Thursday, August 25, 2016

Twins Minor League Report (8/25): Rochester Homer Party, Romero Rocks

Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons (Joe Maloney hugging Fernando Romero)
As August comes to a close, the minor league season is dwindling. For many of the Twins affiliates, playoff races are starting to heat up as teams try and stay in the hunt while holding off other opponents.

Minnesota might not be playing the best baseball so let's turn our attention to the future of the Twins. Would contending teams be able to pick up wins on Thursday night? Or would other teams push Minnesota's affiliates closer to being eliminated?

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 6, Norfolk 2
Box Score

The home run party got started early for Rochester as Byron Buxton homered on the first pitch of the game. It was the second straight game Buxton has hit a home run. In the third, Buxton beat out an infield hit in front of a Tommy Field home run, his tenth of the season. One inning later, Daniel Palka blasted his 33rd home run of the season to push the lead to 4-1. 

Any Rochester home run part would not be complete without a bomb from Adam Brett Walker. He hit is league-leading 26th homer of the season. Walker has now hit safely in 11-straight games, the longest streak by a Red Wings player this season.

Home runs were not the only story in this one. Omar Bencomo pitched into the seventh inning on the way to his second victory with the club. His final line read 6.2 innings pitched while allowing one earned run on six hits with four strikeouts. D.J. Baxendale and Alex Wimmers combined for 2.1 shutout frames to close out the game. Baxendale struck out three.

Even with the win, Rochester is four games away from being eliminated from first place in the International League North. However, the club trails the Lehigh Valley IronPigs by four games for a wild card spot.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 7, Jacksonville 6


Box Score
After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the middle innings, the Lookouts did their best to try and give this one back to the Suns. Chattanooga used an error and four singles to push across three runs in the top of the third. Zach Granite doubled to lead-off the fifth frame and would later come around on a Edgar Corcino two-run double.

Things got a little dicey from there as Jacksonville mounted their comeback. Ryan Eades had put up zeros through the first four frames but ran into a little trouble in the fifth and seventh innings. He ended the night after 6.2 innings and allowed four earned runs. Todd Van Steensel picked up his second hold since being promoted but he was charged with a run in 0.2 innings. Raul Fernandez blew the save in the eighth but earned the win after an interesting ninth.

Chattanooga capitalized on the opportunities they were given in the ninth. Niko Goodrum singled to start the frame. Tanner Witt sacrificed Goodrum to second before a wild pitch moved him to third. Levi Michael walked to put runners on the corners. Zach Granite would single to score Goodrum and move Michael into scoring position. A wild pitch would move both runners up a base and Engelb Vielma drove in Michael on a fielder's choice.

The Lookouts are 3.5 games out of first place in the Southern League North but there are currently two teams in front of them in the second-half standings (Jackson, the first half champs, and Montgomery).

MIRACLE MATTERS 
Fort Myers 1, Palm Beach 0
Box Score

Fernando Romero was masterful on the mound in this contest. In seven scoreless innings, Romero faced just two batters over the minimum while striking out nine and walking none. Both hit he allowed were infield singles and 60 of his 87 pitches were for strikes.

While Romero was pitching well, Fort Myers wasn't able to strike until the seventh inning. Joe Maloney knocked a one-out double to put a runner in scoring position. After a strikeout, Christian Ibarra hit one up the middle and Maloney cruised around to score the lone run of the game.

Luke Westphal allowed one batter to reach on a walk with one out in the eighth. Luckily, he got a strike him out, throw him out double play to end the frame and keep the Miracle on top. Confesor Lara earned his third save with a scoreless final frame.

Fort Myers is one game out of first place with 10 games remaining on the regular season schedule.

KERNELS NUGGETS 
Cedar Rapids 12, Quad Cities 1
Box Score

Cedar Rapids supported their pitchers very well in this one. The team pounded out 12 runs on 12 hit on the way to their 72nd victory of the season. Travis Blankenhorn drove in three runs and hit his first triple with Cedar Rapids. Luis Arraez went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Jaylin Davis and Rainis Silva both had doubles to add to the scoring barrage.

