Twins Minor League Report (8/14): Buxton’s Back, Lewis Stays Hot
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Rochester 8, Columbus 0
Byron Buxton wasted little time making his presence known in the Rochester line-up. He made a tremendous double play in the bottom of the fourth inning before cracking a three-run home run in the top of the fifth. He ended the night by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Buxton wasn’t the only bat with a strong showing in the line-up. Kennys Vargas reached base four times including a three-hit effort. He added a double and drove in a pair of runs. Nick Gordon finished 2-for-5 with his 13th double and a stolen base. Juan Graterol also had two hits and scored two runs.
On the mound, Stephen Gonsalves continued to pitch well. He tossed six shutout innings by limiting the Clippers to three hits. He struck out five and walked two on the way to his ninth win. DJ Baxendale pitched a pair of scoreless innings by striking out two and walking one. John Curtiss finished the shutout as he allowed two hits and had one strikeout in the final frame.
Chattanooga 1, Mississippi 3
The Lookouts matched the Braves with six hits but the team committed two defensive errors that impacted the final outcome. Tyler Wells allowed two runs in the first frame but he settled in nicely from there and didn't allow another run. He finished six strong innings by striking out seven and walking only one. Devin Smeltzer saw one unearned run score against him as he struck out three in two innings of work.
Zander Wiel and Jaylin Davis each reached base three times as part of multi-hit games. Brian Navarreto and Luis Arraez both went 1-for-4 with Navarreto scoring the team’s only run. Overall, the team left 11 men on base and went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Fort Myers 12, Charlotte 13
Runs were certainly not at a premium in this one as the teams combined for 25 runs on 29 hits including six home runs. Mark Contreras led the offensive charge with two home runs and five RBIs. Royce Lewis had two hits, a home run and a triple. Alex Kirilloff and Jose Miranda both went 2-for-5 with a home run for each.
The mound was a mess for the Miracle. Clark Beeker got hit around to the tune of seven runs on nine hits in less than three innings. Colton Davis stopped the bleeding even if it was only temporary. He allowed one run on two hits over three innings. He struck out four. Alex Robinson had some control problems as he walked three batters and allowed four runs on but gave up only one hit. Ryan Mason and Hector Lujan combined to allow only one run over the final 2 2/3 innings.
Cedar Rapids 0, Quad Cities 5
Cedar Rapids had a tough time stringing hits together as the club was held without an extra-base hit. In fact, the Kernels had only three opportunities to bat with a runner in scoring position. First-round pick Trevor Larnach went 1-for-4 and added an outfield assist. Trey Cabbage finished 1-for-3 but struck out twice.
Tyler Watson took the loss after allowing four runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings. There were some control issues as he walked five batters but he also struck out five. Jose Martinez surrendered one run, a home run, in 2 1/3 innings. Derek Molina finished the game with two scoreless innings and he racked up four strikeouts.
Elizabethton 6, Greeneville 0
Elizabethton pitchers combined for their fourth shutout this season. Luis Rijo pitched into the seventh inning (6 2/3 IP) without allowing a run. In fact, he hasn’t allowed a run yet in the Twins organization. Pedro Garcia finished off the game by allowing only one hit in 2 1/3 innings.
Every batter in the E-Twins line-up collected a hit. Albee Weiss and Ricky De La Torre each went 2-for-4 and Weiss added his fourth double. Jean Carlos Arias had one hit, a triple, and came around to score a run. Alex Robles and Colton Burns each reached base two times.
GCL TWINS TALK
GCL Twins 0, GCL Orioles 3
The GCL Twins struggled on the offensive side of the ball by being limited to three hits. Gabe Snyder and Hunter Lee each reached base twice. Estamy Urena and Charles Mack both went 1-for-5. No one was able to collect an extra-base hit and the team went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Regi Grace started but was pulled in the first inning after allowing two runs on two hits. Andrui Marin pitched 4 1/3 innings and struck out four while walking one. He allowed one run on four hits. Casey Crosby and Steven Cruz combined for three shutout innings to end the game.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Mark Contreras, Fort Myers (3-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R)
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Luis Rijo, Elizabethton (6.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, BB, 5 H)
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, HR, 3B, 2 R, RBI, K
2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): 2-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 K
3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): Did not play.
4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K
5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, 3 H
6. Trevor Larnach (CR): 1-for-4
7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 0-for-3, 2 BB
8. Akil Baddoo (CR): Did not play.
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-5, 2 K
13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 1-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K
14. Lewis Thorpe (ROC): Did not play.
15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): Did not play.
16. Yunior Severino (ET): 1-for-5, 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-for-4, 2 K
WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Columbus (11:05 AM CST) – LHP Lewis Thorpe (Triple-A Debut)
Chattanooga @ Mississippi (7:00 CST) – LHP Dietrich Enns
Fort Myers vs. Charlotte (6:00 CST) – RHP Brusdar Graterol (3-2, 4.06 ERA)
Cedar Rapids vs. Peoria (6:35 CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (8-4, 3.43ERA)
Elizabethton – Schedule Off-Day
GCL Twins vs. GCL Orioles (TBD) – TBD
GCL Twins vs. GCL Orioles (Game 2) – TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions about Tuesday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.