Twins Minor League Report (6/18): All-Star Tuesday, Champs Walk Off in Opener
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Jhoan Duran)To find out just what I’m talking about, and how all of your favorite MiLB All-Stars and Twins prospects performed on Tuesday night, keep reading!
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 8, Columbus 9
Everything was going great for the Red Wings for the first seven innings, as they built an 8-4 lead and only needed their bullpen to hang on. Lewis Thorpe got the start and went the first four innings. In his first three of those he kept the Clippers at bay, but a two-out rally in the fourth plated two runs against him to end his day. D.J. Baxendale went the next two innings, allowing a two-run home run in the sixth that closed the Red Wings lead to 8-4.
The offense had built that lead thanks to jumping all over the Clippers in the first three innings. They scored two in the first; three in the second behind doubles from Zander Wiel, Nick Gordon, and Brent Rooker; and another in the third on Wiel’s tenth home run of the year to put them out front 6-0. They tacked on two more in the fifth thanks to Brent Rooker’s eighth bomb of the season, but it wouldn’t be enough.
Newcomer Ian Krol got the seventh inning for his Red Wings debut and delivered a one-two-three inning that included a strikeout. From there, the bullpen duo of Gabriel Moya and Preston Guilmet imploded. Moya got just two outs and allowed two runs before exiting with a runner on second base, and Guilmet promptly served up the game tying homer, then consecutive doubles, to put the Clippers out front before recording the final out.
Gordon reached second base after drawing a one-out walk, but Rochester was unable to get him in and fell 9-8. In things I wish I saw, Willians Astudillo stole his first base in Triple-A while also finishing the night 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Gordon (2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, K), Wiel (2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI), and LaMonte Wade (2-for-3, R, 2 BB, K) each collected two hits as well.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Southern League All-Star Game: North Division 7, South Division 3
If you hadn’t already read it here on Twins Daily, I caught up with a few of the Minnesota Twins’ representatives in the Southern League All-Star game before it was played tonight, and all three of their able-bodied played.
Travis Blankenhorn got the start at second base and batted fifth in the lineup. He finished 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts against tough pitchers in Southern League ERA contender Sam McWilliams, and WHIP standout Tyson Miller.
Jaylin Davis followed him in the batting order as the DH and played the entire game, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. His single in the ninth inning scored the South squad’s third run of the contest.
Caleb Hamilton came into the game as the catcher in the sixth inning and got two plate appearances as a hitter, flying out to left in the seventh and to right for the final out of the game.
Fort Myers 0, Charlotte 2
This game was completed in a brisk two hours and twenty-one minutes as the teams combined for just eight hits. Unfortunately for the Miracle, Charlotte picked up five of those hits along with drawing three walks and were able to scratch across a few runs to take the victory.
Adalberto Mejia mad his second appearance of the season, serving as opener and pitching only the first inning for the second time. He gave up one hit and struck out one. Jhoan Duran then came on as the primary and was brilliant for the next five innings. He allowed one run on two hits and three walks while striking out 11. All three outs came on K’s in each of the third and sixth innings. Hector Lujan replaced him for the seventh and completed 1 2/3, allowing the other run on two hits and striking out one. Calvin Faucher recorded the final out for the Miracle with a K in the bottom of the eighth.
Trevor Larnach recorded two of Fort Myers three hits on the day, including his league leading 21st double. Larnach also leads the Florida State League in batting average with a .311 mark. Lewin Diaz collected their only other hit, a two-out single in the ninth that gave Larnach a chance, but it wasn’t to be as he went down swinging on three pitches.
Midwest League All-Star Game: West Division 3, East Division 3 (but it wasn’t a tie because of something cool…)
The Twins organization was represented in the MWL All-Star Game by three players with Chris Williams who started the game at DH, infielder Gabe Snyder, and pitcher Josh Winder. All three got in on the action in a game that ended in a tie after nine innings but was decided in an awesome fashion with a home run derby.
Williams was in the lineup for the entirety of the game and finished 0-for-3 with a walk and stole a base. Snyder entered the game in the fifth inning, playing first base, and went 0-for-2 as hits were at a premium in the game. Winder took the mound to start the fifth inning and made the most of his opportunity by striking out both hitters he faced, including the #1 prospect in all of baseball per MLB.com, shortstop Wander Franco of the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Midwest League home run leader, Will Benson of the Cleveland Indians before being lifted.
With the game tied 3-3 after the completion of the ninth inning, the game went into…sudden-death-home-run-derby-overtime. Each team sent one man to the plate, with the West squad turning to Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Blaze Alexander, and the East choosing yesterday’s home run derby winner Chris Betts of the Rays, who had an epic bat “whip” after winning that contest:
He did that same whip again after coming out on top tonight 2-1 to give the East the “win” in the league’s midsummer showcase.
Bluefield 2, Elizabethton 3
The Elizabethton Twins got their Appalachian League back-to-back title defending season underway in dramatic fashion, walking it off in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a 2-RBI double from their 2018 40th round draft pick, outfielder Tyler Webb.
Before those fireworks, pitching had ruled the day for both teams, with Prelander Berroa getting the start and delivering 4 2/3 hitless innings. He walked three and struck out seven.
The Twins had taken an early 1-0 lead thanks to a pair of singles from Albie Weiss and Yeremi De La Cruz around a wild pitch in the second inning, but that was it until the ninth.
J.T. Perez took over for Berroa and completed 1 1/3, striking out one. Steven Cruz was summoned in the seventh and struck out the side, keeping a no-hitter intact to that point for the home team. Back out for the eighth he started off the frame with another K, but a walk was followed by a double for the Blue Jays’ first hit of the game and first run to tie it at one. Cruz would total 1 1/3, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out four. Erik Cha took over after that double and got a groundout before a wild pitch allowed Bluefield to take the lead 2-1. Cha would finish the game for Elizabethton with 1 2/3, allowing two hits and a walk along with picking up a K.
In the bottom of the ninth Max Smith got the rally started by drawing a walk to lead off, and Charles Mack put him in scoring position by following with a single. The Blue Jays loaded the bases for the Twins with a walk before Webb came through with the walk-off double.
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Jhoan Duran, Fort Myers Miracle (5.0IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 11 K)
Hitter of the Day – Brent Rooker, Rochester Red Wings (3-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-4, 3 K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured list
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured list
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-4, 2B
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - No game (All-Star Break)
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 3-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - L, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 11 K
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured list (Tommy John surgery)
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured list
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-3, K
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - No game (All-Star Break)
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured list
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - No game (All-Star Break)
#17 - Zack Littell (Minnesota via Rochester) - Did not pitch (as of this writing)
#18 - LaMonte Wade Jr. (Rochester) - 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - No game (All-Star Break)
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-3
WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Columbus (6:05PM CST) - RHP Sean Poppen (4-0, 1.55 ERA)
Game 1: Charlotte @ Fort Myers (3:30PM CST) - TBD
Game 2: Charlotte @ Fort Myers - TBD
Bluefield @ Elizabethton (5:30PM CST) - TBD
Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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