Twins Minor League Report (5/26): Lookouts Turn Triple Play in Wild Victory
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Cedar Rapids placed Bryan Sammons on the DL due to a sprained ankle and added Moises Gomez to their roster.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 2, Buffalo 0
W: Dietrich Enns (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)
SV: Nick Anderson (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K)
Multi-hit games: Kennys Vargas, Wynston Sawyer
Dietrich Enns (5 2/3 innings), Alan Busenitz (2 1/3 innings) and Nick Anderson (one inning) combined to pitch a four-hit shutout. You’d have to imagine Busenitz’s time with Rochester won’t last too much longer. He’s given up one earned run over 14 2/3 frames and has 22 strikeouts for the Red Wings, or I guess tonight they were the Hop Bitters.
Catcher Wynston Sawyer drove home Kennys Vargas on a single to score the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Sawyer is hitting .379/.526/.517 in 10 games since being promoted to Triple A.
The next inning, Nick Gordon singled home Jermaine Curtis for his first career RBI in Triple A.
Chattanooga 11, Montgomery 10
W: Williams Ramirez (1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 B, 2 K)
SV: Ryne Harper (2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)
SP: Anthony Marzi (4.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K)
HR: Brent Rooker (7)
Multi-hit games: Rooker, Tanner English, Zander Wiel
Brent Rooker nearly hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a double and a homer, but that may not have even been the most noteworthy thing about this game even if he had.
Ryne Harper took over on the mound in the eighth inning with the Lookouts clinging to a one-run lead. Oh, and the bases were loaded with no outs. He needed only one pitch to get out of the jam.
The Lookouts turned a triple play. The batter deadened the pitch straight into the ground and an aware Brian Navarreto picked up the ball just in front of the plate, stepped on home, threw to third baseman Chris Paul for the second out and then over to Rooker at first.
Rooker had three RBIs and scored three runs. Leadoff man Tanner English was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and scored four times. Zander Wiel was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
Charlotte 2, Fort Myers 0 (5 innings)
SP: Tyler Wells (4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K)
Multi-hit games: None
This game was completed early due to rain. Originally scheduled as a doubleheader, Game 2 had to be postponed.
In the very little baseball they were able to get it, things didn’t go the Miracle’s way. Mark Contreras was 1-for-2 with a walk and both Luis Arraez and Taylor Grzelakowski had hits. Tyler Wells will get credit for a complete game even though he only pitched four innings.
Game 1: Clinton 4, Cedar Rapids 1 (7 innings)
SP: Brusdar Graterol (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)
Multi-hit games: None
You’re going to win most games in which your starting pitcher strikes out nine and walks nobody. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for the Kernels in the first game of their doubleheader. Brusdar Graterol was excellent, but he gave up a couple of homers and the Cedar Rapids bats couldn’t get much going.
Graterol has a 1.78 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 12.8 K/9. Maybe most impressive is the fact that he has six times as many strikeouts as walks, having issued just six free passes in those five starts.
Alex Kirilloff drove in the lone Kernels run on a single. He entered the day second in the Midwest League in RBIs.
Game 2: Clinton 9, Cedar Rapids 6
SP: Jovani Moran (2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 B, 4 K)
HR: Shane Carrier (5)
Multi-hit games: Jacob Pearson, Jean Carlos Arias
This game was tied 3-3 heading into the fifth inning, but that’s where things got away from the Kernels. A five-run inning for the LumberKings included three walks, a hit by pitch, a wild pitch and a passed ball.
Shane Carrier hit his fifth home run of the season. Royce Lewis had a strong performance, going 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. He also made a great catch in foul territory.
Jacob Pearson, acquired from the Angels over the winter, played center field and hit leadoff for the Kernels. He was 2-for-4 with a double and his second stolen base.
Cedar Rapids is going to be playing another doubleheader tomorrow, so they had Jordan Gore, usually an infielder, pitch the final inning of this one. He gave up a run on a hit and three walks.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Brusdar Graterol
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Brent Rooker
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed:
1. Royce Lewis, CR: 1-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs
2. Fernando Romero, MIN
3. Nick Gordon, ROC: 1-for-4, RBI
4. Stephen Gonsalves, ROC: Off
5. Alex Kirilloff, CR: 1-for-5, 2 RBIs
6. Wander Javier: Out for the season with a shoulder injury.
7. Brent Rooker, CHAT: 4-for-5, double, home run, 3 RBIs, 3 runs
8. Blayne Enlow, CR: Off
9. Brusdar Graterol, CR: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
10. Akil Baddoo, CR: Out with a hamstring injury.
11. Zack Littell, ROC: Off
12. Lewis Thorpe, CHAT: Off
13. Lewin Diaz, FM: 0-for-2
14. LaMonte Wade, CHAT: Off
15. Mitch Garver, MIN
16. Ben Rortvedt, CR: 1-for-4
17. Travis Blankenhorn, FM: 0-for-2
18. Yunior Severino: Expected to join E-Town next month.
19. Tyler Jay, CHAT: Off
20. Felix Jorge: Out with tricep injury.
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Buffalo, 12:05 pm CT - Trevor May
Rochester vs. Buffalo, Game 2 - Adalberto Mejia
Chattanooga vs. Montgomery, 5:15 pm CT - TBA
Fort Myers at Charlotte, 11:35 pm CT - Clark Beeker
Cedar Rapids vs. Clinton, 3:05 pm CT - Edwar Colina
Cedar Rapids vs. Clinton, Game 2 - Randy Dobnak
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
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