• Lewis Thorpe recalled by Twins with Brandon Waddell optioned to Triple-A
• Caleb Hamilton moved from Rochester to Wichita.
St. Paul 10, Omaha 4
For years, the partnership between the Minnesota Twins and St. Paul Saints has been something of desirability for fans across the metro. That reality came true this offseason, and now the new Triple-A club has their firs affiliated victory. Lefty Charlie Barnes was on the bump and got the win with a quality start allowing just three runs on seven hits across five innings of work.
The Saints to a lead on a Ryan Jeffers sacrifice fly in the first inning. After giving it back briefly in the bottom half, Toby Gardenhire’s squad would regain it before running to hide the rest of the way. Drew Maggi, Tzu-Wei Lin, and Rob Refsnyder all drove in runs during the second inning, and then the boppers stepped in.
Heralded Twins outfield prospect Trevor Larnach was playing in just his second Triple-A game, and he launched a three run homer in the fourth inning extending the lead to a 7-2 mark. Brent Rooker would follow that with a solo blast of his own and this one was all but over. Refsnyder did more damage in the 6th adding a solo shot for St. Paul’s 10th run of the game.
Although Zander Wiel and Lin didn’t record a hit, St. Paul racked up 12 of them as a team. Juan Minaya and Ian Gibault struck out two and three respectively in their relief work.
WIND SURGE WISDOM
Wichita 5, Springfield 4
In their second game as an established franchise, as well as second game as an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, Wichita won in comeback fashion. Now 2-0 in history, the question really becomes whether or not they'll ever actually lose a game.
Jose Miranda opened the scoring in this one with a two-run homer scoring Gilberto Celestino in the top half of the third inning. After giving a run back in the bottom half, the Wind Surge tacked on another thanks to a wild pitch that allowed Aaron Whitefield to scamper home in the 5th.
Facing a one run deficit in the 7th, Wichita again leaned on Whitefield. First his triple allowed Damek Tomscha to score, and then yet another wild pitch gave him the opportunity to cross the plate again. Ryan Mason came on to record his first save of the year and punched out three while getting four outs in the contest.
Cedar Rapids 7, Peoria 6
Welcome to the Matt Wallner show. The 39th overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft put up quite a performance going 3-for-4 with a pair of big flies tonight for the Kernels. His first contribution in the bottom half of the third inning with Cedar Rapids down by three. A sacrifice fly opened the scoring and it was off to the races.
After Peoria tacked on two more in the 4th inning, Wallner came to bat in the bottom half of the 5th. He sent this ball over the fence, plating Seth Gray, for a two-run shot. Then again in the 7th Wallner stepped up and delivered his second blast of the evening, this one being of the three run variety, scoring Spencer Steer and Gray to give Cedar Rapids a 6-5 lead.
With the game tied in the bottom of the 9th Gabe Snyder doubled to score Gray for the third time, and allow a home team walkoff.
Fort Myers 13, Bradenton 4
The artist formerly known as the Miracle got out to a big lead early in this one, and they made sure to never leave it in doubt. A five-run first inning was punctuated by a Max Smith grand slam that brought in Aaron Sabato Edouard Julien, and Kyle Schmidt.
After giving two back in the bottom half, the Mighty Mussels had a quick answer. Smith was plunked with the bases loaded and earned the RBI driving Keoni Cavaco in from third base. An uncorked wild pitch gave Julien an opportunity to score, and a Yunior Severino single added two more. When the dust settled on the second Fort Myers had a 9-2 lead.
In the 5th inning Anthony Prato would plate the 10th run on a wild pitch before Cavaco drove in the 11th following a Willie Joe Garry Jr. steal into scoring position. Will Holland launched his first homer of the year in the 6th inning, and yet another wild pitch gave Severino an opportunity to race home before the inning was done.
Hunter McMahon got the win and was impressive in relief. Working 4.2 innings of two hit ball, he punched out six for the Mighty Mussels while allowing just a single free pass.
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Hunter McMahaon (Fort Myers) - 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Hitter of the Day – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 3-for-4, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR(2)
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 (St. Paul) – 2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR(1)
#4 - Ryan Jeffers (St. Paul) – 1-for-4, RBI
#5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Injured List (back)
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (Ft. Myers) – 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, BB, K
#8 - Aaron Sabato (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-4, R, 2 BB 2 K
#9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
#11 - Gilberto Celestino (Wichita) – 0-for-3, R, 2 BB, 3 K
#12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 2-for-5, R, RBI, HR(1)
#13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 3-for-4, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR(2)
#14 - Misael Urbina (Complex) – N/A
#15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
#17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – Did not play
#18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
#19 - Jose Miranda (Wichita) – 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, HR(1)
#20 - Bailey Ober (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
St. Paul @ Omaha (6:35PM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak
Wichita @ Springfield (7:05PM CST) – RHP Cole Sands
Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Blayne Enlow
Fort Myers @ Bradenton (5:05PM CST) – RHP Sean Mooney
Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!