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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!
     
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    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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    Steve Lein got a reaction from DocBauer 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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    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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    Steve Lein got a reaction from nicksaviking for an article, Twins Minor League Report (7/13): Rooker Smashes! And a Rookie League No-Hitter*   
    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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    Steve Lein got a reaction from nclahammer for an article, Twins Minor League Report (7/13): Rooker Smashes! And a Rookie League No-Hitter*   
    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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    Steve Lein got a reaction from In My La Z boy for an article, Twins Minor League Report (7/13): Rooker Smashes! And a Rookie League No-Hitter*   
    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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    Steve Lein got a reaction from Dman for an article, Twins Minor League Report (7/13): Rooker Smashes! And a Rookie League No-Hitter*   
    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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    Steve Lein got a reaction from operation mindcrime for an article, Twins Minor League Report (7/13): Rooker Smashes! And a Rookie League No-Hitter*   
    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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    To find out who hit all those home runs and how the rest of your favorite Twins prospects competed on Tuesday night, keep reading!

    TRANSACTIONS

    The only transactions in the system on Tuesday were at the lower levels and consisted of:
    3B Wander Valdez being assigned to the FCL Twins. SS Jesus Feliz being assigned to Fort Myers in a corresponding move. Then SS Keoni Cavaco was activated from the injured list and returned to action for the Mighty Mussels. Finally, Wichita infielder Peter Mooney decided to hang up the spikes and retire from baseball. 
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 11, Iowa 1
    Box Score

    The Saints blew this game open with a big sixth inning where they were handed a few extra outs. But Mark Contreras and Jimmy Kerrigan also hit back-to-back home runs in the inning to get it started. Contreras’ was a two-run shot after Willians Astudillo led off the inning with a single.

    The offense also added single runs in the third courtesy of a Keon Broxton homer (his third in his last four games) and in the fifth on an RBI single from JT Riddle. They tacked on three more in the eighth when Brent Rooker clubbed a two-RBI single off the top of the wall and Astudillo followed with an RBI groundout to make it 11-0.

    St. Paul also got a fantastic start from lefty Andrew Albers. He went six innings and scattered six hits and one walk. He allowed zero runs and struck out six. Ian Gibaut pitched a scoreless seventh, working around a couple of two-out baserunners. He allowed a hit, walk, and struck out two. Robinson Leyer pitched allowed a hit and walk in a scoreless eighth, striking out two. Joe Harvey finished the game for the Saints, allowing one run on a hit and three walks. He also struck out two.

    Drew Maggi (2-for-6, R, 2 RBI, K), Astudillo (2-for-5, R, RBI), and Contreras (2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K) each had multiple hits. The lineup got RBIs from seven of the hitters in their lineup on the game.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    NW Arkansas 10, Wichita 9 (10 innings)
    Box Score

    This one got interesting in the late innings as the Wind Surge and Naturals went back and forth with big hits to push this one to extra innings.

    Spencer Steer led off the game with his fourth home run for Cedar Rapids and 14th on the season. This made the score 3-1 and it would remain that way until the sixth.

    Wichita starter Bryan Sammons got roughed up for three runs in the first inning, but settled in well after that to finish five total frames without allowing any more. He surrendered three hits, walked two, and struck out two. NW Arkansas extended their lead to 5-1 in the top of the sixth against reliever Jhonleider Salinas who allowed three hits including two doubles.

    The Wind Surge closed the gap to 5-4 in the bottom half of the sixth as Trey Cabbage clobbered a three-run home run, then in the seventh Andrew Bechtold tied the game at five with a solo home run of his own.

    Onto the seventh reliever Calvin Faucher came on and worked around a walk to deliver a scoreless inning, but walked the first three batters of the eighth before Zach Neff was summoned to clean up the mess. A very tough assignment, but Neff had been nails in those situations so far on the season.

    Of course, I am alluding to the fact that streak did not continue. All three inherited runners came in to score and were charged to Faucher before Neff got out of the inning with Wichita now down 8-5. In the ninth Neff delivered a one-two-three inning and in between big blasts from the offense closed the gap for Wichita.

    It was Aaron Whitefield in the eighth who delivered a two-run home run after making an incredible catch in center field the prior half of the inning. Then in the ninth, Bechtold came through with his second home run of the game to tie it and send it to extras.

    With the extra runner starting on second base, Neff was back out for the tenth, but left a pitch up to the leadoff man and he cashed it in with a two-run homer that made it 10-8. He would retire the next three hitters and pitched a total of three innings, being charged with two runs (one earned) on one hit while striking out three.

    The Wind Surge were able to get the extra runner across in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a single from Roy Morales, but with Bechtold in the box looking to have an epic night, he went down looking on a pitch he knew he misjudged.

    Wichita outhit the Naturals 14-7 and had five home runs on the game, but could not get the luck to fall their way in the end. In addition to all those homers, Jermaine Palacios also finished 4-5 and scored two runs.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Peoria 2, Cedar Rapids 10
    Box Score

    Cedar Rapids starter Ben Gross was solid in this one, finishing five innings to be in line for his third win of the season. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. He threw 70 pitches, with 50 of them going for strikes (71.4%).

    He finished his night in line for the win due to some big hits from his offense. Alex Isola crushed a three-run home run in the second and Jair Camargo followed with a three-run blast of his own in the fifth that made it 7-2.

    The Kernels offense padded the lead further in the sixth when Seth Gray drove in two with a single and Camargo another with a double to make it 10-2. That is where this one would end with Cedar Rapids outhitting Peoria 10-4 on the game. Isola (3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI), Gray (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, SB), and Camargo (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 K) did the bulk of the damage.

    On the relief pitching front, Ryan Shreve was called upon to pitch the middle innings and delivered a one-two-three inning in the sixth and scoreless seventh. He allowed one hit and struck out one. Owen Griffith finished the game with two perfect innings, striking out three in the process.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 6, St. Lucie 8
    Box Score

    The Mighty Mussels and Mets traded blows in the early innings, with Fort Myers’ Will Holland answering St. Lucie’s run in the first with a solo home run in the top of the second. In the third inning the Mighty Mussels scored on a double steal and two-run home run off the bat of Yunior Severino accounting to give themselves a 4-1 lead. Then in the fourth, starter Denny Bentley was replaced with Bradley Hanner after allowing two batters to reach base. He walked all three hitters he faced, score two runs and leaving him responsible for the loaded bases. Juan Pichardo came on and walked another batter tying the game at four, but was able to coax a double play out of the next hitter to end the threat.

    In total Bentley pitched 3 1/3 innings allowing three runs on two hits and four walks along with striking out five. Pichardo pitched two total innings, running into trouble in the sixth. He was charged with four runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two.

    Carlos Suniaga came on in the middle of the sixth and got two quick outs to end any further threat with St. Lucie now leading Fort Myers 8-4. He would finish the game with 2 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out four.

    Fort Myers closed the game to 8-6 in the eight on a single from Misael Urbina that scored two but were unable to push any more across in the ninth.

    Holland (2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, K), Yunior Severino (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K), and Willie Joe Garry Jr. (2-for-3, R, BB, K, 4 SB) all had multiple hits. Garry Jr. stole home as part of the double steal in the third for the Mighty Mussels. Keoni Cavaco went 1-for-4 with a run scored, walk, and three strikeouts in his return to action.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Andrew Albers, St. Paul Saints (W, 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Jair Camargo, Cedar Rapids Kernels (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 4 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) – 1-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB
    #6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 1-for-4, R, BB, 3 K
    #7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – 0-for-2
    #8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 0-for-3, 2 BB, 2 K
    #10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (hamate bone surgery)
    #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 (St. Paul) – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, K
    #15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
    #16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI, BB, K
    #17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 0-for-5, 4 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

    St. Paul @ Iowa (6:38 PM CST) – RHP Josh Winder (4-0, 1.94 ERA)
    NW Arkansas @ Wichita (7:05PM CST) – RHP Chris Vallimont (2-3, 3.63 ERA)
    Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Cody Laweryson (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ St. Lucie (11:10AM CST) – LHP Brent Headrick (3-3, 2.81 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 (7/6): Blowout Blasts and Extra Inning Drama   
    To find out who hit all those home runs and how the rest of your favorite Twins prospects competed on Tuesday night, keep reading!

    TRANSACTIONS

    The only transactions in the system on Tuesday were at the lower levels and consisted of:
    3B Wander Valdez being assigned to the FCL Twins. SS Jesus Feliz being assigned to Fort Myers in a corresponding move. Then SS Keoni Cavaco was activated from the injured list and returned to action for the Mighty Mussels. Finally, Wichita infielder Peter Mooney decided to hang up the spikes and retire from baseball. 
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 11, Iowa 1
    Box Score

    The Saints blew this game open with a big sixth inning where they were handed a few extra outs. But Mark Contreras and Jimmy Kerrigan also hit back-to-back home runs in the inning to get it started. Contreras’ was a two-run shot after Willians Astudillo led off the inning with a single.

    The offense also added single runs in the third courtesy of a Keon Broxton homer (his third in his last four games) and in the fifth on an RBI single from JT Riddle. They tacked on three more in the eighth when Brent Rooker clubbed a two-RBI single off the top of the wall and Astudillo followed with an RBI groundout to make it 11-0.

    St. Paul also got a fantastic start from lefty Andrew Albers. He went six innings and scattered six hits and one walk. He allowed zero runs and struck out six. Ian Gibaut pitched a scoreless seventh, working around a couple of two-out baserunners. He allowed a hit, walk, and struck out two. Robinson Leyer pitched allowed a hit and walk in a scoreless eighth, striking out two. Joe Harvey finished the game for the Saints, allowing one run on a hit and three walks. He also struck out two.

