Minor Details: Games of July 13

LOUISVILLE BATS 5, ST. PAUL SAINTS 4 IN LOUISVILLE (10 INNINGS)

St. Paul scored two in the eighth to tie it 4-4, but Louisville won it on a walkoff (or maybe a runoff) wild pitch.

Multi-hit games:  Alex Isola was 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  Isola 2 (24)

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Randy Dobnak struck out six in five innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks.  Josh Winder pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.  Jeff Brigham struck out five in two shutout innings, giving up one hit.

Loss:  Diego Castillo (0-2).

Opposition standout:  Blake Dunn was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Record:  St. Paul is 6-11, in tenth (last) place, four games behind Nashville.

SPRINGFIELD CARDINALS 10, WICHITA WIND SURGE 2 IN SPRINGFIELD

Springfield scored three in the third and four in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead.

Multi-hit games:  Carson McCusker was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Home runs:  McCusker (8).

Multi-RBI games:  McCusker (41).

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  None.

Loss:  Cory Lewis (0-2).

Opposition standout:  Brandon Komar pitched six shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out five.

Record:  Wichita is 5-12, in fifth (last) place, six games behind Springfield and Tulsa.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 3, BELOIT SKY CARP 2 IN BELOIT (11 INNINGS)

Cedar Rapids scored one in the ninth to tie it and Jay Harry singled home the go-ahead run in the eleventh.

Multi-hit games:  Ricardo Olivar was 2-for-4 with a walk.  Harry was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs.  Kevin Maitan was 2-for-5 with two doubles.

Home runs:  Harry (8).

Multi-RBI games:  Harry 2 (37).

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Christian MacLeod struck out eleven in 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk.  Juan Mendez struck out three in 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit.  Jarret Whorff struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk.  Kyle Bischoff pitched two perfect innings, striking out one.

Win:  Bischoff (4-2).

Opposition standout:  Cade Gibson pitched six shutout innings, giving up four hits and a walk and striking out three.

Record:  Cedar Rapids is 13-7, in second place, a half-game behind Wisconsin.

FORT MYERS MIGHTY MUSSELS 4, DAYTONA TORTUGAS 3 IN FORT MYERS (GAME 1)

Walker Jenkins hit a two-run single in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie.

Multi-hit games:  Ryan McCarthy was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Byron Chourio was 2-for-4.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  Jenkins 2 (23).

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Charlee Soto struck out six in five shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk.  Xander Hamilton struck out three in a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

Win:  Tanner Hall (1-0).

Save:  Hamilton (6).

Opposition standout:  Connor Burns was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Record:  Fort Myers is 12-6, in first place, one game ahead of Lakeland.

DAYTONA AT FORT MYERS (GAME 2)

Rained out.  It appears that it will not be made up.

FCL TWINS 3, FCL RED SOX 1 AT TWINS (7 INNINGS)

Amilcar Vasquez hit a two-run double in the fourth to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.

Multi-hit games:  Vasquez was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.  Dameury Pena was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  Vasquez 3 (7).

Stolen bases:  Jayson Bass 2 (8); Hendry Chivilli (13).

Pitching prowess:  Liam Rocha struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk.  Kyle Bloor pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.  Ezequiel Ventura struck out four in four innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk.

Win:  Ventura (2-2).

Opposition standout:  Gilberto Batista struck out four in 3.1 innings, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and two walks.

Record:  The FCL Twins are 25-26, in fourth place, 5.5 games behind the FCL Rays.

DSL NYY YANKEES 6, DSL TWINS 2 AT YANKEES (7 INNINGS)

The Yankees scored two runs in each of innings three through five.

Multi-hit games:  Eduardo Beltre was 2-for-3.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  Luis Rodriguez 2 (6); Beltre 2 (2); Nestor Urbina (5).

Pitching prowess:  None.

Loss:  Cristian Hernandez (0-2).

Opposition standout:  Jorge Luna pitched 4.1 innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and striking out four.

Record:  The DSL Twins are 15-13, in fourth place, seven games behind the DSL Rangers Red.

TODAY'S TILTS

11:05  Daytona at Fort Myers (Spencer Bengard, 6-1, 1.32)
12:05  St. Paul (Caleb Boushley, 8-3, 4.30) at Louisville
1:05  Cedar Rapids (Jeremy Lee, 1-3, 3.90) at Beloit
1:05  Wichita (Andrew Morris, 4-1, 1.17) at Springfield

Happy Birthday–July 14

Jesse Tannehill (1874)
Happy Chandler (1898)
Johnny Murphy (1908)
Robert Creamer (1922)
Ralph Rowe (1924)
Bob Purkey (1929)
Billy McCool (1944)
Steve Stone (1947)
Danny Walton (1947)
Vic Rodriguez (1961)
Robin Ventura (1967)
Derrick May (1968)
Jose Hernandez (1969)
Tim Hudson (1975)

Albert "Happy" Chandler was the commissioner of baseball from 1945-1951.

