Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for August 15th, 2017

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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, August 15th, 2017

Welcome to the August 15th 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

  • RHP Tyler Benninghoff activated from DL by GCL
  • IF Shane Kennedy sent to GCL from Fort Myers
  • RHP Chris Heston sent on rehab to GCL
  • 3B Chris Paul activated from DL by Fort Myers

Minnesota Twins had an off day

August 15th Probable Starter: Bartolo Colon vs. Cleveland, 7:10PM CT

Rochester Red Wings had an off day

August 15th Probable Starter: TBD @ Columbus, 6:05PM CT

Chattanooga Lookouts 9, Birmingham Barons 0

Chattanooga got yet another stellar pitching performance against the Barons. The Lookouts had a relief game Monday, with D.J. Baxendale throwing the first three innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk, striking out 2. Glen Perkins threw a scoreless inning of rehab, walking 1 and striking out 2. Yohan Pino got the win with 3 innings of relief, allowing 2 hits and no walks, striking out 4. Nick Gordon had a huge day, finishing a home run short of the cycle, with a triple, double, and three singles. Andy Wilkins had a pair of singles and a pair of walks. Brian Navarreto had three singles. T.J. White had a single and was hit by pitch twice. Jonathan Rodriguez had a home run and a walk. Edgar Corcino had a triple and a single. LaMonte Wade and Ryan Walker each had a pair of singles.

August 15th Probable Starter: Off Day

Fort Myers Miracle 6, Lakeland Flying Tigers 5

Lakeland led the entire game until the Miracle walked off with the win in the bottom of the 9th. Lewis Thorpe made the start, going 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks, striking out 3. Brent Rooker was walked three times and was hit by pitch. Sean Miller, Zander Wiel, and Brian Olson each had a pair of singles. Jermaine Palacios had a single and a walk. Brandon Lopez had a triple.

August 15th Probable Starter: TBD vs. Lakeland, 6:05PM CT

Burlington Bees 2, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1

The Kernels couldn’t put together any offense on Monday as they fell to the Bees. Tyler Beardsley went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 5. Logan Lombana threw 3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing 2 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Royce Lewis had a pair of singles. Caleb Hamilton had a single and a walk. Aaron Whitefield had a stolen base.

August 15th Probable Starter: Bryan Sammons @ Burlington, 6:30PM CT

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Elizabethton Twins 8, Johnson City Cardinals 5

The Twins used a 5-run 4th inning to key a win over the Cardinals on Monday night. Nick Brown went 4 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Jared Finkel followed with 4 2/3 innings of relief, allowing 1 unearned run on 2 hits and no walks, striking out 4. Matt Albanese had a home run, a single, and two walks. Wander Javier had three singles and a walk. Carson Crites had a pair of singles and a walk. T.J. Dixon had a pair of singles. Jose Miranda and J.J. Robinson had a single and a walk.

August 15th Probable Starter: Edwar Colina @ Johnson City, 10:30AM CT

GCL Rays 10, GCL Twins 2

The Twins got 2 in the bottom of the first, but that was all they could get as the Rays took the win on Monday. Chris Heston made a rehab start, going 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and no walks, striking out 5. Jared Akins had a pair of hits. Emmanuel Morel had a double. Alex Robles had a stolen base.

August 15th Opponent: vs. GCL Rays, 11:00AM CT

DSL Twins 8, DSL Nationals 4

The Twins responded to the first offensive effort of the Nationals by responding even stronger. Michael Montero made the start going 5 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and no walks, striking out 7. Cristian Castro had a perfect inning of relief to finish the game, striking out 2. Ruben Santana had a huge game at the plate, with two doubles, two singles, and a stolen base. Yeltsin Encarnacion had a home run and a double. Jesus Feliz had a pair of singles. Victor Heredia had a double and a walk. Cesar Salazar and Samuel Vasquez each had a single and a walk. Mariano Calcano had a double. Felix Reyes had a walk and was hit by pitch.

August 15th Opponent: @ DSL Nationals, 9:30AM CT

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Michael Montero, DSL – 5 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts
Hitter: Nick Gordon, Chattanooga – 5-6, 3 runs, double, triple, 2 RBI

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One Last Thing

Nick Gordon’s big night for Chattanooga left him just a home run short of the cycle. He finished with 8 total bases on the game on five hits.

I took a look at how many times a Twin had at least 5 hits and 8 total bases in a game. This had happened 21 times in the history of the franchise. Joe Mauer and Kirby Puckett have the most with 3 such games apiece. Jacque Jones and Denny Hocking each had two. None of the players with 5 hits and at least 8 total bases had completed a cycle, however.

That led to searching for the amount of cycles in Twins history, which is 10. No player has ever completed more than one cycle as a Twins player. No player had more than 4 hits to accomplish their cycle, however. The last was Michael Cuddyer in 2009, which interestingly was roughly a month after Jason Kubel also had a cycle and roughly a year after Carlos Gomez accomplished the feat. Before Gomez’s cycle on May 7th, 2008, the last cycle was Kirby Puckett on August 1st, 1986.

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