AAA: Louisville Bats 5, Rochester Red Wings 4
After a 111 minute rain delay to start the game, brand new veteran fringe MLBer RF Logan Schafer got his Twins career off to a quick start with a solo home run in the first inning. CF Eddie Rosario also hit a two-run bomb in the 6th inning. 1B Kennys Vargas and 2B Jorge Polanco hit a double of doubles too, but alas, it was not enough for a win.
SP Jason Wheeler had an okay outing, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks over 6 innings. He also had six strikeouts. It was RP Ryan O'Rourke who took the loss for the game, giving up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th.
AA: Chattanooga Lookouts 10, Birmingham Barons 6
SP Kohl Stewart made his first start in AA, and it didn't exactly go well. Stewart gave up four earned runs on four hits and three walks. He only lasted 1.2 innings before being pulled.
Luckily, Mientkiewicz's team was able to crawl out of that bad start and still win the game. Of course, RF Daniel Palka slugged yet another home run. LF Travis Harrison and CF Zach Granite both hit triples, while C Stuart Turner and 1B Mitch Garver both had doubles. It was a good day for the Chattanooga offense.
High A: Daytona Tortugas 4, Ft. Myers Miracle 2 (Game 1)
It was another double header day for the Ft. Myers Miracle. The Miracle struck first in game one, scoring on an throwing error by Tortugas SP Tejay Antone and a following RBI double by SS Nick Gordon. However, in the end, it was not the Miracle's day.
SP Randy Rosario pitched five innings in the shortened 7 inning game, giving up three earned runs on eight hits. He didn't walk anyone, at least. The Tortugas' fourth run came in the 5th inning thanks to some sloppy defense by Gordon, 1B Alex Real, and 3b Chris Paul.
High A: Daytona Tortugas 2, Ft. Myers Miracle 1 (Game 2)
The Miracle struck first again in the second game of the double header, and again lost in the end. That first and only run of the game for the Miracle came when 2B Engelb Vielma scored on a pitch in the dirt by SP Wendolyn Bautista in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
Despite the loss, the star of the game for the Miracle was SP Stephen Gonsalves. He was nearly perfect through 6 innings, and did end up pitching all 7 innings of the short double header game. He gave up only one earned run on three hits, and had zero walks and struck out eight (!).
The Tortugas' second and winning run of the game came on more sloppy defense by 3B Chris Paul.
Low A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 9, Peoria Chiefs 2
After a 41 minute rain delay to start, the Kernels came out swinging hot, scoring seven runs over the first three innings. 1B Zander Wiel started with a RBI single in the bottom of the 1st inning. 2B Sean Miller and C A.J. Murray both had RBI singles in the 2nd, which when combined with some errors by the Chiefs, led to a four more runs
In the next inning, RF J.J. Fernandez hit a two-run dinger to put the Kernels up 7-0. It was a good game for Fernandez, who ended up only a triple short of the cycle. He hit two singles and a double in addition to the homer, and also walked once. It wasn't all sunshine and skittle for Fernandez, however, as he committed an error defensively that led to one of the Chiefs' two runs.
SP Cody Stashak was responsible for the only other Chiefs' run, but had a decent outing overall. He pitched 6 innings, giving up five hits and 2 walks while striking out seven.