Twins Minor League Report (4/14): Wade, Gordon Star In Lookouts Win
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Nick Gordon)TRANSACTIONS
Ryan LaMarre was optioned to Rochester (but you'll be happy to know that he just keeps hitting).
Brady Anderson was sent back to Fort Myers from Rochester.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Gwinnett 2
W: Aaron Slegers (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K)
SV: Matt Magill (1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)
HR: Brock Stassi (1)
Ryan Lamarre (2-for-3, BB, RBI)
Gregorio Petit (2-for-4, 3B, 2 R)
It took the Red Wings’ offense some time to get rolling, so it was good Aaron Slegers brought his A game. He pitched six shutout innings in a game that was tied at 0-0 through five innings.
Rochester built a 4-0 lead, but Adalberto Mejia ran into some trouble in his relief appearance. He pitched clean innings in the seventh and eighth frames, but things got interesting in the ninth. Mejia issued a leadoff walk, the next batter reached on an error which was followed with an RBI single.
Mejia was charged with one earned run on a hit, two walks and a hit batter over his two innings, but he also struck out four batters.
Chattanooga 3, Pensacola 2
W: Todd Van Steensel (2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)
SV: Omar Bencomo (2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K)
SP: Lewis Thorpe (4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K)
LaMonte Wade (2-for-4, 2 RBI)
Nick Gordon (2-for-4, RBI, SB)
The Lookouts entered the fifth inning trailing 2-0 but rallied to take the lead. T.J White led off the frame with a single and Brent Rooker followed suit. Brian Navarreto advanced them both on a sac bunt, then Ryan Walker lived up to his name and drew a base on balls to load ‘em up.
Tanner English went down swinging, bringing LaMonte Wade up with the bases juiced and two outs. He delivered a two-run, game-tying single and Nick Gordon capped the inning by driving in the go-ahead run on a single of his own.
Lewis Thorpe gave up two runs over four innings, one of them unearned due to his own throwing error. The bullpen shut out the Blue Wahoos from there, with Todd Van Steensel (two innings) Anthony McIver (one inning) and Omar Bencomo (two innings) protecting the one-run lead.
Fort Myers 5, Tampa 4
W: Phil Hughes (5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K)
SV: Ryan Mason (2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K)
Aaron Whitefield (2-for-4, 2B, R, SB)
Jimmy Kerrigan (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R)
Phil Hughes pitched five shutout innings and 44 of his 61 pitches were for strikes (72.1 percent). Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press passed along on Twitter that this lines Hughes up to return April 24 at Yankee Stadium.
Similar to the Rochester game, the Miracle also jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Colton Davis, the first man out of the bullpen ran into some trouble, but Ryan Mason righted the ship.
Mason, making his first appearance since being called up from Cedar Rapids, entered the game with the Miracle clinging to a one-run lead. There were two men on base and two outs in the seventh inning. Mason struck out the next batter swinging to end the threat. It was Mason’s game from there, as he closed things out to earn his third save already in this young season (he had two with the Kernels).
Cedar Rapids vs. Clinton
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Ryan Mason
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: LaMonte Wade
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed:
#3 Nick Gordon: 2-for-4, RBI, SB
#7 Brent Rooker: 1-for-4, R, K
#12 Lewis Thorpe: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
#13 Lewin Diaz: 0-for-4, K
#14 LaMonte Wade: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, K
#17 Travis Blankenhorn: 0-for-3, BB, RBI
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Gwinnett (12:05 pm CT), Fernando Romero
Chattanooga at Pensacola (1:05 pm CT), Kohl Stewart
Fort Myers vs. Tampa (3:00 pm CT), Clark Beeker
Cedar Rapids vs. Clinton (2:05 pm CT), Blayne Enlow
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
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