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Farm Report: Kennys Vargas, Daniel Palka, J.B. Schuck, and Tommy Field all homer

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from April 16th, 2017.

Another reader-submitted photo! Here, we see a llama not reacting at all to a sprinkler.
Adam Schneider

Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 10, Syracuse Chiefs 6 (Game One)

Yay for scoring and dingers! 3B Tommy Field hit a two-run shot and 1B Kennys Vargas hit a three-run shot in the first half of the Red Wings’ doubleheader yesterday. It was also a pretty impressive game for C Mitch Garver, who went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

LF Ben Paulsen was the guy who really got things going, though, with a bases-clearing double in the first inning (he just didn’t end up doing anything else for the rest of the game).

Starting for the Red Wings was SP Jason Wheeler, who gave up three runs in his five innings of work. RP Alan Busenitz, the other part of the Ricky Nolasco-Hector Santiago trade, had a rough outing, giving up another three runs himself, but in only one inning of work.

RP Trevor Hildenberger pitched a perfect ninth inning, though. He struck out two of the three batters he faced.

[Box Score]

Triple-A: Syracuse Chiefs 7, Rochester Red Wings 6 (Game Two)

The second half of yesterday’s doubleheader was another high-scoring affair, but it didn’t go the Red Wings’ way this time. Trust me, though, it wasn’t because LF Daniel Palka wasn’t trying—the kid went 4-for-4 with a home run and a double.

3B Matt Hague went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RF J.B. Shuck hit a dinger, but the rest of the lineup was basically asleep.

As for pitching, SP Aaron Slegers was bad (five earned runs on eleven hits in 3.2 innings—ouch). RP Buddy Boshers came in and got one out, lowing his Triple-A ERA for the season to 10.13. RP Alex Wimmers pitched a perfect 1.1 innings to end the game, though.

[Box Score]

Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 1, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0

It was a pitching duel between Lookouts SP Paul Clemens and Jumbo Shrimp SP Chris Mazza, who both had scoreless outings. Through Mazza outlasted Clemens—six innings to Clemens’s 5.1—the Lookouts were the team able to plate an actual run and win the game.

That run? A solo-shot by 1B Jonathan Rodriguez in the seventh inning. Yay!

RP Mason Melotakis also pitched two perfect innings for the save. He has yet to give up a run in 5.2 innings of work so far this year.

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High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Daytona Tortugas 0

LF Zander Wiel got the scoring started for the Miracle with a solo home run in the second inning, and the Miracle never looked back. Wiel ended up going 2-for-2 with the home run, 2 RBI, and a walk, and was the only Miracle batter with more than a hit. In fact, the Miracle only got four hits in the entire game!

Hence, the other star for the Miracle yesterday was actually SP Randy LeBlanc who gave up three hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings. He also struck out four.

[Box Score]

Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels off

Hope they enjoyed their Easter Sunday.

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