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    Steve Lein got a reaction from MN_ExPat for an article, Twins AFL Report - Week 1: Wallner, Helman, Laweryson Come Out Hot   
    Matt Wallner: 3 games, 3-for-11, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K; .273/.385/.545 (.930 OPS) overall.
    After missing about half of the 2021 minor league season with a hand injury, Matt Wallner is looking to make up development time in the AFL. He got off to a pretty good start.
    In the AFL season’s opening game that Scottsdale lost to Glendale 4-3, Wallner batted third in the lineup (which is a good indication of his talent level on a team with Marco Luciano and Triston Casas in the same lineup) and played in right field. He finished the game 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, but notched a single in the third inning that put runners on the corners for a Scorpions scoring threat they didn’t cash in. His other at-bat was a lineout to left field in the fifth.
    After a day off, Wallner was back in the lineup on Friday for the Scorpions first win, a reverse of their opener where they defeated the Desert Dogs 4-3. Wallner batted fifth and switched sides in the outfield, getting the nod in left in this one. He finished 0-for-2, but drew a pair of walks and was on base when Curtis Mead clubbed the deciding three-run homer in the top of the seventh.
    In his final game of the week, an 8-2 victory over Peoria, Wallner was again batting fifth and was the designated hitter. Down 1-0 after three innings, Wallner stepped to the plate with two outs and a runner on first before putting the Scorpions ahead for good with one swing of the bat. His homer to left-center field made the score 2-1. 
    He got another RBI opportunity in the ninth, and delivered a run-scoring single to account for the Scorpions eighth and final run. It was an exclamation point game for the slugger to end his first week of action on a high note.
    Zach Featherstone: 2 appearances, 2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, BB, 4 K; 4.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP overall.
    Zach Featherstone was an excellent part of the Cedar Rapids Kernels bullpen during the 2021 season, amassing 93 strikeouts in 55 innings with a 2.13 ERA and nine saves. He came in third in Twins Daily’s 2021 MiLB Relief Pitcher of the Year voting. While he definitely walked too many (42 batters) and is likely part of the reason he’s in Arizona, hoping to learn some new tricks when it comes to his command and control.
    He appeared in two games on the week, the first of which came in the season opener against Glendale. He was tabbed for the sixth inning and struck out the first two hitters he faced before allowing a double and single that put runners on the corners. He recovered nicely, striking out the next hitter on three pitches for a scoreless frame and a nice start to his AFL ledger when it comes to strikeouts.
    His second appearance of the AFL season came in Saturday’s 8-2 win over the Javelinas. He was the second reliever of the game for the Scorpions and came on to start the fifth inning. It wasn’t as clean as his first game, as he allowed a leadoff single where the runner ended up coming around to score on a double three batters later. He walked one and struck out one in his inning, being credited with a hold, and will look to continue racking up strikeouts in week 2.
    Andrew Bechtold: 2 games, 2-for-8, 2B, 0 BB, 3 K; .250/.250.375 (.625 OPS) overall.
    Andrew Bechtold was the Twins fifth round pick in the 2017 draft after an excellent season at Chipola College. He was among the organization's leaders in home runs during the 2021 minor league season with 18 in 99 games for Wichita. One interesting development for Bechtold that he will continue in the AFL, is the Twins working with him at the catcher position, where he advanced enough during the year that they got him in a single game there late.
    Bechtold had to wait for the Scorpions third game to get his first AFL action, and he was tabbed to play third base and bat seventh in the lineup in their 4-3 win over Glendale. He finished the game 1-for-4, clubbing a two-out double in the fifth inning before being stranded. His other three at-bats included three ground balls, including two that ended in double-plays. 
    In Saturday’s 8-2 win, Bechtold again was batting seventh and got the start behind the dish for the Scorpions. I’m sure he’d like to have been better than his first three at-bats in his first game as the catcher for the Scorpions that all ended in strikeouts, but he got another chance in the eighth, where he singled to put a runner in scoring position. As the catcher, Bechtold allowed one stolen base with an errant throw, but later also threw a runner out at second. Scorpions pitchers walked eight Javelinas and had two wild pitches, but Bechtold surely contributed to them scoring just two runs calling the game as they were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
    Kody Funderburk: 1 start, 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K; 18.00 ERA, 3.50 WHIP overall.
    After finishing the 2021 season as a reliever with Wichita, Kody Funderburk is tabbed as a starter for the Scorpions in the AFL. He did make 10 starts for Cedar Rapids before his promotion to Wichita where he was used only as a reliever. However, he was a long reliever and averaged more than three innings per appearance. He also had a sub 1.00 WHIP with Wichita and is likely in Arizona in part due to his limited innings as a professional, as he’s thrown just 155 innings since being drafted in 2018.
    Funderburk was on the mound to start Scottsdale’s second game of the season on Thursday, a game they lost big. You might think Funderburk was the biggest reason for that after you see he allowed four runs on six hits in his two innings, but those that followed him on the mound were infinitely worse as the Scorpions lost 13-5 behind a nine-run third inning after Funderburk’s day was over. He pitched a scoreless first inning, allowing only an infield single, but with a 4-0 lead after the top of the second, Funderburk wasn’t able to keep runners off the bases in the bottom half. Two doubles, three singles, and a walk in the inning led to the score being tied at four, but he did end his outing with his second strikeout of the frame and his outing. When I used that term “infinitely” above I was being quite literal, as the next two pitchers for Scottsdale in the third inning didn’t record a single out and were charged with nine earned runs.
    Michael Helman: 2 games, 3-for-6, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, 0 K; .500/.625/.667 (1.292 OPS) overall.
    Like Bechtold, Michael Helman was among the organization's leaders in home runs during the 2021 season, slugging 19 with the Kernels in 111 games. He was an infielder when drafted and played mostly second base in his first two seasons, but in 2021 was primarily an outfielder (all three positions) with some middle-infield mixed in. He’ll likely play all around the diamond in Arizona, but I’ll be watching for his opportunities in center field especially.
    His first game of the week came in Thursday’s big loss to Mesa, but it wasn’t because of anything he did as he reached base three times and scored a run. He batted eighth in the lineup and played third base, finishing 1-for-2 with two walks. He drew his first base on balls in the second inning and later scored on a Jeter Downs single. In the fourth inning, he singled to right field and was on third base when the bases were loaded, but was forced out at home on a comebacker to the pitcher. His second walk of the game came in the eighth inning, but he was again the force out on a double-play ball that ended the inning.
    Helman was tabbed for center field in Saturday’s 8-2 win over the Javelinas, and batted eighth in the lineup behind his organizational teammate Andrew Bechtold. He singled in the fifth inning and later scored Scottsdale’s third run of the game on a double. In the seventh inning, his first double of the AFL season put a runner on third that later scored on a sacrifice fly from the next hitter. He finished the game 2-for-4 and his first week with an excellent batting line.
    Cody Laweryson: 1 appearance, 2 1/3 IP, 2 BB, 6 K; 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP overall.
    After a strong debut season in 2019 in which he struck out 63 batters in 46 innings with a 0.80 WHIP and 1.57 ERA, Cody Laweryson missed some time to start the 2021 and wasn’t back to pitching until June. The strikeouts were still there as he racked up 73 in just 58 2/3 innings with the Kernels over 15 games (14 starts), but the missed 2020 season and injury loomed large as his ERA was 4.91 with a 1.33 WHIP. He’s looking to make up some innings and gain confidence in the AFL.
    Laweryson’s lone appearance on the week came in Thursday’s 13-5 loss to Mesa. After his team fell behind so big he was one of the stabilizing forces, along with another of his organizational teammates, as he entered the game in the middle of the fourth inning with the bases loaded and only one out. He struck out both hitters he faced to squash that threat, and followed that up by striking out all three hitters in the fifth. Back out for the sixth he got two more outs, including another strikeout, before losing some steam and walking his final two hitters before being removed. I say that last bit a little tongue in cheek, as if you believe the data available, he should have gotten his seventh strikeout of the night on multiple pitches in the at-bat resulting in the first of those walks:

    In all, Laweryson struck out six hitters and walked two in his 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and if this game is any indication his confidence should be sky high moving forward.
    Evan Sisk: 1 appearance, 1 1/3 IP, H, 2 BB; 0.00 ERA, 2.25 WHIP overall.
    Evan Sisk is new to the Twins organization, coming over from the St. Louis Cardinals in the trade of J.A. Happ during the 2021 season. He pitched in 14 games with the Wichita Wind Surge that resulted in a 4.87 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. Like Featherstone he’ll need to work to cut down his walks and the AFL gives him a good opportunity to hone those skills against top competition.
    Sisk’s only outing of the week also came in the Scorpions blowout loss to Mesa, but he was the pitcher who picked up where Laweryson left off after those walks in the sixth inning. He did issue another walk to the first hitter he faced to load the bases, but got a fly out to escape that jam. Back out for the seventh, Sisk gave up a leadoff single and a walk later in the inning, but otherwise got three ground ball outs to finish his game with a scoreless outing. In total, he allowed no runs on one hit and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.
    Check back every week to see how Minnesota Twins prospects have played during the AFL season, and please feel free to ask questions about the AFL and the players who are there!
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from Dman for an article, Twins AFL Report - Week 1: Wallner, Helman, Laweryson Come Out Hot   
    Matt Wallner: 3 games, 3-for-11, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K; .273/.385/.545 (.930 OPS) overall.
    After missing about half of the 2021 minor league season with a hand injury, Matt Wallner is looking to make up development time in the AFL. He got off to a pretty good start.
    In the AFL season’s opening game that Scottsdale lost to Glendale 4-3, Wallner batted third in the lineup (which is a good indication of his talent level on a team with Marco Luciano and Triston Casas in the same lineup) and played in right field. He finished the game 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, but notched a single in the third inning that put runners on the corners for a Scorpions scoring threat they didn’t cash in. His other at-bat was a lineout to left field in the fifth.
    After a day off, Wallner was back in the lineup on Friday for the Scorpions first win, a reverse of their opener where they defeated the Desert Dogs 4-3. Wallner batted fifth and switched sides in the outfield, getting the nod in left in this one. He finished 0-for-2, but drew a pair of walks and was on base when Curtis Mead clubbed the deciding three-run homer in the top of the seventh.
    In his final game of the week, an 8-2 victory over Peoria, Wallner was again batting fifth and was the designated hitter. Down 1-0 after three innings, Wallner stepped to the plate with two outs and a runner on first before putting the Scorpions ahead for good with one swing of the bat. His homer to left-center field made the score 2-1. 
    He got another RBI opportunity in the ninth, and delivered a run-scoring single to account for the Scorpions eighth and final run. It was an exclamation point game for the slugger to end his first week of action on a high note.
    Zach Featherstone: 2 appearances, 2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, BB, 4 K; 4.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP overall.
    Zach Featherstone was an excellent part of the Cedar Rapids Kernels bullpen during the 2021 season, amassing 93 strikeouts in 55 innings with a 2.13 ERA and nine saves. He came in third in Twins Daily’s 2021 MiLB Relief Pitcher of the Year voting. While he definitely walked too many (42 batters) and is likely part of the reason he’s in Arizona, hoping to learn some new tricks when it comes to his command and control.
    He appeared in two games on the week, the first of which came in the season opener against Glendale. He was tabbed for the sixth inning and struck out the first two hitters he faced before allowing a double and single that put runners on the corners. He recovered nicely, striking out the next hitter on three pitches for a scoreless frame and a nice start to his AFL ledger when it comes to strikeouts.
    His second appearance of the AFL season came in Saturday’s 8-2 win over the Javelinas. He was the second reliever of the game for the Scorpions and came on to start the fifth inning. It wasn’t as clean as his first game, as he allowed a leadoff single where the runner ended up coming around to score on a double three batters later. He walked one and struck out one in his inning, being credited with a hold, and will look to continue racking up strikeouts in week 2.
    Andrew Bechtold: 2 games, 2-for-8, 2B, 0 BB, 3 K; .250/.250.375 (.625 OPS) overall.
    Andrew Bechtold was the Twins fifth round pick in the 2017 draft after an excellent season at Chipola College. He was among the organization's leaders in home runs during the 2021 minor league season with 18 in 99 games for Wichita. One interesting development for Bechtold that he will continue in the AFL, is the Twins working with him at the catcher position, where he advanced enough during the year that they got him in a single game there late.
    Bechtold had to wait for the Scorpions third game to get his first AFL action, and he was tabbed to play third base and bat seventh in the lineup in their 4-3 win over Glendale. He finished the game 1-for-4, clubbing a two-out double in the fifth inning before being stranded. His other three at-bats included three ground balls, including two that ended in double-plays. 
    In Saturday’s 8-2 win, Bechtold again was batting seventh and got the start behind the dish for the Scorpions. I’m sure he’d like to have been better than his first three at-bats in his first game as the catcher for the Scorpions that all ended in strikeouts, but he got another chance in the eighth, where he singled to put a runner in scoring position. As the catcher, Bechtold allowed one stolen base with an errant throw, but later also threw a runner out at second. Scorpions pitchers walked eight Javelinas and had two wild pitches, but Bechtold surely contributed to them scoring just two runs calling the game as they were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
    Kody Funderburk: 1 start, 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K; 18.00 ERA, 3.50 WHIP overall.
    After finishing the 2021 season as a reliever with Wichita, Kody Funderburk is tabbed as a starter for the Scorpions in the AFL. He did make 10 starts for Cedar Rapids before his promotion to Wichita where he was used only as a reliever. However, he was a long reliever and averaged more than three innings per appearance. He also had a sub 1.00 WHIP with Wichita and is likely in Arizona in part due to his limited innings as a professional, as he’s thrown just 155 innings since being drafted in 2018.
    Funderburk was on the mound to start Scottsdale’s second game of the season on Thursday, a game they lost big. You might think Funderburk was the biggest reason for that after you see he allowed four runs on six hits in his two innings, but those that followed him on the mound were infinitely worse as the Scorpions lost 13-5 behind a nine-run third inning after Funderburk’s day was over. He pitched a scoreless first inning, allowing only an infield single, but with a 4-0 lead after the top of the second, Funderburk wasn’t able to keep runners off the bases in the bottom half. Two doubles, three singles, and a walk in the inning led to the score being tied at four, but he did end his outing with his second strikeout of the frame and his outing. When I used that term “infinitely” above I was being quite literal, as the next two pitchers for Scottsdale in the third inning didn’t record a single out and were charged with nine earned runs.
    Michael Helman: 2 games, 3-for-6, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, 0 K; .500/.625/.667 (1.292 OPS) overall.
    Like Bechtold, Michael Helman was among the organization's leaders in home runs during the 2021 season, slugging 19 with the Kernels in 111 games. He was an infielder when drafted and played mostly second base in his first two seasons, but in 2021 was primarily an outfielder (all three positions) with some middle-infield mixed in. He’ll likely play all around the diamond in Arizona, but I’ll be watching for his opportunities in center field especially.
    His first game of the week came in Thursday’s big loss to Mesa, but it wasn’t because of anything he did as he reached base three times and scored a run. He batted eighth in the lineup and played third base, finishing 1-for-2 with two walks. He drew his first base on balls in the second inning and later scored on a Jeter Downs single. In the fourth inning, he singled to right field and was on third base when the bases were loaded, but was forced out at home on a comebacker to the pitcher. His second walk of the game came in the eighth inning, but he was again the force out on a double-play ball that ended the inning.
    Helman was tabbed for center field in Saturday’s 8-2 win over the Javelinas, and batted eighth in the lineup behind his organizational teammate Andrew Bechtold. He singled in the fifth inning and later scored Scottsdale’s third run of the game on a double. In the seventh inning, his first double of the AFL season put a runner on third that later scored on a sacrifice fly from the next hitter. He finished the game 2-for-4 and his first week with an excellent batting line.
    Cody Laweryson: 1 appearance, 2 1/3 IP, 2 BB, 6 K; 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP overall.
    After a strong debut season in 2019 in which he struck out 63 batters in 46 innings with a 0.80 WHIP and 1.57 ERA, Cody Laweryson missed some time to start the 2021 and wasn’t back to pitching until June. The strikeouts were still there as he racked up 73 in just 58 2/3 innings with the Kernels over 15 games (14 starts), but the missed 2020 season and injury loomed large as his ERA was 4.91 with a 1.33 WHIP. He’s looking to make up some innings and gain confidence in the AFL.
    Laweryson’s lone appearance on the week came in Thursday’s 13-5 loss to Mesa. After his team fell behind so big he was one of the stabilizing forces, along with another of his organizational teammates, as he entered the game in the middle of the fourth inning with the bases loaded and only one out. He struck out both hitters he faced to squash that threat, and followed that up by striking out all three hitters in the fifth. Back out for the sixth he got two more outs, including another strikeout, before losing some steam and walking his final two hitters before being removed. I say that last bit a little tongue in cheek, as if you believe the data available, he should have gotten his seventh strikeout of the night on multiple pitches in the at-bat resulting in the first of those walks:

    In all, Laweryson struck out six hitters and walked two in his 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and if this game is any indication his confidence should be sky high moving forward.
    Evan Sisk: 1 appearance, 1 1/3 IP, H, 2 BB; 0.00 ERA, 2.25 WHIP overall.
    Evan Sisk is new to the Twins organization, coming over from the St. Louis Cardinals in the trade of J.A. Happ during the 2021 season. He pitched in 14 games with the Wichita Wind Surge that resulted in a 4.87 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. Like Featherstone he’ll need to work to cut down his walks and the AFL gives him a good opportunity to hone those skills against top competition.
    Sisk’s only outing of the week also came in the Scorpions blowout loss to Mesa, but he was the pitcher who picked up where Laweryson left off after those walks in the sixth inning. He did issue another walk to the first hitter he faced to load the bases, but got a fly out to escape that jam. Back out for the seventh, Sisk gave up a leadoff single and a walk later in the inning, but otherwise got three ground ball outs to finish his game with a scoreless outing. In total, he allowed no runs on one hit and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.
    Check back every week to see how Minnesota Twins prospects have played during the AFL season, and please feel free to ask questions about the AFL and the players who are there!
    MORE FROM TWINS DAILY
    — Latest Twins coverage from our writers
    — Recent Twins discussion in our forums
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from 4twinsJA for an article, Twins AFL Report - Week 1: Wallner, Helman, Laweryson Come Out Hot   
    Matt Wallner: 3 games, 3-for-11, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K; .273/.385/.545 (.930 OPS) overall.
    After missing about half of the 2021 minor league season with a hand injury, Matt Wallner is looking to make up development time in the AFL. He got off to a pretty good start.
    In the AFL season’s opening game that Scottsdale lost to Glendale 4-3, Wallner batted third in the lineup (which is a good indication of his talent level on a team with Marco Luciano and Triston Casas in the same lineup) and played in right field. He finished the game 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, but notched a single in the third inning that put runners on the corners for a Scorpions scoring threat they didn’t cash in. His other at-bat was a lineout to left field in the fifth.
    After a day off, Wallner was back in the lineup on Friday for the Scorpions first win, a reverse of their opener where they defeated the Desert Dogs 4-3. Wallner batted fifth and switched sides in the outfield, getting the nod in left in this one. He finished 0-for-2, but drew a pair of walks and was on base when Curtis Mead clubbed the deciding three-run homer in the top of the seventh.
    In his final game of the week, an 8-2 victory over Peoria, Wallner was again batting fifth and was the designated hitter. Down 1-0 after three innings, Wallner stepped to the plate with two outs and a runner on first before putting the Scorpions ahead for good with one swing of the bat. His homer to left-center field made the score 2-1. 
    He got another RBI opportunity in the ninth, and delivered a run-scoring single to account for the Scorpions eighth and final run. It was an exclamation point game for the slugger to end his first week of action on a high note.
    Zach Featherstone: 2 appearances, 2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, BB, 4 K; 4.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP overall.
    Zach Featherstone was an excellent part of the Cedar Rapids Kernels bullpen during the 2021 season, amassing 93 strikeouts in 55 innings with a 2.13 ERA and nine saves. He came in third in Twins Daily’s 2021 MiLB Relief Pitcher of the Year voting. While he definitely walked too many (42 batters) and is likely part of the reason he’s in Arizona, hoping to learn some new tricks when it comes to his command and control.
    He appeared in two games on the week, the first of which came in the season opener against Glendale. He was tabbed for the sixth inning and struck out the first two hitters he faced before allowing a double and single that put runners on the corners. He recovered nicely, striking out the next hitter on three pitches for a scoreless frame and a nice start to his AFL ledger when it comes to strikeouts.
    His second appearance of the AFL season came in Saturday’s 8-2 win over the Javelinas. He was the second reliever of the game for the Scorpions and came on to start the fifth inning. It wasn’t as clean as his first game, as he allowed a leadoff single where the runner ended up coming around to score on a double three batters later. He walked one and struck out one in his inning, being credited with a hold, and will look to continue racking up strikeouts in week 2.
    Andrew Bechtold: 2 games, 2-for-8, 2B, 0 BB, 3 K; .250/.250.375 (.625 OPS) overall.
    Andrew Bechtold was the Twins fifth round pick in the 2017 draft after an excellent season at Chipola College. He was among the organization's leaders in home runs during the 2021 minor league season with 18 in 99 games for Wichita. One interesting development for Bechtold that he will continue in the AFL, is the Twins working with him at the catcher position, where he advanced enough during the year that they got him in a single game there late.
    Bechtold had to wait for the Scorpions third game to get his first AFL action, and he was tabbed to play third base and bat seventh in the lineup in their 4-3 win over Glendale. He finished the game 1-for-4, clubbing a two-out double in the fifth inning before being stranded. His other three at-bats included three ground balls, including two that ended in double-plays. 
    In Saturday’s 8-2 win, Bechtold again was batting seventh and got the start behind the dish for the Scorpions. I’m sure he’d like to have been better than his first three at-bats in his first game as the catcher for the Scorpions that all ended in strikeouts, but he got another chance in the eighth, where he singled to put a runner in scoring position. As the catcher, Bechtold allowed one stolen base with an errant throw, but later also threw a runner out at second. Scorpions pitchers walked eight Javelinas and had two wild pitches, but Bechtold surely contributed to them scoring just two runs calling the game as they were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
    Kody Funderburk: 1 start, 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K; 18.00 ERA, 3.50 WHIP overall.
    After finishing the 2021 season as a reliever with Wichita, Kody Funderburk is tabbed as a starter for the Scorpions in the AFL. He did make 10 starts for Cedar Rapids before his promotion to Wichita where he was used only as a reliever. However, he was a long reliever and averaged more than three innings per appearance. He also had a sub 1.00 WHIP with Wichita and is likely in Arizona in part due to his limited innings as a professional, as he’s thrown just 155 innings since being drafted in 2018.
    Funderburk was on the mound to start Scottsdale’s second game of the season on Thursday, a game they lost big. You might think Funderburk was the biggest reason for that after you see he allowed four runs on six hits in his two innings, but those that followed him on the mound were infinitely worse as the Scorpions lost 13-5 behind a nine-run third inning after Funderburk’s day was over. He pitched a scoreless first inning, allowing only an infield single, but with a 4-0 lead after the top of the second, Funderburk wasn’t able to keep runners off the bases in the bottom half. Two doubles, three singles, and a walk in the inning led to the score being tied at four, but he did end his outing with his second strikeout of the frame and his outing. When I used that term “infinitely” above I was being quite literal, as the next two pitchers for Scottsdale in the third inning didn’t record a single out and were charged with nine earned runs.
    Michael Helman: 2 games, 3-for-6, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, 0 K; .500/.625/.667 (1.292 OPS) overall.
    Like Bechtold, Michael Helman was among the organization's leaders in home runs during the 2021 season, slugging 19 with the Kernels in 111 games. He was an infielder when drafted and played mostly second base in his first two seasons, but in 2021 was primarily an outfielder (all three positions) with some middle-infield mixed in. He’ll likely play all around the diamond in Arizona, but I’ll be watching for his opportunities in center field especially.
    His first game of the week came in Thursday’s big loss to Mesa, but it wasn’t because of anything he did as he reached base three times and scored a run. He batted eighth in the lineup and played third base, finishing 1-for-2 with two walks. He drew his first base on balls in the second inning and later scored on a Jeter Downs single. In the fourth inning, he singled to right field and was on third base when the bases were loaded, but was forced out at home on a comebacker to the pitcher. His second walk of the game came in the eighth inning, but he was again the force out on a double-play ball that ended the inning.
    Helman was tabbed for center field in Saturday’s 8-2 win over the Javelinas, and batted eighth in the lineup behind his organizational teammate Andrew Bechtold. He singled in the fifth inning and later scored Scottsdale’s third run of the game on a double. In the seventh inning, his first double of the AFL season put a runner on third that later scored on a sacrifice fly from the next hitter. He finished the game 2-for-4 and his first week with an excellent batting line.
    Cody Laweryson: 1 appearance, 2 1/3 IP, 2 BB, 6 K; 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP overall.
    After a strong debut season in 2019 in which he struck out 63 batters in 46 innings with a 0.80 WHIP and 1.57 ERA, Cody Laweryson missed some time to start the 2021 and wasn’t back to pitching until June. The strikeouts were still there as he racked up 73 in just 58 2/3 innings with the Kernels over 15 games (14 starts), but the missed 2020 season and injury loomed large as his ERA was 4.91 with a 1.33 WHIP. He’s looking to make up some innings and gain confidence in the AFL.
    Laweryson’s lone appearance on the week came in Thursday’s 13-5 loss to Mesa. After his team fell behind so big he was one of the stabilizing forces, along with another of his organizational teammates, as he entered the game in the middle of the fourth inning with the bases loaded and only one out. He struck out both hitters he faced to squash that threat, and followed that up by striking out all three hitters in the fifth. Back out for the sixth he got two more outs, including another strikeout, before losing some steam and walking his final two hitters before being removed. I say that last bit a little tongue in cheek, as if you believe the data available, he should have gotten his seventh strikeout of the night on multiple pitches in the at-bat resulting in the first of those walks:

