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Twins Minor League Report (7/11): Quiet Night in the Minors

With the Major League All-Star Game being played on Tuesday, most of the minor leagues were quiet on Tuesday. Minnesota Twins affiliates had just two games scheduled with the GCL Twins and Chattanooga Lookouts in action. A top prospect was on the hill in AA and was great in limited action, but there was little offense for the good guys in either game as both teams combined for just nine hits.
Image courtesy of Kim Klement, USA Today (photo of Fernando Romero)
Read on to find out who did what in the two games on Tuesday night!


RED WINGS REPORT
Scheduled Day Off

As mentioned, the Red Wings did not play on Tuesday, but in some fun MiLB promotion news they have decided to take on a new name for one night on August 10th that they have been promoting aggressively on their Twitter feed. They will be the “Rochester Plates” in honor of a Rochester food tradition served just down the street from Frontier Field. In an overwhelming response from fans, all the merchandise is already on back-order. Per the first link above, a “garbage plate” is: “two burgers (or two hot dogs) served on a bed of mac salad and home fries and topped with meat hot sauce and onions.” If I’m ever in Rochester I’ll have to try it!

The Triple-A All-Star Game is played on Wednesday, so the Red Wings will not be back in action until Thursday when they take on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on the road. Bartolo Colon will make the start for Rochester.

Pitcher Drew Rucinski will represent the Red Wings as the International League team takes on the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Zack Granite was also selected to the game from Rochester, though he will not play in the game, having been promoted to the Twins.


CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 1, Pensacola 4
Box Score

The Lookouts got another strong start from Fernando Romero in this one, and heading into the ninth inning he was still in line for the win. He went the first five innings and threw just 63 pitches, an apparent attempt to limit his innings moving forward has been implemented. He retired ten in a row at one point and struck out five on the game. He allowed just two hits and a walk to the Blue Wahoos lineup.

Chattanooga took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth as Max Murphy launched his first Southern League home run of the season.

Ryan Eades came on in relief of Romero and kept the score there for the next two innings, but ran into a heap of trouble in the eighth due to a single and two walks around a strikeout for his only out of the inning. In his 2.1 innings Eades allowed one hit, walked three and struck out four. Randy Rosario inherited the bases-loaded jam and gave up the go-ahead two-run double to the first batter he faced to put Pensacola out front. The third runner charged to Eades and one to Rosario then scored on an infield error before an outfield assist at home from Murphy got them out of the inning.

The Lookouts got the tying runner to the plate in the top of the ninth with one out after a LaMonte Wade single and walk to Jonathan Rodriguez, but an infield pop-up and strikeout ended the game.

Wade finished the game 2-3 with a walk and Carlos Paulino added a single for the offense that managed just four hits and struck out fourteen times on the game. They were 1-4 with runners in scoring position (runner did not score on the hit) and left four men on base.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Scheduled Day Off

The Miracle also got the day off to watch the Major League All-Star game and I’m guessing there might be a few players in attendance since the game is across the peninsula in Miami, but they will be back in action at the Charlotte Stone Crabs tomorrow night. Lewis Thorpe will be on the mound in the series opener and the Miracle have the best record in the Florida State League in the second half at 13-4.


KERNELS NUGGETS
Scheduled Day Off

The Kernels will begin a three game series on the road versus the West Michigan Whitecaps on Wednesday night, with left-hander Domenick Carlini on the hill. Cedar Rapids sits at 10-9 in the second half thus far, 4 games back of the Quad City River Bandits in the Western Division.


E-TWINS E-NOTES
Scheduled Day Off

Elizabethton will begin a stretch of 21 straight games when they hit the road to face off against the Burlington Royals on Wednesday. Moises Gomez will start the first game of the six-game road trip that starts the marathon. The Twins lead the West Division by a half-game at 13-6 in the short season Appalachian League.

You heard all about it in this column yesterday, but for some extra reading check out the notes on Brent Rooker and Royce Lewis’ day from MiLB.com’s daily prospect roundup.


GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Orioles 5, GCL Twins 2
Box Score

The Orioles got to Twins starter Jordan Balazovic early in this one. They scored one in the first and two in the second to jump out to a three-run lead before he pitched a scoreless third inning. But that was the end of his night. In three innings he allowed those three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out one.

Almicar Cruz came on for the fourth inning, and promptly surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced for a 4-0 Orioles lead. He did not give up any more runs in his two innings, striking out four but also allowing three hits and a walk.

