- C Jeferson Morales promoted to A+ Cedar Rapids
- RHP Luis Rijo placed on 7-day IL at A+ Cedar Rapids (right elbow sprain)
- C Allante Hall transferred to A Fort Myers
- LHP Sean Gilmartin placed on 7-day IL at AA Wichita
- C Jair Camargo placed on 7-day IL at A+ Cedar Rapids retroactive to August 6th (right hamstring strain)
- RHP Josh Winder placed on 7-day IL at AAA St. Paul retroactive to July 22nd (right shoulder impingement)
St. Paul 4, Louisville 2
Ian Hamilton: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Multi-hit games: None
St. Paul was nearly no-hit on Saturday.
Bo Takahashi held the squad hitless while he was on the mound but the team was able to pounce on rehabbing reliever Tejay Antone for their first hit, and their first run of the game.
The run tied the game; a fact aided in no small part by the Saints pitching staff on Saturday. It was a bullpen game and Ian Hamilton drew the first straw. Hamilton was able to shed his previous issues with command, and staunchly allowed no Reds hitter to reach base via the walk. All in all, Hamilton tossed three quality innings.
The game was even at one headed into the 9th inning. Ryan Mason ran into some trouble, and before anyone could even realize it, the bases were loaded. The Bats plated a run but nearly scored another if Jimmy Kerrigan did not hose the runner at home with a great play:
It looked as if Louisville was going to walk away with a win, but Mark Contreras had other plans. He sent a ball to what was previously an undocumented dimension with his game-tying blast:
Édgar García ran into some trouble in the top half of the 10th inning, but was able to escape any real damage. In the bottom half of the inning, Ben Rortvedt was called upon to pinch hit for J.T. Riddle and send the home crowd into a frenzy with a walk-off two-run bomb:
Wind Surge Wisdom
Wichita 5, Midland 4
SP: Austin Schulfer: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
HR: Caleb Hamilton (7), Jermaine Palacios (16)
Multi-hit games: Caleb Hamilton (2-for-3, HR, 2B, R, 4 RBI)
The Wind Surge won a thriller on Saturday.
Austin Schulfer carried the squad early with yet another wonderful start. The right-hander has been workhorse-like in 2021 with nearly 80 innings on the year; an impressive total considering the non-existent 2020 minor league season.
Caleb Hamilton backed his starter quickly with a 2nd inning, two-run homer. The 26-year-old is now creeping up on his career-high in homers for a season (9) which he set in 2017.
In the least surprising news since the election of George Washington, Jermaine Palacios crushed his 16th homer of the year on Saturday. The blast moved Palacios into the top 10 for homeruns among all minor league shortstops. Yes, all of them. His new-found power is real and, if you happen to be the unfortunate soul pitching to him, terrifying.
The game was knotted at three headed into the 9th inning. The Rockhounds inched ahead thanks to a Jonah Bride homer, but the Wind Surge refused to end quietly. With the bases loaded, Caleb Hamilton sent everyone home with a sacrifice fly that scored not one, but two runs. Take a look for yourself:
Cedar Rapids 1, Quad Cities 4
SP: Tyler Beck: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Multi-hit games: None
The Kernels lost a clean game on Saturday.
Tyler Beck’s line looks uglier than reality. Four runs is poor no matter how it’s sliced, but Beck’s runs came in the form of a duo of two-run shots. The sudden nature of home runs reflects a pitcher who was more unlucky than poor. Two pitches made the difference between four earned runs and a potentially better outing.
In any case, the Kernels offense did little to help Beck. Wander Javier’s 7th inning triple was the lone extra-base hit by Cedar Rapids in the game. In total, only four base hits came off the bats of Kernels hitters on Saturday.
For an inkling of good news from this game, Breckin Williams and Andrew Cabezas combined for three perfect innings of relief. The two righties punched out four batters in total.
