Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 3, Charlotte Knights 2
Let’s hear it for hot starts! 2B Leonardo Reginatto, batting .353 as we speak, sac flied in the 8th-inning go-ahead run. Alex “Still Here” Wimmers got the save, and Jason Wheeler the win. Along with 11 strikeouts! Pretty good for a guy who’s been stuck at AAA a long while.
For not-hot starts, Assassin John Ryan Murphy is cranking a woeful .136 AVG, and large human Kennys Vargas .227. Vargas did have two walks in this one, which shook beer in cups everywhere as he thundered to first like a T-Rex. Not the sexy kind of T-Rex, either.
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 6, Biloxi Shuckers 3
Speaking of hot starts, infielder Nick Gordon continues to hit like Ivan Drago — and this time as the DH, so similarly smokin’ Engelb Vielma could play shortstop. Both had three hits apiece.
Just like the grownup Twins, Chattanooga fell behind 0-3 and took a 6-3 lead in the sixth inning. Many miles away, there’s a shadow on the door of a cottage on the shore of a dark Scottish lake.
Starter Paul Clemens allowed all three runs and had seven Ks with four walks. He is not a son of Roger Clemens, or his name would be spelled Kaul.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 10, Dunedin Blue Jays 4
Trey Vavra, OTOH, is a Son of Joe ... and did basically nothing in this game. 3B Chris Paul provided the big dong in a five-run third inning, and the Blazers still should have drafted him in 2005. (I will never let this go.) On rehab assignment, SS Ehire Adrianza added three hits; no word on what the Twins plan to do when he gets healthy. He has no minor-league options left.
Keaton Steele pitched six innings, gave up four runs to go with ten hits, and his shamed parents renamed him “Kilmer Tinfoil” after the bullpen took over.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Kane County Cougars 3, 12 inn.
Starter Sean “Zitsa” Poppen threw six strong with seven Ks, but it was the Mean Corn bullpen which won here, including wonderfully-named hurlers Logan Lombana and Tom Hackimer.
RF Jason Davis singled in DH Travis Blankenhorn for the winning run; “Blankey” and 2B Brandon Lopez each had three hits.
Today, “all kids 12 and under can come onto the field and take part in our Pre-Game Quarter Dash around 4:15 PM to pick up their share of $300 in quarters spread on the infield.” Good training for future Scrooge McDucks.
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