Twins Minor League Report (6/14): Blankenhorn Walk-off Winner Lifts Wahoos
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Travis Blankenhorn)TRANSACTIONS
-Twins recall RHP Zack Littell from Rochester.
-RHP Fernando Romero optioned to Rochester.
-RHP Jacob Blank retired.
-Several more drafted players signed. Again, you can keep up with them on the Twins Daily Draft Signing Tracker article.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 7, Charlotte 6
Kohl Stewart: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 66.3% strikes (65 of 98 pitches)
Multi-hit games: Willians Astudillo (4-for-5), Luis Arraez (3-for-5, 2B), Jake Cave (2-for-3, BB), Wilin Rosario (2-for-5, 2B)
These two teams traded blows, with the lead changing hands four times in the first six innings. Charlotte knotted it up in the eighth, but a Brent Rooker RBI single to score Willians Astudillo in the bottom of that inning was the difference maker.
Kohl Stewart surrendered five runs in his 5 1/3 innings, but Gabiriel Moya did a great job stabilizing this game. He provided 1 2/3 perfect innings, striking out three batters in the process. Cody Stashak was credited with both a blown save and the win. He gave up a run in the eighth, but struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless ninth to protect the one-run lead.
Astudillo had four singles in this game, and now has a 1.553 OPS since being sent down to Rochester. Jake Cave had another two-hit night, and has a 1.174 OPS so far in June. Luis Arraez had three hits, including a double, lifting his batting average up to .351 in his time with the Red Wings.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 5, Tennessee 4 (11 innings)
Charlie Barnes: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 60.9% strikes (56 of 92 pitches)
Multi-hit games: Travis Blankenhorn (2-for-6, 2B)
Tennessee jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and held that advantage until the bottom of the sixth. A Travis Blankenhorn leadoff double sparked a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth.
The Blue Wahoos still trailed heading into the bottom of the ninth. Michael Davis led off the inning with a six-pitch walk, was bunted over to second base by Jimmy Kerrigan and scored the game-tying run on a Taylor Grzelakowski single.
Tyler Palm pitched a scoreless 10th inning, but gave up the go-ahead run in the 11th. The Pensacola bats had one more comeback in them. Kerrigan hit a game-tying RBI single and scored the winning run on a Blankenhorn walk-off single.
Tom Hackimer and Zack Weiss did an excellent job in the middle innings for Pensacola. They both pitched a pair of scoreless innings, Hackimer struck out four batters and Weiss had three punchouts.
Fort Myers OFF - FSL All-Star break
Cedar Rapids 3, Clinton 1
Josh Winder: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 68.1% strikes (56 of 81 pitches)
Multi-hit games: Jared Akins (2-for-4, 2B)
Just three pitchers total were used in this game. Both teams combined. You don’t see that too often in a nine-inning game in the minors. Josh Winder held Clinton to one run over seven innings before Derek Molina came out of the pen to slam the door shut over the final two frames. Molina threw 25 of his 36 pitches for strikes (69.4%), got seven swinging strikes and had four strikeouts.
Cedar Rapids scored two in the first inning, thanks to a Wander Javier RBI single and a Chris Williams run-scoring double. Javier was removed from the game in the top of the fourth inning.
Clinton committed four errors in this game. Their poor starter, George Soriano, pitched a complete game and still got the loss despite giving up zero earned runs.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Josh Winder, Cedar Rapids
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Travis Blankenhorn, Pensacola
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed
5. Wander Javier (CR): 1-for-2, R, RBI, K
6. Brent Rooker (ROC): 1-for-3, 2 RBI, K
11. Nick Gordon (ROC): 1-for-4, BB, R
14. Ben Rortvedt (PNS): 1-for-4, BB, R, RBI, 3 K
16. Gilberto Celestino (CR): 0-for-4, K
18. LaMonte Wade (ROC): 0-for-3, BB
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Charlotte, 6:05 pm CT (Chase De Jong)
Pensacola vs. Tennessee, 6:05 pm CT (Jorge Alcala)
Fort Myers OFF - FSL All-Star Game, 6:05 pm CT
Cedar Rapids vs. Clinton, 6:35 pm CT (Andrew Cabezas)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.