RHP Melvi Acosta placed on restricted list and removed from active roster (St. Paul)
St. Paul 6, Indianapolis 3
Ariel Jurado: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
HR: Michael Helman (14), John Andreoli (15)
Multi-hit games: Roy Morales (3-for-4, 2 R), John Andreoli (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI)
Indianapolis struck first, leaving St. Paul at a 1-0 disadvantage before the first inning concluded; a Brendt Citta line-drive single plated Tucupita Marcano, and Citta reached second after a flub from right-fielder Cole Sturgeon.
The Saints battled back; it took a few innings, but Sturgeon—perhaps looking to cancel out his error—broke the dam, tripling to right field while scoring two runs. Chris Williams knocked Sturgeon in with a well-placed groundball.
Indianapolis jabbed back, nabbing a second run after a Marcano infield single. One inning later, a Mason Martin homer knotted the game at three.
Undeterred, the Saints waited patiently, allowing innings to slip away harmlessly, leading the Guardians into an 8th-inning ambush. Michael Helman dealt the first blow; his solo homer out to right-center broke the tie and netted the speedy utility player his 14th bomb of the season. Three batters later, John Andreoli smoked a two-run shot to center, gifting the Saints the breathing room they needed; Indianapolis did not score in the final two innings.
Ariel Jurado pitched five quality innings; July 14th was the last time he allowed more than two runs in an appearance. Ryan Jeffers caught the entire game and walked once in four trips to the plate. Evan Sisk and Brad Peacock both pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Ariel Jurado
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – John Andreoli
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
Matt Wallner (Minnesota) - 0-for-4
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Championship Series, Game 1: Wichita @ Frisco (5:05 PM) - LHP Kody Funderburk