Twins Minor League Report (9/2): Hicks!
Image courtesy of Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY SportsCongratulations to Red Wings INF James Beresford and 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez who were named International League All-Stars. Rodriguez was also named Red Wings MVP.
The Kernels made a couple of moves today, placing SS Pat Kelly and OF Zack Larson on the disabled list. They activated OF Chris Paul and received LaMonte Wade from Elizabethton.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 8, Scranton/WB 1
The Red Wings scored a run in each of the first four innings before completely blowing the doors off with a four-run seventh-inning.
The talker here? Aaron Hicks, of course. Two singles, a double and a three-run blast. 4-4. Two runs and a ticket to return to the Twins as soon as possible to be their lead-off hitter. As impressive as the Twins have been the last 11 games, they’re about to get better with the return of Aaron Hicks.
Not to be outdone, Danny Ortiz hit solo home runs in the second and fourth inning. Danny Ortiz will put a major league uniform someday, it just probably won’t be with the Twins.
Doug Bernier and Carlos Paulino each added two-hit games.
Taylor Rogers improved his AAA record to 10-12. While not overly impressive, it’s difficult to get decisions in 22 of 26 starts - especially after starting the season with two no-decisions - unless you’re pitching relatively deep into games. Rogers did it again tonight, striking out seven batters in six innings, allowing one run.
Loek van Mil, all 85 inches of him, made his return to the organization. He allowed a hit and a walk in two innings. The stadium gun clocked him as high as 96 mph.
The win improves the Red Wings to 73-66 and keeps their elimination number at one. As in, one more Rochester loss or Scranton win eliminates Rochester from the playoffs.
Chattanooga - OFF DAY
Ft. Myers 2, Jupiter 3 (10 innings)
Fort Myers jumped to an early 2-0 lead, but surrendered the lead and the game to a walk-off home run in the 10th inning.
The Miracle offense was led by the trio of Engelb Vielma, Ryan Walker and Bryan Harr, all of who had two hits. Walker and Haar had doubles. Vielma stole his 35th base. Unfortunately, that was all six of the team’s hits.
Ethan Mildred allowed a run on four hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out two and walked one. He was relieved by Zack Jones who struck out three in 2.1 scoreless innings. Trevor Hildenberger blew the save, allowing a run in the ninth inning. Alex Muren was called on in the 10th inning and he promptly served up a home run to the first batter he faced.
The loss dropped the team to 74-62. While it’s possible they’ll have the best overall record in their division - they are currently a game behind Palm Beach - they have been eliminated from the playoffs. Only the first- and second-half winners qualify and Fort Myers failed to win either half.
Cedar Rapids 7, Wisconsin 1
Three multi-run innings were too much for the Timber Rattlers to handle as the Kernels improve to 74-61.
The offense led a balanced attack as eight of the nine in the lineup (all except #3 hitter Edgar Corcino) had one hit. Max Murphy hit his 15th double. Alex Real drilled his fourth triple. Austin Diemer hit a two-run home run, his second as a Kernel and fifth on the year.
Nick Gordon notched his 25th stolen base.
Randy Rosario is working his way back from Tommy John nicely. On Wednesday, he struck out eight in seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and three walks.
Jared Wilson allowed one run in two innings.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Randy Rosario, Cedar Rapids
Twins Daily Minor League Hitters of the Day – Aaron Hicks, Rochester
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Pawtucket (6:05 CST) - LHP Logan Darnell
Chattanooga vs Jackson (6:15 CST) – LHP Jason Wheeler
Ft. Myers at Charlotte (6:00 CST) – LHP Mat Batts
Cedar Rapids at Wisconsin (6:35 CST) – RHP Sam Gibbons
This will be my last regular Wednesday post of the season. Thanks to everyone who’s stopped by throughout the season.
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