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Farm Report: Strong starts by Wheeler, Eades, Steele, and Stashak

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from June 16th.

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AAA: Rochester Red Wings 6, Columbus Clippers 2

SP Jason Wheeler had a solid start, going 7.2 innings with two earned runs and seven strikeouts, and DH Jorge Polanco and 2B Tommy Field both hit dongers as the Red Wings completed their sweep of the Clippers.

RF Danny Santana, who was still on rehab assignment yesterday, led off the game with a single and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice. He also got some playing time at shortstop.

RP J.T. Chargois came gave up one hit over 1.1 innings to earn the save and bring his triple-A ERA down to 0.61. Why haven’t they called this guy up already!?

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AA: Chattanooga Lookouts 1, Montgomery Biscuits 0

The Lookouts as well were carried by a solid start from their SP Ryan Eades, who gave up only three hits and no runs over 7 innings. RP Jake Reed pitched a scoreless 8th inning and RP Trevor Hildenberger pitched a perfect 9th to completely slam the door on the Biscuits.

Interestingly, the Lookouts had no RBIs this game despite the win so Biscuits SP Chih-Wei Hu suffered the loss despite not allowing and earned run. It was the Biscuits burned themselves, allowing the only run of the game on a throwing error by CF Braxton Lee.

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High A: Bradenton Marauders 6, Ft. Myers Miracle 2

SP Keaton Steele had a nice start too, going giving up two runs over 6 innings with 5 strikeouts. The Miracle also hit a trio of doubles again, this time coming from DH Nick Gordon, CF Edgar Corcino, and 3B T.J. White.

But it wasn’t enough for the win. A home run by Marauders C Taylor Gushue and a bases-loaded triple by SS Kevin Newman made for a four-run fifth inning that the iracle never got over.

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Low A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Quad Cities River Bandits 1

The Kernels jumped into the lead early with a three-run 2nd inning and never looked back. SP Cody Stashak struck out eight over 6.2 shutout innings.

The game was closer than the score appears thanks to a three-run whopper of a dinger by RF J.J. Fernandez in the top of the 9th inning. Fernandez batted in four of the Kernels’ runs of the day. 2B Luis Arraez had the other two.

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