Twins Minor League Report (4/22): Dobnak Dazzles... Again!
Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with the transactions of the day
Be sure to check out Steve Buhr’s articleon Kernels’ pitching coach and “Dragon” Leader Virgil Vasquez and his encouragement of strikeouts by his pitchers.
- LHP Gabriel Moya’s MLB rehab was transferred from Pensacola to Rochester.
Rochester 8, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 6
The Red Wings fell behind 6-0, but they scored five in the fifth inning and then single runs in each of their final innings to take the 8-6 win.
In the fifth inning, the Red Wings got a two-run double from Randy Cesar. He scored when Wilin Rosario switched places with him with a double of his own. Zander Wiel knocked in a run with a single before Tomas Telis hit a sacrifice fly.
Cesar led the offense. He went 3-for-5 with his seventh and eighth doubles and four RBI. Wilin Rosario went 2-for-5 and his double was his first of the season. Wiel had the RBI single to go with two walks. John Andreoli went 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base. Luke Raley went 1-for-3 but was twice hit by a pitch.
Justin Nicolino started for the Red Wings. The lefty gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out four. Ryan Eades worked the next three innings and gave up two run (one earned) on one hit and a walk. He struck out two. Matt Magill continued his rehab and worked two perfect innings, with four strikeouts. In his four appearances now, he has given up zero runs in five innings. He has allowed one hit, walked one and struck out eight.
The Red Wings infield had four more errors in this game.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 7, Mobile
Brusdar Graterol came into this game having giving up only one earned run in 17 innings this season. He threw five innings on Monday night and put a zero on the board in four of them. However, in the fourth inning, he lost a bit of control and gave up four runs. On the game, he gave up those four runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out six batters.
Graterol was replaced by Sam Clay. Clay gave up two hits and a walk, but no runs, over his two innings. Ryan Mason came on and recorded his third save. He gave up two hits over two scoreless innings. He struck out three batters including the game’s final out.
Brian Schales had a really nice night at the plate. He had a single, his fourth double and his first triple of the season. Schales came to the Twins in November from Miami in exchange for Nick Anderson.
Luis Arraez went 2-for-4 with a walk. Caleb Hamilton was 2-for-3 with a walk and his fourth double. Tanner English was also 2-for-4
Ft. Myers 4, Bradenton 1
To say the Miracle have received pretty solid starts most games would be a bit of an understatement. On this night, Randy Dobnak made his third start of the year. He threw six shutout innings. He gave up five hits, but no walks, and struck out two batters. He now has 16 scoreless innings to start the season.
But he isn’t the only Miracle starter with that same ERA. Bailey Ober has started the season with 18 innings and a 0.00 ERA. Their Opening Day starter, Bryan Sammons, will make his fourth start of the season on Tuesday. He has started with a 0.00 ERA in 15 innings.
Hector Lujan came on and gave up one run on one hit and one walk over the next two innings. He struck out three. Johan Quezada recorded his first save of the season with a perfect ninth inning. He struck out one batter.
The hitters provided two runs in the third and two more in the fourth inning. Royce Lewis had singles in his first two at-bats. He scored on Jose Miranda’s third double of the season. Ben Rortvedt added his fourth double of the season. Aaron Whitefield walked twice and stole his sixth base of the season, leading the organization.
Cedar Rapids, Wisconsin
The game in Wisconsin was postponed by rain. The teams will play two games on Tuesday, starting at 12:05.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Randy Dobnak, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Brian Schales, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, R, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - 5 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K (81 pitches, 48 strikes)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Play
#5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No Game
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Out of Lineup (hamstring)
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Play
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, BB
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, BB, R, 2B(4)
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - Rained Out.
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 1-4, BB, K
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, 2B(3), RBI, 2K
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Scranton/Wilkes Barre @ Rochester (5:05 CST) - TBD
Mobile @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - LHP Devin Smeltzer (2-0, 0.50 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ Bradenton (5:30 CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (2-0, 0.00 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (12:05 CST) - RHP Andrew Cabezas (0-1, 6.00 ERA), RHP Luis Rijo (0-2, 4.35 ERA)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games.
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