Twins Minor League Report (7/5): Doubleheaders, Transactions, and More Oh My!
Image courtesy of Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Lewis Thorpe)TRANSACTIONS
Rochester Red Wings
RHP Kohl Stewart recalled by Minnesota
RHP D.J. Baxendale reinstated from IL
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
IF Michael Davis transferred to Fort Myers
LHP Jovani Moran transferred to GCL Twins on MiLB rehab
LHP Bryan Sammons activated from IL
RHP Alex Phillips promoted from Fort Myers
Fort Myers Miracle
IF Royce Lewis placed on temporary inactive list (Futures Game)
RHP Ricky Ramirez reinstated from IL
Cedar Rapids Kernels
C Ben Rodriguez placed on 7 day IL
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Scranton/WB 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)
Lewis Thorpe returned to the bump for Rochester after making his big league debut. The Aussie was dominant in six innings of work striking out eight, issuing no free passes, and giving up just two earned runs. Ryan Eades pitched a scoreless 7th, striking out two, to record his second save of the season.
Brent Rooker has been on fire this season in Rochester and that didn’t change in this one. A first inning double plated Jake Cave and the Wings were on the board. He doubled again in the third to score Ronald Torreyes and double the lead. Hits from Jaylin Davis and Cave pushed Rochester’s tally to four by the sixth inning. Two runs from the home team didn’t factor into the decision.
Scranton/WB 7, Rochester 6 (Game 2, 8 innings)
Game two of the doubleheader saw Cody Stashak step in as Kohl Stewart was recalled by the big league club. He turned in three innings of strong work allowing just a single unearned run and fanning five. Ian Krol was blitzed for six runs (five earned) in his one inning of work eventually spelling the Wings demise.
Ronald Torreyes put his stamp on this one early with a second inning RBI single. He’d put Rochester ahead again with another RBI in the seventh. Leading by a run needing just three outs Rochester allowed the Railriders to force extras.
Jaylin Davis parked his seventh homer of the year and Nick Gordon drove in a run giving the away squad a two-run cushion looking to close it out. A blowup inning saw four Railrider runs score and the Red Wings found themselves on the wrong side of a walk-off.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Birmingham 7, Pensacola 3
Bryan Sammons was the Wahoos starter in this one and needing 72 pitches coming up one out shy of five complete, he was chased after allowing three runs.
Pensacola started the scoring in the fourth inning on Alex Kirilloff’s first homer since June 20th. His third blast of the season was followed by Mark Contreras’ fifth to give the Wahoos a 3-0 lead. From there it was all Barons. Runs in each of the next three half-innings put the home team up by a 7-3 tally, which is where this one ended.
Fort Myers 4, Palm Beach 0 (Game 1, 7 innings)
Another doubleheader for the Miracle began on the right foot. Blayne Enlow took the hill but lasted just one inning after being hit by a comebacker. Joe Record stepped in and twirled three innings of shutout ball while notching four strikeouts.
Jose Miranda put Fort Myers ahead early after reaching on a throwing error allowing Ryan Jeffers to touch home plate. A second miscue, this time a wild pitch, gave Michael Davis the opening to score. In the fifth Trey Cabbage drove in Miranda on a single and Michael Helman pushed Cabbage across.
Fort Myers 7, Palm Beach 3 (Game 2, 7 innings)
Melvi Acosta was the Miracle starter in game two and he gave the home team one out into the sixth inning en route to his fifth win on the season. Allowing just two runs, he struck out five and lowered his ERA to 2.93 on the year.
Fort Myers used a six-run second inning to leap out front and put it on cruise control. An Andrew Bechtold double was followed by a Trey Cabbage triple to score the first two. Michael Helman and Gabriel Maciel then plated one each with Jose Miranda driving in two on a single and a throwing error. Miranda then struck again in the sixth to afford the Miracle their seventh run.
Entering into a long homestand, the doubleheader sweep was a nice foot for Fort Myers to jump out on.
Cedar Rapids 3, Burlington 2
Josh Winder made the start for Cedar Rapids and he turned in yet another gem. The 2018 draft pick lasted seven innings and gave up just one run while striking out eight and walking none. He didn’t pick up the win but drops his ERA to 2.32 on the season.
The Kernels were behind after a Bees third inning run, but Jared Akins delivered a sac fly in the fourth to knot things up. Facing a one run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning Tyler Webb notched his first double of the season to walk off Burlington.
E-Twins 7, Kingsport 1
Andriu Marin began this one on the bump for the Twins and he fanned six over four scoreless innings. Denny Bentley got the win in relief allowing just one run (unearned).
Elizabethton got out ahead early and stretched their lead late. Anthony Prato started the scoring with an RBI single, and Seth Gray ripped his second dinger (a two-run shot) to make it a three-run third inning. Max Smith tacked on a run with a sac fly in the sixth, and three more were added in the eighth on a double and wild pitch.
GCL TWINS TAKES
Today’s game against the GCL Red Sox was suspended in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Twins had just tied it up, and have runners on the corners with two outs.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 2-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – Inactive (Futures Game)
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 1-4, HR(3), R, RBI, 2 K
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Play
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – Did Not Play
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) –Did Not Pitch
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) – Game Suspended
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 2-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Pitch
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-6, 2B, R, RBI, 3 BB
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 1-3, R, BB
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - Pending
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) – 1-1, 2B, R, BB
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – 0-3, R, K
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) – 1-5, 2B, RBI
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 1-4
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre (5:35PM CST) - TBD
Pensacola @ Birmingham (6:30PM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (4-0, 2.54 ERA)
Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (5:00PM CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (1-4, 4.56 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:35PM CST) – RHP Andrew Cabezas (2-5, 4.04 ERA)
Kingsport @ Elizabethton (5:30 CST) - RHP Ryan Shreve (0-1, 3.86 ERA)
GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (9:00AM CST) - TBD
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