Author Robert Creamer wrote a biography of Babe Ruth which is still considered to be one of the best baseball books ever.

Ralph Rowe was a coach for the Twins from 1972-1975.  He had been a minor league outfielder in 1942, 1947-1955, and 1957-1961, spending the last three years in the Twins' organization.  He was mainly a manager or coach in those years--I assume he only played if they ran into a shortage of players or something.  He managed in the Twins' organization from 1959-1960 and 1962-1971, winning league championships with Wilson in the Carolina League in 1963, Orlando in the Southern League in 1968, and Charlotte in the Southern League in 1969.  He also coached for Baltimore from 1981-1984.

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Minor Details: Games of July 12

LOUISVILLE BATS 5, ST. PAUL SAINTS 1 IN LOUISVILLE

Louisville scored two in the first and led 5-0 after four.  The lone St. Paul run came in the eighth.

Multi-hit games:  None.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Adam Plutko pitched five innings, giving up one run on two hits and striking out two.

Loss:  David Festa (3-3).

Opposition standout:  Jacob Hurtubise was 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs.

Record:  St. Paul is 6-10, in tenth (last) place, four games behind Nashville.

SPRINGFIELD CARDINALS 9, WICHITA WIND SURGE 7 IN SPRINGFIELD

Springfield scored four in the fifth to go up 7-3, Wichita scored four in the sixth to tie it, but Springfield got two in the eighth for the win.

Multi-hit games:  Noah Cardenas was 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk, and five RBIs.  Tyler Dearden was 2-for-4.  Jake Rucker was 2-for-5.

Home runs:  Cardenas (3)

Multi-RBI games:  Cardenas 5 (25).

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  None.

Loss:  Taylor Floyd (0-2).

Opposition standout:  Jimmy Crooks was 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, two runs, and three RBIs.

Record:  Wichita is 5-11, in fifth (last) place, six games behind Tulsa.

BELOIT SKY CARP 9, CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 4 IN BELOIT

Beloit scored six runs in the first inning.

Multi-hit games:  Agustin Ruiz was 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Home runs:  Nate Baez (10).

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Rafael Marcano struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up one hit.

Loss:  Darren Bowen (2-4).

Opposition standout:  Brock Vradenberg was 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple, two runs, and four RBIs.

Record:  Cedar Rapids is 12-7, in second place, one game behind Wisconsin.

DAYTONA AT FORT MYERS

Rained out.  will be made up today.

FCL TWINS 4, FCL RED SOX 2 AT RED SOX (7 INNINGS)

Trailing 2-0, the Twins scored all of their runs in the sixth.  Javier Roman hit a bases-loaded triple in the inning.

Multi-hit games:  None.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  Roman 3 (10).

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Connor Prielipp made his 2024 debut, striking out six in two shutout innings and giving up one hit.  Cleiber Maldonado pitched two shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Win:  Adrian Bohorquez (2-3).

Save:  Maldonado (4).

Opposition standout:  Adam Bates struck out four in four perfect innings.

Record:  The FCL Twins are 24-26, in fourth place, five games behind the FCL Rays.

DSL MARLINS 7, DSL TWINS 6 AT TWINS

The Twins trailed 7-2 before scoring one in the seventh, one in the eighth, and two in the ninth.  The tying run was on second when the game ended.

Multi-hit games:  Daiber De Los Santos was 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs.

Home runs:  Victor Leal (2).

Multi-RBI games:  De Los Santos 2 (17).

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Aiberson Ventura pitched a perfect inning.

Loss:  Melvin Rodriguez (1-3).

Opposition standout:  Jose Paulino struck out five in three shutout innings, giving up one hit.

Record:  The DSL Twins are 15-12, in fourth place, seven games behind the DSL Rangers Red.

TODAY'S TILTS

9:00  FCL Red Sox at FCL Twins
9:00  DSL Twins at DSL NYY Yankees
3:05  Daytona at Fort Myers (Charlee Soto, 0-3, 6.39 and TBD)--2
6:15  St. Paul (Randy Dobnak, 7-5, 3.92) at Louisville
6:35  Cedar Rapids (Christian MacLeod, 3-1, 2.92) at Beloit
6:35  Wichita (Cory Lewis, 0-1, 1.88) at Springfield

Happy Birthday–July 13

Tom York (1850)
George Bradley (1852)
Stan Coveleski (1889)
Lee Handley (1913)
Eliot Asinof (1919)
Fritz Dorish (1921)
Ruben Gomez (1927)
Daryl Spencer (1928)
Don Pavletich (1938)
Jack Aker (1940)
Buzz Stephen (1944)
Jerry Terrell (1946)
Bill Caudill (1956)
Mark Brown (1959)
Mike Fitzgerald (1960)
Pat Rapp (1967)
Ryan Ludwick (1978)
Shin-Soo Choo (1982)
Yadier Molina (1982)
D. J. LeMahieu (1988)
Tyler Skaggs (1991)
Cody Bellinger (1995)

Author Eliot Asinof played two seasons in the minor leagues.  He has written several books on baseball, most notably "Eight Men Out".

