Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, June 2, 2018. A place to catch up on the news, notes, and happenings throughout the Twins system.
Welcome Minnesota Twins fans to the June 2nd 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
- Prospect sluggers Alex Kirilloff and Brent Rooker both have big games at the plate.
- Mike Berardino wrote about how prospect Royce Lewis has reclaimed his joy in the minors.
Cleveland Indians 4, Minnesota Twins 7
The Twins finally found the right mix of hitting and pitching and were able to even up the season series with the Indian Friday night. Eduardo Escobar led the way for the Twins as he launched two home runs over the outfield wall. Escobar accounted for driving in four of the Twins seven runs. Brian Dozier had the other multi-hit game of the night as he was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. The Twins bullpen combined for three scoreless innings and only two hits allowed to close out the win.
Rochester Red Wings 3, Norfolk Tides 1
Nick Gordon had a tremendous night at the plate Friday as he went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Gordon’s average at Triple-A is now a healthy .333. Jake Cave and Chris Carter each connected for home runs. Adalberto Mejia had a good 6.0 inning start as he only allowed one run on 5 hits, a walk, and recorded four punchouts. Trevor May came into the game to record a 3.0 inning save and only allowed two base runners and struck out one.
June 2nd Probable Starter: Zack Littell vs. Norfolk Tides 6:05 PM CT
Chattanooga Lookouts 4, Birmingham Barons 6
The Lookouts game was delayed by rain, but once they were able to play they fell short and lost 6-4 to Birmingham on Friday. Anthony Marzi had a rough start as he allowed six runs (three earned), on 10 hits, a walk, and recorded four strikeouts. Brent Rooker went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, and two RBIs. Brian Navarreto was 2-for-4 with a double and scored two runs.
June 2nd Probable Starter: Cody Stashak vs. Birmingham Barons at 6:30 PM CT
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Fort Myers Miracle 3, St. Lucie Mets 6
The game looked as though it may go the Miracles way as the game was tied up on an 8th inning Taylor Grzelakowski home run, but the Mets pulled out the 6-3 win late. The home run was just one of three hits for Grzeloakowski Friday. Mark Contreras scored two runs while hitting a triple and Lewin Diaz had the final extra-base hit by hitting his 5th double on the season. Griffin Jax was activated and got the start as he went 4.2 innings allowing three runs, seven hits, and struck out three.
June 2nd Probable Starter: TBD doubleheader vs. St. Lucie Mets at 3:00 PM CT
Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, Burlington Bees 4
Alex Kirilloff tried putting his team on his back but in extra innings, the Kernels lost to the Bees 4-3. Kirilloff was 3-for-5 with 2 runs, RBI, a double, and 9th home run of the season. Fellow outfielder Akil Baddoo was 2-for-5 with a home run of his own. Randy Dobnak opened with four scoreless innings but in the fifth inning was roughed up for three runs (two earned) to end his day.
June 2nd Probable Starter: TBD vs. Burlington Bees at 6:30 PM CT
Minor League Pitcher/Hitter Of The Day
Pitcher: Adalberto Mejia, Rochester- 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Hitter: Brent Rooker, Chattanooga – 3-5, 2 RBI, 2B, 3B
July 2nd, 1986, Rod Carew announces his retirement
It was 32 years ago today that Hall of Famer Rod Carew announced his retirement from baseball. The Minnesota Twin and California Angel played for 19 seasons in major league baseball. He was an 18-time all-star, Rookie of the Year, seven-time batting champion, and the 1977 Most Valuable Player. At retirement, Carew had a slash line of .328/.393/.429 and a .822 OPS.