    In all, Laweryson struck out six hitters and walked two in his 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and if this game is any indication his confidence should be sky high moving forward.
    Evan Sisk: 1 appearance, 1 1/3 IP, H, 2 BB; 0.00 ERA, 2.25 WHIP overall.
    Evan Sisk is new to the Twins organization, coming over from the St. Louis Cardinals in the trade of J.A. Happ during the 2021 season. He pitched in 14 games with the Wichita Wind Surge that resulted in a 4.87 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. Like Featherstone he’ll need to work to cut down his walks and the AFL gives him a good opportunity to hone those skills against top competition.
    Sisk’s only outing of the week also came in the Scorpions blowout loss to Mesa, but he was the pitcher who picked up where Laweryson left off after those walks in the sixth inning. He did issue another walk to the first hitter he faced to load the bases, but got a fly out to escape that jam. Back out for the seventh, Sisk gave up a leadoff single and a walk later in the inning, but otherwise got three ground ball outs to finish his game with a scoreless outing. In total, he allowed no runs on one hit and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.
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    TRANSACTIONS
    There were no transactions in the system in advance of the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Wichita Wind Surge starting their league championship series on Tuesday.
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    Scheduled Day Off
    The Saints got an extra day off on their schedule, as they begin the Final Stretch of games happening across the Triple-A level to end the season. They will play five games against the Iowa Cubs at home starting on Wednesday, and then five on the road against Toledo next week.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Game 1: Wichita 5, NW Arkansas 7
    Box Score
    The Wichita Wind Surge had to feel good about themselves heading into game one against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, with top prospect Jordan Balazovic lined up to start. It didn’t go as well as they hoped, but was a back and forth affair throughout with several lead changes and big plays on both sides.
    Wichita had a two-out threat in the top of the first after singles from Roy Morales and Spencer Steer put runners on the corners, but Jermaine Palacios grounded out to keep them off the scoreboard in the opening frame. That changed in the second inning when Leobaldo Cabrera clubbed a home run to left field for a 1-0 lead.
    Balazovic got two quick outs in the bottom of the frame, but the Naturals struck back with a single followed by a triple to tie the game at one. 
    In the third inning, it was a D.J. Burt homer that put the Wind Surge back out front, but another two-out rally from the Naturals brought in two runs of their own that made the score 3-2 after three innings.
    The fourth inning was much of the same as the teams again traded single runs, with Wichita getting an RBI double from Cabrera in the top half before the Naturals chased Balazovic in the bottom half after a pair of two-out walks loaded the bases.
    Melvi Acosta was summoned from the bullpen and issued a walk of his own that made the score 4-3 for Northwest Arkansas. The fifth inning was finally a scoreless frame on both sides, though the Wind Surge had a chance as Austin Martin doubled to lead off the inning, but he was stranded on third base. In the sixth inning, it was one swing of the bat from Palacios that again tied the game at four.
    With two outs in the top of the seventh and Spencer Steer at-bat, a pivotal play was made that may have finally swung the momentum of the game one way. Steer laced a 2-1 pitch deep into the gap in left-center, but the Naturals left fielder tracked it down at full speed before crashing hard into the wall, likely saving a run. That same fielder, Brewer Hicklen, of course was up the next inning, and with that adrenaline still running through his veins, took Erik Manoah Jr. deep to center for a 5-4 lead. The home team added two insurance runs in the eighth for a 7-4 lead that would turn out to be enough for the Naturals to take game one.
    Wichita threatened in the ninth with three singles that scored one run, but couldn’t get the big hit to bring them all the way back.
    On the pitching front, Balazovic went 3 2/3 innings in the start, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks while picking up three strikeouts. Acosta went the next 1 1/3 innings, allowing no runs of his own on one hit and one walk. Kody Funderburk went 2/3 of an inning and allowed a hit and walk. Manoah Jr. was tagged with the loss by allowing the go-ahead home run in the seventh. He pitched one inning, allowed two hits, and struck out one. Evan Sisk and Adam Lau each recording two outs, with Sisk allowing two insurance runs on two hits while striking out one. Lau allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out one.
    The Wind Surge got multiple hits on the night from Martin (2-for-4, 2B, BB), Morales (2-for-5, RBI), Palacios (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, K), and Cabrera (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR) and the team's three home runs on the night were not enough.
    Wichita will look to even the series at one with Cole Sands taking the hill tomorrow before heading back home to the ICT to finish off the series.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 1
    Box Score
    The Kernels were able to fend off the teams on their heels to grab their league’s final playoff spot, and they sent a big reason why in Louie Varland to the mound in game one. He didn’t disappoint, though it looked shaky for a minute in the second inning.
    After picking up a groundout for the first out of the frame, Varland allowed a double and the game’s first run on a single that followed. He then walked a batter and surrendered another single to load the bases before a mound visit was in order to get him back in rhythm. After that, he got a grounder to first that forced the runner out at home, then a pop out to escape that jam.
    His lineup got that run back for him in the bottom of the inning, as consecutive two-out doubles from Jair Camargo and DaShawn Keirsey tied the game at one.
    That mound visit was definitely what the doctor ordered, as Varland was locked in from then on.
    He retired nine in a row from the third through the sixth inning, and gave up just two singles to bookend that streak. In all, he finished seven fantastic innings, tying his mark for longest outing of the season, and allowed just the one run on six total hits and one walk. He struck out four River Bandits in the outing and of his 98 pitches, 68 went for strikes (69.4%), along with getting 14 swinging strikes.
    Varland was matched, however, by the pitching staff of Quad Cities. The game remained tied while he was on the mound. The Kernels were unable to cash in any of their scoring chances, including a bases-loaded opportunity in the sixth.
    In the seventh inning, the Kernels struck out four times, but nonetheless had an opportunity as one of those K’s resulted in a wild pitch that allowed Edouard Julien to reach base. Another wild pitch moved him to second before the River Bandits played the percentages and intentionally walked Aaron Sabato to get the lefty-lefty matchup against Matt Wallner. It worked, as the pitcher got his fourth K of the inning and kept the game tied at 1-1.
    In the top of the eighth, the Kernels went to reliever Osiris German, and he delivered a one-two-three inning to bring his team back into the dugout looking to finally break through.
    Jair Camargo did just that, sending a two-out home run over the wall in right field to give the Kernels the lead.
    With the lead in hand, Cedar Rapids called on one of the best relievers in the system this year in Zach Featherstone to close out the game. He allowed a one-out single but like he had all season, also racked up the strikeouts, getting three of them to pick up the save and take game one for the Kernels.
    Camargo (2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB, K) was the only batter in the lineup with multiple hits on the night while Sabato and Julien each reached base twice. They were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position compared to 2-for-4 for the River Bandits, but it was enough behind Varland.
    It’s worth noting that the Kernels were just 7-17 against the River Bandits during the regular season, but that means nothing in a playoff series they now lead 1-0 with Sean Mooney taking the mound in game two tomorrow night.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day - Louie Varland, Cedar Rapids Kernels (7 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Jair Camargo, Cedar Rapids Kernels (2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 2-for-4, 2B
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, 2 K
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-for-1 (pinch hit appearance)
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-for-5, K
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Iowa @ St. Paul (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Derek Law (1-0, 2.66 ERA)
    Wichita @ NW Arkansas (6:30 PM CST) - RHP Cole Sands (4-2, 2.46 ERA)
    Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Sean Mooney (0-1, 6.23 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss the playoff games from Tuesday!
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    There were no transactions in the system in advance of the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Wichita Wind Surge starting their league championship series on Tuesday.
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    Scheduled Day Off
    The Saints got an extra day off on their schedule, as they begin the Final Stretch of games happening across the Triple-A level to end the season. They will play five games against the Iowa Cubs at home starting on Wednesday, and then five on the road against Toledo next week.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Game 1: Wichita 5, NW Arkansas 7
    Box Score
    The Wichita Wind Surge had to feel good about themselves heading into game one against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, with top prospect Jordan Balazovic lined up to start. It didn’t go as well as they hoped, but was a back and forth affair throughout with several lead changes and big plays on both sides.
    Wichita had a two-out threat in the top of the first after singles from Roy Morales and Spencer Steer put runners on the corners, but Jermaine Palacios grounded out to keep them off the scoreboard in the opening frame. That changed in the second inning when Leobaldo Cabrera clubbed a home run to left field for a 1-0 lead.
    Balazovic got two quick outs in the bottom of the frame, but the Naturals struck back with a single followed by a triple to tie the game at one. 
    In the third inning, it was a D.J. Burt homer that put the Wind Surge back out front, but another two-out rally from the Naturals brought in two runs of their own that made the score 3-2 after three innings.
    The fourth inning was much of the same as the teams again traded single runs, with Wichita getting an RBI double from Cabrera in the top half before the Naturals chased Balazovic in the bottom half after a pair of two-out walks loaded the bases.
    Melvi Acosta was summoned from the bullpen and issued a walk of his own that made the score 4-3 for Northwest Arkansas. The fifth inning was finally a scoreless frame on both sides, though the Wind Surge had a chance as Austin Martin doubled to lead off the inning, but he was stranded on third base. In the sixth inning, it was one swing of the bat from Palacios that again tied the game at four.
    With two outs in the top of the seventh and Spencer Steer at-bat, a pivotal play was made that may have finally swung the momentum of the game one way. Steer laced a 2-1 pitch deep into the gap in left-center, but the Naturals left fielder tracked it down at full speed before crashing hard into the wall, likely saving a run. That same fielder, Brewer Hicklen, of course was up the next inning, and with that adrenaline still running through his veins, took Erik Manoah Jr. deep to center for a 5-4 lead. The home team added two insurance runs in the eighth for a 7-4 lead that would turn out to be enough for the Naturals to take game one.
    Wichita threatened in the ninth with three singles that scored one run, but couldn’t get the big hit to bring them all the way back.
    On the pitching front, Balazovic went 3 2/3 innings in the start, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks while picking up three strikeouts. Acosta went the next 1 1/3 innings, allowing no runs of his own on one hit and one walk. Kody Funderburk went 2/3 of an inning and allowed a hit and walk. Manoah Jr. was tagged with the loss by allowing the go-ahead home run in the seventh. He pitched one inning, allowed two hits, and struck out one. Evan Sisk and Adam Lau each recording two outs, with Sisk allowing two insurance runs on two hits while striking out one. Lau allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out one.
    The Wind Surge got multiple hits on the night from Martin (2-for-4, 2B, BB), Morales (2-for-5, RBI), Palacios (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, K), and Cabrera (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR) and the team's three home runs on the night were not enough.
    Wichita will look to even the series at one with Cole Sands taking the hill tomorrow before heading back home to the ICT to finish off the series.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 1
    Box Score
    The Kernels were able to fend off the teams on their heels to grab their league’s final playoff spot, and they sent a big reason why in Louie Varland to the mound in game one. He didn’t disappoint, though it looked shaky for a minute in the second inning.
    After picking up a groundout for the first out of the frame, Varland allowed a double and the game’s first run on a single that followed. He then walked a batter and surrendered another single to load the bases before a mound visit was in order to get him back in rhythm. After that, he got a grounder to first that forced the runner out at home, then a pop out to escape that jam.
    His lineup got that run back for him in the bottom of the inning, as consecutive two-out doubles from Jair Camargo and DaShawn Keirsey tied the game at one.
    That mound visit was definitely what the doctor ordered, as Varland was locked in from then on.
    He retired nine in a row from the third through the sixth inning, and gave up just two singles to bookend that streak. In all, he finished seven fantastic innings, tying his mark for longest outing of the season, and allowed just the one run on six total hits and one walk. He struck out four River Bandits in the outing and of his 98 pitches, 68 went for strikes (69.4%), along with getting 14 swinging strikes.
    Varland was matched, however, by the pitching staff of Quad Cities. The game remained tied while he was on the mound. The Kernels were unable to cash in any of their scoring chances, including a bases-loaded opportunity in the sixth.
    In the seventh inning, the Kernels struck out four times, but nonetheless had an opportunity as one of those K’s resulted in a wild pitch that allowed Edouard Julien to reach base. Another wild pitch moved him to second before the River Bandits played the percentages and intentionally walked Aaron Sabato to get the lefty-lefty matchup against Matt Wallner. It worked, as the pitcher got his fourth K of the inning and kept the game tied at 1-1.
    In the top of the eighth, the Kernels went to reliever Osiris German, and he delivered a one-two-three inning to bring his team back into the dugout looking to finally break through.
    Jair Camargo did just that, sending a two-out home run over the wall in right field to give the Kernels the lead.
    With the lead in hand, Cedar Rapids called on one of the best relievers in the system this year in Zach Featherstone to close out the game. He allowed a one-out single but like he had all season, also racked up the strikeouts, getting three of them to pick up the save and take game one for the Kernels.
    Camargo (2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB, K) was the only batter in the lineup with multiple hits on the night while Sabato and Julien each reached base twice. They were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position compared to 2-for-4 for the River Bandits, but it was enough behind Varland.
    It’s worth noting that the Kernels were just 7-17 against the River Bandits during the regular season, but that means nothing in a playoff series they now lead 1-0 with Sean Mooney taking the mound in game two tomorrow night.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day - Louie Varland, Cedar Rapids Kernels (7 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Jair Camargo, Cedar Rapids Kernels (2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 2-for-4, 2B
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, 2 K
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-for-1 (pinch hit appearance)
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-for-5, K
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Iowa @ St. Paul (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Derek Law (1-0, 2.66 ERA)
    Wichita @ NW Arkansas (6:30 PM CST) - RHP Cole Sands (4-2, 2.46 ERA)
    Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Sean Mooney (0-1, 6.23 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss the playoff games from Tuesday!
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    There were no transactions in the system in advance of the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Wichita Wind Surge starting their league championship series on Tuesday.
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    Scheduled Day Off
    The Saints got an extra day off on their schedule, as they begin the Final Stretch of games happening across the Triple-A level to end the season. They will play five games against the Iowa Cubs at home starting on Wednesday, and then five on the road against Toledo next week.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Game 1: Wichita 5, NW Arkansas 7
    Box Score
    The Wichita Wind Surge had to feel good about themselves heading into game one against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, with top prospect Jordan Balazovic lined up to start. It didn’t go as well as they hoped, but was a back and forth affair throughout with several lead changes and big plays on both sides.
    Wichita had a two-out threat in the top of the first after singles from Roy Morales and Spencer Steer put runners on the corners, but Jermaine Palacios grounded out to keep them off the scoreboard in the opening frame. That changed in the second inning when Leobaldo Cabrera clubbed a home run to left field for a 1-0 lead.
    Balazovic got two quick outs in the bottom of the frame, but the Naturals struck back with a single followed by a triple to tie the game at one. 
    In the third inning, it was a D.J. Burt homer that put the Wind Surge back out front, but another two-out rally from the Naturals brought in two runs of their own that made the score 3-2 after three innings.
    The fourth inning was much of the same as the teams again traded single runs, with Wichita getting an RBI double from Cabrera in the top half before the Naturals chased Balazovic in the bottom half after a pair of two-out walks loaded the bases.
    Melvi Acosta was summoned from the bullpen and issued a walk of his own that made the score 4-3 for Northwest Arkansas. The fifth inning was finally a scoreless frame on both sides, though the Wind Surge had a chance as Austin Martin doubled to lead off the inning, but he was stranded on third base. In the sixth inning, it was one swing of the bat from Palacios that again tied the game at four.
    With two outs in the top of the seventh and Spencer Steer at-bat, a pivotal play was made that may have finally swung the momentum of the game one way. Steer laced a 2-1 pitch deep into the gap in left-center, but the Naturals left fielder tracked it down at full speed before crashing hard into the wall, likely saving a run. That same fielder, Brewer Hicklen, of course was up the next inning, and with that adrenaline still running through his veins, took Erik Manoah Jr. deep to center for a 5-4 lead. The home team added two insurance runs in the eighth for a 7-4 lead that would turn out to be enough for the Naturals to take game one.
    Wichita threatened in the ninth with three singles that scored one run, but couldn’t get the big hit to bring them all the way back.
    On the pitching front, Balazovic went 3 2/3 innings in the start, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks while picking up three strikeouts. Acosta went the next 1 1/3 innings, allowing no runs of his own on one hit and one walk. Kody Funderburk went 2/3 of an inning and allowed a hit and walk. Manoah Jr. was tagged with the loss by allowing the go-ahead home run in the seventh. He pitched one inning, allowed two hits, and struck out one. Evan Sisk and Adam Lau each recording two outs, with Sisk allowing two insurance runs on two hits while striking out one. Lau allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out one.
    The Wind Surge got multiple hits on the night from Martin (2-for-4, 2B, BB), Morales (2-for-5, RBI), Palacios (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, K), and Cabrera (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR) and the team's three home runs on the night were not enough.
    Wichita will look to even the series at one with Cole Sands taking the hill tomorrow before heading back home to the ICT to finish off the series.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 1
    Box Score
    The Kernels were able to fend off the teams on their heels to grab their league’s final playoff spot, and they sent a big reason why in Louie Varland to the mound in game one. He didn’t disappoint, though it looked shaky for a minute in the second inning.
    After picking up a groundout for the first out of the frame, Varland allowed a double and the game’s first run on a single that followed. He then walked a batter and surrendered another single to load the bases before a mound visit was in order to get him back in rhythm. After that, he got a grounder to first that forced the runner out at home, then a pop out to escape that jam.
    His lineup got that run back for him in the bottom of the inning, as consecutive two-out doubles from Jair Camargo and DaShawn Keirsey tied the game at one.
    That mound visit was definitely what the doctor ordered, as Varland was locked in from then on.
    He retired nine in a row from the third through the sixth inning, and gave up just two singles to bookend that streak. In all, he finished seven fantastic innings, tying his mark for longest outing of the season, and allowed just the one run on six total hits and one walk. He struck out four River Bandits in the outing and of his 98 pitches, 68 went for strikes (69.4%), along with getting 14 swinging strikes.
    Varland was matched, however, by the pitching staff of Quad Cities. The game remained tied while he was on the mound. The Kernels were unable to cash in any of their scoring chances, including a bases-loaded opportunity in the sixth.
    In the seventh inning, the Kernels struck out four times, but nonetheless had an opportunity as one of those K’s resulted in a wild pitch that allowed Edouard Julien to reach base. Another wild pitch moved him to second before the River Bandits played the percentages and intentionally walked Aaron Sabato to get the lefty-lefty matchup against Matt Wallner. It worked, as the pitcher got his fourth K of the inning and kept the game tied at 1-1.
    In the top of the eighth, the Kernels went to reliever Osiris German, and he delivered a one-two-three inning to bring his team back into the dugout looking to finally break through.
    Jair Camargo did just that, sending a two-out home run over the wall in right field to give the Kernels the lead.
    With the lead in hand, Cedar Rapids called on one of the best relievers in the system this year in Zach Featherstone to close out the game. He allowed a one-out single but like he had all season, also racked up the strikeouts, getting three of them to pick up the save and take game one for the Kernels.
    Camargo (2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB, K) was the only batter in the lineup with multiple hits on the night while Sabato and Julien each reached base twice. They were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position compared to 2-for-4 for the River Bandits, but it was enough behind Varland.
    It’s worth noting that the Kernels were just 7-17 against the River Bandits during the regular season, but that means nothing in a playoff series they now lead 1-0 with Sean Mooney taking the mound in game two tomorrow night.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day - Louie Varland, Cedar Rapids Kernels (7 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Jair Camargo, Cedar Rapids Kernels (2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 2-for-4, 2B
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, 2 K
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-for-1 (pinch hit appearance)
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-for-5, K
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Iowa @ St. Paul (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Derek Law (1-0, 2.66 ERA)
    Wichita @ NW Arkansas (6:30 PM CST) - RHP Cole Sands (4-2, 2.46 ERA)
    Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Sean Mooney (0-1, 6.23 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss the playoff games from Tuesday!
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    LHP Charlie Barnes and RHP Andrew Albers were recalled from St. Paul in advance of the Twins doubleheader with Cleveland. In double-A, RHP Tyler Beck was placed on the 7-day injured list with a right forearm strain. RHP Jackson Hicks was officially promoted from the FCL Twins to the Mighty Mussels. RHP Hunter McMahon joined the FCL Twins on a rehab assignment. SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 13, Indianapolis 4
    Box Score
    Three days after bludgeoning their opponent 21-4 at CHS Field, the Saints did more of the same to a new opponent on the road in Indianapolis on Tuesday night.
    A six-run second inning got the party started and included home runs from Mark Contreras and Jose Miranda, along with an RBI double from Damek Tomscha. They extended their lead to 8-0 in the top of the fourth thanks to an error and an RBI groundout from Tomas Telis. Tomscha added a solo home run in the sixth that made it 9-1 before a four-run seventh capped off the evening and was powered by yet another Saints home run off the bat of Sherman Johnson.
    In all the Saints lineup pounded out 14 hits with eight of them going for extra bases. Though they were only 5-for-19 with runners in scoring position, those hits were big ones with the home runs and doubles. Miranda (2-for-6, R, HR, 4 RBI), Contreras (2-for-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI, K), Jimmy Kerrigan (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 K), and Tomscha (4-for-5, 4 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) had multiple hits.
    Right-hander Drew Strotman made the start and delivered a quality outing. Over six innings he scattered five hits and three walks, allowing two runs (on two homers) while punching out four batters. Ryan Mason pitched two perfect innings of relief, striking out one. Ian Hamilton pitched the ninth and was charged with two earned runs thanks to three walks and one hit, but it was far from enough for Indianapolis.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Arkansas 4, Wichita 1 (Game Suspended, to be resumed tomorrow at 4:30 PM)
    Box Score
    Unfortunately for the Wind Surge, they played much of this game through some drizzle before the conditions became too much for them to continue. They had not yet completed five innings, so the game was suspended in the top of the fifth and will resume tomorrow.
    It had been a mixed bag before the game was paused, as Simeon Woods Richardson delivered a fantastic performance for the first three innings of the game, but upon his exit the Travelers struck to take the 4-1 lead against Ben Gross.
    In his outing, Woods Richardson allowed just two hits while striking out five in his three innings. He definitely looked like a top prospect in this one as compared to his prior outings. Of his 47 pitches in the game, 32 went for strikes (68%), including a whopping 12 swinging strikes. He got those swings and misses on all of his pitches as well, with his changeup especially (to my eyes) looking like it was fooling everyone.
    Wichita got their lone run in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI infield single from Aaron Whitefield.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Peoria 6
    Box Score
    Cedar Rapids was unable to solve the Peoria pitching staff on Tuesday, resulting in a 6-1 loss that dropped them to 63-52 and just one game ahead of the teams chasing them in the High-A Central playoff race.
    The lineup was only able to manage four hits on the night, with two of those coming off the bat of Matt Wallner. Their lone run came in the fifth inning thanks to a solo home run from DeShawn Keirsey. As a team they struck out 11 times and drew just one walk, while having only two at-bats with runners in scoring position in the game. 
    Cody Laweryson was on the mound to start and went the first 5 1/3 innings. He allowed all six of the Chiefs runs, on eight hits and one walk, while striking out five. Zach Featherston got the Kernels through the seventh inning without allowing a hit, walking one, and striking out two in his 1 2/3 innings. Tyler Palm finished the game with a scoreless eighth, giving up one hit and striking out two batters.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Tampa @ Fort Myers, Postponed: Inclement Weather
    The Mighty Mussels game with the Tarpons was postponed on Tuesday as rain was moving into the area.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 6, FCL Rays 3
    Box Score
    The Twins used a five-run second inning to pull away early, and the pitching staff held the Rays at bay the rest of the way to pick up the win.
    In that second inning, the Twins took advantage of a pair of errors and got RBI singles from Argenis Jiminez, Noah Cardenas, and Ernie Yake before a sac fly from Endy Rodriguez plated the fifth run. They got an insurance run in the top of the ninth thanks to an RBI single from Wilfri Castro to drive in Gregory Duran who had led off the inning with a triple. Yake (2-for-4, 2B, RBI K) had multiple hits in the contest.
    Hunter McMahon got the start in his first game with the FCL Twins and went the first two innings, allowing one hit and striking out four batters. Ryan Shreve allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in his lone inning, though he did strike out three. Wilker Reyes was credited with his first hold by going the next three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two Rays. Juan Mendez picked up his first save by finishing the final three innings. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out three hitters.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Simeon Woods Richardson, Wichita Wind Surge (3 IP, 2 H, 5 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Damek Tomscha, St. Paul Saints (4-for-5, 4 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - Game suspended
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-for-6, R, HR, 4 RBI
    #7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K (left game in sixth after being struck in hand with line drive)
    #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Temporarily Inactive List
    #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (right shoulder impingement)
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-4
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 0-for-3, K
    #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - W, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
    #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - 0-for-5, 2 K
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - Did not play (Paternity List)
    #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - Game suspended
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Indianapolis (11:05 AM CST) - RHP Beau Burrows (2-5, 6.16 ERA)
    Arkansas @ Wichita (30 min after completion of suspended game) - RHP Jordan Balazovic (5-4, 3.38 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Louie Varland (6-1, 2.17 ERA)
    Tampa @ Fort Myers, Game 1 (3:30 PM CST) - RHP John Stankiewicz (0-0, 3.12 ERA)
    Tampa @ Fort Myers, Game 2 (30 min after Game 1) - RHP Jackson Hicks (Low-A debut)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    LHP Charlie Barnes and RHP Andrew Albers were recalled from St. Paul in advance of the Twins doubleheader with Cleveland. In double-A, RHP Tyler Beck was placed on the 7-day injured list with a right forearm strain. RHP Jackson Hicks was officially promoted from the FCL Twins to the Mighty Mussels. RHP Hunter McMahon joined the FCL Twins on a rehab assignment. SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 13, Indianapolis 4
    Box Score
    Three days after bludgeoning their opponent 21-4 at CHS Field, the Saints did more of the same to a new opponent on the road in Indianapolis on Tuesday night.
    A six-run second inning got the party started and included home runs from Mark Contreras and Jose Miranda, along with an RBI double from Damek Tomscha. They extended their lead to 8-0 in the top of the fourth thanks to an error and an RBI groundout from Tomas Telis. Tomscha added a solo home run in the sixth that made it 9-1 before a four-run seventh capped off the evening and was powered by yet another Saints home run off the bat of Sherman Johnson.
    In all the Saints lineup pounded out 14 hits with eight of them going for extra bases. Though they were only 5-for-19 with runners in scoring position, those hits were big ones with the home runs and doubles. Miranda (2-for-6, R, HR, 4 RBI), Contreras (2-for-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI, K), Jimmy Kerrigan (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 K), and Tomscha (4-for-5, 4 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) had multiple hits.
    Right-hander Drew Strotman made the start and delivered a quality outing. Over six innings he scattered five hits and three walks, allowing two runs (on two homers) while punching out four batters. Ryan Mason pitched two perfect innings of relief, striking out one. Ian Hamilton pitched the ninth and was charged with two earned runs thanks to three walks and one hit, but it was far from enough for Indianapolis.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Arkansas 4, Wichita 1 (Game Suspended, to be resumed tomorrow at 4:30 PM)
    Box Score
    Unfortunately for the Wind Surge, they played much of this game through some drizzle before the conditions became too much for them to continue. They had not yet completed five innings, so the game was suspended in the top of the fifth and will resume tomorrow.
    It had been a mixed bag before the game was paused, as Simeon Woods Richardson delivered a fantastic performance for the first three innings of the game, but upon his exit the Travelers struck to take the 4-1 lead against Ben Gross.
    In his outing, Woods Richardson allowed just two hits while striking out five in his three innings. He definitely looked like a top prospect in this one as compared to his prior outings. Of his 47 pitches in the game, 32 went for strikes (68%), including a whopping 12 swinging strikes. He got those swings and misses on all of his pitches as well, with his changeup especially (to my eyes) looking like it was fooling everyone.
    Wichita got their lone run in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI infield single from Aaron Whitefield.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Peoria 6
    Box Score
    Cedar Rapids was unable to solve the Peoria pitching staff on Tuesday, resulting in a 6-1 loss that dropped them to 63-52 and just one game ahead of the teams chasing them in the High-A Central playoff race.
    The lineup was only able to manage four hits on the night, with two of those coming off the bat of Matt Wallner. Their lone run came in the fifth inning thanks to a solo home run from DeShawn Keirsey. As a team they struck out 11 times and drew just one walk, while having only two at-bats with runners in scoring position in the game. 
    Cody Laweryson was on the mound to start and went the first 5 1/3 innings. He allowed all six of the Chiefs runs, on eight hits and one walk, while striking out five. Zach Featherston got the Kernels through the seventh inning without allowing a hit, walking one, and striking out two in his 1 2/3 innings. Tyler Palm finished the game with a scoreless eighth, giving up one hit and striking out two batters.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Tampa @ Fort Myers, Postponed: Inclement Weather
    The Mighty Mussels game with the Tarpons was postponed on Tuesday as rain was moving into the area.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 6, FCL Rays 3
    Box Score
    The Twins used a five-run second inning to pull away early, and the pitching staff held the Rays at bay the rest of the way to pick up the win.
    In that second inning, the Twins took advantage of a pair of errors and got RBI singles from Argenis Jiminez, Noah Cardenas, and Ernie Yake before a sac fly from Endy Rodriguez plated the fifth run. They got an insurance run in the top of the ninth thanks to an RBI single from Wilfri Castro to drive in Gregory Duran who had led off the inning with a triple. Yake (2-for-4, 2B, RBI K) had multiple hits in the contest.
    Hunter McMahon got the start in his first game with the FCL Twins and went the first two innings, allowing one hit and striking out four batters. Ryan Shreve allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in his lone inning, though he did strike out three. Wilker Reyes was credited with his first hold by going the next three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two Rays. Juan Mendez picked up his first save by finishing the final three innings. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out three hitters.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Simeon Woods Richardson, Wichita Wind Surge (3 IP, 2 H, 5 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Damek Tomscha, St. Paul Saints (4-for-5, 4 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - Game suspended
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-for-6, R, HR, 4 RBI
    #7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K (left game in sixth after being struck in hand with line drive)
    #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Temporarily Inactive List
    #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (right shoulder impingement)
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-4
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 0-for-3, K
    #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - W, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
    #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - 0-for-5, 2 K
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - Did not play (Paternity List)
    #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - Game suspended
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Indianapolis (11:05 AM CST) - RHP Beau Burrows (2-5, 6.16 ERA)
    Arkansas @ Wichita (30 min after completion of suspended game) - RHP Jordan Balazovic (5-4, 3.38 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Louie Varland (6-1, 2.17 ERA)
    Tampa @ Fort Myers, Game 1 (3:30 PM CST) - RHP John Stankiewicz (0-0, 3.12 ERA)
    Tampa @ Fort Myers, Game 2 (30 min after Game 1) - RHP Jackson Hicks (Low-A debut)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    LHP Charlie Barnes and RHP Andrew Albers were recalled from St. Paul in advance of the Twins doubleheader with Cleveland. In double-A, RHP Tyler Beck was placed on the 7-day injured list with a right forearm strain. RHP Jackson Hicks was officially promoted from the FCL Twins to the Mighty Mussels. RHP Hunter McMahon joined the FCL Twins on a rehab assignment. SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 13, Indianapolis 4
    Box Score
    Three days after bludgeoning their opponent 21-4 at CHS Field, the Saints did more of the same to a new opponent on the road in Indianapolis on Tuesday night.
    A six-run second inning got the party started and included home runs from Mark Contreras and Jose Miranda, along with an RBI double from Damek Tomscha. They extended their lead to 8-0 in the top of the fourth thanks to an error and an RBI groundout from Tomas Telis. Tomscha added a solo home run in the sixth that made it 9-1 before a four-run seventh capped off the evening and was powered by yet another Saints home run off the bat of Sherman Johnson.
    In all the Saints lineup pounded out 14 hits with eight of them going for extra bases. Though they were only 5-for-19 with runners in scoring position, those hits were big ones with the home runs and doubles. Miranda (2-for-6, R, HR, 4 RBI), Contreras (2-for-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI, K), Jimmy Kerrigan (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 K), and Tomscha (4-for-5, 4 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) had multiple hits.
