Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, August 30th, 2017
Welcome to the August 30th 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
- Joe Nathan to retire as Twin
- LHP Hector Santiago rehab assignment at Rochester extended
- LHP Matt Tracy sent on a rehab assignment to GCL
- LHP Anthony Marzi promoted to Fort Myers
Minnesota Twins 6, Chicago White Sox 4
Ervin Santana opened the game with 5 scoreless innings, and the Twins jumped out with 2 runs and built on that lead throughout the game. Santana went 6 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 7. Trevor Hildenberger went 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and no walks, striking out all four outs he recorded. Jorge Polanco had a monster day, with two home runs, a walk, and a stolen base. Max Kepler had a double, a walk, and stole a base. Kennys Vargas had a single and a walk.
August 30th Probable Starter: Jose Berrios vs. Chicago White Sox, 7:10PM CT
After Hector Santiago made a rehab start, Chris Heston was shelled by the RailRiders. Santiago went 2 2/3 innings, allowing a run on a hit and 2 walks, striking out 1. Nik Turley went two scoreless innings of relief, allowing 1 hit, striking out 2. Matt Hague had a pair of singles and a walk. Daniel Palka had a single and a walk. J.B. Shuck had a single and was hit by pitch.
August 30th Probable Starter: Adalberto Mejia @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6:05PM CT
Randy LeBlanc had a big game on the mound and two of the Lookouts’ All-Star selections had big offensive days. LeBlanc went 7 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on 6 hits and a walk, striking out 2. Gabriel Moya picked up his 24th save by going 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 1. T.J. White had three doubles. LaMonte Wade had a double, single, and a walk. Jonathan Rodriguez had a home run. Ryan Strausborger had a single and a walk.
August 30th Probable Starter: TBD @ Jackson, 6:05PM CT
The Miracle scored 5 in the top of the 5th for the entirety of their scoring on the day, but it was enough for the win. Sean Poppen made the start, going 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Tom Hackimer got the save with a perfect 9th, striking out 1. Zander Wiel had a double and a single and a stolen base. Mitchell Kranson had a double and was hit by pitch. Jaylin Davis and Kevin Garcia had a pair of singles. Sean Miller had a double. Brandon Lopez had a walk and was hit by pitch.
August 30th Probable Starter: Clark Beeker @ St. Lucie, 5:30PM CT
Cedar Rapids had an off day
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The Twins got their 40th win with a big 3-run 9th to clinch the victory. Randy Dobnak made the start, going 5 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and no walks, striking out 4. Jovani Moran had a pair of scoreless relief innings, walking one and striking out 5. Rainis Silva had three singles. Jose Miranda had a home run, double, and a walk. Akil Baddoo had a double and a single. T.J. Dixon had a single and two walks. J.J. Robinson and Wander Javier each had a home run.
August 30th Probable Starter: TBD @ Kingsport, 5:30PM CT
GCL Twins 3, GCL Rays 2 (game 1); GCL Rays 1, GCL Twins 0 (game 2)
The Twins split a double header on Tuesday. In game 1, the Rays scored first, but the Twins came back and took the win. Matt Tracy made a rehab start, going 4 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and no walks, striking out 6. Blayne Enlow got the win by going 3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 1. Ricky De La Torre and Jared Akins each had a pair of singles. Benjamin Rodriguez had a single and a walk. Humberto Maldonado had a double and a walk.
The GCL Rays shut out the Twins in game 2 for the win. Tyler Benninghoff threw two perfect innings for the Twins, striking out 2. Alex Robles had a double and a single. Victor Tademo had a single and was hit by pitch. Colton Burns stole a base.
August 30th Opponent: @ GCL Rays, 11:00AM CT
DSL Twins had an off day
Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day
Pitcher: Randy LeBlanc, Chattanooga – 7 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Hitter: Jose Miranda, Elizabethton – 2-4, 2 runs, double, home run, RBI, walk
One Last Thing
On August 29th, 1996, the Minnesota Twins made a deal that sent Dave Hollins to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later. These types of deals happen all the time this time of year as players are sent to teams right before the August 31st deadline to be eligible for a post season roster, and often teams simply set up the deal to be for a player to be named in order to get the deal done.
This deal was different, however, because of the player that was received in return for Hollins. One David Arias, later changing his name to David Ortiz, his true last name, was sent to the Minnesota Twins that offseason.
Ortiz spent portions of 6 seasons with the Twins. He hit .266/.348/.461 with 58 home runs over 455 games before he signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent before the 2003 season. However, he was not a big signing even then, as he was signed to be the backup to Jeremy Giambi in Boston, providing a left-handed bench bat in the late innings for a very right-handed Boston lineup at the time. He worked with the hitting coach Ron Jackson with the Red Sox, and he re-tooled his swing that allowed him to maximize his power.