Twins Minor League Report (6/12): Thorpe Deals, Bechtold Blasts, and Wahoos Walk Off
Image courtesy of Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Andrew Bechtold)RED WINGS REPORT
Columbus 3, Rochester 2
All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately in this one that end was for the Red Wings winning streak. Dropping this one by a single run, their eight-game winning streak comes to a halt. Lewis Thorpe was on the bump and his nine strikeouts and one hit over five innings kept the Clippers down in the early going.
La Tortuga kept up his hot hitting with a first inning solo shot, his third in just four games. A Nick Gordon RBI double in the eighth inning was the only other run the home team could muster, and it wouldn’t be enough to match the three plated by Columbus.
Zack Littell continues to work in relief for Rochester. Going two innings tonight, he allowed one run on two hits but fanned five. The Red Wings can get revenge tomorrow when the two square off in the rubber match.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 7, Tennessee 6 (12 innings)
Bryan Sammons put in five innings of work and the bats kept him in it despite allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits. He did also record six punchouts. The Blue Wahoos nearly got four scoreless from Anthony Vizcaya and Sam Clay in relief, but a ninth inning run spoiled the near-spotless effort.
Taylor Grzelakowski knotted things at one with an RBI single in the 2nd, and Joe Cronin’s three-run shot in the fourth gave the Blue Wahoos their first lead. After allowing Tennessee to take the lead 5-4 in the sixth, Pensacola got back in front in the bottom half. Travis Blankenhorn stayed hot to drive in the tying run, and Jaylin Davis record an RBI on a sac fly scoring Cronin. Unfortunately, the Smokies plated a run in the top of the ninth to draw back even.
Clay wound up working three innings in relief, with that ninth inning run being the only one he allowed. Former Triple-A Rochester hitting coach Chad Allen was ejected in the middle of the 11th but Pensacola couldn’t continue the fireworks in the bottom half.
After getting two shutdown innings from Zack Weiss, Ben Rortvedt stepped to the dish. With Travis Blankenhorn on the bases thanks to international rule, a single allowed him to cross the plate and the Wahoos walked it off.
Tampa 6, Fort Myers 2
Fresh off of a doubleheader sweep to clinch first half FSL South Division title, the Miracle couldn’t keep up the winning ways. Despite being outhit by just one, Fort Myers mustered just two runs in the contest. Jordan Balazovic fanned seven over five innings, but he also gave up four runs on six hits.
Miracle runs came in the third and sixth innings on Mark Contreras and Jose Miranda RBI singles. Rehabbing New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton played again for the Tarpons, and tonight he launched two homers and accounted for three of the runs driven in.
Tampa plays host to Fort Myers again tomorrow night for the final game of the series.
Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 3
For the second night in a row it was four runs that were enough to get the Kernels in the win column. Kody Funderburk made it to just one out into the fifth inning but leaving having allowed only three runs, the rest of his team picked him up. Jose Martinez and Moises Gomez combined to throw 4 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball allowing just three hits and punching out five.
Cedar Rapids answered twice in this one thanks to a two-RBI double from Gabriel Maciel in the second, and a Yeltsin Encarnacion sac fly in the fifth. Andrew Bechtold put the good guys ahead in a decisive manner after launching his fifth homer of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning. The homer rounded out a nice game for Bechtold who went 2-for-2 with a walk on the day.
A series sweep is possible if Cedar Rapids can take a third straight from the Timber Rattlers tomorrow night.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
TD Pitcher of the Day- Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
TD Hitter of the Day- Andrew Bechtold (Cedar Rapids) – 2-2, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB
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) – Injured list
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Injured list (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 0-4
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – Did Not Play
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 0-4, 2 K
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) –5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-4, RBI, 2B
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Injured list (elbow)
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, R
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – 2-6, RBI, K
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (thumb)
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, K
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – Did Not Play
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did Not Pitch
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 2-3, RBI, BB
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Columbus (11:35AM CST) – RHP Sean Poppen (3-1, 1.57 ERA)
Pensacola vs. Tennessee (6:35PM CST) – TBD
Fort Myers @ Tampa (5:30PM CST) – TBD
Cedar Rapids vs. Wisconsin (6:35PM CST) – TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Wednesday’s games.
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