Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for September 5th, 2017


Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, September 5th, 2017

Welcome to the September 5th 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

Tampa Bay Rays 11, Minnesota Twins 4

While Jose Berrios had his strikeout stuff working, he was also struggling with commanding his pitches. He had solid control, but he consistently missed over the plate, allowing him to get hit hard and the Rays to jump out to an early lead that they never gave back. Berrios’ final numbers were 5 innings, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and a walk, striking out 7. Brian Dozier had a home run and a walk. Byron Buxton had a single, a walk, and stole his 25th base of the season. Jorge Polanco had a pair of walks, but went hitless for the second day in a row, something he hadn’t done in back to back days since August 13th and 15th.

September 5th Probable Starter: Bartolo Colon @ Tampa Bay Rays, 6:10PM CT

Pawtucket Red Sox 7, Rochester Red Wings 2

Rochester sadly ended their season on Monday, in spite of the big route they put on the Red Sox to do their part in winning on the last day, but Lehigh Valley snuck out a 4-3 victory over Scranton, taking the Wild Card spot. Rochester got a solid start from Adalberto Mejia, going 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 2. Dietrich Enns was brilliant in relief, throwing 4 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and a walk, striking out 2. Levi Michael had three singles and a stolen base. Matt hague had a pair of home runs and a walk. Robbie Grossman had a single and a pair of walks. J.B. Shuck had a home run and a double. Leonardo Reginatto had a pair of singles. Daniel Palka had a single and a walk. Jonathan Rodriguez had a home run.

Chattanooga Lookouts 2, Montgomery Biscuits 1

Chattanooga set a franchise record for wins with 91, going into the playoffs as the top seed in the Southern League. Ryan Eades started the game, throwing 5 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk, striking out 1. Andy Wilkins had a home run and 3 walks. Max Murphy had a double and a walk. T.J. White had a double.

September 5th Probable Starter: Off Day

Fort Myers had the day off

September 5th Probable Starter: TBD vs. Palm Beach, 5:35PM CT

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Beloit Snappers 3, Cedar Rapids Kernels 0

In spite of a solid start from Tyler Beardsley, the Kernels couldn’t back him up. Beardsley went 6 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. Lewin Diaz had a pair of singles.

September 5th Probable Starter: Off Day

Elizabethton Twins 12, Greeneville Astros 7

After being held in fairly tight check in game 1 of the series, the Twins exploded offensively in game 2 to even the series. Brusdar Graterol went 3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Melvi Acosta followed with 4 innings, of relief, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) with 4 hits and a walk, striking out 8. Kolton Kendrick had a home run, double, and a single. J.J. Robinson and Akil Baddoo each had a home run, single, and a walk. Carson Crites had a pair of singles, a walk, and a stolen base. Mark Contreras and Jose Miranda each had a single and a walk. Rainis Silva had a pair of walks.

September 5th Probable Starter: TBD @ Greeneville, 6:00PM CT

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Ryan Eades, Chattanooga – 5 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Hitter: Kolton Kendrick, Elizabethton – 3-5, 2 runs, double, home run, 2 RBI

Next: Can Twins win World Series as Wild Card?

One Last Thing

With his 25th stolen base, Byron Buxton has now reached a group that is fairly elite in Twins history. Ten players in the history of the team have accomplished hitting 10 or more home runs with 25 or more stolen bases in the same season. Two have done it twice.

The most recent was in 2016, as Eduardo Nunez eclipsed those numbers by the time he was traded by the Twins. Prior to Nunez, the last time the numbers were reached was 2001, when Corey Koskie and Cristian Guzman each reached that level.

The two players in Twins history that have reached that level twice in the team’s history are Cesar Tovar in 1969 and 1970 and Chuck Knoblauch in 1995 and 1996.

(video is from last season’s match up with the Rays, when Buxton also had a steal)