    Right-hander Drew Strotman made the start and delivered a quality outing. Over six innings he scattered five hits and three walks, allowing two runs (on two homers) while punching out four batters. Ryan Mason pitched two perfect innings of relief, striking out one. Ian Hamilton pitched the ninth and was charged with two earned runs thanks to three walks and one hit, but it was far from enough for Indianapolis.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Arkansas 4, Wichita 1 (Game Suspended, to be resumed tomorrow at 4:30 PM)
    Box Score
    Unfortunately for the Wind Surge, they played much of this game through some drizzle before the conditions became too much for them to continue. They had not yet completed five innings, so the game was suspended in the top of the fifth and will resume tomorrow.
    It had been a mixed bag before the game was paused, as Simeon Woods Richardson delivered a fantastic performance for the first three innings of the game, but upon his exit the Travelers struck to take the 4-1 lead against Ben Gross.
    In his outing, Woods Richardson allowed just two hits while striking out five in his three innings. He definitely looked like a top prospect in this one as compared to his prior outings. Of his 47 pitches in the game, 32 went for strikes (68%), including a whopping 12 swinging strikes. He got those swings and misses on all of his pitches as well, with his changeup especially (to my eyes) looking like it was fooling everyone.
    Wichita got their lone run in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI infield single from Aaron Whitefield.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Peoria 6
    Box Score
    Cedar Rapids was unable to solve the Peoria pitching staff on Tuesday, resulting in a 6-1 loss that dropped them to 63-52 and just one game ahead of the teams chasing them in the High-A Central playoff race.
    The lineup was only able to manage four hits on the night, with two of those coming off the bat of Matt Wallner. Their lone run came in the fifth inning thanks to a solo home run from DeShawn Keirsey. As a team they struck out 11 times and drew just one walk, while having only two at-bats with runners in scoring position in the game. 
    Cody Laweryson was on the mound to start and went the first 5 1/3 innings. He allowed all six of the Chiefs runs, on eight hits and one walk, while striking out five. Zach Featherston got the Kernels through the seventh inning without allowing a hit, walking one, and striking out two in his 1 2/3 innings. Tyler Palm finished the game with a scoreless eighth, giving up one hit and striking out two batters.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Tampa @ Fort Myers, Postponed: Inclement Weather
    The Mighty Mussels game with the Tarpons was postponed on Tuesday as rain was moving into the area.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 6, FCL Rays 3
    Box Score
    The Twins used a five-run second inning to pull away early, and the pitching staff held the Rays at bay the rest of the way to pick up the win.
    In that second inning, the Twins took advantage of a pair of errors and got RBI singles from Argenis Jiminez, Noah Cardenas, and Ernie Yake before a sac fly from Endy Rodriguez plated the fifth run. They got an insurance run in the top of the ninth thanks to an RBI single from Wilfri Castro to drive in Gregory Duran who had led off the inning with a triple. Yake (2-for-4, 2B, RBI K) had multiple hits in the contest.
    Hunter McMahon got the start in his first game with the FCL Twins and went the first two innings, allowing one hit and striking out four batters. Ryan Shreve allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in his lone inning, though he did strike out three. Wilker Reyes was credited with his first hold by going the next three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two Rays. Juan Mendez picked up his first save by finishing the final three innings. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out three hitters.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Simeon Woods Richardson, Wichita Wind Surge (3 IP, 2 H, 5 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Damek Tomscha, St. Paul Saints (4-for-5, 4 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - Game suspended
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-for-6, R, HR, 4 RBI
    #7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K (left game in sixth after being struck in hand with line drive)
    #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Temporarily Inactive List
    #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (right shoulder impingement)
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-4
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 0-for-3, K
    #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - W, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
    #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - 0-for-5, 2 K
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - Did not play (Paternity List)
    #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - Game suspended
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Indianapolis (11:05 AM CST) - RHP Beau Burrows (2-5, 6.16 ERA)
    Arkansas @ Wichita (30 min after completion of suspended game) - RHP Jordan Balazovic (5-4, 3.38 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Louie Varland (6-1, 2.17 ERA)
    Tampa @ Fort Myers, Game 1 (3:30 PM CST) - RHP John Stankiewicz (0-0, 3.12 ERA)
    Tampa @ Fort Myers, Game 2 (30 min after Game 1) - RHP Jackson Hicks (Low-A debut)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    In Cedar Rapids, RHP Steven Cruz was promoted to the Kernels from Fort Myers, and OF DaShawn Keirsey was activated from the injured list. In low-A Fort Myers, RHP David Festa and SS Mikey Perez were assigned to the Mighty Mussels from the FCL Twins, and LHP Brent Headrick was activated from the injured list. For the FCL Twins, RHP Orlando Rodriguez was sent on a rehab assignment from Fort Myers. SAINTS SENTINEL
    Omaha 5, St. Paul 6
    Box Score
    With lefty Bryan Sammons getting the start, the Saints found themselves down 5-1 after the top half of the fifth inning. That was due in large part as Sammons couldn’t keep the ball in the yard, with four of those five runs coming courtesy of the longball. He made it through 4 2/3 innings in total, allowing those runs on seven total hits while striking out two Storm Chasers.
    Lucky for him, his offense wasn’t going to let that be the story of the game, as they put together a rally in the bottom of the fifth that ended with the score tied. Drew Stankiewicz got it started with a one-out double, then Tomas Telis drove him in with a two-out single to score the first run of the frame. A Gilberto Celestino single was then followed by a Mark Contreras three run blast to knot the game up at five.
    It remained that way until the bottom of the ninth inning, as the bullpen trio of Robinson Leyer, Jovani Moran, and Kyle Barraclough combined to hold Omaha to just one hit over the final 4 1/3 innings. Leyer struck out two in 1 1/3 while Moran walked two and punched out two in two innings. That led into Barraclough coming on for the top of the ninth and he delivered two huge strikeouts after a leadoff double and sac bunt put the go-ahead run just 90 feet away.  
    The Saints lineup was likely energized by those pitches, and Stankiewicz started the bottom of the frame with a walk, Jose Miranda and Telis followed with singles to load the bases, then Celestino walked it off with a high chopper that allowed Stankiewicz to beat the throw home. Take it any way you can get it when you’re at home, St. Paul Saints!
    In all the offense racked up thirteen hits, with the top four in the lineup of Miranda (2-for-5, R), Telis (3-for-5, R, RBI, K), Celestino (3-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K), and Contreras (2-for-3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K) collecting multiple knocks. Stankiewicz also added a double, walk, and two runs scored to the effort out of the nine-hole. Barraclough picked up his eighth win of the season thanks to the walk-off.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    NW Arkansas 1, Wichita 3
    Box Score
    It was a low-scoring affair in Wichita on Tuesday, with the teams combining for just four runs on 12 hits in the game.
    The Naturals got on the board first against Wind Surge starter Cole Sands thanks to a double and single from the first two hitters, then a throwing error on a steal attempt that allowed the runner on third to score. But Sands recovered and got himself out of that jam by getting a pop-out, fielder's choice that nabbed a runner at home, and a lineout to keep the damage to just one run (unearned) in the top half of the first.
    Sands then settled in from there and dominated for six innings, allowing no more runs on just two hits and two walks, while striking out five hitters. He was replaced by Kody Funderburk to start the seventh inning with the score tied at one so he’d finish with a no-decision for his efforts.  
    Wichita tied the game at one in the third inning when Austin Martin drove in D.J. Burt, who had doubled earlier in the inning, with a single to left field. In the bottom of the seventh the Wind Surge finally took the lead on Andrew Bechtold’s 17th home run of the season, a solo blast to the opposite corner of the field.
    That was followed by consecutive doubles by Burt and Aaron Whitefield to put them out front 3-1.
    Funderburk kept the score that way for the rest of the game, holding the Naturals to just one hit in three innings pitched, and striking out two along the way, to pick up his third win with Wichita. 
    Burt led the offense with a 3-for-3 night at the dish, scoring two runs and picking up his seventh and eighth doubles on the year.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 7, Wisconsin 8
    Box Score
    Kernels starter Sawyer Gipson-Long came into this game on a streak of three straight starts where he pitched six innings and just two total earned runs, while striking out 21 hitters compared to issuing just four walks. Two of those starts were included in a fantastic month of August where he took home Twins Daily’s Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month award.
    He started this one off on the same foot, striking out the first batter he faced, but unfortunately that was the only out he’d record on the night. The next six hitters went double, walk, single, triple, walk, walk and three runs were on the board before he was replaced by Andrew Cabezas. Three more runs would be charged to Gipson-Long before the inning was over and his ERA with Cedar Rapids in five starts ballooned from 2.35 to 4.63. 
    Cabezas would steady the ship for the next 3 1/3 innings, allowing only a single run (on a home run) of his own on four hits and two walks, while he struck out four Timber Rattlers hitters.
    While Cabezas was on the mound, the Kernels closed that early gap in a big way thanks to the bat of Matt Wallner, who laced a grand slam to right in the third inning, his 12th home run of the season.
    Reliever Tyler Palm recorded one out in the fourth inning before Cedar Rapids cut the lead back to two in the top of the fifth when Edouard Julien launched his 10th homer with Kernels to make it 7-5. 
    Palm was back out for the bottom of the fifth in which Wisconsin scratched across an insurance run that would prove the difference maker in the end. In all Palm completed two innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one batter. Osiris German was brought on with two outs in the sixth and would finish 2 1/3 scoreless innings to keep the game in reach. He allowed two hits and struck out two.
    Things continued to look up for the Kernels when they closed the gap to one in the top of the sixth thanks to a two-run shot from Seth Gray, but weren’t able to cash in a two-out double from Wallner in the seventh. 
    In the ninth, Julien drew a one-out walk and Aaron Sabato singled to put him in scoring position with Wallner coming up, but the comeback was not meant to be completed as he was struck out swinging to end the game.
    The Kernels got multiple hits in the game from Sabato (2-for-5, R, 3 K) and Wallner (3-for-5, R, 2B, GS HR, 4 RBI, 2 K). Julien also finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored, an RBI, three walks, and a stolen base, but as a team they also struck out 15 times, hurting their chances to take advantage when it counted.
    With a record of 59-50, the Kernels are tied with the Lake County Captains in the High-A Central League standings, one game back of the Great Lakes Loons for a playoff spot.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Palm Beach 2, Fort Myers 6
    Box Score
    The Fort Myers lineup used a big fifth inning to put Palm Beach away in this one, but also got some excellent work from their pitchers to keep them at bay.
    Left-hander Zarion Sharpe got the start for the Mighty Mussels and mowed through the Cardinals lineup for the first four innings, allowing only one walk and a double through that point in the game while striking out five hitters. A two-out single in the fifth finally got Palm Beach on the board, but the third out of the inning was also recorded on the play so any rally was cut short. 
    That run had tied the game at one as Fort Myers got on the board first in the second inning thanks to a Willie Joe Garry ground out that scored Charles Mack, who had doubled earlier in the inning and advanced to third on a Jake Rucker single. 
    The home team didn’t strike again until the fifth inning, but they made sure it was a big one. It didn’t really get started until there were two outs, as a Christian Encarnacion-Strand triple scored Will Holland from first before a combination of walks, a wild pitch, and a throwing error made it 4-1. Charles Mack then delivered the big blow, a two-run homer to the opposite field and a 6-1 lead for the Mighty Mussels.
    Sharpe allowed another run in the top of the sixth after a leadoff double, but finished his day with six quality innings. He allowed just two runs while scattering five hits and two walks, and punching out eight total Palm Beach hitters, improving to 6-2 on the season along the way.
    Matthew Swain was summoned to start the seventh and finished off the Cardinals in the final three innings, allowing only one hit, one walk, and striking out five to pick up his second save of the season.
    The Fort Myers offense was led by multi-hit efforts from Encarnacion-Strand (3-for-3, R, RBI, BB) and Mack (2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, K), which was plenty of a one-two punch on the game.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Braves 7, FCL Twins 3
    Box Score
    The Braves used a four-run seventh inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit at the time, pulling away from the Twins late in Fort Myers.
    The Twins got a solid start from left-hander Wilker Reyes, who allowed just one run (unearned) on one hit and a walk in five innings. He struck out two. Orlando Rodriguez got saddled with the loss as he allowed four runs on two hits and two walks in his 1 1/3 innings pitched. John Wilson allowed an unearned run in 2/3 of an inning, and Erasmo Ramirez finished the final two innings allowing one run on one hit and three walks while striking out one hitter.
    The Twins offense had just five hits on the game, and the big one was a two-out solo home run from Nelson Roberto in the sixth inning. LaRon Smith scored the first run of the game in the second inning thanks to a bases loaded wild pitch. And their third run came right before Roberto's home run in the sixth thanks to a sac fly from Noah Cardenas to score Smith. Smith and Alexander Pena each drew three walks on the game, and Pena and Emmanuel Rodriguez each also stole a base in the loss. 
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Cole Sands, Wichita Wind Surge (6 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 5 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Matt Wallner, Cedar Rapids Kernels (3-for-5, R, 2B, GS HR, 4 RBI, 2 K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-for-4, RBI
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-for-5, R
    #7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Did not play
    #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (right shoulder impingement)
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 3-for-5, R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 K
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 3-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K, walk-off single
    #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - Did not play
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 1-for-3, R, HR, RBI, K
    #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 0-for-3, R, BB, 2 K
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (zero earned), 2 BB, 5 K
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-for-4, K
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Omaha @ St. Paul (1:05 PM CST) - RHP Drew Strotman (7-3, 4.80 ERA)
    NW Arkansas @ Wichita (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Austin Schulfer (6-7, 4.56 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (12:05 PM CST) - RHP Cody Laweryson (1-4, 4.94 ERA)
    Palm Beach @ Fort Myers (6:05 PM CST) - RHP John Stankiewicz (0-0, 2.70 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from operation mindcrime for an article, Twins Minor League Report (9/1): Saints Clip Columbus, Vallimonster Not Enough for Wichita   
    TRANSACTIONS
    RHP Joe Ryan was officially promoted to the Twins, and made his MLB debut Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs. Ryan was excellent besides a one inning blip, as he set the Cubs down in order in four of his five innings, striking out five and walking just one in the process. RHP Vinny Nittoli was assigned to the St. Paul Saints, rejoining them after pitching with the Saints during the 2017-18 season while in the American Association. He joins infielder Drew Stankiewicz and LHP Chris Nunn as players to suit up for the Saints as independent and affiliated players.  C Stevie Berman was assigned to the Wichita Wind Surge roster after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever LHP Andrew Vasquez. SS Ruben Santana was released from the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels roster. SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 9, Columbus 2
    Box Score
    St. Paul's lineup jumped all over Columbus starter Kirk McCarty with a five-run first inning that would prove to be more than enough for Bryan Sammons and the Saints bullpen on Wednesday night.
    Jose Miranda and Trevor Larnach got a rally started from the jump, with both delivering a single on the first pitches of their at bats. Mark Contreras got the first run on the board with a sac fly to score Miranda two batters later, then Gilberto Celestino made it 2-0 with a double to score Larnach from first. Jimmy Kerrigan then reached on an error and a Drew Maggi walk loaded the bases before Damek Tomscha and JT Riddle delivered back-to-back singles to score three more for the 5-0 lead.
    Sammons recorded 1-2-3 innings in the first and third, sandwiching the second inning where he struck out three and walked one, before facing his first challenge in the fourth. A walk, and two one-out singles loaded the bases before an awkward swinging bunt resulted in a force out at home, but a throwing error from catcher Tomas Telis to third then allowed two unearned runs to score. Sammons dusted himself off and struck out the next batter to keep the score at 5-2. Sammons would finish five innings on the night to pick up his first triple-A win, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out four Clippers.
    The bullpen trio of Luke Farrell, Derek Law, and Robinson Leyer then finished the game with a combined four scoreless innings. Farrell walked one in his one inning, Law allowed two hits and two walks in two frames, and Leyer walked one and struck out one in the ninth inning.
    The Saints added two runs to their final total in each of the third and seventh innings. Drew Maggi hit his 13th home run of the season in the third, a two-run shot, and in the seventh Celestino delivered an RBI double that was followed by a sac fly from Kerrigan.
    In all the good guys collected ten hits and four walks on the night, with Miranda (2-for-5, R) and Celestino (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K) collecting multiple hits. Maggi and Tomscha also added two RBI to the effort.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 3, Arkansas 4
    Box Score
    The Wind Surge were able to build a 2-0 lead for starter Chris Vallimont after four innings, thanks to an RBI double from Roy Morales in the third to score Aaron Whitefield, and an RBI groundout from Jermaine Palacios in the top of the fourth.
    Vallimont was solid in his five innings, allowing only a single run on three hits and four walks, while striking out nine Travelers. He worked around some walks over the first four innings with some big strikeouts, and struck out the side in the fourth inning. Evan Sisk was brought on to start the sixth inning, and struck out three in the frame although one of those reached base as his pitch got past the catcher. Back out for the seventh, a single and a walk put an end to Sisk’s outing, and Erik Manaoh gave up a two-run double to the first hitter he faced allowing Arkansas to tie the game at three. He would then escape that inning with the game still tied after inducing a double-play ball and a pop out to the next two hitters.
    Wichita had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth thanks to a sacrifice fly from Spencer Steer to score Morales, who had singled to lead off the inning, before Arkansas was able to tie it up.
    Manoah remained in the game for the bottom of the eighth and after a one-out double, he sent an errant throw toward second base on a comebacker that allowed the go-ahead run to score.
    Trey Cabbage and Aaron Whitefield drew walks in the ninth to put the tying run in scoring position, but Caleb Hamilton’s 103 MPH line drive with two outs found the shortstop’s glove to end the game.
    Both teams collected six hits on the game, but the Travelers drew seven walks compared to three from the Wind Surge, and had three hits with runners in scoring position while the good guys were 0-for-8.
    Morales led the way for Wichita with three hits out of the leadoff spot, including a double. He scored a run and drove in one. Spencer Steer also added a triple to the effort and scored a run.
    Wichita still remains the top dog in the Double-A Central Texas League, with a four game lead over Arkansas in their division.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Quad Cities 4, Cedar Rapids 0
    Box Score
    The Cedar Rapids Kernels and their second best record in the High-A Central Midwest League faced off against the team ahead of them in the standings in the West Division, the Quad Cities River Bandits on Wednesday night. While there’s very little hope for them to catch the River Bandits in the division standings over the last three weeks of the season (11.0 games behind entering play tonight), the series is still big in terms of securing a playoff matchup with them as the Kernels hold a one game lead over the next team in the league standings, the Great Lakes Loons of the East Division.
    Cedar Rapids had right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long on the mound for his fourth start with the team, and he did as much as he could to keep his team in second place in the standings. Over six total innings he allowed just one hit, but it was a big one for Quad Cities as it left the yard for a two-run shot in the fifth frame. He also walked three and struck out four on the night and retired the first twelve men he faced, including three K’s in the second inning.
    Unfortunately, he was bettered by his opposing starter, Christian Cosby, who held the Kernels lineup to just two hits and struck out six over six shutout innings. The home team got leadoff hits from Edouard Julien (single) and Michael Helman (double) in the fourth and fifth innings but were unable to make anything else happen afterward.
    Reliever Denny Bentley was the first man up from the bullpen to start the seventh inning and worked around a pair of walks for a scoreless inning. Back out for the eighth he immediately ran into trouble however, loading the bases with one out before a single made the score 3-0 and Osiris German was summoned. He escaped that jam without allowing another run, but in the ninth also allowed a run of his own. Bentley went 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks, while German finished the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on one hit and a walk along with picking up one strikeout.
    Alex Isola tried to get a two-out rally started in the bottom of the ninth with a double, but Matt Wallner would swing-and-miss on three straight pitches to end the game. In all, the Kernels managed just three hits, were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, and left only three men-on-base for the game. They also did not draw a single walk compared to seven for the River Bandits. 
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 2, Daytona 3
    Box Score
    The Mighty Mussels went with a bit of a bullpen game on Wednesday night, with right-hander Matthew Swain making his first start of the 2021 season. He went the first three innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks, while punching out six Tortugas hitters. Matt Mullenbach went the next three innings and was just as good, allowing only one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Zaquiel Puentes got the final two innings, and allowed just an unearned run on three walks while striking out four more Daytona hitters, while being saddled with the loss.
    That was because the Mighty Mussels were unable to put any further runs on the board outside of the third inning, when Christian Encarnacion-Strand delivered a two-run home run that scored Alerick Soularie, who had doubled to lead off the inning.
    Jake Rucker added another double to the effort, but Fort Myers had just six hits as a team, were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, and left seven men on base for the game. They drew just one walk compared to 16 strikeouts on the night, with six of their nine hitters striking out two or more times on the night. Soularie, out of the leadoff spot, was the only hitter in the lineup not to be sent walking back to the dugout on the game.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Chris Vallimont, Wichita Wind Surge (5 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 BB, 9 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Gilberto Celestino, St. Paul Saints (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-for-4
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-for-5, R
    #7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - MLB Debut: L, 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 K
    #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - 1-for-4, 2 K
    #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (right shoulder impingement)
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, 2 K
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K)
    #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - No game
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 2-for-2, HBP
    #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 0-for-4, 2 K
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-for-3, R, 3B, RBI, 2 K
    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Columbus (11:05 AM CST) - RHP Chandler Shepherd (6-5, 5.56 ERA)
    Wichita @ Arkansas (7:10 PM CST) - RHP Cole Sands (2-1, 2.93 ERA)
    Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Cody Laweryson (1-4, 4.75 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Daytona (6:05 PM CST) - RHP John Stankiewicz (0-0, 2.45 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from operation mindcrime for an article, Twins Minor League Report (8/24): Saints Begin Battle For Division Lead   
    To see if the Saints were able to take over the division lead, and how the rest of your favorite Minnesota Twins prospects who were able to play on Tuesday fared in Tuesday nights action, keep reading!
    TRANSACTIONS
    After a flurry of transactions on the MiLB off-day yesterday, there was even more movement before today’s games:
    RHP Randy Dobnak was sent on a rehab assignment with the St. Paul Saints. OF BJ Boyd was officially promoted from Wichita to St. Paul. The Wichita Wind Surge placed OF Leobaldo Cabrera on the temporary inactive list. 1B Gabe Snyder was sent on a rehab assignment with Fort Myers from Cedar Rapids. The Mighty Mussels were assigned RHP Logan Campbell and RHP A.J. Labas from the FCL Twins. SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 0, Toledo 2
    Box Score
    In a battle of the top two teams in the Midwest Division of Triple-A, the Toledo MudHens used a dominating performance from their pitching staff, including a rehabbing Matthew Boyd, to take the series opener and increase their division lead to 1.5 games over the Saints.
    St. Paul’s pitchers were pretty good too, as they actually held Toledo to less hits than they managed, but the MudHens got the big one in the form of a two-run home run in the first inning off starting pitcher Beau Burrows. That was it for the entire game when it came to runs scored, as the teams combined to go 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position on the night.
    Burrows went the first four innings, and allowed those two runs on two hits and four walks, while striking out four hitters. Ian Gibaut got the fifth inning and delivered a scoreless frame, walking one and striking out two. Andrew Vasquez then went the next two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and sitting down two MudHen hitters. Chris Nunn finished off the game with a scoreless inning, walking two and striking out one.
    On the offensive side, Jose Miranda led off the game with a single, but the next fourteen hitters in a row (including 7 K’s) were retired before Ben Rortvedt drew a walk in the fifth inning. Byron Buxton lined a two-out double to left-center in the sixth but the Saints never could get a rally going. They struck out 11 times on the night, including three each from Trevor Larnach and Jimmy Kerrigan. They left only four men on base for the game and had just two at-bats with runners in scoring position. Gilberto Celestino and Drew Maggi each had a single.
    The Saints will look to trim the division lead back to a half-game tomorrow with Joe Ryan on the mound.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Tulsa 4, Wichita 6
    Box Score
    Starting pitcher Austin Schulfer didn’t begin the game as well as he’d like, allowing four singles and a walk in the first inning, but thanks to a strike-’em-out-throw-’em-out-double-play, was able to limit the damage to just a single run. He settled in from there, holding Tulsa scoreless for the rest of his outing, including retiring the last seven batters he faced and allowing only a walk to his last twelve. In total Schulfer went five innings, allowing just the one run on five hits and two walks, while punching out six Drillers.
    The Wind Surge offense got the run back for him immediately in the first inning, after Jermaine Palacios singled with two outs, reached second on a balk, and scampered home on a Trey Cabbage single. Austin Martin had led off the game with a double, but was doubled-up at second base on a line drive to second base from the following hitter, Roy Morales.
    Wichita would extend their lead to 4-1 through five innings thanks to an RBI double from Ernie De La Trinidad in the second, then an Aaron Whitefield RBI single and RBI walk from Martin in the fourth. Zach Neff was summoned from the bullpen to start the sixth inning but immediately put himself in trouble by hitting the first batter with a pitch, which was followed by a double and a single that cut their lead to two. After a mound visit Neff was able to get out of the inning without any further damage, but he ran into trouble again in the seventh, with his night ending with two outs after a two-run homer cut the Wichita lead to one.
    In their half of the sixth, Wichita got a needed insurance run thanks to a sacrifice fly from Caleb Hamilton, and they got another in the seventh when Andrew Bechtold clubbed a double to score Jermaine Palacios, who had reached base earlier in the inning with his third single of the game.
    After Neff had given up the home run in the seventh, Jordan Gore came on from the bullpen and shut the Drillers down for the final 2 1/3 innings, picking up his third save in the process. He allowed no hits, no walks, and struck out two to lower his ERA in double-A to 1.89 on the season.
    The Wind Surge got multiple hits on the night from Palacios (3-for-4, 2 R, K, SB), Cabbage (2-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, K), Whitefield (2-for-3, 2 R, RBI) and Ernie De La Trinidad (3-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, K) in the win and extended their division lead to six games over the Drillers and Arkansas Travelers.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids @ Beloit, Postponed: Rain
    The Kernels game against the Snappers was postponed due to the rain we experienced across the midwest on Tuesday. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 4:30 PM.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers, Postponed: Rain
    Just like their High-A friends, the Marauders versus Mighty Mussels was also postponed due to rain yesterday. They’ll have multiple doubleheaders this week as they are already making up a postponement from August 13th tomorrow.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    Game 1: FCL Twins 1, FCL Orioles Black 0 (Completion of game suspended on July 26th)
    Box Score
    Way back on July 26th this game was suspended in the bottom of the first inning. They resumed in the morning with Juan Mendez on the mound instead of Giovahniey German, who had gotten two outs, including a strikeout, before the lightning came into play. 
    Mendez was fantastic on Tuesday, fanning six in 4 1/3 innings pitched and allowing no runs on just one hit and zero walks allowed to pick up his first win. Develson Aria pitched a scoreless inning to pick up a hold, striking out one, before Malik Barrington finished the final three scoreless innings for the save. Barrington allowed one hit and struck out five. In all the pitchers allowed just two hits, walked none, and struck out 13 Orioles.
    The Twins lineup got their lone run in the third inning after an error put a baserunner on third base, and Carlos Aguiar beat out a double-play turn at first to allow him to score. Luis Baez (2-for-4, K) and Rubel Cespedes (2-for-3, R, K) each had two hits in the win.
    Game 2: FCL Twins 10, FCL Orioles Black 6 (7 innings)
    Box Score
    The regularly scheduled game on the day was much different than the first, as the teams combined for 18 hits and 16 runs compared to just seven and one. Luckily the Twins did most of the damage as they got two home runs from catcher Wilfri Castro, including a grand slam in the fourth inning, and another off the bat of Emmanuel Rodriguez. In addition to Castro (2-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Rodriguez (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, K, SB), shortstop Noah Miller (2-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB) also had multiple hits on the night, including his first double as a pro.
    Left-hander Wilker Reyes got the start for the Twins in this one and held the Orioles scoreless for his first four innings. He lost his control in the fifth however and left the game with the bases loaded and one out after two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and a couple of wild pitches. Rafael Feliz was summoned and allowed all three of those runners to score and another three of his own after giving up a three-run homer later in the frame. He got just one out, on a K, before Samuel Perez finished off the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up his fourth win. Perez allowed no runs on two hits and struck out two batters.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Malik Barrington, FCL Twins (S, 3 IP, H, 0 R, 5 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Wilfri Castro, FCL Twins, 2 games (2-for-7, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 3 K
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 1-for-4, K
    #7 - Joe Ryan (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List 
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - Game postponed
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 1-for-3, K
    #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - 2-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-for-3, R, BB, 2 K
    #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - Did not play
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Toledo (5:35 PM CST) - RHP Joe Ryan (4-3, 3.54 ERA)
    Tulsa @ Wichita (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Tyler Beck (1-1, 2.79 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (Game 1: 4:30 PM CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (2-3, 4.13 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (Game 2: 30 min after game 1) - TBD
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers (Game 1: 3:30 PM CST) - TBD
    Fort Myers @ Bradenton (Game 2, at Hammond Stadium: 30 min after game 1) - TBD 
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from operation mindcrime for an article, Twins Minor League Report (8/17): We Will, We Will, Walk-Off You   
    To find out if so, and how the rest of your favorite Minnesota Twins prospects fared during Tuesday’s games, keep reading!
    TRANSACTIONS
    In a rarity this season as the affiliates start another six-game series on Tuesdays, there were no transactions in the organization on the day.
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    Game 1: Iowa 5, St. Paul 6 (completion of suspended game from 6/20)
    Box Score
    The Saints and Cubs were suspended by rain all the way back on June 20th, and game one of the pseudo-doubleheader was resumed with the score tied at three in the fifth inning.
    When play commenced it was Andrew Vasquez on the mound to replace Bryan Sammons and immediately ran into some trouble. A hit-by-pitch, error, and walk loaded the bases with one out. Vasquez did his best to prevent any runs by inducing a double-play ball toward second base, but shortstop Drew Maggi threw the ball away on the turn, allowing two runs to score.
    The pitchers of both teams traded zeroes on the scoreboard until the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Saints getting there via 4 1/3 scoreless innings from the reliever duo of Ian Gibaut (2 1/3 IP, K) and Yennier Cano (2 IP, H, 2 BB, K).
    Up against former major league pitcher Tony Cingrani, the Saints lineup mounted a comeback threat thanks to a Jimmy Kerrigan single and a walk from Maggi to put the tying runs on base. Cingrani struck out Mark Contreras and Keon Broxton to leave the Saints with just one more chance. Luckily for them, a new weapon had been added to the team since this game was originally suspended, and Jose Miranda was called upon as a pinch hitter. He lined a double into left field that scored both runners to tie the game at five, and Cingrani also got himself ejected on the play.
    With a new pitcher on the mound, Sherman Johnson drew a walk before Tomas Telis singled up the middle to score Miranda and walk it off in St. Paul.
    Three hitters in the Saints lineup had multiple hits in the box score (Johnson, Brent Rooker, and Kerrigan) with Rooker finishing 2-for-2 with a home run before this game was suspended back in June.
    Game 2: Iowa 3, St. Paul 4 (8 innings)
    Box Score
    Right-hander Drew Strotman took the mound for his fourth start in his new organization and outside of one hiccup of an inning, was fantastic in the regularly scheduled game. In all he went 5 2/3 innings and was charged with three earned runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three hitters. It was five singles in the fourth inning that accounted for all three of his runs allowed in the game, but otherwise held the Cubs lineup at bay. Ian Hamilton was summoned from the bullpen with two outs in the sixth inning and would finish the scheduled seven inning contest that ended up in extra innings. In 2 1/3 innings, he allowed no hits and struck out three.
    The Saints answered the Cubs three runs in the fourth with three of their own in the fifth. It was started by Drew Stankiewicz, who hit his first home run in a Saints uniform on the first pitch of the inning. This home run on that first pitch was especially noteworthy, as in his last at bat Stankiewicz ended up striking out despite the fact the count had already reached four balls. No, that’s not a mistake in my writing, but instead was an actual mistake in keeping the count by the home plate umpire. After some jawing from the Saints dugout after the fourth ball that came in low in that at-bat, the umpiring crew got together to discuss the issue, but they still came back saying the count was 3-2 instead of being a walk. I guess Stankiewicz didn’t want to give them the chance to screw up again this time.
     
