St.Paul Saints RHP Jhoan Duran placed on the 7-day injured list (elbow strain)
St.Paul Saints add RHP Kyle Barraclough
Cubs 3, Saints 3 (game suspended in fifth inning due to rain)
Griffin Jax: 2 ⅔ IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 5 BB, 2 K
HR: Brent Rooker (11)
Multi-hit games: Rooker (2-for-2, HR)
Rain in St.Paul halted the series finale Sunday between the Saints and the Iowa Cubs. Griffin Jax had trouble finding his command and walked five in a short outing. Brent Rooker blasted an opposite-field homer in the fourth, his 11th of the year for St.Paul. The game will resume August 17th.
WIND SURGE WISDOM
Wind Surge 7, Cardinals 8
Jordan Balazovic: 4 ⅓ IP, 10 H, 6 R/ER, BB, 3 K
HR: José Miranda 2 (11), Jermaine Palacios (8), Nick Garland (1), Ernie De La Trinidad (5)
Multi-hit games: Miranda (3-for-4, 2 HR), De La Trinidad (2-for-3, HR), Palacios (2-for-4, HR)
The Wind Surge were down 8-1 after 5 ½ innings with Jordan Balazovic struggling to contain the Springfield offense. Balazovic entered the game with a 3.72 ERA in three starts.
As has been the case all season, José Miranda provided the spark with a solo homer in the sixth, his second of the game. Miranda is hitting .323 with a .948 OPS, continuing his miraculous breakout season. Jermaine Palacios, who’s also been excellent this summer, followed that up with a two-run homer to cut the deficit to four.
Nick Garland and Ernie De La Trinidad added on with two more homers an inning later, bringing the Surge within just one run. Unfortunately, the Surge went down in order in both the eighth and ninth to fall just short.
Kernels 9, Cubs 2
Tyler Beck: 3 IP, 3 H, R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K
HR: Trey Cabbage (7), Seth Gray (5)
Multi-hit games: Spencer Steer (3-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB), Seth Gray (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI), Alex Isola (2-for-4)
Tyler Beck has pitched in a “hybrid” role for the Kernels this season, both starting and relieving in short stints. Beck started Sunday and continued his strong season, striking out seven over three solid innings of work.
Trey Cabbage blasted a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the first to give Cedar Rapids an early 2-0 lead. Spencer Steer smacked a two-run single to center in the second and Seth Gray added on with a two-run shot in the fifth. Steer is hitting .273 with a .932 OPS on the season.
The Kernels are weathering the storm without one of their best hitters in Matt Wallner (wrist). Steer, Gray, Wander Javier and Cabbage have helped to carry the load, providing the team with much needed offense and power on this five-game winning streak.
Notably, Kernels manager Brian Dinkelman earned his 100th victory with the club.
Mussels 3, Flying Tigers 1
Sawyer Gipson-Long: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 K
HR: Jeferson Morales (5)
Multi-hit games: Aaron Sabato (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
Sawyer Gipson-Long turned in one of his best starts of the season Sunday. He worked five scoreless innings, striking out six and earning the victory. The Mussels’ offense scored three runs and went just 6-for-30 (.200) with left 16 aboard.
Jeferson Morales helped the Mussels to an early 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the first. Aaron Sabato, who came into the game with a .913 OPS over his last 39 plate appearances, roped a two-run double to center in the third.
The Mussels bent but didn’t break, allowing an RBI single in the sixth. Erik Manoah Jr. earned his second save for Fort Myers and has now struck out eight over 5 ⅓ scoreless innings.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Sawyer Gipson-Long
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) – 0-for-5, 2 K
#2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
#3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 3-for-5, R
#4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – Did not play
#5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – 7-day injured list (elbow strain)
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – 4 ⅓ IP, 10 H, 6 R/ER, BB, 3 K
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (Ft. Myers) – IL (concussion)
#8 - Aaron Sabato (Ft. Myers) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
#9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – IL (right elbow strain)
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – IL (Tommy John surgery)
#11 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) – Did not play
#12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) –
#13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – IL (wrist sprain)
#14 - Misael Urbina (Ft. Myers) – 0-for-4, K
#15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - IL (elbow)
#17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – 0-for-4, K
#18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
#19 - Jose Miranda (Wichita) – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
#20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch