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Minor Details: Games of April 18

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 6, ST. PAUL SAINTS 5 IN INDIANAPOLIS

The Saints scored four in the ninth to close to 6-5, but did not get the tying run on base.

Multi-hit games:  Matt Wallner was 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs.

Home runs:  Wallner (1).

Multi-RBI games:  Wallner, 4.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  None.

Opposition standout:  Paul Skenes struck out eight in 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and two walks.

Record:  St. Paul is  7-10, tied for eighth with Columbus and Louisville, four games behind Iowa.

WICHITA WIND SURGE 7, TULSA DRILLERS 6 IN WICHITA (10 INNINGS)

Ben Ross singled home the deciding run with one out.

Multi-hit games:  None.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  Noah Cardenas, 2; Jake Rucker, 2.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Aaron Rozek struck out five in four shutout innings, giving up a walk.  Sheldon Reed struck out two and walked one in a scoreless inning.

Opposition standout:  Logan Boyer struck out two in two perfect innings.

Record:  Wichita is 2-10, in fifth (last) place, eight games behind Springfield.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 6, WISCONSIN 5 IN WISCONSIN

Cedar Rapids scored two in each of the first three innings to build a 6-1 lead.

Multi-hit games:  Ricardo Olivar was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.  Luke Keaschall was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Rubel Cespedes was 2-for-4 with a double.

Home runs:  Olivar (2).

Multi-RBI games:  Keaschall, 2; Olivar, 2.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  A. J. Labas struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up one hit and two walks.  Ricardo Velez pitched a scoreless inning and struck out one.

Opposition standout:  Mark Manfredi struck out eight in four shutout innings, giving up one hit.

Record:  Cedar Rapids is 6-5, in fourth place, 2.5 games behind Quad Cities.

JUPITER HAMMERHEADS 6, FORT MYERS MIGHTY MUSSELS 5 IN FORT MYERS

Sam Praytor's two-run double in the sixth broke a 3-3 tie and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh provided an insurance run.

Multi-hit games:  Maddux Houghton was 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three runs.  Angel Del Rosario was 2-for-4 with a double.  Brandon Winokur was 2-for-5.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  Byron Chourio, 2.

Stolen bases:  Houghton (3), Del Rosario (10), Rafael Cruz (2).

Pitching prowess:  Jeremy Lee struck out five in five innings, giving up three  runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks.  Kade Bragg struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks.  Ben Ethridge pitched a perfect inning and struck out one.

Opposition standout:  Praytor was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two RBIs.

Record:  Fort Myers is 4-8, tied for fourth with Tampa, five games behind Dunedin.

TODAY'S TILTS

6:05  Jupiter at Fort Myers (Tanner Hall, 0-0, 6.75)
6:05  St. Paul (Simeon Woods Richardson, 0-1, 7.56) at Indianapolis
6:40  Cedar Rapids (TBD) at Wisconsin
7:05  Tulsa at Wichita (Marco Raya, 0-0, 3.00)

Happy Birthday–April 19

John Reese (1895)
Bucky Walters (1909)
Hector Maestri (1935)
Rick Miller (1948)
Ed Hodge (1958)
R. J. Reynolds (1959)
Frank Viola (1960)
Spike Owen (1961)
Scott Kamieniecki (1964)
Brent Mayne (1968)
Jose Cruz (1974)
Joe Beimel (1977)
Dennys Reyes (1977)
George Sherrill (1977)
Alberto Callaspo (1983)
Zach Duke (1983)
Joe Mauer (1983)
Jackie Bradley (1990)
Tyler Jay (1994)

Right-hander Hector Maestri was with the Washington franchise in 1960, making one appearance in the majors.  Before the 1961 season started, however, he was selected in the expansion draft by the new Washington franchise, for whom he made one more appearance in 1961.

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Minor Details: Games of April 17

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 1, ST. PAUL SAINTS 0 IN INDIANAPOLIS

Carter Bins singled home the deciding run with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

Multi-hit games:  None.

Home runs:  None, obviously.

Multi-RBI games:  None, just as obviously.

Stolen bases:  DaShawn Keirsey, Jr. (7), Dalton Shuffield (1), Will Holland (4), Yunior Severino (1).

Pitching prowess:  David Festa struck out five in four shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks.  Diego Castillo pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.  Jorge Alcala struck out four in two shutout innings, giving up one hit and two walks.

Opposition standout:  Cam Alldred struck out six in four shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks.