    Drew Maggi (2-for-6, R, 2 RBI, K), Astudillo (2-for-5, R, RBI), and Contreras (2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K) each had multiple hits. The lineup got RBIs from seven of the hitters in their lineup on the game.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    NW Arkansas 10, Wichita 9 (10 innings)
    Box Score

    This one got interesting in the late innings as the Wind Surge and Naturals went back and forth with big hits to push this one to extra innings.

    Spencer Steer led off the game with his fourth home run for Cedar Rapids and 14th on the season. This made the score 3-1 and it would remain that way until the sixth.

    Wichita starter Bryan Sammons got roughed up for three runs in the first inning, but settled in well after that to finish five total frames without allowing any more. He surrendered three hits, walked two, and struck out two. NW Arkansas extended their lead to 5-1 in the top of the sixth against reliever Jhonleider Salinas who allowed three hits including two doubles.

    The Wind Surge closed the gap to 5-4 in the bottom half of the sixth as Trey Cabbage clobbered a three-run home run, then in the seventh Andrew Bechtold tied the game at five with a solo home run of his own.

    Onto the seventh reliever Calvin Faucher came on and worked around a walk to deliver a scoreless inning, but walked the first three batters of the eighth before Zach Neff was summoned to clean up the mess. A very tough assignment, but Neff had been nails in those situations so far on the season.

    Of course, I am alluding to the fact that streak did not continue. All three inherited runners came in to score and were charged to Faucher before Neff got out of the inning with Wichita now down 8-5. In the ninth Neff delivered a one-two-three inning and in between big blasts from the offense closed the gap for Wichita.

    It was Aaron Whitefield in the eighth who delivered a two-run home run after making an incredible catch in center field the prior half of the inning. Then in the ninth, Bechtold came through with his second home run of the game to tie it and send it to extras.

    With the extra runner starting on second base, Neff was back out for the tenth, but left a pitch up to the leadoff man and he cashed it in with a two-run homer that made it 10-8. He would retire the next three hitters and pitched a total of three innings, being charged with two runs (one earned) on one hit while striking out three.

    The Wind Surge were able to get the extra runner across in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a single from Roy Morales, but with Bechtold in the box looking to have an epic night, he went down looking on a pitch he knew he misjudged.

    Wichita outhit the Naturals 14-7 and had five home runs on the game, but could not get the luck to fall their way in the end. In addition to all those homers, Jermaine Palacios also finished 4-5 and scored two runs.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Peoria 2, Cedar Rapids 10
    Box Score

    Cedar Rapids starter Ben Gross was solid in this one, finishing five innings to be in line for his third win of the season. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. He threw 70 pitches, with 50 of them going for strikes (71.4%).

    He finished his night in line for the win due to some big hits from his offense. Alex Isola crushed a three-run home run in the second and Jair Camargo followed with a three-run blast of his own in the fifth that made it 7-2.

    The Kernels offense padded the lead further in the sixth when Seth Gray drove in two with a single and Camargo another with a double to make it 10-2. That is where this one would end with Cedar Rapids outhitting Peoria 10-4 on the game. Isola (3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI), Gray (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, SB), and Camargo (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 K) did the bulk of the damage.

    On the relief pitching front, Ryan Shreve was called upon to pitch the middle innings and delivered a one-two-three inning in the sixth and scoreless seventh. He allowed one hit and struck out one. Owen Griffith finished the game with two perfect innings, striking out three in the process.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 6, St. Lucie 8
    Box Score

    The Mighty Mussels and Mets traded blows in the early innings, with Fort Myers’ Will Holland answering St. Lucie’s run in the first with a solo home run in the top of the second. In the third inning the Mighty Mussels scored on a double steal and two-run home run off the bat of Yunior Severino accounting to give themselves a 4-1 lead. Then in the fourth, starter Denny Bentley was replaced with Bradley Hanner after allowing two batters to reach base. He walked all three hitters he faced, score two runs and leaving him responsible for the loaded bases. Juan Pichardo came on and walked another batter tying the game at four, but was able to coax a double play out of the next hitter to end the threat.

    In total Bentley pitched 3 1/3 innings allowing three runs on two hits and four walks along with striking out five. Pichardo pitched two total innings, running into trouble in the sixth. He was charged with four runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two.

    Carlos Suniaga came on in the middle of the sixth and got two quick outs to end any further threat with St. Lucie now leading Fort Myers 8-4. He would finish the game with 2 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out four.

    Fort Myers closed the game to 8-6 in the eight on a single from Misael Urbina that scored two but were unable to push any more across in the ninth.

    Holland (2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, K), Yunior Severino (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K), and Willie Joe Garry Jr. (2-for-3, R, BB, K, 4 SB) all had multiple hits. Garry Jr. stole home as part of the double steal in the third for the Mighty Mussels. Keoni Cavaco went 1-for-4 with a run scored, walk, and three strikeouts in his return to action.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Andrew Albers, St. Paul Saints (W, 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Jair Camargo, Cedar Rapids Kernels (2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 4 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) – 1-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB
    #6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 1-for-4, R, BB, 3 K
    #7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – 0-for-2
    #8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 0-for-3, 2 BB, 2 K
    #10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (hamate bone surgery)
    #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 (St. Paul) – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, K
    #15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
    #16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI, BB, K
    #17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 0-for-5, 4 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

    St. Paul @ Iowa (6:38 PM CST) – RHP Josh Winder (4-0, 1.94 ERA)
    NW Arkansas @ Wichita (7:05PM CST) – RHP Chris Vallimont (2-3, 3.63 ERA)
    Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Cody Laweryson (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ St. Lucie (11:10AM CST) – LHP Brent Headrick (3-3, 2.81 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 (6/29): It's Jose Miranda's World, We're Just Living In It   
    To find out just how ridiculous Jose Miranda was in his triple-A debut, keep reading!!! (I guess you can find out how the rest of the Twins prospects did on this night if you want, too…)

    TRANSACTIONS
    The Cedar Rapids Kernels placed 1B Gabe Snyder on the 7-day injured list with a right wrist sprain. RHP Zaquiel Puentes was assigned to Fort Myers from the Florida Complex League, and in a corresponding move LHP John Wilson was assigned to the FCL from the Mighty Mussels. SAINTS SENTINEL
    Omaha 4, St. Paul 15
    Box Score

    Let’s talk about Jose Miranda.

    He was promoted to the St. Paul Saints yesterday, after crushing the double-A central league to the tune of a .345/.408/588 batting line. He led the league in runs, hits, home runs, RBI, and batting average. In addition to the holding the league’s traditional triple crown, his .996 OPS ranked third in the circuit.

    Today was also his birthday, turning 23 years old while making his triple-A debut. The Saints put him in the leadoff spot, but he should probably be bumped down a spot or two after this performance.

    Leading off the game for St. Paul in the bottom of the first, he worked a good at-bat and clubbed a 3-2 pitch for his first home run in triple-A, and fourteenth of the season.
     
    In his next at-bat he was chomping at the bit and swung at the first pitch (which he has been known for in the past), and it resulted in… a slow roller for an infield single (get ‘em any way you can!).

    Despite it being only the third inning, he came up for the third time with the bases loaded. He was grooved a fastball and did not miss, smashing his second home run of the game, this one of the grand slam variety.
     
    That made the game 8-2 at that point and there were still six more innings for Miranda to continue and flex his muscles. *SPOILER ALERT* He definitely kept flexing his muscles.

    He led off the bottom of the fifth with another solo blast, pushing the Saints lead to 10-2. Did I mention it’s his birthday?!
     
    In the sixth Miranda added a double down the line the opposite way, and would score on a Brent Rooker single that made the tally 15-2. He would get one more at-bat and though he grounded into a double-play, it was quite the scene to hear the fans at CHS Field give him a standing ovation as he trotted back to the dugout for the first time after leaving the batter’s box. He now leads triple-A with 3.333 OPS.

    Miranda was not the only Saints player to flex some muscle in this game either as his mystical aura granted strength to the rest of the lineup. Damek Tomscha also went yard sale twice, his seventh and eighth blasts of the season. Rooker and Mark Contreras each hit solo home runs in the fifth. As a team they collected 18 hits, with 11 of them going for extra-bases.

    Though it is kind of a side note at this point, there was also some good Saints pitching, as they set a team record with 16 strikeouts on the game with a bullpen outing. Yennier Cano started and went the first two innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out two. Robinson Leyer allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one. Kyle Barraclough recorded his fifth win of the season with two scoreless frames, allowing two hits, a walk, and striking out four. Ian Hamilton allowed a solo home run but struck out four in his two innings. Andrew Vasquez finished the final two frames, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out five.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 3, Amarillo 4
    Box Score

    The Wind Surge could have used a couple of Miranda’s RBI on this night, as their comeback fell short in the late innings.

    Jason Garcia made the start and went the first four innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out six. The bullpen trio of Calvin Faucher, Zach Neff, and Ryan Mason gave Wichita a chance with four scoreless frames to end the game. They allowed just two hits and a walk, and struck out two amongst them.

    Down 4-0 going into the seventh, an error put a runner on base and recent minor league free agent signing D.J. Burt cashed him in with a two-run homer, his first with the Wind Surge. In the top of the ninth Jermaine Palacios got them within one with a solo shot, his tenth of the year, and Trey Cabbage followed with a single to put the tying run on base with two outs, but it was not meant to be as the next hitter went down swinging.

    For the game Wichita collected just four hits, with Burt (2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K, SB) collecting half of them. They had just two at-bats with runners in scoring position and left only two men on base for the game.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Quad Cities 0
    Box Score

    The Kernels and River Bandits renewed their rivalry on Tuesday night with a pitchers’ duel in Davenport, Iowa.

    For Cedar Rapids it was left-hander Tyler Watson who got the start, and he went the first four innings, keeping the Quad Cities lineup off-balance. He allowed just one hit and struck out four, lowering his ERA on the season to 2.45. He was efficient as well, throwing just 49 pitches, 37 for strikes (75.5%).

