, picking up the final four outs. He also allowed one of two inherited runners to score. He struck out three and walked one, allowing two hits.
Fort Myers is 54-53 on the season.
Cedar Rapids 5, Burlington 0
Cedar Rapids got a great start from Dereck Rodriguez, who’s improved to 4-11. In seven innings, Rodriguez allowed three hits, a walk and three strikeouts. Anthony McIver pitched the final two innings. He struck out one and gave up a hit.
Jaylin Davis led the offense. He hit a three-run home run, his fifth for the Kernels, in the sixth-inning. Only Davis and Luis Arraez had multi-hit games and Arraez added a doubleas well. He’s batting .326. Chris Ibarra and Kevin Garcia also doubled for the Kernels.
Cedar Rapids improved to 59-47 this year.
Elizabethton 6, Princeton 1
Elizabethton entered the bottom of the sixth in a scoreless game and scored two, three and one run in the last three innings to win 6-1. The runs were all driven by home runs. by home runs.
Trey Cabbage hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot, to start the scoring in the sixth inning. After a strikeout, Mitchell Kranson hit his first home run of the season. In the next frame, Cabbage hit another home run, this time a three-run shot. And finally in the eighth inning, Lewin Diaz hit another solo home run, his sixth of the season.
Tyler Beardsley backed up an excellent performance last Monday with another very good one. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing only five hits and a walk, while striking out six. Domenick Carlini and Patrick McGuff each struck out two in an their inning of work. McGuff allowed a solo home run.
The E-Twins are at .500 at 19-19.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 6, GCL Orioles 2
The GCL affiliate used six hits and two walks in a five-run seventh-inning to propel themselves to a win on Monday afternoon.
Aaron Whitefield had three more hits from the leadoff position, pushing his average up to .330. Justin Hazard has been a hitting machine since signing as a NDFA out of Nevada-Reno. He picked up two more hits including a double and has had two-hit games in three of his first four games. Kidany Silva had two singles in his first multi-hit game as a pro. Zach Featherstone added his second double and Tyree Davis tripled for the second time this season.
Miguel DeJesus pitched five innings. He struck out four and gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Bo Hellquist gave up four hits in 3 2/3 innings. He also gave up a run. He struck out three. Daniel Martinez got the final out to end the game.
The GCL Twins are 17-16.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Dereck Rodriguez, Cedar Rapids
Hitter of the Day – Trey Cabbage, Elizabethton
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs Pawtucket (6:05 CST) - TBD
Chattanooga at Mobile (6:15 CST) - LHP David Hurlbut (7-5, 3.50 ERA)
Cedar Rapids at Burlington (6:30 CST) - RHP Sam Gibbons (5-3, 5.22 ERA)
Elizabethton vs Princeton (6:00 CST) - RHP Tyler Wells (1-1, 4.19 ERA)
GCL Twins at GCL Rays (11:00AM CST) - TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games.