Record:  St. Paul is 7-9, tied for seventh with Columbus, four games behind Iowa and Omaha.

TULSA DRILLERS 2, WICHITA WIND SURGE 1 (11 INNINGS)

Jose Ramos singled home the deciding run.

Multi-hit games:  Ben Ross was 2-for-5.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None, of course.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Jarret Whorff pitched four innings, giving up one run on two hits and five walks and striking out two.  Hunter McMahon pitched three shutout innings, walking one.  Jared Solomon struck out three in two shutout innings, walking one.  John Stankiewicz pitched two innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits.

Opposition standout:  Justin Wrobleski struck out four in four innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk.

Record:  Wichita is 1-10, in fifth (last) place, nine games behind Springfield.

WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS 5, CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 3 IN WISCONSIN (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)

Luke Adams hit a two-run homer in the fourth to break a 3-3 tie.

Multi-hit games:  None.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen basesLuke Keaschall (6).

Pitching prowess:  Jacob Wosinski pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and two walks.  Juan Mendez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.

Opposition standout:  Mike Boeve was 3-for-3 with a double and a walk.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 8, WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS 2 IN WISCONSIN (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)

Cedar Rapids scored three in the second to take a 3-2 lead and four in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

Multi-hit games:  Gabriel Gonzalez was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, two runs, and two RBIs.  Rubel Cespedes was 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and three RBIs.  Dillon Tatum was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  Cespedes, 3; Gonzalez, 2.

Stolen bases:  Gonzalez, 2 (2); Misael Urbina, 2 (3).

Pitching prowess:  Zebby Matthews pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out four. Kyle Bischoff struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up one hit.

Opposition standout:  Gregory Barrios was 2-for-3 with a double.

Record:  Cedar Rapids is 5-5, in fourth place, 2.5 games behind Quad Cities.

JUPITER HAMMERHEADS 4, FORT MYERS MIGHTY MUSSELS 3 IN FORT MYERS

Gregory Duran hit a three-run homer in the sixth to tie it, but Jordan McCants hit an RBI double in the seventh for what would turn out to be the deciding run.

Multi-hit games:  Duran was 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple, and three RBIs.  Rayne Doncon was 2-for-5 with a double.

Home runs:  Duran (1).

Multi-RBI games:  Duran, 3.

Stolen bases:  Angel Del Rosario, 4 (9).  Cole Elvis (1).

Pitching prowess:  Nolan Santos struck out two in two innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and a walk.  Julio Bonilla struck out two in two perfect innings.

Opposition standout:  Emmett Olson struck out five in five shutout innings, giving up four hits and three walks.

Record:  Fort Myers is 4-7, in fourth place, four games behind Dunedin and Lakeland.

TODAY'S TILTS

5:35  St. Paul (Joe Gunkel, 0-1, 7.27) at Indianapolis
6:05  Jupiter at Fort Myers (Jeremy Lee, 1-1, 2.08)
6:40  Cedar Rapids (John Klein, 0-0, 1.13) at Wisconsin
7:05  Tulsa at Wichita (Travis Adams, 1-1, 7.04)

Happy Birthday–April 18

Frank Navin (1871)
Sam Crawford (1880)
Duffy Lewis (1888)
Jack Scott (1892)
Perry Hall (1898)
Steve Blass (1942)
Mike Paul (1945)
Doug Flynn (1951)
Bobby Castillo (1955)
Rich Bordi (1959)
Jim Eisenreich (1959)
Dennis Rasmussen (1959)
Rico Brogna (1970)
Steve Dunn (1970)
Brian Buscher (1981)
Miguel Cabrera (1983)
Billy Butler (1986)
Anthony DeSclafani (1990)
Prelander Berroa (2000)

Frank Navin was the owner of the Detroit Tigers from 1908-1935.

Rich Bordi was drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round in 1977, but did not sign.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to Mrs. CarterHayes.

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Minor Details: Games of April 16

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 10, ST. PAUL SAINTS 6 IN INDIANAPOLIS

Indianapolis took the lead to stay when Nick Gonzales hit an RBI triple in the fourth to make it 5-4.  It was 7-6 after six, but the Indians scored three in the seventh to put it out of reach.

Multi-hit games:  Diego Castillo was 3-for-4 with a triple.  Tanner Morris was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, and two runs.  Will Holland was 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two runs, and three RBIs.  DaShawn Keirsey, Jr. was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs.