    Tyler Palm came on for the fifth and delivered a one-two-three inning. Zach Featherstone was next man up from the bullpen and went the next two plus innings. He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out two. He came out to start the eighth but walked the first batter before being supplanted by Jordan Gore, who worked around that inherited runner and a single for a scoreless frame. Back out for the ninth and the closing opportunity, Gore finished the job to pick up his first save.

    The Kernels offense managed to put a run on the board in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a leadoff walk from Wander Javier. He would score on a DaShawn Keirsey single three batters later for the 1-0 lead that would turn out to be enough for the win.

    The teams combined for only six hits (three apiece) on the game, but the Kernels did draw seven walks. Javier was 1-for-3 with the run scored and drew a walk. Max Smith stole his second base of the year. Another top performing prospect in the organization so far this season also made his debut at a new league in this one, with Edouard Julien going 0-for-3 with a walk.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Bradenton 7, Fort Myers 2
    Box Score

    The Mighty Mussels scored first in this one thanks to a Yunior Severino RBI double in the first, but that was all they would muster until the ninth and the Marauders kept adding runs in between.

    Starting pitcher Miguel Rodriguez went five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out six. Carlos Suniaga gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in his lone inning. Juan Pichardo surrendered two runs on one hit, a homer, and a walk. He struck out one. Zaquiel Puentes made his FSL debut to finish the game and allowed two hits and struck out one.

    In the ninth Fort Myers was able to score a run after a leadoff walk from Kole McKinnon, who would score after an error on a groundball off the bat of Wander Valdez.

    As a team the Mighty Mussels managed just four hits, but were able to draw seven free passes. They just could not manufacture or piece together anything from those, as they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 2, FCL Orioles Black 6
    Box Score

    In their second game of their short season, the Florida Complex League (FCL) Twins were bludgeoned by the Orioles Black squad. Outhit 13-3, the game could have been a lot worse than the score of 6-2 but the Orioles had just one extra-base hit.

    The RBIs for the FCL Twins came from Frank Nigro on a single, and a bases loaded walk to Nelson Roberto in the fourth inning. Outfielder Emmanuel Rodriguez, a top-rated international prospect in 2019, was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

    Of note on the pitching front, was 2017 2nd round draft pick Landon Leach pitched for the first time in three seasons. He started the game and pitched one inning, allowing two earned runs on three hits, but he also struck out three.

    Aaron Rozek (from Burnsville, MN, one of us!) pitched a scoreless second inning, allowing one hit and striking out two in his professional debut. Develson Aria added two scoreless frames, allowing one hit, walking two, and striking out one. Wilker Reyes got the bulk of the innings finishing 3 1/3 and striking out eight, but allowed four runs on seven hits two walks as well. Ramon Pineda (of brotherly relation to Michael) finished the final 2/3, allowing one hit and striking out one.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Watson, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4.0 IP, H, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day – JOSE MIRANDA, ST. PAUL SAINTS (5-for-6, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI)
     
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – 1-for-4, RBI, K
    #2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
    #3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 1-for-3, 2 R
    #4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – 0-for-3
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – Injured List (concussion)
    #8 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 1-for-3, R, BB, K
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
    #13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (wrist sprain)
    #14 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-for-3, 2 BB
    #15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
    #17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
    #19 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) – DID YOU NOT READ THE REPORT?!?!?
    #20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Omaha @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – LHP Andrew Albers (2-3, 5.70 ERA)
    Wichita @ Amarillo (7:05PM CST) – RHP Jordan Balazovic (0-1, 5.79 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:30PM CST) – RHP Ben Gross (2-0, 2.78 ERA)
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – LHP Brent Headrick (3-2, 2.87 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
  18. Like
    Steve Lein got a reaction from nclahammer for an article, Twins Minor League Report (6/29): It's Jose Miranda's World, We're Just Living In It   
    To find out just how ridiculous Jose Miranda was in his triple-A debut, keep reading!!! (I guess you can find out how the rest of the Twins prospects did on this night if you want, too…)

    TRANSACTIONS
    The Cedar Rapids Kernels placed 1B Gabe Snyder on the 7-day injured list with a right wrist sprain. RHP Zaquiel Puentes was assigned to Fort Myers from the Florida Complex League, and in a corresponding move LHP John Wilson was assigned to the FCL from the Mighty Mussels. SAINTS SENTINEL
    Omaha 4, St. Paul 15
    Box Score

    Let’s talk about Jose Miranda.

    He was promoted to the St. Paul Saints yesterday, after crushing the double-A central league to the tune of a .345/.408/588 batting line. He led the league in runs, hits, home runs, RBI, and batting average. In addition to the holding the league’s traditional triple crown, his .996 OPS ranked third in the circuit.

    Today was also his birthday, turning 23 years old while making his triple-A debut. The Saints put him in the leadoff spot, but he should probably be bumped down a spot or two after this performance.

    Leading off the game for St. Paul in the bottom of the first, he worked a good at-bat and clubbed a 3-2 pitch for his first home run in triple-A, and fourteenth of the season.
     
    In his next at-bat he was chomping at the bit and swung at the first pitch (which he has been known for in the past), and it resulted in… a slow roller for an infield single (get ‘em any way you can!).

    Despite it being only the third inning, he came up for the third time with the bases loaded. He was grooved a fastball and did not miss, smashing his second home run of the game, this one of the grand slam variety.
     
    That made the game 8-2 at that point and there were still six more innings for Miranda to continue and flex his muscles. *SPOILER ALERT* He definitely kept flexing his muscles.

    He led off the bottom of the fifth with another solo blast, pushing the Saints lead to 10-2. Did I mention it’s his birthday?!
     
    In the sixth Miranda added a double down the line the opposite way, and would score on a Brent Rooker single that made the tally 15-2. He would get one more at-bat and though he grounded into a double-play, it was quite the scene to hear the fans at CHS Field give him a standing ovation as he trotted back to the dugout for the first time after leaving the batter’s box. He now leads triple-A with 3.333 OPS.

    Miranda was not the only Saints player to flex some muscle in this game either as his mystical aura granted strength to the rest of the lineup. Damek Tomscha also went yard sale twice, his seventh and eighth blasts of the season. Rooker and Mark Contreras each hit solo home runs in the fifth. As a team they collected 18 hits, with 11 of them going for extra-bases.

    Though it is kind of a side note at this point, there was also some good Saints pitching, as they set a team record with 16 strikeouts on the game with a bullpen outing. Yennier Cano started and went the first two innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out two. Robinson Leyer allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one. Kyle Barraclough recorded his fifth win of the season with two scoreless frames, allowing two hits, a walk, and striking out four. Ian Hamilton allowed a solo home run but struck out four in his two innings. Andrew Vasquez finished the final two frames, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out five.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 3, Amarillo 4
    Box Score

    The Wind Surge could have used a couple of Miranda’s RBI on this night, as their comeback fell short in the late innings.

    Jason Garcia made the start and went the first four innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out six. The bullpen trio of Calvin Faucher, Zach Neff, and Ryan Mason gave Wichita a chance with four scoreless frames to end the game. They allowed just two hits and a walk, and struck out two amongst them.

    Down 4-0 going into the seventh, an error put a runner on base and recent minor league free agent signing D.J. Burt cashed him in with a two-run homer, his first with the Wind Surge. In the top of the ninth Jermaine Palacios got them within one with a solo shot, his tenth of the year, and Trey Cabbage followed with a single to put the tying run on base with two outs, but it was not meant to be as the next hitter went down swinging.

    For the game Wichita collected just four hits, with Burt (2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K, SB) collecting half of them. They had just two at-bats with runners in scoring position and left only two men on base for the game.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Quad Cities 0
    Box Score

    The Kernels and River Bandits renewed their rivalry on Tuesday night with a pitchers’ duel in Davenport, Iowa.

    For Cedar Rapids it was left-hander Tyler Watson who got the start, and he went the first four innings, keeping the Quad Cities lineup off-balance. He allowed just one hit and struck out four, lowering his ERA on the season to 2.45. He was efficient as well, throwing just 49 pitches, 37 for strikes (75.5%).

    Tyler Palm came on for the fifth and delivered a one-two-three inning. Zach Featherstone was next man up from the bullpen and went the next two plus innings. He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out two. He came out to start the eighth but walked the first batter before being supplanted by Jordan Gore, who worked around that inherited runner and a single for a scoreless frame. Back out for the ninth and the closing opportunity, Gore finished the job to pick up his first save.

    The Kernels offense managed to put a run on the board in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a leadoff walk from Wander Javier. He would score on a DaShawn Keirsey single three batters later for the 1-0 lead that would turn out to be enough for the win.

    The teams combined for only six hits (three apiece) on the game, but the Kernels did draw seven walks. Javier was 1-for-3 with the run scored and drew a walk. Max Smith stole his second base of the year. Another top performing prospect in the organization so far this season also made his debut at a new league in this one, with Edouard Julien going 0-for-3 with a walk.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Bradenton 7, Fort Myers 2
    Box Score

    The Mighty Mussels scored first in this one thanks to a Yunior Severino RBI double in the first, but that was all they would muster until the ninth and the Marauders kept adding runs in between.

    Starting pitcher Miguel Rodriguez went five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out six. Carlos Suniaga gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in his lone inning. Juan Pichardo surrendered two runs on one hit, a homer, and a walk. He struck out one. Zaquiel Puentes made his FSL debut to finish the game and allowed two hits and struck out one.

    In the ninth Fort Myers was able to score a run after a leadoff walk from Kole McKinnon, who would score after an error on a groundball off the bat of Wander Valdez.

    As a team the Mighty Mussels managed just four hits, but were able to draw seven free passes. They just could not manufacture or piece together anything from those, as they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 2, FCL Orioles Black 6
    Box Score

    In their second game of their short season, the Florida Complex League (FCL) Twins were bludgeoned by the Orioles Black squad. Outhit 13-3, the game could have been a lot worse than the score of 6-2 but the Orioles had just one extra-base hit.