Fort Myers 5, Dunedin 3
SP: Miguel Rodriguez: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Multi-hit games: Jesus Feliz (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI), Willie Joe Garry Jr. (2-for-4, R)
Fort Myers won a (somewhat) close one on Saturday.
Despite falling down into a quick 1-0 pit, the Mighty Mussels easily rebounded. In the 2nd inning, Ruben Santana grounded home a run and Misael Urbina walked home another to steal the lead from Dunedin. Jesus Feliz singled home a third run in the 3rd inning, and a wild pitch in the 5th plated the final two runs scored by Fort Myers on the night. One has to unleash a truly reckless pitch to score two baserunners. If only the play was televised.
Both Charles Mack and Nick Anderson reached base four times on Saturday. They combined for enough walks to challenge an old-persons home.
But that’s enough for the offense. Let’s honor the pitchers who paved the path for the Mighty Mussels on Saturday. Beyond Miguel Rodriguez, whose great performance was self-evident, Zarion Sharpe held the Blue Jays scoreless for four crucial innings. Combining both of their pitching lines gives you one singular starter who gave up just one run over seven innings of work. That will play.
Originally, I had written that the Mighty Mussels “won a comfortable one on Saturday”, but that became false in the 9th inning. Steven Cruz was called upon to guard a four-run lead. He would end the game with a two-run lead. But hey, the size of the lead does not matter at all as long as it holds.
Game one: FCL Twins 5, FCL Red Sox 11
SP: Erasmo Moreno: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
R: Emmanuel Rodriguez (5)
Multi-hit games: Emmanuel Rodriguez (3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
This game was a continuation of the battle that began yesterday, but was suspended. Perhaps the FCL Twins would have preferred it if the matchup was just canceled instead.
FCL Twins pitchers were struck well and often by the FCL Red Sox offense. No Twin escaped the endeavor without a wounded ERA with the lone exception of John Wilson.
There was good news on the offensive front, however. Emmanuel Rodriguez knocked around a pair of extra-base hits, and Alerick Soularie finally graced a baseball diamond as a member of the Twins. Other than that, it is best to leave this game to the history books.
Game two: FCL Twins 5, FCL Red Sox 1
SP: Develson Aria: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
HR: Alerick Soularie (1), Ricardo Oliver (1)
Multi-hit games: Alerick Soularie (2-for-2, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI), Alexander Pena (2-for-4, RBI)
While the first game was considerably unremarkable, game two was anything but. This type of glow-up has not been seen since George Gordon Meade took over command of the Army of the Potomac.
In a level of irony well-suited for Alanis Morissette, the FCL Twins scored as many runs in this game as they had in the previous encounter. Alerick Soularie demanded that his presence be acknowledged as he blasted his first career homer in the first inning of the game. In all, three runs would be scored before three outs were netted.
All three pitchers for the FCL Twins left the game with a clean slate. Develson Aria proved that he is more than just a phenomenal name, and he held the Red Sox scoreless in his start. Danny Moreno and Samuel Perez were called upon to relieve Aria, and both players evaded allowing any earned runs.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Austin Schulfer
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Caleb Hamilton
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 – Royce Lewis (Rehab) – Out for season (torn ACL)
#2 – Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Injured List (elbow strain)
#3 – Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#4 – Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (right elbow strain)
#5 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 0-3
#6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 0-4, 2 K
#7 – Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) – 1-4, R, K
#8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Injured List (Right Shoulder Impingement)
#9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – Did not play
#10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 0-4, K
#11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
#12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
#13 – Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#14 – Brent Rooker (Minnesota) – 1-5, 2 R, K
#15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-4, BB, K
#16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 0-4, K
#17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, 3B, 2 K
#18 – Alerick Soularie (FCL Twins) – 2-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K
#19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
#20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – Did not pitch
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Dunedin @ Fort Myers (10:00 AM) RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long
Midland @ Wichita (12:05 PM) RHP Cole Sands
Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (1:05 PM) RHP Cody Laweryson
Louisville @ St. Paul (1:05 PM) LHP Lewis Thorpe