Twins Minor League Report (5/21): Gonsalves Returns
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Stephen Gonsalves)Keep reading to find out how all of your favorite Minnesota Twins prospects performed on Tuesday!
- Stephen Gonsalves was activated from the injured list and made the start for Rochester.
- Nick Gordon also was activated for the Red Wings and was back atop their batting order on the lineup card.
Buffalo 5, Rochester 0
Left-handed starter Stephen Gonsalves made his much anticipated 2019 debut for the Red Wings on Tuesday night, but he definitely looked rusty. He only allowed one run but was able to finish only two innings as he walked five while striking out two as just 23 of his 51 pitches went for strikes (45%).
D.J. Baxendale was the first man up in relief and delivered three perfect innings. 25 of his 36 pitches went for strikes (69%) as he switched up the mojo on the Bisons and struck out four. Zack Weiss went the next two frames and also struck out four, but a double-steal from Buffalo was followed by a wild-pitch in the sixth to put them up 2-0.
Trevor Hildenberger was brought in for his second appearance back in Triple-A in the eighth and delivered a one-two-three inning, striking out two. But the ninth didn’t go nearly that well. He finished the game for the Red Wings but in the process allowed three runs on five hits for the final score of 5-0. He finished with three K’s.
While the Bisons only outhit the home team 7-6, they were able to cash in some of their opportunities by going 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position compared to the Red Wings 0-for-10 effort. Randy Cesar (2-for-3, 2B) and Jordany Valdespin (2-for-3, BB) each had two hits and Zander Wiel also added a double. Nick Gordon went 0-for-5 in his return from the injured list.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Scheduled day off
Pensacola lost their first series of the season against the Mobile BayBears over the weekend but that can’t overshadow one of the best starts in Southern League history since they switched their schedule format to five games series. They did win the final two games of that series and got the day off on Tuesday as they travel to play the Tennessee Smokies and look to start another streak.
Bradenton 7, Fort Myers 2 (completion of game suspended on 5/20)
After rains moved in on Monday causing a suspension of play, Fort Myers and Bradenton recommenced the action in the top of the fourth inning at 11:00 in the morning on Tuesday. To that point the Marauders had taken a 3-1 lead against Miracle starter Jhoan Duran who finished 3 2/3 innings. He allowed those runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three and was responsible for two runners on base when the game resumed with Calvin Faucher on the mound.
He delivered 3 1/3 scoreless innings, getting them through the seventh by allowing just two hits and striking out five. When he was done the game was still in reach and the Fort Myers offense did manage to push a run across to make it 3-2, but it was not to be.
Bradenton put up four runs in the eighth against Ricky Ramirez thanks to a bases- clearing double being followed by an RBI single. Ramirez wouldn’t allow another run and finished the game with a scoreless ninth, striking out three total hitters.
The first run of the game for the Miracle came on a Lewin Diaz home run, his eighth of the year and continues a hot stretch that has vaulted him into the Florida State League lead in OPS at .933 (they should probably promote him 😉)
Bradenton 0, Fort Myers 2 (regularly scheduled game)
With the makeup game also on the schedule, the regular game of the day was just a seven-inning contest. It was a pitcher’s duel as the team’s combined to go 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position, but it was the Miracle who got the big hits with three doubles against just one for the Marauders.
Fort Myers scored a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings thanks to RBI doubles from Trey Cabbage and Royce Lewis. That would be enough as starter Edwar Colina was excellent for six innings.
He picked up his second win of the season by scattering six hits and one walk to lower his ERA to 3.78 after a bit of clunker in his season debut on May 6th. In two starts since then he’s struck out 15 in 12 innings and allowed just one run. Hector Lujan picked up his second save with a one-two-three inning in relief and struck out one.
Ryan Jeffers finished 2-for-3 to be the only hitter with multiple on the day, while Aaron Whitefield added a double to the effort.
Burlington @ Cedar Rapids - Postponed: Rain
The Kernels game against the Bees got hit by the same weather rolling through the Twin Cities on Tuesday and was postponed. They will make it up with a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 12:05 PM with Andrew Cabezas and Austin Schulfer starting the two seven inning contests.
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Edwar Colina, Fort Myers Miracle (W, 6.0IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K)
Hitter of the Day – Lewin Diaz, Fort Myers Miracle (2-for-7, R, HR, RBI, K)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-7, 2B, RBI (2 games)
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - No game
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - No game
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-6, BB, K (2 games)
#5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No game - injured (quad)
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured (wrist)
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - L, 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - No game - PPD
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured List
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 0-for-5, 2 K
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - L, 2.0IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-3
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - No game
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - No game - PPD
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 0-for-5, K
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - No game
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-2, BB
WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Buffalo @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) – RHP Kohl Stewart (2-2, 4.21 ERA)
Pensacola @ Tennessee (6:00PM CST) - TBD
Fort Myers @ Bradenton (5:30PM CST) – LHP Bryan Sammons (4-0, 1.11 ERA)
Game 1: Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (12:05PM CST) – RHP Andrew Cabezas (1-3, 3.31 ERA)
Game 2: Burlington @ Cedar Rapids - RHP Austin Schulfer (3-2, 2.83 ERA)
Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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