    The RBIs for the FCL Twins came from Frank Nigro on a single, and a bases loaded walk to Nelson Roberto in the fourth inning. Outfielder Emmanuel Rodriguez, a top-rated international prospect in 2019, was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

    Of note on the pitching front, was 2017 2nd round draft pick Landon Leach pitched for the first time in three seasons. He started the game and pitched one inning, allowing two earned runs on three hits, but he also struck out three.

    Aaron Rozek (from Burnsville, MN, one of us!) pitched a scoreless second inning, allowing one hit and striking out two in his professional debut. Develson Aria added two scoreless frames, allowing one hit, walking two, and striking out one. Wilker Reyes got the bulk of the innings finishing 3 1/3 and striking out eight, but allowed four runs on seven hits two walks as well. Ramon Pineda (of brotherly relation to Michael) finished the final 2/3, allowing one hit and striking out one.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Watson, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4.0 IP, H, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day – JOSE MIRANDA, ST. PAUL SAINTS (5-for-6, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI)
     
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – 1-for-4, RBI, K
    #2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
    #3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 1-for-3, 2 R
    #4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – 0-for-3
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – Injured List (concussion)
    #8 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 1-for-3, R, BB, K
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
    #13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (wrist sprain)
    #14 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-for-3, 2 BB
    #15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
    #17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
    #19 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) – DID YOU NOT READ THE REPORT?!?!?
    #20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Omaha @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – LHP Andrew Albers (2-3, 5.70 ERA)
    Wichita @ Amarillo (7:05PM CST) – RHP Jordan Balazovic (0-1, 5.79 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:30PM CST) – RHP Ben Gross (2-0, 2.78 ERA)
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – LHP Brent Headrick (3-2, 2.87 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
  19. Like
    Steve Lein got a reaction from ToddlerHarmon for an article, Twins Minor League Report (6/29): It's Jose Miranda's World, We're Just Living In It   
    To find out just how ridiculous Jose Miranda was in his triple-A debut, keep reading!!! (I guess you can find out how the rest of the Twins prospects did on this night if you want, too…)

    TRANSACTIONS
    The Cedar Rapids Kernels placed 1B Gabe Snyder on the 7-day injured list with a right wrist sprain. RHP Zaquiel Puentes was assigned to Fort Myers from the Florida Complex League, and in a corresponding move LHP John Wilson was assigned to the FCL from the Mighty Mussels. SAINTS SENTINEL
    Omaha 4, St. Paul 15
    Box Score

    Let’s talk about Jose Miranda.

    He was promoted to the St. Paul Saints yesterday, after crushing the double-A central league to the tune of a .345/.408/588 batting line. He led the league in runs, hits, home runs, RBI, and batting average. In addition to the holding the league’s traditional triple crown, his .996 OPS ranked third in the circuit.

    Today was also his birthday, turning 23 years old while making his triple-A debut. The Saints put him in the leadoff spot, but he should probably be bumped down a spot or two after this performance.

    Leading off the game for St. Paul in the bottom of the first, he worked a good at-bat and clubbed a 3-2 pitch for his first home run in triple-A, and fourteenth of the season.
     
    In his next at-bat he was chomping at the bit and swung at the first pitch (which he has been known for in the past), and it resulted in… a slow roller for an infield single (get ‘em any way you can!).

    Despite it being only the third inning, he came up for the third time with the bases loaded. He was grooved a fastball and did not miss, smashing his second home run of the game, this one of the grand slam variety.
     
    That made the game 8-2 at that point and there were still six more innings for Miranda to continue and flex his muscles. *SPOILER ALERT* He definitely kept flexing his muscles.

    He led off the bottom of the fifth with another solo blast, pushing the Saints lead to 10-2. Did I mention it’s his birthday?!
     
    In the sixth Miranda added a double down the line the opposite way, and would score on a Brent Rooker single that made the tally 15-2. He would get one more at-bat and though he grounded into a double-play, it was quite the scene to hear the fans at CHS Field give him a standing ovation as he trotted back to the dugout for the first time after leaving the batter’s box. He now leads triple-A with 3.333 OPS.

    Miranda was not the only Saints player to flex some muscle in this game either as his mystical aura granted strength to the rest of the lineup. Damek Tomscha also went yard sale twice, his seventh and eighth blasts of the season. Rooker and Mark Contreras each hit solo home runs in the fifth. As a team they collected 18 hits, with 11 of them going for extra-bases.

    Though it is kind of a side note at this point, there was also some good Saints pitching, as they set a team record with 16 strikeouts on the game with a bullpen outing. Yennier Cano started and went the first two innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out two. Robinson Leyer allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one. Kyle Barraclough recorded his fifth win of the season with two scoreless frames, allowing two hits, a walk, and striking out four. Ian Hamilton allowed a solo home run but struck out four in his two innings. Andrew Vasquez finished the final two frames, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out five.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 3, Amarillo 4
    Box Score

    The Wind Surge could have used a couple of Miranda’s RBI on this night, as their comeback fell short in the late innings.

    Jason Garcia made the start and went the first four innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out six. The bullpen trio of Calvin Faucher, Zach Neff, and Ryan Mason gave Wichita a chance with four scoreless frames to end the game. They allowed just two hits and a walk, and struck out two amongst them.

    Down 4-0 going into the seventh, an error put a runner on base and recent minor league free agent signing D.J. Burt cashed him in with a two-run homer, his first with the Wind Surge. In the top of the ninth Jermaine Palacios got them within one with a solo shot, his tenth of the year, and Trey Cabbage followed with a single to put the tying run on base with two outs, but it was not meant to be as the next hitter went down swinging.

    For the game Wichita collected just four hits, with Burt (2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K, SB) collecting half of them. They had just two at-bats with runners in scoring position and left only two men on base for the game.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Quad Cities 0
    Box Score

    The Kernels and River Bandits renewed their rivalry on Tuesday night with a pitchers’ duel in Davenport, Iowa.

    For Cedar Rapids it was left-hander Tyler Watson who got the start, and he went the first four innings, keeping the Quad Cities lineup off-balance. He allowed just one hit and struck out four, lowering his ERA on the season to 2.45. He was efficient as well, throwing just 49 pitches, 37 for strikes (75.5%).

    Tyler Palm came on for the fifth and delivered a one-two-three inning. Zach Featherstone was next man up from the bullpen and went the next two plus innings. He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out two. He came out to start the eighth but walked the first batter before being supplanted by Jordan Gore, who worked around that inherited runner and a single for a scoreless frame. Back out for the ninth and the closing opportunity, Gore finished the job to pick up his first save.

    The Kernels offense managed to put a run on the board in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a leadoff walk from Wander Javier. He would score on a DaShawn Keirsey single three batters later for the 1-0 lead that would turn out to be enough for the win.

    The teams combined for only six hits (three apiece) on the game, but the Kernels did draw seven walks. Javier was 1-for-3 with the run scored and drew a walk. Max Smith stole his second base of the year. Another top performing prospect in the organization so far this season also made his debut at a new league in this one, with Edouard Julien going 0-for-3 with a walk.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Bradenton 7, Fort Myers 2
    Box Score

    The Mighty Mussels scored first in this one thanks to a Yunior Severino RBI double in the first, but that was all they would muster until the ninth and the Marauders kept adding runs in between.

    Starting pitcher Miguel Rodriguez went five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out six. Carlos Suniaga gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in his lone inning. Juan Pichardo surrendered two runs on one hit, a homer, and a walk. He struck out one. Zaquiel Puentes made his FSL debut to finish the game and allowed two hits and struck out one.

    In the ninth Fort Myers was able to score a run after a leadoff walk from Kole McKinnon, who would score after an error on a groundball off the bat of Wander Valdez.

    As a team the Mighty Mussels managed just four hits, but were able to draw seven free passes. They just could not manufacture or piece together anything from those, as they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 2, FCL Orioles Black 6
    Box Score

    In their second game of their short season, the Florida Complex League (FCL) Twins were bludgeoned by the Orioles Black squad. Outhit 13-3, the game could have been a lot worse than the score of 6-2 but the Orioles had just one extra-base hit.

    The RBIs for the FCL Twins came from Frank Nigro on a single, and a bases loaded walk to Nelson Roberto in the fourth inning. Outfielder Emmanuel Rodriguez, a top-rated international prospect in 2019, was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

    Of note on the pitching front, was 2017 2nd round draft pick Landon Leach pitched for the first time in three seasons. He started the game and pitched one inning, allowing two earned runs on three hits, but he also struck out three.

    Aaron Rozek (from Burnsville, MN, one of us!) pitched a scoreless second inning, allowing one hit and striking out two in his professional debut. Develson Aria added two scoreless frames, allowing one hit, walking two, and striking out one. Wilker Reyes got the bulk of the innings finishing 3 1/3 and striking out eight, but allowed four runs on seven hits two walks as well. Ramon Pineda (of brotherly relation to Michael) finished the final 2/3, allowing one hit and striking out one.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Watson, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4.0 IP, H, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day – JOSE MIRANDA, ST. PAUL SAINTS (5-for-6, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI)
     
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – 1-for-4, RBI, K
    #2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
    #3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 1-for-3, 2 R
    #4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – 0-for-3
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – Injured List (concussion)
    #8 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 1-for-3, R, BB, K
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
    #13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (wrist sprain)
    #14 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-for-3, 2 BB
    #15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
    #17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
    #19 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) – DID YOU NOT READ THE REPORT?!?!?
    #20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Omaha @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – LHP Andrew Albers (2-3, 5.70 ERA)
    Wichita @ Amarillo (7:05PM CST) – RHP Jordan Balazovic (0-1, 5.79 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:30PM CST) – RHP Ben Gross (2-0, 2.78 ERA)
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – LHP Brent Headrick (3-2, 2.87 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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    Steve Lein got a reaction from Danchat for an article, Twins Minor League Report (6/29): It's Jose Miranda's World, We're Just Living In It   
    To find out just how ridiculous Jose Miranda was in his triple-A debut, keep reading!!! (I guess you can find out how the rest of the Twins prospects did on this night if you want, too…)

    TRANSACTIONS
    The Cedar Rapids Kernels placed 1B Gabe Snyder on the 7-day injured list with a right wrist sprain. RHP Zaquiel Puentes was assigned to Fort Myers from the Florida Complex League, and in a corresponding move LHP John Wilson was assigned to the FCL from the Mighty Mussels. SAINTS SENTINEL
    Omaha 4, St. Paul 15
    Box Score

    Let’s talk about Jose Miranda.