    After that home run, the Saints kept a two-out rally going, with Trevor Larnach delivering an RBI double and Tomas Telis an RBI single to tie the game at three.
    It stayed tied until going into extra innings, where Hamilton held the Cubs to no runs, giving the Saints a chance to walk-off two games in one day. A single from Telis moved the runner to third base, before Gilberto Celestino stepped into the box with one out. It wasn’t the flashiest of winning hits, but Celestino’s high chopper over the pitcher's mound on the first pitch he saw was enough to score Keon Broxton and start another celebration for the home team.
    Telis (2-for-4, RBI) was the only Saints batter with multiple knocks in the game as they were outhit 8-6. But they made them count by going 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position and had two extra-base-hits to the Cubs zero. They also drew six walks as a team compared to one for their visitors.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 6, Springfield 8
    Box Score
    The Wind Surge struck early in this one as an Austin Martin double to lead off the game was followed by B.J. Boyd’s fifteenth home run of the season for a 2-0 lead. They extended that lead to 3-0 before an out was recorded as Jermaine Palacios followed with a double and came around to score on a Trey Cabbage single.
    Springfield was quick to respond against starting pitcher Chris Vallimont however, plating two runs in each of the first and second innings to take a 4-2 lead. If Vallimont’s good starts are his version Dr. Jekyll, this was one of his performances as Mr. Hyde. He was able to complete four innings, but allowed five earned runs on five hits and four walks, while punching out only one hitter. Two of his hits allowed were home runs and just 39 of his 76 pitches went for strikes (51.3%).
    Wichita was able to take back the lead in the top of the fourth when Spencer Steer launched a two-run missile of a home run, his 22nd of the season.
    They added another run in the fifth thanks to a single from Boyd to score Aaron Whitefield, but that would be all for the rest of the game.
    Out of the bullpen first for the Wind Surge was Evan Sisk to start the fifth inning and he would pitch into the sixth. He was charged with two earned runs and the loss by giving up four hits in 1 1/3 innings, striking out one Cardinals hitter. Mitchell Osnowitz got the next four outs, allowing two hits and striking out two. Erik Manoah Jr. finished the final 1 1/3 frames, giving up one run (on a home run) while walking two and striking out two.
    Boyd (2-for-6, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K), Steer (2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K), and D.J. Burt (2-for-4, RBI, BB, 2 K) had multiple hits on the night, and Austin Martin finished the game 1-for-3 with a double, run scored, and two walks. Boyd extended his hitting streak to 12 games, Whitefield stole three bases and as a team the Wind Surge stole a season high six bases in total.
    It was a tough loss as Wichita had plenty of chances as they finished just 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position, and left a season-high 15 men-on-base for the game.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Wisconsin 2, Cedar Rapids 4 (10 innings)
    Box Score
    Cedar Rapids pitching was fantastic in this one, but despite that the game wasn’t decided until extra innings.
    Ben Gross took the mound for the Kernels and allowed just two hits on the game. In five total innings he surrendered two runs (one earned) on those hits and three walks, while striking out six batters. Two of those walks followed an error in the fourth inning and is what allowed the Timber Rattlers to scratch any runs across, as Gross and the bullpen held them hitless from there.
    Alex Isola got Cedar Rapids on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the third inning, and they tied the game at two in the fourth thanks to an RBI groundout from Matt Wallner.
    As mentioned, the Kernels bullpen made sure they’d have a chance to win late, as Melvi Acosta (2 2/3 IP, BB, 4 K), Zach Featherstone (1 1/3 IP, BB, 2 K), and Breckin Williams (W, 1 IP, 2 K) allowed no hits over the final five innings.
    It took little time for Cedar Rapids to reward that bullpen once it reached extra innings, as Alex Isola was the first batter in the bottom half, and deposited a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for a walk-off win.
    Isola was the difference maker not just in the tenth either, as he finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI and his winning home run was the only extra-base-hit on the game for either team. 
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 4, Dunedin 3
    Box Score
    The Mighty Mussels manufactured enough runs and a strong performance from their bullpen held off the Blue Jays to take the first game of their series.
    Landon Leach made the start for Fort Myers and battled through some command problems to allow just two runs in three innings pitched. He allowed three hits and walked six in those innings, and struck out three batters. The bullpen trio of Steven Cruz (W, 2 IP, H, 5 K), Carlos Suniaga (H, 2 IP, H, ER, 2 K), and Matthew Swain (S, 2 IP, H, 2 K) kept the Dunedin lineup at bay for the rest of the contest.
    The lineup for the Mussels pushed across single runs in each of the first, second, fourth, and seventh innings to give them enough for the win. RBI singles from Charles Mack and Patrick Wengel accounted for their first two runs, while a solo homer from Jesus Feliz and RBI double from Aaron Sabato accounted for those runs.
    Alerick Soularie (2-for-5, 2 R, 3B, SB) led the lineup with two hits out of the leadoff spot. Will Holland stole two bases and scored a run.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Rays 2, FCL Twins 5
    Box Score
    The Twins utilized a four-run second inning and solid pitching throughout to take this one from the Rays early on Tuesday.
    Left-hander Wilker Reyes made the start and scattered five hits over the first five innings, picking up his first win of the season in the process. He allowed no runs, walked one, and struck out four hitters. Ramon Pineda went the next two innings, giving up one run on two hits through the seventh inning. Logan Campbell then finished the game by allowing one run on one hit and a walk, while striking out one in two innings pitched.
    In the four-run second inning Emmanuel Rodriguez started the rally with a triple and was followed by an infield single from Wander Valdez before Noah Miller brought in their first run of the game with a single. Carlos Aguiar then blew it open with his second home run of the season, a three-run shot for a 4-0 lead at the time. Aguiar added a second home run in the sixth inning to give the Twins their final tally of five runs in the game. Valdez (2-for-3, R, BB, K) and Aguiar (2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K) collected multiple hits in the win.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Wilker Reyes, FCL Twins (W, 5 IP, 0 R, 5 H, BB, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Alex Isola, Cedar Rapids Kernels (3-for-5, R, walk-off HR, 3 RBI)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-for-3, R, 2B, 2 BB, 2 K, SB
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - (2 games) 1-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
    #7 - Joe Ryan (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
    #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - 1-for-4, 2 K
    #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-5, R, RBI, K
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 1-for-2, RBI, 2 BB, K
    #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, BB, 3 K
    #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - 1-for-4, R, RBI, 2 K
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-for-3, BB, 3 K
    #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 0-for-5
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Iowa @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe (1-2, 4.76 ERA)
    Wichita @ Springfield (6:35PM CST) - RHP Tyler Beck (0-1, 7.36 ERA)
    Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) - RHP Louie Varland (3-0, 1.69 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Dunedin (5:30PM CST) - LHP Aaron Rozek (0-1, 2.05 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    The Minnesota Twins selected the contract of 35-year old RHP Nick Vincent from the St. Paul Saints, and optioned RHP Beau Burrows back to triple-A. St. Paul released 1B Roberto Pena and RHP Rob Whalen, while calling up LHP Chris Nunn from Wichita and activating RHP Joe Ryan, fresh off his stint with the United States Olympic team. In double-A, the Wind Surge released RHP Joe Kuzia and activated RHP Simeon Woods Richardson, also recently returned from the Olympics in Tokyo. SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 8, Indianapolis 9
    Box Score
    St. Paul and Indianapolis traded leads a few times on Tuesday with big innings, but the Saints came out on the losing end with two-outs in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a walk-off blast.
    Starting for the Saints was left-hander Andrew Albers, and while he finished five frames, one of those big innings for Indy was the fifth, where they scored five to take a 7-4 lead. In all, Albers allowed seven runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out four on the game. 
    After Indianapolis took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third thanks to a home run, St. Paul answered with a three-run top of the fourth behind back-to-back jacks from Gilberto Celestino and Ben Rortvedt. Celestino’s was of the two-run variety to tie the game. Nick Gordon added an RBI single in the fourth to give the good guys a 4-2 lead before the big five-run inning for the bad guys.
    The recently claimed Ralph Garza Jr. also made his second appearance with the organization to start the sixth inning and went two scoreless frames. He hit one batter and struck out two.
    The Saints offense tied the game at seven in the seventh inning with another three-run frame. Three straight singles from JT Riddle, Jose Miranda, and Nick Gordon plated the first run of the inning. That was followed by a hit-batter to load the bases, then a walk to Celestino and another hit batter to score the other two runs. St. Paul took the lead 8-7 in the eighth frame thanks to a Tomas Telis RBI single.
    Yennier Cano was summoned from the bullpen to start the eighth inning and recorded five outs, including three strikeouts, until major leaguer Michael Chavis stepped to the plate with a runner on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Chavis didn’t miss the first pitch he saw, sending a middle-out fastball over the fence in left-center for the walk-off win. Cano was charged with the blown save and loss in allowing the two runs on three hits and two walks in his 1 2/3 innings pitched.
    The Saints got multiple hits on the night from six hitters in their lineup, including Miranda (2-for-5, R, K), Gordon (2-for-5, R, RBI, 2 K, SB), Telis (2-for-5, R, RBI), Celestino (2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K), Drew Maggi (2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB), and Riddle (2-for-4, 3 R, 2B).
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 5, Tulsa 1
    Box Score
    Coming off a pair of outings where he allowed six earned runs in each, starting pitching Jordan Balazovic was looking to get back on track like he’d been when he delivered 25 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings earlier in the year.
    Mission accomplished.
    Balazovic started a new streak with six shutout innings, scattering five singles and zero walks, along with punching out four Drillers. He finished his game after 87 pitches, with 59 going for strikes (67.8%), including thirteen swinging. He was up to 97 MPH on the radar gun with his fastball during the game in picking up his fourth win of the season. After a pair of singles in the first, he faced one batter over the minimum through the fifth inning, retiring six men in a row before an error in the third, and then seven in a row after a leadoff single in the fourth.
    The Wind Surge offense spotted Balazovic a nice lead before he even took the mound, when cleanup hitter Trey Cabbage clubbed 19th home run of the season (10th in double-A) in the top of first, a three-run shot that left the stadium.
    That was it for the offenses on both teams until the late innings, when Wichita added a couple of insurance runs thanks to an errant throw on a steal attempt in the seventh, and an Ernie De La Trinidad solo home run in the ninth.
    Jason Garcia was the first man out of the bullpen to start the seventh, but recorded only one out before being lifted as he loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter. Jordan Gore escaped that jam by inducing a double play ball to end the inning with the shutout still intact. Back out for the eighth, the Drillers finally got on the board with a solo homer, but Gore also struck out two in the frame.
    Erik Manoah Jr. came on in the ninth for his Double-A and Wichita debut and delivered a scoreless frame. He gave up one walk and struck out two.
    While there were no hitters to collect more than one hit in the game, there were five different batters who scored a run for the Wind Surge and four who reached base twice via a walk or hit-by-pitch (Austin Martin, Roy Morales, Cabbage, Aaron Whitefield). Spencer Steer added a double to the effort and Whitefield stole his 22nd base of the season.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Peoria 7
    Box Score
    The Kernels offense was outhit 10-3 by the Chiefs in this one, and the final scoreboard reflected that disparity.
    Starter Tyler Watson was roughed up in the third inning for five earned runs before his night came to an early end with one out. In 2 1/3 innings, he allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out four. Andrew Cabezas came on from the bullpen and allowed two inherited runners to score in addition to one of his own in the fourth to put Peoria out front 6-1 after four innings. Cabezas allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings.
    Relievers Melvi Acosta and Tyler Palm then steadied the ship for the final four innings. Acosta allowed one hit and struck out one in his two frames, and Palm surrendered an unearned run on one hit while striking out four Chiefs in his two innings.
    Edouard Julien (single), Yunior Severino (home run), and Matt Wallner (double) accounted for the Kernels three hits. Wallner drove in the other Kernels run. As a team they managed just three at-bats with runners in scoring position on the game and left only three men on base. Julien also stole his fifth base with the Kernels, and 26th on the season. Julien also drew a walk and continues to lead the minors in that category this season.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 5, Bradenton 8
    Box Score
    The Mighty Mussels built a 5-0 lead after the top of the sixth inning behind a slugger who has been struggling most of the year, but the rest of the lineup and bullpen was unable to hold it on Tuesday.
    Starter Sean Mooney was fantastic for the first three innings in this one, allowing no hits and striking out six Marauders. He was extremely efficient as well, throwing just 38 pitches, with 29 going for strikes and falling behind in a count only once among the nine batters he faced.
    In the top of the fourth, Aaron Sabato got Fort Myers on the board with his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to open the game’s scoring. He added another home run in the sixth, this one of the two-run variety, to extend the Mussels lead to 5-0. Misael Urbina drove in two others earlier in the inning with his eighth double of the season. Unfortunately, the offense had just one other hit on the game, a single from Will Holland. The team had just three at-bats with runners in scoring position in the game and drew only two walks. Not much you can do beyond home runs when other opportunities never surface.
    The bullpen duo of Orlando Rodriguez (2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K) and Matthew Swain (1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, K) combined to allow eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings that put the game well out of reach. Denny Bentley finished off the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing four hits but being charged with no runs. He walked one and struck out one as the Mussels fell to the team in front of them in the standings by 5.0 games.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 2, FCL Braves 3
    Box Score
    The Twins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to consecutive walks to start the game that were followed by a balk, a Wander Valdez RBI single, and a successful double-steal attempt. Unfortunately for the offense they were unable to scratch any more runs across the plate the rest of the game.
    Valdez (2-for-4, RBI, K) collected two of the team's five hits, Argenis Jiminez had the only extra-base-hit with a triple, and Alerick Soularie drew two walks out of the leadoff spot, but also struck out three times. As a team they were just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, left seven men on base, and struck out 18 times.
    Left-hander Wilker Reyes made the start for the Twins and went the first four innings. He scattered six hits and allowed two earned runs while striking out four batters. Matt Mullenbach came on for the next three innings and kept the game tied, surrendering two hits while also striking out four Braves. Ramon Pineda finished the game with two-plus innings, but allowed the Braves to easily get the winning run in the 10th inning after a pair of wild pitches to the leadoff man. He gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out three in taking the loss.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Jordan Balazovic, Wichita Wind Surge (W, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Aaron Sabato, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - W, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
    #4 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #5 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-for-5, R, K
    #6 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - 0-for-4, 3 K
    #7 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K
    #8 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List 
    #9 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) - 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K
    #10 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, K
    #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #13 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #14 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-for-3, K
    #15 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 1-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI
    #16 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-for-4, 2B
    #17 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, 3 K
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) - 0-for-3, R, BB, 3 K
    #19 - Edwar Colina (rehab) - Injured List (elbow)
    #20 - Chris Vallimont (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Indianapolis (6:05PM CST) - RHP Drew Strotman (7-3, 3.59 ERA)
    Wichita @ Tulsa (7:05PM CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (2-4, 7.18 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35PM CST) - RHP Ben Gross (4-1, 3.27 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Bradenton (5:05PM CST) - RHP Landon Leach (0-1, 4.85 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    The Minnesota Twins selected the contract of 35-year old RHP Nick Vincent from the St. Paul Saints, and optioned RHP Beau Burrows back to triple-A. St. Paul released 1B Roberto Pena and RHP Rob Whalen, while calling up LHP Chris Nunn from Wichita and activating RHP Joe Ryan, fresh off his stint with the United States Olympic team. In double-A, the Wind Surge released RHP Joe Kuzia and activated RHP Simeon Woods Richardson, also recently returned from the Olympics in Tokyo. SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 8, Indianapolis 9
    Box Score
    St. Paul and Indianapolis traded leads a few times on Tuesday with big innings, but the Saints came out on the losing end with two-outs in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a walk-off blast.
    Starting for the Saints was left-hander Andrew Albers, and while he finished five frames, one of those big innings for Indy was the fifth, where they scored five to take a 7-4 lead. In all, Albers allowed seven runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out four on the game. 
    After Indianapolis took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third thanks to a home run, St. Paul answered with a three-run top of the fourth behind back-to-back jacks from Gilberto Celestino and Ben Rortvedt. Celestino’s was of the two-run variety to tie the game. Nick Gordon added an RBI single in the fourth to give the good guys a 4-2 lead before the big five-run inning for the bad guys.
    The recently claimed Ralph Garza Jr. also made his second appearance with the organization to start the sixth inning and went two scoreless frames. He hit one batter and struck out two.
    The Saints offense tied the game at seven in the seventh inning with another three-run frame. Three straight singles from JT Riddle, Jose Miranda, and Nick Gordon plated the first run of the inning. That was followed by a hit-batter to load the bases, then a walk to Celestino and another hit batter to score the other two runs. St. Paul took the lead 8-7 in the eighth frame thanks to a Tomas Telis RBI single.
    Yennier Cano was summoned from the bullpen to start the eighth inning and recorded five outs, including three strikeouts, until major leaguer Michael Chavis stepped to the plate with a runner on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Chavis didn’t miss the first pitch he saw, sending a middle-out fastball over the fence in left-center for the walk-off win. Cano was charged with the blown save and loss in allowing the two runs on three hits and two walks in his 1 2/3 innings pitched.
    The Saints got multiple hits on the night from six hitters in their lineup, including Miranda (2-for-5, R, K), Gordon (2-for-5, R, RBI, 2 K, SB), Telis (2-for-5, R, RBI), Celestino (2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K), Drew Maggi (2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB), and Riddle (2-for-4, 3 R, 2B).
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 5, Tulsa 1
    Box Score
    Coming off a pair of outings where he allowed six earned runs in each, starting pitching Jordan Balazovic was looking to get back on track like he’d been when he delivered 25 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings earlier in the year.
    Mission accomplished.
    Balazovic started a new streak with six shutout innings, scattering five singles and zero walks, along with punching out four Drillers. He finished his game after 87 pitches, with 59 going for strikes (67.8%), including thirteen swinging. He was up to 97 MPH on the radar gun with his fastball during the game in picking up his fourth win of the season. After a pair of singles in the first, he faced one batter over the minimum through the fifth inning, retiring six men in a row before an error in the third, and then seven in a row after a leadoff single in the fourth.
    The Wind Surge offense spotted Balazovic a nice lead before he even took the mound, when cleanup hitter Trey Cabbage clubbed 19th home run of the season (10th in double-A) in the top of first, a three-run shot that left the stadium.
    That was it for the offenses on both teams until the late innings, when Wichita added a couple of insurance runs thanks to an errant throw on a steal attempt in the seventh, and an Ernie De La Trinidad solo home run in the ninth.
    Jason Garcia was the first man out of the bullpen to start the seventh, but recorded only one out before being lifted as he loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter. Jordan Gore escaped that jam by inducing a double play ball to end the inning with the shutout still intact. Back out for the eighth, the Drillers finally got on the board with a solo homer, but Gore also struck out two in the frame.
    Erik Manoah Jr. came on in the ninth for his Double-A and Wichita debut and delivered a scoreless frame. He gave up one walk and struck out two.
    While there were no hitters to collect more than one hit in the game, there were five different batters who scored a run for the Wind Surge and four who reached base twice via a walk or hit-by-pitch (Austin Martin, Roy Morales, Cabbage, Aaron Whitefield). Spencer Steer added a double to the effort and Whitefield stole his 22nd base of the season.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Peoria 7
    Box Score
    The Kernels offense was outhit 10-3 by the Chiefs in this one, and the final scoreboard reflected that disparity.
    Starter Tyler Watson was roughed up in the third inning for five earned runs before his night came to an early end with one out. In 2 1/3 innings, he allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out four. Andrew Cabezas came on from the bullpen and allowed two inherited runners to score in addition to one of his own in the fourth to put Peoria out front 6-1 after four innings. Cabezas allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings.
    Relievers Melvi Acosta and Tyler Palm then steadied the ship for the final four innings. Acosta allowed one hit and struck out one in his two frames, and Palm surrendered an unearned run on one hit while striking out four Chiefs in his two innings.
    Edouard Julien (single), Yunior Severino (home run), and Matt Wallner (double) accounted for the Kernels three hits. Wallner drove in the other Kernels run. As a team they managed just three at-bats with runners in scoring position on the game and left only three men on base. Julien also stole his fifth base with the Kernels, and 26th on the season. Julien also drew a walk and continues to lead the minors in that category this season.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 5, Bradenton 8
    Box Score
    The Mighty Mussels built a 5-0 lead after the top of the sixth inning behind a slugger who has been struggling most of the year, but the rest of the lineup and bullpen was unable to hold it on Tuesday.
    Starter Sean Mooney was fantastic for the first three innings in this one, allowing no hits and striking out six Marauders. He was extremely efficient as well, throwing just 38 pitches, with 29 going for strikes and falling behind in a count only once among the nine batters he faced.
    In the top of the fourth, Aaron Sabato got Fort Myers on the board with his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to open the game’s scoring. He added another home run in the sixth, this one of the two-run variety, to extend the Mussels lead to 5-0. Misael Urbina drove in two others earlier in the inning with his eighth double of the season. Unfortunately, the offense had just one other hit on the game, a single from Will Holland. The team had just three at-bats with runners in scoring position in the game and drew only two walks. Not much you can do beyond home runs when other opportunities never surface.
    The bullpen duo of Orlando Rodriguez (2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K) and Matthew Swain (1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, K) combined to allow eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings that put the game well out of reach. Denny Bentley finished off the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing four hits but being charged with no runs. He walked one and struck out one as the Mussels fell to the team in front of them in the standings by 5.0 games.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 2, FCL Braves 3
    Box Score
    The Twins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to consecutive walks to start the game that were followed by a balk, a Wander Valdez RBI single, and a successful double-steal attempt. Unfortunately for the offense they were unable to scratch any more runs across the plate the rest of the game.
    Valdez (2-for-4, RBI, K) collected two of the team's five hits, Argenis Jiminez had the only extra-base-hit with a triple, and Alerick Soularie drew two walks out of the leadoff spot, but also struck out three times. As a team they were just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, left seven men on base, and struck out 18 times.
    Left-hander Wilker Reyes made the start for the Twins and went the first four innings. He scattered six hits and allowed two earned runs while striking out four batters. Matt Mullenbach came on for the next three innings and kept the game tied, surrendering two hits while also striking out four Braves. Ramon Pineda finished the game with two-plus innings, but allowed the Braves to easily get the winning run in the 10th inning after a pair of wild pitches to the leadoff man. He gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out three in taking the loss.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Jordan Balazovic, Wichita Wind Surge (W, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Aaron Sabato, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - W, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
    #4 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #5 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-for-5, R, K
    #6 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - 0-for-4, 3 K
    #7 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K
    #8 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List 
    #9 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) - 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K
    #10 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, K
    #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #13 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #14 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-for-3, K
    #15 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 1-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI
    #16 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-for-4, 2B
    #17 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, 3 K
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) - 0-for-3, R, BB, 3 K
    #19 - Edwar Colina (rehab) - Injured List (elbow)
    #20 - Chris Vallimont (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Indianapolis (6:05PM CST) - RHP Drew Strotman (7-3, 3.59 ERA)
    Wichita @ Tulsa (7:05PM CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (2-4, 7.18 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35PM CST) - RHP Ben Gross (4-1, 3.27 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Bradenton (5:05PM CST) - RHP Landon Leach (0-1, 4.85 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from mikelink45 for an article, Twins Minor League Report (8/10): Balazovic Gets Back on Track   
    Keep reading to find out how all your favorite Minnesota Twins prospects fared in Tuesday nights series opening action!
    TRANSACTIONS
    The Minnesota Twins selected the contract of 35-year old RHP Nick Vincent from the St. Paul Saints, and optioned RHP Beau Burrows back to triple-A. St. Paul released 1B Roberto Pena and RHP Rob Whalen, while calling up LHP Chris Nunn from Wichita and activating RHP Joe Ryan, fresh off his stint with the United States Olympic team. In double-A, the Wind Surge released RHP Joe Kuzia and activated RHP Simeon Woods Richardson, also recently returned from the Olympics in Tokyo. SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 8, Indianapolis 9
    Box Score
    St. Paul and Indianapolis traded leads a few times on Tuesday with big innings, but the Saints came out on the losing end with two-outs in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a walk-off blast.
