Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Lewis Homers, Granite Keeps Hitting
Image courtesy of Kelly McGlohonRED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Buffalo 3 (Game 1)
After surrendering three runs in the first four innings, the Red Wings ended the first half of the doubleheader with four unanswered runs to win the seven-inning affair.
A three-run fifth inning, led by doubles off the bats of ByungHo Park and Mitch Garver helped tie the game and two sixth inning doubles by Tommy Field and Niko Goodrum gave the Red Wings the lead for good.
Zack Granite added two more hits, including a double, and improved his average to .363.
David Hurlbut secured the win with 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and four walks, while striking out five and allowing five runs. Jake Reed picked up the four-out save. He struck out one and gave up two hits.
Rochester 4, Buffalo 2 (Game 2)
You may have heard this before, but Zack Granite led off the game with a single and came around to score the game’s first run. In the second inning, Granite added his second single driving in Bengie Gonzalez, who had doubled earlier. Granite finished the game batting .365.
Buffalo scored a run in the bottom of the second off Aaron Slegers, who allowed two runs on two walks and seven hits over five innings. He struck out four and improved to 7-4 on the season.
Leo Reginatto hit a two-run home run in the third inning to make the difference in the game.
John Curtiss, who picked up the hold, and Ryan Pressly, who struck out two in picking up the save, each pitched a scoreless inning.
The Red Wings improved to 40-34 with their two wins on Monday.
Chattanooga 1, Pensacola 6
The game started off perfectly for the Lookouts. Randy LeBlanc sent down Pensacola 1-2-3 in the first inning. The bottom half started with singles from Nick Gordon and Levi Michael before a walk to LaMonte Wade loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly by Jonathan Rodriguez scored Gordon and the game’s first run.
But that was where the scoring for the Lookouts stopped. Five more hits (including a Wade triple) and no more runs were all the club could muster.
LeBlanc’s night got worse too. In 5.2 innings, he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Todd Van Steensel got the next four outs. Raul Fernandez gave up three runs in his frame before turning it over to Luke Bard, who completed a scoreless inning, striking out the side.
It was the first-half champ Lookouts first loss in the season’s second half (4-1).
Fort Myers - OFF DAY
Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 6
Burlington scored five early-inning runs and the Kernels couldn’t string together enough hits to get back into the game.
Christian Cavaness led the offense with two hits, scoring one of the team’s runs. Travis Blankenhorn scored the team’s other run. He had a hit and two walks. Caleb Hamilton had a double. Lewin Diaz was credited with the team’s sole RBI, his 42nd on the season.
Tyler Wells took the loss, dropping to 4-2. Wells gave up five runs (three earned) on two walks and seven hits. He struck out two. Patrick McGuff gave up a run in three innings. Logan Lombana finished the game with two shutout innings.
The defense was definitely missing recently-promoted shortstop Jermaine Palacios, as his replacement Ariel Montesino committed two errors. Burlington also stole four bases, three while Wells was pitching.
The playoff-bound Kernels dropped to 2-3 in the second half.
Elizabethton 1, Pulaski 6
Errors were the story in this game too as Elizabethton committed four of them.
Griffin Jax pitched 4.2 innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits. He struck out seven but was hurt by his defense behind him. Bryan Sammons, working in relief, struck out five in three innings, allowing one run. Jose Martinez struck out two in 1.1 innings.
Wander Javier walked and doubled. He also struck out, was caught stealing and committed an error. Trey Cabbage doubled and stole third base. Matt Albanese went 1-3 and stole a base… but saw his average drop to .625. Robert Molina hit a home run.
Brent Rooker went 0-4 with two strikeouts.
The E-Twins are 3-2.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 5, GCL Orioles 2
Royce Lewis started his professional career off with a bang: A home run in his first at-bat. He singled later. He batted second and played shortstop.
Here is video of the home run, courtesy of Darren Wolfson.
(I got a video sent to me from a scout on hand... which I would have used if there wasn't better quality video, which there is. Next time.)
Jean Carlos Arias was 2-3. He doubled, hit a home run and drove in three runs. This is a welcomed sight after he struggled to an OPS of .531 in his first go-around in the GCL in 2016.
Justin Haley allowed a hit and struck out one batter in his one-inning rehab look.
Brusdar Graterol, who will be a Top 10 Twins prospect sooner rather than later, struck out four in four one-hit innings.
Jose Bermudez got knocked around for five hits and two runs in 1.1 inning. He walked two. Bermudez pitched in the closer’s role for the DSL affiliate last year (and struggled).
Vadim Balan pitched 2.2 innings. He gave up one hit, but picked up the win while striking out one.
The GCL Twins are 1-0.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Brusdar Graterol, GCL Twins
Hitter of the Day – Zack Granite, Rochester
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Buffalo (6:05 CST) - LHP Nik Turley (1-2, 3.49 ERA)
Fort Myers vs Clearwater (6:05 CST) - RHP Cody Stashak (3-3, 3.57 RHP)
Cedar Rapids vs Burlington (6:35 CST) - RHP Colton Davis (3-1, 1.36 ERA)
Elizabethton vs Pulaski (6:00 CST) - TBA
GCL Twins at GCL Orioles (11:00 AM CST) - TBA
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games.