Twins Minor League Report (5/15): Gibson Ks 10
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Rochester 0, Lehigh Valley 1
The Red Wings offense only managed two hits: a Zach Granite two-out single in the third inning and a leadoff double off the bat of Tommy Field in the seventh. Field didn’t score as #oldfriend came Casey Fien came in and abandoned him at third base (after he advanced on a wild pitch).
Engelb Vielma went 0-3 with a strikeout in his AAA debut.
Kyle Gibson took a hard-luck loss and dropped to 0-2 with Rochester. He allowed six hits, four walks and only a lone run - though a solo home run - while striking out 10.
Kevin Chapman struck out three getting five total outs and Drew Rucinski struck out two in his inning of work.
Rochester drops to 17-15.
Chattanooga 6, Birmingham 0
Chattanooga led a close game throughout before adding four insurance runs late and winning a game that was closer than the final score makes it appear.
Nick Gordon led off the bottom of the first with a triple and scored on an Edgar Corcino sac fly. Corcino scored the second run after singling and eventually crossing home on a Travis Harrison sac fly.
The four runs in the eighth came by way of two singles, four walks and a hit by pitch.
T.J. White was 2-4 with an RBI in his return to the lineup.
Randy LeBlanc picked up the win, scattering seven hits and a walk in six shutout innings. Miraculously, he didn’t strike out a single batter.
Randy Rosario struck out four in three no-hit innings.
The Lookouts jump to 22-16 and are among the leaders in the Southern League North (unfortunately the best four teams in the Southern League are all in the Northern Division).
Fort Myers 7, Clearwater 3
Max Murphy and Bradley Strong both hit solo home runs, Zander Wiel and Nelson Molina tripled, and Alex Perez, Chris Paul, Tanner English and Brian Navarreto all doubled in an extra-base hit barrage at the Lee County Sports Complex. No one drove in more than one run and no one scored more than once in a balanced offensive attack.
Cody Stashak struggled through four innings - five hits and four walks - but only allowed two runs while striking out three. Jonny Drozd allowed five hits in two innings; one runner scored and Drozd struck out four. Williams Ramirez struck out two in the final frame.
Fort Myers is now 18-20 on the season.
Cedar Rapids 8, Peoria 12 (GAME ONE)
Cedar Rapids scored seven third-inning runs, but Peoria scored in six of the seven innings to win game one going away.
Jermaine Palacios scored in the first inning after being hit by a pitch. He also walked to start the third inning. Lewin Diaz doubled him home to score the first run of that frame. Travis Blankenhorn, who also walked, scored as well. Diaz scored on Jaylin Davis’s ensuing double. Davis scored on a Ben Rortvedt single. Aaron Whitefield hit a sac fly to score Alex Perez, who walked. Christian Cavaness later homered to bring in Rortvedt. When all was said and done, the Kernels had an 8-3 lead… but their offense was done. And their pitching was done in.
Eduardo Del Rosario gave up three home runs - seven runs total - on five hits and three walks. He struck out one in five innings, but was still in line for the win.
Logan Lombana took care of that, allowing four runs, including a home run, in 1.2 innings. He couldn’t finish the game and Alex Robinson got the final out, but not before giving up a three-run home run to close the book on Lombana.
Cedar Rapids 2, Peoria 0 (GAME TWO)
The Kernels went with the bullpen approach in the second half of the doubleheader and got much better results. Max Cordy struck out three in three innings, allowing three hits and a walk. Colton Davis picked up the win striking out two in two innings and only allowing a single hit. Tom Hackimer earned his fifth save of the year. Hackimer struck out three, issuing a walk and a hit in two innings.
Offensively, the bats did little, but enough to win. Jermaine Palacios hit his third home run of the year in the fifth inning. Mitch Kranson doubled. Diaz, Caleb Hamilton and Cavaness added singles. Cavaness also stole his third base of the season.
The Kernels improve to 21-16.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Randy LeBlanc, Chattanooga
Hitter of the Day – Jermaine Palacios, Cedar Rapids (maybe only 1-5 on the day, but scored every time he got on base - three times - and continues to be a catalyst for their offense)
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) - LHP David Hurlbut (2-2, 1.59 ERA)
Chattanooga vs Birmingham (6:15 CST) - LHP Matt Tracy (2-3, 4.40 ERA)
Fort Myers vs Clearwater (5:35 CST) - RHP David Fischer (2-2, 3.54 ERA)
Cedar Rapids vs Peoria (6:35 CST) - RHP Tyler Beardsley (3-2, 4.34 ERA)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games.