Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip For July 8th, 2017

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 09: Kennys Vargas
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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, July 7th, 2017

Welcome to the July 7th edition of the daily dip, the new daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond. You’ll find the scores and a quick summary of every level of the Minnesota Twins organization and links to any information you need to know to follow the Minnesota Twins here every morning!

We’ll start with the news and notes portions and work our way through each level of the system!

News and Notes

  • 1B Joe Mauer placed on DL w/lower back strain
  • RHP Alan Busenitz optioned to Rochester
  • RHP Bartolo Colon signed to minor league deal
  • 1B Kennys Vargas recalled from Rochester
  • Chattanooga C Jose Gonzalez activated from DL
  • OF Trey Cabbage promoted to Cedar Rapids
  • Elizabethton RHP Christian Broussard placed on DL

Minnesota Twins 9, Baltimore Orioles 6

Down 6-0 after the top of the 4th inning, the Twins came back to take the game 9-6 behind a balanced offensive effort, as every hitter reached base. Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario each had three hits, including a double apiece. Orioles’ 3B Manny Machado had a big day against the Twins, going 4-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Felix Jorge struggled in his second big league start, going 2 2/3 innings, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and a walk, striking out 2.

July 8th Probable Starter: Adalberto Mejia vs. Baltimore Orioles, 1:10PM CT

Rochester Red Wings 9, Syracuse Chiefs 3

Rochester opened a series with Syracuse by putting up a monster 8-run 3rd inning in the win. David Hurlbut threw 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. Niko Goodrum and Mitch Garver each had a pair of hits, including a home run.

July 8th Probable Starters: Aaron Slegers vs. Syracuse, 6:05PM CT

Chattanooga Lookouts 6, Tennessee Smokies 1

The Lookouts got a quality fill-in start by Randy LeBlanc to carry them to a victory over the Smokies. LeBlanc went 6 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Andy Wilkins had a huge day, going 3-4 with 2 doubles and a home run. Jonathan Rodriguez and Edgar Corcino each had a pair of hits.

July 8th Probable Starter: Stephen Gonsalves (on his birthday!) vs. Tennessee, 6:15PM CT

Fort Myers Miracle 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5

The Miracle were able to win a back-and-forth game in the middle innings and hold on in the later innings with excellent relief work to secure the one-run win. Brady Anderson made the start, going 4 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and no walks, striking out 3. Jaylin Davis was on base three times with a double and two walks. Mitchell Kranson had a home run.

July 8th Probable Starter: Cody Stashak @ Palm Beach, 6:05PM CT

Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Peoria Chiefs 2

Cedar Rapids used a big 4-run 3rd inning to defeat the Chiefs on Friday night. Clark Beeker went 6 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 3. Alex Robinson closed out the game with 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief, striking out 3. Lewin Diaz and Aaron Whitefield each had a pair of hits, Diaz adding a double in his pair.

July 8th Probable Starter: Griffin Jax vs. Peoria, 6:35PM CT

Elizabethton Twins 5, Johnson City Cardinals 0

Elizabethton scored a shutout over the Cardinals on Friday. Charlie Barnes had an excellent start, going 5 innings, allowing just a hit and a walk, striking out 7. Mark Contreras had a pair of singles and stole a base.

July 8th Probable Starter: Bryan Sammons vs. Johnson City, 5:00PM CT

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GCL Red Sox 10, GCL Twins 5

The Red Sox offense was too strong for the Twins on Friday, putting up three multi-run innings. Petru Balan went 1 2/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks, striking out 2. Royce Lewis had two doubles and walked. Akil Baddoo had four walks on the day. Catcher Jhon Alvarez had two singles and a walk.

July 8th Opponent vs GCL Red Sox, 10:00AM CT

DSL Twins 11, DSL Angels 3

The Twins came out strong with a 5-run 2nd inning and just kept piling on to a big win over the Angels. Andriu Marin had a long start, going 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and no walks, striking out 5. Alberoni Nunez was on base four times, finishing a home run short of the cycle and walking. Wander Valdez had a double and triple.

July 8th Opponent @ DSL Mets1, 9:30AM CT

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Charlie Barnes, Elizabethton – 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
Hitter: Andy Wilkins, Chattanooga – 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Next: Twins Can Work Trade Deadline For Future and Now


One Last Thing

Byron Buxton once again has broken speed records. Last season, every single number in the speed leader boards at the end of the season was held by one of two players, Buxton or Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds. The article from MLB describes the play in better detail, but the speed of that play is incredible to watch in video, so I’ll conserve words for another time when they’re more appropriately needed.