Home runs:  Holland (2).

Multi-RBI games:  Holland, 3; Keirsey, Jr., 2.

Stolen bases:  Holland (3), Castillo (1).

Pitching prowess:  Austin Schulfer pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.

Opposition standout:  Gonzalez was 4-for-5 with a triple.

Record:  St. Paul is 7-8, tied for fifth, 3.5 games behind Omaha.

TULSA DRILLERS 15, WICHITA WIND SURGE 4 IN WICHITA

Tulsa scored five in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead.

Multi-hit games:  Jake Rucker was 3-for-4 with a home run.

Home runs:  Rucker (1).

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  Alerick Soularie (2).

Pitching prowess:  None.

Opposition standout:  Dalton Rushing was 2-for-5 with a home run (3), two runs, and three RBIs.

Record:  Wichita is 1-9, in fifth (last) place, eight games behind Springfield.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS AT WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS

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

JUPITER HAMMERHEADS 7, FORT MYERS MIGHTY MUSSELS 4 IN FORT MYERS

Jupiter scored two in the first and led all the way.  It was 7-1 before Fort Myers scored some late runs.  The Mighty Mussels stranded nine and were 0-for-12 with men in scoring position.

Multi-hit games:  Isaac Pena was 3-for-4 with a double.  Maddux Houghton was 2-for-3 with a double.  Rayne Doncon was 2-for-5 with a double.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  None.

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

Opposition standout:  Colby Shade was 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three runs.

Record:  Fort Myers is 4-6, in fourth place, four games behind Dunedin.

TODAY'S TILTS

11:05  St. Paul (David Festa, 0-0, 2.16)  at Indianapolis
12:05  Tulsa at Wichita (Jarret Whorff, 0-0, 2.25)
12:10  Cedar Rapids (Andrew Morris, 0-0, 0.90 and Zebby Matthews, 1-0, 1.80 at Wisconsin--doubleheader
6:05  Jupiter at Fort Myers (Ross Dunn, 0-0, 2.57)

Happy Birthday–April 17

Alexander Cartwright (1820)
Cap Anson (1852)
Tom Needham (1879)
Jake Daubert (1884)
Buzz Arlett (1912)
Solly Hemus (1923)
Tsutomu Wakamatsu (1947)
Denny Walling (1954)
Craig Worthington (1965)
Marquis Grissom (1967)
Gary Bennett (1972)
Ryan Raburn (1981)
Jed Lowrie (1984)
Deolis Guerra (1989)

Alexander Cartwright was instrumental in developing the rules for the game of baseball.

Buzz Arlett was a star in the low minors from 1934-1941, and probably would have been for several more years had World War II not intervened.  He had a career average of .319 with a slugging average of .480, but never played above Class C.

Tsutomu Wakamatsu was a star in Japan from 1971-1989, making the all-star team eleven times.  His career average of .319 is second to Leron Lee on the all-time list of players with at least four thousand at-bats.

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Happy Birthday–April 16

Dutch Leonard (1892)
Paul Waner (1903)
Babe Phelps (1908)
Pete Hughes (1915)
Pete Suder (1916)
Joe Bauman (1922)
Rich Rollins (1938)
Bernie Allen (1939)
Garry Roggenburk (1940)
Jim Lonborg (1942)
Bob Montgomery (1944)
Bruce Bochy (1955)
Curt Young (1960)
Fernando Vina (1969)
Antonio Alfonseca (1972)
Kelly Dransfeldt (1975)
Nolan Arenado (1991)

Pete Hughes was a star in the low minors from 1937-1952. His incomplete career numbers are a .350 average and a .637 slugging percentage, but for some reason he never played above Class B.

Joe Bauman hit 72 home runs for Roswell in the Longhorn League in 1954.

Kelly Dransfeldt was drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round in 1993, but did not sign.

Rich Rollins, Bernie Allen, and Garry Roggenburk all played for the Twins at the same time. I wonder how unusual it is for a team to have three players who share the same birthday. They also all were born or raised in the state of Ohio. Rollins and Allen were also business partners for a while.

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Minor Details: Games of April 14

ST. PAUL SAINTS 13, IOWA CUBS 11 IN ST. PAUL

The Saints led 8-0 after three, 9-2 after four, and 12-3 after five, then held on to win.

Multi-hit games:  Diego Castillo was 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs, and two RBIs.  Chris Williams was 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, two runs, and two RBIs.  Tanner Morris was 3-for-5 with a double. Yoyner Fajardo was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.  Yunior Severino was 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, two runs, and five RBIs.

