Big home runs lead the Twins to four wins out of five.
Lewis Thorpe stars. Luis Arraez keeps hitting.
Two pitchers' duels, one of which was spoiled by the Manfred Rule.
A big hit for Jose Miranda and fine pitching by Randy Dobnak.
LEHIGH VALLEY AT ROCHESTER
PENSACOLA 4, JACKSONVILLE 3 IN PENSACOLA
Jimmy Kerrigan hit a two-run double in the sixth to put the Blue Wahoos up 4-3.
Batting stars: Brian Schales was 2-for-2 with a walk. Luis Arraez was 2-for-3 with a walk. Tanner English was 2-for-4 with a home run.
Pitching stars: Sean Poppen struck out four in two shutout innings, giving up one hit. Ryan Mason struck out three in two perfect innings.
Opposition star: Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-5 with two runs.
Stats: Arraez is batting .378. English is batting .300. Poppen and Mason each have ERAs of zero.
Starter Andro Cutura pitched five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and no walks and striking out two.
Record: The Blue Wahoos are 7-3, in first place in the Southern League South, two games ahead of Biloxi.
FORT MYERS 12, CLEARWATER 7 IN CLEARWATER
The Miracle scored four in the third and led the rest of the way.
Batting stars: Everybody. the Miracle had twenty-one hits and each player in the lineup had at least two. Ben Rortvedt was 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three runs, and three RBIs. Trevor Larnach was 3-for-5 with a walk and three RBIs. Michael Helman was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs. Ryan Costello was 2-for-5 with a home run, scoring twice and driving in two. Travis Blankenhorn was 2-for-5 with a double. Akil Baddoo was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Royce Lewis was 2-for-5 with two runs. Jose Miranda was 2-for-6. Lewin Diaz was 2-for-6.
Pitching stars: None.
Opposition star: Madison Stokes was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs.
Stats: Diaz is batting .452. Blankenhorn is batting .333. Rortvedt is batting .321.
Jacob Blank and Alex Phillips each have an ERA of zero.
Record: The Miracle is 7-4, tied for second in the Florida State League South, two games behind Palm Beach.
BURLINGTON 6, CEDAR RAPIDS 2 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
Alexis Olmeda hit a grand slam in the second for all the runs the Bees would need.
Batting star: Gabe Snyder was 2-for-4.
Pitching stars: Zach Neff struck out five in three shutout innings, giving up one hit and two walks. Jose Martinez pitched two shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk and striking out one.
Opposition star: Olmeda was 2-for-3 with the afore-mentioned grand slam and a walk, scoring twice.
Stats: Synder is batting .400. Trey Cabbage is batting .324.
Record: The Kernels are 4-7, in eighth (last) place in the Midwest League Western, three games behind Burlington and Kane County.
5:05 Syracuse at Rochester (Justin Nicolino, 0-1, 9.00)
5:30 Fort Myers (Randy Dobnak, 0-0, 0.00) at St. Lucie (Kevin Smith, 0-1, 4.15)
6:35 Cedar Rapids (Luis Rijo, 0-1, 3.60) at Quad Cities (Shawn Dubin, 0-0, 1.50)
6:35 Pensacola (Jorge Alcala, 2-0, 1.80) at Biloxi
Luke Raley hits his first homer. Brusdar Graterol gets his ERA below one. The Miracle is blanked. Nine strikeouts for Jordan Balazovic.
Four no-hit innings for Jhoan Duran as the Twins sweep.
Lots of strikeouts!
Minor league seasons start today! Here's a quick look at Twins full-season affiliates:
ROCHESTER RED WINGS
Manager: Joel Skinner
Coaches: Javier Valentin, Stu Cliburn, Mike McCarthy
Notable players: Stephen Gonsalves, Nick Gordon, Fernando Romero, Brent Rooker, Kohl Stewart.
Stadium: Frontier Field.
PENSACOLA BLUE WAHOOS
Manager: Justin Willard.
Coaches: Steve Singleton, Ramon Borrego, Cibney Bello
Notable players: Luis Arraez, Brusdar Graterol, Griffin Jax, Tyler Jay, Alex Kiriloff,
Stadium: Admiral Fetterman Field.
FORT MYERS MIRACLE
Manager: Toby Gardenhire
Coaches: Luis Ramirez, Matt Borgschulte
Notable players: Akil Baddoo, Jhoan Duran, Trevor Larnach, Royce Lewis, Ben Rortvedt,
Stadium: Hammond Stadium
CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS
Manager: Brian Dinkelman
Coaches: Virgil Vasquez, Ryan Smith, Luis Antonio Rodriguez,
Notable players: Jordan Balazovic, Trey Cabbage, Gilberto Celestino, Joe Cronin, Austin Schulfer
Stadium: Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium
"Notable players" is not intended as a scouting report. Rather, it's an attempt to identify players you might have heard of and be interested in. If you listened to spring training games, you probably know most of the Rochester roster. On the other hand, you might not know anybody on the Cedar Rapids roster. Take it for what it's worth.
Admiral Fetterman, for whom the Pensacola Field is named, is Vice Admiral John H. "Jack" Fetterman. He was a three-star admiral who, according to wikipedia, is known for a keystone ethics program he created. After his retirement in 1993 he became a prominent civic leader in Pensacola. One assumes, of course, that it's only a matter of time until the naming rights are sold to some corporation and Admiral Fetterman will be forgotten. Such is life.
5:30 Charlotte (Riley O'Brien) at Fort Myers (Bryan Sammons)
6:05 Rochester (Kohl Stewart) at Lehigh Valley
6:35 Peoria (Tommy Parsons) at Cedar Rapids (Blayne Enlow)
6:35 Pensacola (Jorge Alcala) at Mobile (Jeremy Beasley)