Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for August 17th, 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Fans sit in their seats as rain fall postponed the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 18, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Fans sit in their seats as rain fall postponed the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 18, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, August 17th, 2017

Welcome to the August 17th 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 Chris Heston activated from DL by Rochester
  • RHP Michael Kohn assigned to Fort Myers Miracle
  • LHP Tyler Jay sent to GCL Twins on rehab

Minnesota Twins were rained out

August 17th Probable Starter: Kyle Gibson vs. Cleveland, 12:10PM CT (game 1); Jose Berrios vs. Cleveland, 6:10PM CT (game 2)

Rochester Red Wings 4, Columbus Clippers 3 (11)

Rochester had a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the 8th inning, but let Columbus tie the game before winning the game in extra innings. David Hurlbut went 6 1/3 innings, allowing 1 run on 7 hits and no walks, striking out 4. Alex Wimmers went 1 2/3 perfect innings, striking out 4. Niko Goodrum had a double and two singles. Mitch Garver had a double and a single. Daniel Palka had a pair of singles. Matt Hague had a single and a walk. Engelb Vielma had a double.

August 17th Probable Starter: Aaron Slegers @ Columbus, 11:05AM CT

Chattanooga Lookouts 6, Tennessee Smokies 3

Chattanooga scored 3 runs in the 5th inning to take a commanding lead that they wouldn’t give up. Zack Littell went 6 innings, allowing a run on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4. Andy Wilkins had a double and two singles. Jonathan Rodriguez had a home run, double, and a walk. LaMonte Wade had two singles and a walk. Max Murphy had a single and 3 walks. Ryan Walker had a double and a single.

August 17th Probable Starter: TBD @ Tennessee, 6:00PM CT

Fort Myers Miracle 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (game 1); Fort Myers Miracle 3, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2 (8) (game 2)

The Miracle swept a double header on Wednesday over Lakeland. In the first game, Fort Myers scored 3 in the bottom of the first inning and added a run each in the 2nd and 3rd innings to take the victory. Anthony McIver went 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk, striking out 3. Tom Hackimer had a perfect inning of relief, striking out 1. Brent Rooker had a double, single, and a walk. Chris Paul had a double and a single. Brandon Lopez had a double and a walk. Tanner English had a pair of walks and a stolen base.

The Miracle went to extra innings in order to walk off with a win in the 8th inning in game 2 of the double header. Randy LeBlanc made the start, going 5 innings, allowing a run on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 7. Sean Miller had a triple, double, and a walk. Jaylin Davis had a double and a single. Mitchcell Kranson had a single and a walk.

August 17th Probable Starter: Sean Poppen vs. Lakeland, 6:05PM CT

Burlington Bees 7, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2

The Bees scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, and the Kernels never could overcome the big hole in the loss. Tyler Watson went 6 innings, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. Eduardo Del Rosario had a perfect inning, striking out 1. Trey Cabbage had a pair of singles. Shane Carrier had a home run. Caleb Hamilton had a double. Jordan Gore had a triple.

August 17th Probable Starter: TBD @ Burlington, 6:30PM CT

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Elizabethton Twins had the day off

August 17th Probable Starter: Randy Dobnak @ Bristol, 4:30PM CT

GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 2

The Twins scored all of their runs after the 7th inning to score the victory. Tyler Jay opened the game with a perfect inning, striking out 2. Pedro Garcia followed with 5 innings of relief, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Benjamin Rodriguez had a double and two singles. Roni Tapia had a double. Emmanuel Morel and Victor Tademo each had a stolen base.

August 17th Opponent: @ GCL Rays, 9:00AM CT

DSL Phillies Red 6, DSL Twins 5 (11)

The Phillies Red team scored 2 in the bottom of the 8th to tie the score, and after the team exchanged runs in the 10th, the Phillies Red walked off in the bottom of the 11th. Fredderi Soto went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and no walks, striking out 2. Alberoni Nunez had a double and a single. Cesar Salazar had a pair of singles. Jesus Feliz had a double and a stolen base.

August 16th Opponent: vs. DSL Phillies Red, 9:30AM CT

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: David Hurlbut, Rochester – 6 1/3 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts
Hitter: Jonathan Rodriguez, Chattanooga – 2-4, 3 runs, double, home run, RBI, walk

Next: Offseason free agent plen

One Last Thing

Today is Alex Cole’s birthday. Perhaps lost in a journeyman career that spanned just 7 major league seasons and only 573 games, Cole had a significant role on the Minnesota Twins. While he didn’t make the start on opening day, Alex Cole was the center fielder in the first full season after Kirby Puckett had moved to right field in 1994. Puckett had been the Twins center fielder since 1984.

No Twins center fielder other than Puckett has played 10 full seasons at the position. Toeii Hunter came closest with 9, but the next closest was Ted Uhlaender with 4 seasons. Byron Buxton is in his second full season at the position, and certainly Twins fans are hoping that he will be so good that he will surpass Puckett’s 10-year run at the position.

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