Lachlan Wells had some control problems as he issued four walks in six innings. However, he limited the River Bandits to one hit and no earned runs on the way to his career high sixth victory. Max Cordy collected strikeouts for five of the six outs he was called on to get. He walked one and allowed a run on two hits. Logan Lombana struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth before back to back doubles pushed across a run.

With a second-half record of 35-24, the Kernels are currently in second place in the Midwest League Western Division. If the playoffs started today, Cedar Rapids would be in based on finishing second. They are currently 3.5 games ahead of third place Burlington.

E-TOWN E-NOTES
Elizabethton 0, Johnson City 11
Box Score

Things got ugly in a hurry in this one and didn't get much better. Elizabethton allowed runs in all but two innings and the team committed four errors. All but one batter in the E-Twins line-up reached base at least once but no one had multiple hits and there weren't any extra-base hits. Alex Kirilloff reached base twice with two walks. Amaurys Minier went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Jose Martinez took the bulk of the damage on the mound. Eight runs were scored while he pitched with six of them being earned. He allowed two home runs and struck out one. Austin Tribby was charged with two earned runs on five hits with three walks and a couple strikeouts. Johan Quezada pitched the last 2.2 frames and limited Johnson City to three hits and one earned run.

Even with the loss, the E-Twins would be in the playoffs if they started today. They currently sit in second place in the Appalachian League West and the top two teams in the division make the playoffs. Elizabethton is 5.5 games up on the third place Greeneville Astros.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 2, GCL Orioles 9
Box Score


The GCL Twins found themselves down 6-1 after three innings in this one and they didn't have much in the tank to make a comeback. Huascar Ynoa took his fifth loss of the season after not being charged with a loss since July 27. He allowed five earned runs in 2.2 innings with five strikeouts and two walks. Zach Strecker surrendered three earned runs on five hits in 4.1 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Juan Gamez ended the game with two scoreless frames. 

No Twins batter had more than one hit and the team went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Aaron Whitefield reached base three times out of the lead-off spot and he is still batting over .300 for the season. Gorge Munoz had the team's only extra-base hit, a double. Akil Baddoo walked twice and scored a run. 

Even with the loss, the GCL Twins only trail the GCL Red Sox by one game for first place in the GCL South Division. 

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Fernando Romero, Fort Myers Miracle
Hitter of the Day – Byron Buxton, Rochester Red Wings


FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Scranton/WB (6:05 CST) - LHP Adalberto Mejia (1-2, 4.66 ERA)
Chattanooga @ Jacksonville (6:05 CST) - RHP Felix Jorge (1-4, 4.38 ERA)
Fort Myers @ Jupiter (5:30 CST) - RHP Dereck Rodriguez (1-1, 1.83 ERA) 

Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (6:30 CST) - RHP Tyler Beardsley (0-2, 3.60 ERA)
Elizabethton vs. Burlington (6:00 CST)- RHP Miguel De Jesus (0-2, 3.21 ERA)
GCL Twins vs. GCL Red Sox (11:00AM CST) - TBD


Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Thursday’s games.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dozier's Not Jerking Around

Photo Credit: Brad Rempel, USA Today Sports
Baseball has a long season. Players show up in early spring and play well into the fall with few days off in-between. How many players can continue to be successful over the course of 162 games? This grueling nature of the game is one of the things that attracts fans of all ages.

Slumps are something players in baseball try to avoid. The best players can avoid prolonged slumps. Brian Dozier has been no stranger to slumps throughout his career. So what adjustments has Dozier made during this season's second half? Let's look back before we look forward.

In recent years, the season's second half has not been kind to Brian Dozier. In 2014, Dozier hit 18 home runs in the first half and stole 16 bases. It looked like he could be on his way to a 30-30 season. Things slowed down in the second half as he was limited to five home runs and five steals. His OBP jumped up 12 points but his power numbers declined.

Dozier's 2015 second half slump was even worse. He was selected to his first All-Star Game based on hitting 19 home runs with a .841 OPS in the first half. His batting average dropped almost 50 points in the second half and his OPS dipped to .639. His nine home runs were good but not nearly as good as his 19 first half long balls.

This season has taken on a very different trend for Mr. Dozier. He struggled out of the gate as he was hitting under .195 after the first month of the season with only three home runs. In fact, the second month of the season didn't go much better. On June 5, he was hitting .206/.299/.351 with six home runs and 10 doubles.

