Twins Minor League Report (7/9): Duran and Jax Deal
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Jhoan Duran)Keep reading to find out how it all went down in those games for your favorite prospects!
- In Double-A, Pensacola placed RHP Andro Cutura on the 7-day injured list.
- Fresh off his Futures Game appearance, RHP Jordan Balazovic was activated from the temporarily inactive list for Fort Myers.
- The Cedar Rapids Kernels released RHP Tanner Howell, assigned LHP Petru Balan to the GCL Twins, and were assigned RHP Rickey Ramirez from Fort Myers.
- In the Appalachian League, Elizabethton was assigned RHP Seth Pinkerton and placed RHP Owen Griffith on the 7-day injured list.
- The GCL Twins were assigned the recently inked SS Alec Craig, but in unfortunate news transferred RHP Landon Leach from the 7-day injured list to the 60-day IL.
Triple-A All-Star Game Break
The Red Wings continue to be off for the Triple-A All-Star break. The game will be played Wednesday night with Tomas Telis and Brent Rooker representing the Twins organization for the International League squad.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Pensacola 4, Birmingham 2 (10 innings)
It was a Southern League pitcher’s duel for the Blue Wahoos and Barons on Tuesday as the teams combined for just three runs and six hits through the game’s first eight innings.
Griffin Jax made the start for Pensacola and was fantastic over six innings. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and three walks to notch a quality start. He struck out six and 55 of his 90 pitches went for strikes (61%), including fourteen swinging. Adam Bray came on for the seventh and went two scoreless innings in relief to get them through the eighth. He gave up one hit and walked one along with a strikeout.
To that point the score was 2-1 in favor of the Barons, with the Blue Wahoos lone run coming from a Jordan Gore home run in the third inning. In the top of the ninth Pensacola was able to tie the game thanks to a two-out RBI double from Southern League All-Star Caleb Hamilton. He drove in Mark Contreras who had led off the inning with a walk.
In the bottom of the ninth Sam Clay delivered a one-two-three inning including a strikeout to extend the game to extra innings.
In the top of the tenth, despite the runner starting on second base getting cut down on a fielder’s choice play, the Blue Wahoos were able to mount a rally with consecutive singles from Travis Blankenhorn and Alex Kirilloff that scored one. After a strikeout, Contreras stepped to the plate and clubbed a double to make it 4-2.
Clay was back out for the bottom half and recorded two quick outs before giving up a single to put runners on the corners. He buckled down on the next hitter, getting him to fly out to end the game. He finished with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season.
Daytona 2, Fort Myers 1
Fort Myers starter Jhoan Duran put forth another strong outing, finishing six innings to record his fourth quality start of the year, and fourth in his last seven outings. He has yet to allow more than three runs in any start so far on the season. Against the Tortugas on this day, he allowed two runs in the fifth inning thanks to a home run, but that was it as he scattered six other hits along with no walks while punching out eight.
Unfortunately for him, he was bettered by Daytona’s pitchers as they held the Miracle offense in check for the first seven innings. Royce Lewis finally got the Miracle on the board in the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run, his seventh of the year.
Joe Record came on to begin the seventh and would finish the next 2 1/3 innings. He worked around a single in the seventh and single and walk in the eighth before running into some trouble in the ninth. An error by Lewis led off the inning, and a one-out walk later brought in Johan Quezada. He loaded the bases with a walk of his own, but then got a double-play ball to end the threat and give his team a chance in the bottom half.
They weren’t able to muster even a threat however, as they went down in order to fall to Daytona 2-1.
Lewis (2-for-4) and Ryan Costello (2-for-4, 2B) each collected multiple hits to lead the lineup that was 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left only six men on base all game.
Scheduled Day Off
Cedar Rapids got Tuesday off to travel the short distance back home after a three-game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits. They begin a six-game homestand against the Great Lakes Loons and Lansing Lugnuts starting Wednesday with right-hander Tyler Palm scheduled to take the mound.
Scheduled Day Off
Like their Midwest League friends, Elizabethton had the day off to travel after a home-and-home two-game series against their rivals Johnson City. They begin a seven-game homestand against the Burlington Royals tomorrow night.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins -, GCL Pirates - Postponed
Multiple games in the Gulf Coast League were affected by rain on Tuesday, including the Twins facing off against the Pirates. They’ll get back to action for two against the Orioles tomorrow morning.
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Jhoan Duran, Fort Myers Miracle (6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 8 K)
Hitter of the Day – Royce Lewis, Fort Myers Miracle (2-for-4, HR, RBI)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Fort Myers) - 2-for-4, HR (7), RBI
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 1-for-5, RBI, K
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Fort Myers) - 1-for-4, K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - No game
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL) - Game postponed
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - All-Star Break
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Fort Myers) - L (1-8), 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 8 K
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - All-Star Break
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - All-Star Break
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Fort Myers) - 0-for-3, BB, K
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - All-Star Break
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - No game
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - 0-for-3, 2 K
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Fort Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL) - 1-for-1, RBI (defensive substitution in 8th inning)
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 1-for-5, R, K
WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester - Triple-A All-Star Game
Pensacola - Scheduled day off
Daytona @ Fort Myers (11AM CST) - TBD
Great Lakes @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) - RHP Tyler Palm (1-4, 4.35 ERA)
Burlington @ Elizabethton (5:30PM CST) - TBD
GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00AM CST) - TBD
Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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