Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Sands Strong in Return from IL
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (Cole Sands)TRANSACTIONS
RHP Cole Sands reinstated from the IL with Fort Myers.
The Twins announced their weekly Hitter and Pitcher of the Week:
- Hitter of the Week: Brent Rooker, Rochester
- Pitcher of the Week: Ryley Widell, Elizabethton
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 1, Toledo 7
Rochester fell into an early hole as Lewis Thorpe allowed three first inning runs. He was able to settle in from there and put up zeros in the second, third and fourth innings. In the fifth, he ran into a little more trouble and he couldnâ€™t finish the frame. Overall, he allowed five runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Jake Reed took over for Thorpe and finished out the fifth. He ran into his own trouble in the sixth as he allowed a walk, a two-out single, and a wild pitch to see a runner score. Reed has allowed runs in his last two appearances and three of his last five. Preston Guilmet pitched the final two innings and allowed one run on four hits.
Offensively, Nick Gordon continued his recent hot streak with another multi-hit game. This time both hits were doubles. Over his last 10 games, he has four multi-hit games and six games where he has reached base at least two times. Drew Maggi went 2-for-5 with his ninth double. Brent Rooker didnâ€™t get a hit, but he reached base twice on walks.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 1, Jacksonville 7
Adalberto Mejia continued to work his way back to the Twins as the Blue Wahoos used him as an opener in this contest. He pitched a hitless first inning and struck out two. Jorge Alcala failed to get through five innings for the second time in his last three appearances. In 4 2/3 innings, he allowed seven earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks. In his Double-A debut, Hector Lujan finished the game strong. He collected the final seven outs and didnâ€™t allow a run. He struck out two and didnâ€™t walk any.
Pensacolaâ€™s hits were few and far between. As a club, they could only manage three hits and two of the three came in the ninth when the game was out of reach. Travis Blankenhorn started the frame with a single and moved to second on a ground out. With two-outs, Lewin Diaz cracked a double to bring in Blankenhorn. Aaron Whitefield went 1-for-3 and had the only other hit for the Blue Wahoos.
Ft. Myers 4, Jupiter 0
Fort Myers road a strong start from Cole Sands in his first appearance since coming off the injured list. Sands didnâ€™t allow a hit in five shutout innings while striking out six. He allowed only one base runner via walk. He faced the minimum and made it through five in just 60 pitches. It was his first High-A win. Johan Quezada and Derek Molina kept the shutout rolling. Each pitcher tossed two scoreless frames and they both struck out three batters.
Ryan Costello got the scoring start in the second with his sixth home run of the season. In the fourth inning, Michael Helman increased the lead to 2-0 with an RBI single. Trevor Larnach added his league-leading 25th double in the fifth as he pushed the lead to 3-0. Ryan Jeffers followed Larnach with an RBI single.
Cedar Rapids 8, Peoria 6
Cedar Rapids need four ninth-inning runs to put themselves in position to win. Both teams had multiple two-runs leads throughout the course of this back-and-forth contest. Andrew Cabezas pitched into the sixth inning for the first time since May 15. He held Peoria to two runs (one earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. He would allow the only earned run of the day as the other five runs were unearned.
Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, Gilberto Celestino and Gabe Snyder used back-to-back doubles to score the Kernels first run. With two outs, Jacob Pearson singled to tie the game. Cedar Rapids took their first lead in the seventh after three straight hits and a sacrifice fly put them up 4-2.
With one out in the eighth inning, Petru Balan allowed a one-out single and then walked a batter. After a mound visit, he was able to get the second out on a fly out to center. However, Yeltsin Encarnacion committed a fielding error that loaded the bases. Balan would be pulled for Carlos Suniaga who gave up a grand slam that put Peoria up 6-4.
Encarnacion would be redeemed in the ninth. His two-out triple scored the first run of a big inning. He later scored on a wild pitch. After walks from Celestino and Snyder, Ben Rodriguez collected his ninth double to score both runs and cap a terrific comeback.
Elizabethton 12, Kingsport 6
Elizabethton exploded for 12 runs on 14 hits including two innings where the team scored four runs or more. What might be more impressive is the fact the club collected 12 walks with five batters having multiple free passes. Every batter in the line-up had at least one hit and seven batters reached base multiple times.
Max Smith reached base five times including three hits, the most on the team. Albee Weiss and Tyler Webb had the teamâ€™s only extra-base hits as they both collected doubles. Spencer Steer and Seth Gray both reached base four times including three walks each.
Elizabethton pitchers didnâ€™t have to do much to keep this game in check. Cody Laweryson, the organizationâ€™s 14th-round pick this year, made his professional debut. He tossed two scoreless innings and struck out three. Erik Cha picked up his second victory in as many appearances after allowing one run on three hits over two innings.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
TD Pitcher of the Day- Cole Sands, Fort Myers (5.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 6 K, BB)
TD Hitter of the Day- Max Smith, Elizabethton (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB)
Hereâ€™s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) â€“ 1-4, R, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) â€“ 0-4, 2 K
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) â€“ Injured list
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) â€“ 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) â€“ Did not play
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) â€“ 0-2, 2 BB
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) â€“ Did not pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) â€“ 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 2 BB
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) â€“ Did not pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) â€“ Tommy John surgery, out for the year
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) â€“ 2-5, 2 2B, R, 3 K
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) â€“ Injured list
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) â€“ 2-4, R, RBI
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) â€“ 0-4, K
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) â€“ Injured List
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) â€“ 1-4, RBI, BB, K
#17 - Zack Littell (Minnesota) â€“ 1.0 IP, 0 ER, H
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) â€“ 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, K
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) â€“ 4.2 IP, 7 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 2 BB
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) â€“ Temporary inactive list
MONDAYâ€™S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Scranton/WB (6:05 CST) â€“ RHP Sean Poppen (6-3, 2.97 ERA)
Pensacola @ Jacksonville (6:05 CST) â€“ RHP Griffin Jax (2-2, 1.92 ERA)
Fort Myers â€“ Scheduled Off-Day
Cedar Rapids â€“ Scheduled Off-Day
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Sundayâ€™s games.
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