    He was promoted to the St. Paul Saints yesterday, after crushing the double-A central league to the tune of a .345/.408/588 batting line. He led the league in runs, hits, home runs, RBI, and batting average. In addition to the holding the league’s traditional triple crown, his .996 OPS ranked third in the circuit.

    Today was also his birthday, turning 23 years old while making his triple-A debut. The Saints put him in the leadoff spot, but he should probably be bumped down a spot or two after this performance.

    Leading off the game for St. Paul in the bottom of the first, he worked a good at-bat and clubbed a 3-2 pitch for his first home run in triple-A, and fourteenth of the season.
     
    In his next at-bat he was chomping at the bit and swung at the first pitch (which he has been known for in the past), and it resulted in… a slow roller for an infield single (get ‘em any way you can!).

    Despite it being only the third inning, he came up for the third time with the bases loaded. He was grooved a fastball and did not miss, smashing his second home run of the game, this one of the grand slam variety.
     
    That made the game 8-2 at that point and there were still six more innings for Miranda to continue and flex his muscles. *SPOILER ALERT* He definitely kept flexing his muscles.

    He led off the bottom of the fifth with another solo blast, pushing the Saints lead to 10-2. Did I mention it’s his birthday?!
     
    In the sixth Miranda added a double down the line the opposite way, and would score on a Brent Rooker single that made the tally 15-2. He would get one more at-bat and though he grounded into a double-play, it was quite the scene to hear the fans at CHS Field give him a standing ovation as he trotted back to the dugout for the first time after leaving the batter’s box. He now leads triple-A with 3.333 OPS.

    Miranda was not the only Saints player to flex some muscle in this game either as his mystical aura granted strength to the rest of the lineup. Damek Tomscha also went yard sale twice, his seventh and eighth blasts of the season. Rooker and Mark Contreras each hit solo home runs in the fifth. As a team they collected 18 hits, with 11 of them going for extra-bases.

    Though it is kind of a side note at this point, there was also some good Saints pitching, as they set a team record with 16 strikeouts on the game with a bullpen outing. Yennier Cano started and went the first two innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out two. Robinson Leyer allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one. Kyle Barraclough recorded his fifth win of the season with two scoreless frames, allowing two hits, a walk, and striking out four. Ian Hamilton allowed a solo home run but struck out four in his two innings. Andrew Vasquez finished the final two frames, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out five.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 3, Amarillo 4
    Box Score

    The Wind Surge could have used a couple of Miranda’s RBI on this night, as their comeback fell short in the late innings.

    Jason Garcia made the start and went the first four innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out six. The bullpen trio of Calvin Faucher, Zach Neff, and Ryan Mason gave Wichita a chance with four scoreless frames to end the game. They allowed just two hits and a walk, and struck out two amongst them.

    Down 4-0 going into the seventh, an error put a runner on base and recent minor league free agent signing D.J. Burt cashed him in with a two-run homer, his first with the Wind Surge. In the top of the ninth Jermaine Palacios got them within one with a solo shot, his tenth of the year, and Trey Cabbage followed with a single to put the tying run on base with two outs, but it was not meant to be as the next hitter went down swinging.

    For the game Wichita collected just four hits, with Burt (2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K, SB) collecting half of them. They had just two at-bats with runners in scoring position and left only two men on base for the game.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Quad Cities 0
    Box Score

    The Kernels and River Bandits renewed their rivalry on Tuesday night with a pitchers’ duel in Davenport, Iowa.

    For Cedar Rapids it was left-hander Tyler Watson who got the start, and he went the first four innings, keeping the Quad Cities lineup off-balance. He allowed just one hit and struck out four, lowering his ERA on the season to 2.45. He was efficient as well, throwing just 49 pitches, 37 for strikes (75.5%).

    Tyler Palm came on for the fifth and delivered a one-two-three inning. Zach Featherstone was next man up from the bullpen and went the next two plus innings. He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out two. He came out to start the eighth but walked the first batter before being supplanted by Jordan Gore, who worked around that inherited runner and a single for a scoreless frame. Back out for the ninth and the closing opportunity, Gore finished the job to pick up his first save.

    The Kernels offense managed to put a run on the board in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a leadoff walk from Wander Javier. He would score on a DaShawn Keirsey single three batters later for the 1-0 lead that would turn out to be enough for the win.

    The teams combined for only six hits (three apiece) on the game, but the Kernels did draw seven walks. Javier was 1-for-3 with the run scored and drew a walk. Max Smith stole his second base of the year. Another top performing prospect in the organization so far this season also made his debut at a new league in this one, with Edouard Julien going 0-for-3 with a walk.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Bradenton 7, Fort Myers 2
    Box Score

    The Mighty Mussels scored first in this one thanks to a Yunior Severino RBI double in the first, but that was all they would muster until the ninth and the Marauders kept adding runs in between.

    Starting pitcher Miguel Rodriguez went five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out six. Carlos Suniaga gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in his lone inning. Juan Pichardo surrendered two runs on one hit, a homer, and a walk. He struck out one. Zaquiel Puentes made his FSL debut to finish the game and allowed two hits and struck out one.

    In the ninth Fort Myers was able to score a run after a leadoff walk from Kole McKinnon, who would score after an error on a groundball off the bat of Wander Valdez.

    As a team the Mighty Mussels managed just four hits, but were able to draw seven free passes. They just could not manufacture or piece together anything from those, as they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Twins 2, FCL Orioles Black 6
    Box Score

    In their second game of their short season, the Florida Complex League (FCL) Twins were bludgeoned by the Orioles Black squad. Outhit 13-3, the game could have been a lot worse than the score of 6-2 but the Orioles had just one extra-base hit.

    The RBIs for the FCL Twins came from Frank Nigro on a single, and a bases loaded walk to Nelson Roberto in the fourth inning. Outfielder Emmanuel Rodriguez, a top-rated international prospect in 2019, was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

    Of note on the pitching front, was 2017 2nd round draft pick Landon Leach pitched for the first time in three seasons. He started the game and pitched one inning, allowing two earned runs on three hits, but he also struck out three.

    Aaron Rozek (from Burnsville, MN, one of us!) pitched a scoreless second inning, allowing one hit and striking out two in his professional debut. Develson Aria added two scoreless frames, allowing one hit, walking two, and striking out one. Wilker Reyes got the bulk of the innings finishing 3 1/3 and striking out eight, but allowed four runs on seven hits two walks as well. Ramon Pineda (of brotherly relation to Michael) finished the final 2/3, allowing one hit and striking out one.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Watson, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4.0 IP, H, 4 K)
    Hitter of the Day – JOSE MIRANDA, ST. PAUL SAINTS (5-for-6, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI)
     
    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – 1-for-4, RBI, K
    #2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
    #3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 1-for-3, 2 R
    #4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – 0-for-3
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – Injured List (concussion)
    #8 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 1-for-3, R, BB, K
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
    #13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (wrist sprain)
    #14 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-for-3, 2 BB
    #15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
    #17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
    #19 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) – DID YOU NOT READ THE REPORT?!?!?
    #20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Omaha @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – LHP Andrew Albers (2-3, 5.70 ERA)
    Wichita @ Amarillo (7:05PM CST) – RHP Jordan Balazovic (0-1, 5.79 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:30PM CST) – RHP Ben Gross (2-0, 2.78 ERA)
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – LHP Brent Headrick (3-2, 2.87 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 (6/15): Duran, Balazovic Deliver Contrasting Performances   
    To find out all about those pitching performances and how the rest of your favorite Twins prospects fared in their games on Tuesday night, keep reading!

    TRANSACTIONS
    RHP Yennier Cano was promoted to the St. Paul Saints along with RHP Shaun Anderson being sent on a rehab assignment IF Will Holland was activated from the injured list for the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. SAINTS SENTINEL
    Iowa 3, St. Paul 1
    Box Score

    Those in attendance in St. Paul on Tuesday night were surely excited to watch top Twins pitching prospect Jhoan Duran take the mound. But they did not get to see much of him. That is because Duran was not able to find his control and was lifted from the game before escaping even the first inning. He threw 35 pitches in the inning, with just 15 of them going for strikes. In 2/3 of an inning, Duran was charged with two runs on two hits and three walks.

    Left-hander Bryan Sammons came on as sort of a piggy-backer, and flipped it around a bit for the Saints for the next 5 1/3, allowing just one run on a solo-homer while working around four walks. He struck out two. Shaun Anderson and Robinson Leyer combined to keep the Cubs off the board over the final three innings.

    The Saints offense was not able to muster much offense until the eighth inning, when they were able to string together two of their four hits and two of their three walks on the game to score one. The Saints actually outhit the cubs 4-3 on the game but weren’t able to overcome the initial struggles of Duran in the first inning.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Springfield 4, Wichita 13
    Box Score

    The Wind Surge used an endless barrage of hits, both the big and small variety, to pummel the Cardinals on Tuesday. Six hitters in their lineup had multiple hits on the day, four collected multiple RBI, and they got home runs from Jose Miranda, Caleb Hamilton, Andrew Bechtold, and Ernie De La Trinidad on the game. They put up crooked numbers in each of the first, third, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings on their way to the 13-4 win. Miranda's home run led off the game for home team, then Hamilton and Bechtold followed with theirs for the first three runs of the game, and omen for how the rest of it would unfold.
     