    Starting for the Saints was left-hander Andrew Albers, and while he finished five frames, one of those big innings for Indy was the fifth, where they scored five to take a 7-4 lead. In all, Albers allowed seven runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out four on the game. 
    After Indianapolis took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third thanks to a home run, St. Paul answered with a three-run top of the fourth behind back-to-back jacks from Gilberto Celestino and Ben Rortvedt. Celestino’s was of the two-run variety to tie the game. Nick Gordon added an RBI single in the fourth to give the good guys a 4-2 lead before the big five-run inning for the bad guys.
    The recently claimed Ralph Garza Jr. also made his second appearance with the organization to start the sixth inning and went two scoreless frames. He hit one batter and struck out two.
    The Saints offense tied the game at seven in the seventh inning with another three-run frame. Three straight singles from JT Riddle, Jose Miranda, and Nick Gordon plated the first run of the inning. That was followed by a hit-batter to load the bases, then a walk to Celestino and another hit batter to score the other two runs. St. Paul took the lead 8-7 in the eighth frame thanks to a Tomas Telis RBI single.
    Yennier Cano was summoned from the bullpen to start the eighth inning and recorded five outs, including three strikeouts, until major leaguer Michael Chavis stepped to the plate with a runner on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Chavis didn’t miss the first pitch he saw, sending a middle-out fastball over the fence in left-center for the walk-off win. Cano was charged with the blown save and loss in allowing the two runs on three hits and two walks in his 1 2/3 innings pitched.
    The Saints got multiple hits on the night from six hitters in their lineup, including Miranda (2-for-5, R, K), Gordon (2-for-5, R, RBI, 2 K, SB), Telis (2-for-5, R, RBI), Celestino (2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K), Drew Maggi (2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB), and Riddle (2-for-4, 3 R, 2B).
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 5, Tulsa 1
    Box Score
    Coming off a pair of outings where he allowed six earned runs in each, starting pitching Jordan Balazovic was looking to get back on track like he’d been when he delivered 25 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings earlier in the year.
    Mission accomplished.
    Balazovic started a new streak with six shutout innings, scattering five singles and zero walks, along with punching out four Drillers. He finished his game after 87 pitches, with 59 going for strikes (67.8%), including thirteen swinging. He was up to 97 MPH on the radar gun with his fastball during the game in picking up his fourth win of the season. After a pair of singles in the first, he faced one batter over the minimum through the fifth inning, retiring six men in a row before an error in the third, and then seven in a row after a leadoff single in the fourth.
    The Wind Surge offense spotted Balazovic a nice lead before he even took the mound, when cleanup hitter Trey Cabbage clubbed 19th home run of the season (10th in double-A) in the top of first, a three-run shot that left the stadium.
    That was it for the offenses on both teams until the late innings, when Wichita added a couple of insurance runs thanks to an errant throw on a steal attempt in the seventh, and an Ernie De La Trinidad solo home run in the ninth.
    Jason Garcia was the first man out of the bullpen to start the seventh, but recorded only one out before being lifted as he loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter. Jordan Gore escaped that jam by inducing a double play ball to end the inning with the shutout still intact. Back out for the eighth, the Drillers finally got on the board with a solo homer, but Gore also struck out two in the frame.
    Erik Manoah Jr. came on in the ninth for his Double-A and Wichita debut and delivered a scoreless frame. He gave up one walk and struck out two.
    While there were no hitters to collect more than one hit in the game, there were five different batters who scored a run for the Wind Surge and four who reached base twice via a walk or hit-by-pitch (Austin Martin, Roy Morales, Cabbage, Aaron Whitefield). Spencer Steer added a double to the effort and Whitefield stole his 22nd base of the season.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Peoria 7
    Box Score
    The Kernels offense was outhit 10-3 by the Chiefs in this one, and the final scoreboard reflected that disparity.
    Starter Tyler Watson was roughed up in the third inning for five earned runs before his night came to an early end with one out. In 2 1/3 innings, he allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out four. Andrew Cabezas came on from the bullpen and allowed two inherited runners to score in addition to one of his own in the fourth to put Peoria out front 6-1 after four innings. Cabezas allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings.
    Relievers Melvi Acosta and Tyler Palm then steadied the ship for the final four innings. Acosta allowed one hit and struck out one in his two frames, and Palm surrendered an unearned run on one hit while striking out four Chiefs in his two innings.
    Edouard Julien (single), Yunior Severino (home run), and Matt Wallner (double) accounted for the Kernels three hits. Wallner drove in the other Kernels run. As a team they managed just three at-bats with runners in scoring position on the game and left only three men on base. Julien also stole his fifth base with the Kernels, and 26th on the season. Julien also drew a walk and continues to lead the minors in that category this season.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 5, Bradenton 8
    Box Score
    The Mighty Mussels built a 5-0 lead after the top of the sixth inning behind a slugger who has been struggling most of the year, but the rest of the lineup and bullpen was unable to hold it on Tuesday.
    Starter Sean Mooney was fantastic for the first three innings in this one, allowing no hits and striking out six Marauders. He was extremely efficient as well, throwing just 38 pitches, with 29 going for strikes and falling behind in a count only once among the nine batters he faced.
    In the top of the fourth, Aaron Sabato got Fort Myers on the board with his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to open the game’s scoring. He added another home run in the sixth, this one of the two-run variety, to extend the Mussels lead to 5-0. Misael Urbina drove in two others earlier in the inning with his eighth double of the season. Unfortunately, the offense had just one other hit on the game, a single from Will Holland. The team had just three at-bats with runners in scoring position in the game and drew only two walks. Not much you can do beyond home runs when other opportunities never surface.
    The bullpen duo of Orlando Rodriguez (2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K) and Matthew Swain (1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, K) combined to allow eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings that put the game well out of reach. Denny Bentley finished off the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing four hits but being charged with no runs. He walked one and struck out one as the Mussels fell to the team in front of them in the standings by 5.0 games.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 2, FCL Braves 3
    Box Score
    The Twins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to consecutive walks to start the game that were followed by a balk, a Wander Valdez RBI single, and a successful double-steal attempt. Unfortunately for the offense they were unable to scratch any more runs across the plate the rest of the game.
    Valdez (2-for-4, RBI, K) collected two of the team's five hits, Argenis Jiminez had the only extra-base-hit with a triple, and Alerick Soularie drew two walks out of the leadoff spot, but also struck out three times. As a team they were just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, left seven men on base, and struck out 18 times.
    Left-hander Wilker Reyes made the start for the Twins and went the first four innings. He scattered six hits and allowed two earned runs while striking out four batters. Matt Mullenbach came on for the next three innings and kept the game tied, surrendering two hits while also striking out four Braves. Ramon Pineda finished the game with two-plus innings, but allowed the Braves to easily get the winning run in the 10th inning after a pair of wild pitches to the leadoff man. He gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out three in taking the loss.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Jordan Balazovic, Wichita Wind Surge (W, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Aaron Sabato, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - W, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
    #4 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #5 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-for-5, R, K
    #6 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - 0-for-4, 3 K
    #7 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K
    #8 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List 
    #9 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) - 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K
    #10 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, K
    #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #13 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #14 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-for-3, K
    #15 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 1-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI
    #16 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-for-4, 2B
    #17 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, 3 K
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) - 0-for-3, R, BB, 3 K
    #19 - Edwar Colina (rehab) - Injured List (elbow)
    #20 - Chris Vallimont (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Indianapolis (6:05PM CST) - RHP Drew Strotman (7-3, 3.59 ERA)
    Wichita @ Tulsa (7:05PM CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (2-4, 7.18 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35PM CST) - RHP Ben Gross (4-1, 3.27 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Bradenton (5:05PM CST) - RHP Landon Leach (0-1, 4.85 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from operation mindcrime for an article, Twins Minor League Report (8/3) Austin Martin Makes Debut   
    To find out how that debut went, and what all the rest of your favorite Minnesota Twins prospects did on Tuesday night, keep reading!
    TRANSACTIONS
    SS/OF Austin Martin was activated for the Wichita Wind Surge and he led off their game tonight, playing shortstop. RHP John Stankiewicz was assigned from the FCL Twins to Fort Myers. RHP Miguel Rodriguez was activated from the injured list for the Mighty Mussels. SAINTS SENTINEL
    Louisville 4, St. Paul 5
    Box Score
    The Saints utilized a bullpen game in the first game of the week’s series against the Bats on Tuesday, sending out Ian Hamilton as the opener. He went three innings, allowing two runs on two solo homers, and striking out two. He was followed by Kyle Barraclough who went the next two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. Robinson Leyer got the sixth and seventh innings and was charged with a blown save. That’s due to him allowing Louisville to tie the game at three on another solo home run in the sixth, to the rehabbing Mike Moustakas. Edgar Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth inning, picking up his third win in the process, by allowing one hit and striking out one. Nick Vincent finished the game to pick up his fifth save of the season, but made it a little interesting by allowing another solo home run to close the gap to 5-4. He struck out two hitters.
    On offense the Saints got on the scoreboard in the second inning thanks to a Ben Rortvedt home run, his second on the season in Triple-A. They took the lead 3-2 after five innings when Rob Refsnyder and Gilberto Celestino each delivered RBI singles. In the eighth inning it was a two-run single from Twins Daily’s Hitter of the Month for July, Jimmy Kerrigan, that put the game just out of reach for Louisville.
    Jose Miranda (2-for-4, R, 2B, K), Rortvedt (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI), and Kerrigan (2-for-4, 2 RBI) each had multiple hits for the home team in the win.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Midland 5, Wichita 6
    Box Score
    The story in this game was sure to be the organization debut of prospect Austin Martin, whom the Twins received in their trade of Jose Berrios to the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a bit of a mixed bag as far as offense and defense goes, but he was certainly exciting in his debut.
    Martin reached base twice out of the leadoff spot for the Wind Surge, first with a single in the fourth inning for his first hit in the organization.
    On B.J. Boyd’s double that followed, he came around to score all the way from first, including a nifty slide to avoid the tag at home.
    He reached base again in the sixth after being hit by a pitch in the back of his knee (his 15th HBP of the year), and it looked a lot worse than it actually was at first as he collapsed in the batters box, then seemed to head immediately toward the dugout. But he did stay in the game and on defense later in the seventh, ended a bases loaded threat with a 6-3 double play on a grounder up the middle that kept the Wind Surge in the lead at 6-5.
    Martin was also charged with two errors in the game. The first came in the fifth inning on a hard hit ball up the middle. He made a nice half-dive smother to keep it in the infield, but lost control on the transfer and ended up sailing his throw to first base. The second came in the seventh on a ball he tried backhand in the hole but it bounced off him into the outfield and led to an unearned run before he killed the rally later with that nice double play.
    But enough about the new guy!
    Wichita scored first in this one in the bottom of the first, thanks to B.J. Boyd’s eighth home run of the season, and added a second run in the third on a wild pitch after Spencer Steer clubbed a two-out double. They added three more runs in the fourth on a two-run homer from Aaron Whitefield, and then the double from Boyd to score Martin. Whitefield added a necessary insurance run in the sixth with a sac fly to score Trey Cabbage, who had led off the inning with a double.
    Making the start for the Wind Surge was Cole Sands, who has been on a strict pitch count since returning from injury in the middle of July. To open the game he gave up a triple, but worked around it with a popout and pair of strikeouts to come out unscathed. He finished 3 2/3 innings on the night, and finally got bit in the fourth inning. Overall he was charged with two earned runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out six batters.
    Alex Phillips was the first reliever summoned from the bullpen and went the next 1 2/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs of his own on a homer in the sixth, but also struck out two. The recently acquired Evan Sisk finished the next 2/3 of an inning, fighting his control to allow one run on three walks while striking out one. With the score 6-5 Wind Surge at this point, Mitchell Osnowitz and Chris Nunn finished off any further comeback attempt with a combined three scoreless innings. Osnowitz picked up a hold with two scoreless, allowing three hits and striking out two. Nunn picked up his first save with Wichita with a one-two-three ninth, including a K.
    Boyd (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Spencer Steer (2-for-4, R, 2B, K), and Cabbage (2-for-4, R, 2B, K) had multiple hits for the offense. Whitefield led the way with three RBIs.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Quad Cities 8, Cedar Rapids 3
    Box Score
    Cedar Rapids got on the scoreboard first in this one in the second inning after loading the bases with nobody out. Max Smith delivered an RBI single and was followed by a sac fly from Gabriel Maciel and 2-0 lead.
    Starting pitcher Jon Olson held the River Bandits to just one hit through the first three innings, but a single followed by a double in the fourth finally put a runner across in the fourth. After a one-two-three fifth inning Olsen came back out for the sixth, and ran into trouble immediately. He was lifted after loading the bases, and finished five plus innings. He was charged with four earned runs on six hits, one walk, and struck out three batters. 
    He was supplanted by reliever Andrew Cabezas, who promptly gave up a bases clearing triple, then a double for a run allowed of his own. A bit mad at himself probably, he channeled some anger and struck out the next three hitters he faced to end the inning with his team down 5-2. He would add a scoreless seventh inning to keep his team within striking distance.
    The Kernels closed the lead to two in the bottom of the sixth with another sac fly from Maciel, but the lone run was a bit disappointing as they had the bases with nobody out.
    The bullpen duo of Breckin Williams and Melvi Acosta then wasn’t able to keep Quad Cities at bay in the eighth and ninth innings, allowing them to extend their lead to the final of 8-3. Williams gave up one run (unearned) on one hit while striking out one in the eighth. Acosta allowed two earned runs on four hits in the ninth and struck out two batters.
    The loss extends the River Bandits lead in the Central-West Division standings to nine games, but the Kernels remain tied for the second best record in the league.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Dunedin @ Fort Myers, Postponed (rain)
    The Mighty Mussels and Blue Jays were rained out on Tuesday. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon, with righthander Sean Mooney on the mound for Fort Myers in game one.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Orioles Orange @ FCL Twins, Postponed (rain)
    The FCL Twins were affected by the same rain as their Hammond Stadium friends across the Lee County Sports Complex parking lot, and did not play Tuesday morning. They will make up the game on Wednesday as both teams do not have another scheduled..
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Cole Sands, Wichita Wind Surge (3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Ben Rortvedt, St. Paul Saints (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #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) - 2-for-4, R, 2B, K
    #6 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #7 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 1-for-4, RBI, K
    #8 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #9 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #10 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, 2 K
    #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #13 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
    #14 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
    #15 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #16 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 2-for-4, R, 2B, K
    #17 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, K
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) - N/A (foot injury)
    #19 - Edwar Colina (rehab) - Injured List (elbow)
    #20 - Chris Vallimont (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Louisville @ St. Paul (1:05PM CST) - LHP Andrew Albers (4-4, 4.44 ERA)
    Midland @ Wichita (7:05PM CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (2-4, 7.08 ERA)
    Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (2-1, 1.68 ERA)
    Dunedin @ Fort Myers (Game 1, 3:30PM CST) - RHP Sean Mooney (0-1, 0.56 ERA)
    Dunedin @ Fort Myers (Game 2, 30 minutes after game 1) - TBD
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from nclahammer for an article, Twins Minor League Report (8/3) Austin Martin Makes Debut   
    To find out how that debut went, and what all the rest of your favorite Minnesota Twins prospects did on Tuesday night, keep reading!
    TRANSACTIONS
    SS/OF Austin Martin was activated for the Wichita Wind Surge and he led off their game tonight, playing shortstop. RHP John Stankiewicz was assigned from the FCL Twins to Fort Myers. RHP Miguel Rodriguez was activated from the injured list for the Mighty Mussels. SAINTS SENTINEL
    Louisville 4, St. Paul 5
    Box Score
    The Saints utilized a bullpen game in the first game of the week’s series against the Bats on Tuesday, sending out Ian Hamilton as the opener. He went three innings, allowing two runs on two solo homers, and striking out two. He was followed by Kyle Barraclough who went the next two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. Robinson Leyer got the sixth and seventh innings and was charged with a blown save. That’s due to him allowing Louisville to tie the game at three on another solo home run in the sixth, to the rehabbing Mike Moustakas. Edgar Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth inning, picking up his third win in the process, by allowing one hit and striking out one. Nick Vincent finished the game to pick up his fifth save of the season, but made it a little interesting by allowing another solo home run to close the gap to 5-4. He struck out two hitters.
    On offense the Saints got on the scoreboard in the second inning thanks to a Ben Rortvedt home run, his second on the season in Triple-A. They took the lead 3-2 after five innings when Rob Refsnyder and Gilberto Celestino each delivered RBI singles. In the eighth inning it was a two-run single from Twins Daily’s Hitter of the Month for July, Jimmy Kerrigan, that put the game just out of reach for Louisville.
    Jose Miranda (2-for-4, R, 2B, K), Rortvedt (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI), and Kerrigan (2-for-4, 2 RBI) each had multiple hits for the home team in the win.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Midland 5, Wichita 6
    Box Score
    The story in this game was sure to be the organization debut of prospect Austin Martin, whom the Twins received in their trade of Jose Berrios to the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a bit of a mixed bag as far as offense and defense goes, but he was certainly exciting in his debut.
    Martin reached base twice out of the leadoff spot for the Wind Surge, first with a single in the fourth inning for his first hit in the organization.
    On B.J. Boyd’s double that followed, he came around to score all the way from first, including a nifty slide to avoid the tag at home.
    He reached base again in the sixth after being hit by a pitch in the back of his knee (his 15th HBP of the year), and it looked a lot worse than it actually was at first as he collapsed in the batters box, then seemed to head immediately toward the dugout. But he did stay in the game and on defense later in the seventh, ended a bases loaded threat with a 6-3 double play on a grounder up the middle that kept the Wind Surge in the lead at 6-5.
    Martin was also charged with two errors in the game. The first came in the fifth inning on a hard hit ball up the middle. He made a nice half-dive smother to keep it in the infield, but lost control on the transfer and ended up sailing his throw to first base. The second came in the seventh on a ball he tried backhand in the hole but it bounced off him into the outfield and led to an unearned run before he killed the rally later with that nice double play.
    But enough about the new guy!
    Wichita scored first in this one in the bottom of the first, thanks to B.J. Boyd’s eighth home run of the season, and added a second run in the third on a wild pitch after Spencer Steer clubbed a two-out double. They added three more runs in the fourth on a two-run homer from Aaron Whitefield, and then the double from Boyd to score Martin. Whitefield added a necessary insurance run in the sixth with a sac fly to score Trey Cabbage, who had led off the inning with a double.
    Making the start for the Wind Surge was Cole Sands, who has been on a strict pitch count since returning from injury in the middle of July. To open the game he gave up a triple, but worked around it with a popout and pair of strikeouts to come out unscathed. He finished 3 2/3 innings on the night, and finally got bit in the fourth inning. Overall he was charged with two earned runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out six batters.
    Alex Phillips was the first reliever summoned from the bullpen and went the next 1 2/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs of his own on a homer in the sixth, but also struck out two. The recently acquired Evan Sisk finished the next 2/3 of an inning, fighting his control to allow one run on three walks while striking out one. With the score 6-5 Wind Surge at this point, Mitchell Osnowitz and Chris Nunn finished off any further comeback attempt with a combined three scoreless innings. Osnowitz picked up a hold with two scoreless, allowing three hits and striking out two. Nunn picked up his first save with Wichita with a one-two-three ninth, including a K.
    Boyd (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Spencer Steer (2-for-4, R, 2B, K), and Cabbage (2-for-4, R, 2B, K) had multiple hits for the offense. Whitefield led the way with three RBIs.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Quad Cities 8, Cedar Rapids 3
    Box Score
    Cedar Rapids got on the scoreboard first in this one in the second inning after loading the bases with nobody out. Max Smith delivered an RBI single and was followed by a sac fly from Gabriel Maciel and 2-0 lead.
    Starting pitcher Jon Olson held the River Bandits to just one hit through the first three innings, but a single followed by a double in the fourth finally put a runner across in the fourth. After a one-two-three fifth inning Olsen came back out for the sixth, and ran into trouble immediately. He was lifted after loading the bases, and finished five plus innings. He was charged with four earned runs on six hits, one walk, and struck out three batters. 
    He was supplanted by reliever Andrew Cabezas, who promptly gave up a bases clearing triple, then a double for a run allowed of his own. A bit mad at himself probably, he channeled some anger and struck out the next three hitters he faced to end the inning with his team down 5-2. He would add a scoreless seventh inning to keep his team within striking distance.
    The Kernels closed the lead to two in the bottom of the sixth with another sac fly from Maciel, but the lone run was a bit disappointing as they had the bases with nobody out.
    The bullpen duo of Breckin Williams and Melvi Acosta then wasn’t able to keep Quad Cities at bay in the eighth and ninth innings, allowing them to extend their lead to the final of 8-3. Williams gave up one run (unearned) on one hit while striking out one in the eighth. Acosta allowed two earned runs on four hits in the ninth and struck out two batters.
    The loss extends the River Bandits lead in the Central-West Division standings to nine games, but the Kernels remain tied for the second best record in the league.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Dunedin @ Fort Myers, Postponed (rain)
    The Mighty Mussels and Blue Jays were rained out on Tuesday. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon, with righthander Sean Mooney on the mound for Fort Myers in game one.
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Orioles Orange @ FCL Twins, Postponed (rain)
    The FCL Twins were affected by the same rain as their Hammond Stadium friends across the Lee County Sports Complex parking lot, and did not play Tuesday morning. They will make up the game on Wednesday as both teams do not have another scheduled..
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Cole Sands, Wichita Wind Surge (3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K)
    Hitter of the Day - Ben Rortvedt, St. Paul Saints (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #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) - 2-for-4, R, 2B, K
    #6 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #7 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 1-for-4, RBI, K
    #8 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #9 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #10 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, 2 K
    #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #13 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
    #14 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
    #15 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - Game postponed
    #16 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 2-for-4, R, 2B, K
    #17 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, K
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) - N/A (foot injury)
    #19 - Edwar Colina (rehab) - Injured List (elbow)
    #20 - Chris Vallimont (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Louisville @ St. Paul (1:05PM CST) - LHP Andrew Albers (4-4, 4.44 ERA)
    Midland @ Wichita (7:05PM CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (2-4, 7.08 ERA)
    Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (2-1, 1.68 ERA)
    Dunedin @ Fort Myers (Game 1, 3:30PM CST) - RHP Sean Mooney (0-1, 0.56 ERA)
    Dunedin @ Fort Myers (Game 2, 30 minutes after game 1) - TBD
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from operation mindcrime for an article, Twins Minor League Report (7/27): Everybody Hits, Sometimes...   
    After the MLB team’s disappointing collapse against Detroit, it will be a breath of fresh air to read about all the hits instead of hurts, so hold on and keep reading to find out just how many your favorite Twins prospects racked up on Tuesday night!
    TRANSACTIONS
    The Minnesota Twins recalled RHP Beau Burrows from St. Paul in advance of their game with the Detroit Tigers LHP Lewis Thorpe was sent to the FCL Twins on a rehab assignment from the Saints. After signing with the Twins on July 20th, LHP Chris Nunn was assigned to the Wichita Wind Surge. The Wind Surge also received LHP Sean Gilmartin from the Complex.  The Cedar Rapids Kernels released IF Yeltsin Encarnacion. The Twins released RHP Donny Breek from the FCL Twins.  SAINTS SENTINEL
    Indianapolis 1, St. Paul 16
    Box Score
    This one was seemingly over before the first inning finished as the Saints sent 11 men to plate in the opening inning, and eight of them crossed home plate. Rob Refsnyder and Jimmy Kerrigan did the bulk of that damage with home runs, while Jose Miranda and Drew Maggi added doubles in the onslaught.
    They continued the run parade in the second inning, tacking on five more thanks to a 2-run double from Ben Rortvedt, an RBI single from JT Riddle, and the second home run of the game from Kerrigan.
    Starting pitcher Chandler Shepherd handled it from there, holding Indianapolis to just two hits and one walk in seven innings pitched. He struck out four and picked up his fifth win of the season. Robinson Leyer allowed the only Indianapolis run in the eighth on a solo homer and struck out one. Ian Gibaut finished off the blowout with a scoreless ninth, walking one and striking out one.
    Six of the nine hitters in the St. Paul lineup collected multiple hits, with Miranda (3-for-5, 2 R, 2B) and Kerrigan (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI) leading the way with three each. Maggi had two doubles on the game, and Mark Contreras continued his strong July (.957 OPS in 16 games) with a double and scored three runs. In addition to the sixteen total hits as a team, all nine batters scored at least one run, and they combined to go 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left only three men on base for the game. 
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 18, NW Arkansas 8
    Box Score
    In a box score quirk I don’t recall seeing very often, if ever, the Wind Surge managed to score at least one run in every single inning of this game, including five of them with a crooked number. That resulted in another blowout victory as they improved to 42-31 on the season.

