Minnesota Twins Daily Dip: April 28, 2018, Aussie debuts with a blast

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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, April 28, 2018. A place to catch up on the news, notes, and happenings throughout the Twins system.

Welcome Minnesota Twins fans to the April 28th 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!

News and Notes

  • Luke Bard returned to the Twins from Angels
  • After a rough outing, David Hale designated for assignment

Cincinnati Reds 15, Minnesota Twins 9

When the score is 5-1 after the first inning you feel like things are in a pretty good place. Until the game ends in a 15-9 loss for your eighth straight loss. Twins pitching struggled as Phil Hughes gave up four runs, Tyler Duffey five runs (one of those unearned), David Hale four runs, Trevor Hildenberger a run, and even Ryan Pressly gave up a run. Logan Morrison and Eddie Rosario each connected for home runs and Max Kepler was 3-for-5 on the night.

April 28th Probable Starter: Sal Romano vs. Jake Odorizzi at 1:10 PM CT

Rochester Red Wings 3, Syracuse Chiefs 4

The Red Wings and Chiefs needed extra innings to settle this game. In the tenth inning the Chiefs Hunter Jones clinched the game with an RBI double. Willians Astudillo went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. While Brock Stassi also went 2-for-4 with a double. Fernando Romero had a bit of a rough start allowing 3 runs over 5.0 innings. In relief, John Curtiss pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball with five strikeouts.

April 28th Probable Starter: Aaron Slegers vs Syracuse Chiefs at 12:05 PM CT

Tennessee Smokies 6, Chattanooga Lookouts 1

An error by the Lookouts in the fourth inning helped the Smokies go on to score four runs on their way to a 6-1 victory over the Lookouts. Lewis Thorpe pitched 4.2 innings allowed 10 hits, six runs (two of which were earned), and seven strikeouts. Edgar Corcino went 2-for-3 with a double and Brent Rooker added his own double for his only hit of the game.

April 28th Probable Starter: Kohl Stewart vs. Tennessee Smokies at 6:15 PM CT

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Daytona Tortugas 5, Fort Myers Miracle 7

The Miracle took another game from Dayton in the 7-5 win. After going down 4-1 in the second inning the Miracle had to work their way back into the game. Joe Cronin who went 2-for-3 and Travis Blankenhorn at 2-for-4 on the night led the way offensively. Caleb Hamilton with the only extra-base hit, a double, drove in two runs for his team. Ryan Mason closed out the game going 2.2 innings allowing no runs, two hits, and 2 strikeouts while picking up the win.

April 28th Probable Starter: Brady Anderson @ Daytona Tortugas at 5:00 PM CT

Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Quad Cities River Bandits 6

The Kernels hung in the game and sent it to 13 innings before dropping the game to the River Bandits. Adrian Tovalin went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run for the Kernels. Bryan De La Cruz and Colton Shaver each went 2-for-5 with a double.

April 28th Probable Starter: Randy Dobnak vs Quad Cities River Bandits at 1:10 PM CT

 Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: John Curtiss, Rochester – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
Hitter: Joe Cronin, Fort Myers -2-3, 2 R, BB

Next: 15 minor leaguers off to a hot start

The Aussie debuts with a blast

On April 28th, 2010, Australian third baseman Luke Hughes made his debut for the Twins. In his first at-bat with the Twins, he blasted a home run off of then Detroit Tiger pitcher Max Scherzer. That made Hughes the fifth in Twins history to hit a homer in their first major league at-bat. Hughes, unfortunately, didn’t do much else as a major league player. He only really played one full season in the majors in 2011 as he hit .223/.289/.338, 7 home runs, and 12 doubles in 96 games for the Twins.