Let’s see what happened this Wednesday in the Twins organization.
- The Twins claimed RHP Jake Jewell off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians and optioned him to AAA St. Paul.
- RHP Simeon Woods Richardson was promoted from AA Wichita to AAA St. Paul
- The Saints placed C Roy Morales on the 7-day IL with a lower back strain
- LHP Aaron Rozek was promoted from High-A Cedar Rapids to AA Wichita
- The Wichita Wind Surge activated SS Austin Martin from the 7-day IL
- The Wichita Wind Surge transferred OF Leobaldo Cabrera to the development list
- LHP Jaylen Nowlin was promoted from Low-A Fort Myers to High-A Cedar Rapids
St. Paul 6, Scranton 0
Is Jordan Balazovic back? The former Twins’ top pitching prospect has had an abysmal year but turned in four scoreless innings tonight for St. Paul, striking out four batters.
The Saints got three early runs in the top of the second. After Chris Williams hit his first AAA double, Andrew Bechtold hit a 2-run single to score Williams and Caleb Hamilton. Later in the inning, Jermaine Palacios came through with a single to tack on an extra run.
The game remained scoreless for a few more innings thanks to Balazovic and Evan Sisk, who was first out of the bullpen. Sisk threw 1 ⅔ innings while not allowing a hit and striking out two.
Matt Wallner picked up his first triple as a Saint in the bottom of the seventh. This was Wallner’s only hit of the night as he went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
The Saints added three more in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a catchers’ interference and a John Andreoli two-run single.
Sisk picked up the win, his second for the Saints. Andreoli and Michael Helman had two hits. Helman also stole his 17th base of the year. The Saints improve to 55-56.
WIND SURGE (AA)
Wichita 9, Tulsa 5
Wichita won a thrilling extra-inning game thanks to some late-game heroics from Aaron Sabato.
Sabato, who was 3-for-25 with no extra-base hits going into his last at-bat on Wednesday, came up clutch. With the bases loaded and one out, Sabato took a 2-0 slider and hit it over the center field wall for a walk-off grand slam. The home run was Sabato’s 19th of the year between Cedar Rapids and Wichita, and hopefully, this breaks him out of his slump in AA so far
Wichita took an early 4-1 lead through four innings, thanks to four good innings from Wichita starter Cody Laweryson who allowed one run and struck out four. Laweryson has been dominant in AA through 34 innings. He is 4-0 with 39 strikeouts and a 1.05 ERA.
Alex Isola started the scoring with an RBI single in the first, and Cole Sturgeon followed with an RBI walk. In the fourth, Austin Martin drove in a run with a groundout, and Will Holland later came in to score on a wild pitch to give Wichita a 4-1 lead.
Osiris German allowed three runs in 1 ⅔ innings out of the bullpen to bring the game to a tie. Will Holland came up clutch with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give Wichita the lead back.
After a scoreless bottom of the ninth, Legumina returned for the tenth. Legumina allowed the extra-inning runner to get to third with one out but stranded him thanks to a fielder's choice and a strikeout.
In the bottom of the tenth, Holland drew a walk to open the inning. When DaShawn Keirsey moved up to third on a wild pitch, Tulsa opted to intentionally walk Edouard Julien to load the bases. After Austin Martin lined out, Aaron Sabato ended the game.
Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 1
The Kernels won a pitchers’ duel on Wednesday thanks to a strong outing from starting pitcher Travis Adams.
Adams had allowed 11 earned runs through 10 ⅓ innings in Cedar Rapids until Wednesday, when he turned in his best outing in High-A this far. Adams went five innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out eight.
The game was tied at zero until the fourth inning, when Adams allowed his only run of the day on a single. This score held until the bottom of the sixth when Pat Winkel singled to center field, scoring Jake Rucker. After a strikeout, Wisconsin’s pitcher balked with two outs to score Seth Gray from third base.
After taking the lead, the Kernel pitching locked down the game. Bobby Milacki entered the game in relief of Adams and threw two scoreless innings, picking up the win. After Milacki, Hunter McMahon threw scoreless eighth and ninth innings to lock down the save, his second of the year. McMahon has allowed only two earned runs in 29 ⅔ innings at Cedar Rapids this year.
Winkel led the game offensively, going 3-for-4. Cedar Rapids improves to 65-45 with the victory and continues to be a force in High-A.
MIGHTY MUSSELS (LOW-A)
Fort Myers 6, Palm Beach 5
Fort Myers won in an extra-inning thriller on Wednesday thanks to a game-winning RBI single in the top of the 11th by 2022 second-round pick Tanner Schobel.
The scoring was very back-and-forth all game long. Palm Beach jumped to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off of starting pitcher Malik Barrington. Fort Myers answered right away as Ben Ross hit a 2-run homer in the top of the second for his first professional home run. That was followed by a Kala’i Rosario single and a Rubel Cespedes double, adding another run to the lead.
In the bottom of the third, Palm Beach added three runs to chase Barrington, who went 2 ⅔ innings, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two opposing hitters.
The game was scoreless for a few innings until the top of the seventh when Misael Urbina tied it up with his fourth homer. Ross drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning to give Fort Myers a 5-4 lead.
It was looking suitable for Fort Myers, who needed two more outs in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory when RJ Yeager hit a solo homer to tie it up and send it to extras.
In the bottom of the tenth, Jackson Hicks induced a double play with two runners on base to send it to an extra frame, where Schobel would give Fort Myers the lead before Hicks stranded a runner at third with one out in the bottom of the eleventh to secure the win.
Cespedes and Noah Cardenas each picked up two hits to lead the offense in the victory. Fort Myers improved to 59-47 with the win.
DSL Twins 4, DSL Brewers 6
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Travis Adams (Cedar Rapids) - 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K
Hitter of the Day – Yilber Herrera (DSL Twins) - 3-for-3, R, 2B, BB
We will again keep tabs on the Twins' top prospects. You’ll probably read about them in the team sections, but if they aren’t there, you’ll see how they did here.
Here’s a look at how the current Twins Daily Top 20 performed:
#2 - Brooks Lee (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-4, 2 K
#4 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 0-for-5, R, RBI, BB, K, 2 SB (24)
#7 - Noah Miller (Fort Myers) - 1-for-5, R, 2 K
#9 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 1-for-5, 3B (1), R, 3 K
#11 - Jordan Balazovic (St. Paul) - 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
#14 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 0-for-2, 2 R, 4 BB, K, SB (14)
#15 - Blayne Enlow (Wichita) - 1 ⅓ IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
#18 - Tanner Schobel (Fort Myers) - 1-for-4, RBI, BB
#20 - Kala’i Rosario (Fort Myers) - 1-for-5, R, K
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Scranton @ St. Paul (7:07 CST) - RHP Louie Varland (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Tulsa @ Wichita (7:05 CST) - LHP Brent Headrick (2-1, 5.28 ERA)
Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 PM CST) - TBD
Fort Myers @ Palm Beach (5:30 PM CST) - RHP Mike Paredes (7-4, 2.88 ERA)
Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!
Thank you for reading, and Go Twins!