Lots of debuts due to promotions. John Curtiss made his AAA debut and didn't miss a beat. Stephen Gonsalves has not been promoted yet, but probably should be. Jaylin Davis, Jermaine Palacios, Mitchell Kranson, and Brandon Lopez all made their debuts at Fort Myers. Amaurys Minier, Lean Marrero, and Joe Cronin all made their debuts at Cedar Rapids. Big days for Kolton Kendrick and Matt Albanese lead the E-Twins on their season debut. A rare loss for the DSL Twins.
The Red Wings score early and hold on. The Miracle scores early and falls apart. Eduardo Del Rosario has a dominant start. Three DSL Twins pitchers shut down the opposition.
The Appalachian League starts its season tonight, so we thought we'd give you a quick preview.
There are ten teams in the Appalachian League. They are divided into two divisions, East and West. The teams take the names of their parent clubs. Our Elizabethton Twins play in the West. The other teams in their division are the Bristol Pirates, Greeneville Astros, Johnson City Cardinals, and Kingsport Mets.
The teams play a sixty-eight game schedule. Play starts tonight and will end August 31. The top two teams in each division reach the playoffs. The first place and second place team in each division play each other in a best-of-three series, with the second place team hosting the first game and the first place team hosting the next two (if necessary). The two winners then play each other in a best-of-three series.
The Twins play at Joe O'Brien Field. They are managed by Ray Smith, who is assisted by batting coach Jeff Reed and pitching coach Luis Ramirez. We could go through the roster, but it's not like there are a lot of recognizable names. If you want to look at it, you can find it at http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?sid=t576
Solo home runs with the game for the Red Wings. Hector Santiago and Phil Hughes make their rehab debuts. Michael Montero pitches a complete game in the DSL. The Appalachian League starts tonight!
ByungHo Park may finally be getting it going. Anthony McIver makes his first professional start. The DSL Twins keep rolling.
David Hurlbut has an excellent game. Zack Granite keeps hitting. The Miracle loses in extra innings. The DSL Twins keep hitting, too.
Zack Granite just keeps on hitting. The Lookouts overcome a rare bad game by Felix Jorge. Travis Blankenhorn wins it for the Kernels with a steal of home. Looks like it's time for Tyler Wells and Estamy Urena to move up.
Randy LeBlanc may be figuring it out at AA. The Kernels lose one late. Small sample size, but Estamy Urena may be too good for the DSL.
Zack Granite just keeps hitting. Stephen Gonsalves settles down after giving up a first-inning homer. A sweep for the Miracle. Clark Beeker struggles for the Kernels.
The Red Wings lose a see-saw game as Zack Granite stays hot. Fernando Romero and Nick Gordon lead the Lookouts to a win. Fort Myers scores nine runs twice in a doubleheader sweep. No clutch hitting for the Kernels.