Home runsCastillo (2), Severino (2), Williams (1).

Multi-RBI gamesSeverino, 5; Castillo, 2; Williams, 2; Fajardo, 2.

Stolen bases:  Fajardo (2).

Pitching prowess:  None.

Opposition standout:  Chase Strumpf was 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs, and two RBIs.

Record:  St. Paul is 7-7, in fourth place, 2.5 games behind Omaha.

SPRINGFIELD CARDINALS 8, WICHITA WIND SURGE 7 IN SPRINGFIELD

Wichita led 7-1 after four and a half.  It was still 7-3 after seven, but Springfield scored five in the eighth to win it.  Matt Lloyd hit a three-run homer to give the Cardinals the lead.

Multi-hit games:  None.

Home runs:  Carson McCusker (1), Jeferson Morales (1).

Multi-RBI games:  Morales, 4.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  A. J. Alexy pitched 3.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit and six walks and striking out two.  Regi Grace struck out two in a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.

Opposition standout:  Nathan Church was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs.

Record:  Wichita is 1-8, in fifth (last) place, eight games behind Springfield.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 4, DAYTON DRAGONS 2 IN CEDAR RAPIDS

Jay Harry hit a three-run homer in the seventh, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead.

Multi-hit games:  Luke Keaschall was 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk.

Home runs:  Keaschall (2), Harry (2).

Multi-RBI games:  Harry, 3.

Stolen bases:  Keaschall (5).

Pitching prowess:  C. J. Culpepper pitched four innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk and striking out three.  Juan Mercedes struck out three in 2.2 innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and a walk.  Jordan Carr pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, walking three and striking out two.

Opposition standout:  Javi Rivera pitched four innings, giving up one run on a hit and a walk and striking out three.

Record:  Dayton is 4-5, in fourth place, two games behind Great Lakes.

CLEARWATER THRESHERS 5, FORT MYERS MIGHTY MUSSELS 3 IN CLEARWATER

TJayy Walton hit a three-run homer in the fifth to give Clearwater a 5-3 lead.

Multi-hit games:  None.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Ben Ethridge pitched two perfect innings.  Aaron Holiday pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Opposition standout:  Braydon Tucker pitched 4.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk and striking out three.

Record:  Fort Myers is 4-5, in fourth place, three games behind Dunedin and Lakeland.

TOMORROW'S TILTS

5:05  St. Paul (Randy Dobnak, 1-1, 3.65) at Indianapolis
6:05  Jupiter at Fort Myers (Ty Langenberg, 0-0, 9.00)
6:40  Cedar Rapids (TBD) at Wisconsin
7:05  Tulsa at Wichita (TBD)

 

Happy Birthday–April 15

Jim Creighton (1841)
Ed Abbaticchio (1877)
Chaney White (1894)
Ed Bailey (1931)
Willie Davis (1940)
Ted Sizemore (1945)
Jeromy Burnitz (1969)
Milton Bradley (1978)
John Danks (1985)
Chris Tillman (1988)

Jim Creighton was a star pitcher from 1857-1862, before the National League was created.  He passed away from a ruptured hernia in 1862 at the age of twenty-one.

Until Henry Aaron came along, Ed Abbaticchio held the “first in the alphabet” record.  Now, of course, David Aardsma has them both beat.  Abbaticchio is now eighth in alphabetical order, behind, among others, ex-Twin Fernando Abad.

There do not appear to be any major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins born on this day.

Happy Birthday–April 14

Cannonball Redding (1890)
Marvin Miller (1917)
Gordon Gillespie (1926)
Don Mueller (1927)
Marty Keough (1934)
Pete Rose (1941)
Joe Lahoud (1947)
Ron Schueler (1948)
David Justice (1966)
Greg Maddux (1966)
Greg Myers (1966)
Mike Trombley (1967)
Brad Ausmus (1969)
Steve Avery (1970)
Gregg Zaun (1971)
Kyle Farnsworth (1976)
Cory Gearrin (1986)

Cannonball Redding was a star pitcher in the Negro Leagues.

Marvin Miller was the head of the Major League Baseball Players association from 1966-1983.

Gordon Gillespie holds the record for most wins by a college baseball coach.

It must be kind of a bummer for a big league ballplayer to not only not be the best player born on the day and year he was born, but to not even be the best player with his first name born on the day and year he was born.

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