Twins Minor League Report (5/21): Kernels Win Late, Gordon Homers
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Nick Gordon)Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Monday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions.
- The Twins announced that Ervin Santana was not able to make his scheduled start in Extended Spring Training on Monday because of rain. With more precipitation in the Ft. Myers forecast the next couple of days, Santana will head to Chattanooga where he will make a start on Wednesday.
- Following the Twins 4-2 win against the Tigers, the Twins announced that they will DFA RHP Phil Hughes. A corresponding move will be made on Tuesday.
- The Lookouts announced that RHP Randy LeBlanc has been placed on the disabled list with a flexor mass strain. He left his start on Sunday in the fourth inning. RH RP Zack Jones comes off of the DL.
- RH RP Logan Lombana was placed on the DL by the Miracle. LH RP Alex Robinson returns from the DL.
Rochester 2, Lehigh Valley 6
Dietrich Enns had a rough start and the IronPigs powered past the Red Wings in this game. In just 3 2/3 innings, Enns gave up five runs on six hits (three HRs) and three walks. He struck out three. DJ Baxendale came on and threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He gave up a hit, walked two and struck out two. Luke Bard gave up a solo homer in his inning. He struck out two. Jake Reed then struck out two in a scoreless inning.
Nick Buss was the lone Red Wings hitter with a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-4. Wynston Sawyer had two walks in the game. Kennys Vargas had a single and a walk. He also had one of the two RBIs for the team. Miguel Sano went 1-for-4 in the game and is now 1-for-8 in his three rehab games.
Chattanooga 7, Biloxi 12
The Lookouts offense came up strong, but when the other team still has more walks that your team has hits, it is hard to win.
Anthony Marzi started. He started with three scoreless innings, but he was tagged with seven runs in the fourth frame. He went 3 2/3 innings and gave up four hits and five walks. Casey Crosby came on. He gave up two runs on two hits and four walks, and he recorded just two outs. Tyler Jay came on and got the next five outs. He gave up a run on two hits. Williams Ramirez gave up two runs on one hit and two walks before being replaced by Zack Jones who got the final five outs.
The Lookouts got plenty of offense for most nights. They scored their seven runs on 12 hits and added two walks. Nick Gordon went 2-for-5 with his fifth home run of the year. Zander Wiel went 2-for-5 with his 12th double and drove in two runs. Brian Navarreto and Edgar Corcino each went 2-for-5 with a double. Tanner English also had two hits. Brent Rooker drove in a run with his ninth double.
Ft. Myers 0, Bradenton 9
It was just a rough game all around for the Miracle on Monday night. They didn’t get much quality pitching. Their defense didn’t help, and well, they got shut out, so the bats didn’t exactly provide assistance on this night.
Clark Beeker started and gave up three runs on five hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out three. Kevin Marnon came on and gave up four unearned runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Hector Lujan got the final seven outs, but he gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit and two walks. Of the nine runs allowed, just four were earned thanks to three Miracle errors.
Brandon Lopez led the offense. He went 2-for-3 with his second double. Luis Arraez added his fifth double. Lewin Diaz hit his third double.
Cedar Rapids 3, Kane County 2
Edwar Colina has had a solid season for the Kernels so far, but he has fought his control quite a bit. On this night, he had his best start. The right-hander gave up just one run on five hits over five innings. He walked just one while striking out seven batters. Randy Dobnak came out of the bullpen and provided two shutout innings. Jared Finkel gave up a home run in the eighth that tied the game at two, but given the lead back, he worked out of a mess in the ninth to end the game.
The Kernels grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third inning when Royce Lewis hit a sacrifice fly which was followed by an RBI single from Alex Kirilloff. In the top of the ninth, it was Ben Rodriguez who came up with a sacrifice fly to give the Kernels a lead they held on to. Jose Miranda and Trey Cabbage each had a single and a walk. The Kernels had just seven hits in the game.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Nick Gordon, Chattanooga Lookouts (2-5, HR)
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Edwar Colina, Cedar Rapids Kernels (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7K)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 1-3, RBI, K, SF
#3 - Nick Gordon (Chattanooga) - 2-5, HR(5), R, RBI, K
#5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, RBI, K
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-4, BB, 2B(9), R, RBI, K
#13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, 2B(3)
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4
#17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, BB, K
#19 - Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) - RHP Trevor May (0-1, 2.25 ERA)
Chattanooga - No Game Scheduled.
St. Lucie @ Ft. Myers (10:00 am CST) - RHP Sean Poppen (1-2, 2.70 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (12:00 CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (2-2, 2.63 ERA)
Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday’s full schedule of games, or ask any questions you may have.