RHP Luke Farrell added to St.Paul Saints (ML rehab)
LHP Kody Funderburk activated to Wichita from injured list
LHP Adam Rozek promoted to Cedar Rapids
Iowa 5, Saints 2
Drew Strotman: 4 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K
HR: Byron Buxton (3)
Multi-hit games: Tomás Telís (2-for-5, 2B)
Drew Strotman made his fifth start as a Saint and his second straight against the Iowa Cubs. Strotman worked around seven hits and a couple walks, allowing two runs in four innings. He threw 81 pitches and 44 for strikes (54%).
Byron Buxton hit a mammoth, 445-foot homer to left in his first at-bat. It was a vintage Buck bomb:
The Saints trailed 2-1 until David Banuelos scored on an error in the seventh. Yennier Cano and Luke Farrell combined for three scoreless innings and six strikeouts out of the bullpen. Unfortunately, Robinson Leyer and Nick Vincent allowed a run, and the Cubs took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
The Saints are now a half-game back of Toledo for first place in the Triple-A East Midwest. They would probably like to keep Buxton for a few more games.
WIND SURGE WISDOM
Wind Surge 11, Cardinals 7
Chris Vallimont: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K
HR: Trey Cabbage (14)
Multi-hit games: Austin Martin (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R), BJ Boyd (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R), Cabbage (3-for-4, HR, 6 RBI, BB)
The Surge kept it rolling offensively in Sunday’s barrage. BJ Boyd continued his torrid stretch with three more hits and a double. Trey Cabbage also stayed hot and homered. Austin Martin also drove in a run with a double.
Chris Vallimont started for Wichita and allowed five runs on five hits and two homers. Vallimont has allowed 28 runs over his last 26 innings. One culprit: he’s given up seven homers over his last six starts.
The Surge took five out of six from Springfield and are now in first place by five games over Tulsa in the Double-A Central.
Wisconsin 6, Kernels 2
Ryan Shreve: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Multi-hit games: Matt Wallner (2-for-4, BB), Jeferson Morales (2-for-3, 2B, R)
The Kernels had trouble keeping their offense going Sunday. Wander Javier got things started with an RBI single in the first before Jeferson Morales scored on a wild pitch in the second. Cedar Rapids took a quick 2-0 lead, protected by Ryan Shreve.
Unfortunately, that was all for the bats. Wisconsin scored six straight runs on two homers and three RBI singles. The Kernels struck out 17 times and mustered only seven hits in the loss.
The Kernels still boast a 53-43 record and sit in second place in the High-A Central, albeit ten games behind the powerhouse Quad Cities River Bandits.
Fort Myers 10, Dunedin 5
Bobby Milacki: IP, 2 H, R/ER, BB, K
HR: Patrick Winkel (1)
Multi-hit games: Alerick Soularie (2-for-6, RBI), Keoni Cavaco (3-for-6, R), Jesús Feliz (3-for-5, 2 R, BB), Winkel (3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB), Willie Joe Garry Jr. (2-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI), Kyler Fedko (2-for-4, RBI, BB)
The Mussels recorded 15 hits in Sunday’s thrilling win. Dunedin held a 5-4 lead in the eighth before Willie Joe Garry Jr. busted things open with a bases-clearing double. Garry Jr. drove in four from the seven spot in the lineup, while Patrick Winkel plated four of his own from the six spot.
The Mussels walked nine times and went 6-for-17 with runners in scoring position, taking advantage of baserunners with good at-bats. Winkel walked twice with the bases loaded, contributing to his big day.
Juan Pichardo pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing the Mussels to stick around late. Fort Myers is enjoying the spark from their new primary leadoff man Alerick Soularie. Drafted in the second round in 2020, Soularie missed the first half of the season with an injury.
Steven Cruz was also outstanding in relief, striking out five over three scoreless innings.
THE FCL TWINS DON’T PLAY ON SUNDAY
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day- Steven Cruz: 3 IP, H, R, 0 ER, BB, 5 K
Hitter of the Day- Trey Cabbage: 3-for-4, HR, 6 RBI, BB
Our most recent (post deadline and draft) prospect rankings are up! Check them out here.
#1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Injured List (ACL)
#2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 2-for-5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI
#3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
#4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch
#5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
#6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 1-for-4, BB
#7 - Joe Ryan (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
#8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
#9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch
#10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - 3-for-6, R
#11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (shoulder)
#12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-4, BB
#13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB
#14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - 4 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K
#15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - Did not play
#16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - Did not play
#17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
#18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 0-for-4, 2 BB
#19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
#20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - Did not play