Minnesota Twins Daily Dip: May 8, 2018, Kirby Puckett’s 4 hit MLB debut

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 02: Fernando Romero #77 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch in his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of the game on May 2, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 02: Fernando Romero #77 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch in his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of the game on May 2, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, May 8, 2018. A place to catch up on the news, notes, and happenings throughout the Twins system.

Welcome Minnesota Twins fans to the May 8th 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

  • Royce Lewis just keep hitting as batting average is up to .372
  • Fernando Romero first Twins pitcher to pitch two shutouts of at least 5.0 innings and five strikeouts.

Minnesota Twins 6, St. Louis Cardinals 0

Eddie Rosario continues to be the spark for the Twins offense as the Twins defeated the Cardinals 6-0. The table was set again by a second great start by Fernando Romero. Romero was spotting his pitches and went 6.0 innings allowed three hits, three walks, no runs, and recorded nine strikeouts. Rosario was 2-for-5 with a double, run scored, and an RBI. Behind him in the batting order was Robbie Grossman who went 3-for-4, scored a run, and drove in two runs.

May 8th Probable Starter: Jake Odorizzi vs. Carlos Martinez at 12:15 PM CT

Rochester Red Wings 7, Buffalo Bisons 3

The Red Wings came out strong in the first game of their series against the Buffalo Bison and won the game 7-3. The pivotal inning of tonight’s game was the 7th inning. In that inning, Wynston Sawyer hit a Grand Slam as he went 2-for-4 on the night. In that same inning, Leonardo Reginatto tripled to bring in a run. Jimmy Kerrigan also hit a solo home run as he went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

May 8th Probable Starter: Aaron Slegers vs Buffalo Bisons at 5:05 PM CT

Jackson Generals 4, Chattanooga Lookouts 6

The Lookouts also open up their series with a win as they defeated the Jackson Generals 6-4. Alex Perez went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs. Edgar Corcino went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Tyler Jay came in to save the game and pitched a scoreless frame with two strikeouts. Jay’s ERA remains at 0.00 over nine innings pitched this season.

May 8th Probable Starter: Kohl Stewart vs. Jackson Generals at 6:15 PM CT

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Charlotte Stone Crabs 7, Fort Myers Miracle 5

Charlotte was able to get to Miracle starter Sean Poppen early in the Miracles 7-5 loss. With the help of some errors from the defense behind him, Poppen allowed four runs, two earned, over 4.0 innings as he allowed five hits, four walks, and issued six strikeouts. Lewin Diaz went 2-for-5 on the night with three RBIs and his 4th home run of the season. Jaylin Davis was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI.

 May 8th Probable Starter: Tyler Wells vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs at 6:00 PM CT

 Cedar Rapids Kernels 2, Dayton Dragons 3

The Kernels were able to out hit Dayton 10-6 but loss the game 3-2. The story of the night was Royce Lewis who opened the game with three consecutive hits. Lewis would finish the night 3-for-5 with a run scored and now has a season’s batting average of .372. Alex Kirilloff hit another double as he went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

May 8th Probable Starter: Tyler Watson vs. Dayton Dragons @ 6:00 PM CT

 Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day

Pitcher: Tyler Jay, Chattanooga – 6.2 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 9 K

Hitter: Wynston Sawyer, Rochester – 2-4, R, HR, 4 RBI

Next: Could Matt Harvey help the Twins?

Kirby Puckett collects four hits in MLB debut

On May 8, 1984, Kirby Puckett made his major league debut and collected four hits as he went 4-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base. All four hits were singles but it was a great start to a career as the Twins defeated the California Angels 5-0. Wonder how many Twins fans knew they would see 2,300 more hits and two World Series championships during Puckett’s career.

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