INF Tzu-Wei Lin transferred from 7-day IL to 60-day IL
St. Paul 3, Omaha 1
Andrew Albers: 5 ⅔ IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
HR: Drew Maggi (11)
Multi-hit games: Tomás Telis (2-for-4, 2 RBI)
The Saints took down the Omaha powerhouse on Saturday.
Andrew Albers was brilliant in his start. The 35-year-old lefty almost completely shut down an offense powered by some serious prospect talent. I hope that some grateful teammates took him out for a nice steak dinner afterwards.
Drew Maggi continued his power surge as he blasted his 11th homer of the year in the 6th inning. The blast gave him a new career high in home runs in any given season over his extensive minor league career. He may end up with the Twins if (when) Andrelton Simmons is traded.
The big hit of the night came off the bat of Tomás Telis. His 7th inning single added two extra-crucial runs for the Saints.
Jovani Moran threw a pair of scoreless innings with three strikeouts. It’s difficult to imagine a scenario where he is not pitching for the Twins by September at the latest.
Wind Surge Wisdom
Wichita 5, Arkansas 4
Adam Lau: 3 ⅔ IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
HR: Jermaine Palacios (12)
Multi-hit games: Roy Morales (2-for-5, R, RBI), Andrew Bechtold (2-for-4), D.J. Burt (2-for-4)
Wichita played an absolute dog fight of a game on Saturday.
Adam Lau kicked off the game with an impressive start. He was not meant to get many outs, but the ones he got were efficient. It’s hard to criticize a guy who allowed just two baserunners over 11 outs.
The offense was there for Wichita early as Roy Morales singled home the first run of the game in the 3rd inning and Jermaine Palacios bashed a three-run homer in the 5th.
If Palacios is not the outright most surprising minor leaguer of the year, he’s at least in the conversation. He quietly returned to the Twins after the Rays were unable to work their magic on him. 2021 has been nothing but a rake fest as he came into Saturday with a 120 wRC+. It has been a good year for Palacios.
It was looking like Wichita could set the game to cruise control on their way to an easy W, but things did not shake out that way. Some shenanigans in the 7th inning by Arkansas knotted the game and suddenly upped the stakes.
The game went into extras where the Wind Surge were able to take advantage of
Manfredball an honest runner in scoring position with a sacrifice fly by Aaron Whitefield. Zach Neff and Ryan Mason combined forces to hold the Travelers scoreless in the bottom of the inning, and Wichita was able to walk away with a win.
Cedar Rapids 10, Beloit 4
Ben Gross: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
HR: Michael Helman (9), Matt Wallner (6)
Multi-hit games: Matt Wallner (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI), Michael Helman (3-for-4, HR, 2B, 4 R, RBI, BB), Kyle Schmidt (3-for-5, R), Gabriel Maciel (3-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB), Daniel Ozoria (2-for-5, RBI)
Something, something, beware the 7th inning, something, something.
Ben Gross, was, uhh, gross in his start on Saturday. The righty struck out eight batters over five shutout innings and was generally the man in charge. I mean, how can a pitcher not succeed when he has such an appropriate last name? He proves the theory of nominative determinism.
The Kernels supported Gross early as Gabriel Maciel knocked home the first run of the game in the 2nd inning, and Michael Helman added on in the 5th frame with a solo shot.
Oh, but did things ever get wacky after that.
The Snappers responded in the 7th inning with four runs off a sacrifice fly and a bases-clearing double. Suddenly, the game was tilted four to two in favor of Beloit.
The Kernels were having none of it. In the bottom half of the inning, a wild pitch brought the game to within a run. Maciel then doubled home two runs to gain the lead before Edouard Julien doubled home two more runs for posterity sake.
Matt Wallner homered in the 8th inning just for giggles (and for scoring, I guess). Daniel Ozoria singled home yet another run, and Julien walked in the tenth (and final) run for good measure. Eight hitters for the Kernels reached base multiple times on Saturday.
Fort Myers 1, Daytona 4
Orlando Rodriguez: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Multi-hit games: Yunior Severino (2-for-3, RBI, BB)
Fort Myers attempted a tribute to the Twins on Saturday, as they also could not find much offense on the day.
Starter Orlando Rodriguez did his job well as he allowed just a pair of earned runs over his five innings of work. He walked three, which is a bit much, but he also struck out seven batters, which is also a bit much. So it evened out in the end.
The offense just could not find anything, however. Will Holland and Nick Anderson were both able to work a pair of walks, and Yunior Severino got on base three times. Outside of them, the box score is quite dusty. Aaron Sabato and Misael Urbina both had especially rough games as they combined for seven strikeouts without a hit. You tend not to win many games when your three and four hitters put up lines like that.
Matthew Swain and Steven Cruz combined for three shutout innings in relief of Rodriguez.
FCL Twins 4, FCL Red Sox 7
Juan Mendez: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
HR: Kala’i Rosario (2)
Multi-hit games: None
The FCL Twins lost on Saturday, but not without a vicious comeback attempt.
The game was even through four as Juan Mendez did his best to support his team on the mound. He would end with the best line of any FCL Twins pitcher on Saturday.
A double by what I can only assume is someone’s superhero alter-ego, a man named Blaze Jordan, kicked off a run of, well, runs for the Red Sox. They would plate seven over three innings in what ended up being the dagger.
The FCL Twins did not go gentle into that good night. Kala’i Rosario blasted a 9th inning grand slam that, while awesome, was not enough to turn the game around.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Ben Gross
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Michael Helman
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 – Royce Lewis (Rehab) – Out for season (torn ACL)
#2 – Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Injured List (elbow strain)
#3 – Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#4 – Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (right elbow strain)
#5 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 1-5, R, K
#6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 0-4
#7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – 0-3, 3 K
#8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
#9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 0-3, BB, 3 K
#10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 3-5, HR, 2 R, RBI
#11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
#12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch
#13 – Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#14 – Brent Rooker (Minnesota) – 1-4, 3 K
#15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-4, 4 K
#16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 0-1, K
#17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play
#18 – Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A (foot injury)
#19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
#20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – Did not pitch
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Daytona @ Fort Myers (10:00 AM) LHP Zarion Sharpe
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (1:05 PM) RHP Cody Laweryson
Wichita @ Arkansas (1:10 PM) RHP Jordan Balazovic
St. Paul @ Omaha (4:05 PM) RHP Griffin Jax