Twins Minor League Report (6/9): Ticked Off La Tortuga
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (Willians Astudillo)TRANSACTIONS
RHP Cody Stashak promoted to Rochester from Pensacola.
RHP Randy Dobnak transferred to Pensacola from Rochester.
IF Randy Cesar transferred to Pensacola from Rochester.
IF Ryan Costello transferred to Fort Myers from Pensacola.
LHP J.T. Perez promoted to Cedar Rapids from Elizabethton.
RHP Frandy Torres promoted to Cedar Rapids from GCL Twins.
RHP Brian Rapp placed on the 7-day IL (lower back strain).
IF Hunter Lee transferred to Elizabethton from Fort Myers.
RHP Tyler Palm transferred to Elizabethton from Cedar Rapids.
The Twins announced their weekly Hitter and Pitcher of the Week:
- Hitter of the Week: Jake Cave, Rochester
- Pitcher of the Week: Sean Poppen, Rochester
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 5, Pawtucket 3
Rochester fell into an early hole as Chase De Jong allowed a first inning run to the Red Sox. He was able to settle in from there as he didn’t allow another run in his five innings pitched. He struck out one and walked one.
The Red Wings offense took a little time to get going. In the third, Drew Maggi singled and Luis Arraez walked to put a runner in scoring position. Willians Astudillo singled to drive in Maggi and Rochester had tied the game at 1-1. Jake Cave wasn’t going to take his award lightly. He cracked his fourth home run of the season in the top of the sixth to put the Red Wings up 2-1.
The eighth inning might have been the most important one for the Red Wings and they did all their damage with two outs. Nick Gordon started the damage with a single to right. La Tortuga stepped to the plate and crushed a two-run bomb. Rochester would win by two and this home run was the difference.
Jake Reed was credited with his second win after he allowed one run, a home run, in two innings. He stuck out one and walked two. In one inning of work, D.J. Baxendale surrendered one run, a solo home run, but he struck out two. Zack Littell earned his first save with a perfect ninth inning where he struck out two.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 0, Tennessee 8
For Jorge Alcala, it was not his day. He allowed four first inning runs as he struggled to make it through three innings of work. Overall, he allowed five runs on five hits with a strikeout and a walk. Anthony Vizcaya took over for Alcala and struggled with his control. He walked three batters in 1 2/3 innings, but he only allowed one hit and he collected a pair of strikeouts.
Pensacola had little offense to write home about. The team left eight runners on base and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The team didn’t collect a walk in the entire game and not a single batter was able to register multiple hits. Jimmy Kerrigan had the only extra-base hit, a double.
Williams Ramirez allowed one run in 2/3 of an inning. He struck out one and walked one. Zack Weiss was charged with pitching the final 2 2/3 inning of the game. He allowed two runs on five hits with four strike outs and two walks.
Ft. Myers 0, Jupiter 8
Fort Myers struggled to find any offense in this one as the club was held to three hits. Michael Helman had the team’s only extra-base hit, a double. Trevor Larnach and Aaron Whitefield both went 1-for-4. With the hit, Larnach extended his hitting streak to eight games. Overall, the club left seven men on base but had only three opportunities to bat with runners in scoring position.
Edwar Colina took the loss but he pitched well. In seven innings, he allowed three runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking one. He continued to reach triple digits with his fastball. Calvin Faucher ran into some issues later in the game. He allowed five runs in his two innings on the mound.
Fort Myers currently sits in first place in the Florida State League South Division. The Miracle hold a 1.0 game lead over Bradenton and a 1.5 game lead over Palm Beach.
Cedar Rapids 7, Peoria 2 (Game 1- 7 Innings)
Cedar Rapids scored six runs in the game’s final three innings to come out victorious. Yeltsin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Wander Javier reached base three times while scoring a run and driving in a run. Andrew Bechtold had an interesting day. He scored two runs without recording a hit because he walked in all four plate appearances.
Andrew Cabezas went five innings and didn’t allow an earned run. He struck out five and walked two. Moises Gomez finished the final two innings. He allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Cedar Rapids 1, Peoria 2 (Game 2- 7 Innings)
The Kernels couldn’t find the big hit in the second game of the double-header. Cedar Rapids went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. Ricky Del La Torre had the team’s only run, a solo home run in the sixth inning. Peoria quickly answered back with the game-winning run in the bottom of the frame.
Zach Neff struck out six batters in five innings of work. He limited Peoria to one run on three hits. Frandy Torres took the loss as he allowed the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. He walked two and struck out one in his inning of work.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
TD Pitcher of the Day- Zach Neff, Cedar Rapids (5.0 IP, ER, 3 H, 6 K, 0 BB)
TD Hitter of the Day- Willians Astudillo, Rochester (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, R)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 0-4
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – Injured list
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Injured list
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 1-3, BB, K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 3-6, RBI, R, BB, 2 K
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 1-3, BB, K
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – Did not pitch
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – Tommy John surgery, out for the year
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 1-4, R, 2 K
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Injured list
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – Did not play
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – 0-4, K
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, RBI, BB, K
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – 1.0 IP, SV, 2 K
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 1-4, RBI
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – 3.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, K, BB
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 0-3, 3 K, BB
MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester – Scheduled Off-Day
Pensacola @ Biloxi (6:35 CST) – RHP Andro Cutura (1-2, 4.45 ERA)
Fort Myers @ Tampa (3:30 CST) – TBD
Fort Myers @ Tampa (Game 2) – TBD
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (11:05 AM CST) – RHP Kai-Wei Teng (0-0, 4.91 ERA)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Sunday’s games.