A walk near the end of May might have been the key to Dozier's turn around. It also signals the first time in his career where his second half numbers are going to be much better than his first half totals. Dozier told the Pioneer Press, "The whole thing is staying behind the ball. Knock on wood, I don't feel like I'll fall into the habit of jerking it again. It just comes natural now."

Dozier has been on quite the tear. Since the June 5 date mentioned above, he has hit .310/.370/.660 with 22 home runs, five triples, and 18 doubles across 68 games. His 97 long balls also leads all MLB second baseman since 2013. While last season Dozier saw his second half OPS drop to .639, this year he has an eye-popping 1.048 second-half OPS. That total ranks him sixth in all of baseball and fourth in the American League.

Take a look at Dozier's hit chart from last year to this year. In 2015, it looks like he was definitely falling into his habit of jerking the ball. Almost all of his power and almost all of his hits were left of second base.
While this season hasn't been a complete shift away from pulling the ball, Dozier has started to use more of the field. He's finding more hits right of second base and he is even finding some power to the opposite field.

At 29 years old, Dozier might be finally be settling into a more veteran approach at the plate. Dozier's defense continues to be sub-par at second base but his offensive totals are more than making up for his defensive ineptitude. He's one of the team leaders on and off the field but is this new and improved version of Dozier going to last? Or will he fall back into his old habit of jerking the ball?

Only time will tell...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Twins Minor League Report (8/16): Blankenhorn Blast Powers Kernels Win

Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons (Joe Maloney)
How many double headers can be played in one day? The Twins farm system tried their best to answer this question on Tuesday

There were a trio of double headers up and down the Twins system on Tuesday. The Miracle, Kernels, and DSL Twins all had to make-up from some weather issues in the last month. This lead to a jam pack Monday schedule with plenty of chances for players to shine.

Chattanooga had a scheduled off day and the GCL Twins were postponed but all the other teams were in action. What players would stand out above the crowd? Read on to find out.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 0, Buffalo 3
Box Score

For the third straight start, Nick Greenwood pitched at least seven innings and allowed three runs or fewer. On Monday night, he tossed seven innings while scattering seven hits. He struck out three and walked three but left the mound trailing 2-0. Neil Ramirez came on in relief and allowed a solo home run during his inning of work. 

Unfortunately, the Rochester offense couldn't get going in this one. The team combined for five hits, went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, and left six men on base. Adam Brett Walker collected two of the team's six hits but he also struck out twice. Daniel Palka added his 12th double, the team's lone extra-base knock. Mitch Garver reached base twice and is hitting .375 since being promoted. Byron Buxton was 0-for-4 out of the lead off spot. 

The loss drops the Red Wings to 68-56 on the season as they sit nine games out of first place in the International League North. Luckily, Rochester finds themselves 4.5 games behind Lehigh Valley the wild card spot with 19 games to play. This includes what could be a pivotal four game home and home series to end the regular season against Lehigh Valley. 

MIRACLE MATTERS 
Fort Myers 1, St. Lucie 0 (Game 1- 8 Innings)
Box Score

In what was scheduled to be a seven inning contest, the pitching staffs for both teams combined to put up zeros until the eighth frame. Christian Ibarra singled to lead-off the inning and was immediately replaced with pinch runner Sean Miller. With Nick Gordon batting, Miller advanced to second on a wild pitch. Gordon was able advance Miller to third on a deep fly to left. Joe Maloney brought home Miller on a ground ball single.

Maloney finished the game 2-for-4 with the only RBI for either team. Alex Perez picked up a pair of hits in three trips to the plate. Nick Gordon and Christian Ibarra both finished 1-for-4. Overall, the team went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Sam Clay had orginally started this resumed game and made it through one inning. He walked two and didn't allow an earned run. Luke Westphal and Michael Theofanopoulos each pitched 3.1 scoreless innings while combining to strike out seven. Todd Van Steensel picked up his third win after recording the final out of the eighth inning.

