Twins Minor League Report (4/24): Wahoos Walk Off, Jax Cruises
Image courtesy of Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Jovani Moran)TRANSACTIONS
Recall RHP Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Rochester
Recall RHP Fernando Romero from Triple-A Rochester
Option RHP Tyler Duffey to Triple-A Rochester
Option OF Jake Cave to Triple-A Rochester
Reinstate LHP Gabriel Moya from MLB rehab and option to Triple-A Rochester
Rochester Red Wings
Received LHP Daniel Camarena from Double-A Pensacola injured list
Transfer INF Drew Maggi to Double-A Pensacola
Transfer INF Joe Cronin to Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Place RHP Andrew Cabezas on injured list with an ankle sprain
Place INF Michael Davis on injured list with an ankle sprain
Received RHP Jacob Blank from Elizabethton
RED WINGS REPORT
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5, Rochester 0
This one certainly had the feel of a piecemeal game for the Twins Triple-A affiliate. With two relievers getting early action, there wasn’t a starter getting into the grove. Recently optioned Gabriel Moya began the game, with rehabbing Matt Magill recording a single out in the second. Daniel Camarena made his organizational debut in this one, and he shouldered the largest workload, going 4 1/3 innings.
The Red Wings allowed single runs in the second and third before a two-spot was tacked on in the sixth. Scranton added another run in the eighth which was enough to create a five-run deficit. On a night in which the home team tallied just three total hits, the 5-0 deficit was going to be plenty insurmountable.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Pensacola 1, Mobile 0
Flip-flopping the tally of last night’s action, the Blue Wahoos pushed across one run and came out on top. Griffin Jax continued his string of dominant work to start tonight, and went one out into the sixth inning allowing just two hits, striking out four, and issuing no free passes.
A ninth inning RBI single from Taylor Grzelakowski scored Caleb Hamilton to give Pensacola a walk-off win in this one. They were kept in the game through the late innings by more strong work from sleeper relief prospect Jovani Moran. Taking over for Jax in the sixth, he worked through the seventh and eighth innings as well. Moran’s only base runners came on two walks, and he fanned five. He’s now got a 1.80 ERA across ten innings in 2019.
Bradenton 3, Fort Myers 1
Jhoan Duran started this one for the Miracle and went five innings. Allowing just two runs on four hits and a walk, he had Fort Myers in a good spot. Despite taking his third loss of the season, Duran owns a quality 3.63 ERA to begin 2019.
A two-run blast for the Marauders got the scoring started in the bottom half of the second, but Fort Myers halved the gap when Ryan Jeffers scored on a Mark Contreras sac fly in the top of the third. Tallying only five hits on the night, the Miracle never drew even, and Bradenton pushed across an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.
For a lineup that has plenty of thump, this wasn’t the night for multiple contributors. Jose Miranda notched three of the team's five hits on his own, with Lewin Diaz and Ryan Costello accounting for the other two. The Miracle return home for a new series tomorrow night.
Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 3
Luis Rijo was on the bump for his third start of 2019 in this one, but the pitch count got elevated and he lasted one out shy of completing five full innings. His night saw just two runs on two hits, but four walks were issued between the five strikeouts.
Cedar Rapids staked Rijo to a two run lead early. Gabe Snyder opened the scoring on a triple in the first to drive in Gabriel Maciel. A dropped third strike on a wild pitch was enough for Trey Cabbage to scamper down to first with Snyder crossing the dish. From there, Cedar Rapids would create all distance before giving anything back.
In the top half of the third it was Cabbage driving in Hunter Lee on a fielder’s choice. Lee then later swatted a solo shot, his second long ball of the year, to put the good guys up 4-0.
Two Timber Rattlers came in against Rijo before he left in the fifth, and a third scored in the seventh. Wisconsin never did get the game-tying run and Derek Molina was able to lock up his first save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Jovani Moran (Pensacola) 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Twins Daily Hitter(s) of the Day – Taylor Grzelakowski (Pensacola) 2-3, game winning RBI
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 0-4, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 0-4, K
#5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No Game
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 0-3, BB, 3 K
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – 5.0 Ip, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – Did Not Pitch
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – 0-4, K
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 0-2, R, BB, K
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Play
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, K
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 1-4
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 3-4, 2B
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Rochester (10:05AM CST) – RHP Zack Littell (1-2, 5.40 ERA)
Pensacola @ Jackson (6:05PM CST) – TBD
Palm Beach @ Fort Myers (5:30PM CST) – LHP Tyler Watson (0-2, 3.78 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30PM CST) – RHP Blayne Enlow (2-1, 5.54 ERA)
Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!
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