With nearly a full compliment of Twins Minor League affiliates in action (GCL Twins start their season on Friday), there was a lot happening down on the Farm. Including the first game of the year for the Elizabethton Twins (E-Twins).
Lots happening today in the Transaction Report as teams finalize their second half rosters and the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League kick off play: Niko Goodrum assigned to Fort Myers from Chattanooga, LaMonte Wade (Fort Myers) placed on DL, Tom Hackimer assigned to Cedar Rapids, Ranis Silva assigned to Cedar Rapids Kernels from Elizabethton Twins, Kevin Garcia (Cedar Rapids) placed on DL, Trey Cabbage and Lachlan Wells both assigned to Elizabethton from the GCL Twins.
Continue reading to find out more detail about Thursday in the Twins farm system:
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester @ Columbus Clippers
Jose Berrios ripped off another spectacular start for the Red Wings, making it hard for the Twins to keep him in AAA. Berrios pitched eight innings, gave up just three hits (all singles), walked two, and struck out nine. Berrios turned things over to Marcus Walden for the ninth, who picked up his fourth save of the year, with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Wings had eight hits but scored just two runs, both in the second inning, to pick up the win. Leadoff man James Beresford was 2-5 with a pair of singles, and Adam Walker was 2-3 with a walk and a strike out. Eddio Rosario had another hit, an RBI, and a run scored. Catcher John Ryan Murphy (who is struggling with a .214/.285/.301 line in AAA) had the other RBI for Rochester as part of a 1-4 nigh.
Final: Red Wings 2, Clippers 0
Jackson Generals @ Chattanooga
Lookouts starter David Hurlbut left the game after six strong innings, with a 5-2 lead. Hurlbut gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits, a walk, and six strike outs. He also gave up a home run. Jake Reed came in and pitched a uneventful seventh inning, but had to be lifted with two outs in the eighth with the bases loaded. Trevor Hildenberger plunked the next batter to score the game tying run before picking up a strike out to end the inning. He then pitched a clean ninth inning.
Tied 5-5 headed to the bottom of the eighth, the Lookouts used a hit-by-pitch to score the winning run. After a one-out walk to Zach Granite, Engelb Vielma bunted him over to second. Daniel Palka and Travis Harrison both walked to load the bases. After a pitching change Mitch Garver took one for the team, scoring Granite from third. On the night, the Lookouts had 14 hits, including a 3-3 night from Travis Harrison that included a pair of doubles, a pair of runs scored, and a pair of walks. Chattanooga was powered by the long ball on Thursday, with home runs from Zach Granite, Mitch Garver and Leonardo Reginatto.
Final: Generals 5, Lookouts 6
Fort Myers @ Jupiter Hammerheads
Tyler Jay had a clinker of a start thanks to some defensive miscues, pitching five innings, giving up only four hits, but three runs (two earned), two walks, and struck out five of the 23 hitters he faced. Luke Bard pitched two very good innings, holding the Hammerheads to just one hit. In the bottom of the eight, with the game tied 3-3, Nick Anderson struggled to get outs, giving up a triple, a home run, and a single to the first three batters he faced. Anderson gave up one more run before being lifted for Michael Theofanopoulos who promptly induced an inning-ending grounder.
Jupiter sent Miami Marlins reliever Nefi Ogando to the mound to start for the Hammerheads, and the Miracle showed themselves up to the challenge, scoring a pair of runs. Leadoff man T.J. White doubled, and two batters later Nick Gordon added a double of his own, to score White. Chris Paul added a two-out RBI single to score Gordon. After that first inning, the Miracle had just four hits the rest of the way, two in the eighth to tie the game up at three. T.J. White was the only hitter with more than one hit, he finished the night 2-4 with that double and a pair of runs scored. First Basement Chris Paul was just 1-2 but addd a pair of walks. Former first round draftee Nick Gordon was 1-4 with a double, RBI, run scored and a strike out.
Final: Miracle 3, Hammerheads 6
Beloit Snappers @ Cedar Rapids
The Kernels scored five runs early and let their pitching staff carry them the rest of the way. The Kernels sent 11 men to the plate in the second and scored all five of their runs via singles, an error, and a sacrifice fly. The Kernels struck out just once on Thursday night, leadoff man Sean Miller. Austin Diemer was 2-3 with a run scored and a walk, and Brad Harton was 2-3 with a double, run scored, and an RBI.
Miles Nordgren picked up his third win of the year to move to 3-3 with six innings of one-run baseball. Nordgren gave up just three hits, and struck out five, but he also walked three. He was lifted for Michael Cederoth who held the Snappers hitless for a pair of innings before Kuo Hua Lo finished the game with a perfect ninth inning.
Final: Snappers 1, Kernels 5
Elizabethton @ Kingsport Mets
Despite (and perhaps in part thanks to) a late game rain storm that ended the game with two-out and one on in the top of the ninth inning, the Twins held on for a 4-3 victory in their first game of the year. The E-Twins were lead by leadoff man Ariel Montesino who was 3-5 with a run scored. Centerfielder Jaylin Davis added a pair of hits on a 2-4 night that included a solo home run.
The Twins used four pitchers to get through eight innings as starter Jose Martinez lasted just just 1.1 innings, charged with 3 runs on three hits and a walk. Andrew Vasquez came in and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, walking two and striking out four. He was lifted for Johan Quezada who was credited with the win with three innings of hitless baseball, that included three walks and three strikeouts. Hector Lujan pitched a scoreless eighth, but was not without trouble as he walked the bases loaded before inducing an inning-ending grounder to first base.
Final: E-Twins 4, Mets 3
DSL Giants @ DSL Twins
Edgar Herrera was 2-4 with a double and a run scored, the only Twins hitter with more than one hit. Jorge Parra picked up the Twins' lone RBI, an RBI groundout in the seventh. The Twins used three pitchers, with solid outings from Melvi Acosta and Amicar Crus sandwiching a poor game from Elivas Rivas. Acosta went 5.0 and gave up four hits and one run. Cruz pitched three scoreless innings to finish the game. Inbetween Elivas Rivas pitched one clunker of an inning, giving up three three run homer after putting two men on via walks.
Final: DSL Giants 4, DSL Twins 3
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Hitter of the Day - Travis Harrison, Chattanooga
Pitcher of the Day - Jose Berrios, Rochester
Louisville Bats @ Rochester (6:05pm) - Sampson v. Darnell (8-5, 3.09)
Jackson Generals @ Chattanooga (6:15pm) - Moore v. TBD
Fort Myers @ Jupiter Hammerheads (5:30pm) - Jorge (6-3, 1.59) v. Peters
Beloit Snappers @ Cedar Rapids (6:35pm) - Murray v. Del Rosario, E (0-1, 5.65)
E-Twins @ Kingsport Mets (6:00pm) - TBD v. TBD
GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (11:00am) - TBD v. TBD
DSL Twins @ DSL Giants (9:30am) - TBD v. TBD
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