Twins Minor League Report (4/8): Saturday In The (Minor League) Parks
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Mitch Garver)Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Saturday. It might help get your mind off of the fact that the Twins will not have an undefeated 2017 season.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 10, Syracuse 0
They had to wait a couple of extra days to start their season, but things went well in the season debut for the Red Wings.
Jose Berrios still received the Opening Day call. The right hander used 77 pitches to work through six shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out seven batters to improve to 1-0. Just 48 of his 77 pitches (62%) were strikes, but he was able to work through that well.
DJ Baxendale came in for the seventh and earned a three-inning save. He continued the shutout and gave up just one hit. He walked none and struck out three.
Mitch Garver got things going and kept it rolling. He drove in the first run for the Red Wings with an RBI double. A couple innings later, he added a two-run double. He came to the plate three more times, but he was walked twice and also hit by a pitch. Late in the game, Ben Paulsen added his first hit, and it was a big one. His grand slam capped a six-run seventh inning.
Matt Hague went 3-6 with two doubles. Byungho Park went 2-4 with a walk and a double. Daniel Palka went 2-4 with a walk.
Chattanooga 2, Mobile 3
It was the much-anticipated 2017 debut of Fernando Romero for Chattanooga. After just 11 starts in Ft. Myers, Romero was pushed to AA this year. He gave up just one run through three innings. However, his final line was three runs on three hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. He struck out four. Ryan Eades came on and gave up a hit, a walk and hit a batter, while striking out two in 1.2 innings. 27-year-old Nik Turley was another minor league free agent signed by the Twins. He’s been on 40-man rosters in the past. The left-hander gave up one hit in four scoreless innings. He walked none and struck out ten (yes, that is accurate).
The Lookouts had some chances. They had the bases loaded and were unable to score in the seventh inning. They scored two runs in the eighth inning. In the ninth, down by one, they had a runner on third base with one out and were unable to bring in a third run. Dan Gamache went 2-4 and drove in one run. Ryan Walker and Engelb Vielma each hit a double. Nick Gordon had a single and a walk in the game. He started at shortstop for the third time in three games. Vielma started at second base for the third straight game.
Ft. Myers 5, Jupiter 2
David Fischer was the starter for the Miracle on their opening night at Hammond Stadium. The right-hander threw four shutout innings. He gave up five hits and struck five out without a walk. Anthony McIver came in and worked the next two innings. He gave up a run on a hit and two walks. Williams Ramirez went the next two innings. He gave up a run on two hits and two walks while striking out three. Lefty Jonny Drozd recorded the save with a perfect ninth inning, including two strikeouts.
Daniel Kihle made his first start of the season. He went 2-2, was hit by a pitch, doubled and hit a home run. Alex Perez was 1-3 with a walk and an RBI double, his second of the season.
Luis Arraez was carted off the field after tripping awkwardly over first base in the 7th inning.
Cedar Rapids 6, Beloit 7
The Kernels made the trek back to Cedar Rapids following their Friday doubleheader in Beloit. Cedar Rapids was able to play their home opener. When Travis Blankenhorn knocked a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, it gave the Kernels a 6-1 lead. Unfortunately, it was a lead they were unable to hold.
Sean Poppen started for the Kernels. The right-hander from Harvard provided the team with a quality start. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits in seven innings. He struck out seven without issuing a walk. Lefty Andrew Vasquez came on for the eighth inning. He gave up a run on two hits in the inning. Tom Hackimer came on to hold a two-run lead in the ninth inning. Hackimer was charged with three earned runs on three hits and a walk before getting out of the inning.
Blankenhorn had the homer (video below), and he went 2-4 with a walk and a double as well. Shane Carrier also added his first home run of the season. Jaylin Davis added an RBI triple. Caleb Hamilton went 1-3 with a walk.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Nik Turley, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Mitch Garver, Rochester Red Wings
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Syracuse (DH @ 12:05 CST) - RHP Nick Tepesch, Drew Rucinski (bullpen game)
Mobile @ Chattanooga - (1:15 CST) - RHP Felix Jorge
Ft. Myers @ Jupiter (3:05 CST) - RHP Keaton Steele
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 CST) – RHP Alex Schick
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday's Opening Day games.
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