- RHP Omar Bencomo was activated from the Lookouts DL. Clark Beeker was returned to the Miracle.
Rochester 3, Syracuse 6
When Fernando Romero left the mound with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Red Wings held a 3-1 lead. Ryne Harper came on and allowed both inherited runners to score. Harper went another two innings after getting the third out of the sixth inning.He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out four in his 2 1/3 innings. Romero ended up giving up three runs on eight hits over his 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six without issuing a walk.
Byron Buxton had a single and his ninth double in the game. He was the lone Red Wings batter with more than one hit. Johnny Field, Kennys Vargas and Juan Graterol each added a double.
Chattanooga 4, Jacksonville 1
Casey Crosby was the team’s “opener” on Monday. The left-hander gave up two hits and walked two over two shutout innings. He struck out three. Omar Bencomo went the next five innings to win for the eighth time this season. He gave up five hits without allowing a run. He walked none and struck out four. Devin Smeltzer pitched a scoreless eighth inning. He was charged with a run in the ninth inning and recorded one out. Cody Stashak got the final two outs to record his fourth save.
Andy Wilkins had another strong game. He went 1-for-2 with two walks and his 10th home run. Brent Rooker drove in a run with his 32nd double. Jimmy Kerrigan’s sixth double drove in a run as well.
Ft. Myers 3, Bradenton 2
Brusdar Graterol turned 20 years old on Sunday. On Monday, he made his first start as an non-teenager. He threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked on and struck out six. Colton Davis came on and struck out three over the next 2 1/3 innings. He gave up no runs on no hits and no walks. He did hit one batter. Kevin Marnon recorded the save despite giving up two runs on three hits in the ninth inning for the save.
Alex Kirilloff led the offense. He went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. He had RBI singles in his final two at-bats. Caleb Hamilton’s 18th double drove in the team’s first run. Aaron Whitefield was back in the leadoff spot and responded by going 2-for-4 with his sixth double.
Royce Lewis was moved to the #3 spot in the lineup for this game. He went 0-4 and is now 5-for-48 (.104) in his last 12 games. Just a reminder, slumps can happen to anyone.
Cedar Rapids 5, Kane County 1
The Cedar Rapids Kernels will head to the Midwest League playoffs for the sixth straight season (also their sixth straight season as a Twins affiliate).
Randy Dobnak has been a key starter for the Kernels throughout the season. With seven innings of one-run ball on Monday night, he earned his tenth win of the year. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out four. Jared Finkel worked the final two innings without allowing a run. He gave up one hit, walked two, hit one and struck one out.
Michael Davis continued his impressive professional debut. On this night, the shortstop went 2-for-3 with his eighth home run and three runs driven in. In 36 games with the Kernels (he played three games for Elizabethton), the 24th round pick from Texas Tech has nine doubles and eight home runs. He is now hitting .292 as well.
Victor Tademo, making his Midwest League debut, hit his first home run of the season. He had spent the majority of this season in extended spring training and in the GCL (though he also played a few games with the Miracle).
Elizabethton 6, Pulaski 2
The E-Twins are approaching the playoffs and got a strong all-around game on Monday night. Luis Rijo started and went just two innings, but he was perfect and struck out four. Brian Rapp worked the next three innings. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three. Blair Lakso struck out four, and walked two, over three no-hit innings. Tanner Howell worked a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one.
Jean Carlos Arias led the offense. He went 2-for-4 with a walk, his third triple, and his third stolen base. Jared Akins had two hits in three at bats. Trevor Casanova knocked his 14th double, and he had a walk. Ricky De La Torre doubled for the 10th time.
GCL TWINS TALK
The GCL Twins season came to an end on Saturday. They finished with a 32-24 record which was 1 1/2 games behind the GCL South Division champion GCL Red Sox.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Michael Davis, Cedar Rapids Kernels (2-3, HR(8), 3 RBI).
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Brusdar Graterol, Ft. Myers Miracle (5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 IBB, 6 K)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed.
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 0-4, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - 3-4, 2 RBI
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (88 pitches, 59 strikes)
#4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 1-4, K
#5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Minnesota) - No game scheduled
#6 - Trevor Larnach (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-4, 2B(32), RBI, R, K
#8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, K
#9 -Wander Javier - out of for the season
#10 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
#12 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 1-4, R, RBI
#13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 0-3
#14 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - Did not play
#16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) - Did not play
#17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - Out for the season (wrist)
#18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4
#19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) - 1-2, BB, R, RBI, K
#20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) - Did not play
#21 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 0-4
*Since Wander Javier is out, I’d add #21 to the list.
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Buffalo @ Rochester (DH 4:05 CST) - RHP Zack Littell (5-6, 3.42 ERA), TBD
Jacksonville @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - RHP Sean Poppen (5-6, 3.44 ERA)
Bradenton @ Ft. Myers (5:30 CST) - RHP Andro Cutura (4-6, 3.88 ERA)
Cedar Rapids - No game scheduled
Pulaski @ Elizabethton (6:00 CST) - TBD
GCL Twins - Season Completed
Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.
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