Minnesota Twins Daily Dip: April 30, 2018, No. 30 Scott Baker and near perfection

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08 August 2011: Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Baker (30) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. The Red Sox defeated the Twins 8-6. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
08 August 2011: Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Baker (30) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. The Red Sox defeated the Twins 8-6. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, April 30, 2018. A place to catch up on the news, notes, and happenings throughout the Twins system.

Welcome Minnesota Twins fans to the April 30th 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

Cincinnati Reds 8, Minnesota Twins 2

Jose Berrios was not able to throw his best stuff on Sunday leading to another short start and more tired bullpen arms. Berrios only made it 3.0 innings and recorded no strikeouts while giving up four runs and 3 walks. Matt Magill made his Twins debut and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings while striking out two batters. The Twins will look to get things turned around (again) against the Toronto Blue Jays.

April 30th Probable Starter: Aaron Sanchez vs. Lance Lynn at 7:10 PM CT

Rochester Red Wings @ Syracuse Chiefs PPD

The Red Wings were scheduled to play their final game in a series against the Syracuse Chiefs. Instead due to rain the game was postponed. Today the Red Wings travel to Pawtucket to open a series against the Red Sox.

April 30th Probable Starter: Dietrich Enns vs Pawtucket Red Sox at 5:15 PM CT

Tennessee Smokies 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 2

On a doubleheader day, the Lookouts lost both games by the same 3-2 score. In the first game, Zack Littell got the start and went 4.2 innings and allowed three runs. Tyler Jay pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief with two strikeouts and one walk. Slugger Brent Rooker also went 2-for-3 in the game.

Tennessee Smokies 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 2

With the same result as game one, the Lookouts got a good 4.0 inning start from Omar Bencomo who allowed no runs and stuck three batters out. Sam Clay got roughed up allowing all three runs in his 1.0 inning of work. Brent Rooker again went 2-for-3 with a double, run, and RBI.

April 30th Probable Starter: Randy LeBlanc vs. Tennessee Smokies at 10:15 AM CT

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Daytona Tortugas 4, Fort Myers Miracle 5

The Miracle went into the bottom of the 11th inning down by one run. They would go on to win the game on a pinch hit, walk-off 2-run home run off the bat of Lewin Diaz. Clark Beeker got the start and went 4.1 innings allowing five hits, no runs, two walks, and four strikeouts. Travis Blankenhorn with 3-for-5 with an RBI and Taylor Grzelakowski went 2-for-4 with a run, double, and a walk.

 April 30th Probable Starter: Off Day 

Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Quad Cities River Bandits 2

Kernels won their game against the River Bandits 4-2. On a day where seven of the nine batters in the Kernels lineup recorded a single hit, Trey Cabbage had the most explosive swing of the bat. The left fielder hit a solo home run in the 6th inning to tie the game. The Kernels then took the lead in the 7th on two bases-loaded walks by Jordan Gore picking up his second RBI and Jean Carlos Arias.

April 30th Probable Starter: Off Day

 Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Clark Beeker, Fort Myers – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Hitter: Brent Rooker, Chattanooga -4-6, R, 2B, R, RBI

Next: Not time for Twins fans to panic

Scott Baker‘s near perfect game

Not that Scott Baker provided a lot of positive energy over his tenure with the Twins. On this April 30th, we could use some positive thoughts and No. 30 Baker did just that on August 31, 2007, as he threw a complete game shutout and near perfect game against the Kansas City Royals in the second game of a doubleheader. The perfect game and no-hitter both ended in the 9th inning, but Baker did get nine strikeouts in the complete game shutout.

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