Minor Details: Games of June 29

A seven-team sweep!  ByungHo Park drives in the winning run for the Red Wings.  Kohl Stewart makes a triumphant return to the Lookouts.  Max Murphy is on a tear for the Miracle.  Sean Poppen, who is quietly having a fine year, and Gorge Munoz lead the Kernels.  Trey Cabbage leads the E-Twins to an extra-inning win.  Pedro Garcia and Vadim Balan combine for a shutout for the GCL Twins.  A nine-run inning carries the DSL Twins.


Each team scored three runs in the fourth.  Back-to-back two-out doubles by Matt Hague and Mitch Garver put the Red Wings ahead 4-3 in the seventh, but the Bisons tied it in the eighth on Jon Berti's RBI single.  In the ninth, Zack Granite led off with a single, took second on a bunt, and scored on a two-out single by ByungHo Park to take a 5-4 advantage.  Buffalo went down in order in the ninth.

Chris Heston pitched 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks with three strikeouts.  Drew Rucinski pitched 1.12 scoreless innings to drop his ERA to 1.65 with a WHIP of 0.77.  John Curtiss struck out two in a perfect ninth.  He keeps his ERA at zero in 4.1 innings with a WHIP of 0.23 and 5 strikeouts.  J. B. Shuck was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Hague was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.  Park was 2-for-5 with a triple.  Mitch Garver was 2-for-5 with a double.  Granite was 1-for-4 with a walk and is batting .367.  Ehire Adrianza started a rehab assignment and was 1-for-4.


T. J. White hit a three-run homer in the third and led the rest of the way.  It went to 4-0 in the sixth when Travis Harrison homered.  The lone Braves run scored in the bottom of the sixth on an error.  Mississippi had the tying run up to bat in that inning, but a ground out ended the threat.  The last ten Braves batters were retired.

Kohl Stewart made a triumphant return from the disabled list, pitching six innings and giving up only an unearned run on four hits and one walk with two strikeouts.  Ryan Eades struck out four in two perfect innings.  Luke Bard struck out two in a perfect inning to make his ERA 2.60.  He has 57 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34.2 innings.  Jonathan Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with two walks.  Harrison was 2-for-4 with his second home run and a double.  White's home run was his fourth.  Nick Gordon was 0-for-4 with a walk and is batting .306.  Edgar Corcino was 1-for-5 and is batting .300.


Brandon Lopez' two-run single in the second put the Miracle ahead 2-0.  It was 3-2 through six and the Threshers had a chance to take the lead in the seventh, but they left the bases loaded.  Zander Weil singled home an insurance run in the seventh and Fort Myers scored three in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Lachlan Wells pitched five innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.  Andrew Vasquez struck out three in 1.1 scoreless innings.  Through 9.1 innings he has 18 strikeouts and 2 walks, a WHIP of 0.75 and an ERA of zero.  Sam Clay pitched a perfect inning to make his ERA 1.86.  Max Murphy was 3-for-5 and is batting .309.  Over his last ten games, he is 19-for-41 (.463).  Tanner English was 2-for-3 with a double.  Lopez was 2-for-3 with a walk and is batting .333 (3-for-9).  Weil was 2-for-4.  Mitchell Kranson was 2-for-5.

*This was planned to be a doubleheader, making up a rainout.  Due to a lengthy rain delay, they played only one game.


The Bees scored three in the second to take a 3-1 lead, but the Kernels bounced back with four in the third and led the rest of the way.  Amaurys Minier had a two-run double in the inning, one of three doubles Cedar Rapids had in the third inning.  Gorge Munoz hit a three-run homer in the fifth to make it 8-3 and he also had a two-run double in a three-run eighth that rounded out the scoring.

Sean Poppen struck out nine in seven innings, giving up three unearned runs on five hits and no walks.  His ERA is now 2.90 with a WHIP of 1.07 and 81 strikeouts in 87 innings.  Alex Robinson and Hector Lujan each pitched a perfect inning, with Lujan dropping his ERA to 1.80.  Munoz was 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, and five RBIs and is batting .353.  Hank Morrison was 3-for-5 with a double.  Travis Blankenhorn was 2-for-5 with a triple.  Lewin Diaz was 2-for-5 with a double.  Ben Rortvedt was 2-for-5.  He is 12-for-29 (.414) in his last seven games and has raised his average forty points to .210.


