Twins Minor League Report (7/8): Alcala, Kirilloff Shine for Pensacola
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Jorge Alcala)Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with the transactions of the day.
- Blake Parker was activated from the Paternity List.
- Following Sunday’s game, Devin Smeltzer was optioned to Rochester.
- Yeltsin Encarnacion was returned to Cedar Rapids from Rochester.
- Royce Lewis was activated by the Miracle from the temporary inactive list (Futures Game).
- Cody Allen was placed on the temporary inactive list by the Miracle. No issue, just giving him his All-Star break.
- RHP Sawyer Gipson was placed on the Elizabethton roster.
- The Twins signed RHP Steve Theetge, a non-drafted player out of Bryant University.
- Jaylin Davis was named the International League Hitter of the Week.
- Andrew Cabezas was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week.
The Red Wings are on their All-Star break… well, except for Brent Rooker and Tomas Telis who will be participating in the game.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 1, Birmingham 2
There weren’t a lot of runs scored in this game, but unfortunately, the Wahoos lost on a walk-off homer in the ninth.
Jorge Alcala put together his first really good start in a while. In six scoreless innings, he gave up just four hits and one walk. He struck out seven batters. Jeff Ames came on and was charged with an unearned run on two hits and a walk over two innings. Anthony Vizcaya came on for the ninth but gave up a leadoff homer to end the game.
Alex Kirilloff led the offense. He went 3-for-4 with his second triple. Joe Cronin walked, hit his fourth double and stole his sixth base.
Ft. Myers 1, Daytona 6
Cole Sands put together another quality start for the Miracle, but the offense didn’t provide enough run support. Sands gave up three runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out five batters. Ricky Ramirez came on and gave up three runs on two hits over two innings. He walked three and hit a batter while striking out two. Derek Molina pitched a scoreless ninth.
Gabriel Maciel provided the offense. He hit his second home run since joining the Miracle. Royce Lewis returned directly from Cleveland and went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Cedar Rapids 6, Quad Cities 5
In his first game with the Kernels (and his first game with the E-Twins this year), Tyler Wells hit a walk-off double. On this night, he singled in two runs to cap a four-run top of the ninth for the Kernels. Earlier in the game, Gilberto Celestino had a two-run single. He was 2-for-4 with a walk in the game.
Austin Schulfer started for Cedar Rapids. He gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out five without issuing a walk. Tanner Howell gave up two hits but no runs in the sixth inning. Brian Rapp gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in the seventh inning. JT Perez struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning, and Jose Martinez struck out one in a perfect ninth for the save.
E-Twins 3, Johnson City 4
Matt Wallner led the offense. He went 2-for-4 with his fifth double. Ruben Santana was also 2-for-4 in the game. Anthony Prato went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Ryley Widell started. The left gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out seven batters. Steven Cruz walked two and struck oune out in a scoreless 1 2/3 innings. Frandy Torres worked two innings. He gave up a run on two hits and struck out three. Dylan Thomas started the ninth, but he gave up a run on two hits before recording an out to take the loss.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 1, GCL Pirates 4
Bailey Ober was back on the mound for his second rehab start. The lanky right-hander gave up an unearned run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter in five innings. He struck out eight. Niall Windeler came on for the sixth inning and gave up two runs on three hits in the inning. Donny Breek pitched the last two innings. He gave up one run on one hit. He walked three and struck out five.
Wander Valdez went 2-for-3. LaRon Smith hit his second double. Francisco Martinez provided the one run with his first homer of the season.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jorge Alcala, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Alex Kirilloff, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, BB, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 3-4, 3B(2), R
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-4
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, BB, 3 K
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - Did Not Play
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - All Star Break
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - All Star Break
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - All Star Break
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 1-4
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - All Star Break
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 204, 2B(5), R, RBI
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did Not Play
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (82 pitches, 57 strikes)
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 3-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB(13)
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 0-4, 2 K
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester - All Star Break
Pensacola @ Birmingham (7:05 CST) - TBD
Daytona @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - TBD
Cedar Rapids - No Game Scheduled
Elizabethton - No Game Scheduled
GCL Twins @ GCL Pirates (11:00 CST) - TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Monday games or any other minor league topics you would like.
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