- Southern League All-Star Catcher Caleb Hamilton was promoted to Rochester from Pensacola as the Red Wings placed 3B Brian Schales on the temporarily inactive list.
- As a replacement for Hamilton, the Blue Wahoos received 1B Ryan Costello from Fort Myers.
- The Miracle were assigned IF Yeltsin Encarnacion from Cedar Rapids.
Norfolk 3, Rochester 16
The Rochester lineup bludgeoned Norfolk on Tuesday, where if this were an amateur game the mercy rule would have come into play after the fifth inning.
Drew Maggi started the bottom of the first with a home run to set the tone for everyone else, and Wilin Rosario added a trifecta of two-run blasts, and seven RBI in total, to break it wide open.
The just promoted (again) Randy Dobnak took the mound for the Red Wings and did his thing, which is outfoxing and dominating opposing lineups. In six innings he gave up no runs on four hits and two walks to stem the Tides, while also striking out six to lower his triple-A ERA on the season to below 2.00 in 23 2/3 total innings. His ERA on the year is at 2.11 across 18 starts (20 games) with Fort Myers, Pensacola, and Rochester. In this one 54 of his 87 pitches went for strikes (62%), including 13 swinging as he picked up his ninth win of the year. Also this:
The big inning for the Red Wings lineup was the second, where they scored six runs as they sent nine men to the plate and was punctuated by Rosario’s first blast. The top four hitters in the lineup combined to go 14-for-20 with 10 runs scored, four doubles, four home runs, and 10 RBI. Jaylin Davis had three of those doubles and scored four runs in a 5-for-5 night. Ronald Torreyes added two doubles and scored two runs, while Tomas Telis added a triple. The team combined for 22 hits and were 7-12 with runners in scoring position.
Cody Allen came on for the seventh and had a one-two-three inning, striking out one. Sam Clay allowed a run on one hit in the eighth, while Preston Guilmet struck out two but also gave up a two-run homer in the ninth to account for the final score.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Mobile @ Pensacola - Postponed
The Blue Wahoos matchup with the BayBears Tuesday night was affected by the weather and postponed. They’ll play a doubleheader on Thursday to make it up.
Game 1: Fort Myers 5, Dunedin 4
The Miracle struck first in game one of their doubleheader as Royce Lewis led off the inning with his ninth home run on the season for a 1-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Cole Sands had breezed through the first three innings of his outing, but a two-out rally of the bloop and a blast variety got to him in the bottom of the fourth to put the Blue Jays up 2-1. His offense picked him back up right away though with a run in the fifth after three singles, and three more in the sixth when Ernie De La Trinidad connected for his first home run of the year to put them up for good at 5-2.
Sands later would strike out the first two hitters he faced in the sixth before giving up a solo home run to end his day. He went 5 2/3 innings to pick up his fourth win, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Zach Neff finished the final 1 1/3, allowing one run on a hit and a walk to pick up his third save. He struck out three.
Game 2: Fort Myers 0, Dunedin 2
It was an even better pitcher’s duel in game two with the Miracle’s Jhoan Duran facing off against Maximo Castillo of the Blue Jays.
A couple of walks from Duran in the second inning loaded the bases for a single to bring in two for Dunedin, and that would be it for the game.
Duran went the first four innings, allowing those two runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out five. Joe Record would finish the game, striking out two in two innings.
Both teams managed only five hits in the contest, but the Blue Jays went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position while the Miracle went hitless in seven of their own opportunities, leaving eight men on base for the game. Lewis and Jose Miranda each contributed a double to the effort.
Scheduled Day Off
The Kernels had Tuesday off after a six-game road trip where they went 3-3 against the Lake County Captains and Fort Wayne TinCaps. They will begin a six-game homestand against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Wednesday with right-hander Josh Winder on the mound looking to get back on the dominating track after a rough outing last time out.
Princeton 8, Elizabethton 3
Elizabethton was unable to solve Princeton’s pitching for most of this one, as they managed just two hits and a walk as a team through the first eight innings. Both hits to that point were doubles off the bats of Parker Phillips and Trevor Jensen. They finally got on the board in the ninth when Seth Gray drew a two-out walk, and Phillips followed with his first home run in the Appalachian League. Max Smith then followed with one of his own to make the game at least appear closer when looking at only the box score.
Taking the hill for the E-Twins was righthander Tyler Benninghoff, who was able to limit the damage against him through 5 2/3 by striking out eleven Rays hitters. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk but was saddled with the loss. Ryan Shreve got them through the eighth inning, but at the expense of four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk. He struck out two in 2 1/3. Erik Cha came on for the ninth and allowed a run on two hits and a walk, striking out one.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Pirates @ GCL Twins - Postponed
Four games in the Gulf Coast League were affected by rain on Tuesday, including the Pirates facing the Twins at the Lee County Sports Complex. They will host the Orioles Wednesday morning looking to improve their record to .500 on the season.
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Randy Dobnak, Rochester Red Wings (W, 6.0 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K)
Hitter of the Day – Wilin Rosario, Rochester Red Wings (4-for-5, 3 R, 2B, 3 HR (13), 7 RBI)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Fort Myers) - 2-for-8, R, 2B (17), HR (9), 3 K (2 games)
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Game postponed
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - Game postponed
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - No game
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL) - Game postponed
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured List (groin)
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Fort Myers) - L (2-9), 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Minnesota) - Game in progress
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 1-for-5, K
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Fort Myers) - 1-for-3, K
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - Game in progress
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - Did not play
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Game postponed
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Fort Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Game postponed
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL) - No game
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - Game postponed
WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Norfolk @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) - RHP Drew Hutchison (6-6, 5.88 ERA)
Mobile @ Pensacola (6:35PM CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
Fort Myers @ Dunedin (12:00PM CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (1-4, 4.10 ERA)
Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) - RHP Josh Winder (6-2, 2.86 ERA)
Princeton @ Elizabethton (5:30PM CST) - RHP Ben Gross (3-1, 2.08 ERA)
GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00AM CST) - TBD
Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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