Twins Minor League Report (6/22): RUNS, RUNS, RUNS! Affiliates Score in Bunches
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RED WINGS REPORT
Scranton/WB 1 @ Rochester 3
Byron Buxton was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run that was the entire Red Wings offense on Friday night. Buxton also struck out two times, and the rest of the Wings added another nine strikeouts and just five other hits. Nick Gordon was 1-for-3 with a walk. On the bump, Stephen Gonsalves turned in five innings of two-hit scoreless baseball. He was uncharacteristically wild, walking five and he struck out just one. Jake Reed came in for 1 2/3 innings and kept Scranton/WB off the board. John Curtiss earned a seven-out save with 2 1/3 innings of one-run baseball preserving the Red Wings victory.
Biloxi 7 @ Chattanooga 2
Friday’s game started with a 2 hour and 30 minute rain delay, what a treat for the 4,009 in attendance at AT&T field. Lookouts starter Omar Bencomo did not come out of the gate well, giving up four runs on five hits and didn’t make it to the second inning, pitching just the first, and the Lookouts never really got back into the game.
The Lookouts burned through a number of bullpen arms to get through the next eight innings. Andrew Vasquez had two scoreless innings, another two scoreless from Cody Stashak and Sam Clay. Tyler Jay gave up three runs on four hits in the eighth and then Todd Van Steensel finished the game with a scoreless ninth.
The Lookouts had eight hits and three doubles, but couldn’t really get any rallies going, failing to put up any crooked numbers. Brent Rooker led the team going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. The Lookouts really struggled with the bats, racking up FOURTEEN strikeouts against just two walks.
Fort Myers 14 @ Bradenton 7
Everyone in the Miracle lineup was punishing Bradenton pitching except Miguel Sano and Shane Carrier, each going hitless while the rest of the squad racked up 20 hits and 14 runs. Luis Arraez led all Miracle batters going 5-for-6 with four runs scored, a double, a home run, an RBI and he did make an out via strikeout. Pretty solid. Mark Contreras also had a big night, 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a double and four RBIs. And Alex Kirilloff had FIVE RBIs on a 4-for-6 night with a run scored and a three-run homer. Lewin Diaz was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk. So many hits!
With the batters putting up plenty of run support, the pitching didn’t need to be super sharp, and it wasn’t. Starter Tyler Wells gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning but still picked up a win thanks to all of the hits and runs. Wells gave up six hits, just those three runs, he walked one and struck out four over six innings. He was replaced by Alex Robinson who pitched two innings and gave up another four runs before Hector Lujan came in and pitched one inning to finish the game.
Wisconsin 2 @ Cedar Rapids 3
The Kernels took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning and hung on to defeat Wisconsin 3-2. Bailey Ober started for the Kernels and struck out NINE over five innings. He gave up just three hits and one run (earned) to go along with just one walk. Melvi Acosta pitched the sixth inning and gave up the lead, giving up a run on three hits. Calvin Faucher turned in a solid relief outing to take the Kernels the rest of the way, going three innings, keeping Wisconsin off the board and earning a win thanks to some late run support.
That late run support came in the form of a Trey Cabbage triple, with Cabbage scoring when the next batter, David Banuelos, singled him in to put Cedar Rapids ahead for good. Cabbage was 1-for-2 with two runs scored, that triple, a walk and a strike out. Jean Carlos Arias was the only Cedar Rapids player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored, and a double. Royce Lewis was 1-for-4 with a strike out.
ELIZABETHTON TWINS TALK
Elizabethton 19 @ Bristol 5
Just like the Fort Myers Miracle, the E-Town Twins scored runs in bunches. Elizabethton scored 19 runs on 19 hits and 10 walks. They had nine extra base hits – six doubles, a triple, and two home runs. Ryan Jeffers led the way going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two doubles, an RBI and two walks to reach safely all six times he came to the plate. Alex Robles, Chris Williams, and Rickey De La Torre all had three RBIs, and Andrew Cosgrove had FOUR. RBIs for almost everyone on the roster.
On the mound, the Elizabethton Twins got enough pitching to win, though no pitcher logged even 3.0 innings. Starter Austin Schulfer gave up a pair of runs over 2 2/3 innings. Then Christian Broussard gave up two more runs over 2 1/3 innings. Seth Pinkerton gave up another run over two innings and Ricky Ramirez was credited with a win for two scoreless innings to end the game.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Red Sox 0 @ GCL Twins 2
It is always nice to shut out an opponent and both the Twins and the Red Sox held one another scoreless through seven innings before the Twins broke out for a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn the victory. Starter Prelander Berroa struck out seven over four innings, giving up just one hit and no walks but he didn’t go five innings and the Twins didn’t score any runs so he left with a no-decision. Donny Breek pitched three innings and gave up a walk, struck out two and did not give up a run or a hit. Still, with no runs, he did not earn a decision. Felix Jorge, on a rehab assignment, came in and struck out two in two innings, he gave up a hit and no runs and thanks to some timely hitting earned the W.
The Twins didn’t do much with the bats, but they picked up a couple of runs on a Gabe Snyder double. The double was the Twins’ only extra base hit of the game. The Twins had opportunities to put more runs on the board but were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Prelander Berroa, GCL Twins
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day –Luis Arraez, Fort Myers
TOP 20 PROSPECT PERFORMANCE
1. Royce Lewis, Cedar Rapids – 1-4, 1 K
3. Nick Gordon, Rochester – 1-3, 1 BB
4. Stephen Gonsalves, Rochester – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 1 K
5. Alex Kirilloff, Fort Myers – 4-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI
7. Brent Rooker, Chattanooga – 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RB, 2 K
10. Akil Baddoo, Cedar Rapids – 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
13. Lewin Diaz, Fort Myers – 3-4, 2 R, 1 BB
16. Ben Rortvedt, Fort Myers – 2-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI 1 BB, 1 K
17. Travis Blankenhorn, Fort Myers – 1-5, 2 K
19. Tyler Jay, Chattanooga – 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
20. Felix Jorge, GCL Twins – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester (6:05pm) – Aaron Slegers (5-4, 3.28)
Chattanooga (7:15pm) – Sean Poppen (1-3, 7.58)
Fort Myers (5:30pm) – TBD
Cedar Rapids (6:35pm) – Jordan Balazovic (1-1, 2.30)
Elizabethton (6:00pm) – Brian Rapp (0-0, -.--)
GCL Twins (12:00pm) - TBD
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