Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Twins Minor League Report (7/12): Gonsalves Strikes Out Season-High

Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons (Stephen Gonsalves)
While most of the baseball world was focused on the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego, there were a smattering of minor league games on the docket.

Stephen Gonsalves was scheduled to make his fourth start since being promoted to Double-A. He allowed eight runs in his first 8.2 innings with Chattanooga but he bounced back nicely with six shutout frames in his last outing.

Which version of Gonsalves would show up on Tuesday night? Read on to find out.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 4, Tennessee 0
Box Score
For the second straight start, Stephen Gonsalves pitch six shutout innings. He struck out a season-high 11 batters while scattering four hits and not walking a batter. He had walked 11 batters in his first three appearances with Chattanooga. Gonsalves continues to pile up strikeouts as he has 30 strikeouts in 20.2 innings since being promoted. 

Jake Reed took over for Gonsalves and kept the shutout alive with two clean frames. He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one. Trevor Hildenberger closed out the ninth with a perfect inning by striking out two. 

Levi Michael had a huge night at the plate. The former first round pick went 3-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and a walk. Shannon Wilkerson reached base four times and scored a pair of runs. Leonardo Reginatto stole his seventh base as part of a multi-hit night at the plate. Mitch Garver was named Twins minor league player of the week after batting .455 last week but he went 0-for-4 tonight. 

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 6, GCL Orioles 4
Box Score
The GCL Twins wasted little time in this contest as they jumped out to an early 4-0 first inning lead. Gorge Munoz lead-off the inning with a walk right before a Jorge Andrade single. Jean Carlos Arias advanced the runners with a ground out before a Jose Miranda walk loaded the bases. Ben Rortvedt drove in a pair of runs with a single before Aaron Whitefield walked to load'em up again. Kidany Salva got drew a walk with the bases loaded to make it 3-0. While Tyree Davis was batting, a wild pitch forced in another run to cap the scoring for the inning. 


Whitefield reached base three times including a pair of hits and his fourth stolen base of the season. Rortvedt went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Andrade scored two runs and reached base twice. Overall, the team went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position while leaving seven runners on base. 

Tyler Fox started for the E-Twins and made it through three frames. He allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Moises Gomez picked up his first victory after pitching three innings and only allowing an unearned run. Clark Beeker earned his first save as he pitched three perfect innings and struck out one. 

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Stephen Gonsalves, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Levi Michael, Chattanooga Lookouts


WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS


Chattanooga @ Tennessee (11:05 am CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers (8-4, 3.39 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ Tampa (6:00 CST) - RHP Keaton Steele (4-7, 3.84 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Lake County (6:00 CST) - RHP Cody Stashak (5-5, 3.17 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Danville (6:00 CST) - RHP Tyler Beardsley (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
GCL Twins vs. GCL Orioles (11:00 am CST) - TBD

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

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