Twins Minor League Report (4/24): Affiliates Salvage One On Otherwise Ugly Night
Image courtesy of Steve Buhr (photo of Jermaine Palacios hitting a home run on Sunday)RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester - OFF DAY
The Red Wings open a set at home against Gwinnett on Tuesday. Rochester is 8-7.
Chattanooga 4, Tennessee 7 (7 innings; Game 1)
Houston, we have a problem.
It’s Kohl Stewart. Stewart dropped to 0-4 and his ERA inflated to 6.46. More alarming than those numbers, though, is what is causing them to pile up: Walks (four tonight) and wild pitches (also four tonight!). Stewart made it through only three innings and struck out five (which is an improvement) but struggled to find the strike zone. Of his 79 pitches, only 43 were strikes. He gave up five hits and four runs. At some point - probably soon - the organization needs to consider the DL with “left knee tendinitis” or heading back to Fort Myers (probably to pitch in extended spring games). Because, right now, this Chattanooga thing isn’t working for the young quarterback.
Randy Rosario gave up a run on three hits in three innings. Luke Bard gave up two runs on one hit and two walks. He struck out two. Both relievers were touched up for longballs.
Nick Gordon paced the offense with two hits, including a double. Jonathan Rodriguez also doubled and drove in two runs. Even though seven regulars got hits, it was much too little, too late.
Chattanooga 5, Tennessee 0 (7 innings; Game 2)
Matt Tracy struck out five in six shutout innings. He allowed three hits and three walks. Mason Melotakis preserved the shutout with a scoreless inning of his own.
There wasn’t a lot of offense in this game either, but well-timed hits opened up the scoring. Dan Gamache had a two-run single and Ryan Walker followed with a three-run single. A five-run fourth inning was all the Lookouts needed.
Gamache was the only multi-hit player in the lineup. LaMonte Wade stole his second base of the season.
The Lookouts are 9-8.
Fort Myers - OFF DAY
Fort Myers will be back in action on Tuesday. They are 8-10 on the season.
Cedar Rapids 0, Burlington 8
Not pretty in Cedar Rapids on Monday.
Tyler Beardsley made the start and was knocked out without recording an out in the sixth inning. He was charged with seven runs (six earned) on nine hits. He struck out three and gave up a solo home run. Quin Grogan got four outs in his Kernels debut. Though he was not charged with giving up any runs, he allowed four hits and a walk and both runners he inherited scored. Tom Hackimer recorded two outs before turning the game over to Logan Lombada. He gave up a run and struck out three. Colton Davis finished the game with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning.
Palacios and Jaylin Davis both led off innings with triples, but failed to cross the plate. Aaron Whitefield recorded the third hit, but was picked off first base. Travis Blankenhorn singled.
Blankenhorn (third base), Caleb Hamilton (catcher) and Jaylin Davis (right field) all committed errors.
Cedar Rapids drops to 9-9.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Matt Tracy, Chattanooga Lookouts
Hitter of the Day – Ryan Walker, Chattanooga Lookouts
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs Gwinnett (6:05 CST) - RHP Jose Berrios (1-0, 1.42 ERA)
Chattanooga vs Tennessee (Game 1) (4:15 CST) - RHP Fernando Romero
Chattanooga vs Tennessee (Game 2) - LHP Nik Turley
Fort Myers vs Bradenton (5:35 CST) - RHP Cody Stashak (0-2, 3.38 ERA)
Cedar Rapids vs Burlington (6:35 CST) - RHP Eduardo Del Rosario (1-1, 4.26 ERA)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games.