Minor Details: Games of April 11

ST. PAUL SAINTS 5, IOWA CUBS 2, IN ST. PAUL

Diego Castillo hit a three-run homer in the sixth to give St. Paul a 3-1 lead.

Multi-hit games:  Anthony Prato was 2-for-3 with a walk.  DaShawn Keirsey, Jr. was 2-for-4 with a home run.

Home runs:  Castillo (1), Keirsey, Jr. (2).

Multi-RBI games:  Castillo (3).

Stolen bases:  Michael Helman, 2 (4).

Pitching prowess:  Jordan Balazovic retired all seven men he faced, striking out four.  Scott Blewett struck out the side in a perfect inning.  Hobie Harris pitched a perfect inning.

Opposition standout:  Chris Clarke pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, despite giving up three hits and five walks.  He struck out one.

Record:  St. Paul is 6-5, tied for third with Indianapolis, 1.5 games behind Omaha.

SPRINGFIELD CARDINALS 7, WICHITA WIND SURGE 6 IN SPRINGFIELD (10 INNINGS)

Wichita scored single runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth to tie it  6-6, but Chandler Redmond singled home the winning run with one out in the tenth.

Multi-hit games:  Andrew Cossetti was 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs, and three RBIs.  Emmanuel Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, a walk, and three runs.  Kyler Fedco was 2-for-4.

Home runs:  Cossetti (1), Noah Cardenas (2), Rodriguez (2).

Multi-RBI games:  Cossetti, 3.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Alex Whorff pitched four innings, giving up one run on three hits and three walks.  John Stankiewiez pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out one.  Hunter McMahon pitched two perfect innings.

Opposition standout:  Nathan Church was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.

Record:  Wichita is 1-4, in fifth (last) place, four games behind Springfield.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 8, DAYTON DRAGONS 4 IN CEDAR RAPIDS

Keoni Cavaco hit a two-run double to break a 4-4 tie in a four-run eighth.

Multi-hit games:  Luke Keaschall was 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and three RBIs.  Jose Salas was 2-for-5.

Home runs:  Keaschall (1).

Mulit-RBI games:  Keaschall, 3; Cavaco, 2.

Stolen bases:  Keaschall (1).

Pitching prowess:  Andrew Morris pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits.  Kyle Bischoff struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk.

Opposition standout:  Kevin Abel struck out six in four innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk.

Record:  Cedar Rapids is 2-3, tied for third with Peoria and Quad Cities, two games behind Wisconsin.

CLEARWATER THRESHERS 10, FORT MYERS MIGHTY MUSSELS 5 IN CLEARWATER

Trailing 5-4, Clearwater scored four runs in the seventh.

Multi-hit games:  Trevor Larnach was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two RBIs.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  Larnach, 2; Rafael Cruz, 2.

Stolen bases:  Angel Del Rosario (3).

Pitching prowess:  Ross Dunn struck out four in three innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks.

Opposition standout:  Otto Kemp was 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, two walks, three runs, and two RBIs.

Record:  Fort Myers is 3-3, in fourth place, two games behind Dunedin.

TODAY'S TILTS

5:05  Wichita (Marco Raya, 0-0, 3.00) and Travis Adams, 1-0, 0.00) at Springfield (doubleheader)
5:30  Fort Myers (Jeremy Lee, 1-0, 2.25) at Clearwater
6:35  Dayton at Cedar Rapids (John Klein, 0-0, 0.00)
6:37  Iowa at St. Paul (Joe Gunkel, 0-0, 7.71)

April 12, 2024: Clomp Clomp Clomp

I realized a while ago there's a(n annoying?) trope of bands/artists ending their albums by getting up, walking to and through a door, and closing it behind them. The Replacements, Neutral Milk Hotel, Julien Baker, and a few more I'm forgetting. What are your annoying music cliches? Also, while we're here, drop a list why not?

Happy Birthday–April 12

Vic Willis (1876)
Addie Joss (1880)
Bill Bailey (1888)
Eric McNair (1909)
Bill Wight (1922)
Bob Zuk (1927)
Johnny Antonelli (1930)
Terry Cooney (1933)
Charlie Lau (1933)
Woodie Fryman (1940)
Vicente Romo (1943)
Terry Harmon (1944)
Mike Macfarlane (1964)
Paul LoDuca (1972)
Antonio Osuna (1973)
Brad Brach (1986)
Pedro Hernandez (1989)
Dennis Santana (1996)

Bob Zuk was a long-time scout who was responsible for signing, among others, Reggie Jackson, Willie Stargell, and Gary Carter.

