Minnesota Twins Daily Dip: May 16, 2018, Jason Kubel’s Grand Slam off Mariano Rivera
By Nate Palmer
Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, May 16, 2018. A place to catch up on the news, notes, and happenings throughout the Twins system.
Welcome Minnesota Twins fans to the May 16th 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
- Zack Granite makes start in left field for Rochester
- Lance Lynn gets the start today against his former team
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Minnesota Twins 4
It was an error that undid the Twins against Seattle, and an error on a Byron Buxton bunt that helped the Twins seize their 4-1 win Tuesday night. Jose Berrios gave his bullpen a break as he went 7.1 innings and only allowed one run, two hits, and had ten strikeouts. Eduardo Escobar got the scoring going as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Bobby Wilson gave the Twins breathing room as his two-run home run gave the Twins the final three-run run lead.
May 16th Probable Starter: Miles Mikolas vs. Lance Lynn 12:10 PM CT
Syracuse Chiefs 1, Rochester Red Wings 9
Behind a trio of outfielders at the top of their lineup, the Red Wings put together a good offensive showing to defeat Syracuse 9-1. Ryan LaMarre led the way going 3-for-5, three runs, four RBIs, two doubles and a triple. Zack Granite was 3-for-6, with two runs scored. Then Jake Cave was 2-for-5, a run scored, RBI, and a double. Let’s not forget Aaron Slegers continued dominance of Syracuse as he went 6.0 innings and allowed one run on three hits, one walk, and one strikeout.
May 16th Probable Starter: TBD vs. Syracuse Chiefs 6:05 PM CT
Tennessee Smokies 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 11
With all the fanfare of Twins starting pitching prospects, Randy LeBlanc continues to quietly produce as he went 6.0 innings allowing one run on seven hits a walk and four strikeouts to pick up the win. Brent Rooker went 3-for-4 with a run and four RBIs. Chris Paul went 1-for-4 with a walk and a 2-run home run.
May 16th Probable Starter: Anthony Marzi vs. Tennessee Smokies at 10:15 AM CT
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Fort Myers Miracle 1, Jupiter Hammerheads 0
It didn’t take much offense on Tuesday as the Miracle were able to defeat Jupiter 1-0. The lone run of the day was scored on a Jimmy Kerrigan home run. Kerrigan’s homer accounted for one of only five hits for the Miracle on Tuesday. Thankfully the Miracle pitchers also only allowed five hits and combined for a scoreless performance between starter Sean Poppen and reliever Andrew Vasquez.
May 16th Probable Starter: Tyler Wells vs. Jupiter Hammerheads at 4:00 PM CT
Quad Cities River Bandits 5, Cedar Rapids Kernels 6
The Kernels won their second game in a row against the River Bandits 6-5. Alex Kirilloff was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBIs, a triple and a home run. Jose Miranda also hit a home run in the 8th inning for his only hit. Ben Rodriguez went 2-for-4, scored a run, and had an RBI.
May 16th Probable Starter: Randy Dobnak and Tyler Watson vs. Quad Cities River Bandits at 7:35 PM CT
Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day
Pitcher: Sean Poppen, Fort Myers – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Hitter: Alex Kirilloff, Cedar Rapids – 3-4, 3 R, 3B, HR, 2 RBI
Next: Mitch Garver has a chance to show he is a starting catcher
Jason Kubel beats Yankees with Grand Slam
There are plays and moments that just seem to stick with you and your memory bank. This is one of them. In 2010, in Yankee stadium, Jason Kubel hit a Grand Slam off of Mariano Rivera to defeat the New York Yankees 6-3. There are so many factors that make this Grand Slam stand out. It was the Yankees, and as Twins fans and maybe just real baseball fans we hate the Yankees. (OK, real baseball fan may be taking it a bit far.) Also, it is off one of the elite closers of all-time in Rivera. What just seems strange about how this game unfolded is in the ninth Jason Kubel was lifted for defensive replacement…Delmon Young.