    In addition to the bats bludgeoning Springfield pitchers, Wichita starter Jordan Balazovic did the same to their lineup. As it was just his third start so far on the season, Balazovic is still very much on a pitch count, but did complete 4 1/3 innings, his longest outing so far.  He struck out two in the first, the side in the third, two more in the fourth, and the lone batter he faced in the fifth to account for his 8 K's on the night. Of his 74 pitches, 47 went for strikes (64%) with nine of the swing and miss variety. He held the Cardinals to just two hits and a walk in the outing.


    Calvin Faucher was the first reliever summoned and he went the next 1 1/3 innings. He completed the snapper mow-em-down inning with two K's of his own in the fifth, but then ran into some trouble in the sixth. In all he allowed three runs on three hits (including two home runs) and a walk, while striking out three. Jhonleider Salinas came one with two outs in the sixth and walked a pair of batters to load the bases, but got a fly out to end any further threat. Hector Lujan then went the next two innings, allowing a solo home run, but struck out three. Alex Phillips finished the game for the Wind Surge with a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit and striking out two.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    South Bend 9, Cedar Rapids 4
    Box Score

    Kernel’s starter Kody Funderburk retired the first six hitters he faced in this one, including three via strikeout, but it went a much different way in the third inning. When it was all said and done Funderburk would be charged with eight earned runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed those runs six hits and two walks and Cedar Rapids would be unable to recover.

    The offense did manage to score single runs in four different innings, but never got a big hit or inning together to close the gap. Seth Gray was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Max Smith hit a solo blast and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Gabriel Maciel was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

    Reliever Melvi Acosta picked up the pieces in the third and finished 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out two. Zach Featherstone and Tyler Watson combined for four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk between them, while striking out seven. Shortstop Daniel Ozoria then got in on the action to finish the game for the Kernels, striking out one in a one-two-three ninth.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Lakeland 2, Fort Myers 1
    Box Score

    It was a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel at Hammond Stadium Tuesday night with both starters and bullpens trading zeroes for the first nine innings.

    For the Mighty Mussels it was Louie Varland on the bump to start and he was once again great, lowering his ERA on the season to 1.99. He went the first 5 2/3 innings, scattering three hits and two walks along with striking out seven. Matthew Swain got the home team through the eighth inning with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out three. Osiris German pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two, and was back out for the tenth with a runner starting on second base. A sac bunt put the go-ahead run 90 feet away, but German buckled down and struck out the next two hitters to give his home team a chance in the bottom half.

    After a sacrifice bunt and two intentional walks to load the bases, Aaron Sabato stepped into the batter’s box, and swung at the first pitch he saw, grounding into an inning-ending double play.

    Juan Pichardo was summoned for the 11th inning but had some trouble locating the strike zone. After a fielder’s choice got the runner out at third, a hit batter and two consecutive walks scored the first run of the game. The Flying Tigers added a sac fly and headed to the bottom of the inning up 2-0. Fort Myers was able to score one a Misael Urbina RBI single, but that would be all.

    The teams combined to go just 2-for-21 with runners in scoring position and left 17 men on base for the game. Yunior Severino (2-for-5) and Urbina (3-for-5, RBI, K) had the bulk of Fort Myers’ seven hits on the game, Will Holland added a double. Edouard Julien drew three walks out of the leadoff spot (one intentional in the 10th) and his on-base percentage for the season is still near .500.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Jordan Balazovic, Wichita Wind Surge (4 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Jose Miranda, Wichita Wind Surge (3-for-6, R, HR, 3 RBI, K)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – 2-for-3
    #2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
    #3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 0-for-3, 2 K
    #4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – 4 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – Injured List (concussion)
    #8 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 0-for-4, R, BB, 3 K
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 0-for-3, RBI, BB, K
    #13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (wrist sprain)
    #14 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 3-for-5, RBI, K
    #15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
    #17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – 0-for-3, K
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
    #19 - Jose Miranda (Wichita) – 3-for-6, R, HR, 3 RBI, K
    #20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Iowa @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – RHP Chandler Shepherd (1-2, 8.10 ERA)
    Springfield @ Wichita (7:05PM CST) – RHP Austin Schulfer (1-3, 5.28 ERA)
    South Bend @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Jon Olsen (0-3, 4.91 ERA)
    Lakeland @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Sean Mooney (0-1, 0.57 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 (6/15): Duran, Balazovic Deliver Contrasting Performances   
    To find out all about those pitching performances and how the rest of your favorite Twins prospects fared in their games on Tuesday night, keep reading!

    TRANSACTIONS
    RHP Yennier Cano was promoted to the St. Paul Saints along with RHP Shaun Anderson being sent on a rehab assignment IF Will Holland was activated from the injured list for the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. SAINTS SENTINEL
    Iowa 3, St. Paul 1
    Box Score

    Those in attendance in St. Paul on Tuesday night were surely excited to watch top Twins pitching prospect Jhoan Duran take the mound. But they did not get to see much of him. That is because Duran was not able to find his control and was lifted from the game before escaping even the first inning. He threw 35 pitches in the inning, with just 15 of them going for strikes. In 2/3 of an inning, Duran was charged with two runs on two hits and three walks.

    Left-hander Bryan Sammons came on as sort of a piggy-backer, and flipped it around a bit for the Saints for the next 5 1/3, allowing just one run on a solo-homer while working around four walks. He struck out two. Shaun Anderson and Robinson Leyer combined to keep the Cubs off the board over the final three innings.

    The Saints offense was not able to muster much offense until the eighth inning, when they were able to string together two of their four hits and two of their three walks on the game to score one. The Saints actually outhit the cubs 4-3 on the game but weren’t able to overcome the initial struggles of Duran in the first inning.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Springfield 4, Wichita 13
    Box Score

    The Wind Surge used an endless barrage of hits, both the big and small variety, to pummel the Cardinals on Tuesday. Six hitters in their lineup had multiple hits on the day, four collected multiple RBI, and they got home runs from Jose Miranda, Caleb Hamilton, Andrew Bechtold, and Ernie De La Trinidad on the game. They put up crooked numbers in each of the first, third, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings on their way to the 13-4 win. Miranda's home run led off the game for home team, then Hamilton and Bechtold followed with theirs for the first three runs of the game, and omen for how the rest of it would unfold.
     
    In addition to the bats bludgeoning Springfield pitchers, Wichita starter Jordan Balazovic did the same to their lineup. As it was just his third start so far on the season, Balazovic is still very much on a pitch count, but did complete 4 1/3 innings, his longest outing so far.  He struck out two in the first, the side in the third, two more in the fourth, and the lone batter he faced in the fifth to account for his 8 K's on the night. Of his 74 pitches, 47 went for strikes (64%) with nine of the swing and miss variety. He held the Cardinals to just two hits and a walk in the outing.


    Calvin Faucher was the first reliever summoned and he went the next 1 1/3 innings. He completed the snapper mow-em-down inning with two K's of his own in the fifth, but then ran into some trouble in the sixth. In all he allowed three runs on three hits (including two home runs) and a walk, while striking out three. Jhonleider Salinas came one with two outs in the sixth and walked a pair of batters to load the bases, but got a fly out to end any further threat. Hector Lujan then went the next two innings, allowing a solo home run, but struck out three. Alex Phillips finished the game for the Wind Surge with a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit and striking out two.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    South Bend 9, Cedar Rapids 4
    Box Score

    Kernel’s starter Kody Funderburk retired the first six hitters he faced in this one, including three via strikeout, but it went a much different way in the third inning. When it was all said and done Funderburk would be charged with eight earned runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed those runs six hits and two walks and Cedar Rapids would be unable to recover.

    The offense did manage to score single runs in four different innings, but never got a big hit or inning together to close the gap. Seth Gray was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Max Smith hit a solo blast and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Gabriel Maciel was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

    Reliever Melvi Acosta picked up the pieces in the third and finished 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out two. Zach Featherstone and Tyler Watson combined for four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk between them, while striking out seven. Shortstop Daniel Ozoria then got in on the action to finish the game for the Kernels, striking out one in a one-two-three ninth.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Lakeland 2, Fort Myers 1
    Box Score

    It was a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel at Hammond Stadium Tuesday night with both starters and bullpens trading zeroes for the first nine innings.

    For the Mighty Mussels it was Louie Varland on the bump to start and he was once again great, lowering his ERA on the season to 1.99. He went the first 5 2/3 innings, scattering three hits and two walks along with striking out seven. Matthew Swain got the home team through the eighth inning with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out three. Osiris German pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two, and was back out for the tenth with a runner starting on second base. A sac bunt put the go-ahead run 90 feet away, but German buckled down and struck out the next two hitters to give his home team a chance in the bottom half.

    After a sacrifice bunt and two intentional walks to load the bases, Aaron Sabato stepped into the batter’s box, and swung at the first pitch he saw, grounding into an inning-ending double play.

    Juan Pichardo was summoned for the 11th inning but had some trouble locating the strike zone. After a fielder’s choice got the runner out at third, a hit batter and two consecutive walks scored the first run of the game. The Flying Tigers added a sac fly and headed to the bottom of the inning up 2-0. Fort Myers was able to score one a Misael Urbina RBI single, but that would be all.

