OF Max Kepler joins Triple-A St.Paul on a rehab assignment
Storm Chasers 15, Saints 4
Charlie Barnes: 3 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 4 K
HR: Damek Tomscha (4)
Multi-hit games: Mark Contreras (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI)
Charlie Barnes entered Sunday with a sterling 2.20 ERA in 32 ⅔ innings for the Saints this year. He’d allowed just two runs in his previous 19 innings spanning across three starts. That trend changed Sunday as Barnes allowed four homers and six runs in his shortest outing of the young season.
Andrew Vasquez and Ian Gibaut each allowed three runs in relief. In the first game of his rehab assignment, Max Kepler went 0-for-4. Mark Contreras, who had been struggling since moving up to Triple-A, had a great day at the plate with three hits, including a double.
The Saints won two of their six games against the Storm Chasers this week, falling to 17-19 on the season.
WIND SURGE WISDOM
Wind Surge 7, Drillers 1
Josh Winder: 6 IP, 3 H, R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K
HR: José Miranda (8)
Multi-hit games: Miranda (3-for-5, HR, BB), Aaron Whitefield (2-for-3, RBI, 2 BB), Roy Morales (2-for-4, RBI, R, BB)
Josh Winder has now struck out 50 of the 158 batters he’s faced this season. He lowered his ERA to 2.16 after another great start Sunday. Winder is thriving with increased velocity on his fastball and exceptional command. Winder was walked only eight batters in 41 ⅔ innings. The righty retired 14 in a row to complete his outing Sunday.
Also excelling for the Wind Surge is José Miranda, who entered today hitting .296/.370/.496 with a miniscule 11% strikeout rate. Miranda busted out of a brief June slump with three hits and a homer in the win.
Right-handed reliever Yennier Cano continued to dominate with two perfect innings. Cano has allowed just three runs in 18 ⅓ innings (1.47 ERA) while striking out nearly 35% of the batters he’s faced. Cano and Jovani Moran have been lights-out for the Surge.
Snappers 8, Kernels 5
Luis Rijo: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K
HR: Wander Javier (5)
Multi-hit games: Javier (2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI), Gabe Snyder (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB),
Luis Rijo made his first start of the 2021 season and struck out two in one scoreless inning. Rijo was fantastic for the Kernels in 2019, pitching to a 2.86 ERA with 99 strikeouts in 107 innings as a starter.
Wander Javier is officially on fire. The former top prospect came into the game hitting .295/.340/.636 in June. That was before he recorded two more hits and a homer in the loss.
Unfortunately Javier and Gabe Snyder’s offensive efforts were not enough to mask an ugly performance from the Cedar Rapids bullpen. The Kernels fell to 17-19 on the season.
Mussels 4, Hammerheads 3
Casey Legumina: 1 IP, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 R/ER, K
Multi-hit games: None
The Mussels went 3-for-32 but scored four runs Sunday. They walked eight times, including three from Aaron Sabato, who entered the game with a 21% walk rate on the season. Sabato walked in a run in the fifth and watched ball four get away from the catcher in the first, scoring the Mussels’ first run of the game.
Yunior Severino made it 4-0 with an RBI single to center in the fifth. The Mussels had some terrific performances out of the bullpen en route to victory. Blue Jays rookie Alek Manoah has a 3.14 ERA in three starts for Toronto this year while his older brother, Erik Manoah Jr., was added to the Mussels’ roster this week.
Manoah was fantastic Sunday, striking out three in 1 ⅓ innings of perfect ball. He threw 10 strikes on 16 pitches in a strong first impression.
The Mussels are 20-16.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Josh Winder
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: José Miranda
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – Did not play
#2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
#3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 2-for-4, 2B
#4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – 1-for-3, HR
#5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (Ft. Myers) – Did not play
#8 - Aaron Sabato (Ft. Myers) – 0-for-2, 3 BB
#9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured list (elbow)
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Injured list (elbow)
#11 - Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – 0-for-3
#12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – Did not play
#13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured list (wrist)
#14 - Misael Urbina (Ft. Myers) – 0-for-4, BB
#15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
#17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) –0-for-1
#18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
#19 - Jose Miranda (Wichita) – 3-for-5, HR, BB
#20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) - Did not pitch