Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, July 3rd
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News and Notes
- Ervin Santana and Miguel Sano named to represent the Minnesota Twins at the All-Star Game
- The Twins agreed to a $3M signing bonus with MLB.com’s #3 international prospect Jelfrey Marte on the first day of the international free agent signing period
The Twins struggled to get Alcides Escobar and Whit Merrifield out on the day, as the two combined to go 5-9, drive in 3 runs, and score 2 runs, as the Royals defeated the Twins 6-2. Eduardo Escobar continued his recent hot hitting for the Twins, going 2-4 after hitting .354/.398/.549 in June.
Rochester was shut out by one of the most loaded minor league rosters there is, losing 3-0 to Lehigh Valley Sunday. David Hurlbut took the loss in spite of a solid start, going 7 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and no walks, striking out 9. Zack Granite was the only Rochester hitter to reach base twice with two singles.
Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Mississippi Braves 4 (game 1), Chattanooga Lookouts 1, Mississippi Braves 0 (game 2)
The Lookouts and Braves completed a game started on Saturday when they got together Sunday for their first game, having played 2 1/2 innings of the game when it was delayed Saturday. Fernando Romero pitched well on Saturday, throwing 2 scoreless innings, but he did not come back out on Sunday. Instead, Randy Le Blanc took the hill and allowed 4 runs on 5 2/3 innings Sunday, but the offense bailed him out by scoring in the top of the 9th to win it.
Chattanooga’s offense was led by Levi Michael, who had a home run and a walk, and Nick Gordon, who had two singles.
Ryan Eades threw three perfect innings to key the win in game two for the Lookouts, striking out 5. Edgar Corcino had a pair of singles and a stolen base. T.J. White and Levi Michael each had a double.
St. Lucie Mets 5, Fort Myers Miracle 4 (game 1), Fort Myers Miracle 12, St. Lucie Mets 1 (game 2)
St. Lucie scored 4 in the top of the 5th to defeat the Miracle in game 1 5-4. Brady Anderson got the start for Fort Myers, allowing 5 runs over 4 innings, allowing 8 hits and 4 walks. Jermaine Palacios had three hits, including a double.
The Miracle offense was in full force in game 2, powered by an 8-run 4th inning. Anthony McIver went 5 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. Shane Kennedy had three hits, including a triple, and a walk. Brandon Lopez had three hits, including a double. Zander Wiel hit his 7th home run.
Cedar Rapids scored the shutout Sunday behind the pitching of Griffin Jax, who went 7 innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Aaron Whitefield had a home run, while Travis Blankenhorn and Lean Marrero had doubles.
A 2-1 pitchers’ duel turned into a route when the Braves scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, really giving the game a different impression than the tight contest it was for most of the game. Charlie Barnes went 3 1/3 innings, allowing just a solo home run among 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5. Wander Javier had a big game with a double, a single, and a stolen base.
Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day
Pitcher: Griffin Jax, Cedar Rapids – 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Hitter: Wander Javier, Elizabethton – 2-3, R, 2B, SB
One Last Thing
One current Minnesota Twins player passed a Minnesota Twins icon on the all time home runs list in 2010 on this date as Jim Thome passed Harmon Killebrew on the career home run list:http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2010/07/03/mlbtv_tbamin_9627561_800K.mp4