Friday, July 1, 2016

Twins Minor League Report (7/1): Kiriloff Cranks First Home Run

Photo Credit: David Hague Photography (Alex Kirilloff)
Daniel Palka has been on quite the role in recent weeks and he was honored on Friday for his hot hitting. The Southern League announced that Palka was the Player of the Month for the month of June. By the end of the month he had hit .302/.372/.802 (1.174 SLG) with 13 home runs, three doubles, and three triples.

During the week of June 6th, Palka set-up his tremendous month by going 10-for-29 with seven extra-base hits, four home runs, 10 RBI, a .931 slugging percentage, and an OPS of 1.306. He would be given the Southern League's Player of the Week award for that hot stretch.

Could Palka keep the fireworks going for this long Fourth of July weekend? Read on to find out.

Rochester 5, Syracuse 3
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The Red Wings had to move on from Miguel Sano's tenure as his rehab assignment ended on Thursday and they were able to do so with the help of some familiar names. 

Eddie Rosario collected his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot. He went 2-for-4 on the night including two runs scored. Darin Mastroianni and Jorge Polanco both had a pair of hits and Mastroianni came around to score a run. Wilfredo Tovar had a double and an RBI out of the ninth spot in the batting order. 

Jason Wheeler started and kept the Red Wings in the game. He struck out six in 5.2 innings on the mound while allowing three earned runs on five hits. The bullpen was fantastic for Rochester. D.J. Baxendale, Ryan O'Rourke, Trevor May, and Alex Wimmers combined for 3.1 shutout innings on the way to the team's 48th victory. For Wimmers, it was his seventh save. 

Chattanooga 8, Pensacola 10
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The Lookouts jumped out to a first inning 2-0 thanks to a two-run shot off the bat of Mitch Garver. Things would go quiet on the offensive side until the sixth when Niko Goodrum hit a one-out double before SL Player of the Month Daniel Palka knocked him in with a single, his 62 RBI this year. Chattanooga did their best to come back in the late innings with a five-run eighth frame that was bolstered by a Travis Harrison home run. 

Goodrum finished the night going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk. Garver drove in four and scored a pair of runs as part of a two-hit effort. DJ Hicks reached base twice. The Lookouts only left five runners on base and batted .600 with runners in scoring position (6-for-10). 

In his third start at Double-A, things didn't go well for Stephen Gonsalves. He was roughed up for six runs in 3.2 innings of work. He struck out eight and walked two as his Double-A ERA is now over 8.00. Omar Bencomo allowed two runs (one earned) in 1.1 innings while striking out three. Luke Westphal didn't stop the scoring as he gave up a pair of runs in two innings of work. Trevor Hildenberger was the only pitcher to put a zero on the board.

Ft. Myers 7, Jupiter 4
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Randy Rosario got the start for Fort Myers but ran into a little trouble during the sixth inning. After back to back one out hits, Rosario coaxed a ground out that allowed a run to score. During the next batter he threw a wild pitch and eventually walked the batter. Rosario's night was done and John Curtiss came in with runners on the corners. He'd get the next out to end the inning and finish out the next frame with a couple strikeouts. 

Things continued to get hairy from there. Nick Anderson started the eighth inning and allowed three straight singles to start the frame. He'd be replaced by Yorman Landa without recording an out. Landa did his best to limit the damage as the first batter bunted to advance the runners. The next batter grounded out but another run scored. After a walk, Landa got the final out but the score was now 5-4. 

The Miracle bounced back quickly scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning. LaMonte Wade and Joe Maloney started the inning by getting hit by pitches. Alex Perez advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt and T.J. White brought them home with double. White had already homered in the game as he finished 3-for-5 with four RBI. Max Murphy also had a home run, his fifth of the season, which left the bat at 105 mph. Two-thirds of the batting order had at least one double. 

Fort Myers have now won four in a row and remain in first place in the Florida State League South Division.

Cedar Rapids 4, Beloit 5
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After falling behind early, the Kernels plated three runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead. Rainis Silva walked to lead-off the inning before a Daniel Kihle single advanced him to second. A couple batters later Luis Arraez singled to score Silva. The big hit in the inning came from Sean Miller who was credited with a double and two runs scored on the play.

However, the bullpen couldn't hold it together. Cody Stashak started and left with the Kernels up 4-3. He allowed three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Tom Hackimer took the blown save and the loss after allowing a pair of runs to score in the eighth inning. Kuo Hua Lo got two outs and struck out one.

Miller finished 3-for-4 with the team's only extra-base hit. It was his 13th double of the season. Joining the multi-hit parade was Zander Wiel as he collected a pair of hits and an RBI.

Elizabethton 8, Pulaski 3
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The E-Twins powered out four home runs in the first three innings to help the team push across eight runs. Alex Kirilloff, the Twins 2016 first round pick, hit his first professional home run as part of a multi-hit night. Jaylin Davis cracked two home runs to go along with five RBI. Davis has six home runs this season and this was just the E-Twins ninth game. Amaurys Minier also added a long ball, his first on the season. 

Tyler Wells made it through two perfect frames including striking out the four straight batters but he ran into some third inning issues. He had runners at first and second after two walks and a pair of strikeouts in the inning. Griffin Jax entered and gave up a sharp singled to score one. During the next at-bat he had a wild pitch that score another run. Wells ended up with no hits in 2.2 innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Jax allowed two runs to score against Wells before another run scored against him. He struck out two in 2.1 frames.

Andrew Vasquez picked up his first professional victory after throwing three terrific innings. He limited the Yankees to two hits and he struck out seven. Vasquez has yet to allow a run this season across three appearances. Colton Davis got the ninth and saw two batters reach but struck out the last two batters of the game. 

GCL Twins 1, GCL Red Sox 6
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The GCL Twins couldn't take advantage of plenty of opportunities in this contest. The Twins kept pace with the Red Sox in the hit department with 12 each but the home team went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. 

Gorge Munoz had a big day at the dish going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Dane Hutcheon matched Munoz with three hits and he is hitting .400 so far this season. Besides the two extra-base hits from Munoz, Ben Rortvedt had the only other extra base hit, a double.

Miguel De Jesus took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits in just under four innings of work. He struck out six and walked one. Clark Beeker took over for De Jesus and struck out three while giving up a run in 2.1 innings. Matz Schutte didn't allow a hit and struck out three across two frames. Brady Anderson finished off the last inning with a hit and walk but didn't allow a run.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – The Rochester Bullpen, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jaylin Davis, Elizabethton Twins

Rochester @ Syracuse (6:05 CST) - LHP Pat Dean (1-5, 4.40 ERA)

Chattanooga @ Pensacola (6:30 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers (6-4, 3.38 ERA)
Ft. Myers vs. Jupiter (5:05 CST) - RHP Randy LeBlanc (1-2, 5.40 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (7:00 CST) - LHP Lachlan Wells (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Elizabethton vs. Bluefield (5:00 CST) - RHP Ryan Mason (0-0, 18.00 ERA)
GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (9:00 am CST) - TBD

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Friday's games.

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