Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, July 31st, 2017
Welcome to the July 31st 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
- Five enshrined in Hall of Fame
- Adrian Beltre collects hit #3,000
- Twins finalize trade for Garcia
- LHP Charlie Barnes promoted to Cedar Rapids
- LHP Bryan Sammons promoted to Cedar Rapids
Oakland Athletics 6, Minnesota Twins 5 (12)
The Twins came out striking hard, but the overworked arms of the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead at the end of the game, leading to extra innings, where the Athletics came through in the 12th inning with the walk off win. Bartolo Colon had a solid start for the Twins, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and a walk, striking out 1. Trevor Hildenberger did have an excellent relief outing, throwing 2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and no walks, striking out 5. Joe Mauer had a double and a single. Eduardo Escobar had a home run and stole a base. Ehire Adrianza had a single, walked twice, and stole a base. Max Kepler had a double. Robbie Grossman walked three times. Brian Dozier led off the game with his 17th home run, but then struck out his other 5 times to the plate. Eddie Rosario had a pair of walks.
July 31st Probable Starter: Off Day
Rochester got an incredible outing from Aaron Slegers and a pair of home runs to defeat the Mud Hens on Sunday. Slegers went 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and no walks, striking out 1. ByungHo Park had a home run and a single. Daniel Palka had a pair of singles. Byron Buxton had a home run.
July 31st Probable Starter: Off Day
After 21 innings Saturday night, the Lookouts simply couldn’t play just 9 on Sunday, staging a come back from 3-0 down to force extras and then scoring 3 in the top of the 10th inning. Stephen Gonsalves threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks, striking out 4. Levi Michael had a triple and two singles. Max Murphy had a pair of singles and 3 walks. Jonathan Rodriguez had a pair of singles and a pair of walks. Alex Perez had a pair of singles and a pair of walks. Carlos Paulino had a single, a walk, and was hit by pitch.
July 31st Probable Starter: Kohl Stewart @ Montgomery, 7:05PM CT
Fort Myers Miracle 4, Clearwater Threshers 0 (game 1); Clearwater Threshers 2, Fort Myers Miracle 0 (game 2)
Fort Myers overcame one of the best young starters in the Phillies organization to win game 1. Anthony McIver went 4 innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk, striking out 2. Brent Rooker had a double and a walk. Zander Wiel and Brandon Lopez each had a single and a walk.
The Miracle were no-hit in game two of the doubleheader to lose 2-0. Harold Arauz walked Brandon Lopez with one out in the 7th inning to lose his perfect game bid, but he completed the inning for the no-hitter. Keaton Steele made the start for Fort Myers, throwing 3 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits and no walks, striking out 2.
July 31st Probable Starter: Sean Poppen @ Clearwater, 6:00PM CT
Cedar Rapids and Clinton were in a tie 2-2 after 5 innings before Clinton put up a 3-run 6th inning, and the Kernels could not come back. Anthony Marzi got the start, going 5 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5. Aaron Whitefield had a single and a walk, along with two stolen bases.
July 31st Probable Starter: Charlie Barnes vs. Clinton, 6:35PM CT
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Elizabethton took a shutout into the 8th inning, defeating the Mets on Sunday. Ryley Widell went 4 scoreless innings with 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. Moises Gomez followed with 5 innings of relief, allowing a run on 4 hits and no walks, striking out 5. Wander Javier had a double and two walks. Mark Contreras had a single, a walk, and a stolen base. Shane Carrier had a double and a single. Jose Miranda had a pair of singles. Andrew Cosgrove had a home run. Andrew Bechtold had a double.
July 31st Probable Starter: Melvi Acosta vs. Kingsport, 6:00PM CT
GCL Twins had an off day
July 31st Opponent: @ GCL Rays, 11:00AM CT
DSL Twins had an off day
July 31st Opponent: @ DSL Phillies Red, 9:30AM CT (game 1);
vs. Phillies Red (game 2)
Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day
Pitcher: Aaron Slegers, Rochester – 8 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs 0 walks, 1 strikeout
Hitter: Max Murphy, Chattanooga – 2-3, 2 runs, 3 walks
One Last Thing
Brian Dozier did something that no other player in the history of the game has ever done on Sunday when he led off the game with a home run and then struck out 5 times in the same game.
Two other players have hit a home run in a game and also struck out 5 times. Sammy Sosa accomplished the feat on June 9th, 2000, when he went 1-6 with a 2-run home run and 5 whiffs against the Chicago White Sox in a 14-inning game. Ray Lankford went 2-7 with a home run and a single, driving in 3 runs and striking out 5 times in an August 8th, 1998 game against the Chicago Cubs in a 13-inning game that was sent to extra innings by a home run from none other than Sammy Sosa.
Interestingly, both players batted cleanup for their teams in their respective games. No player has ever struck out more than 5 times in a game and hit one home run or struck out five times and hit more than one home run in a game in major league history. Dozier’s feat on Sunday, while still in extra innings, was the shortest game of the three on record to have accomplished this rare “accomplishment”.