Twins Minor League Report (7/29): De La Trinidad Makes His Mark, Williams Homers Twice
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Rochester 2, Louisville 3 (10 Innings)
Rochester took an early lead in this one but it would quickly fade away. Jeremy Hazelbaker drew a one-out walk in the third inning before Taylor Motter cracked a two-run home run. In the bottom of the third, Stephen Gonsalves quickly surrendered the lead. Three singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly meant the game was tied. Gonsavles pitched six innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
On rehab, Addison Reed pitched a scoreless inning without allowing a hit. He had one strikeout and walked two batters. John Curtiss struck out three and walked one over two scoreless innings. Luke Bard took the loss but the only run he allowed was the runner who started on second in extra-innings.
Rochester didn’t have much offense outside of that third frame. The team was limited to three hits and five walks.
Chattanooga 3, Tennessee 8
This game evolved from a pitcher’s duel in the early innings before the Smokies bats woke up. Omar Bencomo pitched into the fifth inning and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked two. Sam Clay ran into the most damage. He couldn’t pitch a full inning and he allowed four runs on four hits. Paco Rodriguez and Andrew Vasquez each pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed a run each.
Zander Wiel lead the offensive charge. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Brent Rooker and Luis Arraez both had multi-hit games and Arraez drove in two runs. Jaylin Davis added his 8th double, one of the team’s three extra-base hits.
Overall, the team went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.
Fort Myers 8, Daytona 6
The Miracle struck the final couple of blows in this back-and-forth contest. Newly acquired Ernie De La Trinidad went 3-for-4 with a three-run bomb and he scored two runs in the game. Alex Kirilloff continued to stay hot as he finished 2-for-5 and his late inning double extended his hit streak to 13 games. He also scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch and drove in an important run in the seventh inning.
Travis Blankenhorn went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two RBI. Royce Lewis also had a multi-hit game. Mark Contreras reached base three times and scored two runs.
On the mound, Bryan Sammons got into some early trouble as he walked five batters in four innings of work. He allowed four earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts but he would be long gone before this one was decided. Colton Davis took over for Sammons but he allowed one run on two hits in his inning of work. Clark Beeker was a savior in this game. He limited Daytona to one hit over the four shutout innings to finish the game. He struck out three and didn’t walk any.
Fort Myers has won four consecutive series.
Cedar Rapids 0, Quad Cities 6
Cedar Rapids drew a season-high 10 walks but the team was limited to two hits en route to being shutout. In fact, every batter in the Kernels line-up reached base at least once with the exception of David Banuelos. Gabriel Maciel reached base three times out of the lead-off spot. Andrew Bechtold went 1-for-3 and had the team’s lone extra-base hit, a double. Jean Carlos Arias was held hitless but he reached base twice.
Jordan Balazovic ran into some early trouble as he surrendered four runs in the first innings. He settled in from there and only allowed one more run over the next five frames. He finished by allowing five runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Melvi Acosta pitched the final three innings and allowed one run on four hits with four strikeouts.
Elizabethton 4, Bristol 7
Three defensive errors allowed three unearned runs to be scored in this one and that was the difference. Brian Rapp started and lasted four innings. He struck out five and didn’t walk any but allowed four runs on six hits. Austin Schulfer saw two unearned runs score in three frames. He struck out three and walked two. Moises Gomez pitched a shutout inning. Zach Neff walked a batter in the ninth before ran cut this game short.
Chris Williams, a 2018 8th round pick, continued his hot hitting. The Clemson product cranked a pair of home runs to up his season total to 11. First-round pick Trevor Larnach reached base twice and collected his second double of the season. Michael Helman added his second home run of the year.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Ernie De La Trinidad, Fort Myers (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, K)
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Stephen Gonsalves, Rochester (6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 6 K, BB)
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed. Please note that this Prospect Summary has been updated.
1. Royce Lewis (FM): 2-for-5, RBI, 2 R
2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): Did not play.
4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 1-for-3, BB, K
5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 K, BB
6. Trevor Larnach (ET): 1-for-3, 2B, R, BB
7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 2-for-4, RBI, BB, K
8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 0-for-4, BB, 2 K
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): 0-for-2, 2 BB, K
13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K
14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): Did not play.
15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): Did not play.
16. Yunior Severino (ET): Did not play.
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): 2-for-5, 2 RBI
MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Scranton/WB (6:05 CST) – RHP Kohl Stewart (0-3, 4.50 ERA)
Rochester vs. Scranton/WB (Game 2) – TBD
Chattanooga @ Tennessee (6:00 CST) – TBD
Fort Myers – Scheduled Off-Day
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:05 CST) – RHP Jhoan Duran (5-4, 4.73 ERA)
Elizabethton – Scheduled Off-Day
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (11:00 AM CST) – TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions about Sunday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.
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