Twins Minor League Report (7/16): Palka, Paulino Power Wings Win
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RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Norfolk 0
A couple of big hits and some terrific pitching was the recipe for a Red Wings win on Saturday night. Andrew Albers started and worked six shutout innings. He gave up eight hits, walked two and struck out two. DJ Baxendale worked two scoreless innings, striking out one. He has now thrown 10.1 scoreless innings out of the Red Wings bullpen. Ryan O’Rourke struck out one in a scoreless ninth.
Carlos Paulino led the way. He went 2-3 and had a two-run single. Daniel Palka added his third Red Wings homer. Wilfredo Tovar (17) and Tommy Field (8) each added a double. Byung Ho Park went 1-2 and was hit by a pitch.
Chattanooga 8, Mobile 7
With the Lookouts down a run going into the 7th inning, Shannon Wilkerson came up and doubled, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs. They were able to hold on for the win.
Tyler Jay made his second start for the Lookouts. He gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out four. Mason Melotakis came on and gave up a run in his inning. Zack Jones worked two innings and recorded four strikeouts. He gave up his first run of the season with the Lookouts. WIth the lead back, it was Trevor Hildenberger who threw the final inning to record his 15th save. He gave up a hit and struck out two in his scoreless inning.
Did you ever wonder how Jeremy Nygaard feels about what should be done with Hildenberger?
Dalton Hicks went 3-5 with two RBI. Zach Granite went 2-5 with his 10th double. Niko Goodrum went 2-4. Ryan Walker went 1-3 with a walk and his eighth stolen base. Mitch Garver led the way again. He went 1-2 and was hit by a pitch, walked and hit a big three-run homer in the first inning. It was his ninth homer of the year.
Ft. Myers 2, Tampa 1 (13 innings)
Down 1-0 in the 8th, TJ White launched his fifth home run of the year to tie the game. In the 13th, the Miracle scored on an error and held on for the win.
Sam Clay started for the Miracle. He gave up no runs on three hits over five innings. He struck out five. The only problem was that he also walked seven batters and just 43 of his 85 pitches were strikes. John Curtiss came on and gave up an unearned run over his two innings. He struck out two. Todd Van Steensel pitched a scoreless inning. Yorman Landa struck out two over two scoreless innings. Michael Theofanopoulos worked three shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked two (one intentional) and struck out five to gain the Win.
Joe Maloney went 3-6 with his fifth and sixth doubles for the Miracle. Nick Gordon extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-5 game and his average is now at .304. Tanner Witt went 2-6.
Cedar Rapids 13, Ft. Wayne 10 (10 innings)
This game definitely started out poorly for the Kernels, but with a big comeback and a lot of hits they put together another win. The Kernels were down 6-0 after two innings and 8-1 after four innings, so it was quite improbable.
Sam Gibbons is back in the rotation, though on this night it did not go well. He gave up eight runs (five earned) on six hits in just four innings. Three of the hits left the ballpark. He also walked two and struck two out. Kuo Hua Lo came on and threw three scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out two. Tom Hackimer was charged with two unearned runs over his two innings. He struck out four and got credit for the win. With the lead in the 10th, Williams Ramirez came on and struck out two in a perfect inning for the save.
The Kernels accumulated 23 hits in this game. 2016 draft pick Casey Scoggins went 4-7 with his fourth double, three RBI and his first stolen base. Rainis Silva went 4-6. Nelson Molina entered the game after Jermaine Palacios left after being hit by a pitch. Molina went 3-4 with a triple and four RBI. He also stole his fourth base. Luis Arraez had yet another multi-hit game, his 32nd of the year. He was 3-6 with a walk. It was his tenth game with at least three hits. He also stole his first base of the season. Zander Wiel was 3-7. He hit his 18th double as well as his ninth and tenth home runs. Chris Cavaness added two hits as well.
Elizabethton 1, Princeton 5
Ryan Mason made another start for the Twins. He threw four shutout innings. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out three. Alex Schik came on and gave up three runs on five hits over three innings. He struck out five without issuing a walk. Hector Lujan gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits in the eighth inning. He struck out two.
Brandon Lopez was hit by a pitch to start the game. He left the game and was replaced by Ariel Montesino who went 2-3. Alex Kirilloff went 2-4 with his sixth double. Roberto Gonzalez was 2-4 with his first triple. He drove in the lone run for the Twins.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 2, GCL Red Sox 4
The Twins got a great start but the offense just wasn’t able to come through. Brady Anderson, the non-drafted free agent from Florida Gulf Coast, gave up just one hit over the first five innings. He walked none and struck out three. Next, 2016 draft pick Matt Jones came in for his professional debut. He walked both batters he faced before being removed. Zach Strecker came in and both inherited runners scored. He gave up four hits and two more runs in the inning. Two of the outs came on strikeout. Garrett Kelly pitched the final two innings. He gave up a hit and walked two over two scoreless innings. He struck out three.
Jorge Munoz led the offense. He went 2-3 with a walk and his third double. Jorge Andrade added his third double.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Brian Anderson, GCL Twins
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Zander Wiel, Cedar Rapids Kernels
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Norfolk @ Rochester (12:35 CST) - RHP Jose Berrios
Mobile @ Chattanooga (1:15 CST) - RHP Felix Jorge
Lakeland @ Ft. Myers (3:05 CST) - RHP Fernando Romero
Cedar Rapids @ Ft. Wayne (12:05 CST) – RHP Eduardo del Rosario
Elizabethton @ Princeton (4:00 CST) - RHP Sean Poppen
GCL Twins - No Game Scheduled
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