Twins Minor League Report (4/18): Wiel, Gordon Stay Hot as Lookouts Sweep Doubleheader
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Nick Gordon)TRANSACTIONS
LHP Andrew Vasquez assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Fort Myers Miracle.
RHP Carlos Suniaga assigned to Fort Myers Miracle from GCL Twins.
RF Alex Robles assigned to Fort Myers Miracle from Elizabethton Twins.
Fort Myers Miracle placed 3B Brandon Lopez on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 17, 2018.
RED WINGS REPORT
Charlotte 9, Rochester 2
The game was pretty much over when Red Wings starter Myles Jaye was lifted after three innings. He gave up eight hits and six runs, all earned. He walked three and struck out just two of the 19 batters he faced. Ryne Harper pitched the next two innings, giving up just a single run on three hits. Matt Magill came in next and was the only Rochester pitcher to not give up any runs on Wednesday night, pitching two scoreless innings. He walked no one and struck out four Charlotte Knights. Mason Melotakis pitched the final inning, he gave up two runs (one earned) on a pair of hits. He walked none and struck out one.
The hitting was not great on Wednesday night and the Red Wings managed just five hits, with four coming from the 6-7-8 hitters. Leonardo Reginatto was the only batter with multiple hits, and he did all he could, slapping a couple of doubles and scoring a run. Kennys Vargas hit a home run in the clean up spot as part of a 1-for-4 night. The Red Wings 1-2-3 hitters were 0-for-11 with four strike outs and just one walk.
Chattanooga 12, Jacksonville 4 (Game 1)
In the first game of the double header the Lookouts scored three runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings to keep the game out of reach. The Looks were led by Zander Wiel, Tuesday night’s hero, who was 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, a home run, three RBIs and a walk. What a night! LaMonte Wade has a nice game as well, he was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, including a triple, a home run, and a walk, collecting two RBIs. Nick Gordon, Edgar Corcino and Sean Miller all had multiple hits as well.
The Lookouts did enough with their bats to give starter Stephen Gonsalves plenty of room to work with. Gonsalves pitched six full innings, giving up three earned runs. He walked two and struck out eight, and also gave up a couple of home runs. Gonsalves moved to 2-0 on the year and his ERA is 1.76. Cody Stashak came on for the seventh inning and gave up a run on two hits with the game already out of hand.
Chattanooga 3, Jacksonville 2 (Game 2)
The Lookouts saved just enough runs to win the second game of the doubleheader, coming from behind to win a 3-2 ballgame. Nick Gordon was 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Brian Navarreto had a nice game as well, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Tanner English added the other RBI on a sac fly as part of a 1-for-1 night, hitting ninth. Zander Wiel struggled in the second game, he was 0-for-3 with three strike outs.
Ryan Eades pitched 3 2/3 innings. He gave up one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out six before being lifted for Omar Bencomo. Bencomo picked up the win with the Lookouts scoring late, he pitched 3 1/3 innings, gave up four hits and a run. He walked none and struck out four.
Dunedin 8, Fort Myers 4
Fort Myers led the game 4-1 after four and a half innings, but gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, and then five runs in the seventh to fall to the Dunedin Blue Jays. Starter Anthony Marzi went 4 1/3 innings, and scattered seven hits, and three runs. He walked two, struck out five, and left the game with a lead. Colton Davis gave up three runs in just 1 2/3 innings on three hits, and two walks. He struck out one and was tagged with the loss. Ryan Mason pitched the final two innings, giving up a couple runs of his own on two hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Jimmy Kerrigan was 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI to lead the way for the Miracle. Alex Perez was the only other batter with multiple hits, 2-for-5 with three strike outs. Jaylin Davis reached base four times with a 1-for-2 night that included three walks. The Miracle were just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, stranding 11 base runners.
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit – Postponed, Inclement Weather
The Kernels and the Snappers game will be made up as part of the Kernel’s HOME series against Cedar Rapids in June as this is the last trip that the Cedar Rapids makes to Beloit in the first half of the season. Because of terrible weather in the Midwest, the Kernels haven’t played since Friday.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Matt Magill, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Zander Wiel, Chattanooga Lookouts
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester - OFF
Chattanooga (6:15pm Central) – Lewis Thorpe (0-1, 5.40)
Fort Myers (5:30pm Central) – Tyler Wells (1-0, 2.00)
Cedar Rapids (Double header, 4:00pm Central) – Game 1: Blayne Enlow (0-0, 2.08), Game 2: Tyler Watson (1-0, 1.69)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Wednesday's games.
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