Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for July 16, 2017

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CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 23: Brian Dozier
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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, July 16th, 2017

Welcome to the July 16th edition of the Daily Dip, your 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

Minnesota Twins 4, Houston Astros 2

Ervin Santana didn’t have his best stuff, but he got the Twins through 6 innings, allowing the offense to pick him up and the bullpen to get him the victory. Santana went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks, striking out 3. Taylor Rogers had an incredibly impressive relief appearance, going 1 1/3 perfect innings, striking out 1.

Brian Dozier hit a home run for his second straight game as one of four Twins with multiple hits on the day. Joe Mauer returned to the lineup, but he went 1-5 with 3 strikeouts.

July 16th Probable Starter: Kyle Gibson @ Houston Astros 1:10PM CT

Rochester Red Wings 4, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 1

Rochester once again shut down the powerful IronPigs lineup with less than their best arm on the hill. Dillon Gee got the start, going 7 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and a walk, striking out 4. ByungHo Park had three singles. Niko Goodrum had a double, a single, and a stolen base. Matt Hague had a single and two walks. J.B. Shuck had a single, a walk, and a stolen base.

July 16th Probable Starter: Tim Melville @ Lehigh Valley, 12:35PM CT

Chattanooga Lookouts 7, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0

Chattanooga won their 60th game of the season in style with a shutout on Saturday. Dereck Rodriguez got the start but lasted only 3 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4. Raul Fernandez threw 3 scoreless innings of relief with just a hit allowed, striking out 5. Jonathan Rodriguez had a home run, a double, and a single. Nick Gordon had a pair of singles and a walk. Carlos Paulino had a pair of singles. T.J. White smacked a home run.

July 16th Probable Starter: Fernando Romero vs. Jacksonville, 4:15PM CT

Fort Myers Miracle 4, St. Lucie Mets 3

Fort Myers scored two in the bottom of the 9th inning to secure a victory over St. Lucie. Cody Stashak went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk, striking out 6. Brandon Lopez and Jermaine Palacios each had two singles and a double. Sean Miller had three singles. Nelson Molina had a double, single, and a walk. Zander Wiel had a double. Tanner English had a stolen base. Tim Tebow broke his 12-game hitting streak for St. Lucie, going 0-4.

July 16th Probable Starter: Sean Poppen vs. St. Lucie, 3:05PM CT

South Bend Cubs 1, Cedar Rapids Kernels 0

The Kernels ended up on the short side of an excellent pitching matchup Saturday. Griffin Jax went 7 innings, allowing one run on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2. Travis Blankenhorn stole a base.

July 16th Probable Starter: Anthony Marzi @ South Bend, 1:05PM CT

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Elizabethton Twins 9, Greeneville Astros 6

Elizabethton scored 4 in the top of the 9th to take the lead for the first time in the game. Nick Brown made the start for the Twins, going 4 innings, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4. Brent Rooker had two doubles. Shane Carrier had a double and a single. Carrier and Rooker drove in 8 of the Twins 9 runs. Mark Contreras had a triple. Andrew Bechtold drew 4 walks on the day.

July 16th Probable Starter: Edwar Colina @ Greeneville, 5:00PM CT

GCL Red Sox 6, GCL Twins 1

The Red Sox put together a big game against the Twins. Taylor Clemensia went 4 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk, striking out 7. Akil Baddoo had three singles. Royce Lewis had a triple and a single. Benjamin Rodriguez, Alex Robles, and Victor Tademo each had a pair of singles. Robles added a stolen base. Enmanuel Morel stole a base.

July 16th Opponent: Off Day

DSL Twins had an off day

July 16th Opponent: Off Day

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Dillon Gee, Rochester – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Hitter: Jonathan Rodriguez, Chattanooga – 3-4, 2 R, double, homer, 2 RBI

Next: Sonny Gray Worth Trading For?

One Last Thing

A great story came out yesterday through MLB.com. Many of us have noticed the opportunity of a young fan to play catch with a major league player or minor league player as they are warming up. It turns out that 20 years ago, one of the turning points in the life of young George Springer was a game of catch played with Torii Hunter as Hunter was a Twins’ farmhand in New Britain, CT, in 1997.

Good on Torii for being the type of ball player worth being an inspiration for a young man, and it just goes to show how those little moments can have such an impact on the life of a young person!

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