Twins Minor League Report (8/5): Romero Rocks, Lookouts Roll
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (Fernando Romero)RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 6, Pawtucket 3
With Rochester attempting to employ an “opener,” Pawtucket jumped out early against Alan Busenitz as he allowed a three-run home run in the first inning. From there, Fernando Romero had things on lock-down. Over eight shutout innings, he limited the Red Sox to four hits and struck out eight without walking a batter.
In the third inning, the Red Wings started their comeback. With one out in the frame, Gregorio Petit singled and that was followed by walks to Taylor Motter and Nick Gordon to load the bases. Newly acquired Tyler Austin drove in two with his 11th double on the season. Following a Willians Astudillo walk, Andy Wilkins singled to drive in Gordon and the game was tied at three.
The top of the ninth saw Rochester take the lead for good. Johnny Field singled before a walk to Jeremy Hazelbaker and a hit by pitch for Juan Graterol. Petit singled to drive in the go-ahead run. After a strikeout by Taylor Motter, Gordon laced a single off the shortstop’s glove to plate two insurance runs.
Chattanooga 9, Mississippi 2
The Lookouts out-hit the Braves by only one but the team collected six hits with runners in scoring position including a big seven-run inning. Chattanooga loaded the bases in the second with an Alex Perez walk, a Jordan Gore walk, and a Zander Wiel single. Brent Rooker picked up an RBI after drawing a walk. Luke Raley pushed across another run with a force out to put the team up 2-0.
In the fourth inning, every batter in the line-up reached base with a walk, a hit or through a fielding error. Without the use of an extra-base hit, the club piled up six singles and a pair of walks to score seven runs. Every batter reached base safely at some point in the game. Alex Perez finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Luis Arraez and Jaylin Davis each reached base four times.
Sean Poppen earned his fifth victory after pitching five innings. He allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Andrew Vasquez and Cody Stashak each tossed two scoreless frames. Vasquez struck out four while allowing only one hit.
Fort Myers 3, Florida 7
Florida was in the midst of a 10-game losing streak and Fort Myers had won five straight but both of those streaks came to an end on Sunday. Bryan Sammons ran into some early trouble as he allowed five runs on five hits including a three-run home run. He struck out four and walked two but he was able to pitch only three innings. Dylan Stowell went 2 2/3 innings but allowed a home run. Alex Robinson was strong in relief as he was asked to collect seven outs and he got six of them via strikeout.
Royce Lewis reached base three times out of the lead-off spot. Alex Kirilloff had another multi-hit game (2-for-5). Taylor Grzelakowski and Ryan Costello both went 2-for-4. Costello scored two runs and had his first double since joining the Twins organization.
Even with the loss, the Miracle won the series from Florida. Fort Myers has won six consecutive series.
Cedar Rapids 7, Beloit 10
Cedar Rapids saw an early lead disappear in this one after the Snappers scored seven runs in the eighth inning. Jhoan Duran started and pitched into the seventh inning (6 1/3 IP). He struck out nine and scattered three runs on five hits.
Calvin Faucher and Rickey Ramirez ran into some issues out of the bullpen. Faucher allowed three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Ramirez only collected one out and he allowed four runs on four hits. Moises Gomez stopped the bleeding as he allowed only one hit over 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Gabriel Maciel had two doubles and two RBI. Jacob Pearson and Trey Cabbage each went 2-for-4 with a double. Akil Baddoo and Ben Rodriguez both went 2-for-5 with two RBIs each. Ryan Jeffers knocked his third home run.
Elizabethton 5, Pulaski 6 (10 Innings)
Josh Winder took the mound for the E-Twins and pitched five innings. He struck out eight and allowed three runs on four hits. Juan Gamez coughed up a pair of runs and was credited with only one out. From there, things calmed down. Tanner Howell pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Johan Quezada was saddled with the loss after the runner starting at second scored in extra-innings.
Colton Burns led the offensive charge by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Chris Williams added to his home run total (12 HR) with a two-run shot in the third. He also reached base three times. Andrew Cosgrove drove in a run and added his third double on the season.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Gabriel Maciel, Cedar Rapids (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R)
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Fernando Romero, Rochester (8.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 8 K, 0 BB)
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): 1-for-3, 2 BB
2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): 2-for-5
3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): Did not play.
4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI, R
5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): Did not play.
6. Trevor Larnach (ET): 0-for-4, BB, 2 R, 2 K
7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB, K
8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
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): Did not play.
13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 0-for-4, K
14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): Did not play.
15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): 1-for-4, RBI, K
16. Yunior Severino (ET): 1-for-4, BB, 3 K
17. Lewin Diaz (FM): Did not play.
18. Ryan Jeffers (ET): Did not play.
19. Jacob Pearson (CR): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 K
20. Luis Arraez (CHAT): 2-for-3, RBI, R, BB
MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester – Scheduled Off-Day
***Rochester Red Wings players will join groups of golfers at the third annual Swing with the Wings golf tournament to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association***
Chattanooga vs. Mississippi (6:15 CST) – TBD
Fort Myers @ Lakeland (5:30 CST) – LHP Charlie Barnes (5-5, 2.81 ERA)
Cedar Rapids vs. Beloit (12:05 CST) – RHP Edwar Colina (5-3, 2.93 ERA)
Elizabethton vs. Kingsport (6:00 CST) – LHP Kody Funderburk (1-0, 4.58 ERA)
GCL Twins vs. GCL Rays (11:00 AM CST) – TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions about Sunday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.
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