Fort Myers 6, St. Lucie 8 (Game 2)
Box Score

Game two started off worse for Fort Myers as they saw St. Lucie jump out to an 8-1 lead by the end of the third. Joe Maloney had spotted the Miracle an early 1-0 lead on his third home run. In the fifth inning, Fort Myers tried to crawl back into the contest. Alex Perez walked in front of a Trey Vavra single. Following a double-play, Tanner English slashed a triple to score Perez. Sean Miller drove in English with a double.

Things got even more interesting in the final frame. After back-to-back singles from Brad Hartong and Daniel Kihle, Christian Ibarra hit a three-run blast to cut the lead to 8-6. The comeback attempt ended there as the next two batters failed to reach base.

Randy LeBlanc started and was charged with eight earned runs on 10 hits. He struck out one and walked two. Cam Booser tossed three shutout frames while striking out six. It was the first time all season where Booser pitched more than two innings and the six strike outs tied a career high.


KERNELS NUGGETS 
Cedar Rapids 1, Peoria 10 (Game 1- 7 Innings)
Box Score

Sam Gibbons was roughed up in this one for seven earned run in less than five inning of work. The Chiefs pounded out four first inning runs on the way to the blowout win. Gibbons walked two and struck out two as he was charged with his first loss since May 5. Max Cordy allowed two runs on four hits with three strikeouts in relief.

Luis Arraez was the lone batter to record multiple hits as he finished 2-for-3. Travis Blakenhorn picked up his third double since being promoted and he scored the team's only run. J.J. Fernandez finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. On the defensive side of the ball, Zander Wiel was charged with his 15th error at first base.

Cedar Rapids 7, Peoria 2 (Game 2- 7 Innings)
Box Score

Cedar Rapids didn't want a nail biter in game two as they pounded out seven runs on ten hits. Travis Blankenhorn hit his first Low-A home run, a two-run shot to give the Kernels a 2-1 lead. In the fifth inning, Cedar Rapids pushed across four runs with the biggest hit being a two-run triple by Zander Wiel. He would finish the game 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored. Blankenhorn and Jaylin Davis both picked up two hits and combined for four RBI.

Brady Anderson pitched six strong innings by allowing one run on four hits. He struck out four and walked one. In four of his last five starts, he has pitched six innings and allowed one run or fewer. Williams Ramirez ran into a little trouble in the final frame as he walked a couple batters with two outs but it wasn't nearly enough

E-TOWN E-NOTES
Elizabethton 7, Johnson City 17
Box Score
The E-Twins found themselves in the middle of quite the slugfest but they didn't have nearly enough firepower on this night. Johnson City pounded out 17 runs on 21 hits with all but one batter in their line-up reaching base multiple times. Ryan Mason started and was charged with seven earned runs on nine hits. He struck out two and walked one. Quin Grogan allowed five runs in his three innings with a pair of strikeouts. Austin Tribby closed things out as he allowed five runs in the final two frames. 


Lewin Diaz collected his eighth home run, a three-run shot in the third inning. This kept the game closer at the time. Ariel Montesino scored a pair of runs out of the lead-off spot and hit his third double. Caleb Hamilton drove in two runs as part of a multi-hit night. Alex Kirilloff went 0-for-5 but managed to score a run.

The E-Twins might have been looking forward to Wednesday's off day a little early as the club will have to recover from this lopsided affair. 

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Brady Anderson, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Hitter of the Day – Joe Maloney, Fort Myers Miracle


WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Buffalo (12:05 CST) - LHP Andrew Albers (9-5, 3.51 ERA)
Chattanooga vs. Montgomery (6:05 CST) - LHP Stephen Gonsalves (5-1, 2.01 ERA)
Fort Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) - TBD

Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (7:00 CST) - RHP Eduardo Del Rosario (4-2, 4.38 ERA)
Elizabethton- Scheduled Off Day
GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00AM CST) - TBD


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

Monday, August 15, 2016

Kepler Versus Buxton Has Become No Contest

Photo Credit: Brad Rempel, USA Today Sports
In the prospect ranking department there are always players that fall slip through the cracks. For instance, take a look at Brian Dozier. As Nick wrote about on Monday, Dozier hit a combined total of 16 home runs over 1,600 plate appearances in the minors.

Needless to say, Dozier was never featured on any national top 100 prospect lists before evolving into possibly the best power hitting second baseman in the game. Sometimes prospects slip through the cracks before putting it all together and other times great prospects fail.

