Happy Birthday–September 18

Heinie Groh (1889)
George Uhle (1898)
Harvey Haddix (1925)
Lorn Brown (1938)
Dick Dietz (1941)
Ken Brett (1948)
Tony Scott (1951)
Ray Smith (1955)
Ryne Sandberg (1959)
Jeff Bronkey (1965)
Kevin Thompson (1979)
Joe Bisenius (1982)

Lorn Brown was a baseball broadcaster from 1966-1988, calling games for the Chicago White Sox, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the New York Mets.

Kevin Thompson was drafted by Minnesota in the eighteenth round in 1998, but did not sign.

Joe Bisenius is from Sioux City and was somewhat of a local hero when I lived in that area.

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to nibbish and a very happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Corn.

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Game 149: Blue Jays at Twins

Joe Biagini vs. Kyle Gibson, 1:10 CDT

A couple days ago, it seemed like the Twins were a lock for the postseason. Now, not so much. They need a win. Last night they were facing Marco Estrada. Today, it's Joe Biagini. They need to take advantage of facing the Biaginis of the world.

The good news is the Twins haven't last 3 straight home games since mid-June, when the Indians came to town and swept a four-game series in dominant fashion to vault them into first place. Also, Gibson has been very un-Gibson-like over his last 5 starts. Let's git ur done, split the series, win the season series with the Jays for once and make that Magic Number smaller. After today, the Angels' next 6 games are against the Indians and the Astros.

Elizabethton Twins Team Leaders

BATTING

AVERAGE

Jordan Gore, .389
Akil Baddoo, .357
Rainis Silva, .356

OBP

Baddoo, .478
Silva, .446
Gore, .443

SLUGGING

Brent Rooker, .588
Baddoo, .579
Shane Carrier, .529

OPS

Baddoo, 1.057
Rooker, .952
Gore, .943

DOUBLES

Baddoo, 15
Wander Javier, 13
Carson Crites, 11

TRIPLES

Baddoo, 2
Mark Contreras, 2
Jose Miranda, 2
T. J. Dixon, 2

HOME RUNS

Miranda, 11
J. J. Robinson, 9
Rooker, 7

RBI

Miranda, 43
Robinson, 36
Carrier, 32

RUNS

Miranda, 43
Baddoo, 39
Javier, 34

WALKS

Andrew Bechtold, 27
Baddoo, 27
Kolton Kendrick, 22

STOLEN BASES

Contreras, 5
Baddoo, 5
Three tied at 4

PITCHING

ERA (STARTERS--5 STARTS)

Charlie Barnes, 1.19
Ryley Widell, 2.43
Edwar Colina, 3.34

ERA (RELIEVERS--10 GAMES)

Jovani Moran, 0.36
Jared Finkel, 2.18
Jose Martinez, 3.34

WINS

Martinez, 5
Melvi Acosta, 5
Moises Gomez, 4

SAVES

Finkel, 3
Juan Gamez, 2
Rickey Ramirez, 2

INNINGS

Colina, 59.1
Acosta, 50.2
Nick Brown, 50.1

STRIKEOUTS (STARTERS)

Colina, 56
Brown, 54
Gomez, 51

STRIKEOUTS (RELIEVERS)

Moran, 45
Huascar Ynoa, 44
Blair Lasko, 32

WHIP (STARTERS)

Barnes, 1.06
Brusdar Graterol, 1.21
Brown, 1.27

WHIP (RELIEVERS)

Moran, 0.73
Martinez, 1.21
Finkel, 1.21

Happy Birthday–September 17

Ezra Sutton (1850)
Willie Sudhoff (1874)
Frank Schulte (1882)
Sheriff Blake (1899)
Hughie Critz (1900)
Chase Riddle (1925)
Orlando Cepeda (1937)
Bobby Wine (1938)
Thad Bosley (1956)
John Franco (1960)
Dan Haren (1980)
Zack Granite (1992)

Chase Riddle played in the minors from 1943-1962, managed in the minors from 1951-1962, was a scout from 1963-1978, and was the baseball coach at Troy State University from 1979-1990.

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Cedar Rapids Kernels Team Leaders

BATTING

AVERAGE

Jermaine Palacios, .320
Lewin Diaz, .292
Brandon Lopez, .276

OBP

Palacios, .362
Travis Blankenhorn, .343
Caleb Hamilton, .342

SLUGGING

Palacios, .544
Jaylin Davis, .486
Lewin Diaz, .444

OPS

Palacios, .907
Davis, .802
Blankenhorn, .784

DOUBLES

Diaz, 33
Blankenhorn, 22
Caleb Hamilton, 18
Aaron Whitefield, 18

TRIPLES

Blankenhorn, 11
Christian Cavaness, 8
Whitefield, 6
Palacios, 6

HOME RUNS

Blankenhorn, 13
Diaz, 12
Davis, 12

RBI

Blankenhorn, 69
Diaz, 68
Whitefield, 57

RUNS

Blankenhorn, 68
Whitefield, 66
Palacios, 52

WALKS

Hamilton, 54
Blankenhorn, 47
Cavaness, 32

STOLEN BASES

Whitefield, 33
Blankenhorn, 13
Three tied at 9

*Royce Lewis was not included because he had only 71 at-bats in Cedar Rapids.  His line, however, was .296/.363/.394.

PITCHING

ERA (STARTERS)

Clark Beeker, 2.03
Sean Poppen, 2.90
Tyler Wells, 3.11

ERA (RELIEVERS)

Hector Lujan, 1.33
Ryan Mason, 2.01
Patrick McGuff, 2.49

WINS

Beeker, 11
Eduardo Del Rosario, 7
Colton Davis, 6
Sean Poppen, 6

SAVES

Lujan, 17
Tom Hackimer, 6
Davis, 3
Max Cordy, 3

INNINGS

Beeker, 128.2
Del Rosario, 105
Poppen, 87

STRIKEOUTS (STARTERS)

Del Rosario, 94
Wells, 92
Beeker, 84

STRIKEOUTS (RELIEVERS)

Cordy, 67
Davis, 60
Logan Lombana, 55

WHIP (STARTERS)

Beeker, 0.92
Poppen, 1.07
Wells, 1.13

WHIP (RELIEVERS)

Lujan, 0.91
Lombana, 1.13
McGuff, 1.14

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