Twins Minor League Report (8/16): Wiel With A Walkoff
Image courtesy of Linwood Ferguson (photo of Zander Wiel)Find out everything and more that happened happened in the Twins system on Wednesday.
Let’s start with the transactions of the day:
- RHP Chris Heston was removed from the Red Wings disabled list. He had made one appearance in the GCL this week.
- RHP Michael Kohn has been moved from the GCL to Ft. Myers as he tries to return from shoulder surgery.
- With the Twins postponement on Wednesday, the Twins will play twice on Thursday. The team announced that RHP Aaron Slegers will be the team's 26th man and start the night game. In his last 10 starts, he is 9-0 with a 2.10 ERA. (Glen Perkins was activated and Dietrich Enns placed on the DL.)
- We have also learned that Kohl Stewart will be promoted to Rochester to start on Friday. Yohan Pino was promoted to Rochester on Thursday.
Rochester 4, Columbus 3 (11 innings)
They had to play a couple of extra innings, but the Red Wings were able to pick up another win on Wednesday night.
David Hurlbut started and gave up one run on seven hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out four with no walks. Luke Bard came on and got out of the seventh. The eighth inning was not a good inning for inherited runners. Bard started the inning and gave up a double. He got a ground out for the first out. Mason Melotakis came on to face Tyler Naquin who doubled in a run. Jake Reed came on and got a strikeout before giving up an RBI single.
Reed ended up going two innings and struck out two. Alex Wimmers got the final five outs, four of them on strikeouts.
Niko Goodrum led the offense. He went 3-5 with his 24th double. Mitch Garver got things going in the first inning with an RBI single. Daniel Palka had RBI singles in the third and eighth innings. In the 11th inning, Mitch Garver hit his 29th double. It was followed shortly by an RBI single from Kennys Vargas which proved to be the game-winner.
Chattanooga 6, Tennessee 3
The Lookouts put together a lot of hits. They scored six runs and even left nine others on base. Jonathan Rodriguez led the way with another big game. The first baseman went 2-4 with a walk, his 27th double and his 17th home run. Andy Wilkins was 3-5 with his 14th double. Ryan Walker was 2-4 with his 13th double. LaMonte Wade went 2-4 with a walk. Max Murphy was 1-1 but he walked three times in the game as well.
Zack Littell improved to 3-0 since joining the Twins and Lookouts. In this game, he gave up just one run on five hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four. Ryan Eades gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. Nick Anderson got two outs right away to drop his Lookouts ERA to 0.98. Gabriel Moya came on for the ninth and recorded his 20th save of the season. He gave up a hit and struck out two, dropping his season ERA to 0.88.
Game 1 - Ft. Myers 5, Lakeland 4
In the first of two, the Miracle came out and scored three in the first inning, followed by single runs the next two innings, and then they held on.
Brent Rooker went 2-2 with a walk and his fourth double. Chris Paul was 2-3 with his 17th double. Brandon Lopez was 1-2 with a walk and his sixth double. Tanner English walked twice and stole his 26th bag. Zander Wiel went 1-2 with a sacrifice fly. Playing left field, he also threw out a runner at the plate.
Anthony McIver started. The southpaw went the first three innings and gave up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Michael Kohn, in his first Miracle appearance, gave up a hit but struck out three in his inning. Tom Hackimer struck one out in his inning. Michael Theofanopoulos gave up two runs on two hits but held on for the save.
Game 2 - Ft. Myers 3, Lakeland 2 (8 innings)
Randy LeBlanc started the second game for the Miracle. He gave up one run on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out seven. Williams Ramirez walked two, but struck out three, over his inning of work. Alex Muren gave up a run in the seventh to send it to an extra inning, but he also got the win by pitching a scoreless eighth inning.
In the bottom of the 8th, Sean Miller led off with a triple (his second of the year). After intentional walks to Mitchell Kranson and Brent Rooker, Zander Wiel walked it off with a single.
Miller went 2-3 with a walk and added his 16th double to the triple. Jaylin Davis was 2-3 with his eighth double.
Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 7
Tyler Watson made his third start since joining the Kernels. It wasn’t great, but it was his best so far. The left-hander gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out three. Max Cordy pitched the seventh inning and gave up three runs on two hits and two walks. Eddie del Rosario, back from Ft. Myers, worked a perfect inning in relief. After throwing 83.1 innings last year with the Kernels, Del Rosario has thrown 121.1 innings between Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers.
Trey Cabbage led the offense by going 2-4. Jordan Gore added his second triple. Caleb Hamilton hit his 14th double. Royce Lewis went 0-4.
There are were two really good Royce Lewis interviews posted on Wednesday. First, Lewis joined the MLB Pipeline podcast with Tim McMaster, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis.
He also joined Todd Brommelkamp on KGYM in Cedar Rapids for an extended interview.
The Elizabethton Twins had the second of their three days off during their short season.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Rays 2, GCL Twins 4
To the surprise of most, Tyler Jay made his return to the mound in a rehab start for the GCL Twins. It was his first appearance since May 30th. It went well. The lefty struck out two in a perfect inning.
Pedro Garcia came on and gave up one run on two hits over the next five innings. He walked one and struck out five. Jordan Balazovic then gave up one run on two hits over the next 2.2 innings. He walked two and struck out two and walked two. Derek Molina came in for the final out, a strikeout, to record his third save.
Benjamin Rodriguez led the offense. He went 3-4 with his 10th double and two RBI. Roni Tapia’s sixth double also drove in a run.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Zack Littell, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jonathan Rodriguez, Chattanooga Lookouts
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Columbus (11:05 CST) - RHP Drew Rucinski (since Aaron Slegers is starting for the Twins)
Chattanooga @ Tennessee (6:00 CST) - Dereck Rodriguez (in place of Kohl Stewart)
Lakeland @ Ft. Myers (6:30 CST) - RHP Sean Poppen
Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:30 CST) - RHP Patrick McGuff
Elizabethton @ Bristol (4:30 CST) - RHP Randy Dobnak
GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00 CST) - RHP Austin Bizzle
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Thursday’s games.
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