AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 12, Rochester Red Wings 7
Dong City. Byron Buxton, Adam Brett Walker, John Ryan Murphy, and 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez all homered for the Wings -- providing the same seven runs starter Jason Wheeler surrendered. It's Wheeler's second whuppin' in a row. This is probably why, despite the best ERA of any Red Wing starter we haven't seen in MLB yet, we haven't seen him in MLB yet -- the team doesn't think he's got big-league "stuff." He did finish six innings, more big-league than Twins starters of late.
AA: Chattanooga Lookouts 12, Birmingham Barons 1
Because baseball is weird, there was only one homer in this game -- and it was the lone run for Birmingham. Yep, Chattanooga ran up the score piranha-style. CF Zach Granite (who should be a Rock Cat, not a Lookout, because of name) had two triples, C Staurt Turner two doubles. 6'10" 23-year-old Aaron Slegers pitched seven innings, but did allow that solo homer, so kill him.
High A: Charlotte Stone Crabs 2, Ft. Myers Miracle 0
Not Fair Alert. There was a ringer on the premises. Where's Oswaldo Arcia is recovering from a right elbow strain, and launched an eighth-inning dong off reliever Cam Booser (and his goofy mustache). Erasing a brilliant seven innings from Fernando Romero; six hits, no BB, ELEVEN strikeouts. The Miracle had only three hits, so you don't need to hear about those. One was from Joe Vavra's kid, 1B Trey.
Low A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 10, Kane County Cougars 1
A rain delay against KC, just like the Twins yesterday! Somewhat different results, though. 1B Zander Wiel, which sounds like a bike shop run by a "Buffy" character, went 5-5, all singles. C Kevin Garcia had two hits including a three-run dong. Starter Miles Nordgren toughed out the delay and went seven innings on just 80 pitches. The Kernels were helped by a stunning six Cougars errors. Three of them by the same guy, who I won't name out of mercy.
Rookie: Elizabethton Twins 6, Kingsport Mets 4
There's no recap on the baby Twins' website, and the lazy so-and-sos at the Eliabethton Star don't have a Friday night recap up yet, so I don't know why starter Sean "Zitza" Poppen left after four scoreless innings. The baby Twins bullpen wasn't great, but the bats were solid, with a dong from 1B Amaurys Minier and two hits by Oregon State alumni, 3B Caleb Hamilton. I don't know if he was drafted before he finished college, so maybe he's not technically an alum, but go Beavers go!