Twins Minor League Report (5/30): Rortvedt, Davis Provide Pensacola Power
Image courtesy of Daniel Venn, Pensacola Blue Wahoos (photo of Ben Rortvedt)Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Thursday, starting with the transactions of the day.
- Pensacola placed RHP Ryan Mason on the 7-day injured list.
- RHP Anthony Vizcaya was promoted from the Miracle to the Blue Wahoos.
Rochester, Scranton/Wilkes Barre
The Red Wings game in Scranton was rained out. It will be made up in July.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 4, Mississippi 6
They say that solo home runs don’t hurt you too much, and on this night, that was true for Mississippi. The Blue Wahoos scored four runs on four solo homers but it wasn’t enough. Jaylin Davis and Ben Rortvedt each hit two home runs for the Wahoos. Rortvedt has now played in ten games for Pensacola. He is hitting .382/.488/.647 (1.135).
The Wahoos utilized an opener on Thursday night. Williams Ramirez started and gave up two runs on three hits in the first inning. Jorge Alcala came on and worked the next five innings. He gave up three runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out six batters. Sam Clay struck out six over the final three innings. He gave up a run on four hits.
As scheduled, Mitch Garver DHd in this game. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before exiting the game for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
Rortvedt went 3-for-3 with a walk and his second and third home runs. Davis was 2-for-3 with a walk and his sixth and seventh home runs.
Ft. Myers 3, Florida 2
It was an afternoon game for the Miracle and both Royce Lewis and Trevor Larnach were given the game off. However, a familiar name led the Miracle to another win.
With the game tied at two going into the eighth inning, Diaz launched his 10th home run of the season to give the Miracle a lead they were able to hold on to. Diaz went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .319, and he drove in two of the three Miracle runs.
Jose Miranda went 2-for-4, and Aaron Whitefield went 2-for-5 in the game. Whitefield stole his 13th base of the season. Michael Helman added a double.
Lefty Tyler Watson had a really nice start. He gave up just two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out just one batter, but he didn’t issue any walks. Alex Phillips came on and went the final 2 2/3 innings. He gave up just one hit and struck out six opponents.
Game 1 - Cedar Rapids 5, Burlington 7
The Kernels have been trying to get a doubleheader in the last couple of days in Burlington. On Wednesday, they got their first game in but the second was suspended in the bottom of the first inning. This is the continuation of that game.
Austin Schulfer began the game for the Kernels. Because just half an inning was played on Wednesday, he started in the bottom of the first inning, as he was supposed to on Wednesday. He gave up three runs on six hits in just three innings. He walked one and struck out six. Carlos Suniaga came on and gave up three runs on four hits in just 2/3 of an inning. He walked one and struck one out. Brian Rapp worked the final 2 1/3 innings. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks.
Estamy Urena had a strong game in a losing effort. He went 2-for-4 in the game. He had a two-run double (his third with the Kernels) in the third inning. He then added his first Kernels homer in the sixth inning. MIchael Davis went 2-for-3 and stole a bag. Gabriel Maciel went 0-for-1 but walked three times.
Game 2 - Cedar Rapids 4, Burlington 0
Lefty Kody Funderburk, a 2018 draftee, made his Kernels debut tonight. He gave up just one hit over four scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out four batters. Derek Molina came on and threw three scoreless innings to complete the shutout. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out six batters.
The offense was more spread out. Yeltsin Encarnacion was 2-for-3 with a walk. He stole his sixth base. Jacob Pearson went 2-for-4 with his seventh double and his ninth stolen base. Gabriel Maciel went 2-for-3 and stole his seventh base. Wander Javier went 1-for-3 with a walk. Jared Akins provided a little insurance in the ninth with his fifth home run since joining the team.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Kody Funderburk, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Ben Rortvedt, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Play
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 0-4
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Play.
#5 - Wander Javier (CR) - Game 1 (1-4, RBI, 2 K), Game 2 (1-3, BB)
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured (wrist)
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Rained Out.
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch.
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Rained Out.
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List (elbow)
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 0-4
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - 3-3, BB, 2-HR(3), 2 R, 2 RBI
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (thumb)
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - Game 1 (1-3, BB), Game 2 (0-3, BB, K, SB(8)
#17 - Zack Littell (Minnesota) - Don’t Ask… OK, fine. 4.1 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (77 pitches, 50 strikes)
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - Rained Out.
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (87 pitches, 52 strikes)
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 2-4
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Buffalo @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe (3-0, 6.31 ERA)
Mississippi @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - RHP Andro Cutura (0-2, 6.87 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ Lakeland (5:30 CST) - RHP Jordan Balazovic (3-0, 2.25 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (6:30 CST) - TBD
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