Twins Minor League Report (4/12): Red Wings Play Extras To Gain First Win
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photos of Lewin Diaz, Tyler Wells)Keep reading to find out much more on the night in the Twins minor league system.
The Miracle announced following their Thursday night game that lefty Alex Robinson has been placed on the disabled list. A corresponding move will need to be made on Friday.
The Kernels announced that RHP Randy Dobnak has been placed on the 7-day DL. RHP Derek Molina has been promoted from extended spring training to take his place.
If the Twins play on Friday, they will have to make a roster move to add a starting pitcher. That would mean they’d need to option someone to Rochester. If the Twins are ‘weathered’ out on Friday, they could skip the fifth starter spot again.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 7, Gwinnett 6 (14 innings)
Minor league baseball announced before the season that they were making changes to the rules in extra innings under the “Pace of Play” category. Each inning after the ninth, teams start with a runner on second base. These teams did a lot of that as they went 14 innings. Both teams scored a run in the 10th and 13th frames, but the Red Wings scored two runs in the 14th inning - off of outfielder Jeff Decker - and Tyler Duffey came on to record the save for the Red Wings first win of the season.
Myles Jaye started for the Red Wings and went the first 5.2 innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits. He struck out just one, but he walked no one. Matt Magill got the next four outs. John Curtiss struck out four in his two perfect innings. Nick Anderson gave up an unearned run over his two extra innings innings. He gave up one hit, walked three and struck out one. Alan Busenitz worked the 12th and 13th innings. He gave up an unearned run on one hit and three walks. He struck out one. Tyler Duffey gave up an unearned run in the 14th, but he struck out three batters to record the save.
An interesting note, in a couple of the extra innings, the Red Wings manager had the pitcher intentionally walk the leadoff batter of the inning to set up a first and second situation. It worked the first two times.
Offensively, Jake Cave led the way with a 4-for-6 game. He also walked and provided the final RBI. Gregorio Petit went 2-for-5 with a walk. Nick Buss and Willians Astudillo each went 2-for-6. Zack Granite walked three times. Jermaine Curtis provided a sacrifice fly in the top of the 14th to give the Red Wings the lead.
Chattanooga 0, Pensacola 3
The Lookouts drop to 4-3 on the season after a tough loss in northern Florida. Brent Rooker got the night off. For the second straight night and the second time this season, Nick Gordon started at second base. Rooker and LaMonte Wade both had the night off.
Stephen Gonsalves made the start for the Lookouts. The southpaw went four shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out five. He left the game with 71 pitches. Sam Clay came on and threw a scoreless fifth frame. However, he got two outs in the sixth inning before leaving .He was charged with two runs. Ryne Harper came on and gave up a hit to score Clay’s runners and another of his own. He struck out two over 1.1 innings. Omar Bencomo pitched a scoreless inning
Ft. Myers 8, Florida 2
Tyler Wells and Lewin Diaz helped get the Miracle off to a fast start tonight, and the team added on to improve to 5-3 on the young season.
The 6-8 Wells started the game by throwing four perfect innings, 12 up, 12 down. He lost the perfect game, no-hitter and shutout to the first batter of the fifth inning on a solo home run, but he completed five innings to record his first win of the year. He walked one and struck out eight.
Lewin Diaz knocked a long, two-run home run in the second innings, his first of the year. The next inning, he added another RBI on his second double of the season. Jimmy Kerrigan went 2-for-3 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. Mitchell Kranson was 1-for-3 with two walks and his second double. Nelson Molina and Caleb Hamilton were both 1-for-3 with a walk.
Cody Stashak replaced Wells and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit and struck out two. Max Cordy gave up one run on two hits over the final two innings. He struck out three.
Cedar Rapids 9, Peoria 5
The Kernels fell behind early, but the bats warmed up and Toby Gardenhire improved to 6-0 as a manager of the Kernels.
Nick Brown started for the Kernels. The right-hander went 4.2 innings and was charged with four runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out three. Kevin Marnon came on and held Peoria to just one run on three hits over the next 2.1 innings. He walked one and struck out five. Jared Finkel pitched two scoreless innings to end the game.
Down 4-0, Royce Lewis came to the plate in the sixth inning and knocked a ball well over the wall in left centerfield. An inning later, Akil Baddoo came up with two on base. He drilled a ball off the wall in center field for a triple to give the Kernels their first lead of the game. After seven innings the game was tied at 5, but the Kernels scored the final four runs of the game.
Mark Contreras made another diving catch in the outfield, and he went 3-for-3 with a walk and his second double. Alex Kirilloff also went 2-for-5 and knocked his second double. After going 1-for-12 in his first three games this season, he has gone 7-for-15 in his last three games and is hitting .296 on the season. Lewis and Baddoo were each 2-for-5.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Lewin Diaz, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Wells, Ft. Myers Miracle
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 2-5, HR (1), 3 RBI
#3 - Nick Gordon (Chattanooga) - 0-4
#4 - Stephen Gonsalves (Chattanooga) - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K
#5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 2-5, 2B (2)
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 2-5, 3B (1), 2 RBI, SB (3)
#13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - 2-4, 2B (2), HR (1), 3 RBI
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Gwinnett (6:05 CST) - LHP Adalberto Mejia
Chattanooga @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - RHP Randy LeBlanc
Tampa @ Ft. Myers (6:00) - LHP Charlie Barnes
Clinton @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons
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