Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for August 22nd, 2017

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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, August 22nd, 2017

Welcome to the August 22nd 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 Tim Melville recalled from Rochester
  • 1B Kennys Vargas recalled from Rochester
  • RHP Yohan Pino promoted to Rochester
  • RHP Kohl Stewart promoted to Chattanooga
  • LHP Lewis Thorpe demoted to Fort Myers
  • RHP Tyler Wells promoted to Cedar Rapids
  • LHP Evan Sanders placed on DL by Cedar Rapids

Chicago White Sox 7, Minnesota Twins 6 (game 1); Minnesota Twins 10, Chicago White Sox 2

The Twins split a Monday double header. In game 1, the Twins found themselves down 7-1 after 5 innings. The team came back strong, but could not come all the way back, falling one run short. Tim Melville struggled in his spot start, going 3 1/3 innings, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4. Alan Busenitz had a perfect inning of relief, striking out 1. Brian Dozier had a double, single, a walk, and stole a base. Jorge Polanco had a home run and a walk. Eduardo Escobar had a double and a single. Joe Mauer had a single and a walk. Byron Buxton had a double.

The Twins bounced back from the first loss and jumped all over the White Sox, scoring 6 runs in the 2nd inning and never looking back. Dillon Gee continued what has been a tremendous season for a guy picked up off the scrap heap, going 6 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and no walks, striking out 4. Jason Castro had a home run, a single, and a walk. Ehire Adrianza had two walks, was hit by pitch, and stole a base. Brian Dozier had a home run and single. Byron Buxton had a home run. Jorge Polanco hit his second home run of the day. Eduardo Escobar and Kennys Vargas each had a single and a walk.

August 22nd Probable Starter: Kyle Gibson @ White Sox, 7:10PM CT

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 4, Rochester Red Wings 3

Rochester’s pitching staff stranded plenty of runners, but they let just enough across to drop the Monday game to the RailRiders. David Hurlbut made the start, going 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks, striking out 4. ByungHo Park had a home run and a single. Daniel Palka had a single and a walk. Leonardo Reginatto had a pair of walks.

August 22nd Probable Starter: Aaron Slegers vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6:05PM CT

Chattanooga Lookouts 3, Mississippi Braves 2

After the Braves finally got on the board in the 6th inning, Chattanooga put up 2 in the bottom of the 7th to take the lead for good. Zack Littell went 6 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and 4 walks, striking out 6. Edgar Corcino had a pair of singles. Brian Navarreto had a single and was hit by pitch. T.J. White had a triple.

August 22nd Probable Starter: TBD vs. Mississippi, 6:15PM CT

Fort Myers Miracle had an off day

August 22nd Probable Starter: Anthony McIver @ Clearwater,
6:00PM CT

Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Beloit Snappers 4

Beloit had a late rally but fell short to the Kernels on Monday night. Tyler Wells looked much like his old self from earlier in the season, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4. Travis Blankenhorn had a pair of singles and a stolen base. Joe Cronin had a pair of singles. Royce Lewis had a home run. Aaron Whtiefield had a stolen base.

August 22nd Probable Starter: Bryan Sammons @ Kane County, 6:30PM CT

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Elizabethton Twins 8, Johnson City Cardinals 1

The Twins maximized every opportunity on Monday, scoring 8 runs on just 4 hits! Nick Brown made the start, going 6 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. Andrew Bechtold had a pair of singles and a walk. Wander Javier had a single and 3 walks. Colton Waltner had three walks. Jose Miranda walked twice.

August 22nd Probable Starter: Edwar Colina vs. Johnson City, 6:00PM CT

GCL Twins 8, GCL Orioles 1

Held scoreless for 5 innings, the Twins offense came out in a big way late in the game, scoring 8 runs over the next three innings in the win. Matt Jones made the start for the Twins, going 3 1/3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2. Derek Molina closed out the game with 2 perfect innings, striking out 3. Jean Carlos Arias had a pair of singles and a pair of walks. Emmanuel Morel had a single, a pair of walks, and stole a base. Shane Kennedy had a double and a walk. Alex Robles had a pair of singles. Victor Tademo had a pair of walks and stole a base.

August 22nd Opponent: @ GCL Orioles, 11:00AM CT

DSL Twins 7, DSL Cardinals 5

The Twins put up a 4-run 6th inning to secure the win on Monday. Michael Montero made the start, going 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks, striking out 5. Frandy Torres went a perfect inning, striking out 1. Yeremi De La Cruz had three singles and a walk. Alberoni Nunez had a triple and two singles. Agustin Marte had a double and a single. Estamy Urena and Ruben Santana each had a pair of singles. Samuel Vasquez had a triple and was hit by pitch.

August 22nd Opponent: vs. DSL Cardinals, 9:30AM CT

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Zack Littell, Chattanooga – 6 innings, 2 hit, 1 run, 4 walk, 6 strikeouts
Hitter: Alberoni Nunez, DSL – 3-5, 2 runs, triple

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One Last Thing

The tremendous month that Jorge Polanco is having as the Twins shortstop reminds of a former shortstop on the 1987 World Series team that had a monster month as well.

Roy Smalley had a father who played major league baseball and actually played for his uncle, Gene Mauch, as manager during his Minnesota Twins career. Smalley had some brilliant seasons with the Twins in the late 1970s, including an All-Star season in 1979, when he hit .271/.353/.441 with 28 doubles, 24 home runs, and 95 RBI.

Ironically, Smalley was traded away in 1982 in a deal that would bring back the guy who was playing shortstop for the Twins in 1987, Greg Gagne. Smalley was in his final year of his career, hitting .275/.352/.411 in 348 plate appearances. However, Smalley hit out of his mind for just one month, June of 1987, going .382/.440/.579 with 6 doubles, 3 home runs, and 16 RBI.

Smalley faded strong down the stretch, losing his role at DH, which eventually was Don Baylor’s role in the playoffs.