The All-Star festivities are all over and the big boys start playing baseball again on Friday night, but things are still busy in the Minor Leagues, with all of the affiliates in action on Thursday night.
Continue reading to find out more detail about Thursday in the Twins farm system:
RED WINGS REPORT
Norfolk Tide @ Rochester Red Wings
Byung Ho Park had his first multi-hit night since Independence Day, going 2-4 with a home run, and 3 RBIs. He's still hitting just .241 in AAA, but the recent All-Star break hopefully gave his ailing hand some additional time to heal. The Red Wings also received multi-hit games from Darin Mastroianni (2-4 with a run scored), Jorge Polanco (2-4 with a double, run scored and an RBI), and Wilfredo Tovar (2-4 with a pair of doubles). As a team, the Red Wings struck out 11 times, including three each from Daniel Palka (0-4) and John Ryan Murphy (0-4). Murphy has continued to struggle, and as Pioneer Press beat reporter Mike Berardino shared, it looks pretty dismal for the once heir-apparent catcher over the past month.
Pat Dean picked up his third win of the year to move to 3-5, with 5.0+ innings of two-run ball. He struck out seven, walked none, and gave up a home run and was lifted for D.J. Baxendale after he gave up a leadoff single in the sixth. Baxendale gave up a single to the first batter he faced, then struck out the next batter before giving up a run scoring single. He was lifted for Ryan O'Rourke who induced a Mike Yastrzemski pop out to foul territory to end the inning. The Frenchman J.T. Chargois pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two and giving up just one lone hit. Marcus Walden pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the victory for the Wings.
Final: Tide 2, Red Wings 6
Mobile BayBears @ Chattanooga Lookouts
In front of 3,049 fans at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, the Lookouts pulled off a come-from-behind victory to defeat the visiting BayBears. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Lookouts used a leadoff double from Leonardo Regginato and a run scoring single from Engelb Vielma to get one run back. In the bottom of the eighth, a Ryan Walker one-out walk led to the game winning run on a bases loaded walk from D.J. Hicks. The Lookouts had chances to break the game open, but managed just six hits on the night, with three coming from Leonardo Reginatto, 3-4 with a double, run scored, and an RBI. Left fielder Travis Harrison left the game in the eighth after being hit on the hand by a pitch.
David Hurlbut pitched 6.0 innings of two-run ball. He struck out six, walked one, and gave up six hits but left the game behind 2-1 and did not factor in the decision. Pitching two innings of scoreless baseball, Raul Fernandez picked up his first win of the year (1-0). He struck out two and gave up two hits. Trevor Hildenberger earned his 14th save of the year with a scoreless ninth. He struck out two and gave up one hit.
Final: BayBears 2, Lookouts 3
Fort Myers Miracle @ Tampa Yankees
Sometimes you just get your butts kicked, right? After building a 3-run lead in the top of the first, miracle starter Randy Rosario gave up a four-spot in the bottom half of the inning, and things got worse for Rosario after that. All told, Rosario gave up 8 runs, 5 earned, on 9 hits in 3.0+ innings. He walked two and struck out one and was charged with the loss, falling to 5-6. Reliever Brandon Peterson entered the game in the fourth with runners on first and second with no one out. Both inherited runners, plus another one of his own would score, but with the Miracle now down 10-3, he was allowed to come back out for the fifth, and gave up another run. Todd Van Steensel pitched a scoreless sixth, but did give up a pair of hits and a walk to make things interesting. Luke Bard gave up a pair of runs on a hit and two walks in the seventh, and Yorman Landa gave up a hit but stranded the runner in the bottom of the eighth to put an end to the Miracle pitching woes.
The Miracle bats were lead by Nick Gordon, 3-4 with a walk and 3 runs scored. LaMonte Wade also had a pair of his, 2-3 with 3 RBIs. Trey Vavra (1-3) had the lone extra base hit for the Miracle, a double.
