Sunday, April 30, 2017

Twins Minor League Report (4/30): Nearly A Pair Of No-Nos

Photo Credit: Betsy Bissen, Bitzy Betsy Photography
Jose Berrios is making it known that he doesn't want to be in Rochester for much longer. He entered play on Sunday with a 1.44 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Opponents were hitting .180 against him with a 28 to 6 strikeout to walk ratio. It's hard to believe but those numbers would improve on Sunday.

Minnesota doesn't need a fifth starter until later this week. One has to wonder if Berrios will be getting the call. His MLB time has been disappointing but it's hard to imagine him putting up better numbers at Triple-A. It might be time to throw him into the fire at the big league level.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Louisville 1 
Box Score

Jose Berrios was outstanding over eight shutout innings. He allow one runner to reach scoring position and that happened in the second inning. Overall, he allowed two hits, both singles, while striking out seven and walking two. His season ERA dropped to 1.09 following his outstanding pitching performance. 

Berrios found himself in a pitchers duel with Rochester failing to get on the board until the seventh frame. Matt Hauge started the frame with his third home run of the season. Following a Daniel Palka walk, Niko Goodrum cracked a two-run shot. With two outs in the frame, John Ryan Murphy would collect his first home run to push the lead to 4-0.

In the bottom of the eighth, would load the bases with a pair of singles and a hit by pitch. Eventually, Niko Goodrum would draw a bases loaded walk to add an insurance run. Drew Rucinski came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth. The first batter collected a double and eventually came around to score. He coaxed a double play to end the game.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 9, Jackson 3

Box Score
Top pitching prospect Fernando Romero made his fifth Double-A appearance on Sunday. For the third consecutive start, he pitched into the sixth inning and allowed one eared run or fewer. In this outing, he scattered seven hits over six innings while striking out six. Following the strong start, his ERA dropped to under 3.00 for the first time this season.

Chattanooga scored a first innings run after Nick Gordon tripled to start the game. The scoring would pick up again in the fourth. Jonathan Rodriguez singled before scoring on a LaMonte Wade double. Wade was driven in by a Dan Gamache triple. Ryan Walker drove in Wade with a sacrifice fly and the Lookouts were up 4-0.

Gamache came up with another big hit in the fifth inning. His two-out double plated two runs. In the sixth, the first three batters collected hits as the Lookouts extended their lead to 8-1. Gamache wasn't done as he would double to start the seventh and set-up another scoring opportunity. Out of the last three games, he's had multiple hits in two of them.

Ryan Eades ran into a little trouble out of the bullpen. He allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh as Jackson tried to claw closer. John Curtiss struck out the side to close out the ninth.

MIRACLE MATTERS 
Fort Myers 8, Dunedin 6
Box Score
Things were looking bleak for Fort Myers as they were forced to overcome a five-run deficit to take down Duendin. Max Murphy punched his first two home runs of the season to help the comeback. He started the scoring in the first with a solo-shot and added another solo-shot in the third.

The big inning for Fort Myers came in the bottom of the eighth when the team plated three runs to take the lead. Zack Granite came up with the biggest hit a run-scoring double. The Miracle would also score a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly and a throwing error by the center fielder.

Chris Anderson was making his organizational debut on the mound and it didn't go so well. He allowed six earned runs on five hits. Anthony McIver and Sam Clay both pitched three shutout innings. McIver struck out three and walked two while Clay had two strikeouts and two walks. Jonny Drozd earned his second save with a perfect ninth frame.

KERNELS NUGGETS 
Cedar Rapids 1, Peoria 0 (6 Innings)
Box Score
Weather got in the way again for the Kernels. They were scheduled to play a double-header on Sunday but rain forced any early completion to their first game. The second game was postponed.

Clark Beeker was the story of this game. He tossed five shutout innings by allowing one hit. He struck out three and walked none. Beeker, a 2016 33rd round pick is now 3-1 on the season with a tidy 1.69 ERA. This is his first start all season where he's failed to pitch seven innings and only the rain could put an end to that streak.

Offensively, Cedar Rapids could only string together three hits. In the fourth frame, Lewin Diaz started the inning by being hit by a pitch. Jaylin Davis, the next batter, singled to move Diaz into scoring position. Caleb Hamilton came up with the big hit, a one-out RBI double. This would be the lone run of the game.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Jose Berrios, Rochester Red Wings
Hitter of the Day –  Max Murphy, Fort Myers Miracle


MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester- Scheduled Off Day
Chattanooga @ Jackson (11:05 CST) - TBD
Fort Myers vs. Dayton (5:35 CST) - RHP Dereck Rodriguez (0-2, 3.24 ERA)

Cedar Rapids- Scheduled Off Day

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