An RBI triple by Trey Cabbage and a two-run homer by J. J. Robinson, both in the fifth inning, put the Twins ahead 5-2.  The Mets scored three in the sixth to tie it 5-5 and it stayed there through nine innings.  The Twins took a 6-5 lead in the top of the tenth on a bases loaded walk, but the Mets tied it in the bottom of the tenth on an RBI single by Angel Manzanarez.  The Mets nearly won it then, but center fielder Mark Contreras  threw out Gabriel Jimenez, who was trying to score from second on the hit.  The Twins scored twice in the eleventh when, after the first two batters were retired, a Cabbage double was followed by three walks and a hit batsman.  The Mets got one back in the bottom of the eleventh on an error, a ground out, and a passed ball, but they never got the tying run on base.

Huascar Ynoa pitched four innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.  He threw 85 pitches.  Blair Lasko struck out four in three shutout innings, making his ERA 1.50 with six strikeouts in six innings.  Robinson was 2-for-4 with a home run (his second) and is batting .375.  Shane Carrier was 2-for-5 with a double.  Jordan Gore was 2-for-5 and is batting .615.  T. J. Dixon was 2-for-5 and is batting .333.  Cabbage was 2-for-6 with a triple and a double.  Matt Albanese was 1-for-5 and is batting .444.


Akil Baddoo opened the game with a double, went to third on a Colton Davis single, and scored on a double play.  And there was no more scoring the rest of the game.  The Orioles had only three hits and at one point had ten in a row retired.  Their lone threat came in the seventh, when a walk, a hit batsman, and a bunt put men on second and third with one out.  A pair of ground outs ended the inning.

Pedro Garcia pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk with four strikeouts in his GCL debut.  Vadim Balan struck out two in 2.1 scoreless innings to keep his ERA at zero with a WHIP of 0.60 through five innings.  Baddoo was 2-for-4.  Jean Carlos Arias was 1-for-3 with a walk and is batting .333.  Colton Burns was 1-for-3 with a walk and is batting .400.  Alex Robles was 1-for-3 and is batting .400.  Darling Cuesto made his GCL debut and was 0-for-3.


Already leading 3-0, the Twins scored nine in the fourth to put the game out of reach.  They had only five hits in the inning, one of them a three-run homer by Mariano Calcano.  They also had five walks, a hit batsman, four wild pitches, and a stolen base.  They were perhaps worn out from running around the bases, because they did not get a man on base after the fourth inning.

Luis Gil struck out five in four shutout innings, dropping his ERA to 1.20.  Juan Martinez was 3-for-4 with a triple and two doubles and is batting .340.  Samuel Vasquez was 2-for-4 with a walk and is batting .313.  Calcano went 1-for-3 with a home run in his first game of the season.  Ruben Santana was 1-for-2 with a triple and a walk and is batting .391.  Estamy Urena was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk and is batting .387.  Yeltsin Encarnacion was 0-for-3 with two walks and is batting .326.


9:30  DSL Twins at DSL Rockies
11:00  GCL Red Sox at GCL Twins
5:30  Elizabethton (Moises Gomez, 0-0, 27.00) at Kingsport (Ezequiel Zabaleta, 0-0, 5.40)
6:05  Rochester (Tim Melville, 2-0, 3.68) at Lehigh Valley (Jake Thompson, 3-8, 6.07)
6:05  St. Lucie at Fort Myers (Lewis Thorpe, 1-2, 2.05)
6:30  Cedar Rapids (Domenick Carlini, 3-6, 5.46) at Clinton (Brandon Miller, 8-3, 3.69)
7:00  Chattanooga at Mississippi (Mike Soroca, 9-3, 2.18)

7 thoughts on “Minor Details: Games of June 29”

  1. What is the deal with Park? Is he just not capable of hitting 4A pitching consistently? Or is he still hurt? A slash line of 249/312/386 with 56:15 K:BB in AAA for a 30-year old normally would get one DFAd.

    He was always a high-K guy in Korea, but 56:15 in 215 PA this year at Rochester, with only 20 XBH, is just not cutting it.

    1. Park actually has done significantly better lately--he was batting .188 on June 7. Still not a lot of power, though.

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