Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for September 4th, 2017

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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, September 4th, 2017

Welcome to the September 4th 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

  • C Jason Castro activated from concussion DL
  • OF Robbie Grossman sent on rehab to Rochester
  • RHP Brady Anderson activated from DL to Fort Myers
  • RHP Clark Beeker assigned to Cedar Rapids

Kansas City Royals 5, Minnesota Twins 4

The Twins rallied for a lead in the bottom of the 6th inning, but they gave it back in the 7th and the game finished in a controversial manner (to say the least) as the Royals took the first series of September on Sunday. Ervin Santana went 6 2/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk, striking out 2. Byron Buxton had a triple, a single, was hit by pitch, and had a walk. Eduardo Escobar knocked out a home run. Eddie Rosario had a double and a walk and stole two bases.

September 4th Probable Starter: Jose Berrios @ Tampa Bay Rays, 6:10PM CT

Pawtucket Red Sox 7, Rochester Red Wings 2

Rochester was shut out until the 8th inning and couldn’t come back. Hector Santiago went 4 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Matt Hague had a pair of doubles and a hit by pitch. Daniel Palka had a double.

September 4th Probable Starter: Adalberto Mejia vs. Pawtucket, 12:35PM CT

Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Montgomery Biscuits 1

Montgomery scored first, but the Lookouts put all the rest of the runs on the board on the day. Randy LeBlanc made a tremendous start, going 8 innings, allowing a run on 6 hits and no walks, striking out 7. Ryan Strausborger had a pair of singles and a walk. Edgar Corcino had a home run and a single. Alex Perez and LaMonte Wade each had a pair of singles.

September 4th Probable Starter: Ryan Eades vs. Montgomery, 1:15PM CT

Jupiter Hammerheads 7, Fort Myers Miracle 2

The hold that high-A ball seems to have over Eduardo Del Rosario struck again on Sunday, turning a tie ball game into a Jupiter rout. Del Rosario has had an excellent overall season, but with Fort Myers, he has struggled mightily. Brady Anderson got through 4 innings, but threw plenty of pitches, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Jermaine Palacios had his second straight solid game at the plate, with a triple and a double. Brent Rooker had a pair of singles. Zander Wiel had a double.

September 4th Probable Starter: Off Day

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Beloit Snappers 3, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2

Cedar Rapids got an excellent first start at the level from Randy Dobnak, but the bullpen couldn’t hold onto the lead. Dobnak went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk, striking out 1. Travis Blankenhorn had a double and a single along with a stolen base. Shane Kennedy had a single and two walks. Jordan Gore had a double.

September 4th Probable Starter: TBD @ Beloit, 2:00PM CT

Greeneville Astros 3, Elizabethton Twins 2

The Twins finally clawed back to tie the game in the top of the 8th inning, but Greeneville immediately scored to take back the lead and take the first game of the best-of-3 series. Bailey Ober went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks, striking out 8. Rainis Silva and Gorge Munoz had a pair of singles. Jose Miranda had a double and a walk. J.J. Robinson hit a home run. Wander Javier had a double.

September 4th Probable Starter: TBD @ Greeneville, 5:00PM CT

GCL Nationals 4, GCL Twins 0

The Nationals knocked the Twins out of the playoffs on Sunday’s play-in game. Blayne Enlow went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 6. Benjamin Rodriguez and Taylor Grzelakowski each had a double and a single.

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Randy LeBlanc, Chattanooga – 8 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts
Hitter: Edgar Corcino, Chattanooga – 2-5, 2 runs, home run, 3 RBI

Next: What to do with Mauer after 2018?

One Last Thing

Monday is a day that is the birthday of quite a few fringe talent pitchers in Twins history, but two in particular have unique physical attributes that give them a different chance to be fan favorites.

Pat Neshek will be 37 on Monday. He had a unique path with the Minnesota Twins, being drafted twice by the team, first out of high school in Brooklyn Park, MN in the 45th round of the 1999 draft, and then in the 6th round of the 2002 draft out of Butler University. Neshek is known for his unique sidearm delivery that hides the ball from hitters, making it near impossible to pick up for a hitter. He struggled around the time he had elbow surgery with the Twins, but otherwise, his major league time as a reliever has been near dominant, as he’s posted a 2.76 career ERA over 483 appearances and 436 1/3 innings, with a 1.02 WHIP, and a 125/437 BB/K ratio.

The other I’d like to highlight with a birthday today and Twins ties turns 25 today. Aaron Slegers made his big league debut this season, and it went well, and the 2013 5th round draft pick out of Indiana University has worked his way up the minor league system before having an elite minor league season this year, winning 15 games with Rochester. From reports over the weekend, Slegers will be getting the first crack at replacing Dillon Gee in the fifth spot in the rotation this coming week. Hopefully he can utilize his incredible 6’10” height to his advantage and generate awkward swings to earn a spot at the back of the 2018 rotation.