Final: Miracle 6, Yankees 13
Cedar Rapids Kernels @ Lake County Captains
Cedar Rapids received strong performances from their whole squad against a tough Lake County team. Kernels' starter Lachlan Wells picked up his second win of the year for the Kernels (2-1) with six scoreless innings. Wells gave up four hits, walked none, and struck out eight. His ERA in A-ball is just 1.27. Wells was lifted for Max Cordy, who pitched three innings in relief, giving up one run on three hits, striking out four. He was rewarded with his first save of the year for his efforts.
Meanwhile, the Kernels' bats put up a five spot in the third inning to give Cedar Rapids all the run support it would need, but then tacked on an additional run in the sixth, and two more in the top of the ninth for good measure. A balanced attack saw every Kernels hitter but one with a base hit, including a 3-5 night from Luis Arrez that included a double, an RBI and a run scored. Zander Wiel and Jaylin Davis each added a home run, a 3-run dinger for Wiel, and a solo homer for Davis.
Final: Kernels 8, Captains 1
Elizabethton Twins @ Danville Braves
Elizabethton took a slim 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth, but couldn't hold off the Braves in the bottom half of the inning and ultimately lost a winnable game. The Twins were 1-3 with runners in scoring position, but stranded a total of six runners. Andre Jernigan was the only Elizabethton hitter with multiple hits, a 2-4 night with a double. Starter Domenick Carlini dropped his third game of the year to fall to 1-3. He gave up six hits and three runs, walked none, and struck out three. Reliever Patrick McGuff managed the uncommon feat of striking out four batters in a single inning. McGuff struck out the first batter he faced on a wild pitch, putting a runner on first. A bunt single put a pair of runners on, and then a fielding error on a sacrifice bunt loaded the bases with no outs. McGuff struck out the next two hitters he faced, gave up a run-scoring walk, and then struck out his fourth batter of the inning to close things out. Griffin Jax pitched the final two innings of the game, gave up a pair of hits, a walk, and struck out one.
Final: E-Twins 2, Braves 4
GCL TWINS TALK
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles
The GCL Twins used a strong pitching performance from Miguel De Jesus to capture a 2-1 victory over the Orioles. De Jesus pitched 6.0 innings, giving up just a pair of hits. He struck out five and walked two, improving to 3-1 on the season. Matz Schutte pitched two innings of 1-run baseball, giving up 3 hits, walking no one and striking out one. Zach Strecker pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save. GCL Twins thirdbaseman Joe Cronin was the only hitter with multiple hits, 2-3 with a run scored. The Twins had no walks and nine strike outs on the day.
Final: GCL Twins 2, GCL Orioles 1
DSL TWINS TAKES
DSL Twins @ DSL Rojos
A sixth inning 3-2 lead didn't hold for the Twins as the Rojos put up a 3-spot in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. Starter Edwar Colina was lifted after five, with the lead, but saw the victory slip away when reliever Fredderi Soto gave up four runs over the next two innings. Colina gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks, and he struck out six. Soto gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits, including a home run. The game was called with the DSL Rojos up 6-3 after seven and a half innings due to rain.
Final: DSL Twins 3. DSL Rojos 6
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Hitter of the Day - Byung Ho Park, Rochester Red Wings
Pitcher of the Day - Lachlan Wells, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Norfolk @ Rochester (5:05pm) - Logan Darnell (8-8, 3.31)
Mobile @ Chattanooga (6:15pm) - David Hurlbut (7-4, 3.26)
Fort Myers @ Tampa (6:00pm) - Randy LeBlanc (2-3, 3.71)
Cedar Rapids @ Lake County (6:00pm) - Dereck Rodriguez (1-10, 6.27)
E-Twins @ Danville (6:00pm) - TBD
GCL Red Sox @ GCL Twins (11:00am) - TBD
DSL Rojos @ DSL Twins (9:30am) - TBD
Please ask questions and discuss the Thursday games.