AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 3, Rochester Red Wings 1
Byron Buxton's homer streak ended at four straight games, while his multi-strikeout streak continued; he had four of them in this one. But don't blame him. The Red Wings amassed 22 total whiffs in a true team effort. YES, 22 STRIKEOUTS. Twelve came in four straight innings. YES, FOUR STRAIGHT 3-K INNINGS. The pitcher for ALL FOUR INNINGS was one Jonathan Holder, who has 101 strikeouts in 65.1 IP at three levels this year. Of course, he's a Yankees prospect. Twins pitcher Jason Wheeler did his best, than sat in the dugout and cursed a merciless God like Salieri in "Amadeus."
AA: Mississippi 5, Chattanooga Lookouts 4
After RHP Aaron Slegers' strong seven innings (6 H, 6 SO, 1 BB, 2 R), the Lookouts were up 4-2. But reliever Zack Jones coughed up a quiet 8th-inning run and Twins-y, 2-out, nobody-on meltdown to end the game. In Jones's defense, the rain started pouring after those first two outs, and minor-league umps don't like to delay games that late. For the Lookouts, CF Zach "Great Gazoo" Granite had three hits, including a double.
High A: Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Jupiter Hammerheads 1
1B Trey (son of Joe) Vavra, DH Tanner English, and LF Brad Hartong all had multi-hit games. Every Miracle player had a hit, except 3B Sean Miller, who was only called up a few weeks ago. Starter Keaton Steele, who should be a porn star with that name, allowed only the one run in six full with four SOs.
Low A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Clinton LumberKings 1
3B Nelson "Not Really A" Molina got himself a single, double, and homer; RF Jaylin Davis joined him in the long ball party. Boringly named starter Brady Anderson threw six scoreless; the final three innings and lone Clinton run went to better-monikered Logan Lobana and Tom Hackimer. The Angry Corn are apparently close to a playoff spot.
Rookie: Elizabethton Twins 8, Greeneville Astros 7
DH Amaurys Minier added to his team high dong total with a solo shot; he also leads Elizabethton in strikeouts, so he should do well in the Twins' system. RHP Ryan Mason struggled through four innings; your pitcher of the game is old (26) native Oregonian Quin Grogan, who allowed two inherited runners to score but held the baby Astros blank after that. Five Ks and two hits in three innings. Show those whippersnappers, webfoot!