Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, August 21st, 2017
Welcome to the August 21st 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 12, Arizona Diamondbacks 5
The Twins had a big first inning, scoring 9 runs, and sending 12 men to the plate. By the end of the first inning, Brian Dozier had already scored 2 runs. Bartolo Colon made the start, going 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. Colon allowed 3 home runs as 6 balls left the yard on the day, 3 for each team. Colon’s victory was his first over Arizona, giving him one over all 30 teams. Ryan Pressly had a pair of perfect relief innings, striking out 1.
Chris Gimenez had a home run, a double, and a single. Brian Dozier had a home run and three walks. Eddie Rosario had a grand slam and a single. Eduardo Escobar had a pair of singles. Max Kepler had a double. Mitch Garver had a single and a walk. Byron Buxton had a stolen base.
August 21st Probable Starter: Tim Melville @ White Sox, 4:10PM CT (game 1); Dillon Gee @ White Sox (game 2)
The Bats came out strong early and hit Rochester Stephen Gonsalves starter hard. Gonsalves went just 3 innings, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, striking out 1. Mason Melotakis was bombed, giving up 7 runs over 2/3 of an inning on 2 hits and 4 walks, striking out 1. Already needing to go with a reliever game on Monday due to call-ups, the Red Wings turned to infielder Leonardo Reginatto to close out the game, and he threw two perfect innings, striking out 1.
Anthony Recker had a double, single, and was hit by pitch. J.B. Shuck had a double and a single. Niko Goodrum and ByungHo Park each had a home run. Matt Hague had a double and played three defensive positions.
August 21st Probable Starter: TBD vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6:05PM CT
The Lookouts offense was on fire on Sunday, opening with a 4-run 2nd and just going from there, putting up 17 hits and walking 6 times along the way. Lewis Thorpe made his first start with the Lookouts, going 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 7. Todd Van Steensel followed with 2 scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out 2. Sam Clay struggled mightily with his command, walking 5 in just 1/3 of an inning. Jonathan Rodriguez and Andy Wilkins each had a pair of singles and a pair of walks. T.J. White had three singles and drove in 5 runs. Nick Gordon and Alex Perez each had a pair of singles and a walk. Brian Olson had a double and a single. Max Murphy had a pair of singles. Levi Michael had a single and was hit by pitch.
August 21st Probable Starter: TBD vs. Mississippi, 6:15PM CT
The Miracle scored first, but the Yankees came back with 3 runs between the 2nd and the 3rd innings, and that was all they needed. Brady Anderson went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and no walks, striking out 1. Brandon Lopez had a single and 3 walks. Brent Rooker had a pair of singles and a walk. Zander Wiel had a home run. Nelson Molina and Chris Paul each had a stolen base.
August 21st Probable Starter: Off day
Cedar Rapids had all cylinders firing on Sunday, getting big hitting performances and an excellent start. Tyler Beardsley went 6 innings, allowing 1 runs on 8 hits and no walks, striking out 4. Max Cordy threw a perfect inning to close the game, striking out the side. The Kernels had 23 hits, 2 walks, and even had a hit by pitch. Travis Blankenhorn had four singles and was hit by pitch. Royce Lewis had four singles. Jimmy Kerrigan was a home run short of the cycle, with a triple, double, and a single. Lewin Diaz had a double and two singles. Joe Cronin had a home run, a double, and a walk. Shane Carrier had a home run and a double. Caleb Hamilton had a triple and a single. Aaron Whitefield had a double and a single.
August 21st Probable Starter: TBD vs. Beloit, 12:05PM CT
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The Twins had a 2-0 lead going into the top of the 5th inning, but it all unraveled from there as the Cardinals put up a 4-spot and never looked back. Brusdar Graterol made the start, going 4 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk, striking out 5 in his best showing as a member of the Elizabethton rotation. Wander Javier had a pair of doubles. T.J. Dixon had a single and two walks. Jose Miranda had a pair of singles.
August 21st Probable Starter: Nick Brown vs. Johnson City, 6:00PM CT
GCL Twins had the day off
August 21st Opponent: vs. GCL Orioles, 9:00AM CT
DSL Twins had the day off
August 21st Opponent: @ DSL Cardinals, 9:30AM CT
Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day
Pitcher: Brusdar Graterol, Elizabethton – 4 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Hitter: Travis Blankenhorn, Cedar Rapids – 4-5, run, RBI, hit by pitch
One Last Thing
Bartolo Colon became the 18th pitcher to win games against all 30 teams with his victory over Arizona on Sunday. To put that into perspective, when Colon began his big league career in 1997, the Arizona Diamondbacks did not even exist!
Colon has 238 wins total in his career after Sunday. Broken down among the major league teams, it’s not surprising to see the American League represented strongly among the teams he’s beaten most frequently in his career. Interestingly, Colon’s defeated the Minnesota Twins 11 times, tied for 6th most among all teams he’s faced. The Diamondbacks are one of two teams that Colon has only defeated once, the other being the Chicago Cubs.
The first pitcher to have defeated all 30 major league franchises was Al Leiter, who accomplished the feat just 4 years into the existence of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays in 2002. Two active players have accomplished the feat, John Lackey and Max Scherzer.
The Twins do have one pitcher that is one organization short of reaching 30 in Ervin Santana. Big Erv only needs to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, who the Twins play every season in interleague play as their “regional rival”, so he should have a chance in 2018 to make it if he stays with the team in 2018. Former Twin Francisco Liriano is another player who needs one more team to have defeated all 30 teams, as he has not yet defeated the Miami Marlins.