The Twins currently have an interesting situation unfolding with two young players. Byron Buxton was touted as one of the best prospects in the game after the Twins made him the second overall selection. In fact, he has been ranked as the first or second best prospect each of the last three seasons by Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus.

Like Dozier before him, Max Kepler has been a very different story in the prospect world. The 23-year old has moved slowly through the Twins system in the seven years since he signed. It wasn't until last season when he made his presence known. He hit .322/.416/.531 with 54 extra-base hits on the way to being named the Southern League MVP.

National prospect list took note of Kepler's breakout campaign and he found himself sprinkled on multiple lists entering this season. Baseball American had him 30th, MLB.com had him 44th, and Baseball Prospectus had him all the way back at 66th. Not nearly as high as Buxton but that's not how these rankings are put together.

Kepler already has more home runs this season than his last two minor league seasons combined. He's getting on base over 33% of the time and his .508 slugging percentage ranks second among rookies in the American League. He is establishing himself as one of the best hitters in the Twins line-up while continually being penciled into the middle of the order.

Meanwhile, Buxton's struggles have been well documented during his big league tenure. Pitchers are constantly getting ahead of him and Buxton has a 36.7 K%. He's now toiling at Rochester where he has slugged .982 this season while Kepler continues to thrive in Minnesota.

Kepler's performance has been clearly superior to Buxton and that can show why prospect lists are fickle. Buxton could eventually put it all together and be the five-tool player most thought he would become.

Kepler versus Buxton might be no contest for now but Twins fans should be patient. No matter what the results are now, both players are going to need to perform well for the Twins to return to their former glory.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Twins Minor League Report (8/9): Steele Shines, Kernels Implode

Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons
With less than a month left in the minor league season, teams need to make their move for any potential playoff run. For Minnesota's affiliates, Tuesday's action came with a ton of roster moves throughout the system.

Infielders Travis Blankenhorn and Brandon Lopez moved up from Elizabethton to Cedar Rapids. In a corresponding move, Christian Ibarra was promoted to Fort Myers and Manuel Guzman was moved down to Elizabethton.

Rochester sent out quite the updated list of roster moves. Three players were added to the roster. Byron Buxton was optioned from Minnesota and Mitch Garver and Leonardo Reginatto were transferred from Double-A Chattanooga. Infielder Heiker Meneses came off the disabled list and was sent to Double-A while RHP Marcus Walden was added to the DL with a right shoulder strain. TJ White was also moved from Fort Myers up to Chattanooga.

Baseball can be a cruel game too for players trying to find a spot on a roster. After all the other moves of the day, outfielder Darin Mastroianni and infielder Buck Britton were released from their contracts.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Syracuse 6
Box Score

Pat Dean ran into a little bit of a buzzsaw in the third inning of this contest. After making it through the first two innings, Dean was knocked around for six runs in the third while only collecting one out. He wouldn't make it out of the frame after allowing 10 hits. The Rochester bullpen trio of DJ Baxendale, Ryan O'Rourke, and Pat Light didn't allow a run the rest of the way as the Red Wings attempted their comeback.

Daniel Palka had gotten Rochester out to an early lead with a solo home run to lead off the top of the sixth. Tommy Field doubled to start the sixth but was left at second with two outs. Adam Brett Walker wouldn't leave him hanging as he cracked his third triple of the season. James Beresford joined Walker with a triple of his own in the seventh inning before a Wilfredo Tovar single brought him home. 

Rochester got the tying run on base in the ninth inning but the comeback stopped there. Walker and Field both collected three hits while Beresford crossed the plate twice. Byron Buxton wasn't in the starting line-up but made an appearance as a pinch runner in the final inning. 

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 0, Jacksonville 3

Box Score
Before tonight's action, the Lookouts reset their rotation for the rest of the season. LHP Stephen Gonsalves was given an extra day of rest before reentering the rotation. RHP Felix Jorge starts tonight's contest followed by Gonsalves, RHP Aaron Slegers, RHP Kohl Stewart, and LHP David Hurlbut. 