The Twins got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth after Benjamin Gonzalez led off with a single and scored on a double from Kerby Camacho thanks to a throwing error from the left fielder. They closed the lead to 4-2 in the seventh as Camacho notched his second double of the game and was driven in by a Roni Tapia single up the middle.

Reliever Zach Featherstone came on in the sixth inning and pitched two scoreless frames. He walked two and struck out two. Austin Bizzle pitched the top of the eighth and allowed a run on two hits and two walks to make the score 5-2 before rains came and ended the game a bit early.

The top five hitters in the Twins lineup were 0-15 on the day, but in a weird box score irregularity, the entire lineup did not strike out once all game despite just five total hits and leaving only four men on base.


TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Pitcher of the Day – Fernando Romero, Chattanooga Lookouts (5.0IP, 2 H’s, BB, 5 K’s)
Hitter of the Day – Kerby Camacho, GCL Twins (2-2, R, 2 2B’s, BB)


WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Chattanooga @ Pensacola (6:35PM CST) - TBD
Fort Myers @ Charlotte (5:35PM CST) – LHP Lewis Thorpe (2-2, 2.23 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ West Michigan (6:00PM CST) – LHP Domenick Carlini (3-6, 5.53 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Burlington (6:00PM CST) – RHP Moises Gomez (0-0, 10.45 ERA)
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (11:00AM CST) - TBD


Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!


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Tommygun921
Jul 12 2017 04:57 AM
Good to see Rooker and Lewis doing well so far in GCL. Although should probably be expected from Rooker being older and more experienced than most there I imagine. I never did see.....did the Twins get Enlow and Leach both signed? Will either pitch or I guess....have they pitched this year?
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Bob Sacamento
Jul 12 2017 05:48 AM

 

Good to see Rooker and Lewis doing well so far in GCL. Although should probably be expected from Rooker being older and more experienced than most there I imagine. I never did see.....did the Twins get Enlow and Leach both signed? Will either pitch or I guess....have they pitched this year?

Yes both Enlow and Leach are signed, Enlow is in the GCL and dresses with the team.Currently Blayne is building arm strength back up after a long layoff from pitching.He should be making his debut in a week or so.As for Leach, I heard there were visa hangups on why he wasn'tin camp as of yet.

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Tommygun921
Jul 12 2017 05:56 AM
Thanks for info Bob! 👍
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Old Twins Cap
Jul 12 2017 06:10 AM
The other possibility with Romero, since he is on the 40 man, is that the TWins are dialing him back so he can pitch in relief at MLB level.

Once can hope.
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Yes both Enlow and Leach are signed, Enlow is in the GCL and dresses with the team.Currently Blayne is building arm strength back up after a long layoff from pitching.He should be making his debut in a week or so.As for Leach, I heard there were visa hangups on why he wasn'tin camp as of yet.

 

As of Sunday, he was hoping to be in Ft. Myers by Tuesday or Wednesday. I haven't heard if he's there yet or on his way, but it won't be much longer. 

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The other possibility with Romero, since he is on the 40 man, is that the TWins are dialing him back so he can pitch in relief at MLB level.

Once can hope.

 

 

I was told they'll likely limit him to five innings for a little while here to manage innings. Take that as you will. It could mean keeping him ready to call up later in the season, either to start or work out of the 'pen. It could just be keeping him fresh so that he can continue to develop, last longer into the season, and pitch for the Lookouts in the playoffs. 

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has it been 2 weeks yet? Is Rooker promoted?

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It's time to move Rooker. I'm ok with him starting in that league since he's getting used to playing everyday, habits and whatnot but it's time to move him to a more competitive environment. He's 22. He should be in A ball as a minimum now.

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Has anyone watched Lewis in the field yet?

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diehardtwinsfan
Jul 12 2017 11:36 AM

 

Has anyone watched Lewis in the field yet?

 

See Bob's summary here.

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Not sure why you limit his innings in this way,as opposed to shutting him down early, unless you think you're going to need him on the big club at some point.

 

Not sure why you limit his innings in this way,as opposed to shutting him down early, unless you think you're going to need him on the big club at some point.

A couple thoughts - 1) he might be up into the pen 2) an innings limit, as opposed to shutting him down early, still keeps him on his routine of getting ready for a start every fifth day (or whatever it is in AA). 


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