    Like their older brothers in triple-A, each hitter in the lineup scored at least one run, though Wichita one-upped their peers with seven hitters collecting multiple hits on the game.
    They were led by Spencer Steer who racked up five hits on the night, including three doubles and a triple. He also scored four runs and drove in four more. 

    Chris Williams wasn’t that far behind, finishing 4-for-6 with a double, home run, two runs scored, and five RBI. 

    B.J. Boyd (3-for-6, R, 2B, 4 RBI) and Leobaldo Cabrera (3-for-6, 3 R, HR, RBI, K) had three hits on the night as well. Trey Cabbage also hit his sixth  home run with Wichita and 15th overall this season. With 23 hits as a team, you have to open the box score link above to appreciate how dominant the Wind Surge lineup was throughout this game.
    Chris Vallimont made the start and wasn’t as sharp as you’d like in such a game, but you don’t need to be great when your offense piles up runs as they did. He went four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks while racking up six strikeouts. Cole Sands came on for the fifth and went the next three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out four.
    The recently-signed Chris Nunn made his organizational debut and went 1 2/3 innings. He worked around a walk with a pair of strikeouts for a scoreless eighth inning, but after three singles in the ninth, he was replaced by Joe Kuzia for the final out, a strikeout to punctuate the dominant win.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 2
    Box Score
    Righthanded pitcher Louie Varland made his third start with the Kernels since his promotion and kept his ERA at a clean 0.00 in the "Midwest League" with another five strong innings. He allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out three while throwing 80 pitches (49 for strikes).
    While he was on the mound the Cedar Rapids lineup built him a 4-0 lead, mainly due to the loud bats of Edouard Julien and Matt Wallner, who each launched a home run in their three-run third inning.

