- Hitter of the Week: Gilberto Celestino, OF, Cedar Rapids Kernels - Celestino is the choice for the second straight week. In his six games this week, he hit .458 with a double, a homer and an OPS of 1.144. He came to the Twins a year ago with Jorge Alcala in the Ryan Pressly trade.
- Pitcher of the Week: Bailey Ober, RHP, Ft. Myers Miracle - He went 1-0 on the week and gave up only an unearned run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He was the 12th-round pick of the Twins in 2017 out of the College of Charleston.
- Devin Smeltzer was called up to the Twins (And he had a terrific game!). Sam Dyson to the injured list.
Rochester 3, Pawtucket 7
With Devin Smeltzer getting called up to start for the Twins, it was a bullpen game for the Red Wings. Adam Bray started. He went three innings and gave up four hits and a walk. He gave up four runs in the second inning. Fernando Romero walked one and struck out three over two scoreless, no-hit innings. Jake Reed got the sixth inning and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. Sam Clay and Jeremy Bleich each worked a scoreless in relief.
Wilin Rosario continues to mash. He went 3-for-5 with his 16th home run. Ronald Torreyes went 2-or-4. Zander Wiel hit his 32nd double.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Pensacola 10, Birmingham 1
The lineup powered the Blue Wahoos to another win, but the pitching was really good too.
Edwar Colina started and improved to 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA since his promotion to Pensacola last month. He gave up one run on two hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out five. Jovan Moran struck out two over two scoreless innings. Jorge Alcala gave up two hits over two scoreless innings to end the game.
Trevor Larnach was perfect on the game. He went 3-for-3 and walked twice. Royce Lewis went 1-for-3 with two walks. He also stole a base. Alex Kirilloff hit his sixth Wahoos homer. Jordan Gore was 2-for-4 with his third home run. Ryan Costello provided some late-inning insurance with his fourth homer.
Ft. Myers 7, Lakeland 8
The Miracle jumped out to a 7-1 lead after six innings, but Lakeland scored one in the seventh, three in the eighth and three more in the ninth to walk off the Miracle.
Bailey Ober continued his fantastic-when-healthy season for the Miracle. He gave up one run on four hits over six innings. He struck out eight batters without issuing a walk.
Moises Gomez came on and gave up four runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings Three of the hits were home runs. Joe Record got three outs. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. With one out and runners on second and third in the bottom of the ninth, Melvi Acosta came in with the game tied. He intentionally walked a batter to load the bases. It is a fine strategy to try to set up an inning-ending (and game-continuing) double play. Unfortunately, Acosta also walked the next batter which ended the game.
Gabriel Maciel was terrific out of the leadoff spot. He went 4-for-5 with his third homer. He also stole his 13th base. Andrew Bechtold and Jacob Pearson each went 2-for-4 with their fifth doubles. Jose Miranda was also 2-for-4. Trey Cabbage hit his sixth home run, and Chris Williams hit his first Miracle home run since his promotion last week.
Cedar Rapids 12, Burlington 4
The Kernels used big innings to help them in this one. They had a three-run inning, a four-run innings and a five-run bottom of the eighth to put this one away. In the second inning, Gilberto Celestino cleared the bases with his 21st double. In the fifth inning, Albee Weiss hit a three-run homer. In the eighth inning, Tyler Webb homered and Wander Javier had a two-run double.
Weiss led the offense. He went 2-for-3 with his sixth double and third home run. Tyler Webb was also 2-for-3 with his second Kernels homer. Javier had a walk in addition to his fifth double. Leadoff man, Spencer Steer, got on base three times. He walked twice and was hit by a pitch.
E-Twins 1, Bristol 4
Tyler Benninghoff put together a strong, quality start. The right-hander gave up three runs on seven this and a walk over six innings. He struck out four. Ryan Shreve came on and gave up one run over two innings. Steven Cruz struck out two in a one-hit inning.
Max Smith led the offense. He went 2-for-4 with his seventh double. Seth Gray and Matt Wallner each added a double. DaShawn Keirsey and Trevor Jenson each went 1-for-3 with a walk.
GCL TWINS TAKES
No Game Scheduled.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Bailey Ober, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Trevor Larnach, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 1-3, 2 BB, 2 R, K, SB(2)
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 1-4, BB, HR(6), R, 2 RBI
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Rehabbing in GCL
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 3-3, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, BB, HBP, 2B(5), R, 3 RBI.
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - Temporary Inactive List (Pan Am Games)
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - No Game Scheduled
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured List (groin).
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch.
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch.
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Did Not Play.
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - Did Not Play.
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 2-3, BB, 2 R
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 1-4, 2B(15), K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - 1-5, R, 2 K
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - 2 IP
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - No Game Scheduled
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - Injured List
MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester - No Game Scheduled.
Birmingham @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - TBD
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) - LHP Lachlan Wells (1-2, 5.25 ERA)
Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Andrew Cabezas (4-6, 3.93 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Kingsport (5:30 CST) - RHP Ben Gross (3-1, 3.98 ERA)
GCL Twins @ GCL Pirates (DH @ 9:00 CST) - TBD, TBD
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