Twins Minor League Report (6/9): Rortvedt Produces in Miracle Debut
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Ben Rortvedt)TRANSACTIONS
-Jake Cave promoted to Minnesota with Tyler Duffey optioned to Rochester.
-LaMonte Wade promoted to Rochester.
-Jordan Balazovic and Robert Molina promoted to Cedar Rapids.
RED WINGS REPORT
Durham 3, Rochester 1
SP: D.J. Baxendale (3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)
Multi-hit games: Willians Astudillo
The Willians Astudillo saga continues. He made his first appearance of the season at third base tonight, was 2-for-3 with an RBI and stolen base. You wouldn’t figure a guy listed at 5-foot-9, 225 pounds who’s primarily a catcher would be a threat on the bases, but that was Astudillo’s fifth steal of the season.
Unfortunately, the Red Wings could muster only one run. This ended up being a bullpen game for Rochester, and the pitching staff performed admirably, all things consideed. D.J. Baxendale gave up one run over 3 2/3 innings and struck out five batters.
Maybe the biggest item of note was the fact that Trevor May only pitched 1 2/3 innings in a night that Rochester could have used some length. He gave up a run on two hits and walked three batters. Gabriel Moya pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and John Curtiss gave up a run in two frames of work.
This was the seventh-straight loss for the Red Wings, who have now fallen below .500. LaMonte Wade was 0-for-4 in his Triple-A debut.
Chattanooga 7, Montgomery 4
W: Omar Bencomo (8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)
HR: James Ramsey (2)
Multi-hit games: Brian Navarreto, Chris Paul
The Lookouts had a 2-0 lead before they even recorded an out. This game opened with back-to-back singles which were followed by a two-run triple from Edgar Corcino. Catcher Brian Navarreto had a big night, going 3-for-4 with a couple of doubles and two RBIs. He now has 11 doubles on the season, which is just two shy of his career high.
Omar Bencomo held the Biscuits to one run over eight innings. He improved his Southern League record to 5-0 and he now has a 1.94 ERA for the Lookouts. Left fielder James Ramsey hit a two-run homer.
Chattanooga had a 7-1 lead heading into the ninth, but Tyler Jay surrendered three runs, two of which were earned.
Dunedin 6, Fort Myers 4
SP: Andro Cutura (5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)
Multi-hit games: Luis Arraez, Brandon Lopez, Ben Rortvedt
Fort Myers fell behind 6-0 in this one thanks in part to three errors in the field. They battled back to get the go-ahead run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, but could not complete the comeback.
Ben Rortvedt went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs in what was his Florida State League debut. Luis Arraez led the team with three hits.
Starter Andro Cutura gave up four runs, though only two were earned, over five innings. Andrew Vasquez gave up yet another unearned run in his two innings of work. Logan Lombana gave up an earned run over the final two innings.
Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 0
SP: Edwar Colina (5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K)
Multi-hit games: Royce Lewis
The Kernels just could not get anything going on offense, as they combined for four hits, two of which came off the bat of Royce Lewis. Edwar Colina gave up four runs over five innings, though one run was unearned due to Lewis’ 10th error of the season.
The Cedar Rapids bullpen provided three no-hit innings, as Carlos Suniaga handled the sixth and seventh innings and Jared Finkel covered the ninth. Trey Cabbage was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. It’s only been six games, but Cabbage is hitting .389/.455/.722 so far this month.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Omar Bencomo, Chattanooga
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Brian Navarreto, Chattanooga
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed:
1. Royce Lewis, CR: 2-for-4, 2B
2. Fernando Romero, MIN
3. Nick Gordon, ROC: 0-for-4
4. Stephen Gonsalves, ROC: Did not pitch
5. Alex Kirilloff, CR: 0-for-3, BB
6. Wander Javier: Out for the season with a shoulder injury.
7. Brent Rooker, CHAT: 1-for-5, R
8. Blayne Enlow, CR: Did not pitch.
9. Brusdar Graterol, CR: Did not pitch.
10. Akil Baddoo, CR: 0-for-4
11. Zack Littell, ROC: Did not pitch.
12. Lewis Thorpe, CHAT: Did not pitch.
13. Lewin Diaz, FM: 1-for-5, 2B
14. LaMonte Wade, ROC: 0-for-4
15. Mitch Garver, MIN
16. Ben Rortvedt, FM: 2-for-4, 2 RBI
17. Travis Blankenhorn, FM: 0-for-1
18. Yunior Severino: Expected to join E-Town this month.
19. Tyler Jay, CHAT: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
20. Felix Jorge: Out with injury.
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Durham, 12:05 pm CT - Zack Littell
Chattanooga at Montgomery, 5:05 pm CT - Kohl Stewart
Fort Myers vs. Dunedin, 3:00 pm CT - Tyler Wells
Cedar Rapids at Wisconsin, 1:05 pm CT - Melvi Acosta
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
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