Twins Minor League Report (4/20): Poppen Off With a Lot of Strikeouts
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Sean Poppen)TRANSACTIONS
-OF Mark Contreras tranferred from AA Pensacola to A+ Fort Myers
-RHP Jacob Blank transferred from A+ Fort Myers to Rookie ball Elizabethton
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 8, Lehigh Valley 13
Chase De Jong: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 52.1% strikes (38 of 73 pitches)
HR: John Andreoli (2)
Multi-hit games: John Andreoli (2-for-4, R, RBI), LaMonte Wade (2-for-5, 2 R), Luke Raley (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI), Randy César (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI)
Another Saturday, another day where Chase De Jong started against the IronPigs and I got to write about it.
In relief of De Jong after his two innings of work, Jake Reed fired off three excellent innings with only one earned run and six strikeouts. Now it only seems like a matter of if, not when Reed shows up on the Twins sometime this season.
The offense was able to put up eight runs thanks in part to a John Andreoli blast and two doubles from Randy César that buffed up his RBI totals.
While the eight runs were great, it was just not quite enough to match the IronPigs offense and the Red Wings dropped the game in the end.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 5, Mobile 0
Sean Poppen: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 K, 64.6% strikes (51 of 79 pitches)
Multi-hit games: Jaylin Davis (2-for-3, R), Tanner English (2-for-2, 3 R, 2 RBI), Ernie De La Trinidad (3-for-4, RBI)
Pensacola yet again got another great start from their starting pitcher, this time from the owner of one of my favorite names in the Twins system, Sean Poppen.
Poppen was relieved after five innings by Jovani Moran who was relieved after two innings by Cody Stashak who fired off two innings of his own, with the carnage totaling 18 total strikeouts for Blue Wahoos pitching.
The Blue Wahoos scraped together five assorted runs throughout the game from a myriad of singles (both of the infield and outfield variety) in support of the excellent pitching and it was enough to beat the BayBears pretty handily.
Ft. Myers 2, Charlotte 7
Charlie Barnes: 1 2/3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 55.2% strikes (32 of 58 pitches)
Multi-hit games: Royce Lewis (2-for-5), Lewin Diaz (2-for-4, RBI), Travis Blankenhorn (2-for-3, R, BB), Michael Helman (2-for-4)
Charlie Barnes went 1 2/3 innings and surrendered seven runs with five walks against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
Tom Hackimer came in and did fine work by striking out five over 2 1/3 innings without allowing a hit or a walk.
Relievers Alex Phillips and Anthony Vizcaya followed suit with a combined five innings of work that came with six punchouts and only three hits. The Miracle bullpen in total fired off 7 1/3 innings with 11 punchouts and just three hits.
The two runs for the Miracle came from a fourth inning Lewin Diaz single and a ninth inning sacrifice fly from Ryan Costello.
Cedar Rapids 4, Beloit 5
Josh Winder: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 70.1% strikes (54 of 77 pitches)
HR: Chris Williams (3)
Multi-hit games: Andrew Bechtold (2-for-4, R)
The Kernels went for the series sweep against the Beloit Snappers but came up just a bit short and had to settle for taking two of three instead.
The scoring started in the bottom of the first when Chris Williams made another deposit into his charity fund that gives home run balls to lucky fans in the outfield stands, his two-run shot was his second homer in as many days.
The Snappers responded by scoring the next five runs of the game with the earned runs being split between Kernels starter Josh Winder and reliever Tyler Palm.
The Kernels were able to answer back in the seventh with runs coming from a Michael Davis double and a Gabriel Maciel single but the inning ended with the Kernels trailing by a run and the game would end in the same fashion.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Sean Poppen
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Randy César
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-5, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured list
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-4, R, K
#5 - Wander Javier (EST) - Season has not started
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Did not play
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-5, K
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured list
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured list
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-4, 2 K
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-3, BB
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured list
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-2, K
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 2-for-5,
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - Did not play
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Mobile @ Pensacola (5:05 P.M.) - RHP Jorge Alcala
(Most other leagues are off for Easter Sunday)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games.
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