Terry Cooney was an American League umpire from 1975-1992.

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Minor Details: Games of April 10

IOWA CUBS 4, ST. PAUL SAINTS 1 IN ST. PAUL

Patrick Wisdom hit a three-run homer in the fifth to break a scoreless tie.

Multi-hit games:  Chris Williams was 2-for-4 with a double.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  DaShawn Keirsey, Jr. (4).

Pitching prowess:  Matt Bowman struck out three in 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk.  Ryan Jensen struck out three in a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.

Opposition standout:  Thomas Pannone struck out six in five innings, giving up one run on three hits and two walks.

Record:  St. Paul is 5-5, tied for fifth with Nashville, 1.5 games behind Iowa and Omaha.

WICHITA AT SPRINGFIELD

Rained out.  Will be made up Friday as part of a doubleheader.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 11, DAYTON DRAGONS 2 IN CEDAR RAPIDS

Leading 3-2, Cedar Rapids scored five in the seventh and three in the eighth.  Rubel Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the seventh.

Multi-hit games:  Cespedes was 4-for-5 with a home run and seven RBIs.  Danny De Andrade was 3-for-4.  Ricardo Olivar was 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, and four runs.  Luke Keaschall was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs.  Keoni Cavaco was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs.

Home runs:  Cespedes (2).

Multi-RBI games:  Cespedes,7.

Stolen bases:  De Andrade (1).

Pitching prowess:  Zebby Matthews struck out eight in five innings, giving up one run on four hits.  A. J. Labas struck out three in 1.2 innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits.  Ricardo Velez struck out three in 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits.  Miguelangel Boadas struck out two in a scoreless inning.  Kernels pitchers recorded sixteen strikeouts.

Opposition standout:  Hector Rodriguez was 3-for-4.

Record:  Cedar Rapids is 1-3, in fifth place, 2.5 games behind Wisconsin.

CLEARWATER THRESHERS 8, FORT MYERS MIGHTY MUSSELS 7 IN CLEARWATER

Fort Myers scored five in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead.  It was 7-5 going to the bottom of the eighth, but Clearwater scored three to win the game.  Trent Farquhar singled home the deciding run.

Multi-hit games:  Maddux Houghton was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Angel Del Rosario was 2-for-4.

Home runs:  Houghton (1), Brandon Winokur (1).

Multi-RBI games:  Houghton, 4.  Winokur, 2.

Stolen bases:  Houghton (1), Rayne Doncon (1).

Pitching prowess:  Wilker Reyes struck out three and walked two in two shutout innings.

Opposition standout:  Farquhar was 4-for-5 with a triple, a double, two runs, and two RBIs.

Record:  Fort Myers is 3-2, tied for second with Clearwater and Lakeland, one game behind Dunedin.

TODAY'S TILTS

5:30  Fort Myers (Ross Dunn, 0-0, 2.25) at Clearwater
6:35  Dayton at Cedar Rapids (Andrew Morris, 0-0, 0.00)
6:35  Wichita (Jarret Whorff) at Springfield
6:37  Iowa at St. Paul (David Festa, 0-0, 1.59)

Happy Birthday–April 11

Pop Corkhill (1858)
Ossee Schrecongost (1875)
Matsutaro Shoriki (1885)
Sam Chapman (1916)
Barney McCosky (1917)
Jim Hearn (1921)
Bob Casey (1925)
Sid Monge (1951)
Bret Saberhagen (1964)
Turner Ward (1965)
Sean Bergman (1970)
Robin Jennings (1972)
Jason Varitek (1972)
Trot Nixon (1974)
Todd Dunwoody (1975)
Kelvim Escobar (1976)
Mark Teixeira (1980)
Andres Blanco (1984)
Alejandro De Aza (1984)
Kenta Maeda (1988)

Matustaro Shoriki is known as the father of Japanese baseball.

Bob Casey was the Twins' public address announcer from 1961 until his death in March of 2005.

Jason Varitek was drafted by the Twins in the first round in 1993, but did not sign.

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