Friday was a busy day in terms of transactions throughout the Twins organization. Here is a quick rundown:
- Hector Santiago placed on bereavement list.
- LHP Buddy Boshers recalled to Twins.
- RHP JT Chargois placed on the Rochester DL (elbow impingement)
- LHP Nik Turley added to the Rochester roster.
- RHP Randy LeBlanc added to the Chattanooga roster.
- RHP Chris Anderson added to the Ft. Myers roster.
- LHP Domenick Carlini added to the Cedar Rapids roster.
- RHP Quin Grogan sent from Cedar Rapids to extended spring training.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 1, Louisville 2 (10 innings)
Adalberto Mejia made his first start for the Red Wings since being demoted from the Twins. And he was terrific. The left-hander struck out the side in the first inning. He went seven shutout innings and gave up just two hits. He struck out six without issuing a walk. Raul Fernandez came on. He gave up one run on two hits over two innings. Trevor Hildenberger came on for the tenth inning. He gave up a run on two hits to take the loss.
The Red Wings bats did little in the game. They managed just four hits, though they did take seven walks. However, they just weren’t able to come up with any big run-scoring hits. Ehire Adrianza, who started in left field for the second straight game, drove in the lone run with an eighth inning single. Bengie Gonzalez had two hits. Mitch Garver walked twice.
Chattanooga 3, Jackson 10
Randy LeBlanc was called up early in the day and made his first start. In 21 innings over his first three starts in Ft. Myers, he gave up just one run. With the Miracle last year, he posted a 4.70 ERA, but he ended last season with ten shutout innings with the Lookouts. So, how did his initial 2017 start in AA go? Well, not quite so well. The right-hander from Tulane gave up eight runs on eight hits and three walks in just two innings.
Randy Rosario came on and gave up one run on three hits and two walks in three innings. Mason Melotakis came on and threw two more scoreless innings in relief. That pushes his streak to 10.2 innings to start his season. Nick Burdi came in for the eighth inning, having started the season with 7.1 scoreless inning. The first batter of the inning, Colin Walsh, ended the streak with a solo home run. But Burdi got the next three batters out.
LaMonte Wade led the offense. He went 3-4 with just his first double of the season. Engelb Vielma went 2-4 with his fifth double. Dan Gamache went 2-4.
Ft. Myers 4, Dunedin 8
It was another rough start for Keaton Steele. The right-hander went the first four innings. He gave up seven runs on nine hits. He walked four and struck out just one. Williams Ramirez came on and struck out three over two shutout innings. He gave up a hit and walked two. Jonny Drozd came on and gave up a run on two hits over two innings. He struck out three. Michael Theofanopoulos worked a scoreless inning.
Max Murphy had a strong game. He went 2-3 with two walks and his third double. Chris Paul also had two hits in the game. Kevin Garcia went 1-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly. Nelson Molina added his first double.
Cedar Rapids 2, Peoria 5
Domenick Carlini made a start for the Kernels last week, then was sent back to extended spring. Quin Grogan pitched a bit out of relief, but before this game, Carlini was added to the roster to make another start. The left-hander gave up five runs on five hits and four walks over 3.2 innings. He struck out one. Logan Lombana came on and gave up three hits and a walk but no runs over 2.1 innings. He struck out three. Max Cordy then struck out three over two scoreless innings. He walked two and gave up one hit.
Jermaine Palacios stayed hot. The shortstop went 3-5 in the game to bump his batting average up to .395. Jaylin Davis went 2-3 with a walk. Travis Blankenhorn and Aaron Whitefield each hit their fifth doubles of the season. Blankenhorn and Ben Rortvedt had the two RBIs for the Kernels.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Adalberto Mejia, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Max Murphy, Ft. Myers Miracle
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Louisville @ Rochester (12:35 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers
Chattanooga @ Jackson - (6:05 CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart
Dunedin @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) - LHP Lachlan Wells
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:30 CST) - RHP Clark Beeker
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Friday night’s games.
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