Twins Minor League Report (4/6): Blankenhorn Leads Miracle To Win
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Travis Blankenhorn)Because three games were 'weathered' out, today you will get a little more detail in your Miracle report. It was a good day for a top Twins prospect.
RED WINGS REPORT
The Red Wings will now begin their 2018 season on Saturday afternoon with Aaron Slegers on the mound. The teams will make up the game later in the season.
The Red Wings did announce that LHP Casey Crosby and Catcher Jordan Pacheco will begin the season on the disabled list.
The Lookouts were unable to play the second game of their season because of rain and wet field conditions. The teams will play on Saturday and then two games on Sunday to make up for the game.
Ft. Myers 6, Charlotte 4
The Florida State League can be a difficult league for offenses, and it certainly will play out that way. But on this night, the Miracle were able to score six runs and scored in five different innings.
In the second inning, after singles from Lewin Diaz and Travis Blankenhorn, Nelson Molina singled in the Miracle’s first run of the game. And then they showed a little power. In the third inning, Aaron Whitefield knocked his first home run of the season. In the fourth inning, Travis Blankenhorn gave the Miracle a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning with his first homer of the year.
Tyler Wells made the start for the Miracle. He gave up a run in the first inning, but that was the lone run he allowed through the first four innings. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out three. Logan Lombana came on for the fifth inning. He got two outs, but he gave up three hits. He left the game with two runners on and a one-run lead. Lefty Andrew Vasquez came on and after loading the bases with a walk, he gave up a two-run, game-tying single before getting the third out. Vasquez did work a perfect sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth frame, the Miracle were able to tie the game at 4-4. Travis Blankenhorn hit his second double of the season and scored on a Jared Foster fielder’s choice.
The game remained tied as Colton Davis worked two scoreless innings despite walking four batters.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Miracle regained the lead. Caleb Hamilton led off with a walk. Jaylin Davis hit a one-out double that scored Hamilton and give the team a 5-4 lead. Davis went to third base on the throw and then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-4 heading into the ninth inning.
Hard-throwing Alex Robinson came on for the ninth inning to protect the two-run lead. After getting the first out, Robinson hit a batter, gave up a single and a walk to load the bases. He got a strikeout for the second out. He then got a fly out for the final out of the game and his first save.
The Miracle improved to 2-0 on the season. Miracle pitching coach Henry Bonilla was ejected in the eighth inning.
Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities
The Kernels went to Quad Cities on Thursday night for their season opener. They didn’t make the trek on Friday because of the cold weather conditions. On Saturday, the River Bandits will travel north to help the Kernels open their home schedule.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Travis Blankenhorn, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Wells, Ft. Myers Miracle
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
With just one game, the list if pretty short in this game, but here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, R, K
#17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 3-4, 2B (2), HR (1), R, RBI, K
New Miracle play-by-play guy, Marshall Kelner made some very nice comments about another prospect Aaron Whitefield.
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Buffalo @ Rochester (2:05 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers (Weathered out again)
Birmingham @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - LHP Stephen Gonsalves
Ft. Myers @ Charlotte (5:05) - LHP Charlie Barnes
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (5:05 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina
Please feel free to ask any questions about Friday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.
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