    The teams combined to go just 2-for-21 with runners in scoring position and left 17 men on base for the game. Yunior Severino (2-for-5) and Urbina (3-for-5, RBI, K) had the bulk of Fort Myers’ seven hits on the game, Will Holland added a double. Edouard Julien drew three walks out of the leadoff spot (one intentional in the 10th) and his on-base percentage for the season is still near .500.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Jordan Balazovic, Wichita Wind Surge (4 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Jose Miranda, Wichita Wind Surge (3-for-6, R, HR, 3 RBI, K)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – 2-for-3
    #2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
    #3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 0-for-3, 2 K
    #4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – 4 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – Injured List (concussion)
    #8 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 0-for-4, R, BB, 3 K
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 0-for-3, RBI, BB, K
    #13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (wrist sprain)
    #14 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 3-for-5, RBI, K
    #15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
    #17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – 0-for-3, K
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
    #19 - Jose Miranda (Wichita) – 3-for-6, R, HR, 3 RBI, K
    #20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Iowa @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – RHP Chandler Shepherd (1-2, 8.10 ERA)
    Springfield @ Wichita (7:05PM CST) – RHP Austin Schulfer (1-3, 5.28 ERA)
    South Bend @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Jon Olsen (0-3, 4.91 ERA)
    Lakeland @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Sean Mooney (0-1, 0.57 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 (6/8): Buxton Begins Rehab Assignment   
    To find out how all your favorite Minnesota Twins prospects performed in Tuesday night’s series opening games, keep reading!

    TRANSACTIONS
     
    The Minnesota Twins optioned CF Gilberto Celestino and outrighted RHP Juan Minaya to the Saints. Byron Buxton was activated for his rehab assignment, and RHP Tom Hackimer was released. RHP Cody Laweryson was activated for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    Omaha 1, St. Paul 4
    Box Score

    The story on the east side of the Twin Cities on Tuesday was the start of a rehab assignment for Byron Buxton. He did not disappoint, finishing the night 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple that tells me he’s feeling pretty good:
      The other notable performance, and a continuation of his season thus far, was that of starting pitcher Charlie Barnes. He went six innings and allowed just one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. He has yet to allow more than three runs in an outing this season and it was his third straight going six-plus innings. His ERA on the year so far is a fantastic 2.20.

    This one was a slow-burn until the later innings when the Saints finally got on the board in the seventh thanks to Daniel Descalso’s first home run of the year. Then in the eighth the home team tacked on three more thanks to a two-RBI single from Sherman Johnson, and an RBI…groundout I guess, but the play was a lot cooler than that sounds:
      Barnes was relieved by Ian Hamilton who went two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out four. Danny Coulombe came on for the save opportunity and delivered a one-two-three inning, striking out two.

    Buxton and Drew Maggi (2-for-4, RBI, K, SB) had multiple hits for the offense. Brent Rooker was 1-for-2 with a run scored and two walks. The Saints moved to above .500 with the win.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 3, Tulsa 8
    Box Score

    The Wind Surge scored single runs in each of the first three innings, but unfortunately that would be it for the game and their bullpen would fall apart late.

    Those three runs came courtesy of an Ernie De La Trinidad RBI single in the first, Caleb Hamilton’s third home run of the season in the second, and an RBI double from Trinidad in the third.

    Wichita Starter Josh Winder kept his team in front for the first five inning, ending his outing in line for the win. He allowed two earned runs on six hits and a walk and tying a career high with nine strikeouts. He threw 88 pitches, with 58 going for strikes (66%) including 18 swinging. The only negative was he allowed two home runs.

    Alex Phillips delivered a scoreless sixth inning in relief but surrendered a three-run home run in the seventh. In his two innings he gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out two. Ryan Mason pitched the eighth inning but allowed three runs of his own, though his defense failed him. A double-play grounder was misplayed by Jermaine Palacios at short which was followed by a two-run double and RBI groundout to account for the final score. Mason walked two and struck out one.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 4, Beloit 5
    Box Score

    The Kernels scored four runs in the third inning as Spencer Steer and Wander Javier popped home runs that made the score 4-1. Steer’s fifth of the season was a three-run shot, and Javier’s second of the year a solo blast.

    Starting pitcher Cody Laweryson, making his first appearance of the season, was solid for the first four innings. He allowed just one run on two hits and two walks, and struck out four. Tyler Watson went the next two innings and at least kept his team in front. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out two. Owen Griffith came on for the seventh inning and delivered a one-two-three frame, striking out two. Back out for the eighth he ran into a bunch of trouble and before it was done the Snappers had taken the lead 5-4. He struck out three in his two innings but also allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.

    Cedar Rapids was unable to muster any other offense outside the third inning and collected just six hits as a team. They had only three at-bats with runners in scoring position and left only five men on base for the game. Michael Helman and Trey Cabbage added doubles to the effort.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 7, Jupiter 4
    Box Score

    Righthander Sawyer Gipson-Long got the start for Fort Myers looking to continue trending in the right direction so far on the season. It was a bit of rubber band outing for him, however. The Hammerheads got to him for a pair of runs in the first inning as a one-out walk was followed by consecutive run-scoring doubles for an early Jupiter lead. He settled down after that and retired eight in a row, including six on strikeouts to get to the fifth inning. That is when Jupiter was able to string together two singles and a double to plate two more and take the lead back 4-3. In all, Gipson-Long finished five innings, allowing those four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine.

    The Mighty Mussels tied the game at two in the top of the second as cashed in on an error when Justin Washington delivered a two-out two-RBI double. They would take the lead 3-2 in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk with Misael Urbina at the plate but could not get a big hit to extend that further.

    They got another opportunity with bases loaded in the seventh, and Fort Myers took advantage this time thanks to another error and five walks to plate four runs. Ruben Santana delivered an RBI single to cap off that scoring as the Mussels took a 7-4 lead.

    Lefthander Denny Bentley was the first reliever summoned and in his two innings was electric. He struck out the side in the sixth and the first two in the seventh before a double and a walk started a threat for Jupiter. He quickly shut it down with another K to end the frame and his appearance. Next up was Osiris German and he kept the trend going, delivering a one-two-three eighth inning, striking out two. Back out for the ninth he made it interesting with a couple two-out walks, but picked up his second K of the inning to end the game and pick up the save.

    In all, Saints pitchers struck out 19 hitters on the game. Keoni Cavaco (2-for-5, R, 2 K) was the only batter with multiple hits. Jeferson Morales and Misael Urbina each drew two walks and scored a run.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Charlie Barnes, St. Paul Saints (6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Ernie De La Trinidad, Wichita Wind Surge (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – 1-for-1 (PR for Rob Refsnyder)
    #2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
    #3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 2-for-4, 2 R, K
    #4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, K
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 2-for-5, R, 2 K
    #8 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 1-for-5, R, K
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (right elbow strain - to have Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) – Did not play
    #12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 1-for-2, R, 2 BB
    #13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (wrist sprain)
    #14 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-for-3, R, 2 BB, K
    #15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
    #17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
    #19 - Jose Miranda (Wichita) – 0-for-4
    #20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Omaha @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – RHP Kenta Maeda (rehab), Jhoan Duran (0-1, 3.27 ERA) to follow
    Wichita @ Tulsa (12:05PM CST) – RHP Cole Sands (0-0, 3.42 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (6:35PM CST) – LHP Kody Funderburk (0-1, 1.57 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Jupiter (11:00AM CST) – RHP Louie Varland (3-1, 3.15 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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    To find out how all your favorite Minnesota Twins prospects performed in Tuesday night’s series opening games, keep reading!

    TRANSACTIONS
     
    The Minnesota Twins optioned CF Gilberto Celestino and outrighted RHP Juan Minaya to the Saints. Byron Buxton was activated for his rehab assignment, and RHP Tom Hackimer was released. RHP Cody Laweryson was activated for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    Omaha 1, St. Paul 4
    Box Score

    The story on the east side of the Twin Cities on Tuesday was the start of a rehab assignment for Byron Buxton. He did not disappoint, finishing the night 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple that tells me he’s feeling pretty good:
      The other notable performance, and a continuation of his season thus far, was that of starting pitcher Charlie Barnes. He went six innings and allowed just one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. He has yet to allow more than three runs in an outing this season and it was his third straight going six-plus innings. His ERA on the year so far is a fantastic 2.20.

    This one was a slow-burn until the later innings when the Saints finally got on the board in the seventh thanks to Daniel Descalso’s first home run of the year. Then in the eighth the home team tacked on three more thanks to a two-RBI single from Sherman Johnson, and an RBI…groundout I guess, but the play was a lot cooler than that sounds:
      Barnes was relieved by Ian Hamilton who went two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out four. Danny Coulombe came on for the save opportunity and delivered a one-two-three inning, striking out two.

    Buxton and Drew Maggi (2-for-4, RBI, K, SB) had multiple hits for the offense. Brent Rooker was 1-for-2 with a run scored and two walks. The Saints moved to above .500 with the win.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 3, Tulsa 8
    Box Score

    The Wind Surge scored single runs in each of the first three innings, but unfortunately that would be it for the game and their bullpen would fall apart late.

    Those three runs came courtesy of an Ernie De La Trinidad RBI single in the first, Caleb Hamilton’s third home run of the season in the second, and an RBI double from Trinidad in the third.

    Wichita Starter Josh Winder kept his team in front for the first five inning, ending his outing in line for the win. He allowed two earned runs on six hits and a walk and tying a career high with nine strikeouts. He threw 88 pitches, with 58 going for strikes (66%) including 18 swinging. The only negative was he allowed two home runs.

    Alex Phillips delivered a scoreless sixth inning in relief but surrendered a three-run home run in the seventh. In his two innings he gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out two. Ryan Mason pitched the eighth inning but allowed three runs of his own, though his defense failed him. A double-play grounder was misplayed by Jermaine Palacios at short which was followed by a two-run double and RBI groundout to account for the final score. Mason walked two and struck out one.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 4, Beloit 5
    Box Score

    The Kernels scored four runs in the third inning as Spencer Steer and Wander Javier popped home runs that made the score 4-1. Steer’s fifth of the season was a three-run shot, and Javier’s second of the year a solo blast.

