St. Paul lost quietly to Louisville on Thursday.
Jordan Balazovic pitched well, allowing a single earned run with six strikeouts over four innings; that punchout is good for his second-highest of the season. It’s been an up-and-down year—with far more downs than anyone wished to see—but Balazovic has turned a corner late in the season, and it has been great to see.
The bats couldn’t find any momentum, only scratching out two runs off technically old friend Justin Nicolino before shutting down against the Bats’ bullpen. Elliot Soto’s three times on base represented the best of any batter. Both runs scored on a Dalton Shuffield double.
Trevor Larnach singled and struck out in his first rehab game.
Mike Siani—the 26th ranked prospect in the Reds system—leads the Bats; he singled in four plate appearances.
Wind Surge Wisdom
Wichita 8, Midland 6
Brent Headrick: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Multi-hit games: Edouard Julien (2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI), Yunior Severino (2-for-4, RBI, BB), DaShawn Keirsey Jr. (2-for-5), Leobaldo Cabrera (2-for-4, 2 R, BB)
Wichita won a barn burner on Thursday.
The bats came alive early; Wichita scored five runs off a flurry of hits in the 2nd inning and never looked back. Dillon Tatum, Austin Martin, Edouard Julien, and Yunior Severino all earned an RBI for their efforts. Martin doubled in another run in the 4th inning; Alex Isola singled one home in the 6th.
The bullpen carried the day as their incredible effort—spearheaded by scoreless outings from Hunter McMahon and Casey Legumina—saved the game. The collection of arms pitched five innings in relief of Brent Headrick, allowing two runs with six strikeouts.
Martin stole his 34th base of the season; DaShawn Keirsey Jr. nabbed his 41st.
Tyler Soderstrom—the Athletics’ 2nd ranked prospect according to MLB.com— leads the RockHounds. Soderstrom singled, walked, and scored a pair of runs.
The Kernels won on Thursday to knot the playoff series at 1.
No one hitter dominated the batter’s box; Cedar Rapids rode a steady stream of walks—seven of them, to be precise—to five runs, just enough to win the game. The 5th inning proved especially fruitful, as the team scored three runs off a walk, a hit by pitch, and a balk. The team went 0-7 with runners in scoring position.
Travis Adams didn’t have his A-stuff; the righty allowed six hits and three runs over four innings, with runs scoring in three separate innings. Fortunately, his bullpen had his back, as Jaylen Nowlin, Miguel Rodriguez, and Ryan Shreve combined for five scoreless innings, allowing a sole hit with seven strikeouts.
Brooks Lee clubbed a pair of doubles; Wander Javier blasted a solo homer.
Pete Crow-Armstrong—the Cubs' top prospect according to MLB.com, and the son of Ashley Crow, the actress who played the mom in Little Big League, leads the Cubs. He had a single in four trips to the plate.
Fort Myers 7, Dunedin 5
Marco Raya: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
HR: Keoni Cavaco (1)
Multi-hit games: Ben Ross (2-for-3, 2 R, BB), Tanner Schobel (2-for-4, R), Kala’i Rosario (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI)
The Mighty Mussels won with a late comeback on Thursday.
It all started with an 8th-inning movement; Fort Myers stood at a 2-5 deficit, staring up the Blue Jays as Dunedin appeared set to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. Ben Ross walked, Noah Miller singled, and Kala’i Rosario brought the Mighty Mussels one run closer with an RBI single. Ian Churchill—working to become the most well-known man with that surname—walked Misael Urbina, bringing Keoni Cavaco to the plate with the bases full. Cavaco wasted no time, stepped into the first pitch, and drove a grand slam deep out to left-center field.
Marco Raya worked a tough but admirable game; the righty allowed three 1st inning runs—never an ideal start for a pitcher—but dialed himself in, and held the Blue Jays scoreless in the three following frames.
Kyle Jones was probably the most important pitcher in Thursday’s effort as he pitched three innings without an earned run while striking out two. 2022 draft picks carried the game in general; Ben Ross and Tanner Schobel both clocked in multi-hit performances.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Jordan Balazovic, St. Paul Saints
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Keoni Cavaco, Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#2 - Brooks Lee (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-4, 2 2B, R
#4 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
#7 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, R, K
#8 - Marco Raya (Ft. Myers) - 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
#9 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 0-4, BB, 2 K
#11 - Jordan Balazovic (St. Paul) - 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
#14 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI, 2 KP
#18 - Tanner Schobel (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-4, R
#20 - Kala’i Rosario (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, K
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Louisville @ St. Paul (7:07 PM) - RHP Mario Sanchez
Wichita @ Midland (7:00 PM) - RHP Daniel Gossett
South Bend @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 PM) - RHP Orlano Rodriguez (Game 3 in Best of 3 series)
Dunedin @ Fort Myers (6:00 PM) - LHP Jordan Carr (Game 3 in Best of 3 series)