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Farm Report: Daniel Palka and Ben Paulsen both hit two dingers

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A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from April 9th, 2017.

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Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 6, Syracuse Chiefs 2 (Game 1)

Following up on yesterday’s grand slam, LF Ben Paulsen hit another three-run home run for the Red Wings in the first game of their double header versus the Chiefs on Sunday. 1B Kennys Vargas and 2B Tommy Field were also big in the game, both going 2-for-4 with a double.

SP Nick Tepesch was okay, giving up two earned runs over five innings pitched—but RP Trevor Hildenberger was great! Hildenberger pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

[Box Score]

Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 10, Syracuse Chiefs 4 (Game 2)

Three games into the season, and the Red Wings have scored scored twenty-six runs.

The big gun in the second game of today’s double-header was RF Daniel Palka, who hit TWO home runs and drove in four overall. SS Niko Goodrum hit his first home run of the season and LF Ben Paulsen—who hit a three-run home run in the first game of the day—also had a solo-singer today.

1B ByungHo Park had a strong game, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Most impressive on the pitching side was RP Alan Busenitz—the pitcher the Twins got as part of the Rick Nolasco-Hector Santiago trade—who pitched two perfect innings in relief. He struck-out three.

RF Alex Wimmers, meanwhile, pitched the final inning of the game but gave up three solo home runs.

[Box Score]

Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Mobile BayBears 4

IT WAS A SHRIMP FOR THE LOOKOUTS, BABY!

That’s right—Lookouts C Dan Rohlfing drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the tenth inning for this walk-off win. Just imagine how proud Lookouts manager Jake Mauer was.

Also in the game, top-prospect SS Nick Gordon went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and two runs scored.

SP Felix Jorge started for the Lookouts and gave up two runs over 4.0 innings. The bullpen came in after that, and did pretty good all around. RP Todd Van Steensel pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only two walks. RP Nick Burdi pitched a scoreless inning with three strikeouts (gave up a hit, though). RP John Curtiss pitched an inning with one unearned run, and RP Luke Bard pitched a scoreless tenth.

[Box Score]

High-A: Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Ft. Myers Miracle 2

The Miracle tried to make a late come-back in this game, scoring one run in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little too late.

RF Daniel Kihle and SS Sean Miller (who moved to CF later in the game, because Twins) both went 2-for-4 with a double in the game. RP Randy Rosario threw two scoreless inning in relief, giving up two hits, zero walks, and striking out three.

[Box Score]

Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Beloit Snappers 1

3B Travis Blankenhorn went 3-for-4 with a home run as the Kernels stomped the Snappers in a Sunday afternoon matinee. Also impressive in the game were 2B Brandon Lopez, who went 3-for-4, and SS Jermaine Palacios, who went 3-for-5 with a triple.

SP Alex Schick started the game for the Kernels, and gave up only one run over seven innings pitched. He also had am impressive seven strikeouts.

[Box Score]


Do you have a picture or pictures of your tractor, farm animals, land, or other equipment you’d like to see us use for a future farm report? We would love your submissions and happily give you and/or your farm full credit and a shout-out in the post. Please e-mail myjah at Maija.Varda@gmail.com if you are interested.