    Starting pitcher Cody Laweryson, making his first appearance of the season, was solid for the first four innings. He allowed just one run on two hits and two walks, and struck out four. Tyler Watson went the next two innings and at least kept his team in front. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out two. Owen Griffith came on for the seventh inning and delivered a one-two-three frame, striking out two. Back out for the eighth he ran into a bunch of trouble and before it was done the Snappers had taken the lead 5-4. He struck out three in his two innings but also allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.

    Cedar Rapids was unable to muster any other offense outside the third inning and collected just six hits as a team. They had only three at-bats with runners in scoring position and left only five men on base for the game. Michael Helman and Trey Cabbage added doubles to the effort.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Fort Myers 7, Jupiter 4
    Box Score

    Righthander Sawyer Gipson-Long got the start for Fort Myers looking to continue trending in the right direction so far on the season. It was a bit of rubber band outing for him, however. The Hammerheads got to him for a pair of runs in the first inning as a one-out walk was followed by consecutive run-scoring doubles for an early Jupiter lead. He settled down after that and retired eight in a row, including six on strikeouts to get to the fifth inning. That is when Jupiter was able to string together two singles and a double to plate two more and take the lead back 4-3. In all, Gipson-Long finished five innings, allowing those four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine.

    The Mighty Mussels tied the game at two in the top of the second as cashed in on an error when Justin Washington delivered a two-out two-RBI double. They would take the lead 3-2 in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk with Misael Urbina at the plate but could not get a big hit to extend that further.

    They got another opportunity with bases loaded in the seventh, and Fort Myers took advantage this time thanks to another error and five walks to plate four runs. Ruben Santana delivered an RBI single to cap off that scoring as the Mussels took a 7-4 lead.

    Lefthander Denny Bentley was the first reliever summoned and in his two innings was electric. He struck out the side in the sixth and the first two in the seventh before a double and a walk started a threat for Jupiter. He quickly shut it down with another K to end the frame and his appearance. Next up was Osiris German and he kept the trend going, delivering a one-two-three eighth inning, striking out two. Back out for the ninth he made it interesting with a couple two-out walks, but picked up his second K of the inning to end the game and pick up the save.

    In all, Saints pitchers struck out 19 hitters on the game. Keoni Cavaco (2-for-5, R, 2 K) was the only batter with multiple hits. Jeferson Morales and Misael Urbina each drew two walks and scored a run.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day – Charlie Barnes, St. Paul Saints (6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Ernie De La Trinidad, Wichita Wind Surge (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – 1-for-1 (PR for Rob Refsnyder)
    #2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
    #3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 2-for-4, 2 R, K
    #4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, K
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 2-for-5, R, 2 K
    #8 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 1-for-5, R, K
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (right elbow strain - to have Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) – Did not play
    #12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 1-for-2, R, 2 BB
    #13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (wrist sprain)
    #14 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-for-3, R, 2 BB, K
    #15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
    #17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – Did not play
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
    #19 - Jose Miranda (Wichita) – 0-for-4
    #20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch

    WEDNESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Omaha @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – RHP Kenta Maeda (rehab), Jhoan Duran (0-1, 3.27 ERA) to follow
    Wichita @ Tulsa (12:05PM CST) – RHP Cole Sands (0-0, 3.42 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (6:35PM CST) – LHP Kody Funderburk (0-1, 1.57 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Jupiter (11:00AM CST) – RHP Louie Varland (3-1, 3.15 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
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    TRANSACTIONS
    •    In triple-A the Saints were assigned 2B Sherman Johnson from Wichita, and in a corresponding move OF Mark Contreras was sent back to the Wind Surge.
    •    The Wichita Wind Surge also were assigned IF Yeltsin Encarnacion from Cedar Rapids.
    SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul @ Louisville, PPD
    The Saints series opening matchup with the Louisville Bats was postponed due to rain on Tuesday.
    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Arkansas 1, Wichita 2
    Box Score
    Chris Vallimont got the start for the Wind Surge on Tuesday and he would go the first four innings. While he limited the damage on the scoreboard, he ran up a high pitch count with 75 pitches in those four innings, with just 39 going for strikes (52%). Vallimont allowed only one run by scattering five hits and three walks. He struck out three.
    The Wind Surge got the first run of the game in the second inning on a Caleb Hamilton double that scored Andrew Bechtold, who had led off the frame with a double of his own. They scratched their second run across in the third after a one-out walk, single to move the runner to third, and a grounder off the bat of Mark Contreras where he beat out the double-play throw to first to allow the run to score.
    Contreras was a standout in the game for other reasons, as he also stole his first three bases of the 2021 season. Jose Miranda hit his sixth double of the season, and newcomer B.J. Boyd also had two hits, a walk, and scored a run. 
    In relief of Vallimont the Wind Surge got five innings of scoreless relief from the trio of Hector Lujan (W, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 K), Alex Phillips (H, 1.1 IP, BB, 2 K, and a trip over himself on the mound he hopes not many people were watching 😉), and Brandon Koch (1.0 IP, K) who picked up his first save.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 7, Fort Wayne 4
    Box Score
    The Kernels offense struck first in this one courtesy of catcher Jair Camargo. He launched his fourth home run of the season in the second inning, a two-run shot for the early lead. 
    Fort Wayne got those runs back in the bottom of the third against Cedar Rapids starter Tyler Beck, who had worked around some baserunners in his first two innings. The TinCaps finally broke through after a hit batter to lead off the inning was followed by an RBI double and later a run-scoring single. Beck would finish just three innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two. He threw 62 pitches, with 35 going for strikes. 
    He was relieved by righthander Ryan Shreve who went the next 2 1/3 innings, delivering a “Snapper Mow-em Down” inning in the fourth with three K’s. A leadoff walk in the fifth was followed by a throwing error on a steal attempt that allowed the runner to advance to third. Shreve buckled in and struck out the next two hitters, but a double would bring in the run for a 3-2 TinCaps lead before he finished the inning. Shreve would strike out another batter to start the sixth, but another walk would end his day. In all Shreve allowed one run on one hit, two walks, and struck out six.
    The Kernels lineup came up with some scoring threats in the middle innings, but it took until the sixth before they got back on the scoreboard. A pair of walks put ducks on the pond, and a two-out two-run single from Max Smith put Cedar Rapids back out front 4-3.
    With one out in the bottom half of the sixth, Jordan Gore was summoned from the bullpen and would go the next 2 1/3. Though he walked four batters, he was able to work out of some jams and limited Fort Wayne to just one run. He struck out three.
    In the top of the ninth with the score tied at four the Kernels, and specifically Trey Cabbage, took advantage of a hit-by-pitch and walk when Cabbage clubbed his fourth home run of the season to put them out front 7-4. It was a big blast in a big spot with two outs:
    Righthander Jonathan Cheshire would close it out for Cedar Rapids, getting a one-two-three inning in the bottom of the ninth. In 1 1/3 Cheshire struck out two and picked up his first win of the year.
    The box score for this one reads a little weird, with the teams combining for eleven runs on just eleven hits. Walks played a large part as Kernels hitters drew ten free passes and the TinCaps drew eight. Cabbage (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K) and Max Smith (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K) had multiple hits for Cedar Rapids.
    MUSSEL MATTERS
    St. Lucie 0, Fort Myers 1
    Box Score
    In Fort Myers fans were treated to a good old fashioned pitching duel, with both staff’s limiting their opponents to just two hits through six innings.
    Righthander Regi Grace made the start for the Mighty Mussels and would go the first 4 1/3. He allowed just one hit but surrendered four free passes, including two in the fifth, that would lead to the end of his day. He struck out three and threw 66 pitches on the night, with 42 going for strikes. He was relieved by Matthew Swain who went the next 2 2/3, keeping the Mets scoreless by allowing just one hit, one walk, and striking out six of the 11 hitters he faced.
    Fort Myers would finally breakthrough in the bottom of the seventh, but it took an odd play to do so. With the bases loaded and one out, Willie Joe Garry Jr. hit a grounder to second that got the run in, but thinking better of trying to turn two on the speedster, the shortstop caught Yunior Severino rounding third a bit too far instead. His throw to third got Severino trapped in a rundown that ended the inning. It was enough for the Mighty Mussels.
    Juan Pichardo was summoned from the bullpen for the eighth inning and would finish the game for Fort Myers, picking up his first save on the year in the process. He walked one and struck out three in his two innings.
    Though the final score was 1-0 in the Mussels favor, it could have easily gone the other way. They had three errors on the game and gave the Mets plenty of baserunners in comparison, but the pitchers found a way. St. Lucie was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base for the game, compared to Fort Myers going only 0-for-3 and leaving four men on.
    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day – Matthew Swain, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (2.2 IP, H, BB, 6 K)
    Hitter of the Day – Trey Cabbage, Cedar Rapids Kernels (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K)
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
    #2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
    #3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 1-for-2, K
    #4 - Ryan Jeffers (St. Paul) – No game, PPD
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – No game, PPD
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Injured List (back)
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – 0-for-3, BB, K
    #8 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 1-for-3, BB, K
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #11 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) – No game, PPD
    #12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – No game, PPD
    #13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (wrist sprain)
    #14 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-for-4
    #15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
    #16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
    #17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – 0-for-2, 2 K
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
    #19 - Jose Miranda (Wichita) – 1-for-4, 2B
    #20 - Bailey Ober (St. Paul) – No game, PPD
    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    St. Paul @ Louisville (6:00PM CST) – LHP Charlie Barnes (2-0, 3.05 ERA)
    Arkansas @ Wichita (7:05PM CST) – RHP Austin Schulfer (1-2, 5.31 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Fort Wayne (6:05PM CST) – LHP Kody Funderburk (0-0, 0.98 ERA)
    St. Lucie @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (1-2, 9.64 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
     
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