Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for August 29th, 2017

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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, August 29th, 2017

Welcome to the August 29th 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

  • Buxton earns AL Player of Week
  • RHP Fernando Romero placed on DL with shoulder impingement
  • RHP Tyler Beardsley placed on DL by Cedar Rapids
  • LHP Evan Sanders activated from DL by Cedar Rapids

Minnesota Twins had off day

August 29th Probable Starter: Ervin Santana vs. Chicago White Sox, 7:10PM CT

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5, Rochester Red Wings 3

The RailRiders jumped out early and the Red Wings could never recover as they dropped the game on Monday. Felix Jorge made the start, going 4 innings, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and no walks, striking out 2. Leonardo Reginatto had a pair of singles and a walk. Anthony Recker had a double and a walk. Engelb Vielma had a double.

August 29th Probable Starter: Hector Santiago @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6:05PM CT

Jackson Generals 5, Chattanooga Lookouts 4

Chattanooga took a 3-1 lead in the 4th inning, but Jackson scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th to take the lead and won with a walk off in the 9th. D.J. Baxendale made the start, going 5 innings, allowing a run on 6 hits and no walks, striking out 4. Andy Wilkins had a home run and a single. LaMonte Wade had a single and a walk. T.J. White had a double.

August 29th Probable Starter: TBD @ Jackson, 6:05PM CT

St. Lucie Mets 3, Fort Myers Miracle 2

The Miracle jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st, but they saw St. Lucie come back and take the lead. Lewis Thorpe threw a perfect inning to open the game, recording one strike. Brandon Lopez had a double and a single. Mitchell Kranson and Nelson Molina each had a single and a walk. Brent Rooker hit a home run.

August 29th Probable Starter: Sean Poppen @ St. Lucie, 5:30PM CT

Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Quad Cities River Bandits 3 (10)

The Kernels recorded the lone victory in the Minnesota Twins system on the day, having to go to extra innings to defeat Quad Cities. Bryan Sammons got the start and went 4 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. Shane Kennedy had a home run and two walks. Caleb Hamilton had a double and two walks. Royce Lewis had a double and a walk.

August 29th Probable Starter: Off Day

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Greeneville Astros 3, Elizabethton Twins 2

Greeneville jumped out with 3 runs in the 3rd, and the Twins put up 2 in the top of the 8th, but could not push across any other runs. Edwar Colina went 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 1. Rickey Ramirez and Blair Lakso combined for 4 innings of scoreless relief, allowing 2 walks and striking out 4 between them. Akil Baddoo had three walks. T.J. Dixon had a single and a walk along with a stolen base. Andrew Cosgrove had a double. J.J. Robinson had a single, was hit by pitch, and stole a base.

August 29th Probable Starter: TBD @ Kingsport, 5:30PM CT

GCL Twins were rained out

August 29th Opponent: vs. GCL Rays, 10:00AM CT (game 1); @ GCL Rays, (game 2)

DSL Twins had an off day

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: D.J. Baxendale, Chattanooga – 5 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts
Hitter: Andy Wilkins, Chattanooga – 2-4, 2 runs, home run, and 3 RBI

Next: Patience pays off for Buxton

One Last Thing

Today is the birthday of former Minnesota Twins catcher Henry Blanco. Blanco played just one season with the Twins, in 2004, when he hit .206/.260/.368 in 353 plate appearances and 114 games, which equates to a 60 OPS+.

Known for his defense behind the plate more than his bat at the plate, Blanco hit .223/.288/.361 over his major league career, spanning 971 games and 3,087 plate appearances.

Terrible as his career numbers may be, his .649 OPS would only be the 35th worst of all players who have accumulated at least 2,500 plate appearances since 1987. However, his career 67 OPS+ would rank him 12th worst in the last 30 years. His .223 batting average would be 6th worst.

While those numbers are significantly poor, Blanco ended his career at an almost perfect 0 bWAR (he’s at -0.1), which means his defense was good enough to overcome the poor hitting he produced as a backup catcher in his career.