To see if the Saints were able to take over the division lead, and how the rest of your favorite Minnesota Twins prospects who were able to play on Tuesday fared in Tuesday nights action, keep reading!
After a flurry of transactions on the MiLB off-day yesterday, there was even more movement before today’s games:
- RHP Randy Dobnak was sent on a rehab assignment with the St. Paul Saints.
- OF BJ Boyd was officially promoted from Wichita to St. Paul.
- The Wichita Wind Surge placed OF Leobaldo Cabrera on the temporary inactive list.
- 1B Gabe Snyder was sent on a rehab assignment with Fort Myers from Cedar Rapids.
- The Mighty Mussels were assigned RHP Logan Campbell and RHP A.J. Labas from the FCL Twins.
St. Paul 0, Toledo 2
In a battle of the top two teams in the Midwest Division of Triple-A, the Toledo MudHens used a dominating performance from their pitching staff, including a rehabbing Matthew Boyd, to take the series opener and increase their division lead to 1.5 games over the Saints.
St. Paul’s pitchers were pretty good too, as they actually held Toledo to less hits than they managed, but the MudHens got the big one in the form of a two-run home run in the first inning off starting pitcher Beau Burrows. That was it for the entire game when it came to runs scored, as the teams combined to go 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position on the night.
Burrows went the first four innings, and allowed those two runs on two hits and four walks, while striking out four hitters. Ian Gibaut got the fifth inning and delivered a scoreless frame, walking one and striking out two. Andrew Vasquez then went the next two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and sitting down two MudHen hitters. Chris Nunn finished off the game with a scoreless inning, walking two and striking out one.
On the offensive side, Jose Miranda led off the game with a single, but the next fourteen hitters in a row (including 7 K’s) were retired before Ben Rortvedt drew a walk in the fifth inning. Byron Buxton lined a two-out double to left-center in the sixth but the Saints never could get a rally going. They struck out 11 times on the night, including three each from Trevor Larnach and Jimmy Kerrigan. They left only four men on base for the game and had just two at-bats with runners in scoring position. Gilberto Celestino and Drew Maggi each had a single.
The Saints will look to trim the division lead back to a half-game tomorrow with Joe Ryan on the mound.
WIND SURGE WISDOM
Tulsa 4, Wichita 6
Starting pitcher Austin Schulfer didn’t begin the game as well as he’d like, allowing four singles and a walk in the first inning, but thanks to a strike-’em-out-throw-’em-out-double-play, was able to limit the damage to just a single run. He settled in from there, holding Tulsa scoreless for the rest of his outing, including retiring the last seven batters he faced and allowing only a walk to his last twelve. In total Schulfer went five innings, allowing just the one run on five hits and two walks, while punching out six Drillers.
The Wind Surge offense got the run back for him immediately in the first inning, after Jermaine Palacios singled with two outs, reached second on a balk, and scampered home on a Trey Cabbage single. Austin Martin had led off the game with a double, but was doubled-up at second base on a line drive to second base from the following hitter, Roy Morales.
Zach Neff was summoned from the bullpen to start the sixth inning but immediately put himself in trouble by hitting the first batter with a pitch, which was followed by a double and a single that cut their lead to two. After a mound visit Neff was able to get out of the inning without any further damage, but he ran into trouble again in the seventh, with his night ending with two outs after a two-run homer cut the Wichita lead to one.
In their half of the sixth, Wichita got a needed insurance run thanks to a sacrifice fly from Caleb Hamilton, and they got another in the seventh when Andrew Bechtold clubbed a double to score Jermaine Palacios, who had reached base earlier in the inning with his third single of the game.
After Neff had given up the home run in the seventh, Jordan Gore came on from the bullpen and shut the Drillers down for the final 2 1/3 innings, picking up his third save in the process. He allowed no hits, no walks, and struck out two to lower his ERA in double-A to 1.89 on the season.
The Wind Surge got multiple hits on the night from Palacios (3-for-4, 2 R, K, SB), Cabbage (2-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, K), Whitefield (2-for-3, 2 R, RBI) and Ernie De La Trinidad (3-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, K) in the win and extended their division lead to six games over the Drillers and Arkansas Travelers.
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit, Postponed: Rain
The Kernels game against the Snappers was postponed due to the rain we experienced across the midwest on Tuesday. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 4:30 PM.
Bradenton @ Fort Myers, Postponed: Rain
Just like their High-A friends, the Marauders versus Mighty Mussels was also postponed due to rain yesterday. They’ll have multiple doubleheaders this week as they are already making up a postponement from August 13th tomorrow.
Game 1: FCL Twins 1, FCL Orioles Black 0 (Completion of game suspended on July 26th)
Way back on July 26th this game was suspended in the bottom of the first inning. They resumed in the morning with Juan Mendez on the mound instead of Giovahniey German, who had gotten two outs, including a strikeout, before the lightning came into play.
Mendez was fantastic on Tuesday, fanning six in 4 1/3 innings pitched and allowing no runs on just one hit and zero walks allowed to pick up his first win. Develson Aria pitched a scoreless inning to pick up a hold, striking out one, before Malik Barrington finished the final three scoreless innings for the save. Barrington allowed one hit and struck out five. In all the pitchers allowed just two hits, walked none, and struck out 13 Orioles.
The Twins lineup got their lone run in the third inning after an error put a baserunner on third base, and Carlos Aguiar beat out a double-play turn at first to allow him to score. Luis Baez (2-for-4, K) and Rubel Cespedes (2-for-3, R, K) each had two hits in the win.
Game 2: FCL Twins 10, FCL Orioles Black 6 (7 innings)
The regularly scheduled game on the day was much different than the first, as the teams combined for 18 hits and 16 runs compared to just seven and one. Luckily the Twins did most of the damage as they got two home runs from catcher Wilfri Castro, including a grand slam in the fourth inning, and another off the bat of Emmanuel Rodriguez. In addition to Castro (2-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Rodriguez (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, K, SB), shortstop Noah Miller (2-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB) also had multiple hits on the night, including his first double as a pro.
Left-hander Wilker Reyes got the start for the Twins in this one and held the Orioles scoreless for his first four innings. He lost his control in the fifth however and left the game with the bases loaded and one out after two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and a couple of wild pitches. Rafael Feliz was summoned and allowed all three of those runners to score and another three of his own after giving up a three-run homer later in the frame. He got just one out, on a K, before Samuel Perez finished off the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up his fourth win. Perez allowed no runs on two hits and struck out two batters.
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day - Malik Barrington, FCL Twins (S, 3 IP, H, 0 R, 5 K)
Hitter of the Day - Wilfri Castro, FCL Twins, 2 games (2-for-7, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, K)
#1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
#2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 3 K
#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, K
#7 - Joe Ryan (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
#8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
#9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch
#10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
#11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List
#12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - Game postponed
#13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 1-for-3, K
#14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
#15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - 2-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB
#16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-for-3, R, BB, 2 K
#17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
#18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
#19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
#20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - Did not play
WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
St. Paul @ Toledo (5:35 PM CST) - RHP Joe Ryan (4-3, 3.54 ERA)
Tulsa @ Wichita (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Tyler Beck (1-1, 2.79 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (Game 1: 4:30 PM CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (2-3, 4.13 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (Game 2: 30 min after game 1) - TBD
Bradenton @ Fort Myers (Game 1: 3:30 PM CST) - TBD
Fort Myers @ Bradenton (Game 2, at Hammond Stadium: 30 min after game 1) - TBD
Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!