    After Varland’s exit Breckin Williams (2/3 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K) and Erik Manoah Jr. (1 1/3 IP, ER, BB, 2 K) let the Timber Rattlers close the gap to 4-2, but Zach Featherstone righted the ship with two scoreless innings to close out the game. He walked two, struck out five, and picked up his fifth save of the season in the process.
    Wallner added an insurance run in the top of the eighth with his second home run of the game that made the final score of 5-2. Since his return from the injured list, Wallner has gone 8-for-22 (.363) with four home runs in six games, and his OPS is up to 1.103 on the season with the Kernels.
    In addition to Wallner, Cedar Rapids got multiple hits from Jair Camargo (2-for-4, K) and Michael Helman (2-for-4, R, SB) in the victory.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 7, Clearwater 1
    Box Score
    The Mighty Mussels, like the Saints above, got the scoring started early in this one, putting up three runs in each of the first and second innings.
    In the first inning, it was a three-run blast from Will Holland, his sixth of the year, that got them going. In the second it was an RBI single from Ruben Santana, a sac fly off the bat of Misael Urbina, and a solo homer from Keoni Cavaco to account for the early 6-0 lead.
    That was more than enough for the Fort Myers pitching staff, as starter Sawyer Gipson-Long held the Clearwater lineup to just three hits in seven innings. His lone run allowed was unearned, and he struck out nine compared to just one walk on the night. At one point he retired 11 men in a row and also finished his outing strong, striking out the last two hitters he faced.
    Burnsville, MN native Aaron Rozek finished the final two innings by retiring all six hitters he faced, including one strikeout, to seal the victory.
    The Mussels got multiple hits in the game from Holland (2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K) and Santana (2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K)
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Orioles Black 7, FCL Twins 6
    Box Score
    The FCL Twins fought back from a 7-0 deficit but fell short, leaving the tying run 90-feet away in the bottom of the ninth. This was after Kala’i Rosario delivered a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth that closed the score to 7-6 with just one out.
    LaRon Smith got the Twins on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run blast, his fourth of the season. Alexander Pena delivered a two-run double in the seventh that made the score 7-4. Smith (2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB), Pena (2-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K), and Rubel Cespedes (2-for-2, 2 R, BB, SB) each collected two hits on the game.
    Lewis Thorpe was sent to the FCL Twins on a rehab assignment and started this one. He finished 2 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out three. Wilker Reyes surrendered the bulk of the damage in his 3 1/3 innings, being charged with five runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out three and recovered from the initial barrage to hold the Orioles scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings. Ramon Pineda delivered a scoreless seventh inning, and Samuel Perez finished the game for the Twins with a pair of one-two-three innings, including three K’s in the eighth.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day – Sawyer Gipson-Long, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (W, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 9 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Spencer Steer, Wichita Wind Surge (5-for-6, 4 R, 3 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Please take note that we have finished our midseason update, so there is a new list! Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason 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) – 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B
    #6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 1-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI
    #7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – 0-for-2, K
    #8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – Did not play
    #10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, K
    #11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch
    #13 – Cole Sands Cole Sands (Wichita) – 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K
    #14 – Brent Rooker (Minnesota) – 3-for-4, R, 2B
    #15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 1-for-4, RBI
    #16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 5-for-6, 4 R, 3 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, K
    #17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-4, 2 K
    #18 – Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A (foot injury)
    #19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
    #20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 6 K
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Indianapolis @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – LHP Charlie Barnes (5-3, 4.02 ERA)
    Wichita @ NW Arkansas (7:05PM CST) – RHP Austin Schulfer (2-7, 4.28 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (7:05PM CST) – RHP Jon Olsen (1-3, 3.40 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Clearwater (11:00AM CST) – LHP Brent Headrick (3-4, 3.44 ERA)
     
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from Dman for an article, Twins Minor League Report (7/27): Everybody Hits, Sometimes...   
    After the MLB team’s disappointing collapse against Detroit, it will be a breath of fresh air to read about all the hits instead of hurts, so hold on and keep reading to find out just how many your favorite Twins prospects racked up on Tuesday night!
    TRANSACTIONS
    The Minnesota Twins recalled RHP Beau Burrows from St. Paul in advance of their game with the Detroit Tigers LHP Lewis Thorpe was sent to the FCL Twins on a rehab assignment from the Saints. After signing with the Twins on July 20th, LHP Chris Nunn was assigned to the Wichita Wind Surge. The Wind Surge also received LHP Sean Gilmartin from the Complex.  The Cedar Rapids Kernels released IF Yeltsin Encarnacion. The Twins released RHP Donny Breek from the FCL Twins.  SAINTS SENTINEL
    Indianapolis 1, St. Paul 16
    Box Score
    This one was seemingly over before the first inning finished as the Saints sent 11 men to plate in the opening inning, and eight of them crossed home plate. Rob Refsnyder and Jimmy Kerrigan did the bulk of that damage with home runs, while Jose Miranda and Drew Maggi added doubles in the onslaught.
    They continued the run parade in the second inning, tacking on five more thanks to a 2-run double from Ben Rortvedt, an RBI single from JT Riddle, and the second home run of the game from Kerrigan.
    Starting pitcher Chandler Shepherd handled it from there, holding Indianapolis to just two hits and one walk in seven innings pitched. He struck out four and picked up his fifth win of the season. Robinson Leyer allowed the only Indianapolis run in the eighth on a solo homer and struck out one. Ian Gibaut finished off the blowout with a scoreless ninth, walking one and striking out one.
    Six of the nine hitters in the St. Paul lineup collected multiple hits, with Miranda (3-for-5, 2 R, 2B) and Kerrigan (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI) leading the way with three each. Maggi had two doubles on the game, and Mark Contreras continued his strong July (.957 OPS in 16 games) with a double and scored three runs. In addition to the sixteen total hits as a team, all nine batters scored at least one run, and they combined to go 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left only three men on base for the game. 
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 18, NW Arkansas 8
    Box Score
    In a box score quirk I don’t recall seeing very often, if ever, the Wind Surge managed to score at least one run in every single inning of this game, including five of them with a crooked number. That resulted in another blowout victory as they improved to 42-31 on the season.

    Like their older brothers in triple-A, each hitter in the lineup scored at least one run, though Wichita one-upped their peers with seven hitters collecting multiple hits on the game.
    They were led by Spencer Steer who racked up five hits on the night, including three doubles and a triple. He also scored four runs and drove in four more. 

    Chris Williams wasn’t that far behind, finishing 4-for-6 with a double, home run, two runs scored, and five RBI. 

    B.J. Boyd (3-for-6, R, 2B, 4 RBI) and Leobaldo Cabrera (3-for-6, 3 R, HR, RBI, K) had three hits on the night as well. Trey Cabbage also hit his sixth  home run with Wichita and 15th overall this season. With 23 hits as a team, you have to open the box score link above to appreciate how dominant the Wind Surge lineup was throughout this game.
    Chris Vallimont made the start and wasn’t as sharp as you’d like in such a game, but you don’t need to be great when your offense piles up runs as they did. He went four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks while racking up six strikeouts. Cole Sands came on for the fifth and went the next three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out four.
    The recently-signed Chris Nunn made his organizational debut and went 1 2/3 innings. He worked around a walk with a pair of strikeouts for a scoreless eighth inning, but after three singles in the ninth, he was replaced by Joe Kuzia for the final out, a strikeout to punctuate the dominant win.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 2
    Box Score
    Righthanded pitcher Louie Varland made his third start with the Kernels since his promotion and kept his ERA at a clean 0.00 in the "Midwest League" with another five strong innings. He allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out three while throwing 80 pitches (49 for strikes).
    While he was on the mound the Cedar Rapids lineup built him a 4-0 lead, mainly due to the loud bats of Edouard Julien and Matt Wallner, who each launched a home run in their three-run third inning.

    After Varland’s exit Breckin Williams (2/3 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K) and Erik Manoah Jr. (1 1/3 IP, ER, BB, 2 K) let the Timber Rattlers close the gap to 4-2, but Zach Featherstone righted the ship with two scoreless innings to close out the game. He walked two, struck out five, and picked up his fifth save of the season in the process.
    Wallner added an insurance run in the top of the eighth with his second home run of the game that made the final score of 5-2. Since his return from the injured list, Wallner has gone 8-for-22 (.363) with four home runs in six games, and his OPS is up to 1.103 on the season with the Kernels.
    In addition to Wallner, Cedar Rapids got multiple hits from Jair Camargo (2-for-4, K) and Michael Helman (2-for-4, R, SB) in the victory.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 7, Clearwater 1
    Box Score
    The Mighty Mussels, like the Saints above, got the scoring started early in this one, putting up three runs in each of the first and second innings.
    In the first inning, it was a three-run blast from Will Holland, his sixth of the year, that got them going. In the second it was an RBI single from Ruben Santana, a sac fly off the bat of Misael Urbina, and a solo homer from Keoni Cavaco to account for the early 6-0 lead.
    That was more than enough for the Fort Myers pitching staff, as starter Sawyer Gipson-Long held the Clearwater lineup to just three hits in seven innings. His lone run allowed was unearned, and he struck out nine compared to just one walk on the night. At one point he retired 11 men in a row and also finished his outing strong, striking out the last two hitters he faced.
    Burnsville, MN native Aaron Rozek finished the final two innings by retiring all six hitters he faced, including one strikeout, to seal the victory.
    The Mussels got multiple hits in the game from Holland (2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K) and Santana (2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K)
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Orioles Black 7, FCL Twins 6
    Box Score
    The FCL Twins fought back from a 7-0 deficit but fell short, leaving the tying run 90-feet away in the bottom of the ninth. This was after Kala’i Rosario delivered a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth that closed the score to 7-6 with just one out.
    LaRon Smith got the Twins on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run blast, his fourth of the season. Alexander Pena delivered a two-run double in the seventh that made the score 7-4. Smith (2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB), Pena (2-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K), and Rubel Cespedes (2-for-2, 2 R, BB, SB) each collected two hits on the game.
    Lewis Thorpe was sent to the FCL Twins on a rehab assignment and started this one. He finished 2 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out three. Wilker Reyes surrendered the bulk of the damage in his 3 1/3 innings, being charged with five runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out three and recovered from the initial barrage to hold the Orioles scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings. Ramon Pineda delivered a scoreless seventh inning, and Samuel Perez finished the game for the Twins with a pair of one-two-three innings, including three K’s in the eighth.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day – Sawyer Gipson-Long, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (W, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 9 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Spencer Steer, Wichita Wind Surge (5-for-6, 4 R, 3 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Please take note that we have finished our midseason update, so there is a new list! Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason 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) – 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B
    #6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 1-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI
    #7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – 0-for-2, K
    #8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – Did not play
    #10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, K
    #11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch
    #13 – Cole Sands Cole Sands (Wichita) – 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K
    #14 – Brent Rooker (Minnesota) – 3-for-4, R, 2B
    #15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 1-for-4, RBI
    #16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 5-for-6, 4 R, 3 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, K
    #17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-4, 2 K
    #18 – Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A (foot injury)
    #19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
    #20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 6 K
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Indianapolis @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – LHP Charlie Barnes (5-3, 4.02 ERA)
    Wichita @ NW Arkansas (7:05PM CST) – RHP Austin Schulfer (2-7, 4.28 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (7:05PM CST) – RHP Jon Olsen (1-3, 3.40 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Clearwater (11:00AM CST) – LHP Brent Headrick (3-4, 3.44 ERA)
     
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
  21. Like
    Steve Lein got a reaction from dbminn for an article, Twins Minor League Report (7/27): Everybody Hits, Sometimes...   
    After the MLB team’s disappointing collapse against Detroit, it will be a breath of fresh air to read about all the hits instead of hurts, so hold on and keep reading to find out just how many your favorite Twins prospects racked up on Tuesday night!
    TRANSACTIONS
    The Minnesota Twins recalled RHP Beau Burrows from St. Paul in advance of their game with the Detroit Tigers LHP Lewis Thorpe was sent to the FCL Twins on a rehab assignment from the Saints. After signing with the Twins on July 20th, LHP Chris Nunn was assigned to the Wichita Wind Surge. The Wind Surge also received LHP Sean Gilmartin from the Complex.  The Cedar Rapids Kernels released IF Yeltsin Encarnacion. The Twins released RHP Donny Breek from the FCL Twins.  SAINTS SENTINEL
    Indianapolis 1, St. Paul 16
    Box Score
    This one was seemingly over before the first inning finished as the Saints sent 11 men to plate in the opening inning, and eight of them crossed home plate. Rob Refsnyder and Jimmy Kerrigan did the bulk of that damage with home runs, while Jose Miranda and Drew Maggi added doubles in the onslaught.
    They continued the run parade in the second inning, tacking on five more thanks to a 2-run double from Ben Rortvedt, an RBI single from JT Riddle, and the second home run of the game from Kerrigan.
    Starting pitcher Chandler Shepherd handled it from there, holding Indianapolis to just two hits and one walk in seven innings pitched. He struck out four and picked up his fifth win of the season. Robinson Leyer allowed the only Indianapolis run in the eighth on a solo homer and struck out one. Ian Gibaut finished off the blowout with a scoreless ninth, walking one and striking out one.
    Six of the nine hitters in the St. Paul lineup collected multiple hits, with Miranda (3-for-5, 2 R, 2B) and Kerrigan (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI) leading the way with three each. Maggi had two doubles on the game, and Mark Contreras continued his strong July (.957 OPS in 16 games) with a double and scored three runs. In addition to the sixteen total hits as a team, all nine batters scored at least one run, and they combined to go 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left only three men on base for the game. 
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 18, NW Arkansas 8
    Box Score
    In a box score quirk I don’t recall seeing very often, if ever, the Wind Surge managed to score at least one run in every single inning of this game, including five of them with a crooked number. That resulted in another blowout victory as they improved to 42-31 on the season.

    Like their older brothers in triple-A, each hitter in the lineup scored at least one run, though Wichita one-upped their peers with seven hitters collecting multiple hits on the game.
    They were led by Spencer Steer who racked up five hits on the night, including three doubles and a triple. He also scored four runs and drove in four more. 

    Chris Williams wasn’t that far behind, finishing 4-for-6 with a double, home run, two runs scored, and five RBI. 

    B.J. Boyd (3-for-6, R, 2B, 4 RBI) and Leobaldo Cabrera (3-for-6, 3 R, HR, RBI, K) had three hits on the night as well. Trey Cabbage also hit his sixth  home run with Wichita and 15th overall this season. With 23 hits as a team, you have to open the box score link above to appreciate how dominant the Wind Surge lineup was throughout this game.
    Chris Vallimont made the start and wasn’t as sharp as you’d like in such a game, but you don’t need to be great when your offense piles up runs as they did. He went four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks while racking up six strikeouts. Cole Sands came on for the fifth and went the next three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out four.
    The recently-signed Chris Nunn made his organizational debut and went 1 2/3 innings. He worked around a walk with a pair of strikeouts for a scoreless eighth inning, but after three singles in the ninth, he was replaced by Joe Kuzia for the final out, a strikeout to punctuate the dominant win.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 2
    Box Score
    Righthanded pitcher Louie Varland made his third start with the Kernels since his promotion and kept his ERA at a clean 0.00 in the "Midwest League" with another five strong innings. He allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out three while throwing 80 pitches (49 for strikes).
    While he was on the mound the Cedar Rapids lineup built him a 4-0 lead, mainly due to the loud bats of Edouard Julien and Matt Wallner, who each launched a home run in their three-run third inning.

    After Varland’s exit Breckin Williams (2/3 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K) and Erik Manoah Jr. (1 1/3 IP, ER, BB, 2 K) let the Timber Rattlers close the gap to 4-2, but Zach Featherstone righted the ship with two scoreless innings to close out the game. He walked two, struck out five, and picked up his fifth save of the season in the process.
    Wallner added an insurance run in the top of the eighth with his second home run of the game that made the final score of 5-2. Since his return from the injured list, Wallner has gone 8-for-22 (.363) with four home runs in six games, and his OPS is up to 1.103 on the season with the Kernels.
    In addition to Wallner, Cedar Rapids got multiple hits from Jair Camargo (2-for-4, K) and Michael Helman (2-for-4, R, SB) in the victory.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 7, Clearwater 1
    Box Score
    The Mighty Mussels, like the Saints above, got the scoring started early in this one, putting up three runs in each of the first and second innings.
    In the first inning, it was a three-run blast from Will Holland, his sixth of the year, that got them going. In the second it was an RBI single from Ruben Santana, a sac fly off the bat of Misael Urbina, and a solo homer from Keoni Cavaco to account for the early 6-0 lead.
    That was more than enough for the Fort Myers pitching staff, as starter Sawyer Gipson-Long held the Clearwater lineup to just three hits in seven innings. His lone run allowed was unearned, and he struck out nine compared to just one walk on the night. At one point he retired 11 men in a row and also finished his outing strong, striking out the last two hitters he faced.
    Burnsville, MN native Aaron Rozek finished the final two innings by retiring all six hitters he faced, including one strikeout, to seal the victory.
    The Mussels got multiple hits in the game from Holland (2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K) and Santana (2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K)
    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Orioles Black 7, FCL Twins 6
    Box Score
    The FCL Twins fought back from a 7-0 deficit but fell short, leaving the tying run 90-feet away in the bottom of the ninth. This was after Kala’i Rosario delivered a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth that closed the score to 7-6 with just one out.
    LaRon Smith got the Twins on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run blast, his fourth of the season. Alexander Pena delivered a two-run double in the seventh that made the score 7-4. Smith (2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB), Pena (2-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K), and Rubel Cespedes (2-for-2, 2 R, BB, SB) each collected two hits on the game.
    Lewis Thorpe was sent to the FCL Twins on a rehab assignment and started this one. He finished 2 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out three. Wilker Reyes surrendered the bulk of the damage in his 3 1/3 innings, being charged with five runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out three and recovered from the initial barrage to hold the Orioles scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings. Ramon Pineda delivered a scoreless seventh inning, and Samuel Perez finished the game for the Twins with a pair of one-two-three innings, including three K’s in the eighth.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day – Sawyer Gipson-Long, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (W, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 9 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Spencer Steer, Wichita Wind Surge (5-for-6, 4 R, 3 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Please take note that we have finished our midseason update, so there is a new list! Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason 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) – 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B
    #6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 1-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI
    #7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – 0-for-2, K
    #8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – Did not play
    #10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, K
    #11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch
    #13 – Cole Sands Cole Sands (Wichita) – 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K
    #14 – Brent Rooker (Minnesota) – 3-for-4, R, 2B
    #15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 1-for-4, RBI
    #16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 5-for-6, 4 R, 3 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, K
    #17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-4, 2 K
    #18 – Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A (foot injury)
    #19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
    #20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 6 K
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Indianapolis @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – LHP Charlie Barnes (5-3, 4.02 ERA)
    Wichita @ NW Arkansas (7:05PM CST) – RHP Austin Schulfer (2-7, 4.28 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (7:05PM CST) – RHP Jon Olsen (1-3, 3.40 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Clearwater (11:00AM CST) – LHP Brent Headrick (3-4, 3.44 ERA)
     
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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    To find out just how good Jordan Balazovic was, and how the rest of the Minnesota Twins affiliates managed their comebacks on Tuesday, keep reading!

    TRANSACTIONS
    The Minnesota Twins returned Griffin Jax back to St. Paul and assigned outfielders Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Garlick to the Saints on a rehab assignments. With the Kernels OF Matt Wallner was activated from the injured list and served as the DH, batting third in the lineup. RHP Landon Leach was assigned to Fort Myers from the FCL Twins. The Twins have signed RHP Eiker Huizi to a minor league contract. He had signed with the Mets in 2017 and spent two seasons pitching in the DSL. The Mets released him in October of 2020. The Venezuela native is 20 years old. 
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 6, Omaha 4
    Box Score

    The Saints and Storm Chasers had an early tilt, and it was a good one that was sent to extra innings to kick off this week’s six-game series.

    Chandler Shepherd got the start for St. Paul and went five solid innings, allowing only one run on six hits and two walks while punching out six. Omaha got to reliever Yennier Cano in his two innings. He allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out three. Kyle Barraclough delivered a scoreless eighth inning. He walked the first two batters of the ninth inning, but Andrew Vasquez came on and gave the Saints lineup the chance they were looking for. He got a fielder's choice, a strikeout and a ground out to send the game to extra innings. 

    Down 4-3 with two outs in the ninth, Drew Maggi stepped to the plate and was not going to let his team lose. He clubbed his 10th home run of the season to tie the game at four and send it to extra innings.
    After Vasquez held the home team in check with a scoreless ninth, Jose Miranda was quick to give St. Paul the lead with a one-out double in the tenth to score the extra runner. The rehabbing Kyle Garlick added an RBI single later in the inning to give the Saints the 6-4 lead.

    Ian Hamilton shut down the Storm Chasers in the bottom half, walking one and striking out two in the process of recording his second save.

    In the top of the first inning, Rob Refsnyder, also rehabbing with the Saints, hit a home run to right center. Jose Miranda (2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K) and Jake Cave (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K) had multiple hits.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 4, Arkansas 1
    Box Score

    On the mound for Wichita on Tuesday was top pitching prospect Jordan Balazovic who was carrying a three-start and 18 2/3 inning scoreless streak into the game. He was also named the AA-Central Pitcher of the Week after a seven inning, one hit and 11 K outing in his last start.

    You could say he is locked in at this point.

    Balazovic extended his scoreless streak to 25 2/3 innings with another fantastic outing, picking up his third win of the season. He was efficient and dominant again, throwing 89 pitches, 63 for strikes (70.8%) to complete another seven inning, no-run start. He allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out six Arkansas hitters. During his streak, he has allowed just 10 hits and four walks and has racked up 30 strikeouts. It should not be long until he is pitching with the St. Paul Saints.

    His offense, and specifically Trey Cabbage, gave him more than enough run support in building a 4-0 lead heading to the ninth. Cabbage did most of that damage with an RBI double in the third inning, and then insurance in the eighth with an absolutely mammoth two-run home run.
    The Arkansas broadcast remarked that it left his bat at 114 MPH and travelled 461 feet. “Goodness…” was an apt description, play-by-play guy.

    Reliever Zach Neff came on for the eighth inning and worked around a single and walk for a scoreless frame, but was not able to keep the Travelers off the board in the ninth. In his 1 1/3 innings Neff was charged with one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out one. Jordan Gore was summoned for the final two outs, and though he gave up a single that scored a run, got a strikeout and a long fly ball for the third out to pick up his first save with the Wind Surge.

    Roy Morales (3-for-5, 2B, 3B, RBI) and D.J. Burt (2-for-4, 2B, K) also collected multiple hits in the win.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Beloit 3, Cedar Rapids 4
    Box Score

    The Snappers and Kernels traded leads a few times throughout this one, but neither team was able to break through for a big inning.

    Tyler Beck made the start for Cedar Rapids and scattered eight hits over his five innings, allowing just two runs along with striking out seven. Derek Molina (2 IP, H, 4 K), Melvi Acosta (1 1/3 IP, H, R, 3 K), and Zach Featherstone combined for four innings of one run ball, striking out nine and walking none.

    That was enough to keep the Kernels in the driver’s seat after the Snappers tied it at three in the top of the ninth. They took little time to end it in the bottom half, as Jair Camargo led off the inning with a bunt single, then Michael Helman drove in pinch runner Daniel Ozoria all the way from first with a walk-off double.
    Helman said humbly after the game that he just wanted to move the runner along. "I got the opportunity to at least try to move the runner and put a guy in scoring position. It somehow kept the ball fair down the line. Luckily Ozoria is fast." 
    Matt Wallner made his return from the injured list as the designated hitter. In his second at-bat he clubbed his fifth home run of the season (has played only 18 games). Camargo finished 2-for-4 with his 13th home run and two RBI. DeShawn Keirsey collected his third triple of the year and stole two bases.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Daytona 7, Fort Myers 8
    Box Score

    The Mighty Mussels fell behind 7-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but with some help from the Tortugas bullpen and on brand for Twins affiliates on the day, were able to come all the way back and steal this one on Tuesday night.

    Aaron Rozek made the start for Fort Myers and went seven innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits but also struck out eight batters. Carlos Suniaga came on in relief and after two strikeouts, gave up a single and a home run that made any comeback seem that much more improbable for the home team.

    Then the back end of the Daytona Bullpen happened.

    The bottom of the eighth went groundout, walk, walk, hit batter, walk, pitching change, walk, single, passed ball, walk, walk and before you knew it, six runs had crossed the plate for Fort Myers, and they had taken the lead 8-7.

    Warming up quickly, closer Denny Bentley slammed the door shut on the Tortugas with a one-two-three ninth inning on just eight pitches, including a three-pitch strikeout to end the game with authority. He picked up his seventh save of the season.

    Misael Urbina went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI out of the leadoff spot. The Mighty Mussels had just three other hits as a team, but were able to take advantage of a bulk of their 12 walks in that eighth inning. Jeferson Morales, Aaron Sabato, and Ruben Santana each drew three of those walks.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 5, FCL Rays 7
    Box Score

    The Twins fell behind early in this one but came back and took the lead 5-3 after the top of the sixth inning behind home runs from LaRon Smith and Malfrin Sosa.

    Luis Baez (2-for-5, R, 2B, K, SB) and Alexander Pena (2-for-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 K) collected half of the Twins eight hits. Kala’I Rosario added an RBI double.

