Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for July 20th, 2017

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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, July 19th, 2017

Welcome to the July 19th 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 6, New York Yankees 1

The Twins had one big inning offensively and one big arm on the mound. Jose Berrios won his 9th game of the season as he went 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing a run on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5. The Twins did all of their scoring in the bottom of the 2nd off of Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery. Miguel Sano had the big hit, knocking out a 3-run home run for his only hit of the day. Ehire Adrianza had a double and a single. Brian Dozier had a double and walked twice.

July 20th Probable Starter: Ervin Santana vs. Detroit Tigers 7:10PM CT

Rochester Red Wings 7, Charlotte Knights 6

Rochester walked off with a win on Wednesday, making a big come back in the final four innings to earn the victory. Justin Haley got the start, going 4 1/3 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4. ByungHo Parkhad a home run, two singles, and a walk. Mitch Garvery had a home run, a single, and a walk. Niko Goodrum had a pair of singles and a walk. Kennys Vargas had a home run. Tommy Field had a double.

July 20th Probable Starter: Dillon Gee vs. Rochester, 6:05PM CT

Chattanooga Lookouts 12, Mobile BayBears 1

Chattanooga was having a good night at the plate, and then they tacked on 7 runs in the 8th inning with the game well in hand to make this one laughable. Stephen Gonsalves made the start, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 8. Todd Van Steensel and Nick Anderson threw 3 1/3 innings of perfect relief after Gonsalves left the game, striking out 3 combined. Jonathan Rodriguez led a monstrous attack from the Lookouts with 2 home runs and a single. LaMonte Wade had a home run, three singles, and a stolen base. Carlos Paulino had a double, two singles, and a walk. T.J. White had a home run and a single. Nick Gordon had a home run and a walk. Andy Wilkins had a home run, Ryan Walker had a triple.

July 20th Probable Starter: Kohl Stewart @ Mobile, 6:35PM CT

Fort Myers Miracle 4, Bradenton Marauders 3

Fort Myers was shut down until the very end, but they came through for a victory by scoring all four of their runs in the final two innings. Lewis Thorpe had an excellent start, going 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk, striking out 7. Kevin Garcia was the only Miracle hitter with multiple hits with a pair of singles. Sean Miller hit a home run. Mitchell Kranson had a double and a walk. Brandon Lopez had a double.

July 20th Probable Starter: Cody Stashak @ Bradenton, 5:30PM CT

Great Lakes Loons 8, Cedar Rapids 3

Cedar Rapids got down early Wednesday and could not come back as the only team in the organization to lose on the day. Domenick Cartini went 4 innings, allowing 7 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits and a walk, striking out 6. Aaron Whitefield had three singles and two stolen bases. Gorge Munoz had a pair of singles. Ben Rortvedt had a double.

July 20th Probable Starter: Tyler Beardsley vs. Great Lakes,
6:35PM CT

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Elizabethton Twins 17, Bristol Pirates 8

Bristol jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but Elizabethton chopped at that lead inning by inning until exploding for 9 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Melvi Acosta went 4 innings, allowing 7 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4. Jovani Moran relieved Acosta and threw 3 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Shane Carrier, Andrew Bechtold, and T.J. Dixon each had a double and two singles. Dixon added a stolen base. Andrew Cosgrove had a pair of singles, a walk, and was hit by pitch. Jordan Gore had three singles and a walk. J.J. Robinson had a home run and a single. Jose Miranda had two singles. Carson Crites had a double.

July 20th Probable Starter: Charlie Barnes vs. Bristol, 6:00PM CT

GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 2 (game 1), GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 1 (game 2)

The Twins swept a double header on Wednesday. The first game was a continuation of a previously played game, so Pedro Garcia picked up for Carlos Suniaga, who had gone one perfect inning to open the previous game. Garcia threw 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. Emmanuel Morel had a double and a walk. Kerby Camacho had a double and a stolen base.

The Twins jumped out early and shut down the Rays after the first inning to win 4-1 in the second game. Blayne Enlow made his first appearance, throwing 2 innings, allowing one unearned run, allowing just one walk, striking out 3. Amicar Cruz threw 4 scoreless innings of relief, allowing 4 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Royce Lewis, Daniel Palka, and Alex Robles each had a home run and a single.

July 20th Opponent: @ GCL Rays, 11:00AM CT

DSL Twins 7, DSL Cardinals 2 (game 1); DSL Twins 3, DSL Cardinals 2 (game 2)

The Twins swept the Cardinals in a double header on Wednesday. In game one, the Twins jumped out to a big lead early and held on for the 7-2 win. Andriu Marin went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, striking out 6. Estamy Urena had a double and two singles. Francisco Martinez had a home run, a single, and a hit by pitch. Yeison Perez had a double and two walks. Jesus Feliz had a double.

In game 2, the Twins jumped out with a 3-run 4th and survived a 2-run 6th inning to win 3-2. Osiris German started the game for the Twins and went 4 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk, striking out 3. Wander Valdez had a triple. Mariano Calcano had a single, a walk, and a stolen base.

July 20th Opponent: vs. Cardinals, 9:30AM CT

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Lewis Thorpe, Fort Myers – 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K
Hitter: LaMonte Wade, Chattanooga – 4-5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, SB

Next: Twins Top Prospects: 16-20

One Last Thing

Tony Oliva’s 79th birthday is today, and it’s a good day to reflect back on the amazing career he had with the Minnesota Twins while also considering what might have been.

Oliva came out of the gates strong, hitting .323/.359/.557 his rookie season to win the batting title, leading the league in hits, runs, doubles, and total bases along the way en route to a Rookie of the Year award and a 6th place MVP finish. He’d follow that up with a 2nd place finish in his sophomore season, hitting .321/.378/.491 as the Twins won the American League but fell to the Dodgers in the World Series.

Oliva made 8 straight All-Star games from 1964-1971, and he was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the greatest contact hitters of his generation. However, a series of knee injuries, the most severe of which sidelined him for nearly the entire 1972 season, derailed Oliva’s career and likely prevented Oliva from eclipsing some of the career numbers of the all-time greats. He finished with a .304/.353/.476 career batting line and 1,917 hits, though he had nearly 1,500 of those hits by the end of 1971, staggering to the finish of his once-glorious career.

Oliva remains one of the great Twins of all time, and while he doesn’t lead the Twins in any one offensive career statistic, you see his name scattered all over the top 10 career lists in franchise history, so have a piece of cake today in honor of the Cuban sensation, Tony Oliva!

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