Jorge and the Lookouts were locked up in a pitchers duel in this one. Jorge put up zeros through five innings before allowing a solo home run in the sixth. He came out for the seventh and collected first two outs quickly before three straight hits pushed across two runs and he exited the game. Jorge struck out two and walked one. Zack Jones finished off the seventh inning and worked a perfect eighth frame while collecting three strikeouts. Jake Reed pitched a shutout ninth inning with a strikeout. 

The Lookouts were limited to five hits in the game with no batters collecting multiple hits. The team only had one opportunity to bat with runners in scoring position and it came with two outs in the inning. Every batter besides Shannon Wilkerson reached base at least once. 

MIRACLE MATTERS 
Fort Myers 0, St. Lucie 1 (7 Innings- Game 1)
Box Score

After being rained out on Monday night, the Miracle found themselves in a pitcher's duel in the first game of their double header. Keaton Steele pitched all seven innings for Fort Myers but ended up taking the tough luck loss.

After allowing a lead-off double in the fourth frame, he almost wriggled out of the inning unscathed. Unfortunately, a two-out double would push across the only run of the game. Steele dropped to 5-10 with the loss but it was his third straight start where he pitched at least six innings and gave up two earned runs or fewer. He struck out three and walked one.

Only three Miracle batters were able to record hits. AJ Murray reached base twice in his three plate appearances before being lifted for a pinch runner. Joe Maloney and Chris Paul both went 1-for-3. Fort Myers never had a runner reach second base.

Fort Myers --, St. Lucie -- (PPD- Game 2)
Tuesday's second game was washed out and has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday night. The Miracle will try and play two seven-inning games on Wednesday if the weather will finally cooperate. 



KERNELS NUGGETS 
Cedar Rapids 6, Peoria 8
Box Score

Cedar Rapids looked to be sailing to their 62nd victory as they took a 5-2 lead into the final inning. Brady Anderson pitched six solid innings as the only run scored against him was unearned. He found his way out of four walks and five hits but the Kernels were in position to win when he left the mound.

Zander Wiel got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. It was his 14th home run of the season. Cedar Rapids would push another run across in the fourth. Casey Scoggins would walk in front of a Sean Miller single to put two runners on base. Luis Arraes doubled to score Scoggins from second but the Kernels left two runners on base in the frame. JJ Fernandez started the seventh with a triple before being knocked in by a Rainis Silva single. Silva would later score on a fielding error to make the lead 5-2.

The ninth inning got ugly in a hurry for the bullpen. Andrew Vasquez pitched the seventh and eighth without any issues but he allowed the first two batters to reach in the ninth. Max Cordy didn't fare much better as the first two batters he faced collected singles before a Jaylin Davis fielding error allowed another run to score. After coaxing two outs, Cordy hurled a wild pitch that was followed by a single and a double as the game slipped out of hand.

E-TOWN E-NOTES
Elizabethton 6, Danville 3
Box Score
The E-Twins took advantage of six (yeah, count'em... six) fielding errors by Danville on their way to their 23rd victory of the season.  Elizabethton didn't record an extra-base hit but the team went 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Ben Rortvedt was the lone batter with multiple hits including an RBI. Shane Carrier scored two runs and first round pick Alex Kirilloff was 1-for-4.


Tyler Wells put together his best start of the season for his second win. He went six strong innings while scattering five hit and two earned runs. Wells struck out four and walked two. Domenick Carlini earned his first save in unconventional fashion by tossing three frames. He allowed one unearned run and struck out four. 

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Keaton Steele, Fort Myers Miracle
Hitter of the Day – Adam Brett Walker, Rochester Red Wings


WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Syracuse (5:35 CST) - LHP Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 2.57 ERA)
Chattanooga- Scheduled Off Day
Fort Myers vs St. Lucie (4:00 CST) -RHP Randy LeBlanc (4-5, 4.25 ERA)

Fort Myers vs St. Lucie (Game 2- Makeup of 8/9 PPD)- LHP Sam Clay (1-1, 4.15 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30 CST) - RHP Dereck Rodriguez (2-11, 5.73 ERA)
Elizabethton at Kingsport (6:00 CST) - TBD
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (11:00AM CST) - TBD

GCL Twins vs. GCL Orioles (Game 2- Makeup of 8/9 PPD)- TBD


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