Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, September 11th, 2017
Welcome to the September 11th 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
Kansas City Royals 11, Minnesota Twins 3
The Royals put up 6 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning, and the rout was on from there Sunday afternoon. Bartolo Colon lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits and no walks. Dillon Gee threw well in relief, going 3 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and a walk. John Curtiss got tattooed with 4 runs charged to him in just 1/3 of an inning of work. Kennys Vargas was really the one Minnesota Twins hitter that had a good day with a home run, a double, and a pair of walks. Ehire Adrianza had a pair of singles. Byron Buxton had a triple. Robbie Grossman had a double.
September 11th Probable Starter: Off Day
The Lookouts walked off to the 2017 Southern League co-championship with a home run in the bottom of the 9th. Dietrich Enns went 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks, striking out 1. Anthony McIver closed out the game with 2 perfect innings, striking out 1. LaMonte Wade had three singles. Jonathan Rodriguez had the game-winning home run and a single. Max Murphy had a single and was hit by pitch. Andy Wilkins hit a home run.
The Kernels came out strong, up by 7 before the River Bandits even pushed a run across. Charlie Barnes went 5 scoreless innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3. It took 3 relievers to get through the 6th inning, allowing all 4 runs in that inning before Colton Davis and Hector Lujan finished the game with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Caleb Hamilton had three doubles. Lewin Diaz had a double and a single. Travis Blankenhorn had a home run and a walk. Aaron Whitefield had a pair of singles. Shane Kennedy had a single and a walk. Shane Carrier had a home run.
September 11th Probable Starter: Tyler Wells vs. Quad Cities, 6:35PM CT
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Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day
Pitcher: Charlie Barnes, Cedar Rapids – 5 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
Hitter: Jonathan Rodriguez, Chattanooga – 2-4, run, home run, 2 RBI
Notes from around baseball
- Nationals clinch NL East
- Judge hits 2 HR in Yankee rout
- Brewers complete Cubs sweep; 2 back in NL Central
- Braves take 3rd straight walk off win
- Teams plan 9/11 tributes
- Cards blank Pirates in pursuit of playoff spot
- Dodgers losing streak reaches 10
- Astros choose to leave Appalachian League
- Indians with 18th straight, move to top record in AL
- A’s fan makes great grab on foul ball
One Last Thing
One of the great moments of my personal college career is on anniversary today. In 1999, the Twins offered a special promotion that anyone who showed up to the game in their pajamas would be allowed admission to the game against the Angels, which started at 11:05 AM due to a Minnesota Gophers football game scheduled for later that day.
I had the pleasure of attending that game, which turned out to be the first no-hitter I’d seen in my lifetime of attending baseball games, an Eric Milton performance that still ranks as one of the t op 5 pitching performances I’ve ever witnessed in person. He struck out 13 hitters that day and walked 2. The free tickets to the game were supposed to upper level tickets, but there were more people in both clubhouses than in the stands (not literally, but it felt that way!), so I ended up finishing the game watching from about 15 rows behind home plate as Milton polished off the final inning.
Perhaps most memorable about that game beyond Milton’s performance was Terry Steinbach sprinting around the bases for a triple. Steinbach would retire after that season and was 37 years old, and needless to say, he was not much of a speedster, but for some reason, he had a career high in triples that season!
The Gophers had quite a few more fans for their game against Louisiana-Monroe that afternoon, which was a pretty sound victory as well.