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Farm Report: Tyler Wells strikes out 14 batters

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 22nd, 2016.

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AAA: Rochester Red Wings 5, Gwinnett Braves 3

2B Tommy Field hit a home run to score the Red Wings’ first run in the 4th inning and spark a come-from-behind win against the Braves.

Gwinnett jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs off SP Andrew Albers in the bottom of the first. Albers, however, went on to throw 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and one walk. He also struck-out seven batters.

The Red Wings had a big inning in the top of the 6th, scoring three runs to take the lead. The Wings nearly batted around, sending eight men to the plate that inning, but fell short. There were no extra-base hits, but a bunch of walks, singles, and hit-by-pitches. Hey—it works.

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AA: Chattanooga Lookouts 9, Jacksonville Suns 6

SP Stephen Gonsalves had another strong start for the Lookouts, giving up only one earned run on two hits and three walks over 6 innings pitched. Gonsalves had six strikeouts in the inning, and brought his AA ERA down to 1.78.

RF Edgar Corcino was on fire in the game, going 3-for-5 with a triple, 3 RBI, and two runs scored. DH D.J. Hicks also had a strong night, going 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and one run scored.

In what seems to be a pattern, 3B T.J. White also went 3-for-5. He had a triple, one RBI, and one run scored.

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High A: Ft. Myers Miracle off

Miracle had the day off.

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Low A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Quad Cities Bandits 1

The Kernels scored a single run in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings of this game before the Bandits answered with a run in the 6th, but that’s all they’d do. Kernels SP Brady Anderson bitched a great game, going 6 scoreless innings with only five hits and zero walks. He struck-out 5.

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Rookie: Elizabethton Twins 3, Bristol Pirates 0 (Game 1)

SP Tyler Wells was lights out for the baby Twins in this start, pitching a double-header shortened 7 inning complete game shutout. He gave up only one hit and two walks the entire 7 innings—and, oh yeah, he struck out FOURTEEN batters!

The baby Twins lineup gave Wells a quick lead too, scoring two runs off the baby Pirates in the top of the 1st inning. SS Ariel Montesino led-off the game with a single and scored the first run on an RBI double by 3B Caleb Hamilton. RF Alex Kirilloff then walked, reached second on a single by 1B Lewin Diaz, and made it to third on a wild pitch by Pirates SP Adam Oller. Krilloff subsequently scored the second run of the inning on yet another wild pitch by Oller.

Wild pitches by the Pirates also helped 2B Andre Jernigan eventually score the Twins’ third run in the 6th inning.

Got to love rookie ball!

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Rookie: Elizabethton Twins 3, Bristol Pirates 2 (Game 2)

Another win for the baby Twins! This time around, SP Ryan Mason didn’t have uite as impressive a start, but it was still good. Mason lasted 6 innings and gave up only two earned runs on six hits and one walk. He also had eight strikeouts.

The baby Twins gave Mason a nice three run lead in the bottom of the second. 3B Hank Morrison drove in 1B Lewin Diaz for the first run, and then advanced a base thanks to a fielding error by the Pirates. Morrison and his buddy 3B Mitchell Kranson later scored on a fly ball by 2B Andre Jernigan.

The Pirates tried to come back, eventually scoring two runs off Twins SP Ryan Mason in the 6th inning, but that wasn’t enough.

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