Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip: Twins Take Control
Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, October 18th, 2017
Welcome to the October 18th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond, offseason edition. You’ll find the most recent news of the Minnesota Twins organization, stories from around the game, and links to any information you may want to know about the Minnesota Twins or baseball as we work our way through the hot stove season!
Minnesota Twins Scores, News and Notes
Arizona Fall League Update
Surprise played the top prospect-loaded Peoria team on Tuesday and though Peoria scored first, the Saguaros got the win in a big way, defeating Peoria 10-3. Sean Miller was the only Twins minor leaguer that hit on the day, going 0-1 with a walk and a run.
Tyler Jay worked the 5th inning, allowing no runs, though he did give up two hits, striking out two, earning a hold. Ryan Eades threw a scoreless inning, allowing a hit, striking out 1.
Surprise will play Peoria at 2:30PM today.
Baseball America’s Minnesota Twins 2017 Draft Grades
New Twins hire John Manuel explores the 2017 Twins draft giving out grades like the best pure hitter, best power, best speed, etc. Subscription is required to view the entire list, but it’s an excellent read.
Playoff games yesterday
New York Yankees 6, Houston Astros 4
The teams were scoreless into the 6th inning, when the Astros struck first, scoring the first four runs of the game, but the Yankees stormed back to take the game and tie the series at 2 games apiece. Lance McCullers, Jr. went 6 innings, allowing a solo home run as part of 2 hits, walking 2, striking out 3. Sonny Gray went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on a hit and 2 walks, striking out 4. Aaron Judge had a home run and a double.
Game 5 of the series will be on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Chicago Cubs 1
The Cubs scored the first run in the first inning, but that’s all they would get as the Dodgers offense scored 6 unanswered runs and Yu Darvish pitched a gem. Darvish went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just Kyle Schwarber‘s solo home run in the first among 6 hits and a walk, striking out 7. Chris Taylor got the start at shortstop in place of Cory Seager, and he hit his 2nd home run of the NLCS along with a triple to lead the Dodgers offense. Andre Ethier also had a home run for the Dodgers.
Game 4 will be on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
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Playoff games today
Houston Astros @ New York Yankees, 4:00PM CT
Starting Pitchers: Dallas Keuchel vs. Masahiro Tanaka
Series Standing: Series tied 2-2
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs, 8PM CT
Starting Pitchers: Alex Wood vs. Jake Arrieta
Series Standing: Dodgers lead 3-0
Notes from around baseball
- Gibson congratulates Turner
- Astros in good spot despite 2 losses
- Reliever of the year nominees released
Next: Twins hire longime BA writer
One Last Thing
The Minnesota Twins came out in the second game of the 1987 Series and put up 6 runs in the 4th inning on their way to an 8-4 win to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series.
Bert Blyleven threw 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk, striking out 8 Cardinals hitters. Jeff Reardon had a perfect inning to close out the game.
Gary Gaetti and Tim Laudner both had a home run, single, and a walk to lead the Twins offense, but every Twins starter save Steve Lombardozzi reached base safely in the game.