Minnesota Twins Daily Dip: April 21, 2018, Franchise’s first home opener

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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, April 21, 2018

Welcome Minnesota Twins fans to the April 20th 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 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!

Minnesota Twins 7, Tampa Bay Rays 8

The Twins fell to the Rays in extra innings on a misplaced Zach Duke foot as he failed to tag the base to get an easy out and on to the next inning. In a loss, the Twins still had some promising signs offensively. Logan Morrison was finally able to connect for his first 2018 home run off of Rays starter Chris Archer. Eddie Rosario connected for his lone hit, a grand slam in the 8th inning. Max Kepler went 2-for-4 with a home run of his own. What was a little concerning was the 5 earned runs that Lynn allowed in his 6.0 innings of work.

April 20th Probable Starter: Kyle Gibson vs. Blake Snell at 6:10 CT

Columbus Clippers 5, Rochester Red Wings 13

The Red Wings ended up with an offensive explosion on Friday. Brock Stassi got things going with a 1st inning grand slam. Willians Astudillo went 4-for-4 with a solo home run of his own, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs. Gregorio Petit also went 2-for-4, 1 run, and 3 RBIs. Tyler Duffey also came in relief and pitched 3.0 innings allowing a hit and no runs.

April 20th Probable Starter: Aaron Slegers vs. Columbus Clippers at 1:05 CT

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5, Chattanooga Lookouts 1

The Lookouts winning streak had to come to an end at some point. That point was seven and on Friday. The Lookouts lone run was scored via production from two of the Twins most exciting prospects. Brent Rooker hit a triple and was then driven in by a Nick Gordon sacrifice fly. Beyond that run it was Jacksonville’s game as starter Jeff Brigham and the Jumbo Shrimp bullpen shut down the Lookouts.

April 19th Probable Starter: Kohl Stewart vs. Jackson Generals at 6:05 CT

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Fort Myers Miracle 4, Bradenton Marauders 3

It took all nine innings, but the Miracle took the first game of a three game series from Bradenton. Jaylin Davis went 2-for-4, with a run and a double. It was on a Jimmy Kerrigan double play ball that Taylor Grzelakowski scored the winning run.

April 19th Probable Starter: Brady Anderson @ Bradenton Marauders at 5:30 CT

Kane County 5, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2

The Kernels were finally able to play a game! Unfortunately they lost to Kane County 5-2 in a home game. Akil Baddoo went 2-for-4 with a 2-run home run in the 7th inning. Shane Carrier also went 2-for-4 and Jose Miranda 1-for-4 with a double. Moises Gomez pitched a scoreless frame in relief while striking out two batters.

April 19th Probable Starter: Nick Brown against the Kane Count Cougar at 5:05 CT

 Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Tyler Duffey, Rochester – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Hitter: Willians Astudillo, Rochester – 4-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Next: Jose Berrios has arrived

Minnesota Twins first home game.

On April 21, 1961 the Minnesota Twins played their first home game at Metropolitan Stadium. Their opponent in that home opener? None other than the expansion Washington Senators. You read that right. Same place and same name as the team the Twins were prior to 1961. The game was tied going into the 9th inning but the twins would fall to the Senators 5-3 in that game. Both Don Mincher and Lenny Green did hit home runs for the Twins in that first home opener.