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Farm Report: Palka and Garver homer as Lookouts barrel Barons

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from July 4th, 2016.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 5, Rochester Red Wings 2

Buffalo Bisons SP Scott Diamond (yes, that Scott Diamond) held the Red Wings at bay yesterday, giving up only four hits and one earned run over 7 innings. Unfortunately, current Red Wings SP Logan Darnell couldn’t match the former Red Wing’s performance, giving up four earned runs and only lasting 5.2 innings. Darnell struggled with his command throughout the night, such as in the fourth when he gave up two walks to load the bases. He walked five batters total. He hates America, apparently.

2B Jorge Polanco had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. 1B Byung Ho Park, making his home debut for the Red Wings, went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

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AA: Chattanooga Lookouts 11, Birmingham Barons 5

The Lookouts love America! Chattanooga hit the Barons early and often in yesterday’s game, scoring runs in every inning except the 2nd and the 4th. 3B Niko Goodrum got things started with an RBI double in the bottom of the first, which was followed by a two-run blast by 1B Mitch Garver. Garver apparently really loves America, as he went 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, two RBI, and four runs scored in addition to the home run.

Oh, and of course RF Daniel Palka hit a home run too, because he loves America. It was his league-leading 21st of the year.

Other standouts at the plate (who love America) include CF Zach Granite, who went 4-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored, and 2B Levi Michael, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

SP David Hurlbut didn’t exactly hurl his butt off, giving up three earned runs over 5.2 innings, but he struck out six batters and the offense was hot, so it all worked out. For America.

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High A: St. Lucie Mets 3, Ft. Myers Miracle 1

This was a close game, tied 1-1 going in to the bottom of the 7th inning. Unfortunately, it was there that Miracle RP Michael Theofanopoulos came in and couldn’t hold it together, giving up two earned runs on a couple of doubles and taking the loss. Theofanopoulos clearly hates America.

The Miracle didn’t do much at the plate. RF Joe Maloney went 2-for-4with a double and a run scored. 2B Tanner Witt went 2-for-3.

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Low A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5

It looked like the Timber Rattlers were going to steam roll the Kernels, already up 5-0 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning, but the Kernels fought their way back and got the win. For America.

The Kernels started their comeback in the 4th inning. DH Nelson Molina hit and RBI single to score 1B Zander Wiel, and later scored himself on an RBI double by RF J.J. Fernandez. The Kernels scored two more runs the following inning thanks to a wild pitch by Timber Rattlers RP Freddy Peralta and an RBI triple by Kernels 2B Luis Arraez. The score was 4-5.

Kernels C Brian Olson, who clearly loves America, hit a two-run double in the 7th inning for what would be the winning runs.

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Rookie: Bluefield Blue Jays 10, Elizabethton Twins 5

The baby Twins do not love America.

None of the Twins pitchers in the game were able to stop the scoring. SP Jose Martinez gave up four earned runs over 5 inning, RP Quin Grogan have up another four runs over 2 innings, and RP Alex Robinson gave up two earned runs over two innings. They all hate America.

3B Trey Cabbage had a nice day at the plate going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. 2B Travis Blankenhorn went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.

As for fielding, SP Jose Martinez made a throwing error and Trey Cabbage missed a catch. For America.

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