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to uncleWalt’s oldest child.

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Minor Details: Games of July 11

LOUISVILLE BATS 3, ST. PAUL SAINTS 2 IN LOUISVILLE

Erik Gonzalez hit a two-run double in the seventh to put Louisville in front to stay.

Multi-hit games:  None.  St. Paul had two hits.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Louie Varland struck out six in 5.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and three walks.

Loss:  Ryan Jensen (3-3).

Opposition standout:  Justus Sheffield pitched five no-hit innings, walking two and striking out two.

Record:  St. Paul is 6-9, tied for ninth with Toledo, three games behind Nashville.

SPRINGFIELD CARDINALS 6, WICHITA WIND SURGE 4 IN SPRINGFIELD

Springfield scored two in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie.

Multi-hit games:  Luke Keaschall was 3-for-4 with a home run.  Tanner Schobel was 2-for-4 with two home runs.  Tyler Dearden was 2-for-4 with a double.

Home runs:  Jorel Ortega (6); Schobel 2 (4); Keaschall (4).

Multi-RBI games:  Schobel 2 (35).

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Jared Solomon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.  Ricardo Velez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.

Loss:  Scott Engler (4-1).

Opposition standout:  Mike Antico was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Record:  Wichita is 5-10, in fifth (last) place, six games behind Tulsa.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 4, BELOIT SKY CARP 2 IN BELOIT (10 INNINGS)

Cedar Rapids scored two in the tenth to win it.

Mulit-hit games:  Kyle Hess was 2-for-4.  Ricardo Olivar was 2-for-5.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  Hess (3).

Pitching prowess:  Ty Langenberg pitched six innings, giving up six hits and a walk and striking out five.  Jacob Wosinski pitched two perfect innings, striking out one.  Kyle Bischoff struck out three in two shutout innings.

Win:  Bischoff (3-2).

Opposition standout:  Mark Coley II was 2-for-4 with a triple.

Record:  Cedar Rapids is 12-6, tied for first with Wisconsin.

DAYTONA DRAGONS 15, FORT MYERS MIGHTY MUSSELS 4 IN FORT MYERS

Fort Myers scored two in the first, but Daytona came back with five in the second and led 13-2 after five.

Multi-hit games:  Angel Del Rosario was 2-for-4.  Rixon Wingrove was 2-for-4.  Byron Chourio was 2-for-5.

Home runs:  Carlos Aguiar (4).

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  Chourio (17).

Pitching prowess:  Nolan Santos pitched two shutout innings, giving up one hit.  Matthew Clayton pitched a scoreless inning, walking one.

Loss:  Ross Dunn (1-3).

Opposition standout:  Luis Reyes was 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs, and four RBIs.

Record:  Fort Myers is 11-6, in first place, one game ahead of Dunedin.

FCL RAYS 7, FCL TWINS 3 AT RAYS

Nicandro Aybar hit a two-run triple in the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.

Multi-hit games:  Hendry Chivilli was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs.  Yasser Mercedes was 2-for-5 with a double.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  Chivilli 2 (12).

Pitching prowess:  None.

Loss:  Eduardo Soriano (1-4).

Opposition standout:  Osleivis Basabe was 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.

Record:  The FCL Twins are 23-26, in fourth place, 5.5 games behind the FCL Rays.

DSL PHILLIES WHITE 1, DSL TWINS 0 AT PHILLIES WHITE (7 INNINGS)

The game's lone run came in the third inning on a stolen base-plus-error.

Multi-hit games:  None.  The Twins had three hits.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  Alver Medina (3).

Pitching prowess:  Leonardo Rondon pitched five innings, giving up one run on two hits and striking out four.  Nestor Cafe struck out two and walked one in a scoreless inning.

Loss:  Rondon (0-1).

Opposition standout:  Hanfermin Vargas pitched six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out five.

Record:  The DSL Twins are 15-11, in third place, six games behind the DSL Rangers Red.

TODAY'S TILTS

10:00  DSL Marlins at DSL Twins
11:00  FCL Twins at FCL Red Sox
6:05  Daytona at Fort Myers (Tanner Hall, 0-0, 4.70)
6:15  St. Paul (David Festa, 3-2, 3.77) at Louisville
6:35  Cedar Rapids (Darren Bowen, 2-3, 5.02) at Beloit
7:05  Wichita (Marco Raya, 0-2, 5.12) at Springfield

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