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Twins Minor League Report (7/29): Tough Night For Twins Affiliates – Twins

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SAINTS SENTINEL
Iowa 5, St. Paul 4 (F/10)
Box Score

The Saints went with former top prospect Jordan Balazovic tonight. As has been the case much of the season, he struggled. Allowing three runs across just 2 2/3 innings, Balazovic was tagged for five hits and two walks. He struck out four but gave up two dingers.

St. Paul was down 2-0 after the first half, but Curtis Terry singled to halve the lead in the bottom of the first when Spencer Steer crossed the plate. Dereck Rodriguez was great in relief working 5 1/3 innings with just three hits and one run. Rodriguez gave up a single free pass but grabbed three strikeouts,

Down 3-1 in the 7th inning, Jermaine Palacios tied things when he hit his 8th homer of the season. He then answered again in the 9th inning when it was 4-3, by blasting his 9th of the year and tying things at 4.

With Juan Minaya taking over in the 10th inning, he uncorked a wild pitch allowing a go-ahead run. St. Paul couldn’t answer despite Jake Dave up with the bases loaded and they fell a run short.

WIND SURGE WISDOM
NW Arkansas 3, Wichita 2
Box Score

Louie Varland has been great this year for the Wind Surge, and despite runs against him tonight, he repeated that performance. Working five innings, Varland allowed seven hits but just one of three runs scored were earned. He generated eight strikeouts and walked none.

Getting down 3-0 in the 2nd inning, Wichita needed to do work. The Wind Surge answered back in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Leobaldo Cabrera blasted his 7th homer of the season. Still trailing by two, at least Wichita was on the board.

Trying to mount a comeback, Edouard Julien drove in Cabrera with a 9th inning ground out. Unfortunately, that’s where the adding ended. Wichita tallied eight hits on the night, but only Anthony Prato and Cabrera had two.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 0
Box Score

The Kernels turned to Cade Povich tonight and he kept them in it through five innings. Allowing five hits and three runs, Povich also posted eight strikeouts while giving up just a single free pass. Matt Mullenbach followed him with two scoreless innings striking out two.

Unfortunately for Cedar Rapids, only two hits were generated on the night, coming from Jake Rucker and Wander Javier. Both were singles and neither plated a run. The Kernels walked four times and had just a total of six runners tonight.

MUSSEL MATTERS
Postponed

The Mighty Mussels and Tampa Tarpons game was postponed due to inclement weather. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. Both games will be seven innings.

COMPLEX CHRONICLES
FCL Twins 2, FCL Red Sox 1
Box Score

Ben Heller started this one and worked two innings of hitless ball while striking out two. Regi Grace also tallied a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Ricardo Olivar had the lone two-hit game for the Twins and recorded both his third triple and dinger of the season.

DOMINICAN DAILIES
DSL Rockies 10, DSL Twins 5
Box Score

Cristian Jimenez drew the start for the Twins and while he gave up three runs, none were earned. He did allow just three hits and punched out four with zero walks. Bryan Acuna kept hitting and had another two-hit game today, this time including a double. Anderson Nova crushed his first professional homer and has a .966 OPS.

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Louie Varland (Wichita) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Hitter of the Day – Jermaine Palacios (St. Paul) – 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR(9)

PROSPECT SUMMARY
We will again keep tabs on the Twins top prospects. You’ll probably read about them in the team sections, but if they aren’t there, you’ll see how they did here.

Here’s a look at how the current Twins Daily Top 20 performed:

#6 – Spencer Steer (St. Paul) – 0-2, R, 3 BB, K
#7 – Jordan Balazovic (St. Paul) – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
#10 – Cade Povich (Cedar Rapids) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB
#11 – Louie Varland (Wichita) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB 8 K
#12 – Matt Wallner (St. Paul) – 0-4, BB, 2K
#15 – Edouard Julien (Wichita) – 1-3, RBI, BB
#16 – Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Wichita) – 0-5, 3K

SATURDAY’S LIKELY STARTERS
Iowa @ St. Paul (7:07PM CST) – RHP Cole Sands
NW Arkansas @ Wichita (6:05PM CST) – RHP Brent Headrick
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (6:40PM CST) – TBD
Tampa @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Travis Adams

Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Friday’s games! It sure is exciting to have all four Twins full-season affiliates and the two Complex Season affiliates back and playing.

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