Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 10, Syracuse Chiefs 0
After having their first two games of the season rained out, finally the Red Wings got to play—and boy did they play!
LF Ben Paulsen had the biggest hit of the day, knocking out a GRAND SALAMI in the seventh inning today. There were a bunch of doubles too: C Mitch Garver hit two, 3B Matt Hague hit two, and 1B ByungHo Park had one. RF Daniel Palka was impressive as well, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a RBI, and three runs scored.
The Red Wings didn’t even need all those runs either, because they had SP Jose Berrios on the mound! Berrios—the top young arm who spent much of the spring pitching for Team Puerto Rico in the WBC—got through six shut-out innings, giving up only three hits and one walk on 77 pitches.
Double-A: Mobile BayBears 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 2
Top pitching prospect SP Fernando Romero started for the Lookouts, and unfortunately things didn’t go as well as you might expect they would for a top prospect. Romero was responsible for all three runs Mobile scored in the game, and he gave them up all in just 3.1 innings.
Slick-fielding SS Engelb Vielma hit a sweet RBI double, though.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Jupiter Hammerheads 2
Good news: The Miracle won their home opener!
Bad news: They lost top prospected 2B Luis Arraez, who was carted after awkwardly tripping over one of the bases.
RF Daniel Kihle was the clear star of the game for the Miracle, though, hitting a two-run home run and a double in the game.
Low-A: Beloit Snappers 7, Cedar Rapids Kernels 6
The Snappers—the previous Low-A minor league affiliate for the Twins—ruined the Kernels home opener by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth to “steal” the win. If you’re wondering who was responsible for giving up those three runs, it was RP Tom Hackimer. He probably feels pretty bad about it. Don’t pick on him.
LF Shane Carrier and DH Travis Blankenhorn both hit dingers, if you want something to feel happy about.
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