Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, August 23rd, 2017
Welcome to the August 23rd 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
- Total Eclipse of the Bart
- Fifth spot in flux next time around in the rotation
- LHP Nik Turley optioned to Rochester
- RHP Kohl Steward sent on DL with knee tendonitis
- RHP Alex Muren promoted to Chattanooga
- LHP Sam Clay demoted to Fort Myers
- OF Christian Cavaness placed on DL for blood clot
- IF Shane Kennedy promoted to Cedar Rapids
- RHP Christian Broussard activated from DL to Elizabethton
Minnesota Twins 4, Chicago White Sox 1
The Twins scored all of their runs on home runs and got a tremendous pitching performance from Kyle Gibson. Gibson went 7 innings, allowing a run on 7 hits and a walk, striking out 8. Trevor Hildenberger had a perfect inning, striking out 1. Eduardo Escobar had a single and a walk. Jorge Polanco, Kennys Vargas, and Eddie Rosario each had a home run. Joe Mauer had a double.
August 23rd Probable Starter: Ervin Santana @ White Sox, 7:10PM CT
Rochester’s game was rained out.
August 23rd Probable Starter: vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (completion of 8/22 game); Felix Jorge vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:05PM CT (game 2)
The Braves put up 2 runs in the first and beat the Lookouts in the end in a back and forth affair. Dereck Rodriguez went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 2. Alex Muren threw 2 scoreless innings, allowing a pair of hits and a walk, striking out 2. T.J. White had a home run, double, and a single. Edgar Corcino had a home run and a single. Levi Michael and Brian Navarreto each had a pair of walks. Nick Gordon had a single and a walk. Andy Wilkins had a double.
August 23rd Probable Starter: TBD vs. Mississippi, 6:15PM CT
The Miracle ran into a dominant pitching performance on Tuesday in a loss. Randy LeBlanc started for Fort Myers, going 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and no walks, striking out 4. Chris Paul had a triple, single, and was hit by pitch.
August 23rd Probable Starter: Sean Poppen @ Clearwater,
The Cougars blew the Kernels out of the water immediately and kept at it to secure the win. Bryan Sammons made the start, going 3 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 3 hits and 4 walks, striking out 6. Logan Lombana went 3 scoreless relief innings, allowing 2 walks, striking out 1. Jimmy Kerrigan had a pair of singles. Lewin Diaz hit a home run.
August 23rd Probable Starter: Tyler Watson @ Kane County, 6:30PM CT
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The Twins took the lead in the bottom of the 6th, but then the Cardinals put together 2 runs in the top of the 8th in order to secure the win. Christian Broussard threw an inning of scoreless rehab, allowing no hits, walking one, and striking out 1. Edwar Colina followed with 5 2/3 innings of relief, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Akil Baddoo had a single, two walks, and a stolen base. Mark Contreras, Andrew Cosgrove, and Wander Javier each had a pair of singles. Andrew Bechtold had a double and a walk.
August 23rd Probable Starter: TBD vs. Bristol, 6:00PM CT
The Orioles offense had a big game on Tuesday to take down the Twins. Tyler Benninghoff struggled out of the gate, only going 1/3 of an inning, allowing 2 runs on a hit and 2 walks, striking out 1. Ricky De La Torre had a home run, single, and a walk. Benjamin Rodriguez had a home run and a single. Jean Carlos Arias had a stolen base. Colton Burns had a single and was hit by pitch.
August 23rd Opponent: vs. GCL Orioles, 11:00AM CT
The Twins scored 2 in the first, but they couldn’t push across another run the rest of the game. Prelander Berroa had an excellent start, going 4 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and no walks, striking out 3. Ruben Santana had a single, 2 walks, and a stolen base. Felix Reyes had a pair of singles. Agustin Marte had a stolen base.
August 23rd Opponent: vs. DSL Yankees, 9:30AM CT; @ DSL Yankees (game 2)
Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day
Pitcher: Prelander Berroa, DSL – 4 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts
Hitter: T.J. White, Chattanooga – 3-4, 2 runs, double, home run, RBI
One Last Thing
Forty years ago today, Dave Goltz took the mound in a game where the Twins and Red Sox were nearly evenly matched, both coming into the game with 71 wins on the season. Goltz faced Red Sox hurler Fergie Jenkins, in one of his two seasons as a member of the Red Sox.
Jim Rice opened the 4th inning with a single, and it would end up the only hit Goltz allowed on the day. He’d finish the day with a complete game shutout, allowing a hit and three walks, striking out 10.
The Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, native had an intriguing career as a Minnesota Twin. He came up in 1972, and from 1975-1979, Goltz ate a ton of innings, averaging 253 innings per season, with a 3.43 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Unlike many pitchers of his era, Goltz would dial up for strikeouts in his big games frequently, though he never really had a high strikeout rate over his career.
In his Twins career, Goltz had 7 complete game shutouts with 3 or less hits. No pitcher in the team’s history has that many. Dean Chance, Bert Blyleven, and Camilio Pascual each had six such games. However, Goltz has been primarily lost to the Twins team history of excellent starts.