    Sean Gilmartin started the game and pitched two innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out four. Wilker Reyes went the next four innings, and gave up one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Cole Bellair was saddled with the blown save and loss after surrendering three runs on four hits in the final two innings, though he did strike out five.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Jordan Balazovic, Wichita Wind Surge (W, 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Trey Cabbage, Wichita Wind Surge (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, K)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Take note that we have finished our midseason update, so there is a new list! Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason 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) – W, 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K
    #4 – Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #5 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) – 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K
    #6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – Did not play
    #7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – 0-for-3, BB, K
    #8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 0-for-2, RBI, 3 BB, K
    #10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-2, R, HR, RBI, BB
    #11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K
    #13 – Cole Sands Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #14 – Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 0-for-4, BB, 3 K
    #15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI, K
    #16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 0-for-5, 2 K
    #17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-4
    #18 – Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A (foot injury)
    #19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
    #20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Omaha (7:05PM CST) – RHP Josh Winder (1-0, 3.75 ERA)
    Wichita @ Arkansas (7:10PM CST) – RHP Cole Sands (0-0, 2.67 ERA)
    Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Louie Varland (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    Daytona @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (4-3, 5.36 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from operation mindcrime for an article, Twins Minor League Report (7/20): Balazovic Extends Scoreless Streak   
    To find out just how good Jordan Balazovic was, and how the rest of the Minnesota Twins affiliates managed their comebacks on Tuesday, keep reading!

    TRANSACTIONS
    The Minnesota Twins returned Griffin Jax back to St. Paul and assigned outfielders Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Garlick to the Saints on a rehab assignments. With the Kernels OF Matt Wallner was activated from the injured list and served as the DH, batting third in the lineup. RHP Landon Leach was assigned to Fort Myers from the FCL Twins. The Twins have signed RHP Eiker Huizi to a minor league contract. He had signed with the Mets in 2017 and spent two seasons pitching in the DSL. The Mets released him in October of 2020. The Venezuela native is 20 years old. 
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 6, Omaha 4
    Box Score

    The Saints and Storm Chasers had an early tilt, and it was a good one that was sent to extra innings to kick off this week’s six-game series.

    Chandler Shepherd got the start for St. Paul and went five solid innings, allowing only one run on six hits and two walks while punching out six. Omaha got to reliever Yennier Cano in his two innings. He allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out three. Kyle Barraclough delivered a scoreless eighth inning. He walked the first two batters of the ninth inning, but Andrew Vasquez came on and gave the Saints lineup the chance they were looking for. He got a fielder's choice, a strikeout and a ground out to send the game to extra innings. 

    Down 4-3 with two outs in the ninth, Drew Maggi stepped to the plate and was not going to let his team lose. He clubbed his 10th home run of the season to tie the game at four and send it to extra innings.
    After Vasquez held the home team in check with a scoreless ninth, Jose Miranda was quick to give St. Paul the lead with a one-out double in the tenth to score the extra runner. The rehabbing Kyle Garlick added an RBI single later in the inning to give the Saints the 6-4 lead.

    Ian Hamilton shut down the Storm Chasers in the bottom half, walking one and striking out two in the process of recording his second save.

    In the top of the first inning, Rob Refsnyder, also rehabbing with the Saints, hit a home run to right center. Jose Miranda (2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K) and Jake Cave (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K) had multiple hits.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 4, Arkansas 1
    Box Score

    On the mound for Wichita on Tuesday was top pitching prospect Jordan Balazovic who was carrying a three-start and 18 2/3 inning scoreless streak into the game. He was also named the AA-Central Pitcher of the Week after a seven inning, one hit and 11 K outing in his last start.

    You could say he is locked in at this point.

    Balazovic extended his scoreless streak to 25 2/3 innings with another fantastic outing, picking up his third win of the season. He was efficient and dominant again, throwing 89 pitches, 63 for strikes (70.8%) to complete another seven inning, no-run start. He allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out six Arkansas hitters. During his streak, he has allowed just 10 hits and four walks and has racked up 30 strikeouts. It should not be long until he is pitching with the St. Paul Saints.

    His offense, and specifically Trey Cabbage, gave him more than enough run support in building a 4-0 lead heading to the ninth. Cabbage did most of that damage with an RBI double in the third inning, and then insurance in the eighth with an absolutely mammoth two-run home run.
    The Arkansas broadcast remarked that it left his bat at 114 MPH and travelled 461 feet. “Goodness…” was an apt description, play-by-play guy.

    Reliever Zach Neff came on for the eighth inning and worked around a single and walk for a scoreless frame, but was not able to keep the Travelers off the board in the ninth. In his 1 1/3 innings Neff was charged with one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out one. Jordan Gore was summoned for the final two outs, and though he gave up a single that scored a run, got a strikeout and a long fly ball for the third out to pick up his first save with the Wind Surge.

    Roy Morales (3-for-5, 2B, 3B, RBI) and D.J. Burt (2-for-4, 2B, K) also collected multiple hits in the win.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Beloit 3, Cedar Rapids 4
    Box Score

    The Snappers and Kernels traded leads a few times throughout this one, but neither team was able to break through for a big inning.

    Tyler Beck made the start for Cedar Rapids and scattered eight hits over his five innings, allowing just two runs along with striking out seven. Derek Molina (2 IP, H, 4 K), Melvi Acosta (1 1/3 IP, H, R, 3 K), and Zach Featherstone combined for four innings of one run ball, striking out nine and walking none.

    That was enough to keep the Kernels in the driver’s seat after the Snappers tied it at three in the top of the ninth. They took little time to end it in the bottom half, as Jair Camargo led off the inning with a bunt single, then Michael Helman drove in pinch runner Daniel Ozoria all the way from first with a walk-off double.
    Helman said humbly after the game that he just wanted to move the runner along. "I got the opportunity to at least try to move the runner and put a guy in scoring position. It somehow kept the ball fair down the line. Luckily Ozoria is fast." 
    Matt Wallner made his return from the injured list as the designated hitter. In his second at-bat he clubbed his fifth home run of the season (has played only 18 games). Camargo finished 2-for-4 with his 13th home run and two RBI. DeShawn Keirsey collected his third triple of the year and stole two bases.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Daytona 7, Fort Myers 8
    Box Score

    The Mighty Mussels fell behind 7-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but with some help from the Tortugas bullpen and on brand for Twins affiliates on the day, were able to come all the way back and steal this one on Tuesday night.

    Aaron Rozek made the start for Fort Myers and went seven innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits but also struck out eight batters. Carlos Suniaga came on in relief and after two strikeouts, gave up a single and a home run that made any comeback seem that much more improbable for the home team.

    Then the back end of the Daytona Bullpen happened.

    The bottom of the eighth went groundout, walk, walk, hit batter, walk, pitching change, walk, single, passed ball, walk, walk and before you knew it, six runs had crossed the plate for Fort Myers, and they had taken the lead 8-7.

    Warming up quickly, closer Denny Bentley slammed the door shut on the Tortugas with a one-two-three ninth inning on just eight pitches, including a three-pitch strikeout to end the game with authority. He picked up his seventh save of the season.

    Misael Urbina went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI out of the leadoff spot. The Mighty Mussels had just three other hits as a team, but were able to take advantage of a bulk of their 12 walks in that eighth inning. Jeferson Morales, Aaron Sabato, and Ruben Santana each drew three of those walks.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 5, FCL Rays 7
    Box Score

    The Twins fell behind early in this one but came back and took the lead 5-3 after the top of the sixth inning behind home runs from LaRon Smith and Malfrin Sosa.

    Luis Baez (2-for-5, R, 2B, K, SB) and Alexander Pena (2-for-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 K) collected half of the Twins eight hits. Kala’I Rosario added an RBI double.

    Sean Gilmartin started the game and pitched two innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out four. Wilker Reyes went the next four innings, and gave up one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Cole Bellair was saddled with the blown save and loss after surrendering three runs on four hits in the final two innings, though he did strike out five.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Jordan Balazovic, Wichita Wind Surge (W, 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Trey Cabbage, Wichita Wind Surge (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, K)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Take note that we have finished our midseason update, so there is a new list! Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason 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) – W, 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K
    #4 – Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #5 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) – 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K
    #6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – Did not play
    #7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – 0-for-3, BB, K
    #8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 0-for-2, RBI, 3 BB, K
    #10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-2, R, HR, RBI, BB
    #11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K
    #13 – Cole Sands Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #14 – Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 0-for-4, BB, 3 K
    #15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI, K
    #16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 0-for-5, 2 K
    #17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-4
    #18 – Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A (foot injury)
    #19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
    #20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Omaha (7:05PM CST) – RHP Josh Winder (1-0, 3.75 ERA)
    Wichita @ Arkansas (7:10PM CST) – RHP Cole Sands (0-0, 2.67 ERA)
    Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Louie Varland (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    Daytona @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (4-3, 5.36 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from glunn for an article, Twins Minor League Report (7/20): Balazovic Extends Scoreless Streak   
    To find out just how good Jordan Balazovic was, and how the rest of the Minnesota Twins affiliates managed their comebacks on Tuesday, keep reading!

    TRANSACTIONS
    The Minnesota Twins returned Griffin Jax back to St. Paul and assigned outfielders Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Garlick to the Saints on a rehab assignments. With the Kernels OF Matt Wallner was activated from the injured list and served as the DH, batting third in the lineup. RHP Landon Leach was assigned to Fort Myers from the FCL Twins. The Twins have signed RHP Eiker Huizi to a minor league contract. He had signed with the Mets in 2017 and spent two seasons pitching in the DSL. The Mets released him in October of 2020. The Venezuela native is 20 years old. 
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 6, Omaha 4
    Box Score

    The Saints and Storm Chasers had an early tilt, and it was a good one that was sent to extra innings to kick off this week’s six-game series.

    Chandler Shepherd got the start for St. Paul and went five solid innings, allowing only one run on six hits and two walks while punching out six. Omaha got to reliever Yennier Cano in his two innings. He allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out three. Kyle Barraclough delivered a scoreless eighth inning. He walked the first two batters of the ninth inning, but Andrew Vasquez came on and gave the Saints lineup the chance they were looking for. He got a fielder's choice, a strikeout and a ground out to send the game to extra innings. 

    Down 4-3 with two outs in the ninth, Drew Maggi stepped to the plate and was not going to let his team lose. He clubbed his 10th home run of the season to tie the game at four and send it to extra innings.
    After Vasquez held the home team in check with a scoreless ninth, Jose Miranda was quick to give St. Paul the lead with a one-out double in the tenth to score the extra runner. The rehabbing Kyle Garlick added an RBI single later in the inning to give the Saints the 6-4 lead.

    Ian Hamilton shut down the Storm Chasers in the bottom half, walking one and striking out two in the process of recording his second save.

    In the top of the first inning, Rob Refsnyder, also rehabbing with the Saints, hit a home run to right center. Jose Miranda (2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K) and Jake Cave (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K) had multiple hits.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 4, Arkansas 1
    Box Score

    On the mound for Wichita on Tuesday was top pitching prospect Jordan Balazovic who was carrying a three-start and 18 2/3 inning scoreless streak into the game. He was also named the AA-Central Pitcher of the Week after a seven inning, one hit and 11 K outing in his last start.

    You could say he is locked in at this point.

    Balazovic extended his scoreless streak to 25 2/3 innings with another fantastic outing, picking up his third win of the season. He was efficient and dominant again, throwing 89 pitches, 63 for strikes (70.8%) to complete another seven inning, no-run start. He allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out six Arkansas hitters. During his streak, he has allowed just 10 hits and four walks and has racked up 30 strikeouts. It should not be long until he is pitching with the St. Paul Saints.

    His offense, and specifically Trey Cabbage, gave him more than enough run support in building a 4-0 lead heading to the ninth. Cabbage did most of that damage with an RBI double in the third inning, and then insurance in the eighth with an absolutely mammoth two-run home run.
    The Arkansas broadcast remarked that it left his bat at 114 MPH and travelled 461 feet. “Goodness…” was an apt description, play-by-play guy.

    Reliever Zach Neff came on for the eighth inning and worked around a single and walk for a scoreless frame, but was not able to keep the Travelers off the board in the ninth. In his 1 1/3 innings Neff was charged with one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out one. Jordan Gore was summoned for the final two outs, and though he gave up a single that scored a run, got a strikeout and a long fly ball for the third out to pick up his first save with the Wind Surge.

    Roy Morales (3-for-5, 2B, 3B, RBI) and D.J. Burt (2-for-4, 2B, K) also collected multiple hits in the win.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Beloit 3, Cedar Rapids 4
    Box Score

    The Snappers and Kernels traded leads a few times throughout this one, but neither team was able to break through for a big inning.

    Tyler Beck made the start for Cedar Rapids and scattered eight hits over his five innings, allowing just two runs along with striking out seven. Derek Molina (2 IP, H, 4 K), Melvi Acosta (1 1/3 IP, H, R, 3 K), and Zach Featherstone combined for four innings of one run ball, striking out nine and walking none.

    That was enough to keep the Kernels in the driver’s seat after the Snappers tied it at three in the top of the ninth. They took little time to end it in the bottom half, as Jair Camargo led off the inning with a bunt single, then Michael Helman drove in pinch runner Daniel Ozoria all the way from first with a walk-off double.
    Helman said humbly after the game that he just wanted to move the runner along. "I got the opportunity to at least try to move the runner and put a guy in scoring position. It somehow kept the ball fair down the line. Luckily Ozoria is fast." 
    Matt Wallner made his return from the injured list as the designated hitter. In his second at-bat he clubbed his fifth home run of the season (has played only 18 games). Camargo finished 2-for-4 with his 13th home run and two RBI. DeShawn Keirsey collected his third triple of the year and stole two bases.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Daytona 7, Fort Myers 8
    Box Score

    The Mighty Mussels fell behind 7-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but with some help from the Tortugas bullpen and on brand for Twins affiliates on the day, were able to come all the way back and steal this one on Tuesday night.

    Aaron Rozek made the start for Fort Myers and went seven innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits but also struck out eight batters. Carlos Suniaga came on in relief and after two strikeouts, gave up a single and a home run that made any comeback seem that much more improbable for the home team.

    Then the back end of the Daytona Bullpen happened.

    The bottom of the eighth went groundout, walk, walk, hit batter, walk, pitching change, walk, single, passed ball, walk, walk and before you knew it, six runs had crossed the plate for Fort Myers, and they had taken the lead 8-7.

    Warming up quickly, closer Denny Bentley slammed the door shut on the Tortugas with a one-two-three ninth inning on just eight pitches, including a three-pitch strikeout to end the game with authority. He picked up his seventh save of the season.

    Misael Urbina went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI out of the leadoff spot. The Mighty Mussels had just three other hits as a team, but were able to take advantage of a bulk of their 12 walks in that eighth inning. Jeferson Morales, Aaron Sabato, and Ruben Santana each drew three of those walks.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 5, FCL Rays 7
    Box Score

    The Twins fell behind early in this one but came back and took the lead 5-3 after the top of the sixth inning behind home runs from LaRon Smith and Malfrin Sosa.

    Luis Baez (2-for-5, R, 2B, K, SB) and Alexander Pena (2-for-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 K) collected half of the Twins eight hits. Kala’I Rosario added an RBI double.

    Sean Gilmartin started the game and pitched two innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out four. Wilker Reyes went the next four innings, and gave up one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Cole Bellair was saddled with the blown save and loss after surrendering three runs on four hits in the final two innings, though he did strike out five.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Jordan Balazovic, Wichita Wind Surge (W, 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Trey Cabbage, Wichita Wind Surge (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, K)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Take note that we have finished our midseason update, so there is a new list! Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason 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) – W, 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K
    #4 – Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #5 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) – 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K
    #6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – Did not play
    #7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – 0-for-3, BB, K
    #8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 0-for-2, RBI, 3 BB, K
    #10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-2, R, HR, RBI, BB
    #11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K
    #13 – Cole Sands Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #14 – Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 0-for-4, BB, 3 K
    #15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI, K
    #16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 0-for-5, 2 K
    #17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-4
    #18 – Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A (foot injury)
    #19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
    #20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Omaha (7:05PM CST) – RHP Josh Winder (1-0, 3.75 ERA)
    Wichita @ Arkansas (7:10PM CST) – RHP Cole Sands (0-0, 2.67 ERA)
    Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Louie Varland (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    Daytona @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (4-3, 5.36 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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    To find out who hit all those home runs in St. Paul, how the big innings all went down, and who was responsible for that no-hitter in the FCL, keep reading! 

    TRANSACTIONS
    Catcher Mitch Garver was sent on a rehab assignment to the St. Paul Saints. Good to see him back on the field after his freaky injury. Jake Cave was also activated for a rehab assignment with the Saints. LHP Kody Funderburk and RHP Jordan Gore were promoted from Cedar Rapids to Wichita. LHP Aaron Rozek was assigned to the Mighty Mussels from the Wind Surge, and RHP Jason Garcia was placed on the 7-day injured list. Taking the place of the departing pitchers from Cedar Rapids were RHP Osiris German and RHP Louie Varland from Fort Myers. In addition to Rozek the Mighty Mussels also were assigned RHP Orlando Rodriguez.
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    Columbus 1, St. Paul 19
    Box Score

    With Jake Cave, Mitch Garver, Brent Rooker, and Willians Astudillo in the lineup for the Saints on Tuesday, this one played out just like you might expect when putting a lineup of major leaguers out against one of minor leaguers.

    St. Paul bludgeoned Columbus pitching early with three runs in the first then four more in the third before exploding for 10 runs in the fourth. When they needed a hit, they got them, and big ones in bunches too. Cave led off the game with a homer and Rooker hit another blast in the first. Rooker and Mark Contreras each went yard in the third. Then Rooker again, and Jose Miranda took one out of the park in the big fourth inning.
    The lineup got multiple hits from Miranda (2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K), Rooker (4-for-6, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 K), Contreras (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K), and JT Riddle (2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI). Cave and Rooker each scored four runs. As a team St. Paul was 9-for-13 (.692) with runners in scoring position and left only five men on base. In addition to their 14 hits and six walks, five hitters were hit by pitches leading to their runs outpacing hits for the game.

    Righthander Griffin Jax took the mound for the Saints and went the first five innings, working efficiently. He allowed one run (solo homer) on three hits. He did not walk or strike out a batter, and threw just 63 pitches with 40 going for strikes (63.5%). Reliever Juan Minaya came on for the sixth inning and finished the next three scoreless innings. He allowed three hits, one walk, and struck out four. Joe Harvey finished off the game with a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit and punching out two.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Tulsa 7, Wichita 2
    Box Score

    Wichita got on the board first in this one when Trey Cabbage clubbed his third home run of the season, a two run-shot in the second inning. But that was all the offense they would muster on the night as the lineup managed just two other hits on the game.
    They had only one at-bat with a runner in scoring position and left only two men on base for the game. There is not much you can if you never have the opportunities.

    Righthander Austin Schulfer got the start for the Wind Surge and went five solid innings. He allowed three earned runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out six.

    Jovani Moran went the next 1 2/3 and was not his usual knife through butter self, being charged with one run on one hit and three walks, though he still did strike out four. Zach Neff came on gave up three runs of his own in 1+ innings. He allowed four hits and struck out one. Jhonleider Salinas finished the game off for the Wind Surge with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out two.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 8, South Bend 5
    Box Score

    The Kernels too, got on the board early and then often in a single inning on Tuesday as they put up three runs in the first then a five-spot in the fourth that put them ahead 8-1 at the time. The three runs in the first came courtesy of Seth Gray’s seventh home run of the season.

    The lineup got multiple hits from Gray (3-for-6, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, K), Wander Javier (2-for-5, R, 2B, BB, 2 K), and Edouard Julien (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K). Julien’s 2-RBI single in the fourth inning capped the scoring for Cedar Rapids and he continues to lead the minors in walks while sporting a .475 on-base percentage across two levels.
    The eight runs were more than enough to pick up the win as the pitching staff held strong enough as South Bend attempted a comeback. Starter Cody Laweryson went the first four innings for the Kernels, allowing a single earned run on three hits and two walks while punching out six. Tyler Palm allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in his single inning. Ryan Shreve was credited the win after his two innings where he allowed one run on two hits and struck out two. Zach Featherstone pitched the final two innings, allowing a run of his own on one hit and two walks while striking out three.

    The Kernels improved to 35-26 on the year and are firmly in second place of the Midwest League West Division.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Jupiter 10, Fort Myers 12
    Box Score

    Fort Myers jumped out to a beg early lead after an eight run second inning, but struggled to keep that lead for the rest of the game and it turned into a back-and-forth contest late.

    Willie Joe Garry Jr. got the scoring started in the second with a two-RBI single. Misael Urbina followed two batters later with a grand slam that made it 6-1. A Jeferson Morales double and Jesus Feliz single would plate the other two runs in the frame.

    Starter Brent Headrick went four innings in total, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six. Matthew Swain came out for the fifth inning but was not able to get out of it before being charged with four runs on three walks. He struck out one. With two in the fifth Carlos Suniaga was summoned and went the next 2 1/3 scoreless innings, keeping the Mighty Mussels within one going into the bottom of the seventh.

    They were able to tie it at nine thanks to an RBI single off the bat of Ruben Santana, but gave it right back in the top of the eighth.

    Righthander Bradley Hanner came into the game and gave up consecutive single to start the inning, that resulted in a run as the first hitter stole second and reached third on a throwing error.

    Now down 10-9, Fort Myers would not give up. Yunior Severino delivered an RBI sac fly in the bottom of the eighth after Aaron Sabato reached base on an error and moved to third on a double from Morales. Feliz then put them up by one with an RBI single and executed a double steal with Justin Washington for another run to make it 12-10 in favor of the home team.

    Back out front for the top of the ninth, the Mighty Mussels brought on Denny Bentley to close out the win. A one out walk and single made it a little interesting, but Bentley buckled down and struck out the final two hitters (and all three outs in the inning) to end the game and pick up his fifth save.

    In addition to Morales and Feliz, Washington (2-for-4, R, 3B, K, SB) and Santana (2-for-2, R, RBI, 3 BB, SB) also multiple hits on the game.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    Game 1:  FCL Braves 5, FCL Twins 1
    Box Score

    The FCL Twins played a doubleheader with their Atlanta Braves counterpart on Tuesday afternoon, and they each picked up a victory.

    In game one the Twins were outhit 8-5 and were not able to mount any rallies in losing 5-1.

    Alexander Pena led the way with a 2-for-3 effort including a double. Kala’I Rosario picked up the only RBI.

    Starter John Stankiewicz went the first two innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while recording all of his outs via the strikeout (six total). Wilker Reyes went the next four innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks. Cole Bellair finished the game with an unearned run on two walks in the seventh, striking out one.

    Game 2:  FCL Twins 8, FCL Braves 0
    Box Score

    The Twins got back at the Braves in game two behind a no-hitter from their starting pitcher. The caveat here is even in the normally shortened 7-inning game of a doubleheader, only 5+ innings were completed in this one as lightning moved into the area.

    The Twins scored two in the first and six in the second to account for all their runs. Rosario had two more RBI in this one thanks to a double. Catcher LaRon Smith had three RBI and his second home run of the season. Pena (2-for-4, R, RBI) and Miguel Vallejo (2-for-2, R, 2 2B) had multiple hits. As a team they were 7-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left just six on base for the game.

    Pitcher Giovahniey German went five innings and walked just two while striking out four. Quite a performance for the 20-year-old in just his third game pitching in the states! Goes down as a no-hitter in the scorebook no matter who is reading it, congratulations!  (Reliever Zach Goree was meant to start the sixth inning before the game was called)

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Giovahniey German, FCL Twins (5 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Brent Rooker, St. Paul Saints (4-for-6, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 K)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Take note that we have finished our midseason update, so there is a new list! Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason 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) – 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K
    #6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 1-for-2, R
    #7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – All Star Break
    #8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 1-for-4, R, BB
    #10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (wrist sprain)
    #11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – All Star Break
    #13 – Cole Sands Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #14 – Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 4-for-6, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 K
    #15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 1-for-5, R, GS HR, 4 RBI, BB, K
    #16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 0-for-4, 3 K
    #17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 2-for-5, R, 2B, BB, 2 K
    #18 – Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A (foot injury)
    #19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
    #20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Columbus @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – TBD
    Tulsa @ Wichita (12:05PM CST) – TBD
    Cedar Rapids @ South Bend (6:05PM CST) – RHP Tyler Beck (1-1, 1.93 ERA)
    Jupiter @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (4-2, 5.89 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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