Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for August 2nd, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 1: Jose Berrios
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 1: Jose Berrios /

Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, August 2nd, 2017

Welcome to the August 2nd 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

  • OF Byron Buxton activated from DL
  • RHP Dillon Gee recalled from Rochester
  • LHP Dietrich Enns assigned to Rochester
  • RHP Zack Littell assigned to Chattanooga
  • RHP Randy LeBlanc demoted to Fort Myers
  • RHP David Fischer released by Fort Myers

San Diego Padres 3, Minnesota Twins 0

Jose Berrios took a no-hitter into the 6th inning and still finished with an excellent start. However, the offense couldn’t push a run across in the loss. Berrios went 7 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4. Eduardo Escobar had a single and two walks. Byron Buxton had a single and a stolen base.

August 2nd Probable Starter: Ervin Santana @ San Diego, 2:40PM CT

Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3, Rochester Red Wings 1

The Red Wings bullpen was forced into service when scheduled starter Dillon Gee was called up to the big leagues, so holding one of the best-scoring teams in the International League to 3 runs is not a terrible performance, all things considered. D.J. Baxendale opened the game by throwing the first 3 innings, allowing one run on 2 hits and no walks, striking out 3. However, the Red Wings offense was only able to muster a pair of singles and 3 walks on the night. ByungHo Park had a single and a walk as the only Rochester hitter on base twice on the night.

August 2nd Probable Starter: Tim Melville vs. Lehigh Valley, 6:05PM CT

Montgomery Biscuits 6, Chattanooga Lookouts 5 (10)

The Lookouts scored a run in the top of the 9th to force extra innings, but the Biscuits walked off with the win in the bottom of the 10th. Zack Littell made his first start for the Twins organization, throwing 6 innings, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks, striking out 6. Carlos Paulino had a double and three singles. Jonathan Rodriguez had a pair of singles and a walk. T.J. White had a home run and a single. Levi Michael and Max Murphy each had a double and a single. Andy Wilkins had a pair of singles. Nick Gordon had a single, a walk, and a stolen base. Travis Harrison had a single and a walk.

August 2nd Probable Starter: Fernando Romero @ Montgomery, 7:05PM CT

Fort Myers Miracle 6, Clearwater Threshers 4

The Miracle made a big comeback to turn a 4-2 deficit into a win. Eduardo Del Rosario threw a peculiar game, going 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4, though he allowed all of his runs on 3 home runs. Jermaine Palacios had a triple, a double, a single, and a stolen base. Sean Miller had a pair of singles. Jaylin Davis and Zander Wiel each had a single and a walk. Kevin Garcia walked twice and stole a base. Tanner English stole a base.

August 2nd Probable Starter: Off Day

Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, Clinton LumberKings 7 (11)

Cedar Rapids had a big lead that the bullpen couldn’t hold, seeing a 6-1 lead disappear in the 7th and 8th innings, even needing to score one in the bottom of the 9th just to force extra innings. Tyler Beardsley made the start, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5. Christian Cavaness had a home run, a double, a single, and a walk. Travis Blankenhorn had a triple and two doubles. Lewin Diaz and Jimmy Kerrigan each had a pair of singles and a stolen base. Joe Cronin had a double and was hit by pitch.

August 2nd Probable Starter: Evan Sanders vs. Kane County, 6:35PM CT

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Elizabethton Twins 5, Kingsport Mets 4

The Twins saw a 3-1 lead evaporate to a deficit and then walked off in the bottom of the 9th with the victory. Nick Brown made the start, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on 6 hits and no walks, striking out 6. Wander Javier had a double and a single. Ariel Montesino had a pair of singles. Jose Miranda had a single and a walk. Akil Baddoo had a double. Colton Waltner had a pair of walks.

August 2nd Probable Starter: Off Day

GCL Twins 5, GCL Rays 3 (game 1); GCL Rays 2, GCL Twins 0 (game 2)

GCL Twins split a double header with the Rays on Tuesday. In the first game, the Twins scored 3 in the bottom of the 4th inning to key the win. Landon Leach started the game, going just 2/3 of an inning, allowing an unearned run on 2 walks and a strikeout. Pedro Garcia threw 5 innings of relief, allowing a run on 1 hit and 4 walks, striking out 4. Emmanuel Morel had a double, single, and a walk. Victor Tademo had a home run. Benjamin Rodriguez and Kerby Camacho each had a double.

The Twins were shut out in the second game. Derek Molina got the start, and he threw 2 scoreless innings, allowing a single and a walk, striking out 1. Jordan Balazovic followed with 4 relief innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and no walks, striking out 4. No Twins hitter reached base multiple times in the game as the Twins only managed 3 hits and a walk.

August 2nd Opponent: @ GCL Rays, 11:00AM CT

DSL Phillies Red 4, DSL Twins 3 (game 1); DSL Twins 4, DSL Phillies Red 3 (game 2)

August 2nd Opponent: vs. DSL Rockies

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Nick Brown, Elizabethton – 5 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 1 unearned run, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts
Hitter: Christian Cavaness, Cedar Rapids – 3-5, 2 runs, double, home run, 2 RBI, walk

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One Last Thing

As Jose Berrios went past the 5th inning without allowing a hit, I decided to look up the no hitters in Twins history:

The first no-hitter was by Jack Kralick in 1962 against the Kansas City Athletics, a 1-0 win where he walked one and struck out 3. In 9 inning no-hitters in the team’s history, that’s the least walks a pitcher has allowed.

Dean Chance threw two no hitters in 1967 for the Twins. His first, on August 6th was only 5 innings, and was technically a perfect game, but was called early, so it was a complete game no-hitter. The second was on August 25th, less than a month later, when he was the only Twin to allow a run during a no-hitter, when he walked 5 Cleveland Indians on his way to a no-hitter.

It would be over 25 years until the next Twins no-hitter, thrown by Scott Erickson against the Milwaukee Brewers in April of 1994. Five years later, Eric Milton had the highest strikeout total of any Twins no hitter when he struck out 13 in his September 11, 1999 no hitter.

The most recent no hitter is probably the most notorious as well. In 2011, Francisco Liriano threw a 9-inning no hitter, walking 6 Chicago White Sox and only striking out 2. It’s widely considered one of the worst-pitched no-hitters in history, but it’s still a no-hitter!