C José Godoy selected by Minnesota Twins
St. Paul 2, Toledo 5
Jake Faria: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
HR: Royce Lewis (2)
Multi-hit games: Curtis Terry (2-for-4, 2B)
The Saints lost a winnable game on Saturday.
Starter Jake Faria carried the torch for the first few innings of the game, racking up five strikeouts over four solid frames with one earned run to his name. He was not as efficient as he probably would have liked, however, and was pulled from the game after 76 pitches.
The game sat at a 1-0 standstill heading into the 6th inning before Royce Lewis strode up to the plate and absolutely
molly whopped crushed destroyed obliterated annihilated the baseball to give the Saints a 2-1 lead.
The lead was short-lived. Chi Chi Gonzalez, pitching in relief of Faria, allowed a two-run triple and RBI single that gave the Mud Hens a lead they would never relinquish. Drew Strotman pitched an inning with no earned runs.
The offense outside of Lewis’ blast was sparse. Curtis Terry and Elliot Soto provided a double each, while Chance Cisco was the only hitter outside of Terry to reach base twice.
Wind Surge Wisdom
Wichita 4, Midland 15
Brandon Lawson: 1 1/3 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, K
Multi-hit games: Edouard Julien (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B), Michael Helman (2-for-4, RBI, 2B)
Wichita was clobbered on Saturday. It was one of those days where showing up to the diamond felt like a mistake; The Wind Surge fell into a deficit in the first inning and never recovered.
Wichita pitchers allowed 17 hits, 14 earned runs, and 10 walks. Alex Scherff was the only pitcher not to allow a baserunner. It would be for the best if we ended the discussion on pitching there.
Wind Surge hitters were somewhat more successful. While they only knocked around three extra-base hits, they struck out just four times; poor BABIP proved to be their downfall more than anything.
Edouard Julien was the most prolific hitter of the bunch, dropping in three hits while scoring half of Wichita’s total runs.
Cedar Rapids 6, Peoria 3
Sawyer Gipson-Long: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Multi-hit games: Anthony Prato (2-for-2, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 2B), Aaron Sabato (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B), Will Holland (2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, 2B)
The Kernels continued their dominant start to the season on Saturday.
Unusually mortal, Sawyer Gipson-Long did not over-match hitters like he usually does. The righty trudged through four innings while Peoria hitters frustrated him by scoring in three of those frames. It was a rare off-day for a pitcher who had been so great for most of last season and the beginning of this one.
The Kernels offense had his back, though. They pecked away at the Chiefs’ lead, scoring in five separate innings to culminate in six runs total—more than enough needed to win the game. Aaron Sabato and Will Holland were the most consistent culprits, twice plating runners and twice knocking in hits.
In relief of Gipson-Long, Bradley Hanner, Melvi Acosta, and Osiris German combined to toss five scoreless innings, ensuring the win for Cedar Rapids.
Fort Myers 7, Dunedin 3
David Festa: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
HR: Kala’i Rosario (1), Emmanuel Rodriguez (5), Kyler Fedko (2)
Multi-hit games: Noah Miller (2-for-3, 2 R, BB, 2B), Dylan Neuse (2-for-5)
The Miracle won solidly on Saturday.
David Festa continued his incredible start to the season with four shutout innings. It was not the cleanest performance—he needed 70 pitches to net 12 outs—but the start lowered his season ERA to 1.93.
Much like the Kernels, Fort Myers hitters backed up their pitchers. The New Bash Brothers, Emmanuel Rodriguez, and Kyler Fedko, both launched homers in their effort to discredit the entire concept of pitching in general. Oddly enough, all of Fort Myers’ runs came via a homer or a bases-loaded BB.
Walks proved to be the defining aspect of the game, as the Mighty Mussels took eight of them in the game; that’s how they plated seven runs off eight hits.
The barrage of relievers—Jaylen Nowlin, Malik Barrington, Regi Grace, Matthew Swain—worked five innings with five strikeouts and three earned runs to carry the team to victory.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – David Festa, Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Edouard Julien, Wichita Wind Surge
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 – Austin Martin (Wichita) - 0-for-3, BB, R
#2 – Royce Lewis (St. Paul) - 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI, HR
#3 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 0-for-4
#10 – Noah Miller (Fort Myers) - 2-for-3, 2 R, BB, 2B, K
#11 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) - 0-1
#15 – Emmanuel Rodriguez (Fort Myers) - 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, K, HR
#18 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 0-for-4, 2 K
#19 – Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
St. Paul @ Toledo (1:05 PM) - RHP Daniel Gossett
Midland @ Wichita (1:05 PM) - RHP Matt Canterino
Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 PM) - LHP Aaron Rozek
Fort Myers @ Dunedin (11:00 AM) - RHP Travis Adams