Twins Minor League Report (7/26): Kirilloff Hitting Streak Continues, Tyler Watson Pitches a Gem
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Taylor Grzelakowski)Transactions – Fort Myers placed Joe Cronin on the DL retroactive to July 24th with a sore wrist, and Victor Tademo was promoted from the GCL Twins to take his place.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 0 @ Indianapolis 4
Rochester managed just four hits and could not keep Indianapolis off the board. LaMonte Wade and Andy Wilkins both had a double but outside of those two only Kennys Vargas and Jeremy Hazelbaker managed singles. Nick Gordon was 0-for-3 with a walk.
Starter Fernando Romero went 7 2/3 innings, mostly cruising after giving up three runs in the first. He gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out a pair. Luke Bard recorded the final out for the Red Wings, striking out the only batter he faced.
Pensacola 4 @ Chattanooga 1
Chattanooga outhit Pensacola 7-6 but managed only one run and committed three errors, falling 4-1. Brent Rooker had a solid night, 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. No other hitter had multiple hits, but Chris Paul hit a solo home run as part of his 1-for-4 evening.
Dietrich Enns was tagged with the loss, going seven innings and giving up just three hits and two runs. He struck out six. Andrew Vasquez went 1 inning and gave up another two runs (one earned) and struck out three. Sam Clay pitched a scoreless ninth.
Fort Myers 9 @ Dayton 8
Alex Kirilloff extended his hitting streak to ten games, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and a pair of RBIs as the designated hitter, helping the Miracle win an 11-inning squeaker. The Miracle scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to take the lead, but Daytona scored another run in the bottom half of the inning to force extras. Each team scored two runs in the 10th to keep the game alive, and Fort Myers took the lead for good scoring a run in the top of the 11th on a fielding error. Royce Lewis was 2-for-7 with a pair of runs scored. Taylor Grzelakowski had a huge night, 5-for-6 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Ben Rodriguez had a pair of hits as well as part of his 2-for-6 night with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored.
While not terribly effective as a unit, giving up eight runs, the Miracle pitching staff did just enough to guide them to a win. Griffin Jax pitched the first four innings giving up five runs on five hits, striking out seven and walking none. Alex Robinson pitched two and gave up just one one, striking out four. Adam Bray pitched two more innings, giving up no hits, he walked one and struck out four. Ryan Mason earned a blown save and the win with two innings of three-run baseball. Colton Davis kept the Tortugas off the board in the eleventh inning earning his first save of the year.
Clinton 1 @ Cedar Rapids 9
Cedar Rapids gave the home crowd of 2,327 plenty to cheer about, drubbing the Lumberkings 9-1. The Kernels were led by Michael Davis who was 2-for-3 with two home runs and a walk. He scored two runs and contributed three RBIs. Jared Akins also had a pair of hits and three RBIs of his own.
Starter Tyler Watson went seven innings and gave up just one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out nine. Jared Finkel pitched the final two innings, keeping Clinton hitless and he struck out a pair.
Elizabethton Twins Talk
Elizabethton 0 @ Burlington 5
The Twins struggled to hit and score runs on Thursday night. E-Town managed just three hits, one from Yunior Severino, one from Alex Robles, and one from Tyler Webb. None went for extra bases. As a team the Twins were just 3-for-30 with 3 walks and 5 strike outs.
Starter Andrew Cabezas went six innings and gave up just two runs, one earned, scattering four hits. He struck out five and did not walk anyone. Tanner Howell replaced him for two innings and gave up three runs on three hits.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Rays 3 @ GCL Twins 1
The Twins fell behind early and couldn’t muster enough runs against the GCL Rays, falling 3-1. The GCL Twins managed just four hits, one each from Yeison Perez, Janigson Villalobos, Christian Cavaness and Estamy Urena.
Twins started Landon Leach went five innings, giving up just a pair of hits and an unearned run, but left with the game tied and earned a no-decision. Denny Bentley was tagged with the loss after giving up a pair of runs in 1 1/3 innings, on three hits. Osiris German pitched a clean two-thirds innings and Junior Navas gave up four hits over two innings but kept the Rays off the board.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Watson, Cedar Rapids
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Taylor Grzelakowski, Fort Myers
TOP 20 PROSPECT PERFORMANCE
1. Royce Lewis (FM): 2-7, 2 R, 1 K
2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): 3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI
3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): Did not play
4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 0-4, 1 BB
5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): Did not play
6. Trevor Larnach (ET): 0-3, 1 BB
7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 0-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
9. Wander Javier: Out of for the season
10. Zack Littell (ROC): Did not play
11. Blayne Enlow (CR): Did not play
12. LaMonte Wade (ROC): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 0-3, 1 K
14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): Did not play
15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): 1-4, 2 BB, 1 K
16. Yunior Severino (ET): 1-4, 1 K
17. Lewin Diaz (FM): Did not play
18. Ryan Jeffers (ET): Did not play
19. Jacob Pearson (CR): Did not play
20. Luis Arraez (CHAT): 1-4
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester (6:00pm) – Zack Littell (1-4, 3.63)
Chattanooga (7:15pm) – Lewis Thorpe (5-4, 3.89)
Fort Myers (6:05pm) – Brusdar Graterol (1-2, 6.20)
Cedar Rapids (7:35pm) – Bailey Ober (7-1, 3.88)
Elizabethton (6:00pm) – TBD
GCL Twins (11:00am) - TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Thursday's games.
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