Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for September 7th, 2017

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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, September 7th, 2017

Welcome to the September 7th 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!

You will be seeing some changes begin to filter in this week as the minor leagues begin to finish playoffs, and the Daily Dip will begin to implement looks around the league as well at happenings in the game of baseball as a whole.

News and Notes

  • LHP Adalberto Mejia sent on rehab to Chattanooga
  • IF Colton Waltner placed on DL by Elizabethton
  • OF Colton Burns promoted to Elizabethton
  • OF Alex Robles promoted to Elizabethton
  • 3B Andrew Bechtold placed on DL by Elizabethton
  • RHP Kohl Stewart placed on DL by Chattanooga
  • 1B Jonathan Rodriguez assigned to Chattanooga
  • IF Ryan Walker assigned to Chattanooga
  • RHP Ryan Eades assigned to Rochester
  • RHP Felix Jorge assigned to Chattanooga

Minnesota Twins 10, Tampa Bay Rays 6

The Twins and Rays went back and forth for 5 innings until the Twins put up 3 runs in the 7th, and their recently-exceptional bullpen closed out the Rays for the win. Aaron Slegers started the game and went 4 innings, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. Ryan Pressly, Taylor Rogers, Trevor Hildenberger, and Matt Belisle combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Eduardo Escobar had a triple and two singles. Jorge Polanco had a double, a single, and was hit by pitch. Robbie Grossman had a double and a single. Ehire Adrianza had a home run and a single. Brian Dozier had a home run and a walk. Chris Gimenez had a pair of singles and a walk.

September 7th Probable Starter: Kyle Gibson @ Kansas City, 7:15PM CT

Chattanooga Lookouts 4, Montgomery Biscuits 3

Chattanooga scored three in the first inning and held through the entire game. Zack Littell made the start and had shaky control, but was able to work out of it, as he went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks, striking out 6. Nick Gordon had a pair of singles and a stolen base. Andy Wilkins had a pair of singles. LaMonte Wade had a single and a walk. T.J. White had a home run. Brian Navarreto had a double.

September 7th Probable Starter: Dereck Rodriguez vs. Montgomery,
6:15PM CT

Palm Beach Cardinals 3, Fort Myers Miracle 2

Palm Beach and Fort Myers played a nip and tuck game, but Palm Beach walked off in the bottom of the 9th with a walkoff hit by pitch. Sean Poppen made the start, going 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk, striking out 2. Chris Paul had a pair of singles and a walk. Nelson Molina had a home run. Tanner English had a stolen base.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Kane County Cougars 5

The Kernels jumped out in the first two innings, but saw shaky defense allow the Cougars to claw their way back into the game before a run in the bottom of the 8th sealed the game. Tyler Wells looked like the pitcher who dominated early in the season, forcing ground ball contact that seemed to find its way through, but not hurting himself with extra base runners as he went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits and no walks, striking out 8. Logan Lombana and Hector Lujan each threw a perfect inning with a strikeout to close out the game.

September 7th Probable Starter: Clark Beeker @ Kane County,
6:30PM CT

Elizabethton Twins 6, Greeneville Astros 0

The Twins got an excellent performance up and down the lineup while having the pitching staff absolutely dominate. Edwar Colina set the tone for the pitching staff with 6 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 8. Jared Finkel and Jovani Moran combined to allow just 1 hit over 2 1/3 innings while striking out 5. J.J. Robinson had a double, single, and a walk. Akil Baddoo and Kolton Kendrick each had a pair of walks. Gorge Munoz had a single and was hit by pitch. Carson Crites had a stolen base.

September 7th Probable Starter: TBD vs. Pulaski, 6:00PM CT

Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Edwar Colina, Elizabethton – 6 2/3 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts
Hitter: Lewin Diaz, Cedar Rapids – 3-4, run, 3 doubles, 4 RBI

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One Last Thing

With his three-hit game on Wednesday night, Eduardo Escobar collected the Twins’ 67th 3+ hit game of the season. It was his 7th such game, with all of his occurring after June 11th.

The Twins have seen 15 players collect 3 or more hits in a game this season. Eddie Rosario currently has had the most such games, with 11. He’s followed closely by Joe Mauer with 10.

A quick look back to just last seasons reveals that the entire team had 77 3+ hit games from players in 2016, but the team leader was Brian Dozier who had 11, so Rosario could surpass him this season.

In Twins history, the top of the leaderboard is fairly predictable as Rod Carew has the most 3-hit games with 214, followed closely by Kirby Puckett with 208. Joe Mauer is in a distant third with 168, with Tony Oliva close behind him with 155. Kent Hrbek is fifth, and the last Twin with more than 100 career 3+ hit games, with 106 such games.